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9 Days | Dive into the history, culture and cuisine of South Korea

4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
GBP £3,610
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On this nine-day Premium adventure, you’ll explore the culture and cuisine of South Korea from unique perspectives with a local leader who has all the insights. Start in Seoul with a bowl of steaming hot pot and meet with a North Korean defector to learn their fascinating story. Wander through Gyeongbukgung Palace before heading to a local home for a private food lecture. Enjoy a bibimbap in Jeonju and learn about the town’s rich art culture. Walk through bamboo forests before heading for Mt Gaya’s Hainesa Temple, where you’ll stay overnight, meditate like the monks, and chat with a local monk over tea. Visit iconic sites in Mokpo and then explore Purple Island at your own pace – before ending it all on Jeju Island – where you’ll chat with a local Haenyno woman and visit UNESCO’s Seongsan Ilchulbong for the most scenic views in Korea!

Trip overview

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Seoul, South Korea
Jeju Island, South Korea
South Korea
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Visit the home of Daniel Gray – a food expert and food tour pioneer who worked on Netflix’s Street Food Asia Seoul – for a fascinating lecture on local cuisine, food history and a homemade meal.
  • Immerse yourself in the local way of life for Korean monks at your Premium Feature Stay in Hainesa Temple on Mt Gaya – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Three Jewels Temples representing Dharma.
  • Visit Jeju Island, where you’ll visit Seongsan Ilchulbong or Jeju Seongsan Sunrise Mountain/Castle – a volcanic peak nicknamed Sunrise Peak with sweeping panoramic views that earned Korea its first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy the vibrancy of Purple Island near Mokpo, where the colours of lilac and lavender fields have spread to the entire town.
  • Meet a local Haenyno – one of the local women divers who go diving for shellfish 10 m under the sea on Jeju Island. Learn about the local fishing culture and why these women, some in their 80s, still practice diving.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. You will visit the Hainesa Temple and the DMZ on this trip, and this requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees.
  • South Korea is best explored on foot. In fact, most travellers are surprised at how much distance they end up covering! Make sure your shoes are comfy and you are fit enough to spend most of each day on your feet.


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8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners


Public Transit, Private Vehicle, Ferry


Hotel (7 nights), Feature Stay (1 Night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Seoul - Orientation Walk
  • Seoul - Gyeongbukgung Palace
  • Seoul - Korean Food Lecture and Homemade Lunch
  • Seoul - Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Seoul - North Korean Defector meeting
  • Seoul - DMZ Tour and Imjingak Peace Park
  • Damyang - Bamboo Forest Walk
  • Jeonju - Hanok Village
  • Jeonju - Brassware Workshop
  • Haeinsa - Tea with a monk
  • Haeinsa - Temple Tour and Dinner
  • Haeinsa - Evening Meditation
  • Shinan - Purple Island Visit
  • Mokpo - Dinner with a local family
  • Mokpo - Ferry to Jeju
  • Jeju - Orange Farm
  • Jeju - Jeju Folk Village
  • Jeju - Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) Visit
  • Jeju - Osulloc Teahouse
  • Jeju - Sanbang-san Mountain
  • Jeju - Haenyno Meeting
  • Jeju - Farewell Dinner

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Important notes

1. Breakfast culture is quite different in South Korea. Hotel breakfasts are often either not available or quite disappointing. Because of this, hotel breakfasts are not included on this tour. Instead, you will receive a daily $10 cafe voucher to use at local cafes and coffee shops. You may choose to use one voucher per day, or save them up and use multiple at once. Your trip leader can assist you with choosing cafes and using vouchers.
2. The trip ends on Jeju Island which is served by an international airport. For your onward journey, direct flights are available to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka and Singapore, as well as Seoul.
3. Luggage porterage on this trip is limited to your travelling between accommodation. Porterage is not found in South Korean hotels, so it is not available within your accommodation.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Alexandra · Traveled March 2024
This was a great tour! The accommodation was fantastic, exactly what you expect for a premium tour. It is great for pairs and solo travellers, and Yong was a great guide. Purple Island, DMZ, and the temple stay were my favourite!
Review submitted 03 Apr 2024

Lisa · Traveled March 2024
The Premium South Korea tour was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to have an in depth look around South Korea. The distance travelled during the tour was comfortably managed with private minibus transport teamed up with fast speed train and a ferry trip! Our luggage was moved from hotel to hotel for us so we just had to sit back and enjoy all the daily destinations and special visits that the guide arranged for us. While it is hard to choose a favourite place or visit, my standout special meeting will always be meeting the 80 year old Hanyeo's of Jeju Island who are still diving today!
Review submitted 08 Apr 2024
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