South Korean Soul

Ready to ride that K-wave? This is the South Korea trip you’ve been waiting for – with military history, majestic mountain views and a few robots in between. You’ll discover Seoul with local guides, zoom on a high-speed train, go extra authentic in Jeonju, and even star in your own K-pop video(!) With a night time boat tour, baseball, BBQs and plenty of delicious street food.
Tour details
Tour Provider Contiki
Price From
Number of Days
Start Location
Seoul Metropolitan Area, South Korea
End Location
Seoul Metropolitan Area, South Korea
Age Range
18 to 35
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Start Seoul
Well hello there, and welcome to your 9-day trip to South Korea. You’ll meet your crew in the afternoon, and in a super central location too. Following on from some free time to explore the Insadong Hanok village, we’ll regroup for some famous Korean fried chicken (and beer too if you like – you’re on vacation after all).
Our Seoul City tour begins bright and early today with a visit to the traditional Gyeongbokgung Palace. To cap off the experience, we’ll also have the chance to dress in traditional Hanbok dress. Afterwards we’ll head to Seonsgu – one of the best up and coming districts of Seoul – to check out the shops, cafes and treat ourselves to some lunch. Don't pass up the opportunity to catch a stray at one of Korea's famous baseball games. Tonight, you’re free to explore Seoul however you like. Strapped for ideas? Why not try the Korean War Memorial Museum, or check out Seoul Tower when it’s lit up at night?
Seoul and DMZ
This morning we’ll head to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the strip of land which separates North and South Korea.
With a local guide on hand to answer our questions, we’ll see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory (where, if it’s sunny, you’ll be able to see all the way into North Korea) and then the Unification Village.
After a rather sobering morning outing, we’ll head back to Seoul in the afternoon for a sunset city walk (timings do apply for this one though).
Seoul to Busan
Today we’ll step away from the historic sites and hustle and bustle of Seoul and head off to Busan on a high-speed train (travellin’ like locals, baby)!
With a rich history, Busan is now known for its arty vibes, sumptuous street food and colourful buildings… so have your cameras at the ready. Tonight you’ll have a free evening to chill out with your Contiki crew. (Karaoke anyone?)
Wakey wakey folks, we have a whole day to explore the beauty of Busan (the world’s 5th largest port). Home to Haeundae, this is one of South Korea’s best beach spots – don’t miss those coastal walks and sublime city views. Any K-drama fans in the house? Talk to your Trip Manager about filming locations nearby from your favourite shows. Then tonight we’ll get together to enjoy Busan by night on a private yacht – complete with snacks, drinks and big tunes.
Busan to Jeonju
Today we’ll take a turn for the traditional with a visit to Jeonju – a UNESCO listed city recognised for its Hanok heritage.
After checking out spots from BTS’ music videos and sampling candy made famous from ‘Squid Game’, we’ll enjoy a traditional bibimbap lunch (that might be delivered to you by robot). This afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the traditional village, checking out the multiple crafts and cuisines on display. We’ll have time to learn about traditional Korean crafts and culture, and then tonight we’ll bed down at a local guest house and discover Korean hospitality at its finest.
Jeonju to Seoul - Hongdae
Today we're heading back to where it started - Seoul. We’ll stay in Hongdae – one of the city’s best up and coming areas, home to some cool shops, eateries and edgy nightlife.

Is it possible to visit South Korea without seeing Gangnam? Nope – that’s why we’ll make a pit-stop there. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local Buddhist temple to take part in some traditional Buddhist practices, including meditative art and tea making. If the weather is kind tonight, we’ll head out to Yeouido Hangang Park for a riverside picnic. AKA vibes, tunes and convenience store ramen.
Seoul - Hongdae
On our final full day in Seoul, we won’t waste any time hangin’ around. After learning some sick moves at our optional dance class, you’ll have the chance to unleash your inner K-Pop star when we make our very own music video at HIKR Ground. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to shop for K-Beauty must-haves and traditional Korean cooking staples. Yup, there’s a farmer’s market visit waiting for us, plus the chance to try your hand at Korean cooking.

Tonight, we’ll sign off with a farewell dinner… and it won’t just be any old farewell dinner. Korean BBQ? You bet.
End Seoul - Hongdae
And with that, our South Korea trip is complete. We’ll depart this morning after breakfast. Culturally fulfilled? Yep. Better and more well rounded? Of course. Already planning the next one? Absolutely.
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
22 Mar 2024 30 Mar 2024 onRequest $4,310
12 Apr 2024 20 Apr 2024 onRequest $4,310
10 May 2024 18 May 2024 onRequest $4,310
24 May 2024 01 Jun 2024 Available $4,325
07 Jun 2024 15 Jun 2024 Available $4,105
28 Jun 2024 06 Jul 2024 Available $3,893
30 Aug 2024 07 Sep 2024 Available $4,105
27 Sep 2024 05 Oct 2024 Available $4,105
11 Oct 2024 19 Oct 2024 Available $4,105
25 Oct 2024 02 Nov 2024 Available $3,695
08 Nov 2024 16 Nov 2024 Available $3,695
07 Mar 2025 15 Mar 2025 Available $4,019
21 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 Available $4,019
04 Apr 2025 12 Apr 2025 Available $4,019
18 Apr 2025 26 Apr 2025 Available $4,019
09 May 2025 17 May 2025 Available $4,019
23 May 2025 31 May 2025 Available $4,019
13 Jun 2025 21 Jun 2025 Available $4,019
27 Jun 2025 05 Jul 2025 Available $4,019
04 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 Available $4,019
29 Aug 2025 06 Sep 2025 Available $4,019
12 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 Available $4,019
19 Sep 2025 27 Sep 2025 Available $4,019
17 Oct 2025 25 Oct 2025 Available $4,019
31 Oct 2025 08 Nov 2025 Available $4,019
14 Nov 2025 22 Nov 2025 Available $4,019