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 47 reviews submitted.
ZAR  45,144
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A melting pot of natural wonder, culinary delights and mesmerising cityscapes, South Korea is proving to be a destination well worth adding to your bucket list! 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 Seorksan 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

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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 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.


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3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners


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


Hotel (7nts), Hanok (1nt)

  • 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 – Electric Bike Ride around Yeongrang Lake - USD25
  • Sokcho – Community dinner in village of Abai - USD20
  • Busan - Night cruise - USD25

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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 47 reviews submitted.
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Margaret · Traveled January 2024
Our 9 day South Korea Highlights tour was just a taste of what to expect in this modern yet traditional country. If you have time to take a longer trip it would be well worth it.
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Colin · Traveled January 2024
Learned a ton about South Korean society and culture. Our guide, Youg Park, was fantastic! Left tour super impressed with South Korea. Tour was super packed. I had a great time!
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Ellen · Traveled December 2023
This tour broadened my knowledge about Korean culture, the geopolitical relationships of the region, and beauty of South Korea. Our guide, Young, was brilliant - engaging and humorous in sharing his local knowledge.
Review submitted 31 Dec 2023

Jo · Traveled December 2023
The South Korea highlights tour is a fantastic way to be introduced to the many different faces of Korea. From the K Pop commercialism of Seoul, to the current reality of the DMZ, to a stay in a traditional hanok village, this tour should satisfy those interested in current affairs, history, culture and food…so much delicious food! An outstanding tour in a truly unique, friendly country. Five stars.
Review submitted 31 Dec 2023

Paul · Traveled November 2023
The South Korea Highlights trip provided an excellent introduction to the country, offering insights into its history, cuisine, and local culture. Exploring areas that would have been challenging to reach independently enhanced the experience. I highly recommend allocating extra time after the trip for further independent exploration. A truly enriching South Korean adventure.
Review submitted 12 Dec 2023
South Korea Highlights
ZAR  45,144