Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour
Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour

Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour

9 days

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Experience the magic of Seoul and surrounding provinces on a 9-day guided adventure tour

Explore the best of South Korea’s natural and cultural highlights on this exhilarating 9-day adventure tour! The Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour kicks off in Seoul, where you’ll enjoy an immersive driving and walking tour of the vibrant capital’s most famous sights, including plazas, palaces, museums, markets and temples.

Travelling by private vehicle, you’ll then make your way to Ungilsan, where you’ll set out on an epic ride on the 4 Rivers Bike Trail, enjoying the contrast of green forests and urban areas, as you cruise to Chungju.

Spectacular opportunities for cultural sightseeing unfold in the days to come as you explore fascinating museums, cultural monuments, temples and villages accompanied by an expert guide.

An exciting day of hiking in the Seoraksan National Park will introduce you to some of South Korea’s most breathtaking mountainous landscapes as you hike surrounded by rugged peaks, sweeping valleys, and sacred temples.

Embark on an adventure tour that will satisfy the body, mind, and soul on the Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour.

Highlights of the Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour

Explore South Korea’s vibrant capital city, Seoul, exploring its opulent palace, bustling markets, and fascinating museums.
Pedal your way along the famous 4 Rivers Bike Trail, cycling a rewarding route from Ungilson to Chungju.
Experience South Korea’s intriguing past with a gripping visit to the well-preserved 15th-century Hahoemaeul Village.
Embark on a spiritual journey, complete with prayer beads and meditation, at an overnight temple stay at Woljeongsa.

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From $3,025USD
9 days
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Guided
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Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Your adventure tour in South Korea begins in Seoul. You'll be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide who will transfer with you to your first accommodations.

Enjoy dinner in Seoul and get a good night's rest in preparation for your first adventure-packed day tomorrow!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Driving and Walking Tour of Seoul

This morning you’ll become pleasantly acquainted with the vibrant streets of Seoul as you embark on a driving tour of its significant sites, including Seoul Plaza, City Hall, Cheonggye Square, and the pedestrian-friendly Gwanghwamum Plaza.

Known as the heartbeat of South Korea, Seoul will welcome you with open arms as you further explore its highlights with visits to the National Folk Museum of South Korea and the bustling Gwangjang Market.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle the 4 Rivers Bike Trail

Today, challenge and reward meet on the 4 Rivers Bike Trail! A transfer will take you to Ungilsan Station where your cycling adventure begins.

Embarking on a section of the colossal 633km cross-country cycling trail, you’ll ride from Ungilsan Station to Chungju Jungangtap Park, flanked by gorgeous green forest as you trace rushing rivers.

From Chungju Jungangtap Park, you’ll make your way to tonight’s accommodations in Suanbo. Suanbo, located 30km southeast of Chungju, is known for its spectacular hot springs.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Suanbo
Distance: 7 hours, 105km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Explore Andong

This morning you’ll drive to Andong, where a full day of fascinating cultural exploration awaits!

First up is an intriguing visit to the 15thcentury Hahomaeul Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site seemingly frozen in time. It’s home to hundreds of traditional Korean houses. Bask in the rustic charm of this village as you find yourself swept back in time.

Later in Andong, you’ll visit the breathtaking stone Jebiwon Buddha and the Andong Folk Museum before calling it a (great) day!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Songnisan
Distance: 6 hours, 9.7km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Explore a Buddhist Temple

Today begins with a visit to a Confucian shrine academy, Dosan Seowon, where you’ll explore the fascinating complex of 16 buildings on foot before heading to Taebaek.

The Taebaek Coal Museum showcases South Korea’s coal mining past and you’ll have a chance to learn about the once-booming coal mining operation here.

This evening, you’ll be welcomed at Woljeongsa, an active Buddhist temple with roots dating back to the 7th century. This extraordinary overnight temple experience will invite you to learn about Korean Buddhist teachings while reflecting on your own busy life.

