Enchanting South Korea 9 Days (2020/21)


$2,899.00

Asia’s third-largest economy, 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 Morning Calm’ should be on every traveller’s list.

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 can find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of various national parks, encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes.

With ancient cultural traditions also retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are sure to be satisfied. Friendly people, a unique and delicious food culture, and delightful contrasts between the modern and the traditional ensure that the indomitable spirit of South Korea will enchant and inspire travellers from all walks.

Tour Highlights

  • Stroll through 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 Buddhist serenity of Seokguram Grotto
  • Visit South Korea’s picturesque southern port city, Busan

Overview

  • Day 1: Australia Seoul
  • Day 2: Seoul
  • Day 3: Seoul Andong Daegu
  • Day 4: Daegu Gyeongju
  • Day 5: Gyeongju Busan
  • Day 6: Busan Seoul
  • Day 7: Seoul DMZ Seoul
  • Day 8: Seoul Australia
  • Day 9: Australia

Note: Itinerary may be subject to change.

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2020

2020

Departure Dates

Twin Share Per Person

All prices are in AUD

Single Supplement

Triple Share Unavailable

14 Mar 30 May 19 Sep* From
$2,899
+$550
21 Mar 13 Jun 03 Oct**
28 Mar* 27 Jun 17 Oct
04 Apr** 24 Jul* 31 Oct
02 May 14 Aug 07 Nov
16 May 04 Sep
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $200 pp
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $400 pp

 

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2021

2021

Departure Dates

Twin Share Per Person

All prices are in AUD

Single Supplement

Triple Share Unavailable

16 Mar** 13 Jul From
$2,899
+$550
23 Mar** 10 Aug
30 Mar** 31 Aug
04 May 12 Oct
08 Jun 09 Nov*
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $200 pp
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $400 pp

 

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Australia Seoul

    Take an international flight from Australia to Seoul via a connecting city.

    Note: Depending on the city of departure, some flights may depart one day later. Flights will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

  • Day 2: Seoul

    On arrival in Seoul, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Note: Standard hotel check-in time is 2-3pm. You may leave your luggage at the hotel until check-in, allowing you to start exploring this amazing city straight away.

  • Day 3: Seoul Andong Daegu

    Breakfast, Lunch

    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 4: Daegu Gyeongju

    Breakfast, Lunch

    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 5: Gyeongju Busan

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    In Busan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa (East Sea Dragon Palace 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 6: Busan Seoul

    Breakfast, Lunch

    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 7: Seoul DMZ Seoul

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    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. 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 8: Seoul Australia

    Breakfast

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home via a connecting city.

  • Day 9: Australia

    Arrive home today.

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Inclusions

Departure City
Sydney/Melbourne (included in package)
Brisbane/Adelaide $300 pp, Perth $600 pp (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
Inclusions
  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges flying Chinese carrier (China Eastern/Southern, China Airlines) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Thai/Malaysia Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals as indicated
  • Dedicated transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service
Exclusions
  • Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $70 pp
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

 

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Economy Class

International long haul sectors only

Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $500 pp, Asiana Airlines/Korean Air from $300 subject to availability & applicable fare difference
Premium Economy Class

International long haul sectors only

Cathay Pacific from $2,200 pp subject to availability
Business Class

Note: International long haul sectors only

China Southern Airlines from $3,000 pp, Singapore Airlines from $4,300 pp, Cathay Pacific from $5,300 pp subject to availability

 
Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 3 weeks before departure and involve transits

Extend Your Trip

Arrive Early in Seoul
  • Early arrival airfare surcharge: From $250 pp (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast): $350/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stay Behind in Seoul
  • Stay behind airfare surcharge: From $250 pp (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Post-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast): $350/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stopover in an intermediate city

(subject to airline/flight routing)

Stopover airfare surcharge: From $250 pp per city (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)

 

Stopover in Hong Kong for 3 Nights From $489 pp
Includes hotel stay with breakfast, half-day tour and return transfers

Upgrade your flights to Cathay Pacific Airways to book this package

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.

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Post-Tour Extension: Impressions of Japan 10 Days (2020) From $1,699 pp
Amagasaki, Nara, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

This tour offers a great way to take in the cultural heritage of Japan. You’ll start with three nights based in Amagasaki, followed by Nara and Kyoto – both cities famous for their well-preserved ancient temples and monuments. Travel east to Nagoya, then visit scenic Hakone and sacred Mount Fuji, before two days in Tokyo for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.

This post-tour extension is subject to availability.

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Post-Tour Extension: Memories of Japan 11 Days (2021) From $1,699 pp
Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Arashiyama, Toyohashi, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

This tour offers a great way to take in the cultural heritage of Japan. You’ll start with three nights based in Osaka followed by Nara and Kyoto – both cities are famous for their well-preserved ancient temples and monuments. Then visit scenic Hakone and sacred Mount Fuji, before two days in Tokyo for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.

This post-tour extension is subject to availability.

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Accommodation

City
Hotel Name
Seoul Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo Seoul or similar
Daegu Hotel Inter Burgo Exco Daegu or similar
Gyeongju Commodore Hotel Gyeongju or similar
Busan Centum Premier Hotel or similar

 

FAQs

Triple share is not available. The third person will need to pay a single supplement in addition to the twin share package price.

No discounts apply for children. Same price as adults.

Australian passport holders are exempt for a stay of up to 90 days.