We have one 7 day small group tour in South Korea which is called South Korean Express. The group size is typically between 2 to 10 travellers and this tour is escorted by a local guide. Please note that for the day trip to the DMZ, you'll join other non On The Go travellers on a larger coach tour. All of our other South Korea tours are private and operated exclusively for you with your own English speaking driving guide. On occasion there may be the option to join a larger group of travellers on a coach tour with an English speaking guide, this will reduce the cost of your holiday. Our 9 day Seoul Searching & Jeju itinerary includes a coach tour on day 8 when visiting the DMZ, although this can be changed to a private tour upon request. If the quotation we provide includes a coach tour this will be noted, should you prefer all private touring please specify at time off booking and this can be arranged.
On our South Korean Express group tour we welcome teens aged 16 and over, accompanied by a parent/guardian. Exceptions can be made for younger travellers dependent upon the departure date and group size. Contact us for details. On our private tours of South Korea we welcome children of any age, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Our South Korean Express group tour runs once a month from March through to November when it is temperate. You can book our private South Korea tours to depart on any day of the year. South Korea is a year round destination with four distinct seasons. The temperature can get quite cold during the months of December and February when snow is common and monsoonal rains can occur during the months of June through to September. The best time to visit is during the months of March through to May or the month of October when the weather is warm and sunny.
Despite the history of conflict in Korea and the splitting of Korea into separate nations, South Korea with its remarkable historic sites and beautiful scenery still attracts thousands of visitors each year. Although North Korea has raised tensions with South Korea through rhetoric in the past, it is safe to travel to South Korea which is a peaceful country.
Yes you can. Day trips from Seoul to the DMZ are one of South Korea's most popular excursions. Our 7 day South Korean Express group tour and our 9 day Highlights of South Korea private itinerary include a coach tour of the DMZ. You can also ask us to include a the DMZ in a tailor-made itinerary for you. Please note that due to being the most heavily militarized border in the world all travellers taking part in this tour must bring their passport.
If your tour involves the Panmunjeom section of the DMZ (this is not included on our South Korean Express and Highlights of South Korea tour) there are several rules requested by the authorities to be adhered to in order to gain access:
– It is required you bring your passport.
– Dress code – No jeans, no short pants, no short skirts, no T shirts, no sleeveless shirts, no sandals and no military style wear.
– Children under the age of 11 are not permitted access to the Panmunjeon section of the DMZ.
Please note: These rules may not be strictly enforced at all times but we recommend following them to prevent disappointment on the day of the tour in the unlikely event that you are denied access.
Local holidays and Japanese holidays increase the cost of hotels and tours in South Korea. Hotels and local operators are able to charge higher rates due to high demand during these periods. Due to its close proximity, South Korea is a very popular holiday destination for the Japanese.
Local holidays are:
Chuseok Holiday – Typically during September
Christmas and New Year – 24 Dec – 01 Jan
Contact us for further details on Japanese holidays.