Splendours of South Korea & Japan 13 Days £1,899
Seoul, Andong, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo
Immerse yourself in an incredible journey covering two fascinating countries, Japan and South Korea. Discover South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Seoul is Korea’s financial, political, commercial, and cultural centre with over 600 years of history. Travellers can explore the many archaeological sites and temples before enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes this country has to offer. After an enchanting tour of South Korea, you will explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Japan. Discover a new level of cool with a journey through cherry blossoms, mountains, bustling cities and ultimately, history. The combination of places visited in these two countries will provide you with an unforgettable life-time experience. Time to start packing!
South Korea is a dream destination for many travellers. The capital, Seoul, is a fast-paced cosmopolitan centre with an appetite for fashion, pop culture and the latest in high-tech gadgets. Yet just an hour away from the city, travellers find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of national parks encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes. With ancient cultural traditions retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are sure to be satisfied.
Friendly people, delicious food, and delightful contrasts between the modern and the traditional ensure that the indomitable spirit of South Korea will absorb and inspire travellers from all walks.
Starting your tour of Japan in Osaka, you’ll visit Kyoto and Nara – famous for their well-preserved ancient castles, temples, and monuments. In Nagoya, visit Inuyama Castle, and explore the 1200 shops and restaurants of Osu Shopping Street. Japan’s stunning natural endowments are on the itinerary too, in the form of sacred Mount Fuji and the surrounding region. Your trip wraps up with time free in Tokyo, for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.
From the end of March through early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as hanami (flower viewing).
From the end of October through early November is the best season of the year for viewing the vibrant crimson maple leaves in Japan. You can feel the fragile beauty of the changing seasons from observing nature. The fiery red is a true spectacle.
NOTE: Cherry blossoms and crimson autumn leaves are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates.
Day 1 : Seoul
On arrival in Seoul, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 : Seoul-Andong-Daegu (B, L)
Visit the traditional village, Andong, which features traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1897). In Daegu, take a stroll in Dongseongno Shopping District, a major fashion retail district. The streets are packed with hundreds of stores full of personality that reflect the city’s fast-paced fashion trends. Enjoy magnificent views by taking a cable car to Palgongsan Natural Park.
Day 3 : Daegu-Gyeongju (B, L)
Today we explore the many archaeological sites and temples,royal tombs, and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD). Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple .
Day 4 : Gyeongju-Busan (B, L, D)
In Busan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of the city and overlooking the ocean. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to view the waves while looking down through the transparent floor of the 15 metre high Oryukdo Skywalk, which is set over a 35 meter-high coastal cliff. Travel to Gamcheon Culture Village situated on the foothills of a coastal mountain and nicknamed ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. You will be thrilled by the many alleys cutting through this village, vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the local residents. Stop at one of Korea’s largest markets, Nampo Dong Gukje Market for a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. Then visit Nurimaru APEC House, a memorial hall and prestigious international conference hall located near Haeundae Beach, offering visitors spectacular views of the nearby natural landscape.
Day 5 : Busan-Seoul (B, L)
This morning, visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the Kings of the Jeoson Dynasty, and Insadong, a street full of traditional Korean antique and art shops, restaurants and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire this urban oasis before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts.
Day 6 : Seoul-DMZ-Seoul (B, L, D)
Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel , located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. In the event of an invasion from the North, an entire infantry division could have move through the tunnel in an hour. View North Korean territory, including the Propaganda Village, People’s School, and Gaeseong City – the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom – from the Dora Observation Platform. Also visit Freedom Park, dedicated to the 5 million people who left their families and homes in North Korea. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War. Later, try on a hanbok, the traditional attire of the Korean people at Namsan Hanbok Culture Experience Centre before experiencing the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.
