Korea Cultural Tour
Discover the stillness and charm of South Korea, known as the “land of the morning calm”. From breathtaking peninsulas to mountains bubbling with hot springs and natural highlights that run from cities to spas, experience the peaceful and healing highlights that can be found throughout the country. Delectable cuisine and vibrant scenery promote an all rounded sense of wellbeing as you journey through a truly fascinating country.
Starts in Seoul
Ends in Seoul
Duration (days) 7
Group size 16
Korea Cultural Tour
Enjoy 7 days being pampered while discovering the secrets of South Korea’s stunning sites and interesting culture with your fellow lady travellers. From shopping to make-up classes, to a real treat with a hair health treatment, your days will be filled with pampering and play. Learn to cook, embrace local culture and discover the art of Korean martial arts, all set within beautiful architecture and stunning surroundings.
Day 1Arrive Seoul
Welcome to Seoul! Your tour manager will meet and give you a warm welcome at the airport. Your private vehicle will be ready for you and transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Check-in and settle down into your hotel room. Balance of the day is for you to catch up on the jet lag and time difference.
A real treat is on the cards for you today, an indulgent day of K-beauty. We bring you to experience a k-pop make-up class and pamper you with a hair health treatment course. Experience the amazing K-beauty trend and feel pampered as you receive a fresh makeover. Your hair health treatment begins with a brief consultation and hair analysis then sit back and enjoy a natural organic hair mask and therapy. Release any head stress and circulating blood flow, all in a relaxing and calming manner. Reverse the experiences then return to your hotel feeling fully pampered.
Unwind your mind by embarking on a wellness tour of Seoul today. Your experience will begin with a meditation at the Jogyesa Temple, followed by a vegetarian cooking class. The Jogyesa Temple dates back to the 14th century and is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temples in Korea. The modern building standing there now brings colour and light to an iconic Seoul landmark. Learn the history and rich traditions of Korea while creating delicious vegetarian dishes and savour your vegetarian culinary creation afterwards. What could be more perfect than to end your wellness day sipping traditional tea in an authentic Tea House down one of the winding allies of Insadong. Before returning to your hotel, take in the view from the N Seoul Tower Observatory. Discover the blend of nature and art, all experienced at an impressive height in one of Seoul’s must-see landmarks. Glance out from the city’s highest viewpoint over Seoul neighbourhoods and beyond and embrace a true cultural gem that both locals and tourists appreciate and enjoy.
Immerse yourself in true Korean culture today as you visit palaces, parks and villages, donned in Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing that comprises colourful garments unique in design based on Korean culture. Pick out your favourite outfit at the Hanbok rental store before heading to the Gyeongbokgung Palace* to watch the changing of the Royal Guard. The Palace embraces tradition, culture and architectural highlights from a rich Korean history. It remains one of the most important, most picturesque and certainly one of the biggest palaces in the country. Your day also includes a visit to the Bukchon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace** and its Secret Garden. The village is steeped in tradition and is preserved in a way that showcased the region’s over 600-year history. Discover its alleyways and museums that honour its Joseon Dynasty. Take a walk through the Huwon Secret Garden located near the Changdeokgung Palace which lies in a pristine park in the Jongno district, and learn about an era of riches and beauty in a UNESCO site that embraces the surrounding natural beauty. Return your beautiful garment and continue to Cheonggyecheon Creek and Gwangjang Market. The creek runs through Seoul’s dramatic and functional 11km-long urban space that provides a recreation destination for visitors and locals to wander and relax along. Spend time exploring and shopping at the Gwangjang Market which is one of South Korea’s oldest and biggest traditional markets. A textile and Hanbok haven, you will be sure to find treasures of all sorts in the market. *Note that the palace is closed every Tuesday ** Note that the palace & gardens are closed every Monday
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for your day of wellness. Sip delicious herbal tea at a Korean herbal center followed by a soothing herbal foot bath. Embrace the variety of fragrances the teas present and learn about the importance of herbal tea today, then rest your weary feet in the herbal foot bath and boost blood circulation as the warm waters work their magic. Then, learn the art of self-defense and combat with a Taekwondo experience this afternoon, taking in the opportunity to understand techniques that will help strengthen and build stamina while teaching self-discipline and overall well-being. Wind down your day with a Korean spa experience including a shower and sauna, at a Jimjibang ...…just like the locals. The Korean bathhouse and sauna are the best way to end a long day of self-care.
A visit to Paju is on the cards today, with your first stop being the Paju Provence Village. Discover delicious pastries and art in this French-themed village that offers photo opportunities at every turn. Visit the hilly Tanhyeon-myeon in Paju, an area dedicated to artists, poets, musicians and more who have created a community bursting with talent and not to be missed. Shop at the Paju Premium Outlet stores before returning to Seoul. Enjoy the evening at leisure with an opportunity to do some shopping at Myeongdong. From local beauty stores to large international luxury brands, you will find all you need in this busy shopping district.
Day 7Depart Seoul
An exciting morning lies ahead, with a visit to the Incheon region where you can visit Hanok Village and K-drama filming locations. Perfectly located for dramatic and beautiful film scenes, the popular K-drama locations are a treat to visit. Find out more about your favourite K-Drama stars and make a last photo stop at Tri-Bowl as you check out the iconic scriptures of Incheon. Enjoy a coffee at the Joyang Textile Cafe, a former textile mill that was turned into a cafe offering a beautiful setting on Ganghwa Island, before being dropped off at the Incheon Airport in time for your flight home.
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Dates & Prices
Hotel accommodations are based on 4 star and above
1 - 7
Ninetree Premier Myeongdong or similar
Price includes: Hotel accommodations including daily breakfast, private vehicle transportations throughout the trip, English speaking guided tours with admissions included, cultural activities and classes as per itinerary stated, and some meals. Price excludes: International air tickets, personal expenses, travel insurance, guide tips and gratuities, anything that not specified at the itinerary and price inclusion. This is a small group tour based on min. of 10 persons.