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16 Day Japan & South Korea Discovery Tour with Flights

Seoul - Mt Seoraksan - Andong - Daegu - Gyeongju - Osaka - Hiroshima - Hamamatsu - Nara - Kyoto - Mt Fuji - Tokyo

Roundtrip international flights from Australia included

2020 departure dates available

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Begin your discovery of Japan and South Korea on arrival in Seoul. Seoul is the largest city in South Korea, It is the centre of fascinating ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology, home to multitudes of street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, serene Buddhist temples and extraordinary modern architecture. Visit Mount Seoraksan National Park, this  UNESCO Biosphere preservation district is home to many rare species, then onto Sinheungsa Temple & Sokcho a small fishing village known for its beautifuly fresh seafood. Continue your journey with tours of Mt. Seorak, Andong, Daegu & Gyeongju. Visit many historic villages, archaelogical sites, temples and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bulguksa Temple & Seokguram Grotto. Returning to Seoul you will fly to Osaka to commence your tour of Japan. Visit Himeji, Hiroshima, Nara & Kyoto and tour the ancient Castles, shrines, temples and the Nara Deer Park. Next you are off to Hamamatsu on board the shinkansen bullet train, visit Mount Fuji 5th Station, which is 2,300 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Fuji Five Lakes area below on clear days. Next youare off to Tokyo, enjoy the temples, markets & gardens of this beautiful city before returning to Australia feeling inspired with a mind full of beautiful memories. 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16

Day 1

Australia  Seoul

Depart Australia today on your flight to South Korea. 

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Seoul

Welcome to Seoul, South Korea! Upon arrival at Seoul Airport, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Seoul is the largest city in South Korea and one of East Asia's financial and cultural hubs filled with a mix of traditional and modern elements which attract visitors from all over the world. It is the centre of fascinating ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology, home to multitudes of street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, serene Buddhist temples and extraordinary modern architecture. 

Accommodation: Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo or similar, Seoul

Meals included: none

Day 3

Seoul  Mt. Seoraksan  Sokcho

This morning we travel to Mount Seoraksan National Park. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found here, Mount Seoraksan National Park is one of South Korea's most famous national parks. If you're lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of one of the park's inhabitants, including deer, otters, squirrels and bears. 

First, we will visit Sinheungsa Temple and then take the cable car to Gwongeumseong Fortress to see the castle ruins and the spectacular views of the National Park. We then continue on to Sokcho, a small fishing village known for its fresh seafood.

Accommodation: Sokcho Sea Cruise Hotel or similar, Sokcho

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Sokcho  Andong  Daegu

Today, we head to the village of Andong, known for its well-preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performances. Continue to Mabijeong Mural Village, where you can hear local tales of the Mabijeong legend, accompanied by unique, colourful mural walls throughout the village. Afterwards, relax with some retail therapy in Dongseongno Shopping District, one of the major fashion districts in Daegu city. 

Accommodation: Daegu Inter Burgo Exco Hotel or similar, Daegu

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Daegu  Gyeongju

Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju. During the time when ancient Korea was divided into three separate kingdoms (Silla, Baekje and Goguryeo), Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory which was constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok in the 7th century and Gyeongju National Museum, home to many Silla Kingdom stone relics. 

Stop and admire UNESCO World Heritage Sites Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. The Bulguksa Temple complex includes a number of national treasures, while the Seokguram Grotto is home to a masterful sculpture of Buddha looking out to sea. Finally, we will visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. After the Silla Kingdom fell, the site was abandoned and forgotten for many centuries. Excavation and reconstruction began in the 1970s and the site was once more restored to its former glory. Lastly, we visit Gyeongju National Park, which features a palace complex of the ancient Silla kingdom and beautiful forests

Accommodation: Gyeongju Kolon Hotel or similar, Gyeongju

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 6

Gyeongju  Seoul

Today we will 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. Visit the Imjingak Resort Unification Park and North Korea Centre to gain an insight into the history of the Korean War. View North Korean territory from the Dora Observation Platform, including the spooky Propaganda Village, People School and Kaesong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom. 

Accommodation: Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo or similar, Seoul

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 7

Seoul

The Blue House, otherwise known as Cheong Wa Dae, is the residence of the South Korean president. It is an icon of South Korea, set against the backdrop of Bugaksan Mountain. Today, we have the chance to visit the Blue House before making our way to Gyeongbokgung Palace, originally built in 1395 as the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. We then visit the famous Amethyst Store and later stroll through the heart of the city down the streets of Isa-dong, a historic entertainment district. Step back in time in Bukchon Village before jumping back to the present day to walk along thelevated sky garden of Seoullo 7017. 