This evening, you’ll partake in a temple tour, a traditional vegetarian dinner, ceremonies, a prayer bead making workshop, and a guided meditation. Whether you’re a spiritual person or just someone who enjoys new experiences, Woljeongsa Temple won’t disappoint!
Overnight Location: Temple at Woljeongsa
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Visit Seoraksan National Park

This morning, you’ll rise restored and refreshed to the sound of the traditional moktak summoning you to gather at the Main Buddha Hall for a pre-dawn ceremony.

The morning unfolds with a guided meditation, breakfast, morning walk, and a special tea time in the company of the resident monks. Following lunch, you’ll depart the temple.

Back on the road, you’ll drive through the Misan Valley, whizzing by small villages and farms as you travel to Yangyang. A leisurely afternoon awaits you on the sandy shores of the sun-kissed Naksan Beach, where you’ll enjoy some epic sand, sun, and sea.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoraksan
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 Hike in Seoraksan National Park

Depending on how much of a challenge you’re game for today, you can choose from several spectacular hikes in Seoraksan National Park, each varying in length and difficulty.

A few of the park highlights include Seoraksan Peak (1,708m / 5,603ft), Geumgang Cave, Gyejoam Hermitage, Biryong Waterfall, and the cable car to the Gwongeumseong.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoraksan
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Drive to Seoul Via Goseong

Today you’ll set out on a drive to the most northern tip of the east coast of South Korea, enjoying stunning rural scenery as you drive to the Unification Observatory in Goseong. This visit will provide you with further context to understand the complex division between North and South Korea and will also demonstrate the South’s hope for eventual unification.

You’ll have a chance to observe the demilitarized zone that straddles the two countries, and you’ll even be able to spot soldiers standing guard on the north side of the border.

A visit to the DMZ Museum tops of the day, where you’ll learn more about the conflict between North Korea and South Korea and also about the DMZ (demilitarized zone).
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Departure

This morning following breakfast your adventure tour in South Korea comes to an end! Check and head to the airport via private transfer.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour Dates and Prices

This guided tour of South Korea is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the number of participants. Please note that the minimum group size is 4 people.

Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided groups of 4: $3,415 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 5-7: $3,025 USD per person
  • Guided groups of 8+: on request
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Accommodation on the Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour

This tour is based in 3-star and 4-star hotels as well as one unique overnight temple stay. The hotels offer pleasant private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and either basic or modern amenities. The temple may be single or double rooms.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $727 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo traveller supplements do not apply as the minimum group size on this tour is 4 people.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-4

3-star and 4-star hotels in South Korea

The accommodation on this tour will range from 3-star to 4-star hotels in a variety of locations as you travel across different provinces and regions of South Korea.

Night 5

Woljeongsa Temple Stay

A unique temple stay invites you to experience a temple tour, ceremonies, meals, a workshop, and meditations.

Night 6-8

3-star and 4-star hotels in South Korea

The accommodation on this tour will range from 3-star to 4-star hotels in a variety of locations as you travel across different provinces and regions of South Korea.

What’s Included in the Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

All transportation during the tour is included on a private vehicle basis including airport transfers and all necessary luggage transfers between accommodations.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees to excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Temple stay experience with meals

Not included

  • Flights to and from South Korea
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour
  • Bike rental:
    • Road bike
    • E-bike

Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure and Culture in South Korea Tour

EXODUS DMC offers a full spectrum of services to travellers in South Korea. They have been offering quality service to travellers from all walks of life for two decades and have established a track record of excellent service.

With 20 years of experience, extensive local knowledge, plenty of resources, a strong network, and lasting connections to a wide variety of local suppliers, EXODUS is committed to bringing travellers top-quality service and extraordinary value.

Exploring Korea with EXODUS DMC is not just rewarding, but also easy, as they’re constantly at your beck and call while you travel. They strive for your total satisfaction and offer unbeatable quality in all that they do.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 3/5. Days of hiking and biking are interspersed with cultural sightseeing walks as well as drives. You should be comfortable hiking for up to 6 hours a day on hilly and mountainous terrain and cycling for up to 7 hours on mostly flat and sometimes hilly terrain.

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