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12 days Seoul to Jeju Island

12 day South Korea Adventure

Explore South Korea’s unique history, natural beauty, rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine with our 12-day adventure tour.

From bustling, neon-lit metropolises to rolling countryside hills, long sandy beaches to temples in the mountains, and even a visit to the historic Demilitarized Zone, our adventure leaders will take you off-the-beaten-track and show you life like a local on this unforgettable South Korea tour. Eager to find out more? Use the chat on the right hand of your screen to speak to our experts or enquire below to book your incredible South Korea adventure!


MARCH 2020 FROM £459 Last few places!

APRIL – JUNE 2020 FROM £509

What's included

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Hostels, guest houses & temples

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Adventure Leader

Epic Adventure Leaders

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Local transport

All transport from Seoul to Jeju Island

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Tonnes of activities included
Optional activities can be added.
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South Korea Tour

Day 1 – Seoul:

Get ready to start your South Korea adventure tour by meeting your guide and group at the hostel in the afternoon! Listen to a pre-departure brief as you find out everything you need to know about your trip. This is also an opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a Taekwondo Class and dinner which is a feast of Korean barbecue food – enjoy!

After a delicious meal, make your way to the top of Namsan Mountain, where you can admire spectacular views of Seoul lit up at night. Recognised as the most popular location in Seoul for couples, wander through the “padlocks of love” locked at the base of Seoul N Tower, representing visitors’ endless love! If you want an even better view of the city, you can head to the top of the Seoul N Tower.

Later, hop on public transport back to the district of Hongdae where your accommodation is. Enjoy some time to stroll around and explore the hip area or get an early night ready for your first full day tomorrow!

Day 2 – Seoul:

Today, you will visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Climb aboard a bus, taking you an hour north of Seoul to Imjingak, where you’ll have the chance to grab some breakfast. Continue your journey to Dorasan Station, the northernmost train stop in South Korea that was once intended to connect the country with North Korea. While there, you can buy a commemorative train ticket!

Pay a visit to Dora Observatory where you can see the nearest North Korean villages through binoculars. If you’re lucky, you might even see some people in the streets. Next, descent into the 3rd Tunnel created by North Koreans, taking you as close as 170m to North Korea!

After, you will begin your journey back to Seoul and make the most of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to a North Korean defector on the bus. Back in Seoul, try out a K-Pop Dance Class and then enjoy a night out in Hongdae, best known for its endless restaurant and bar options.

Day 3 – Seoul:

Today, you’ll wake up nice and early for a day exploring the ancient side of Seoul. Hop on the metro to Gyeongbokgung Palace where you’ll have the chance to watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, before entering the palace groups itself.
After, make your way to Bukchon Hanok Village, stopping by the Blue House, which is the White House of South Korea, on the way. This is the official residence of the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in.

In Bukchon Hanok Village, you can change into hanbok, traditional Korean clothes, to walk around the historical village. After a jam-packed morning, enjoy a group lunch with your fellow travellers at Tongin Market, or grab something yourself from the nearby area.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a walk down the Cheonggyecheon stream, an area of tranquillity and relaxation restored during an urban renewal project. Afterwards, prepare to be inspired by the Insadong Art Street where you can take part in an optional Kimchi Tasting session at Museum Kimchikan.

In the evening, you will have some free time to explore Seoul further. Walk around Insadong Hanok Street, immerse yourself in local life with a group dinner at pojangmacha – soju or head back to Hongdae Street for a night out on a pub crawl!

Day 4 – Seoul & Sokcho:

Check out of your accommodation and depart to Sokcho, in the north-eastern part of the country. Arrive at Seoraksan National Park in the late morning and pay a visit to Sinheungsa Temple. Embark on a hike to Ulsanbawi Rock for spectacular views over the national park. For those looking for a less challenging hike, you can hike the well-signed waterfall trail and board a cable car to another peak.

Refuel with some lunch back at the entrance of the park before taking the bus to Sokcho town. Here, you’ll travel on a gatbae to cross the river to Abai, a small village of North Korean refugees. Explore the historical village before climbing to the Lighthouse Observatory for incredible views of Seoraksan Mountain, the East Sea and Sokcho.

In the evening, enjoy a dinner with the rest of the group in and around the local fish markets. We’d recommend one of the most famous Korean fried chicken restaurants in the area, Manseok, known for its sticky sweet and sour boneless fried chicken.

Day 5 – Gyeongju:

Grab some breakfast before taking the train to Singyeongju Station near the city of Gyeongju.

After checking into your hostel, enjoy lunch at Seongdong Traditional Market or one of the many surrounding restaurants.

Get ready for an afternoon exploring Gyeongju by bike! First up, explore Cheonmachong Ancient Tombs, part of the Daereungwon Tomb Complex in Tumuli Park. Then, make your way to Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in East Asia.

Want to experience authentic Korean food? Have dinner at Dosol Maeul, a local restaurant serving traditional Korean set meals in an equally authentic environment! Later, why not take a stroll around to Anapji Pond for some amazing night time views of the palace? Be sure to pack your cameras because the lights are stunning.

Day 6 – Gyeongju:

Start the day early with a visit to Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Cultural Asset, or take the opportunity to have a lie-in. Grab a bite to eat for lunch in the city before transferring to Golgulsa Temple, where you’ll experience an overnight temple stay.

Upon arrival, check into the temple and start the day’s activities with a meditation class. Afterwards, try out the traditional arts Sunmudo before lending a hand to the temple’s communal work.

Enjoy a simple Buddhist dinner of vegetables, rice and fruit with the other temple visitors. Take part in the evening chanting service and meditation before learning the basics of Sunmudo yourself!

Day 7 – Busan:

Wake up with the sunrise and take part in the morning chanting service and meditation, followed by starting the day right with a traditional breakfast. After a relaxing morning, take part in your final Sunmudo training lesson to master your skills.

