The first five nights are spent in South Korea where you will travel from the sprawling metropolis of Seoul to the southern seaside city of Busan, via the cultural heart of the country, Gyeongju.
After your whistle-stop introduction to South Korea take the ferry across the Sea of Japan (just a 3.5 hour journey) to Fukuoka which sits on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Spend five leisurely days visiting temples and beautiful gardens, eating ramen at the yatai stalls and soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.
This is a fast-paced holiday designed to show you what can be done in a short space of time. If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.
Seoul - 2 nights
Day 1 - arrive Seoul
Day 2 - Seoul Old & New City Tour
Gyeongju - 1 night
Day 3 - Seoul, Gyeongju Highlights Tour
Busan - 2 nights
Day 4 - Gyeongju, Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, Monastic Life Experience, Busan
Day 5 - Busan Highlights Tour
Fukuoka - 4 nights
Day 6 - Busan, Japan: Fukuoka
Day 7 - Fukuoka City Highlights
Day 8 - Fukuoka, Nokonoshima Island, Shofukuji & Tochoji temples
Day 9 - Fukuoka, Dazaifu or Nagasaki
Day 10 - depart Fukuoka
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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.
Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.
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Crown Park Hotel
The Crown Park is a hotel with the feel good factor, as part of its profits are reinvested in providing scholarships for Korean students, through the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation...
Gyeongju GG Hotel
The Gyeongju GG Hotel enjoys a central location near the tumuli park region, within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
Ibis Ambassador Busan
This is an ideal choice if your goal is to get out and explore the city of Busan. It’s reasonably priced and centrally located, without all the bells and whistles of the more costly city hotels...
Dormy Inn Hakata Gion Natural Hot Spring
A very convenient hotel in Fukuoka, this property is smart and reliable, and situated within easy reach of JR Hakata station and the centre of town...
Grand Ambassador Seoul
The Grand Ambassador enjoys a convenient location in the upmarket Jung-gi district of Seoul with shopping, sightseeing, dining and entertainment options right on the doorstep...
The Commodore makes a comfortable base for exploring the historical city of Gyeongju, boasting an enviable location on the edge of Lake Bomun, within easy access of the Silla tombs and Gyeongju’s other historic sites...
Haeundae Grand Hotel
When the Busan International Film Festival kicks off in October this is where the stars choose to stay, and it’s easy to see why. There certainly is more than a dash of luxury here...
Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
A very short walk from Hakata station, the Hotel Nikko is a convenient and well-equipped choice for accommodation in Fukuoka, with a good range of dining options on the premises...
Grand Hyatt Seoul
The Grand Hyatt occupies a lofty setting at the foot of Mount Namsan, surrounded by landscaped gardens – an oasis away from the busy Seoul metropolis that is just 10 minutes downhill...
What makes the Hilton Gyeongju stand apart from its competition is its focus on art. The expansive lobby showcases a dramatic Miró canvas stretched right across it; artworks grace the walls ...
Paradise Hotel Busan
This large, luxury hotel certainly lives up to its name. There’s the sands of Haeundae Beach on its doorstep, a dedicated play areas for kids, a casino for the high-rollers, and an infinity pool with ocean views...
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Embedded in Canal City - a smart complex in central Fukuoka - the Grand Hyatt is an impressive property all round...
Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.
These prices are shown in USD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Inclusive / Exclusive
South Korean hotel contracts are extremely seasonal in comparison to most of their Asian counterparts and therefore you should expect surcharges at various times of the year, including weekends, not just festive periods. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.
- English speaking, local 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. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
- 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'
Please note: All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.