10 days Seoul to Jeju Island
10-day South Korea Premium Tour
Explore South Korea in style on our 10-day Premium Tour. Discover this country that is an irresistible fusion of natural beauty, culture and gastronomic delight!
Take in some of Asia’s most buzzing cities, mountainous tranquility and an idyllic island on this varied 10-day Korea premium tour of a nation that is emerging as a cultural powerhouse! Your adventure leader will help reveal the magic of this country with a whole series of hands-on experiences. From a temple stay in the mountains, a K-Pop experience to visiting the DMZ and peering into the hermit kingdom of North Korea – this tour packs a real punch. Plus there’s plenty of opportunities to sample the rich variety of Korean cuisine.
Boutique hotels, luxury hotels & a temple stay
Epic Adventure Leaders
All transport from Seoul to Jeju Island
Itinerary & map
For the trip departing Sunday 1st October 2023, please note that due to the National Foundation Day public holiday in South Korea, the DMZ is closed on October 3rd. As this intersects with our itinerary, please see the below adjustments:
- The tour will stay in Seoul for 2 nights first (instead of 3 consecutive nights), and then continue the tour with Gyeongju on Day 3 (instead of Day 4 of the original itinerary).
- The tour will fly to Jeju from Pohang Airport on Day 5 (instead of from Busan on the original Day 8) and then return to Busan on Day 7.
- The tour will then return to Seoul on Day 9 from Busan by high-speed train to complete the third overnight stay at Seoul at the end of the tour. The DMZ tour will be on Day 10 (instead of the original Day 3) after which the trip will finish. Accommodation is not included after the tour ends on Day 10.
South Korea Premium Tour
Day 1: Seoul
Welcome to Korea! Today, you’ll start your journey of discovery with a group dinner (included in price), where you’ll sample your first tastes of the delights of the Korean cuisine.
It’s then time to enjoy a striking city-scape, with a mesmorising panorama of the metropolis below from top Seoul’s N Tower. Gaze down at the city you will be enjoying over the next few days!
Day 2: Seoul
Take a tour through Seoul’s fascinating history as you head Gyeongbokgung Palace and watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Step further back into time and try on a Hanbok at the Bukchon Hanok village, before indulging in a delicious local lunch and exploring the Insadong Art Street.
This evening, it’s time to step right into the beating heart of Korea’s K-Pop scene with a night of karaoke!
Day 3: DMZ
Today, you have a chance to understand the tragic history of this divided peninsula, with a trip to the border with North Korea – the DMZ. Visit the Dora observatory, look into the hermit kingdom, and see the tunnels underneath built by the North to invade the South. Learn more about the social history with a chat to a defector from the North.
After taking on board a weighty morning, relax while you stroll around Hongdae, a popular area for urban art amongst the young locals with street musicians, artists, shops, unique cafes and restaurants.
This evening, get ready to visit one of Seoul’s most vibrant districts: Myeongdong. Explore the streets lined with vendors, in addition to a wealth of restaurants and stores, before heading for an evening of theatre as you marvel at the acrobatic and comedic majesty of the Nanta Show.
Day 4: Gyeongju
This morning, you’ll transfer from Seoul to the historic Gyeongju. Grab a spot of lunch, and then take to bikes for a cycling tour that hits all the most important spots in the town. Explore the Chunmachong Ancient Tombs, Daereungwon Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae – the oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia.
This evening, get ready for a dining experience like no other. You’ll have a traditional set meal in a hanok, before marvelling at the stunning night-time views at Anapji Pond. Sample some traditional liquor as the final touch to the evening, before checking into a traditional hanok to get some sleep.
Day 5: Golgulsa
Head out of the city towards the gorgeous Golgulsa Temple, and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. Whilst here, experience a different side of Korean culture. We’ll immerse ourselves in the temple life as we hike around the lovely scenery in the morning.
After lunch, test your aim in archery class, and watch the martial art of Sunmudo – and try it out for yourself! You’ll end the day with traditional dinner, plus a chanting and meditation session.
Day 6: Busan
Transfer to your next destination – the bustling culture capital of Busan. Arrive at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and explore this temple nestled into the cliffs, before departing to explore the stunning Gamcheon Culture Village – Busan’s Macchu Picchu! Then take the Songdo Marine Cable Car for sky-high views of the city and ocean!
For dinner, we will be at the BIFF Square, where you can check out the handprints of your favourite Korean film stars. If you’d like to rest up after, you can – or enjoy drinks at Haeundae
Day 7: Busan
This morning, start the day with a traditional Korean cooking class and whip up some delicacies. You’ve then got some free time – relax at a jjimjilbang (a Korean spa), or enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches. Take a swim in the ocean, relax by the beach and sample some of the Busan-style hotteoks. These fried pancakes are a local speciality!
Tonight, boogie on our evening boat party before our guide takes you out in Haeundae for a fun-filled experience, complete with drinks and dinner.