Accommodation: Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo or similar, Seoul

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 8

Seoul  Osaka

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Sarasa Hotel Shin Osaka or similar, Osaka

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Osaka  Himeji  Hiroshima

After breakfast, we make our way to Hiroshima. On route, we stop at Himeji Castle, often called the White Heron Castle due to its elegant design. Himeji Castle is one of Japan's last remaining original medieval castles. This, as well as its imposing size and artistic design, make it one of the most spectacular sights in Japan. Enjoy your time here before we continue on to Hiroshima.

Accommodation: Yamashina Hotel or similar, Hiroshima

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Hiroshima Osaka

After breakfast, we will travel to mystical Miyajima. The floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island is probably one of the most well-known icons of Japan, and is officially classed as one of Japan's "3 best views". After exploring the island, we head off for Osaka - otherwise known as Japan's kitchen! 

Accommodation: Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar, Osaka

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Osaka  Nara  Kyoto

This morning we drive to the city of Nara and visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), one of Japan's most famous temples. Impressive in its own right, this massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). Then, wander through Nara Deer Park where you can see hundreds of deer roaming free. 

We then continue to the city of Kyoto, the old capital of Japan for over 1000 years. The first stop in Kyoto is Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. We then finish the day with a visit to Nishijin Textile Centre, where you can enjoy a traditional kimono show.

Accommodation: Kyoto Yamashina Hotel Sanraku or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Kyoto  Hamamatsu

First off today, we will visit Arashiyama and see the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto for over four hundred years. Afterwards, we will visit Nijo Castle, a flatland castle that was the former residence of the first shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Later, we board the technological marvel, shinkansen bullet train from Kyoto to Hamamatsu. Travelling at speeds up to 280km/h, the shinkansen offers passengers a supercut of the beautiful Japanese countryside.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Hamamatsu or similar, Hamamatsu

Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

Hamamatsu  Mt Fuji  Tokyo

This morning we made our way towards the Mount Fuji area. First, we visit Mount Fuji 5th Station, which is 2,300 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Fuji Five Lakes area below on clear days. Afterwards, we continue on to Lake Ashi. The lake was formed in the crater of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Later, relax on the Hakone sightseeing cruise to see another angle of the breathtaking Mount Fuji. Head to Tokyo afterwards.

Accommodation: Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Tokyo

Today we visit the Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth. Later, stroll through Sensoji, otherwise known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, before browsing for souvenirs in Nakamise Shopping Street. This afternoon, we visit Hama-Rikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo. Then we relax on a Sumida River cruise before heading back to your hotel for the night. 

Accommodation: Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

Tokyo  Australia

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight. 

Meals included: breakfast and inflight 

Day 16

Australia

Arrive home today.

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return Economy Class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane*, Adelaide*, Perth* or Darwin* (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights are with Asiana Airlines subject to availability
  • 13 nights of modern hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Flight from Seoul to Osaka
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Hamamatsu
  • Return airport transfers
  • Professional tour guide and experienced local guides
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing and monument fee as per itinerary

 

Accommodation

Seoul - Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo or similar 
Sokcho - Sokcho Sea Cruise Hotel or similar
Daegu - Daegu Inter Burgo Exco Hotel or similar
Gyeongju - Gyeongju Kolon Hotel or similar
Osaka - Sarasa Hotel Shin Osaka or Plaza Hotel Osaka 
Hiroshima - Yamashina Hotel or similar
Kyoto - Kyoto Yamashina Hotel Sanraku or similar
Hamamatsu - Grand Hotel Hamamatsu or similar
Tokyo - Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel or similar

 

Group size

Maximum of 45 people.

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated
  • Optional recommended programs
  • Optional tour extensions

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $2250.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Extra Service

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

 

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Departure Dates


APR 2020
07 th
Tuesday 07 Apr 2020  ‐  Wednesday 22 Apr 2020
MAY 2020
12 th
Tuesday 12 May 2020  ‐  Wednesday 27 May 2020
MAY 2020
26 th
Tuesday 26 May 2020  ‐  Wednesday 10 Jun 2020
JUN 2020
16 th
Tuesday 16 Jun 2020  ‐  Wednesday 01 Jul 2020
Surcharge
+ $400 p.p
AUG 2020
11 th
Tuesday 11 Aug 2020  ‐  Wednesday 26 Aug 2020

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