South Korea and Japan Deluxe Tour – 14 day Classic Cherry Blossom tour

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Visiting: Seoul, Mt Sorak, DMZ Tour in Seoul, Pusan, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nikko City

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE  Depart for Incheon (Seoul) from Melbourne International Airport. Then a short transit time before boarding your connecting flight to Incheon. Feel free to stretch your legs after your first flight!

Meals – As per flight

DAY 2. ARRIVE INCHEON  Our connecting flight to Incheon arrives this morning. After ground formalities, you will be met and greeted by our tour guide and transferred to have your breakfast. After breakfast, you will have a chance to relax at “Skyland” – a very famous Korean Style Sauna Centre to relax after a long flight from Melbourne. Then proceed to visit Kyeongbok palace which was built by Joseon Dynasty in 1394 and afterwards, a visit to the Presidential Blue House. Later, we head to Gwanghwamun Square and Cheonggye cheon stream, touted as the most successful urban facelift. After dinner, we check in at our hotel.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 3. SEOUL/DMZ TOUR/ SEOUL

After breakfast, we will start our DMZ tour which will last just a bit until the afternoon. Then it is off to watch the famous Nanta show and back to hotel for rest.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 4. SEOUL

This morning we visit Namsangol hanok village – a beautiful village, covering a site of 7,934 square meters. It is composed of three parts: a traditional Korean garden, time capsule plaza, and the village itself, which encases the traditional Korean houses. Later we visit a Korean Gingseng outlet and Korean cosmetic shop for some shopping. Next up, we visit Seoul World Cup Stadium, built for the 2002 FIFA world cup and also home to K-League soccer club FC Seoul. Afterwards, we visit Shinchon, an area where three major universities are located and a great place to explore the interesting stalls available. A day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to N Seoul Tower—the centre of Seoul and the highest place where you can see Seoul from above.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 5. SEOUL/MT SORAK

After breakfast this morning we go to the Samsung D Light show which showcases all the latest and greatest products from Samsung. Afterwards, we continue onto Mt Sorak. Upon arrival and after checking into our resort for overnight stay, feel free to try out the hot spring and spa facilities! Please prepare swimming gear and cap for yourself.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight –  Daeemyung Resort or similar 

DAY 6. MT SORAK/KYONGJU

This morning we head over to Mt Sorak National Park where you will have a chance to take many photos of South Korea’s most beautiful mountain. Here you can also visit Shinhungsa Temple—head temple of Korean Buddhism. After we visit Abai-maeul which has long served as a stage for Korean TV dramas, especially the internationally renowned “Autumn Love Story”TV drama. Along the way to Kyongju, enjoy the view of the eastern coast. Once here, we pay a visit to Bomun   Tourist Town to enjoy the  local attractions, etc.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight –  Hotel Kolon or similar 

DAY 7. KYONGJU/PUSAN

Soon after breakfast, proceed by coach to Pusan and along the way we stop by a Amethyst Factory where we get to see a wide selection of jewellery. We then drop by Chomsongdae Observatory, a 7th century bottle shaped stone structure known to be the world’s earliest observatory. Upon arrival into Pusan, we visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a beautiful temple situated near the sea. Also today we visit Yongdusan Park and Jagalchi Fish Market.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Nongshim Hotel or similar 

DAY 8. PUSAN/ OSAKA / NARA

This morning, we make our way to Pusan international airport for our flight to Osaka, Japan. Upon arrival, our Japanese guide will greet us at the port and after ground formalities, enjoy a nice lunch and a visit the famous Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park where you will be welcomed by many tamed deers that roam the temple grounds. Afterwards, a photo stop at Osaka Castle and followed by our first dinner in Osaka before settling into our hotel for some rest.

Meals –  B / L / D

Overnight – Namba Oriental Hotel or similar

DAY 9. OSAKA/KYOTO CITY/HAMAMATSU

This morning the group will make their way to Kyoto City, a city brimming with historical and religious traditions. Enjoy a city tour and visit one of the Japan’s most famous temples — The Kiyomizu Temple, built in the year of 1633. This building has a huge veranda supported by  hundreds of pillars without the use of nails. Next visit the beautiful Heian Shrine and we also visit the Nishijin Textile Center where you can watch a live Kimono Show. Afterwards, we continue our journey to Hamamatsu.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Okura Act City hotel or similar

