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      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 04/13/2025 - 04/20/2025

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 8 Days / 7 Nights


      See the highlights of South Korea on this eight-day program, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the country's ancient traditions and modern innovations. The tour begins and ends in Seoul, the vibrant capital city, where you can explore historic palaces and temples, shop at bustling markets, and indulge in the famous Korean BBQ. You will also visit to the ancient city of Gyeongju, the bustling port city of Busan, and the DMZ—the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea—for a glimpse into the country's complicated political situation. Discover the wonders of South Korea, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      South Korea itinerary map
      What's Included:
      • Seoul city tour
      • Gyeongju city tour
      • Bulguksa Temple
      • Yangdong Folk Village
      • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
      • Busan city tour
      • Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Island (APEC House) visit
      • N Seoul Tower visit
      • Namdaemun Market visit
      • DMZ visit
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
      • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner – allow $220-290 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels (6 nights), temple (1 night)
      • All transport between local destinations and to/from included activities via private vehicle, train, and subway
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      You may arrive in Seoul at any time today. The nearest airport is Incheon International Airport (ICN). The city's secondary airport is Gimpo International Airport (GMP). Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you consider arriving in Asia at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Seoul before and/or after the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the welcome meeting, join your tour leader for an orientation walk down Cheonggyecheon Stream, a 6.8-mile waterway and public space running through the heart of downtown Seoul. Learn about Seoul while walking past small waterfalls and nearly two dozen overhead bridges. Then explore the dense grid of streets in the bustling neighborhood of Myeongdong, which is packed with people at all hours of the day looking to enjoy some of the best shopping, street food, and nightlife in all of Korea. Opt for a group dinner to get to know your tour leader and travel companions. Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar) * For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

      During a private bus tour of Seoul, you will visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty built in 1395. The palace has been destroyed many times, but more than half of the original buildings are still standing or are restored. The complex is also home to the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum, where you can learn about the history and traditions of the Korean people during the Joseon era. Continue on to Bukchon Hanok Village, where you will be transported back 600 years into Seoul's past. The village boasts the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes (hanok) in Seoul. Keep an eye out for the half-dozen alleys with beautifully restored architectural features like small courtyards, decorative outer walls, and dark tiled roofs. Explore the narrow and hidden alleys of one of the most memorable places in Seoul, Insadong Alley. Now filled with antique shops, galleries, tea houses, and traditional restaurants, this area once housed the royal studio for painters during the Joseon Dynasty. After exploring the city, opt to see a show, explore a local museum, or hit the pavement and eat your way through street markets trying local fares such as bibimbap, soondae, and kimchi. Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      After breakfast, board a high-speed bullet train for a relaxing morning ride through the countryside to Gyeongiu. The city was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula at its height, for close to one thousand years. Several of Gyeongiu's historical buildings are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will experience an overnight stay in a local temple, which starts with a steep climb uphill. The group will learn about temple etiquette, watch a monk's martial arts performance (sunmudo), experience the daily prayer ritual (108 prostrations), and enjoy a temple-style dinner (sitting on the floor). Stay in rooms called ondol, which are traditional yet heated to be cozy and comfortable, with beds made up directly on the floor. The rooms are multi-share, divided up between males and females. Please be aware that you will spend a fair amount of time sitting cross-legged on floor mats at the temple. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by bullet train Accommodation: Golgulsa Templestay (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