Day 7 : Seoul-Osaka (B)
Board a direct flight operated by a local carrier from Seoul to Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the
airport to transfer you to an airport hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Note: Baggage allowance for this sector is 1 piece max weight 15kg per person
Day 8 : Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka (B)
This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle before heading to Nara. Visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses the world’s largest (15m) bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling back to Osaka.
Day 9 : Osaka (B)
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend the day visiting one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; or taking a day trip to Hyogo to visit Himeji Castle (pictured), an enormous and unique castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please see optional programs for more information.
Day 10 : Osaka-Nagoya (B)
This morning, head to Nagoya and visit Inuyama Castle. Then, head to Atsuta Shinto Shrine (covering 200,000 square meters and established almost 2000 years ago) before enjoying some time for shopping it the Osu Kannon Shopping Quarter. Transfer to your hotel in the evening.
Day 11 : Nagoya-Mount Fuji-Tokyo (B)
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Afterwards, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, and Hakone Shinto Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest. Finally, visit Owakudani – ‘Great Boiling Valley’ is a valley formed by the explosion of Hakone volcano more than 300 years ago, and contains hot springs and steaming sulphur vents – visitors usually eat eggs cooked in the boiling, sulphurous waters. At the end of the day we head to Tokyo.
Day 12 : Tokyo (B)
Spend today free at leisure. You may wish to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea (admission $120) or join either the Tokyo or Nikko Day Tour ($250). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs; tea ceremony, kimono photo shoot, cooking class. NOTE: All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.
Day 13 : Departure
Spend today free at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Price Per Person: From £ 1899
* Shoulder Season Surcharge: £200
** Peak Season Surcharge: £300
*** School Holiday Surcharge: £400
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Japan Optional Programs
Tokyo Day Tour £200
This tour will take you to visit Asakusa, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Tower and experience a Tokyo bay cruise.
Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is packed with so much to see and do. First stop on this tour is Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. Afterwards visit Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified sprits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Proceed to the fashion district Harajuku and Shibuya, an affluent and trendy shopping hotspot. Then proceed to Tokyo Tower, where you will observe the amazing city of Tokyo from up above. Then, relax on a Tokyo bay cruise en route to the beautiful and serene landscaped Hamarikyu Garden beside Tokyo Bay.
Note: this tour is subject to minimum numbers
Osaka Day Tour £200
This optional tour will take you to Osaka Castle which was built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan, before the capital was moved to Edo (now known as Tokyo). Walk through the majestic castle while learning from the exhibit detailing life in old Osaka. From there, walk to the nearby river boat dock to board the Osaka River Cruise for a cruise around Nakanoshima. Explore Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, the vast restaurant districts, with eateries offering a variety of Japan’s most famous street foods.Then travel down to Umeda Skybuilding, where you will get a sweeping view of Osaka. Tour finishes in Osaka.
Note: this tour is subject to minimum numbers.
Discover Taiwan 10 Days from £888
Taipei, Nantou, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko
A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, Taiwan has increasingly attracted travellers from all over the world, showcasing not only its spectacular scenic landscapes, but also a thriving folk culture, museums bursting with treasures, and bustling night markets.
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Hong Kong Stopover from £300
Once a sleepy fishing village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences.
Generally, the best time to visit Korea is during autumn (September to November) when the country experiences
warm, sunny weather, beautiful skies and spectacular foliage. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if
you are interested in winter sports, as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April to May) is also beautiful with all
the cherry blossoms in bloom. The summer months can be quite hot and humid.
In general, all meals will consist of local cuisine. While we aim to meet the special medical, religious and dietary
requirements of our customers, we cannot guarantee they will always be catered for.
Most coaches used while on tour are comfortable air conditioned coaches.
Yes, you may certainly extend your time in Korea before the tour commences or after the tour ends. However, please
be aware that there will be a minimum stay-behind fee from £200 and your preferred return date will be subject to
availability and applicable fare and tax difference.
South Korea is 8 hours behind Australian EST.
The official national language is Korean.
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for UK passport holders for entry into Korea for stays of up to 90 days.