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Private Tours

Private City Tours

If you are looking for a more customized Seoul experience we offer private, customizable tours.

Our private tours are completely customized, and we help you get familiar with the city by means of taxi, subway and on foot. These tours are led by our local experts that speak English or Japanese. These tours are designed for those that would like to maximize their time in Korea to see as many of the authentic markets, palaces and sites with a insider’s perspective.

These are private tours for small groups, and we don’t merge with other groups.

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CUSTOMIZABLE MULTI-DAY KOREA ADVENTURE
If you are looking to travel Korea for any amount of time, let our travel experts help you design a perfect itinerary that will take you all over the country. We customize your tour to match what you would like and of course we have great food choices at each destination. We have done tours focused on dramas, sports, hiking, cooking and more. Let us know what sort of experience you are looking for and we have the team to make your dreams a reality.

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$450 USD
per group up to 3
all inclusive

CUSTOMIZABLE SEOUL CITY PRIVATE TOUR

Our private tours show you all the great sights of Seoul and enjoy a great lunch. We’ll visit local markets, see hip neighborhoods, visit traditional neighborhoods, temples, palaces, galleries, famous architecture and with a delicious lunch. This tour is customizable so let us know what you are interested in and we’ll customize it for you.
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  • Our city tours start from your hotel and we’ll visit several different areas of Seoul. A typical tour will start with a visit to a traditional market, a famous Korean temple, a Korean traditional house village, art galleries and a visit to young art district.
  • Add an additional person up to 7 people for only $70 USD each person.
  • Times are very flexible. Tours have been done as early as 5am to as late as 10pm.
  • Tours last 8 hours and includes all transport, admissions, snacks and lunch. Coffee or Tea is extra.
  • Extra charges may be added depending on customer requests and for over-time charges. (Over 8 hours, groups will be charged $50 USD an hour)
  • Private car service is available as well as airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Here is what people are saying about our private city tours: “Fabulous time w/ O’ngo Food Tours”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Great Fun”“Great family outing!”,

DISCREET VIP TOUR SERVICES

Our discreet VIP tours will make sure that you will be able to either tour, go to your event, medical appointment, or attend your business meetings in Korea without having to worry about press, social networking, or exposure of any kind. Our professional drivers and guides use only the top-class transportation and we can provide security and any other services you would need to make your stay comfortable in Seoul. Our logistics specialists will make sure restaurants, venues, and events are checked and all is prepped in advance so you can do what you need to do deftly and efficiently.
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550 USD
per groups up to 6 people. Lunch and admissions not included.

(price per group)

KOREA STOPOVER TOUR

If you have 10 or more hours in Seoul and would like to get out of the airport or port dock and see as much of Korea as possible along with a great Korean lunch or dinner than this is the perfect tour for you. Our guides will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you into the city of Seoul so you can see top attractions, see local hangouts and neighborhoods, try top Korean food and then return you to the airport or dock on time so you can get on your ship or plane.
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  • Our city tours start from the airport or dock
  • Meals and admissions for people over 2 is $30 USD extra a person.
  • Times are very flexible. Tours have been done as early as 5am to as late as 10pm.
  • Tours last 8 hours and includes all transport, parking, gas, tolls, and guide fee.
  • Extra charges may be added depending on customer requests and for over-time charges.
  • There is a $100 USD Incheon Dock pickup and return
  • Private car service is available as well as airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Here is what people are saying about our private city tours: “Fabulous time w/ O’ngo Food Tours”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Great Fun”“Great family outing!”,
150 USD
per person
all inclusive
(minimum 2 people)

CUSTOMIZABLE ART AND ANTIQUES SHOPPING TOUR 

For those looking for unique keepsakes that only Korea has to offer, our art curator specialist will take you to galleries of up and coming artists and give you an insider’s look into the methods and ideology of how the artists work. For those looking for antiques, our experts will take you to auctions and shops that are away from the tourist areas. If you are interested in purchasing, our guides will negotiate for you to get the best price and then help get the item shipped or packaged so you can take it home safely.
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  • Our city tours start from your hotel and we’ll visit several different areas of Seoul. We travel by taxis and use public transport if that is the fastest way to travel.
  • Let us know what your interests are so we can make arrangements to galleries and shops
  • Times are very flexible. Tours have been done as early as 5am to as late as 10pm.
  • Tours last 8 hours and includes all transport, admissions and lunch.
  • Extra charges may be added depending on customer requests and for over-time charges.
  • Private car service is available.
  • Private car service is available as well as airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Here is what people are saying about our private city tours: “Fabulous time w/ O’ngo Food Tours”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Great Fun”“Great family outing!”,
$250 USD
per person
all inclusive
(minimum 2 people)

SHOPPING AND MAKEOVER TOUR

This tour is for those looking to indulge themselves with with a little retail therapy. Our shopping guide will take you to all the hip little boutiques and designer stores to shop for clothes and accessories. If you would like something custom made like a suit or fitted shirts our shopper can help as well. We’ll also visit hidden away markets where you’ll be able to get some real bargains on everything from purses to accessories. We’ll take a break to have a manicure and a pedicure and we’ll also have a break to have a delicious and healthy Korean lunch.
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  • Our city tours start from your hotel and we’ll visit several different areas of Seoul. A typical tour will start with a visit to a traditional Korean market, a hip shopping street in the Gangnam area, a visit to a local designer’s studio and more. Let us know what your shopping list is and we’ll make sure to find it for you.
  • Times are very flexible. Tours have been done as early as 5am to as late as 10pm.
  • Tours last 8 hours and includes all transport, admissions and lunch.
  • Extra charges may be added depending on customer requests and for over-time charges.
  • Private car service is available as well as airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Here is what people are saying about our private city tours: “Fabulous time w/ O’ngo Food Tours”“10 hour layover in Seoul made memorable”“Great Fun”“Great family outing!”,
All tours include food, drinks, and a guide (except when indicated). Tours are led by English, Spanish, or Japanese Speaking Guides. Tours are run daily. Minimum 2 people per tour. Private tours and couple tours are available. Restaurants may differ from tour to tour. Children’s rates available – please e-mail to inquire. All costs include 10% Korean tax (VAT). Please call at +82-2-3446-1607 or email at [email protected] to make reservations.

