South Korea

Embark on a captivating 9-day, 8-night boutique adventure through South Korea, a land where tradition blends seamlessly with modernity.

Discover the vibrant energy of Seoul as you explore its bustling markets, historic palaces, and chic neighborhoods.

Unwind on the picturesque island of Jeju (the "Hawaii of Korea"), famed for its stunning landscapes, volcanic wonders, and serene beaches.

Finally, immerse yourself in the coastal charm of Busan, with its lively fish markets, beautiful temples, and breathtaking seaside views.

Let us take you on an intimate journey filled with unique historical and cultural experiences, culinary delights, and unforgettable memories -- with an exceptional group of like-minded women!

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May 11-19, 2025

Per person based on double occupancy. Solo Rooms available.

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Picture Yourself

  • Meandering through traditional villages and vibrant markets of Seoul
  • Sampling fresh seafood and local Korean snacks
  • Witnessing the remarkable skills of the female divers of Jeju
  • Standing at the border of North and South Korea
  • Marveling at the breathtaking coastal scenery of Busan

Day by Day

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9

Day 1: Welcome to Seoul

Welcome to beautiful Seoul, South Korea! After arriving at the Incheon International Airport (ICN), your guide will meet you and help you transfer to our beautiful hotel. Take some rest, it’s been a long flight! Tonight, we’ll have dinner together as a group to get to know each other and go over the itinerary. 

Meals: D

Hotel: Lotte Hotel Seoul

Day 2: Seoul City Tour

This morning after breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet our guide and head off to explore Seoul!

Our adventure begins with a visit to the magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you’ll see lots of people dressing in traditional Hanbok and taking photos. 

As we explore the palace grounds, our guide will share fascinating stories and historical insights about this iconic cultural landmark. Afterwards, all who are interested will get the chance to dress in Hanbok, too! 

Next, we'll take a leisurely stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, wandering the charming streets lined with traditional Korean houses. 

We'll then dive into a hands-on Kimchi making class, where we'll learn about the ingredients and techniques that go into creating this beloved Korean dish. 

Then, we’ll continue to Insadong Alley, a vibrant area filled with shops and galleries showcasing traditional Korean crafts and artworks. This is your chance to shop! We'll have time to explore, shop for unique souvenirs, and soak in the lively atmosphere, with our guide on hand to offer insights and recommendations. After our big day, we'll return to the hotel to relax and unwind. Dinner at your leisure. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Lotte Hotel Seoul

Day 3: Seoul to Jeju

This morning after breakfast we’re off to Jeju island – also known as the “Hawaii of Korea!” After a short domestic flight, our first stop will be Dongmun Market. Established in 1945, this market is a treasure trove of fresh seafood, local produce, and traditional Korean snacks. It offers a vibrant glimpse into daily life on Jeju Island, and we'll have the opportunity to sample some unique local delicacies and perhaps find a few souvenirs.

The village features authentic thatched-roof houses, stone walls, and cultural artifacts from the 19th century. As we wander through the village, we'll learn about the island's unique customs, traditions, and way of life, providing a rich cultural context to our visit.

Our next stop will be to see the remarkable Haenyeo, or female divers of Jeju. These women, some of whom are well into their 80s, dive without breathing apparatus to harvest seafood. The show provides an insightful look into their skills, resilience, and the important role they play in Jeju's maritime culture. This tradition is so unique and significant that it has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Afterwards, we will check into our hotel where we can rest and unwind. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Grand Josun Jeju

Day 4: Jeju

We’ve seen and done a lot and Jeju is beautiful, so today is your free day to enjoy as you please!

Meals: B

Hotel: Grand Josun Jeju

Day 5: Jeju to Busan

After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head to the airport. Today’s flight will take us to Busan, South Korea's second-largest city and a vibrant coastal metropolis known for its beaches, mountains, and temples.

Our first stop in Busan will be the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a stunning Buddhist temple set against the backdrop of the sea. Unlike most temples in Korea, which are located in the mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa is uniquely situated on the coast, offering breathtaking ocean views. This temple, originally built in 1376, is renowned for its picturesque setting and peaceful ambiance. We'll explore the beautiful grounds, take in the serene atmosphere, and learn about the temple's history and significance.

