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Enchanting South Korea 9 Days

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Asia’s third largest economy and the country which brought the world “Gangnam Style”, South Korea is a high-tech, trend setting nation with a reverent, old soul.

With tranquil national parks boasting picturesque landscapes, a rich cultural history, delicious local cuisine, a bounty of the latest technological advances, fashions and more, a visit to the Land of the Morning Calm should be on every traveller’s list.

Introduction to Korea
Synonymous with the global phenomenon Gangnam Style, 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 cityscape, travellers here can find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the various national parks encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes, and with the ancient cultural traditions also retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are also 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 encapsulate and inspire travellers from all walks.

Seoul
South Korea’s capital city is home to a population of 10.5 million people. A dynamic city blending ancient traditions with modern hi-tech advances, it offers the visitor plenty of sightseeing opportunities; from the famed Gyeongbok Palace, to Seoul Tower to Insadong Antique Alley and beyond.

Gyeongju
The Silla Dynasty reigned during what many would consider the most important period in Korean history. With Gyeongju as its capital, the city itself is often thought of as an open air museum housing an endless array of tombs, temples, pagodas and ruins dating back as early as 57BC.

Andong
The home of Confucianism in Korea, scholars ocked to the city during the Jeonson Dynasty. Also home to a significant number of the noble class during this time, many of their residences have been preserved and the city is a great place to experience the core of Korea’s traditional lifestyles.

Tour Highlights:
  • Stroll through the Changdeokgung Palace grounds
  • Gaze into North Korean territory at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling crowds of Myeongdong
  • Explore the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju
  • Experience the serenity of Seokguram Grotto

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2016 Price Per Person Single Supplement
07 Mar 18 Apr* 05 Sep* $4,999
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$550
14 Mar^ 02 May^ 17 Oct*
21 Mar 16 May 31 Oct
28 Mar* 13 Jun 07 Nov
04 Apr* 25 Jul
11 Apr* 08 Aug*
2017
08 Mar 31 May 06 Sep
15 Mar 14 Jun 20 Sep**
22 Mar* 28 Jun** 04 Oct*
29 Mar* 12 Jul* 18 Oct
12 Apr* 26 Jul* 01 Nov*
03 May 09 Aug
17 May 23 Aug*

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $70
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Japan Golden Route 8 Nights

From $2,599 pp. twin share

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama, Tokyo

Nexus Holidays has partnered with the Japan Tourism Board to provide travellers an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle to go with the sights on your unforgettable trip to Japan. We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history. We will spend few nights of the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel sleeping on rice straw mattresses called “Tatami Mats”. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove shoes and be seated at low tables called “Kotatsu”. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!

Tour Highlights:

  • Pray for your fortunes at the World Heritage listed Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Feed the gentle Sika deer at Nara Park
  • Race to Mount Fuji on a high speed Shinkansen bullet train
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Loosen your muscles overnight at a traditional hot spring hotel
  • Explore the bustling capital Tokyo, boisterous night life & hearty street food

For details, please click here.

Hotel Accommodation

Seoul The Palace Hotel Seoul local rating or similar
Daegu Daegu Grand Hotel local rating or similar
Gyeongju Gyeongju Commodore Hotel local rating or similar
Mount Seorak Inje Speedium Hotel & Resort local rating or similar

Supplementary Information

When is the best time to travel to Korea?
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.
What types of meals are served on tour?
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.
What are the coaches like on the tours?
Most coaches used while on tour are comfortable air conditioned coaches.
Can I extend my time in Korea?
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.
Time
South Korea is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

Language
The official national language is Korean.

Entry Requirements
Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for Australian passport holders for entry into Korea for stays of up to 90 days.

Fly to Seoul via a connecting city. Note: Some flights depart one day after.
Arrive in Seoul. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mount Seoraksan National Park is Korea’s most famous national park. This morning, tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress to experience the beautiful natural landscapes on offer. Continue to Sokcho Fishing Village this afternoon.
This morning visit the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performance. Later, travel to Gatbawi Shrine.
Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Shilla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.
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 antiques and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire its unique beauty, before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts. Then visit a Korean Ginseng Centre to learn about Ginseng, which has existed for thousands of years to improve people’s overall health. This evening, experience the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.
Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. An entire infantry division can 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.
After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for your flight home via a connecting city.
Arrive in Australia this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Japan Golden Route 8 Nights

From $2,599 pp. twin share

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama, Tokyo

Nexus Holidays has partnered with the Japan Tourism Board to provide travellers an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle to go with the sights on your unforgettable trip to Japan. We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history. We will spend few nights of the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel sleeping on rice straw mattresses called “Tatami Mats”. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove shoes and be seated at low tables called “Kotatsu”. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!

Tour Highlights:

  • Pray for your fortunes at the World Heritage listed Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Feed the gentle Sika deer at Nara Park
  • Race to Mount Fuji on a high speed Shinkansen bullet train
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Loosen your muscles overnight at a traditional hot spring hotel
  • Explore the bustling capital Tokyo, boisterous night life & hearty street food

For details, please click here.