 

 

 

See a sample itinerary here http://www.ongofood.com/?p=795 Keep in mind, that we customize tours exclusively for each of our clients, so let us know what your interests are and we can design a tour for you. Preset, special interest tours are also available. In the past we have done tours for antiques shopping, art, shopping, oriental medicine, medical care, architecture, photography, etc. – with plenty of delicious Korean snacks and great meals along the way.

Our private Korean Food and Culture Tours are $150 USD per person for a 5 hour tour (Minimum 2 people). Lunch, Transportation, and Guide is included. $250 per person for a 9 hour tour (Minimum 2 people) and $500 per person (Minimum 2 people) for a full day tour (up to 14 hours).  Tours are all inclusive. Admissions, snacks, transportation (taxis and subways), and refreshments are included in tours. If you would prefer a private car for your tour, it will cost an extra $35 per hour.

See our 5 day Kinetic Korea Tour: Food, Shopping and Culture here

See our Seoul Gourmet Restaurant and Food Tours Here

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Family Tours and Company Tours
These tours are customized for your group and include banquets, team building exercises and more. Send us an inquiry email at [email protected]
Private High-End Food Tours
We also offer private food tours for those looking for something a bit more adventurous in terms of food. On the private food tours, we’ll visit a fish market and a traditional Korean market, have a tasting menu at a high-end, modern Korean restaurant, and visit several local Korean drinking places with food. You’ll get to experience a great deal of this foodtastic city with the help of a Korean food expert. We have all inclusive tours and tours where you pay for the food. Contact us for rates.

 

Reviews of our Private Tours: See more reviews at Tripadvisor

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“Excellent introduction to Seoul”My husband and I recently had a short stopover in Seoul en-route to London. We contacted Daniel Gray who jointly runs a Korean food school – O’ngo Food Communications in Seoul. We asked him by e-mail to arrange a one-day tour of Seoul as this was our first visit to South Korea. We have over the years travelled widely in southeast and south Asia. He asked us our interests in order to best satisfy our requirements and to enable us to make the most of the day. We said Korean Buddhist art and architecture, and food. The program he put together was excellent and enabled us to meet some very talented people (artists, actors and gallery owners) that just would have not been possible if we had done the “standard tourist tour”. We also enjoyed a delicious Korean barbeque lunch at a locally famous restaurant and had tea at a charming small tea house at a Buddhist temple. It all made for a memorable day and a fabulous introduction to Korea. Highly recommended.John E.
Visited March 2011
“Fantastic”Daniel put together a thoughtful, intelligent, tasteful and highly entertaining tour. He is friendly, attentive, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable. He left us both with many fond memories and an abiding affection for Seoul. I can’t recommend him highly enough.Susan F.
Visited April 2011
“This is good, even for family with kids”Our group was two families ofr 4 adults and 5 small children, and somehow Daniel arranged an itenerary that acommodates all ages plus he prepared an extra guide too. With an extra guide, kids can enjoy their own time (child care and tour, all in one) and adults can fully focus to do things they like.We went to Korean markets, shoppings, parks, Nami island, and Nanta cooking show (kids love this). Dak Galbi, Myeongdeong Noodle (must try), Kimchi, Korean BBQ, traditional Korean snacks set our pulse racing. We were served by best of traditional Korean recipes and dishes in various restaurants and traditional markets.We really had an extraordinary experience with Daniel. Thanks Daniel.Wira S.
Visited March 2011
“Fabulous One Day Whirlwind Tour of Seoul”Well, what to do if you have never been to Seoul before and have only one day to get a feeling for the city before starting business meetings. My recommendation is to get in touch with Tours by Locals and ask for Daniel. In my case, this was a private tour since there was only one of me; but Daniel also does tours for small groups. Daniel made a point to find out the kinds of things I was interested in and then planned our agenda accordingly–even making alterations on the fly as we moved through the day. I was very pleased with the introduction to the sites, the culture and the food. Daniel was a great guide to the pleasures of foods available from street vendors–something I might not have been so adventurous about without a knowledgeable local. We hit local markets, museums, palaces and temples and ended up with a sumptuous full course Korean meal accompanied by traditional music and dance performances. It was a perfect one day introduction to a fascinating city. Thanks Daniel.Michaelyn S.
Visited February 2011
“What a great way to see, learn, and experience Seoul”When I’m in a city for a short period of time, I normally hire a private guide for a day or two. Rather than the usual professor or historian, this time I contracted with David to be my so-called food guide. Not only did I have a great time eating my way through the city, I honestly felt like I learned more about everyday life in Seoul through meeting people and experiencing their food than I would in any collection of museums, landmarks, or vistas.David is great and worth every penny. I will rebook with him again on my next trip to Seoul.Jess C.
Visited August 2010