5-Day Korea Golden route by K-shuttle Tour from Seoul Including Busan, Yeosu

Seoul, South Korea
5 Day South Korean Cities Tour from Seoul Including Gongju Busan and Yeosu

From USD 799.00

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Free cancellation
Free cancellation before 24 September.
  • 5 days
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the cities that make South Korea tick on this 5-day South Korean cities tour from Seoul. Visit vibrant and bustling South Korean cities including Busan, Gongju, Suncheon, Yeosu and Wonju. Enjoy breathtaking views, clean air and an escape to nature in Mt Seorak National Park. Learn of Korea’s rich history at the Tomb of King Muryeong and Gwangju National Museum. Gain insight into traditional architecture at Jeonju Hanok and Hahoe Folk Village. Explore the UNESCO–listed Bulguksa Temple with your guide and learn of Korea’s bold 2018 Olympics. Please note: from November 2017 to April 2018, Pyeongchang Alpensia will not be visited due to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
  • 5-day South Korea tour with hotel accommodation and transport
  • Visit Gongju, Buyeo, Suncheon, Yeosu, Busan, Wonju, Mt Seorak National Park and more
  • Acquaint yourself with Korean history during visits to the Tomb of King Muryeong in Gongju and Gwangju National Museum
  • Admire traditional Korean houses at Jeonju Hanok and Hahoe Folk Village
  • Explore Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its historical pagodas
  • Learn about present-day South Korea and plans for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games
  • Enjoy 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfasts included

What's Included

  • Transportation to all the places on the itinerary (vehicle size depends on the number of people on the tour)
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch, dinner, snacks, and other food or drinks unless specified
  • Optional admission fees as per itinerary (e.g. Goransa Temple ferry surcharge, entry to Seokguram Grotto, monorail to Pyeongchang ski jump, and Gwongeumseong Fortress cable car ride and temple entry)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Seoul

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 149
    149 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Start time

08:00 am

End point

  • 149
    149 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

    Donghwa Duty Free Shop Building, at Gwanghwamun Intersection at around 18:00 pm

What To Expect

Day 1

Seoul - Gongju - Jeonju

4 Stops


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Gongju Gongsanseong Fortress

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Jeonju Hanok Village

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: HOTEL : Jeonju Ramada or similar (4star)

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Jeonju - Gwangju - Suncheon - Yeosu

3 Stops

May 18th National Cemetery

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Suncheon Bay Garden

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Yeosu or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Yeosu - Jinju - Busan - Gyeongju

3 Stops


1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Jagalchi Market

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Haeundae Beach

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Gyeongju Commodore Hote or similar.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Gyeongju - Andong - Pyeongchang

3 Stops


2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Bulguksa Temple

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Accommodation: RAMADA Hotel & Suites Gangwon PyeongChang or same rank

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Pyeongchang - Mt.Seorak - Seoul

3 Stops

Alpensia Ski Jump Lounge

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Seoraksan National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Dongwha Duty Free