      Enjoy a peaceful morning at Golgulsa Temple, located amid the natural beauty of Hamwolsan Mountain. Take an easy hike up to the only stove cave temple in Korea for a morning meditation. During a tour of Gyeongju, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bulguksa Temple, a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism located on the slopes of Mount Toham. Admire the temple's six national treasures: the Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Yeonhwagyo and Chilbogyo bridges, Cheongungyo and Baegungyo bridges, and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha. Also visit the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, Cheomseongdae Observatory. Cheomseongdae may not appear to be a monumental landmark, but the observatory tower dates back to the seventh century and is actually the oldest existing astronomical observatory in all of East Asia. Cheomseongdae was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather in the ancient scientific hub of Gyeongju. Later in the tour, visit the Daereungwon Tomb complex, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains 23 tombs located inside large mounds. The complex is beautiful with its rolling mounds and gardens, and you can pay a visit inside the tombs, the most famous of which are Cheonmachong and Hwangnam Daechong. Each tomb holds thousands of relics that provide a window into the Silla Dynasty and its royal family. The contents of the tombs are over 1,500 years old and a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of Korea. Accommodation: Swiss Rosen Hotel - Gyeongju (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Today, you will travel by private bus to colorful Busan. Along the way, enjoy a visit to Yangdong Folk Village, a 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Gyeongju National Park, where you can get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty. Founded in the early 1400s, the village boasts well-preserved buildings and has more than 160 homes displaying traditional Joseon architecture within a gorgeous natural setting. Continue on to the picturesque 14th-century seaside temple, Haedong Yonggungsa, originally known as Bomun Temple. Originally built in 1376, this picturesque, cliffside Buddhist temple overlooks the East China Sea. After exploring the temple, check in to your hotel and get your bearings with an orientation walk on Haeundae Beach and Dongbaekseom. Opt to spend the evening treating yourself at a Jjimjilbang spa, or sing your heart out at a popular karaoke bar. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Felix Hotel by STX (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Tour Busan and visit Jagalchi Fish Market, a major attraction at Nampo Port. Wander through the rows of stalls selling everything you can dream of from the sea. Watch as locals haggle for the best price and fishmongers hawk their wares. Then check out Gukjesijang, or Gukje Market, near Biff Square, a well-known modern movie district. The market was once a place for refugees to earn a living during the Korean War. It is now a bustling international market full of food, home goods, clothes, souvenirs, and more. The city tour will also take you to Yongdusan Park, home to more than 70 different types of trees and the 387-ft-high Busan Tower. Then explore the pastel-colored village of Gamcheon, nestled in the side of a mountain, with uniquely painted houses, murals, cafes, and shops. After touring Busan, travel by bullet train back to Seoul, where you will visit Namdaemun Market, Korea's oldest traditional market, dating back to 1414. It is also the country's largest market, with over 10,000 vendors spanning several city blocks. Get ready to shop! Then take a cable car up to the most iconic landmark in Seoul, N Seoul Tower, located at the top of Mt Namsan. The tower used to be a broadcasting station and is now a beautiful observatory open to the public. Opt to pay an additional fee to go up the tower to the observatory. During the evening, spend some free time visiting Banpo Bridge, home to the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show, and three artificial islands (Sebitseom) located near one end of the bridge. Or hang out in the Gangnam district, an historically rich, fast-developing neighborhood with plenty to do and see. Gangnam Station is the busiest subway station in Seoul and has a huge underground shopping center, or you could visit Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple in the center of Gangnam. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hrs by bullet train Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), in place since 1953 to separate North and South Korea. It is the most heavily militarized border in the world, with over a million soldiers standing guard every day at one of the last remnants of the Cold War era. The 160-mile long and 2.5-mile wide buffer zone has had very little development, and nature and wildlife have taken over the area. After spending about 3-4 hours visiting the DMZ, the group will visit The War Memorial of Korea, with indoor and outdoor exhibits containing about 9,000 artifacts. The memorial building serves to exhibit and memorialize the military history of Korea and preserve materials related to the Korean War. Later, return back to Seoul for another night in the city. Opt to visit the Samsung Leeum Contemporary Gallery, explore the Itaewon neighborhood, or pre-book a kimchi making and hanbok experience. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by private vehicle (Seoul to DMZ round trip) Accommodation: Hotel Prince (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Seoul at any time. The nearest airport is Incheon International Airport (ICN). The city's secondary airport is Gimpo International Airport (GMP). If you wish to extend your stay in Seoul, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off the lesser-value program(s) (up to three programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can help you find a trip from our partner tour's much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any of their tours, and you would still receive GEEO's fast and attentive customer service. Meals included: Breakfast

      *Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about South Korea
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important to review our Terms and Conditions before signing up for a GEEO program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation Policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in writing by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to the start of your program, all your program fee payments will be refunded excluding your $350 deposit, which is kept on file for future use and never expires.
