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  • South Korea Discovery

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  • Wolyeonggyo wooden bridge

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  • Delicious Korean Cuisine

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  • Gyeongbok Palace

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  • Bukchon Hanok Village

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  • Hahoe Folk Village

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  • Daereungwon Tomb

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  • Guardian Sculptures in Bulguksa Temple

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  • Wall art in Gamcheon

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  • South Korea Discovery

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  • Gangnam District

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  • Gyeongbok Palace in Autumn

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  • Bongeunsa Temple

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  • Wolyeonggyo wooden bridge

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  • Delicious Korean Cuisine

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  • Gyeongbok Palace

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  • Bukchon Hanok Village

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  • Hahoe Folk Village

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  • Daereungwon Tomb

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  • Guardian Sculptures in Bulguksa Temple

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11 Day South Korea Discovery

  • Experience Seoul, Busan & Haeundae Beach
  • See Buddhist temples, bustling cities & more
Includes Return International Flights

From vibrant cities bursting with innovation to millennia-old temples, stunning coastal beaches to peaceful zen gardens, South Korea is a delight from start to finish. This 11 day tour showcases the very best of a nation that blends a rich cultural past with a bright and ultra-modern future.

The excitement begins in the city of Seoul. Be humbled by the beauty of Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace by day; be dazzled by the glittering skyline at night. Tour the many markets for tea and antiques, and walk the alleys of the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village. Experience the surreal history of the Korean split with a tour of the DMZ; witness ancient traditions at a Yongin folk village; walk the manicured grounds of the Daereungwon Tumuli Park and see the unique Cheonmachong Tomb - a Silla Period burial chamber over two thousand years old. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Bulguksa Temple, a relic of Buddhist antiquity. Discover beautiful Busan, South Korea's second largest city and home to the stunning Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple. Relax at Busan's iconic Haeundae Beach, enjoy delicious fresh seafood, tour the colourful alleyways of Gamcheon Culture Village and so much more.

With return international flights, nine nights quality accommodation and 15 meals, English-speaking tour guides and more, this tour is full of exotic wonders to satisfy the heart and 'Seoul.'

ITINERARY

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Today, depart from Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane to Seoul, South Korea. Fly with airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Qantas Airways or Emirates to name a few. Upon arrival, be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: Due to flight times and scheduling some customers may be required to depart day 0. Flight times will be confirmed on your final documentation which you will receive at least 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: T-Mark Grand Hotel or similar, Seoul
Meals included: None

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Seoul. Visit Gwanghwamun Square and the amazing Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest and arguably the most beautiful of Seoul’s five grand palaces. Afterwards continue to Insadong Arts & Crafts street, located in the heart of the city, this historical street is one of the best places in Seoul to find tea, calligraphy materials, folk crafts, antique furniture, hanbok (traditional clothing) and hanji (traditional paper). There is one main road in Insadong with many alleys on each side housing galleries, restaurants, teahouses and cafes.

Next, visit the Bukchon Hanok Village, which is home to hundreds of traditional houses called Hanok’s. The area was traditionally the residential quarter of high ranking government officials and nobility during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1897). Continue on the tour with a visit to Myeongdong Street, which is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Here you can find everything from major shopping malls, designer stores and an abundance of street food vendors. Finally, visit the N Seoul Tower, the top of which is almost 480m above sea level, making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. Afterwards be transferred back to the hotel.

Please note: If this day falls on a Tuesday, the Gyeongbokgung Palace will be replaced by the Changeokgung Palace.

Overnight: T-Mark Grand Hotel or similar, Seoul
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is free at leisure to explore this intriguing city.

Overnight: T-Mark Grand Hotel or similar, Seoul
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for a tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which serves as a buffer between North and South Korea and welcomes more than 1.2 million tourists each year. Start with a visit to Imjingak Peace Park, which was built in dedication to the 10 million South Koreans that were separated from their families when the peninsula was divided post war. Here you will also find the Freedom Bridge, which connects North and South Korea, and where 13,000 prisoners of war were exchanged in 1953. Afterwards visit the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, discovered by South Korea in 1978. The tunnel spans over 1,635m in length, 2m in width and 2m in height, and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that 30,000 soldiers could pass through the tunnel per hour. Next visit Dorasan Station, a railway station and the northernmost stop on South Korea’s railway line. Located 56km from Seoul and 205km from the North Korean Capital of Pyongyang, the station was opened as a tourist attraction in 2002 before the Korea-Japan World Cup. Afterwards, be transferred back to Seoul and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: T-Mark Grand Hotel or similar, Seoul
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, checkout of the hotel and depart for Yongin. Upon arrival visit a Korean Folk Village which will introduce you to traditional Korean culture from the late Joseon period. After lunch (included) depart to Andong (3 hours). Upon arrival, visit the Wolyeonggyo Bridge, the longest wooden footbridge in Korea. Afterwards, be transferred to the accommodation.

Overnight: Grand Hotel or similar, Andong
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and visit the Hahoe Folk Village, home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan. The village is well known for its traditional houses. Next visit the Hahoe Mask Museum to learn about the ancient tradition.

Afterwards depart to Gyeongju (2.5 hours). Upon arrival, visit Daereungwon Tumuli Park and the Cheonmachong Tomb. The Cheonmachong Tomb was excavated in 1973 and consists of a wooden coffin placed inside an underground chamber mounted with boulders and earth, characterised as a typical upper class tomb of the Silla Period (57 BC - 935 AD). Next visit the Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Finally, visit the Anapji Pond, which was the secondary palace site used by the crown prince of the Silla Kingdom. It also served as a banquet site for important national events. Afterwards check into the accommodation.