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Warm clothes are recommended during winter months
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; good walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Itinerary and hotels are subject to change due to weather, traffic and other unforeseen local circumstances
  • Stroller accessible
  • Luggage allowance is one carry-on bag which measures approx. 24" x 16" x 11"
  • Near public transportation
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country of issue are required at time of booking for all participants
  • You may choose single room or double room accommodation at checkout. If groups booking with an odd number choose double room accommodation, three people will share one double room and a pullout bed will be available for the third person at no extra charge. Please inform the tour operator at the time of booking if you would like to arrange a double room with a third pullout bed. If three people do not wish to share one double room then one person can book a single room
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Child price applies for children age 3 to 5 if they share a bed with an adult; if a child sleeps in their own bed they must pay the full adult price
  • If your booking party is one adult and one child then the child must book as an adult
  • Infants age 2 and younger are free
  • One person can book the tour, but a minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet this requirement. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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31 reviews
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Great tour for limited time.
thefegans, Aug 2023
Great way to get a feel for Korea, in 5 short days. Our guide Justin was excellent. He was a very knowledgeable, passionate young man. He knew his history. The bus was always clean, water was provided and A/C worked well on this hot days. The hotels were good. I would recommend this tour. Also, this tour company will work with you to modify your travel plans, ex adding extra days in a city and rejoining the next tour.
Solo trip
Denise, June 2023
Great way to see a general overview of a lot of South Korea. Bus driver and tour guide were super nice. Hotels were as well. Enjoyed my time!
An excellent way of seeing many places in South Korea in five days.
Nader_M, June 2023
Our tour guide, Justin, was the best part of the tour - attention to details, excellent sense of humor, very knowledgeable about the ancient and contemporary history of South Korea, and very helpful throughout. This is a relatively fast-paced tour - an excellent way of seeing many places in South Korea in five days.
Very good tour to discover South Korea
Vincent_H, Aug 2019
Very good tour to discover South Korea. Our guide Cooper was excellent, very friendly, helpful and always ready to share his country culture. Few comments though: - WIFI in the bus would be a plus. - In Gongju, the king's tomb is not that interesting: not much to see. Moreover, the treasure museum should be added in the itinerary. - In Jeonju, we should have spent more time in the Hanok village, instead of a 15-20mn walk through only. - Too much time (2.5h) was spent in Suncheon Bay Garden in a rainy day. Instead a bus city tour could have been proposed too. - At Hahoe Hanok village, renting a gulf cart would have been a good option, since it was so hot to walk! - Beautiful Seokguram grotto in Gyeongju. - Beautiful Seoraksan national park. - Beautiful view of Haeundae breach from Westin Chosun hotel panoramic coffee shop. A highly recommended tour, since it would have been so difficult to go on your own, since we don't speak Korean, and most of the people hardly speak English.
Drive across the country
Swarnalatha_S, Apr 2019
Fabulous tour for those who seek an authentic away from Seoul experience. Fairly good guide, lots of driving interesting destinations. As is expected from the extent of tours this kind, one wished we had more time to explore certain places - especially Suncheon Bay Garden & Mt. Seorak. Hotel stays on day 2&3 would have been a lot better with better housekeeping services and cleaner sheets!! If you are vegan/ vegetarian please be prepared to snack a lot and eat local vegetarian options ( but check on what goes into the sides and stock of soups etc) Bus rides were paced well with enough breaks. Overall a good tour. We we're blessed with good bus mates too!!
Our guide, Justin, was very...
John_M, Mar 2018
Our guide, Justin, was very accommodating and helpful. The hote're glad we took this tour, there really is not that much to see in South Korea. Very impressive highway system, tall apartment buildings all over the place and advertising signs festooning most every building. We were exposed to a good degree of Korean history and culture but that's about it.
Justin-the tour guide was excellent...
Eric I, Nov 2017
Justin-the tour guide was excellent with his guidance and assistance he made the trip both enjoyable and interesting. We have taken many land tours in the pass and Justin was one of the best tour guides.
Love this tour. Great selection...
Olivia K, Aug 2017
Love this tour. Great selection of places visited Comfortable pace Great tour guide and driver Highly recommend this tour The best time to visit Sth Korea is mid April
Great tour if you are looking for a...
Michiteru K, June 2017
Great tour if you are looking for a tour around South Korea. What made our tour exceptional was thanks to our guide, Brandon. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a frank insightful narrative. He was very accommodating to meet the needs of our dynamic group from various backgrounds and ages. Provided mini gifts and snacks throughout our trip, which I found out later was paid from his own expense. I wanted to try various dishes in Korea, and he provided all the information needed to enjoy them during the tour. We were able to connect very well with our guide Brandon, and made us feel like we had an older Korean brother showing us around. Thank you so much 형
We had such a good time on our tour...
Kathryn_L, Mar 2017
