10 days Seoul to Busan
10-day South Korea Winter Tour
From bustling Seoul to the white slopes, Nami Island to Busan, see Korea through a new lens with our 10-day Korea winter tour.
Seize a brand-new opportunity to explore Korea from an entirely new perspective, with our 10-day Korea Winter Tour. Begin in Seoul, where you’ll get in amongst the hustle and bustle of both the old and the new. Then, head to the verdant Nami Island for a stunning camping experience, before strapping your skis on and taking to the slopes at the Vivaldi Resort. Explore the traditional centre of Gyeongju before travelling to the cultural hub of Busan, where you’ll finish up your time in Korea by the sea.
Hotel accommodation, ski resort, a traditional Hanok, and a luxury caravan campsite.
Epic Adventure Leaders, with you throughout your entire trip!
All transport from Seoul to Busan, including the KTX back to Seoul on Day 10.
Itinerary & map
Korea Winter Tour
Day 1: Seoul
Your Korea Winter Tour starts today! You’ll meet your group and Adventure Leader at 5pm today, where you’ll have a trip briefing. They’ll tell you everything about the adventures that lie in store, as well as providing you with advice on adapting to local culture and staying safe whilst travelling. After this, you and your group will head out for a welcome meal to give you some time to get to know your fellow travellers!
You’ll then head up to a Seoul tourist hotspot – Namsan Mountain! Take the cable car up to the top for an incredible skyline, and if you need some more height you’ve got the option to head up the N Tower.
Day 2: Seoul
You’re up bright and early this morning, ready to head to the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace. Every morning, it’s the site of the Royal Changing of the Guard, which is an unmissable watch! We’ll take you inside to take a peek at the beautiful site, and if you’re so inclined you have the option to rent a hanbok. This is a traditional Korean outfit, and makes for some beautiful photographs against the backdrop of the Palace!
Once we’re finished there, we’re heading to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Here, you’ll have time to get some lunch before you explore the winding streets of the area on foot. After that, we’re off to Insadong Art Street! This lively spot is a photographer’s dream, as it’s filled with colour and art.
If you’d like, this evening you can join us for karaoke! After all, what better way is there to bond with your group?
Day 3: Seoul
Today, you’re heading to the DMZ to get an unmissable experience learning more about Korean history. While you’re there, you’ll visit the Dora Observatory where you can see the nearest North Korean villages through binoculars. After that, you’ll descend into the tunnels created by North Koreans, which take you within 200m of North Korea. You’ll also get a unique opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with a North Korean defector, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about their unique perspective.
We’ll be back in the mid-afternoon, where you’ll have a free afternoon to explore the Insadong area. If you’re keen to write to family, why not seize the chance to buy a postcard and send it home?
This evening, you can join us for a Nanta Show if you’d like. This high-energy Korean performance is funny, fast-paced, and makes for a great evening out. Then, why not finish the night by grabbing dinner and drinks in the Myeongdong area?
Day 4: Nami Island
This morning, we’ll transfer you by private car to Gapyeong, where you’ll board the ferry to Nami Island. You’ll spend some time exploring the amazing island at your own leisure, with time for you to grab yourself some lunch.
Once you’re back on-shore, you’ll transfer to your next accommodation – a campsite! You’ll stay in some luxurious-style caravan accommodation tonight, which comes complete with its own private onsen. We’ll get you settled in, then you’ll spend an evening playing games and eating a BBQ dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 5: Vivaldi Ski Resort
After breakfast at the campsite today, you’re off to the next stop on your Korea Winter Tour – the Vivaldi Ski Resort! You’ll arrive by private car, in time to get yourself unpacked and settled. Then, if you’re a newbie to skiing, you can opt to take an introductory lesson where you can get to grips with the basics.
You’ve got a ski lift pass and clothing rental included – which means no need to bulk up your backpack! Spend the day on the snowy slopes, zooming around with your fellow travellers.
Day 6: Vivaldi & Gyeongju
This morning is a free morning, so you can make the most out of any remaining time out on the snow. In the early afternoon, we’ll head back to Seoul, ready to jump on a train to Gyeongju in the late afternoon. You’ll check in to your new accommodation tonight – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a traditional Korean hanok!
Day 7: Gyeongju
While the choice is yours, this morning you may want to take a visit to the Bulguksa Temple. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
Once you’re back in Gyeongju, you can opt to join your group for lunch before you head off on a walking tour of the area. You’ll explore the Chunmachong Ancient Tombs at Daereungwon Tumuli Park, before you visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in East Asia.
For a touch of tradition, this afternoon you can choose to join your group for tea at a 300-year-old Korean hanok, or join them for a traditional Korean dinner. You’ll also get the chance to visit the beautiful Anapji Pond, before your final unmissable experience of the day. You’ll head to a traditional liquor tasting – so it’s a good job that it’s at the end of the day!
Day 8: Busan
You’re off to your final stop on the Korea Winter Tour today – Busan! Take the fast train, arriving just in time to jump on a private bus, ready to head to Gamcheon Village. This vibrant, colourful district is picture-perfect, and thanks to its stacked hillside streets has earned itself the name ‘the Machu Picchu of Busan’!
