Why I love Seoul

Seoul is heaven for passionate foodies. Whether tucking into the snacks of commoners or the cuisine of kings, you just can’t lose. A hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet) is a feast as much for the eyes as the tummy, as are the creations of chefs crafting neo-Korean dishes. Equally satisfying is scoffing down piping-hot, crispy hotteok (pancakes with sweet or savoury fillings) on a street corner, or delicious, fresh and... Read More

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$530.58 Small group tours

3-Night Seoul Sightseeing and Shopping Tour

Experience modern-day Seoul on a 3-night tour of the South Korean capital! Your fun-filled itinerary includes trips to primary shopping districts, such as Myeong-dong and Paju Premium Outlets. You’ll see fascinating cultural exhibits at the Teddy Bear Museum, Samsung d’light and the K-star Gallery at Korean Wave (Hallyu) Hall. Taste Korean specialties like chicken ginseng soup at Tosokchon restaurant and view the city from N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower). Upgrade your tour to include the Nanta show (also known as Cookin’), a non-verbal comedic performance that incorporates traditional Korean percussive rhythms.

$45.88 Sightseeing tours

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

On this tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Seoul, feel the reality of Korea’s turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and South Korea. Travel by comfortable coach and learn fascinating history from your expert guide about the role this zone played in the Cold War and the Korean War, and how it now stands as a symbol of both division and unification. Sites you’ll visit include Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall.After pickup from your Seoul hotel at your selected departure time, you will be taken by comfortable coach to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land splitting North and South Korea, becoming one of the tensest fronts during the Cold War and the Korean War.Stop first in Imjingak, a park located in the banks of Imjin River where you’ll see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict. Proceed to Freedom Bridge, crossed by nearly 13,000 Korean POWs on their return back to freedom. As you explore by foot, learn from your guide about the powerful significance of this bridge.Re-board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. Here, learn about the role of these tunnels, which are believed to have been planned as a military invasion route by North Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades. Continue to the DMZ exhibition hall to browse photographs and war artifacts. This hall now stands as a symbol of peace – an attempt to mend the damages wrought by Korea's history. You’ll then be taken to the Dora Observatory, where you can use binoculars to scope out North Korea. Listen to your guide explain the lifestyle across the river as you observe the village of Kijongdong. Next, head to Dorasan Station, a historic and symbolic spot that marks both the division and a gateway of exchanges between the north and the south. Proceed to the Unification Village to observe the daily life of this small farming community, which specialized in creating soybean milk, traditional soy sauce and corn goods. Then you'll stop by the Amethyst Factory or Ginseng Center before being dropped off at the Seoul City Hall.If you choose the morning tour or afternoon tour only, you’ll end back in Seoul at City Hall. If you choose the morning tour with lunch, you’ll stop first at a local restaurant for lunch. If you choose the full-day tour, you’ll enjoy lunch and then head to Insadong Antique Market, which was once the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. Browse the various shops, peruse crafts and bargain for that perfect souvenir with the help of your guide. Your tour will end here.

$65 Courses & classes

Experience Seoul: Korean Beginner Cooking Class

Discover the secrets to creating Korea’s most popular dishes during this small-group cooking class in Seoul. Your culinary adventure with a professional chef takes place in a modern, spacious cooking school located in the heart of Seoul. Your chef shares different dishes for this beginner class depending on the day selected, and leads a walking tour through a local food market. At the end of your lesson, enjoy the delicious meal with your class. Explore Korea’s wonderful food culture with a professional chef as you learn how to prepare traditional Korean dishes. Each class provides a primer on the ingredients and flavors of Korea’s diverse cuisine. Your expert chefs preface your cooking class with a few safety instructions before delving into the cooking portion of the lesson. For more detailed information about each cooking class, please see the Itinerary section below. If you would like to see the schedule of classes and a map to the school, click on the blue View Additional Info link below. When making a reservation, please ensure that you are booking the correct day and time for your desired class and dish.

$70 Sightseeing tours

Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise

This cultural tour lets you experience the highlights of Seoul’s popular Gangnam District. Gangnam – you may have heard the song – is known for its upper-class neighborhoods and is often referred to as the Beverly Hills of South Korea. See more than 40,000 sea creatures at the COEX Aquarium, enjoy scenic views on a relaxing Han River cruise, and end with a visit to Bongeunsa, one of Korea's most important Buddhist temple that offers a quiet retreat from the busy city. Along the way, you'll learn interesting facts about the Gangnam District from your local guide.After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the afternoon, you’ll be taken south to the Gangnam District of Southern Seoul. Your first stop is the COEX Aquarium, one of South Korea's largest aquariums featuring more than 40,000 animals. Follow your guide through the aquarium and experience 90 exhibition tanks grouped in 14 ‘discover zones,’ including six themed areas. You’ll be amazed by the 600 species of fish!After your aquarium tour, you’ll be taken to the Han River for a relaxing cruise -- the best way to view Seoul’s bustling riverfront areas. Enjoy music and views of the waterfront buildings glistening on the water as you pass under many of the city’s 27 bridges and spot landmarks such as the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Your Han River cruise is followed by a visit to Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple offering a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore the temple’s shrines and halls with your guide and see its decorative symbols and artwork representing Buddhist principles and ideas. Soak up the calm atmosphere here, as well as great views of Gangnam, before stopping by the Ginseng Center and being driven back to your hotel.

$750 Small group tours

Discover Korea: 4-Day Western Korea Tour Including Seoul and Gwangju

This 4-day tour of western Korea is filled with a variety of distinct Korean cuisine and the beautiful scenery of the countryside. Somewhat off the beaten path, this western Korea tour is different from eastern Korean tours because the cities that you will visit are not as well known to most people. The tour kicks off in Seoul, goes through the south-western part of Korea with stops in Daejeon and Jeonju, and then heads off to Odongdo Island in Yeosu before finally ending back in Seoul.This delightful cultural experiences of unknown but famous sites will amaze you as a veteran guide escorts you throughout the 4 day course. This tour offers you the opportunity to be adventures and visit the parts of Korea that are not that well-known today!

$1590 Small group tours

South Korea: 8-Night Comprehensive Tour from Seoul

Enjoy this comprehensive 8-night tour from Seoul, which will introduce you to 18 different famous and historical sites, always accompanied by your experienced and professional guide. You will see the best of Korea's diverse and rich culture as well as its history and gastronomy, including a special tea-ceremony with a Buddhist monk.