We had such a good time on our tour. Our guide, Justin, was amazing!! We had a 7 month old baby too, and they made it super easy to travel with him. We were able to see and do a lot on this trip it was definitely packed full of things to do and see. It would have been nice to spend more time in some areas, but then it would probably have to be a longer trip!!
This was a great across the country...
Mackenzie N, Feb 2017
This was a great across the country tour. The tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Strongly recommended to friends.
We highly recommend this tour as we...
Owenita E, Dec 2016
We highly recommend this tour as we went all over South Korea and visited the highlights of every city. The countryside is just so beautiful with the fall foliage. The rice fields were orange in color ready to harvest. Mt. Seorak Mountain was yellow, orange, red and green in color. I never realized that South Korea has so many UNESCO World Heritage Site until we joined this tour. We have a thousand pictures because every place that we went were picture perfect. Seokguram Temple and Bulguksa Temple were just amazing. The hotel accommodations with breakfast included were all good. I shot a picture of what the countryside look like in one frame Mountains, Sea, Islands, Skyscrapers and Rice fields amazing!!! Our tour guide, Miss Mina, made this tour very memorable. She treated us like a family and took care of all of us. She has vast knowledge of Korean history and every place that we went. Without Miss Mina, we wouldn't love this tour so much. We were all sad when the tour ended and saying farewell to Miss Mina.
8/10 Look for K-shuttle as no Viator...
Mark_R, Nov 2016
8/10 Look for K-shuttle as no Viator sign. 9/10 if bus had less noise and toilet. Great tour guide Justin Choi, one of the best. Great historical knowledge, telling us the history and stories behind sites, with a sense of humour. Great food advice. Hotels 2x4*, 1x3*, 1avg. Free WiFi at hotels. :)
1. Value for money 2. The tour...
Sweet_F, Nov 2016
1. Value for money 2. The tour company K Shuttle, provided an excellent tour guide named Mina. She was very patient, caring and looked after us very well. She was also good in explaining the old history of Korea. Always smiled and passion in her job! Well done, Mina. We were given plenty of times exploring the tourist attraction. 3. Hotel accommodation, 1st night stay was good clean and comfy hotel room. 2nd night was not too bad. But 3rd and 4th night was pretty bad. Not only both hotel were old but we found hair in the bath tub and basin poor housekkeping. The locations was out from cbd area, hard to find restaurant for dinner. Overall, it was quite an enjoyable tour.
Good Tour, wish there were more time...
Joseph K, Aug 2016
Good Tour, wish there were more time allotted, however, the tour was exceptionally great because of our tour guide, MR. JUSTIN CHOI who was extremely knowledgeable with historical facts not only for South Korea but other countries as well. An impressive young lad who was able to cross the dynamic of the group with various race and professional backgrounds, an impressive task given the fact that we were in the midst of a heat wave in SK. He was entertaining with fantastic disposition. He has great command of the English language as well. We have enjoyed this tour, and the experience was made amazing because of Mr. Choi. Thank you Justin! You are the best! One comment though, the hotel at the Commodore was not desirable, it was filthy! We had to request for another room. The other hotels were fine. We understand that it does not have to be perfect but cleanliness is immensely important to us. Thank you!
Justin was one of the best tour...
Stephen S, Aug 2016
Justin was one of the best tour guides i have ever had from my 24 bus tours in that many countries. The tour, if anything, was almost TOO much per day, but well worth the time. I have a whole NEW and POSITIVE view of Korea now. All too many Americans say Why Korea? Now i can say Why not Korea?, it is AWESOME
Only a 3 star, mostly because of the...
JeanPierre_N, Apr 2016
Only a 3 star, mostly because of the hotels we stayed in was not up to par. The Holiday Inn was the only good hotel. The Commodore hotel was like a hotel stuck back in the 70's. The carpet has never been changed, stuffy and dirty room, no A/C. The Ocean view hotel was a little better, but A/C was not working there either. We would not mind to have an option to upgrade the hotel. The last hotel Wonju Interburgo was OK, but skimpy on the breakfast, only one toast and 1 egg and some pieces of bacon and fruit... No breakfast buffet like the other hotels. On the positive side, Justin our driver and guide was fantastic, his historical knowledge was very good and he was always ready to assist us in every way. The tour was well planned, although we covered a lot of kms during these 5 days, there was always a stop place of interest or pit stop every 1.5 hrs. For historical dramas fanatics, it's a good tour, it brings you back to the places, you have seen on the dramas.
Laut Prospekt eine interessante Tour, aber mit vielen Ärgernissen
Franz_R, Mar 2023
Am meisten ärgerte uns der unkomfortable und langsame Schulbus, in dem 11 Personen 1600km (bis zu 8 Stunden Fahrzeit pro Tag) aushalten mussten. Das Reisegepäck wurde teilweise ohne Sicherung in den ersten Busreihen untergebracht. Durch die langsame Fahrweise wurden die Besichtigungszeiten teilweise extrem gekürzt. Der Guide wusste zwar gut Bescheid, war aber sehr sarkastisch gegenüber den Kunden und dem unerfahrenen Fahrer. Am ärgsten war die Kürzung des Programms am letzten Reisetag im Olympischen Dorf, wo wir anstatt 1,5 Stunden nur 10 Minuten Fotostopp machten. In Yeosu am Fischmarkt wurden spät abends Teile der Reisegruppe einfach zurückgelassen und mussten gesucht werden. Das Reiseprogramm wurde manchmal kurzfristig geändert. In einem der sonst guten Hotels gab es kein warmes Wasser zum duschen. Als Entschädigung wurde ein teilweise ungeniesbares Mittagessen angeboten. Eine Minderung des Reisepreises wegen dieser Probleme wurde vom Veranstalter abgelehnt.

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