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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

1. Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Journey to one of the most meaningful tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Gain an understanding of Korean history and culture. First, visit Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel passes through bedrock 240 feet (73 m) below ground. You can go inside the tunnel by foot. Once you're back on the surface, your guide will take you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dorasan Observatory. In good weather, you can see all the way to North Korea without using the observatory's telescope. Lookout at the 2.4-mile (4-km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul.

From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

2. From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and see the strip of land between North and South Korea that symbolizes a decades-long conflict and an important chapter of world history. Start your tour at Imjingpak Park, situated only 7 km from the Demarcation Line, a tribute to the Korean War. Visit its observatory, monuments, and the Freedom Bridge, which was used to transport 13,000 prisoners home after the war. Continue to the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978, and witness an incomplete tunnel built by North Korea into the South that was denounced by the UN. Descend into history at the Dora Observatory and see into North Korea. Lastly, head to Dorasan Station, the last station before the DMZ and symbolic of the hope of reunification. Be dropped off at the City Hall in Seoul at the conclusion of the tour.

Strawberry Picking, Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm Tour

3. Strawberry Picking, Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm Tour

Depart from central Seoul and ride by coach to the Yangpyeong strawberry farm. Head to Nami Island, famous for its movie shoots. End the day with a stroll through the oldest private garden in Korea, the Garden of Morning Calm, or take the option to add a visit to Petite France afterward. Arrive at the Yangpyeong strawberry farm and learn the proper way to pick a strawberry. Fill one box to enjoy, and feel free to purchase some organic strawberry jam. Taste the freshness of this fruit, grown with completely biodynamic methods. Head to Nami Island, where many K-drama movies are filmed. Choose to take a five-minute ferry ride onto the island or pay the extra cost to fly by zipline. Witness the majestic roads lined by trees, and try to spot some cute local animals. Explore the island on foot or rent a bike. Visit the Garden of Morning Calm and stroll the 30,000㎡ of beautifully manicured grass, flowers, and 20 different themed sections. Take the tour from December to March and witness the light festival held there every year, with stunning LED lighting perfect for families, couples, and photographers. Take the option to visit the French cultural village, Petite France, before heading back to Seoul. Admire the French-inspired architecture and view different displays and exhibitions based on the well-known novel of the same name.

From Seoul: Day Trip To DMZ, Cable Car & Battle Ship Park

4. From Seoul: Day Trip To DMZ, Cable Car & Battle Ship Park

Witness the Demilitarized Zone, one of the most powerful symbols of the 20th century. Learn the history of the conflict as you tour the important sights, including seeing North Korean territory. Start your tour at Imjingak, 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, a park that is dedicated to remembering the war and the division of Korea. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. The 3-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, the Unification Park, and a North Korea Center. Next, try the new Paju Imjingak Peace Gondola. During the cable car ride, you will get a bird’s eye view of the DMZ and even get a glance at Imjin River and Camp Greaves, a site used for many war-themed TV shows and movies. The next stop is Mount Odu Unification Observatory, which allows visitors a view of North Korean territory. On the way back to Seoul you’ll visit Seoul Battleship Park. 3 authentic warships are preserved in their original state and provide an extraordinary space for exhibitions and experiences, offering visitors another way to learn more about the war. Your tour ends with a drop-off at City Hall.

Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

5. Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, & Railbike

Meet your friendly coordinator at your preferred meeting point in Seoul and hop onto the comfortable tour bus with other travelers as you head to Gapyeong City. During the ride, be briefed on the details of the tour by your knowledgeable coordinator.  If you select one of the options including the railbike experience, drive to the railbike station and take a breathtaking ride through the serene countryside along an old train track that has been converted into a railbike track. Continue to The Garden of Morning Calm, a stunning garden that attracts families, friends, couples, and photographers with a variety of festivals held there throughout the year. Try some local food at the restaurants nearby. Next, set off for Nami Island, a beautiful, well-known destination in South Korea. Explore the half-moon-shaped island, which has very attractive landscapes and was used as the filming location for the famous Korean drama, Winter Sonata. Stroll around at your own pace to discover the island. Then, head to Petite France to see the vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. The French village consists of exhibition halls, restaurants, and cafes for you to explore and also many photo-worthy sites that feature many famous Korean dramas and variety shows. After your journey, enjoy a hassle-free and comfortable ride back to Seoul.