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      • If you cancel within 30 days prior to the start of your program, you will receive no refund, but your deposit will be kept on file for future use and will never expire.
      Trip Notes
      1. This is a fairly active trip. Please be prepared for steps/stairs (while handling luggage) and hills. You will also spend time sitting cross-legged on floor mats during the temple stay.
      2. It is essential to pack lightly for this trip, as you will be walking with your luggage in busy public train stations to catch connecting trains. You must be careful to travel light and use luggage that you can handle easily. You will need to be capable of walking up and down stairs with your luggage without assistance. A large bag will be an inconvenience to you and will slow you down. Please also be aware that properties we stay in with only two stories may not have elevators installed and climbing the stairs with your luggage will be necessary.
      3. You can leave your larger suitcase in Seoul if you wish and take a smaller bag for when you head down south. It will be locked up at our start/end hotel.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes lots of uphill walking and stairs.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. By taxi from Incheon International Airport (about 70 mins) Visit the Seoul Taxi stands located outside the arrivals area. All taxis use a meter machine for the fare. - Regular taxis (all colors except black): approximately $50-60 USD (₩65,000-75,000 KRW) – suitable for up to 2 passengers - Premium taxis (black): approximately $85-105 USD (₩95,000-11,000 KRW) – suitable for up to 3 passengers - International taxis: drivers speak English and there is a flat rate of approximately $90 USD (₩120,000 KRW) to your hotel's district - If a group has more than 3 passengers, a jumbo taxi is the best option, at a price comparable to a premium taxi - Please note that there is a night surcharge (120% of the regular fare) between midnight and 04:00 am. By Express Train from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station (about 1 hour) The non-stop AREX Express Train to Seoul Station runs approximately every 30 minutes from 05:15 until 22:40: approximately $7-8 USD (₩9,500 KRW) - The train to Seoul Station takes 43 mins from Terminal 1 or 51 mins from Terminal 2 - From Seoul Station, you can take a taxi outside the main entrance to Hotel Prince (10 minutes, $5-10 USD) or walk (1.5 km, 30 minutes) - An additional ₩500 KRW deposit is required when purchasing a single-journey transportation card. This deposit can be refunded at the arrival station. By bus from Incheon International Airport Bus No. 6001 (06:55-22:50 every 30 mins) - The journey takes about 90 mins (9 stops) from the airport to the hotel or 10 stops from the hotel to the airport. - The bus fare is approximately $13 USD (₩17,000 KRW). You can purchase tickets at the ticket booth on the arrivals level. - The bus stop near the hotel is at Myeongdong Station near the station entrance – 100 meters (2 mins on foot) from the hotel.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Local Office Primary contact: Derek Jeon +82-10-8759-9367 Secondary contact: Tommy Na +82-10-5514-5041 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Suggested Checklist
      • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
      • Rainjacket and/or umbrella
      • Personal clothing for cool weather – we recommend packing 7-8 days of outfits so you don’t have to do laundry/li>
      • Light fleece (for flight over)
      • Comfortable waterproof walking shoes
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Small towel and swimwear
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Water bottle
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well as converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/Sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags for wet clothing
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
      • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
      • EUR/USD cash
      • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
      • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary. We recommend packing enough clothes so you don't have to do laundry.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require the participant to have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to South Korea. Non-American participants should check with their government or the nearest Korean embassy to find out if they need a visa.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in South Korea is the won (₩ KRW). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      Tipping is not practiced in South Korea. Leaving money at restaurants, in taxis, etc. will simply cause confusion! However, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, $35-45 USD per person would be appropriate.
      GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (, which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations for your destination. Please take this seriously!