Overnight: Commodore Hotel or similar, Gyeongju
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, visit the Bulguksa Temple. The Bulguksa Temple is a relic of Bhuddist culture from the Silla Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, visit the Gyeongju National Museum, which is loved by residents and visitors alike as it houses numerous historical and cultural artifacts of the Silla Dynasty.

Afterwards depart to Busan, South Korea’s second largest city that is well known for its glistening beaches, majestic mountains and hot springs. Upon arrival, visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Seaside Temple, situated on the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction is one of few temples located along the shoreline, as most temples are located in the mountains. Afterwards check into the accommodation located near Busan's famous Haeundae Beach and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Golden Tulip Haeundae Beach or similar, Busan
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is free at leisure to explore this exciting city. You might like to relax on Haeundae Beach, unwind at a spa, explore the many markets and galleries or eat some delicious fresh seafood.

Alternatively, join an optional tour (not included) visiting Beomeosa Temple, Husimcheon Hot Spring and Dongbaekseom Island. The tour starts with a visit to the serene and tranquil Beomeosa Temple, located on the eastern edge of the famous Geumjeongsan Mountain. With over 1,300 years of history, it is Busans' most important temple. Next visit the Heosimcheong Hot Springs, which aims to improve the health of visitors through hot spring baths, relaxation and physical training. Lastly, visit Dongbaekseom Island, located off the popular Haeundae Beach. The Island has several attractions, including the monument of Scholar Choi Chi-won and the mermaid statue based on the legend of Princess Hwagok. The island also offers fantastic views of the Busan shoreline. Afterwards return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: the above optional tour requires a minimum of 15 people to operate.

Overnight: Golden Tulip Haeundae Beach or similar, Busan
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is free at leisure to explore this exciting city. You might like to relax on Haeundae Beach, unwind at a spa, explore the many markets and galleries or eat some delicious fresh seafood.

Alternatively, join the following optional tour (not included) visiting the Busan Tower, Oryukdo Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village and Jagalchi Market. The tour starts at the Busan Tower, a 120m high tower that provides amazing views of the city below. Next head to the Oryukdo Skywalk, a glass viewing platform positioned on a cliff edge 35-meters above the coast line, overlooking the Oryukdo Islands below. Afterwards visit the Gamcheon Culture Village. The Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by houses built in a staircase like fashion, earning the nickname ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. The numerous alleys that cut through this village are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents. Lastly, visit the Jagalchi Market, Korea’s largest seafood market which sells both live and dried fish. Enjoy some time to explore the market and sample the delicious fresh seafood at the numerous restaurants and vendors. Afterwards return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: the above optional tour requires a minimum of 15 pax to operate.

Overnight: Golden Tulip Haeundae Beach or similar, Busan
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time, be transferred to the airport for the return flight to Australia.

Please Note: Some flights will depart later in the evening. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel until the appropriate transfer time.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Uncover the wonders of South Korea
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Seoul
  • See the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower and more
  • Explore the Insadong Arts & Crafts street
  • Visit Myeongdong Street, Seouls primary shopping district
  • Explore the historical Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Seoul
  • Learn about Korea's history on a guided tour of the Demilitarised Zone
  • Learn about traditional South Korean Culture at two different Korean Folk Villages.
  • Visit the Hahoe Mask Museum
  • Visit Daereungwon Tumuli Park and the Cheonmachong Tomb
  • See the UNESCO listed Bulguksa Temple
  • Discover the beautiful seaside city of Busan
  • Soak in the sunshine at Haeundae Beach
  • Enjoy two days at leisure in Busan
  • Visit the Yonggungsa Seaside Temple
  • Return international flights ex SYD/MEL/*BNE
  • 9 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 15 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return Airport Transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 3rd of December 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $650 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2020)
May: 28
*June: 4
^July: 23
August: 27
September: 3, 10
October: 15
*November: 12
*December: 3
 
Surcharges
Please note:
- dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person.
- dates/months with a ^ incur a land high season surcharge of $100 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne or *Brisbane
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Brisbane: $100 per person


Full Service Airline(s) Used
Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Qantas Airways, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Malindo Air, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Airlines, Bangkok Airways and codeshare partners (subject to availability).
 
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Arrive early in Seoul, South Korea
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 31 May 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 August 2020 - 25 August 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 12 October 2020
* 8 November 2020 - 20 January 2021
 
Stay behind in Busan, South Korea
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 - Blackout Dates:
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 31 May 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 August 2020 - 25 August 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 12 October 2020
* 8 November 2020 - 20 January 2021
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Starting From $3499 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.


Accommodation Used
4 Star (self-rated)
Seoul: T-Mark Grand Hotel or similar
Gyeongju: Commodore Hotel or similar
Busan: Golden Tulip Haeundae Beach or similar
 
3 Star (self-rated):
Andong: Grand Hotel or similar
 
Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not Available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People. 
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire upon booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 36 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 8: Busan tour visiting Beomeosa Temple, Husimcheon Hot Spring and Dongbaekseom Island - *Starting from approx. $85 AUD (payable in Euro or local currency)
 
Day 9: Busan tour visiting the Busan Tower, Oryukdo Skywalk, Gamcheon Culture Village and Jagalchi Market - *Starting from approx. $85 AUD (payable in Euro or local currency)
 
Please note:

- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified  
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa will be granted on arrival if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
  
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters (December - February) are usually long, cold and dry. Summers (June - August) are very short, hot, and humid. Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) are pleasant but also short in duration. Seoul's average temperature in January is -5° C to - 2.5° C and in July the average temperature is about 22.5° C to 25° C
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
15 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are included in the price of the tour.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa will be granted on arrival if you are travelling on an Australian Passport for less than 90 days.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
·    1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·    2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·    Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·    Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·    Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·    If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.