Mt. Bukhan Hike & Korean-Style Spa with Full Body Treatment

6. Mt. Bukhan Hike & Korean-Style Spa with Full Body Treatment

Take a break and get some fresh air by climbing Mount Bukhan and having a Korean-style sauna experience. Meet at your hotel in Seoul between 8:00AM and 9:20AM, then transfer to Mount Bukhan, Seoul’s highest mountain designated as a national park in 1983. Starting from the main entrance of Mt. Bukhan, you will stop by Seunggasa Temple and climb up to Samo Rock which takes around 2.5 hours. At the end of your hiking experience, enjoy delicious Korean food for lunch. After lunch, relax your muscles at a Korean traditional sauna, similar to Jjimjilbang (if option selected). It’s a Korean-style sauna which is an indoor bathhouse separated by gender. Start with seshin, a Korean body cleansing service, with a rub-down by a ddemiri or "scrub practitioner" who sloughs away layers of dead skin from your entire body using a thin tower. All services, including scrubbing, a body oil treatment, face pack and shampoo, will be provided by an expert and will take around 1.5 hours. Your hotel drop off will be around 5:00PM.

Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

7. Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

Located just 63 kilometers away from Seoul, Nami Island is a popular getaway spot for both locals and tourists. The area is famous for its magnificent tree lined roads. There are different activities available on the island or you can simply relax and enjoy the wonderful views in the area.  Petite France is a little vibrant French village that stands out with its brightly colored buildings. This village consists of many photo-worth spots that were featured on dramas and variety shows, such as “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, “Running Man” and the most recent, “You Who Came From The Stars”. If you choose a "Rail Bike" option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track for you to spend some quality time among nature with your friends and family. With this option, you will visit the Rail Bike station in the morning before your visit to Nami Island and Petite France. 

Nami Island, Korean Style Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

8. Nami Island, Korean Style Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

Nami Island is a half-moon-shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty - King Sejo, who reigned from 1455 to 1468. Nami Island also declared its cultural independence and was reborn as the Naminara Republic. It has its own national flag, anthem, currency, passport, phone cards, stamps, orthography, and even a certification of citizenship. The Garden of Morning Calm is a 300,000-meter garden that attracts an array of frequent families, friends, couples and photographers who come to explore the beautifully sculpted garden flowers, trees and pathways of this stunning garden paradise. If you choose the rail bike option, you will see an old train track in the beautiful countryside that has been converted into a serene rail bike track. With this option, visit the rail bike station in the morning before you visit Nami Island and The Garden of Morning Calm. You will have 2-3 hours at each venue and will be dropped off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Myeongdong Station, or Hongik University Station. On the non-rail bike option, you will be dropped off between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, and on the rail bike option you will return between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

Seoul: Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour with Optional Ski Package

9. Seoul: Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour with Optional Ski Package

Start the day with a pickup from your hotel in Seoul and drive 2.5 hours to the largest ski resort in South Korea, Yongpyong. Yongpyong Ski Resort is located in the heart of the Baekdudaegan mountains, and is home to a variety of world-class ski slopes, making it suitable for every type of skier. There are 3 different options to choose from: For the transfer only option, only the transfers are included so you will have to bring or rent your own ski gear. In the Basic Ski Package, there is an optional 30-minute ski lesson for first-time skiers to learn the basic techniques of skiing. This option includes all the essential equipment, including ski poles, boots, skis and gloves.  For the Full Ski Package option, there is an informative lesson of up to two hours. As well as all the essential ski equipment, this package also includes the rental of a ski suit and a ski lift pass.  After a thrilling day of skiing or exploring the slopes on your own, you will board the bus and drive back to Seoul, where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Seoul: Jisan Resort Ski, Sled and Snow Day

10. Seoul: Jisan Resort Ski, Sled and Snow Day

Jisan Forest Resort, located only 40 minutes from Seoul, makes for the perfect one-day trip from the city. The resort has all different types and skill-levels of hills, providing something for everyone, from nursery courses to advanced courses. Start the tour with pick-up from your hotel in Seoul between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. First you will be able to rent ski gloves. Then it's time to pick up your gear: if you've selected the snow sled tour, you will receive snow slide rental. If you have purchased the daily ski tour, you will receive your ski gear rental with a 30-minute basic ski lesson for your safety. If you also need the ski suit rental and lift pass, tour guide will help you rent them yourself. Now you're ready to hit the slopes! At the end of the day, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Seoul, with a stop at a ginseng center along the way!

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based on 1,855 reviews

It was more than I expected. The garden of morning calm was spectacular. I expected less from the petite france but it was rather large when including the board walk that lets you see the sunset in the mountains. The guide was so kind and considerate the whole time. He always made sure everyone was happy. At the end of the day he even helped me find a quicker way back to my lodging. Really superb. When there was some traffic coming back into Seoul he was so sweet and apologetic even as the old Korean lady kept bickering at him to take a different route. He was smiling and friendly.

Our tour guide Grace lives up to her name! Very approachable and super nice. We are a family of four including a one year old; she went above and beyond with the tour and even helped me with my baby. I am grateful to have met her. Thank you for the experience.

Finn is a great guide , patient, helpful and fluent in English. Had a great time at all planned destinations. Overall a 5 star experience and will book again.

Wonderful experience. Great, knowledgeable guides. Efficient schedule. Would recommend full day if available.

The 2 your guides were well organized and history lessons about DMZ was very good