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins and ends in Seoul. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Seoul. You may want to arrive in Seoul one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Tokyo any time on the final day of the program, or stay later to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. South Korea uses a Type F plug with two circular prongs; any European-style plug (e.g., Type C and Type E) will also work. The voltage used in South Korea is 220V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      South Korea has mild weather in mid April, with lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s, and a daily average chance of rain around 20-25 percent. Cherry blossoms start to bloom in late March and early April.


      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $0-150 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Approximately $1,000-1,500 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Airport Transfers
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      We recommend $35-45 USD for your G Adventures tour leader.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $220-290 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Variable; at your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Seoul Museum of History: Free Really get to know Seoul with a stop at the Seoul Museum of History, which highlights each segment of the city's past from the Stone Age to the present day. Discover one of the museum's recent creations – a giant floor map of Seoul, great for plotting out your next steps! Gwangjang Market: Free to look around Gwangjang Market is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in South Korea, with more than 5,000 shops. Famous for its fabric and local treasures, and noted to be one of the best places to go for authentic Korean street food in Seoul, you don't want to miss Gwangjang Market. N Seoul Tower Observatory: ₩16000 KRW per person Namsan Seoul Tower Observatory allows for an incredible 360 degrees panoramic view of Seoul. The top of the tower is 1,574 ft above sea level, including Namsan Mountain's own height (777 ft). It has quickly become a well-known landmark in Seoul and has appeared in lots of smash-hit K-dramas and movies. Gangnam District: Free to stroll Gangnam has plenty to do and see in this historically rich, fast-developing neighborhood. Gangnam Station is the busiest subway station in Seoul and has a huge underground shopping center, so feel free to shop until you drop. Choose to visit Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple in the center of Gangnam, or enjoy the nightlife and restaurants in this area. Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain: Free to stroll Banpo Bridge is home to the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show and is the world's longest bridge fountain. Nearly 10,000 LED lights and 380 water-spraying nozzles make up this beautiful show of water, music, and lights. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, the fountain is illuminated as it sends out dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music Floating Island: Free to stroll The floating island is a culture complex made up of three artificial islands located near one end of the Banpo Bridge. LED lights surround the islands and create a fantastic night view - a must-see if you're in Seoul! Kimchi & Hanbok Experience: ₩35000 KRW per person An instructor will walk you through the Kimchi-making process, after which you will make your own with various seasonings to your liking. Also try on various kinds of hanbok, traditional Korean garments for semi-formal or formal occasions during traditional festivals, celebrations, and ceremonies. There will be hair accessories and hats, as well, if you'd like to have the full Korean experience and take some photos! Itaewon Neighbourhood Visit: Free to stroll Get into the grit of things with a visit to Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood, the happening place to go. Immerse yourself in bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops, selling everything from tailored suits to furniture, jewelry, and pottery. Samsung Leeum Gallery: ₩310000 KRW per person Admire the modern architecture of the Samsung Leeum building and the contemporary exhibits inside.
      Anapji Pond: ₩3000 KRW per person Also known as Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, it was once a part of the royal palace complex of the ancient Silla dynasty. A long-term renovation project beginning in the early 1970s that excavated thousands of relics from the pond has brought Anapji back to its former glory. Anapji Pond is popularly visited in the evening for its beautiful night views when everything is lit up and reflecting amongst the waters. Bike Rental: ₩5000 KRW per person Cycling is a great way to see the city and squeeze more sights into a day. Ride past Cheomseongdae Observatory, Anapji Pond, and much more!
      Busan Tower Observatory: ₩12000 KRW per person With incredible views day or night, Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69 m above sea level at a height of 120 m and allows for 360 degrees of viewing pleasure! Fun fact: the top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple. Jjimjilbang: Prices vary Treat yourself in one of Busan's jjimjilbans, a Korean spa bathhouse, with an array of hot spring tubs to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Karaoke: Prices vary by the hour You can't leave Korea without participating in the popular tradition of noraebang, karaoke rooms. Sing your heart out!