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South Korea Explored

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PCSK

Countries Visited

South Korea

Start City

End City

Seoul, South Korea Seoul, South Korea
South Korea Explored

Go beyond the capital Seoul to explore the countryside and your adventure truly begins. Serene temples, picture-perfect mountains, unspoiled fishing ports and a visit to the demilatarised zone all make up this road less travelled journey.

Why we love it:

South Korea Explored

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Seoul

Accommodation: IP Boutique Hotel or similar, Seoul


Day 2-3: Seoul

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: IP Boutique Hotel or similar, Seoul


Day 4: Naksansa

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Nakasana Temple or simialr, Nakasana


Day 5: Mount Seorak

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Seorak Kensington Hotel or similar, Seorak


Day 6: Suaedang

Accommodation: Chiamgotaek Guest House


Day 7: Gyeongju

Accommodation: Gyeongju Hyundai Hotel or similar, Gyeongju


Day 8: Gyeongju

Accommodation: Gyeongju Hyundai Hotel or similar, Gyeongju


Day 9: Jeju

Accommodation: Jeju Ramada Hotel or similar, Jeju


Day 10-11: Jeju

Accommodation: Jeju Ramada Hotel or similar, Jeju


Day 12: Seoul

Accommodation: IP Boutique Hotel or similar, Seoul


Your Trip

What's Included


Not Included

What to know


You should be in overall good health to complete this tour. There are no specific fitness requirements.


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

South Korea

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

Australia: No - not required

Belgium: No - not required

Canada: No - not required

Germany: No - not required

Ireland: No - not required

Netherlands: No - not required

New Zealand: No - not required

South Africa: No - not required

Switzerland: No - not required

United Kingdom: No - not required

USA: No - not required

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into South Korea. . Most travellers do not need visas for Korea for stays of up to 30 days. You must also have an onward or return ticket.

If you are a male of Korean origin whose name appears on the Korean family register, you may be liable for military service even if you are travelling on your foreign passport.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

South Korea

"Korea and Her Neighbours" by Isabella Bird Bishop. "The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History." by Don Oberdorfer South Korea, Lonely Planet Guide.

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrine's local representative Venture (based in Japan) can be reached on +81 (80) 3012 9269

Single Supplements

If booking a Single Supplement please note a single room is not available for the nights which we spend at temples.

Emergency funds

Please make sure that you have access to at least an additional US$500. This money can be drawn upon in unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc) that result in Peregrine necessitating a change to our planned route.

Domestic Flights

Please ensure that your passport details are submitted at time of booking in order for us to be able to secure your flight tickets. Luggage allowance for the domestic flights is max. 20kg.

Political Situation

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the Korean peninsula has been divided by a de-militarised zone (DMZ) separating the DPRK and the Republic of Korea. Peace has been maintained under an Armistice Agreement.

The level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice. It increased after the sinking of the South Korean Navy Ship Cheonan and an artillery attack against Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, when DPRK carried out two missile tests in 2012, and a nuclear test in 2013. More recently the DPRK threatened to nullify the Korean War Armistice Agreement in April 2013. However, in recent months the level of tension has reduced.

The South Korean authorities normally hold nationwide civil emergency exercises on the 15th day of the month, eight times a year (not January, February, July or December). Sirens are sounded, transport stopped and some people are asked to take shelter in metro stations or basements. Shelters in Seoul are marked with a special symbol. Participation by foreign nationals in the exercises is not obligatory but you should familiarise yourself with the procedures and check local announcements for further exercises.

Itinerary Disclaimer


Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

Issues on your trip


While we always endeavour to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader/guide to speak to their direct manager.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

30 April 2014

General Contact Details

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