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South Korea Highlights

9 Days | Feel the Seoul of South Korea on this adventure that hits all the highlights.

4.8 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
CHF  2,421
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A melting pot of natural wonder, culinary delights and mesmerizing cityscapes, South Korea is proving itself as a destination well and truly worth adding to your travel list. Discover this fascinating, animated and tech-savvy country on a nine-day exploration of all the must-see spots. Take a tour of Korea’s Demilitarised Zone, eat ‘til you drop at an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant, spend a night in a traditional Hanok house and discover the ecological beauty of Suncheon’s wetlands.

Trip overview

Map of South Korea Highlights including Korea, Republic Of
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend a fascinating day exploring the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on a guided tour. Discover why this intriguing place has been awash with tension and political pressure since the Korean War.
  • Take a street food tour of the renowned Gwangjang markets in Seoul, feasting on bite-sized delights, and indulge in an authentic all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue experience.
  • On your day trip to seaside Sokcho, discover the island village of Abai, which is home to hundreds of North Korean refugees having settled during the War.
  • Spend a night in a traditional Hanok house in the Andong Hahoe folk village, walking past the traditional homes to imagine the country in its past life.
  • See the naturally beautiful side to South Korea on a hike up Seoraksan Mountain and explore the wetlands and national gardens of Suncheon – South Korea’s ecological capital.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A good degree of fitness is recommended for this trip as there is a lot of walking involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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6 breakfasts, 2 dinners


Private Vehicle, Train, Public Bus, Metro, Taxi


Hotel (5nts), Holiday House (2nts), Hanok (1nt)

  • Seoul - Gwangjang market
  • Seoul - Naksan night view over the city
  • Seoul - Jamsil Olympic Park
  • Seoul - Gyeongbukgung Palace
  • Seoul - North Village
  • Seoul - Demilitarized Zone (DMZ/South Korea)
  • Gangneung - Ojukheon Village
  • Gangneung - Gyeongpo Lake
  • Sokcho - Island village of Abai
  • Sokcho - Daepo Fish market
  • Sokcho - Seoraksan Mountain
  • Andong - Andong folk village
  • Andong - confucianist school and temple visit
  • Suncheon - Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve
  • Suncheon - Open film set
  • Suncheon - Suncheon Bay National Garden
  • Suncheon - Nagan Fortress Village
Add on activities
  • Gangneung - Coffee Cupper Museum - KRW14000

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Important notes

1. The trip will start at 4pm on Day 1
2. A single supplement is bookable for all nights except Day 5, subject to availability.
3. Although this trip starts and finishes in Seoul, we highly recommend you to spend some extra time exploring this fascinating city and its neighbouring regions. Please consult your booking agents if you would like to book additional nights.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Louise · Traveled November 2023
This trip had a good mix of urban and natural experiences. My favourite parts of the trip were the Suncheon wetlands and mount Seorak. Our guide, Boram, was excellent, and took the time to teach us about Korean culture during our bus trips.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Kay · Traveled November 2023
A great trip around Korea, which included both big city highlights and opportunities to see beautiful natural environments
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Pedro · Traveled November 2023
I really enjoyed this trip. I've never thought Korea could be so beautiful and the people so nice. Our guide, Boram, was awesome. Thank you Boram and the rest of the Intrepid Team.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Peter · Traveled November 2023
I really enjoyed the Korea Highlights tour, it was a nice mix of culture, food and the outdoors. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. There were some unexpected changes to the itinerary resulting in some planned places being missed out on. Overall though an excellent and memorable trip.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Toby · Traveled November 2023
The tour provided a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most beautiful parts of Korea, experience its history and culture, whilst meeting a group of like minded and friendly people. Our tour guide Boram made the experience so special, with her extensive knowledge and passion for Korea. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone.
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023
South Korea Highlights
CHF  2,421