Back in central Busan, you’ll have some time to seek out lunch before you explore the trendy BIFF Square and Jagalchi Market. We’ll then take you to the beautiful shoreline of Busan, where you’ll get the best views of the ocean on board the Songdo Marine Cable Car!
This evening is yours to explore Busan on your own time, with the option of joining your group for dinner.
Day 9: Busan
You’re up early this morning, ready to depart for the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. It’s one of the rare temples that you’ll find in Korea not set high-up in the hills, as it sits perched on the dramatic rocky shoreline. After some time exploring here, you’ve got some options for some more free time in Busan. If you’d like, you can pay a visit to Centum Spaland, which is a traditional Korean jimjilbang (bathhouse).
Once you’ve finished relaxing, you’ll meet your group for a farewell dinner, where you can toast to a trip with all kinds of memories made!
Day 10: Busan & Seoul
Today sadly marks the end of your Korea Winter Tour. You’ll take the KTX high-speed train back from Busan to Seoul, ready to head home.
What you will experience
Vivaldi Ski Resort Experience
Take to the snowy slopes of South Korea, with an amazing overnight experience at a world-famous ski resort – complete with skis, clothing rental and a lift pass!
Nami Island visit
Take the boat to the stunning Nami Island, known the world over as a romantic winter destination. Then, cap it off with a luxury caravan camping experience, with a BBQ and games evening.
Spend half a day in the Demilitarized Zone, where you’ll learn more about Korea’s history, explore the tunnels and Dora Observatory, and take part in a Q&A session with a North Korean defector.
Experiences included in your Korea Winter Tour:
A cable car ride to the top of Namsan Mountain, where you’ll get incredible views of the entire Seoul skyline.
A visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you’ll see the Royal Changing of the Guard ceremony.
A half-day trip to the DMZ, where you’ll visit the tunnels, Dora Observatory, and have a Q&A session with a North Korean defector.
A trip to explore the stunning Nami Island, a magnificent island known as a natural wonderland, and a romantic winter destination.
An unmissable skiing experience at the Vivaldi Ski Resort, with a lift pass and ski/clothing hire included.
A walking tour of the fascinating traditional centre of Gyeongju, complete with visits to the Chunmachong Ancient Tombs and Cheomseongdae.
A traditional liquor tasting experience, where you’ll try the finest that Gyeongju has to offer.
A tour around the Gamcheon Culture Village, known for its colourful facades and nicknamed ‘the Machu Picchu of Busan’.
A trip high above the Busan coastline in the Songdo Marine Cable Car, where you’ll see the cityscape in one direction, and the endless ocean in the other.
A visit to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, one of Korea’s only coastal temples.
Our Korea Winter Tour price includes the following features:
- Bilingual Adventure Leaders, who’ll be with you for your entire tour.
- Transport within South Korea, including the KTX from Busan to Seoul on Day 10.
- Accommodation (including hotels, ski resort, luxury caravan campsite & traditional hanok).
- A welcome meal on your first night in Seoul, a BBQ dinner and breakfast at your Nami Island campsite, and a farewell dinner on your last evening in Busan.
Check out our included activities for this Korea Winter Tour below:
- Namsan Mountain cable car [Seoul]
- Gyeongbokgung Palace [Seoul]
- Half-day at the DMZ and North Korean defector Q&A [Seoul]
- Day trip to Nami Island [Nami Island]
- Skiing experience, complete with ski lift pass and rental for clothing & skiis [Vivaldi Ski Resort]
- Gyeongju walking tour, with visits to Chunmachong Ancient Tombs and Cheomseongdae included [Gyeongju]
- Traditional liquor tasting experience [Gyeongju]
- Tour around Gamcheon Village [Busan]
- Songdo Marine Cable Car [Busan]
- Haedong Yonggungsa Temple [Busan]
Return flights from your country of origin are not included in the cost of the tour.
Aside from the provided meals, food and drink is not included.
Optional activities on the Korea Winter Tour:
- Trip to the top of Seoul N Tower [Seoul]
- Optional hanbok rental at Gyeongbokgung Palace [Seoul]
- Lunch & free time in Bukchon Hanok Village [Seoul]
- Karaoke in Seoul [Seoul]
- Free afternoon in the Insadong district [Seoul]
- Nanta Show [Seoul]
- Introductory ski lesson [Vivaldi Resort]
- Free morning [Vivaldi Resort]
- Bulguksa Temple visit [Gyeongju]
- Tea at a traditional 300-year-old hanok [Gyeongju]
- Trip to Anapji Pond [Gyeongju]
- Free time in BIFF Square and Jagalchi Market [Busan]
- Free evening in Haeundae [Busan]
- Free day in Busan, including visit to Centum Spaland jimjilbang [Busan]
Room upgrades & additional nights
The price of a single room upgrade for the Korea Winter tour is £490pp. Please note that in the caravan camping, standard accommodation is 3 per caravan. If you upgrade to a private room, you will have your own caravan.
If you need pre- or post-trip accommodation in Seoul, we can arrange this for you for a fee.
For more information on room upgrades or extras, email email@example.com.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Korea Winter Tour, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our South Korea tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.