After a relaxing morning, take part in your final Sunmudo training lesson to master your skills. Have a delicious lunch before taking the bus back to the city. Then, make your way to Gyeongju bus station where you’ll start your journey to Busan. Arrive in the late afternoon and head straight to your accommodation, after which you will visit the unmissable Gamcheon Village.

Check in and make yourself comfortable before heading out for dinner. Grab some amazing food at tables along the beachfront. Make your way to Jagalchi Market, the biggest seafood market in South Korea. Wander through the bright and colourful stalls showcasing a huge variety of the day’s fresh catch. Pick the best of the bunch for a tasty lunch before heading to Nampo-dong, the city’s famous movie district and home to the annual Busan International Film Festival.

Day 8 – Busan:

Head out for a day exploring Busan. First up, visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple nestled in the coastline’s cliffs.

Feeling in need of some more rejuvenation? Head to Spa Land in Centum City, located in Busan’s largest shopping complex! Make the most of South Korea’s high-quality jjimjilbang while you’re here and treat yourself to saunas, cold rooms, jacuzzis and more.

Take the metro to Gwangan Beach and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. Try the Korean delicacy, jokbal, or hit up Slice of Life for the best New York-style pizza around. Once the sun sets, be sure to admire the light show on Gwangan Bridge.

Day 9 – Busan:

Enjoy a free morning to explore Busan.

Venture out on your own or take part in some of our suggested activities. For example, you can join a cooking class and learn to make the Korean dishes you’ve tried throughout your trip. Alternatively, take a day trip to the colourful Gamcheon Culture Village, or embark on the Igidae Coastal Walk and Oryukdo Skywalk.

Later, you will collect your belongings from the hostel and make your way to the port where you’ll catch an overnight ferry to Jeju Island. Catch a great view of the city from the top deck as you pull out of the port. Chill out with your fellow travellers in the lounge areas or head to bed ready for an early start in the morning.

Day 10 – Jeju Island:

You will eat breakfast on board the ferry in the morning. Once you have reached Jeju, head to Seongsan Ilchulbong and enjoy a morning hike for some beautiful views. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a unique formation that was formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions over 5,000 years ago! Make your way back down the mountain, to then try out some sailing on yachts and enjoy the fresh sea air. The afternoon is then free for your own exploration and you can ask us for our recommendations.

Day 11 – Jeju Island:

In the morning, depart by private transfer on a day trip to Jeongbang Waterfall. Start the day at the waterfall, the only one of its kind in Asia, which flows directly into the ocean. Then, embark on a day-long trek along the Jeju Olle Trail.

Take a break and refuel with lunch in Seogwipo city before continuing your trek to Oedolgae Rock. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery along the way, from the volcanic cliffs to the bright yellow fields of canola.

Return to the hostel in the early afternoon and enjoy some well-deserved rest time! Relax on the beach or chill in the hostel before your final night’s celebrations. If you’ve still got some energy, head out on to the water a try your hand at surfing or paddleboarding.

In the evening, kick back with a barbecue dinner! Eat delicious food, watch the sun go down and if you want, party into the night by the seashore. Make the most of your time with your fellow travellers, as you’ll be saying goodbye in the morning.

Day 12 – Jeju Island:

You’ve reached the last day of your South Korea tour and the end of your Dragon Trip adventure through South Korea! Head back to Seoul, explore the wonders of Jeju Island further or continue with your travels elsewhere.

Safe travels!


Our South Korea tour package price includes the following features:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Transport within South Korea
  • Accommodation (including hostels, bath houses and temples!)


Check out our included activities for this South Korea tour below:

  • Taekwondo Class (Seoul)
  • Tour around the DMZ, including Dora Observatory, tunnels, and Q&A with North Korean defector (Seoul)
  • K-Pop Class (Seoul)
  • Visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace (Seoul)
  • Visit to Seoroksan Park, including Bisundae and Keumganggul Cave, waterfalls, and Ulsanbawi Rock (Sokcho)
  • Gatbae boat & visit to Abai Village (Sokcho)
  • Traditional liquor tasting (Sokcho)
  • Cycling tour of Gyeongju (Gyeongju)
  • Visit to Chunmachong Ancient Tombs in Daereungwon Tumuli Park (Gyeongju)
  • Visit to Cheomseongdae (Gyeongju)
  • Golgulsa Temple stay (Gyeongju)
  • Traditional vegetarian dinner & breakfast (Gyeongju)
  • Sunmudo training session (Gyeongju)
  • Buddhist meditation session (Gyeongju)
  • Private day tour of Busan, including Gamcheon Village, Songdo Marine Cable Car, and BIFF Square entertainment area (Busan)
  • Visit to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (Busan)
  • Hike to summit of Seongsan Ilchulbong (Jeju)
  • Yacht sailing tour (Jeju)
  • Half-day nature hike in Jeju Island (Jeju)
  • Farewell BBQ dinner (Jeju)



The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during this South Korea tour organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.

Activities that aren’t included:

  • Baseball Match
  • Pub Crawl



If you would like us to help you arrange a flight back to Seoul, the we can do so at the fixed price of £95. The flight we recommend is T’way Air 13:30-14:40 TW718 Jeju – Seoul Gimpo. There are two airports in Seoul and this flight arrives at the domestic airport. If you are looking to connect to an international flight, you may have to transit to the international airport.

Room upgrades & additional nights

The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £450 and a double room upgrade is £360 per room (£180 per person). Please note upgrades are not possible on the overnight ferry, temple or bathhouse.

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 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! Running from £2,895 – price including tour costs, extra accommodation and connecting flights. Contact us for further information.

A deposit is required to make a reservation on our South Korea tours, 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.

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