After visiting the temple, we'll head to the Blue Line Park to ride the Coastal Train. This scenic train journey offers panoramic views of Busan's beautiful coastline. The train route runs along the seaside, providing stunning vistas of the ocean, cliffs, and beaches. It's a relaxing and picturesque way to experience the natural beauty of Busan, and we'll have opportunities to stop at various viewpoints along the route to take photos and enjoy the scenery.

Following our coastal adventure, we'll check in to our hotel in Busan. The remainder of the day will be free for rest and relaxation, giving us a chance to unwind after our travels and prepare for the next day's activities.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Paradise Busan

Day 6: Busan

This morning after breakfast, we’ll head out to explore Busan. Our first visit is to magnificent Taejongdae, a natural park renowned for its rugged cliffs and panoramic ocean vistas. As we wander along the trails, we'll marvel at the breathtaking scenery, including the iconic lighthouse that stands sentinel over the coastline. Don't forget your camera!

Next, we'll visit the artistic and trendy Huinnyeoul Culture Village. This charming neighborhood is adorned with colorful murals and sculptures, transforming the streets into an open-air gallery. Walk through the narrow lanes, admiring the creative expressions and learning about the village's rich cultural heritage.

No visit to Busan is complete without experiencing its bustling traditional markets. Our first stop is Jagalchi Fish Market, where we'll witness the lively hustle and bustle of Korea's largest seafood market. Marvel at the impressive array of fresh catches and savor the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant marketplace.

From there, we'll venture to Gukje Market, one of Busan's oldest and most beloved markets. Here, we'll meander through labyrinthine alleyways lined with stalls selling everything from traditional Korean snacks to clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. It's a feast for the senses and an excellent opportunity to soak up the local culture.

Return to the hotel for downtime. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Paradise Busan

Day 7: Busan to Seoul

This morning after breakfast we will check out of our hotel and board a high-speed train that will take us back to Seoul. 

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfortable ride as we zip through the picturesque Korean countryside, arriving in Seoul in just a few hours.

Upon arrival in Seoul, we'll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we’ll have a Makegeolli class! 

Learn how to brew this traditional Korean rice wine from scratch. This hands-on experience combines culture and culinary skills, and we'll even get to taste our own creations. Cheers to learning something new!

Next, we'll explore the beautiful Seoul Forest, a sprawling urban park that's perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll. We'll wander through the lush greenery, visit the deer park, and perhaps even spot some local wildlife. It's a great way to unwind and enjoy the outdoors right in the heart of the city.

After, check in to the hotel for downtime. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: The Plaza Hotel Seoul

Day 8: DMZ Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head out for the day to a tour of the DMZ, the border separating North and South Korea. No tour to Korea is really complete without understanding the significance and importance of this area. 

Our first stop is Imjingak Park, a symbolic area that commemorates the division of Korea. Here, we'll see poignant monuments and artifacts that serve as reminders of the country's tumultuous history.

Next, we'll cross the Bridge of Freedom, a historic bridge used by prisoners of war returning from North Korea during the Korean War.

Our tour continues with a descent into the depths of the earth as we explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, dug by North Korean forces. It is now a sobering testament to the ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

At the DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall, we'll gain insights into the geopolitical complexities of the Korean conflict through informative exhibits and multimedia presentations.

We'll then ascend to the Dora Observatory, where we'll enjoy panoramic views of the DMZ and glimpse into North Korea through binoculars.

As we pass by the Unification Village, we'll reflect on the dreams of reunification and the resilience of the Korean people in the face of division.

After a day filled with profound insights and emotional reflections, we'll return to our hotel to rest and recharge. Take this time to unwind and process the experiences of the day, knowing that you've embarked on a journey to the heart of Korean history and its aspirations for peace and unity.

Tonight, we’ll have our final dinner together as a group. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: The Plaza Hotel Seoul

Day 9: Departures

It’s departure day, and while we’re sad to see you go, we know you’re leaving with the memories of South Korea and our group that will last a lifetime! After breakfast, begin transfers to the ICN airport for departure. 

