Luxury South Korea Vacations 2024/2025

From the glorious foodie scene and pop culture of Seoul to the fascinating heritage and rugged hills of Jeju Island, South Korea offers a kaleidoscope of intriguing ancient practices and modern advances.

  • Bespoke personalized, luxury itineraries
  • Access to South Korea’s best hotels and beach resorts
  • Unique experiences led by trusted private guides
  • 24/7 support from our award-winning travel specialists
South Korea

South Korea is unlike any of its Asian counterparts. Similar in some ways, poles apart in others. With a fresh and passionate foodie scene, an energetic atmosphere, and a serious dose of history and culture, it is a fascinating up-and-coming destination beckoning travelers to explore. Here, you will find trendy neighborhoods, big nightlife spots, ancient architecture, exciting food markets and an ever-growing K-pop culture. South Korea is a kaleidoscope of intriguing cultural practices, dramatic landscapes and modern advances, creating a diverse luxury vacation you will not soon forget.

Often referred to as a ‘low-key Japan’ with an emerging and exciting undercurrent, South Korea is a burgeoning destination on the global travel map. Those in the know about the “Korean wave” will already understand that this nation rich in history, culture, and technology, with an abundance of natural beauty, is taking its place as an edgy, vibrant and dynamic destination. Whether you are searching for a honeymoon with a difference, an in-depth luxury cultural tour, or are a family wanting to create life-changing memories on a family adventure, we'll tailor a private South Korea tour that is just right for you.

Seoul boasts a massive foodie scene, set to rival that of Japan. Indulge in delicious dishes like kimchi (fermented vegetables), bulgogi (marinated beef), and bibimbap (mixed rice bowl), not forgetting the utterly delicious and iconic Korean fried chicken. With vibrant streets lined with both modern and traditional Korean architecture, music and dance, celebrated both domestically and internationally, it’s a buzzing city waiting to be explored. Gyeongju is known as the ‘museum without walls’ bursting with history with more tombs, temples, pagodas and ruins than anywhere else in Korea. In addition to its urban centers, South Korea has an abundance of breathtaking natural landscapes that attract outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. From the picturesque beaches of Busan to the varied and beautiful coastlines of Jeju Island, with its lush green volcanic peaks, there are ample opportunities for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Top South Korea Luxury Tours

We’ve enjoyed traveling the length and breadth of South Korea, testing (and tasting) every possible route (and dish!) to enable us to curate itineraries that work seamlessly for you. Taking in the country’s many highlights at just the right pace, our luxury South Korea tour ideas are packed with unique experiences and handpicked hotels, delivering unforgettable travel moments.

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Top Luxury Hotels in South Korea

Our specialists have reviewed countless hotels in South Korea so that we can recommend only the very best to match your preferences. Whether you want to stay at the hottest property in the area or are looking for somewhere with rustic charm, our handpicked selection of hotels has every angle covered for your vacation to South Korea.

Rikki Poynton

Asia Specialist

Travel has always been a large part of my life, a passion ignited from my first visit to Russia as a child and my subsequent relocation to Moscow in 2010. After spending five years exploring this amazing, vast country and immersing myself fully in the culture and learning the language, I began my professional travel career at Scott Dunn in 2015.

Key information about South Korea

  • Best time to visit: spring and fall months
  • Average flight time: 11 - 13 hours depending on where you fly from
  • Time difference: +13 hour EST, +16 hours PST
  • Currency: South Korean won

South Korea Vacation FAQs

  • When is the best time to go on vacation to South Korea?

    The best time to visit South Korea is from March – May and September – November. Summer in South Korea sees an increase in rainfall, while the spring and autumn offer drier weather. This is also when the country comes alive with cherry blossom and lush green landscapes or stunning autumnal hues, depending on when you travel.

    Learn more about the best time to visit South Korea.

  • What are the main vacation destinations in South Korea?

    Without sounding cliché, Seoul is the soul of this uniquely captivating country, a place blending energetic city life with ancient traditions. Every South Korea vacation should include this iconic destination.

    If you’re looking for a true taste of South Korea’s culture, then Gyeongju is the place to visit. Not just a tourist destination, view South Korea’s long-standing history alongside locals as you immerse yourself in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, temples and relics.

    There’s also the chance to indulge in South Korea’s beaches. Busan and Jeju Island each offer their own distinct take on a beach vacation, with metropolitan Busan showcasing a delightful mix of city and sea, and Jeju Island offering ultra-luxe views of volcanic landscapes and crystal clear waters.

  • Where do your luxury South Korea vacations fly from?

    We can arrange flights from anywhere in the USA to South Korea, however, direct flights to Seoul depart from Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta. There are also indirect flights via cities in Europe or elsewhere in Asia.

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