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Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

1. Namiseom, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm & Rail Bike

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 rail bike experience, drive to the rail bike station to enjoy riding along an old train track in the beautiful countryside, that has been converted into a serene rail bike 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. If you select the lunch add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served with water and soft drinks. Next, set off for Namiseom, 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.

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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

2. 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. Start at Ganghwa Peace Observatory and get the closest and most clear look at North Korean farmlands. Explore paths, enclosed by barbed wires. Stop by at 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park and learn about the tragic history of Korean War. Later, travel to Imjingak Park, a part of Paju DMZ, where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Witness the Bridge of Freedom used by repatriated POWs and soldiers.

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Nami Island, Petite France & Optional Rail Bike Tour

3. 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.  If you choose the "Lunch" add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served water and soft drinks. 

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From Seoul: DMZ Afternoon Half-Day Tour

4. From Seoul: DMZ Afternoon Half-Day Tour

The DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone) is where you can see the reality of the most divided nation in the world. On this guided tour from Seoul, access the restricted DMZ zone with your guide and gain access to key sights inside the DMZ and at Imjingak Park. See key areas of security tourism, including the Third Tunnel built for invasion by North Korea, Dora Observatory where you can see North Korea, and Dorasan Station, a wish for unification. Recent news about the end-of-war declaration means that if you don’t take this opportunity to see the DMZ, you might miss out. You’ll also be able to learn all about Korean pop culture and make friends from around the world on this half-day tour.

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Seoul: Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour with Optional Ski Package

5. 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.

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

6. 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. If you select the lunch add-on at check-out, you can try the region's signature dish, Dakgalbi (Korean style spicy chicken) and fried rice, served with water and soft drinks. 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.

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Seoul: Jisan Resort Ski, Sled and Snow Day

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

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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From Seoul: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

10. From Seoul: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

With your choice of 3 departure locations in Seoul, travel by tour bus with your guide to the Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort, the most popular in Korea. Spend the day skiing or snow sledding (if option or add-on are selected) or simply admire the snowy peaks. With the ski option, you will also receive a one-hour basic lesson and be given approximately 5 hours of free time. Otherwise, you might choose to try out snow sledding (if add-on selected). After your day on the slopes, take the comfortable tour bus ride back to Seoul. The arrival time will be between 6 PM-6:50 PM depending on your drop-off point.

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What people are saying about Seoul

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4.4 / 5

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.

Our guide was great! He was very helpful and knowledgeable about each site we visited. Each place was different and unique. A lot of photo opportunities!!

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