Meals: B

Hotel: -

  • Trip Length

    9 days/ 8 nights

  • Activity Level


  • Perfect For

    Cultural Enthusiasts + Foodies

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  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Accommodation in luxury hotels
  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • All activities mentioned
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Private driver
  • All transportation
  • Most meals (plus gratuity)
  • Internal flight from Seoul to Jeju
  • Internal flight from Jeju to Busan
  • High-speed train ride from Busan to Seoul
  • Gratuity for Damesly trip leader


  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals + alcohol not listed
  • Gratuity for local guide(s)

Meet Your Trip Leader

Alexis Dean-Shubin

Alexis turned her passion for travel into a career 10 years ago, and it has taken her around the world. In 2018 she began documenting her adventures as a plus size traveler to bring body inclusivity into the spotlight, and encourage others to experience the many wonders of the...

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Additional Information

Flights: Fly in + out of the Incheon International Airport (ICN). Plan to arrive before 6:00 pm on Day 1, and depart anytime on Day 9.

Want us to advise on flights? Email us at

Need to arrive a day early or depart a day late to accommodate your flight(s)? No problem! Let us know if you’d like us to arrange an additional hotel stay for you.

Weather: May is one of the best months to visit South Korea - ideal temps, little humidity, and long, sunny days, yay! Expect temps to range from the mid 50s to the low 70s throughout the country.

Packing: Sun protection (hat/sunscreen/sunglasses), comfortable walking shoes, and lightweight layers are must for this trip. Additionally you’ll want a small backpack for personal items and a scarf and/or longer clothing for modest dressing.

For entry into South Korea, you'll need:

  • Passport
  • Visa / Korean eTA
  • Travel Insurance*

*Note: We require proof of travel insurance for all international departures.

At Damesly, our goal is to connect women through beautifully curated travel experiences. 

Our trips feature a high level of customer support and a focus on cultural interaction and experiences. We’re dames who work hard, and travel often. So when you use your coveted PTO days, we want you to have the best trip possible! To do this, we hand-select boutique hotels based on location and service. We look for unique properties that we think of as hidden gems, which may or may not be 5-stars. Our itineraries offer a mix of adventure and relaxation. We’re not afraid to get a little dirty to have the most fun experiences, but if there’s an infinity pool or a great spa afterwards — we’ll meet you there!

Traveling the world comes with rewards and challenges. Our traveler is someone who is easy-going and open minded to new experiences and cultures, ready to get out of their comfort zone and understands that travel leads to personal growth, even on its toughest days. Join us if you’re adventurous, kind, open-minded and ready for the trip of a lifetime. 

In South Korea and on this tour, you can expect to tour amazing local markets, try lots of new flavors, and see some incredible views. Though we have a local guide with us, there will still be a language barrier, so please come with an open mind.

Will you match me?
Of course! If you choose a space in a shared room but you're traveling solo, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate. Roommates are matched based on arrival time and perceived compatibility. Sharing a room is a great way to save costs, and make a new friend! However, we ask you to approach the situation with an open mind, some grace, and maybe a little humor.

While 99% our travelers are amazing, we can't guarantee that you'll hit it off with your roommate, or that your sleeping styles will be compatible.

Is sharing right for you?
If you are a light sleeper, get easily irritated or just know that you need your own space, sharing a room might not be for you. Likewise, if you know that you snore, sleep with a CPAP machine or have other health conditions, sharing a room might not be the best fit.

What if I don't get along with my roommate?
If you've tried but you absolutely can't get along with your roommate and need to separate, your trip leader will either swap things around, or, attempt to get you your own room. If the latter, additional charges will incur.

What if I book a double room, and you can't match me?
We book a certain amount of hotel rooms before any tour, and are bound by their rules. In the event that we cannot find a roommate for you before the tour, and your room converts to a single room, there may be additional charges.

Small group trips require at least 4 people to run. We will confirm as soon as possible when the trip has met its minimum; up to 60 days before departure. For this reason, we recommend waiting until after a trip has been confirmed to purchase airfare. Any tour can be converted to a private departure when a trip does not meet its minimum. Additional costs may incur. Alternatively, apply your credit to any small-group tour departing within 12 months. 

When you book a tour with us, our team will create a customer portal for you, where you can make payments towards this tour at your leisure. 

If you’d prefer, we can create a payment schedule for you, just let our accounting team know ( Tours must be paid in full 60 days before departure. 

This tour to South Korea must be paid in full by March 12, 2025. See our cancellation policy here.

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