Day 8: Jeju
Fly over to Jeju Island for the final stop on our Korea premium tour. Head straight for the port, where you’ll take to the seas on board a yacht to indulge in a spot of fishing.
Then, you’ll get a free afternoon to explore at your leisure. You might want to head over to the Olle Market for some seafood, swim at the Jungmun Beach, or try your hand at some local watersports. You could visit the stunning Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, or stroll along the Maritime Park and Saeyeongyo Bridge.
This evening, we’ll enjoy some drinks by a cliff, watching the sun set.
Day 9: Jeju
Start your day with a hike to the top of Seongsan Ilchubong. Also known as Sunrise Peak, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed over 5000 years ago! Next, embark on a hike along the Jeju Olle Trail, taking in spectacular views and waterfalls. We’ll stop for a revitalising lunch before hiking onto Oedolgae Rock, with vistas of volcanic cliffs and yellow fields of canola.
In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to chill on the beach. If you’re not a fan of sand, you can admire the tranquil scenery as you head your way to view the crater in Sangumburi, or visit the Jeju Folk Village.
Our last night is a BBQ party at a local restaurant. You’ll get sunset drinks, amazing food, and a chance to reflect on an awesome Korean experience.
Day 10: Jeju
Your Korea premium tour comes to an end today. You’ll catch a flight back to Seoul which is included in the trip – or, if you want, extend your stay on the stunning island of Jeju!
What you will experience
K Pop Karaoke experience
Try your hand at singing some K Pop hits in the heart of one of the city’s most iconic districts.
Jeju Island Hiking
Ascend Sunrise Peak and enjoy the spectacular views of Jeju with all its volcanic beauty.
Korean Cooking Class
The gastronomy on this trip is a constant joy- learn how to make your own delicious Korean food with a tutorial with a master chef!
Gangnam karaoke experience: Try your hand at singing some K-Pop hits in the heart of one of the city’s most iconic districts.
Soju sampling: Discover the joys of the delicious local spirt: soju!
Spa experience: Relax in a jimjilbang and take advantage of the myriad of spas, pools and relaxing areas.
DMZ visit: Peer into the hermit kingdom, meet a defector, and learn more about the history of this divided peninsula with a trip to the edge of the unknown.
Nanta show: Experience the full-slapstick, comedic of a Nanta show.
Temple stay: Immerse yourself in temple life with Sunmudo training, archery, horse-riding, and meditation with the monks.
Yacht sailing & fishing trip: Relax on the ocean and enjoy the views from the sea as you experience a slice of Jeju’s culture.
Jeju hiking: Ascend Sunrise Peak and enjoy the spectacular views of Jeju, in all its volcanic beauty.
Beach BBQ: One of many foodie experiences you’ll have in Korea! Enjoy a delicious BBQ on the beach, where you’ll get great food, sundowners, and ocean views.
Korean cooking class: Learn the art of cooking delicious Korean food from an expert chef.
Where you will stay
Take in the urban chic of Seoul in this boutique, hipster hotel located in the heart of one of trendiest districts of this buzzing metropolis!
Take in a truly unique sleeping experience as we stay in a temple ensconced in the mountains – immerse yourself in the tranquility of temple life!
Parnas Hotel Jeju
Grab a signature cocktail from the bar and take in the panoramic views of the ocean.
Our South Korea premium tour price includes the following features:
- Bilingual Adventure Leaders
- Transport within South Korea
- Accommodation based on twin occupancy (including boutique hotels, luxury hotel, and a temple stay)
- All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Check out our included activities for this South Korea premium tour below:
- Group dinner on first night
- Seoul N Tower
- Gyeongbokgung Palace & the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
- Visit to the Blue House
- Lunch at Bukchon Hanok Village
- Karaoke night in Gangnam
- DMZ experience, including a meeting with a defector & Dora Observatory visit
- Nanta show
- Sunmudo training
- Meditation session
- Archery lesson
- Hanok set dinner
- Anapji Pond
- Soju sampling experience
- Songdo Marine Cable Car
- Jagalchi Fish Market
- Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
- Haeundae sightseeing boat
- Jeju yacht sailing trip
- Jeju Olle Trail
- Beachside BBQ
We do not include International flights. Breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 lunches are included but the rest of the meals are not included although we can help with booking places to eat.
This tour includes a flight back to Seoul so you can book return flights from Seoul or if you fancy staying on the idyllic island of Jeju then let us know!
Room upgrades & additional nights
The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £730.
We can arrange additional nights accommodation in Seoul or Jeju Island if you plan on arriving early or staying on at the end of your trip. Please email email@example.com for prices.
Combine South Korea with Japan
Want to take your adventure further? Start your trip in Tokyo, take our full Japan tour and then fly from Osaka to Seoul to enjoy our South Korean tour! We can then include both tour costs, extra accommodation and connecting flights. Contact us for further information.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our South Korea premium tour, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our South Korea tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.