Enchanting South Korea 8 Days
From $2699 W/Air
Seoul - Mount Seorak - Andong - Gyeongju
Ahn nyoung ha seh yo! At first glance, South Korea has the world’s 15th largest economy which is driven by its electronics manufacturing and exporting. To explore further, you will see South Korea as a nation offering an abundance of natural landscapes and outdoor adventures, a natural wonderland with temples and palaces that exhibits Korean dynamic culture and tradition. The coexistence of South Korean economic advancement and natural preservation is what make the country a fascinating and remarkable one.
Day 1: Canada -Seoul
Board an overnight flight to Seoul.
Day 2: Seoul
Arrive in Seoul. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Seoul - Mount Seorak (B, L, D)
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.
Day 4: Mount Seorak - Andong - Gyeongju (B, L)
This morning visit the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performance. Later, travel to Gatbawi Shrine.
Day 5: Gyeongju (B, L)
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.
Day 6: Gyeongju - 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 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.
Day 7: Seoul (B, L, D)
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.
Day 8: Seoul - Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Incheon Airport for a flight to Canada.
• Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation
• Airport taxes are all included
• Add on airfare from other cities:
Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria $300, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John $400,
Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec city $300
• Single Supplement: $750
• Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information
• Land Only starting from $1599 pp, Shoulder and peak season surcharge may apply at designated departure dates.
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160, Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Founded in June, 1982, Seoul Palace Hotel is a 5-star hotel located in Banpo, the heart of business and finance in Seoul. With its spacious guestrooms, homey yet high-tech executive lounge, and numerous convenience facilities, Seoul Palace Hotel provides guests with the ultimate experience in luxury and comfort.
410-2, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Located in the middle of the Bomun Tourist Complex in Gyeongju, Commodore Hotel has been in service for over 20 years. Its unique interiors and exteriors, influenced by Buddhism, regularly attract film makers and photographers. The hotel is also popular because of its location in Gyeongju, the ancient city full of historical treasures as the capital of the Silla Kingdom. In addition, popular promenades or hiking trails are located around Bomun Lake, just a five minute walk from the hotel.
305, Dongdaegu-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu
The Grand Daegu Hotel is located in Beomeo-Dong, the heart of Daegu’s transportation networks and business operations. In addition to luxurious interior and high-tech conveniences, the hotel features 150 guest rooms, a Korean-Japanese restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a buffet, saunas for men and women, a fitness center, and banquet halls for various occasions.
Japan Golden Route 8 Nights
The electrical current is 220V in Korea, 100V in Japan. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapes. You are advised to bring along adapters and converters for your U.S. purchased appliances. Clients can borrow adapters and converters from Housekeeping at most hotels. Hair dryer and iron are readily available. Simply contact hotel housekeeping when you need them.
Japan weather throughout the four main islands that make up Japan is generally temperate, with four distinct seasons. The weather can get very hot during the summer months. June, July and August are hot and humid and after June the country experiences its wettest months. In the south winters are cool but sunny, but as one move further north temperatures drop and snow falls. The island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan is bitterly cold in the winter, with snow guaranteed.
Tokyo has four distinct seasons, similar to New York. The summer months (June, July and August) are hot and sticky while winter can be freezing. Tokyo is best visited in spring or autumn.
Korea The climate in Korea is temperate with four very distinct seasons. Summers are very hot and humid, while in winter temperatures plummet to below freezing. Autumn and spring are the most comfortable seasons to visit South Korea. Most of the rain falls in summer during a monsoon season known as 'jangma'.
Seoul is classed as having a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but temperature differences between the hottest part of summer and the depths of winter are extreme. In summer the influence of the North Pacific high-pressure system brings hot, humid weather with temperatures soaring as high as 95°F (35°C) on occasion. In winter the city is topographically influenced by expanding Siberian high-pressure zones and prevailing west winds, temperatures dropping as low as 7°F (-13.7°C). The bitterly cold days tend to come in three-day cycles regulated by rising and falling pressure systems, however, bringing some relief. The most pleasant seasons in the city are spring and autumn, when azure blue skies and comfortable temperatures are a sure bet. The city experiences heavy rainfall, but most of it falls in the summer monsoon period between June and September.
Unless noted, Gratuities are usually not included in your tour cost. They are customary, and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service. Our tour guides, drivers, hotel porters do their utmost to make the trip smooth and pleasant. Gratuities are a way of showing your appreciation and also constitute a large part of their monthly income.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Always carry medications in the original prescription container when traveling. Keep the medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
Vaccinations are not mandatory for travel to with the exception of anyone traveling from or via an infected area.
For the latest overseas travel health information, please contact Foreign Affairs Canada by visiting their website for more information.
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Japan and Korea. Bottled purified water and soft drinks are easily obtained at reasonable prices either in hotel or in grocery markets. Nexus Holidays provides one bottle of pure water for free to each group travelers every day. You will also find that your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily; with this boiled water you can safely make your own tea or drink directly. This is the similar case while you travel to other Southeast Asia countries.
Most of meals are included per itinerary. Breakfasts included on your tour are familiar American Breakfasts to give you a good start to the day. Lunches and Dinners are usually served in set menu family style and feature a variety of regional specialties. One beverage of your choice (beer, pure or mineral water and soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Tea is usually complimentary.
Shopping is always a part of the travel experience. Asia is known as bargain shoppers' paradise, offering a marvelous selection of arts and crafts such as jade, silk, rugs, cloisonné, ceramics, antique, painting, furniture and more. Purchasing an item in the area where it is "noted for" has proven to be the best value. Your National Tour Guide and Local Tour Guides will be glad to assist you with detailed shopping orientation. However, your tour guides might not be an expert on gemstones, porcelain, jade, paintings, etc., so if you intend to purchase items of this nature, please do some research before departing and have an idea of what you are looking for as well as the price you are prepared to pay. In addition, please carefully check the quality of the products, and always ask for a receipt with product descriptions.
When shopping it is wise to use credit card for large purchases. Retain all receipts. Purchase insurance for items that you have shipped. A supply of one dollar bills is very handy when shopping with street vendors. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Nexus Holidays and its staff are not involved in and are not responsible for any purchases you make during the trip, whether that merchant is part of the scheduled itinerary or not. It is also suggest learning what are Restricted and Prohibited by Canadian Border Services Agency.
|Major Airline Contacts|
|Air China||N. America||800-882-8122||China Eastern||N. America||888-358-1582|
|China Southern||N. America||888-338-8988||United Airline||N. America||800-864-8331|
|Cathay Pacific||N. America||800-268-8888||Korean Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Hong Kong||852 2747 3333||Seoul||1588-2001|
|Air Canada||N. America||800-268-8888||Japan Airline||N. America||800-525-3663|
|Osaka||0570 014 787||Osaka||0570-025-121|
|Tokyo||0570 014 787||Tokyo||0570-025-121|
|All Nippon Air||N. America||800-235-9262||Asiana Airline||N. America||800-438-5000|
|Seoul||82-2-3783-6000||21, Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu Seoul, 100 - 120|
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan
1-8-19 Hirabayashi Minami, Suminoe-ku
Osaka, 559-8550, Japan