DAY 10. HAMMAMATSU/MOUNT FUJI/HAKONE/HOT SPRINGS/LAKE KAWAGUCHI

This morning, we board a bullet train from Hamamatsu to Kakegawa. At the station, our bus driver will pick us up and proceed to the foot of Japan’s most   magnificent mountain, Mount Fuji. If only weather permits, you can proceed to as far as the 5th station of this mountain. Next, we proceed to the famous Hakone Hot Spring Resort. Visit the Owakudani also known as the Hell Valley, a sulphurous pond. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing cruise along Lake Ashi and savour the beautiful scenery surrounding you.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Fujinoyado or similar

DAY 11. LAKE KAWAGUCHI/TOKYO/THE GINZA/TOKYO

Tokyo is on the agenda today! Upon arrival, we continue to have a tour of the largest city in Japan, Tokyo City. Begin your tour with a visit to Tokyo’s most celebrated temple in the ancient Asakusa  district, the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Another charm of this landmark is its Nakamise Shopping    Arcade. We then proceed to Tokyo’s finest shopping district, The Ginza. We then drive past the beautiful Imperial Palace and go up to visit Tokyo’s tallest tower- Tokyo Tower. After which we proceed to the modern Odaiba Palette Town, where we explore Venus Fort, a modern shopping arcade. The Toyota Megaweb where you can find the largest ferris wheel. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Keio Plaza hotel or similar

DAY 12. TOKYO/NIKKO CITY/TOKYO

This morning your guide will take your group out to enjoy a day trip to Nikko National Park.  Nikko National Park is one of Japan’s most beautiful natural areas and is located 125 km from Tokyo home to many shrines, temples, and bridges scattered across which harmonizes with the beautiful scenery,  which include plateaus, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and rivers. Back to Tokyo at night.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Keio Plaza hotel or similar

DAY 13. TOKYO THEN TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Today is your chance to enjoy some free time in the beautiful city of Tokyo! Late in the evening we will meet back with our guide who will take us to the airport for our midnight flight back to Melbourne.

Meals – B / Own arrangements

DAY 14. TOKYO/SINGAPORE/MELBOURNE

Our overnight flight will arrive in the early morning. Afterwards, we board our connecting flight back to Melbourne and we should arrive later on the same day.

Meals – As per flight

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return flights with Singapore Airlines (including airport taxes)

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services

– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary

-Daily bottle of water provided

This group is scheduled to depart on the 28,29 and 30 March 2018 (3 groups!)

All in price – $4,880* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 30 November 2017!  – Afterwards, $5180*/person

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY 1. DEPART MELBOURNE – N/A

DAY 2. ARRIVE INCHEON (SEOUL) –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 3. SEOUL  –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 4. SEOUL –  Best Western Kukdo or similar 

DAY 5. SEOUL/MT SORAK –  Daeemyung Resort or similar 

DAY 6. MT SORAK/KYONGJU –  Hotel Kolon or similar 

DAY 7. KYONGJU/PUSAN – Nongshim Hotel or similar 

DAY 8. PUSAN/ OSAKA – Namba Oriental Hotel or similar

DAY 9. OSAKA/NARA CITY/KYOTO CITY/TOYOHASHI/HAMAMATSU – Okura Act City hotel or similar

DAY 10. HAMMAMATSU/MOUNT FUJI/HAKONE/HOT SPRINGS/LAKE KAWAGUCHI – Fujinoyado or similar

DAY 11. LAKE KAWAGUCHI/TOKYO/THE GINZA/TOKYO – Keio Plaza hotel or similar

DAY 12. TOKYO – Keio Plaza hotel or similar

DAY 13. TOKYO THEN TRANFER TO AIRPORT – N/A

DAY 14. ARRIVE MELBOURNE – N/A

Seoul –South Korea 

September – Average High  23 degrees Celsius / Average Low 12 degrees Celsius

January – Average High  2 degrees Celsius / Average Low -7 degrees Celsius

March – Average High 13 degrees Celsius / Average Low 2 degrees Celsius

Busan – South Korea 

September – Average High  25 degrees Celsius / Average Low 15 degrees Celsius

January – Average High  7 degrees Celsius / Average Low -2 degrees Celsius

March – Average High 16 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

Osaka – Japan

September – Average High 26 degrees Celsius / Average Low 18 degrees Celsius

January – Average High  9 degrees Celsius / Average Low 1 degrees Celsius

March – Average High 15 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

Tokyo – Japan

September – Average High 22 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

January – Average High  9 degrees Celsius / Average Low 1 degrees Celsius

March – Average High 15 degrees Celsius / Average Low 7 degrees Celsius

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