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 80 reviews submitted.
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A destination of natural wonder, culinary delights and mesmerising cityscapes, South Korea is a rewarding trip for any traveller. On this nine-day exploration, you’ll discover Korea’s Demilitarised Zone, eat ‘til you drop at an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant, hike through the amazing scenery of Seoraksan Mountain, wander through the colourful Gamcheong Culture Village, spend a night in a traditional hanok house and discover the charisma of Busan from seaside Haedong Temple to the stories of Haeyno divers.

Trip overview

Map of South Korea Highlights including Korea, Republic Of
Start
Seoul, South Korea
Finish
Seoul, South Korea
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
South Korea
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CJSK
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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 BBQ experience for your final night.
  • Explore the seaside Sokcho and discover the island village of Abai, home to hundreds of North Korean refugees and learn about their experience in a sobering talk with the community here.
  • 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.
  • Visit coastal Haedong Temple, explore the colourful Gamcheong Culture Village and then meet a Haeyno diver in Busan for an insider’s view of this predominantly female profession.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A good degree of fitness is recommended for this trip as a lot of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • This trip doesn't spend much time in Seoul so we recommend extending your trip to enjoy this city to its fullest. Please speak to your booking agent about adding additional nights of accommodation to your booking.

Itinerary

Map of South Korea Highlights including Korea, Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Metro, Taxi, Boat, High Speed Train

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Hanok (1 night)

Activities
  • Seoul - Gwangjang market
  • Seoul - Naksan night view over the city
  • Seoul - Gyeongbukgung Palace
  • Seoul - Demilitarized Zone (DMZ/South Korea)
  • Seoul - Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Sokcho - Local market visit
  • Sokcho - Island village of Abai
  • Sokcho - North Korea refugee family visit
  • Sokcho - Seoraksan Mountain
  • Andong - Andong folk village
  • Andong – Village Traditional Dance Performance (except for Monday)
  • Busan - Haedong Temple
  • Busan - Gamcheon Art Village
  • Busan - Haenyeo (female diver) visit
  • Busan – Local ‘Smart Farm’ visit
Add on activities
  • Sokcho – Bike Ride around Yeongrang Lake - USD25
  • Sokcho – Community cooking & dinner in village of Abai - USD20
  • Busan - Night cruise - USD40

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Seoul on Day 1 at 4pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting for your first included activities.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 80 reviews submitted.
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Luz Marina · Traveled May 2024
Best Guide Kim Sang Woo
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Victoria · Traveled May 2024
A fantastic trip and a great way to pack in the highlights of South Korea in just over a week. There are lots of activities and places to visit, many of which I wouldn’t have found on my own - if you’re limited in time this trip is excellent. I learned a lot about the country and think I have tried every dish in SK!
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Kathleen · Traveled May 2024
Superb trip. Great insight to local life. Great variety of urban and rural. Lot packed into short time. Beautiful country. Guide Sam exceptionally helpful and enthusiastic in explaining and sharing local culture. Wonderful trip and a lovely group of fellow travellers.
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Mary · Traveled May 2024
Brilliant trip seeing the country, meeting the locals, eating their food, using their transport, contributing to eco tourism.
Review submitted 18 May 2024

Marta · Traveled May 2024
South Korea is a beautiful, safe country and our guide, Yong Park was excellent, cordial, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and attentive to everyone’s needs. Ultimately professional!
Review submitted 18 May 2024
South Korea Highlights
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