South Korea

Compact South Korea 8 days

Our eight day Compact South Korea holiday makes the most of SK'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.

At a glance

  • 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
  • Meditate with a Buddhist monk in Bulguksa
  • Walk through Gyeongju in the footsteps of kings
  • Step from seafood stalls to skyscrapers in Busan

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

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.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class£2,311£1,819£1,460

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...
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Gyeongju GG Hotel

The Gyeongju GG Hotel enjoys a central location near the tumuli park region, within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
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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...
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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...
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Commodore Hotel

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...
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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...
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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...
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Hilton Gyeongju

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 ...
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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...
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
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.
Please note: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.


We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.


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.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

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.

Booking Procedure

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 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

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.

Make it yours! Call a South Korea specialist on 01273 670 001

Or enquire online


Compact South Korea