Classic South Korea

Our eight day Classic South Korea holiday makes the most of MW's efficient high-speed rail network to offer a comprehensive introduction to this underexplored slice of Asia, from the bright lights of Seoul to the temples and tombs of Gyeongju.




  • Tuck into bibimbap on Seoul’s side streets
  • Gaze out over the city from N Seoul tower
  • Get close to history in the Demilitarized Zone
  • Walk through Gyeongju in the footsteps of kings
  • Step from seafood stalls to skyscrapers in Busan

Seoul, DMZ, Gyeongju, Ulsan, Busan

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Seoul

On arrival in South Korea, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your Seoul hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to start scoping out the best spots for dinner and drinks.

Day 2
City Tour

Sample Seoul’s key highlights with your guide, travelling in local style on the subway. Start at the imposing Gyeongbokgung Palace for a behind-the-scenes glance at the royal guards in traditional costume, rehearsing before the morning’s changing ceremony. Walk ten minutes to the contrasting Bukchon Hanok Village: home to around 900 Joseon dynasty homes, built using wood and clay, with their distinctive curved roofs. Stroll through the narrow streets, stopping for a famed bibimbap one-pot wonder lunch. Visit UNESCO-listed Jongmyo Shrine (Korea’s oldest and best preserved royal Confucian shrine) to see the ‘spirit tablets’ of ancient kings and queens. In the early evening, head out with your guide to get panoramic sunset views from N Seoul Tower - the highest point in the city. With your mind full of Seoul’s wonders, return to your hotel where your evening will be at leisure.

Day 3
DMZ tour, bibimbap cooking class

Head out early for or a tour of Korea’s infamous DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Created in 1953 to separate the North from the South, and location of the landmark leaders’ meeting in May 2018, this 160 mile strip of land is the most heavily militarised border in the world. Get an introduction to the DMZ and its history in the briefing room before boarding an official bus to be guided through this highly sensitive area. Stop at the Bridge of Freedom, crossed following the signing of the Armistice Agreement, and visit the fascinating (and slightly surreal) Third Tunnel of Aggression under the DMZ that was built by the North, apparently in preparation for an attack. In the afternoon, learn how to cook colourful one-bowl bibimbap under the watchful eye of an experienced local chef. With a full belly, return to your hotel where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 4
Train to Gyeongju

Take the KTX Express train to Gyeongju, and head straight to Seokguram Grotto on Mount Toham, overlooking the sea. This UNESCO-listed cave temple houses a 11.5 feet tall, seated Buddha made from white granite, and other incredibly well preserved sculptures. Walk back downhill to the unusual, 6th-century Bulguksa Temple - a complex of wooden halls, pagodas and shrines built on raised stone terraces, which is still a practising place of worship and home to Buddhist monks. Following an insightful tour, continue to your hotel where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 5
Gyeongju temples

Start your tour at Daereungwon Tomb Complex (also known as Tumuli Park), where over two dozen large tombs, said to hold ancient kings, can be found. Step inside Cheonmachong tomb, the origin of astonishing treasures including a gold crown, to see impressive wall paintings of horses. Move on to the 7th century Cheomseongdae Observatory, reputedly the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, then on again to Banwolseong, the site of the palace fortress during the Silla dynasty, and now an attractive park area with a handful of atmospheric ruins. The nearby Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were originally part of the palace complex, and a treasure-trove of ancient relics, from exquisit roof tiles to gilt bronze Buddha figures, have been discovered beneath the waters. Finally, stroll through Gyeongju’s excellent National Museum, viewing archaeological treasures and royal artefacts that bring South Korea's history to life.

Day 6

Depart south towards Busan, making stops along the coast as you go. Pause to explore the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu where Silla’s ancient ruler requested his ashes to be scattered on the offshore rocks, believing he would transform into a sea dragon able to protect the country’s coastline. Pass the dramatic Jusangjeolli rock formations:unusual hexagonal-shaped, columns created by volcanic lava. In the seaside town of Ulsan, visit the Observatory from where you can enjoy views over the sea, the city and its famous Hyundai Motor plant. Arrive in Busan and spend the rest of your day at leisure exploring the town’s waterside buzz.

Day 7
Busan’s highlights

Set out early for Beomeosa Temple on the picturesque slopes of Mt. Geumjeongsan to explore this designated National Treasure, still home to around 150 monks, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. In contrast, your next stop is the Jagalchi Fishery Market: a noisy, frantic place full of a mind-blowing array of freshly caught seafood, where you can stop for lunch at an eatery recommended by your local guide. Pause at BIFF Square, the original location for the prestigious Busan International Film Festival, then take a high-speed lift up the 390-feet high Busan Tower to enjoy panoramic views over the city. Your last stop of the day is Taejongdae, where you can stand on the rocky clifftops and gaze across the sea towards Japan’s Tsushima Islands.

Day 8
Fly out from Seoul

Spend the morning at leisure in Busan, until it’s time to catch the KTX Express train to Seoul for your onward flight.

Booking Policy

  • English speaking tour guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • Any train journeys listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
  • International flight reconfirmation.


  • Flights to/from Asia.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'


  • You will not require a visa to enter South Korea. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
  • Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
  • You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.
  • You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
  • Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
  • We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.
Personalised design
We’ll plan your trip around your specific interests, tastes and preferences, providing helpful tips and honest advice based on firsthand knowledge of the destionation.
Authentic Experience
Our expert guides and brilliant travel concierges are hand-picked to provide a genuine experience, bringing you destination to life with care and passion.
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Our luxury trips are designed with responsible travel principles that priorities travel experiences that are both good for you and good for the planet.
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What our clients say about us

Feb 2023
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An amazing trip out together by Stephen at My Way Travel! This was our second trip ( went to Vietnam and Cambodia 2019). Stephen is great to work with- very flexible and listens to what we wanted to do. This trip was originally scheduled for April 2020. A honest company that asked if I wanted my deposit back and I said no - that I would use it in a future trip! How many companies around the world did this???? We had great guides In Bangkok and Chiang Rai and Chiang Rai. Fon was full of energy and fun in Bangkok. Ann was one of the best guides I have ever had- she took us to a couple of places not noted on the tour. We went for a hike at a waterfall and visited the cave where the Thai boys were rescued in the cave. Both Ann and Fon gave us wonderful suggestions for restaurants. I would absolutely recommend Stephen and My Way Travel! We plan to use him again in planning Bali!
April 18, 2023
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Our group of 26 people traveled to Japan & Thailand with My Way Travel, and had an incredible time. This was our third trip with My Way Travel and the trip was planned perfectly with every detail accounted for. Our tour guides were exceptional in every way. They exuded a warmth and friendliness that immediately put us at ease, making our trip more enjoyable. Not only were they amiable, but they also had extensive knowledge about the places we visited. We would highly recommend My Way Travel to anyone planning a trip to Asia.
July 28, 2023
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We have just returned from a 16 Day/15 Night trip to southeast Asia including stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand planned by Stephen at My Way Travel. We reached out to My Way Travel with quite a tall order asking them to arrange a trip for us that included visiting 9 cities in 15 nights! From the first point of contact, our experience with My Way Travel was absolutely fantastic. Stephen was very attentive and let us customize our tour however we pleased. All of the hotels he booked for us were incredible and the tour guides and drivers made us feel like family. It was very easy to keep in touch with Stephen throughout our trip via Whatsapp. The only thing we really needed during our trip was to add baggage for one of our flights and he was able to take care of it the day before we arrived at the airport. All the drivers/guides showed up on time and made transferring from airport to hotel to tour to wherever extremely easy. I will definitely recommend this company to anyone that plans on traveling to Asia.
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