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

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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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Start
Seoul, South Korea
Finish
Jeju Island, South Korea
Theme
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Destinations
South Korea
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CJPK
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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.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Public Transit, Private Vehicle, Ferry

Accommodation

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
Activities
  • 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. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Lake · Traveled June 2024
Excellent itinerary hitting all the best sights. Great contact with local people. Excellent food. The guide, Yong, was knowledgeable, organized, enthusiastic and helpful above and beyond what was required. Hotels and food top notch. It was a great way to see and learn about Korea.
Review submitted 16 Jun 2024

Roseanne + Albert · Traveled June 2024
Yong is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of our itinerary, including cultural, historical or political influences. His humor, patience and helpfulness created a welcoming space in which our group became good friends. On Jeju Island, his personal connections enabled unique encounters. This Premium trip was a 1st class experience.
Review submitted 21 Jun 2024

Cindy Ann · Traveled June 2024
This trip was amazing, and ending with meeting hanyeo women of Jeju was pure delight.
Review submitted 17 Jun 2024

Sue · Traveled May 2024
Intrepid never fails to deliver whether it be an interesting and varied itinerary, knowledgeable, fun and caring tour leaders, great food experiences and enjoyable and varied activities.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Ruby · Traveled May 2024
I would recommend this trip to anyone that wants to experience South Korea in style!
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024
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