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Japan & South Korea Discovery

Immerse yourself in two dynamic Asian destinations
Visit Tokyo, Osaka, Busan, Seoul & more
Dates: 17 May 2023 - 6 Mar 2024
Return international flights ex SYD/MEL/*BNE/ *ADL/*PER/*AKL
1 additional flight from Japan to South Korea
16 nights hotel accommodation
Enjoy 16 meals including daily breakfast
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Overview

Two of the world’s oldest civilisations, Japan and South Korea are an effortless blend of East and West, combining ancient traditions with dazzling modernity. And now is the perfect time to discover each country’s rich and unique culture with this outstanding 18-day package.

After landing in Tokyo, marvel at the city's world-famous landmarks, including the Tsukiji Outer Market and Meiji Shrine, on a sightseeing tour before taking in the scenery of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Visit Japan's diverse countryside, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawa-go region and explore the cultural and food capitals of Kyoto and Osaka.

Fly over to South Korea to uncover the temples, markets and villages of beautiful Busan and historical Gyeongju, home to countless ruins and artefacts. Whet your appetite in Jeonju, a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy and finish with a tour of the country’s cutting-edge capital, Seoul, renowned for its incredible fashion, innovation, street food and modern architecture juxtaposed with age-old temples and palaces.

With return international and one additional flight, 16 nights accommodation, 16 meals and more, don’t miss your chance to discover two captivating destinations.

Can’t get enough of South Korea? A 21-day Jeju Island extension itinerary is also available.

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18-Day Package
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Itinerary 1
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Tokyo, Japan
Day 2 Tokyo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Day 3 Tokyo Day at Leisure

Today is free at leisure to explore Tokyo or take advantage of an optional tour.

Optional Tokyo Sightseeing Tour: 9,500 JPY (approximately $105 AUD)
Today head out on an optional sightseeing tour of this amazing city. Your Tokyo tour starts with a visit to Senso-ji Temple, a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. Legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

Afterwards continue onwards to Asakusa for a glimpse of Old Tokyo and a visit to the craft shops along Nakamise Street. Asakusa (浅草) is the centre of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally 'low city'), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

Lastly, visit Tokyo Tower where you can view the city from the tower's observation deck. At 332.9 metres, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno, Tokyo (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Nagano Region

After breakfast, today's drive of 225 kilometres will take you to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300 metres above sea level, it offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops.

Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Kawaguchiko in nearby Hakone National Park to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake.

Arrive in Nagano region this afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Route-Inn Suwa Inter, Nagano (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Nagano Region – Shirakawa-go – Gifu Region

Today is a fun day to visit the countryside of Japan and see how local people live.

Cover 286 kilometres during the drive to a wasabi farm where Japan’s most famous and flavourful crop is grown in pristine and mineral-rich waters flowing down from the North Alps.

Then proceed to Shirakawa-go - declared a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995, the area is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Lastly, visit Takayama Old Town and walk along Sannomachi Street, which survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, and restaurants.

Finish the day in Gifu where you will check into your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Resol Gifu, Gifu (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Gifu Region – Kyoto – Osaka

This morning, depart the Gifu region for Kyoto, 184 kilometres away. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient capital, or take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included).

Leave Kyoto at around 17:00 to travel onwards to Osaka.

Optional Kyoto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: 5,500 JPY (approximately $60 AUD)
The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto which has gold leaf covered floors on the top two floors.

The last stop of the tour is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto's top sights and for a good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Osaka Day at Leisure

Today you can relax at the hotel or take part in an optional tour to Hiroshima (not included).

Optional Hiroshima Day Trip: 50,000 JPY (approximately $540 AUD)
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a two-hour ride to Hiroshima.

On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train, then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island.

A landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes, discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

Cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack.

Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Osaka Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Osaka at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Osaka, Japan - Busan, South Korea

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Busan, South Korea. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: This flight is approximately 1.5 hours long and does not include meals.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Busan City Tour

This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Busan.

Start by visiting the Yongdusan Dragon Head Park – it is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain resembles a dragon’s head emerging from the sea.

Then go to the iconic Busan Tower, a 120-metre high structure that provides a stunning bird’s eye view of the entire city of Busan, including islands and ships dotted in the distant seas.

From there visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Korea and a popular 'must-see' site for tourists in Busan.

Afterward, travel to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shoreline (most temples in Korea are located in the mountains).

Next, continue onwards to the Instagram-famous Gamcheon Culture Village. The village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning the nickname 'Machu Picchu of Busan'. Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

Finish the day back at your accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Busan Day at Leisure

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Busan.

A popular option is for customers to join the Busan City Tour Bus, which takes travellers to a variety of locations of interest all across the city and will pick you up and drop you off at a station right near your hotel.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Busan - Gyeongju - Jeonju

This morning transfer to Gyeongju, the century-old historical Gyeongju City and 1,000-year-old capital of the Silla Dynasty.

The Gyeongju Historic Areas were designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2000. The protected areas encompass the ruins of temples and palaces, outdoor pagodas and statuary, as well as other cultural artifacts left by the Silla Kingdom. The historic areas are also known as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world.

Start your city tour from Bulguksa temple, also known as 'The Buddhist Country Temple'. Alongside the neighboring Seokguram Grotto Hermitage, Bulguksa Temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995.

Lastly, visit Daereungwon, also known as Tumuli Park which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla Period. Pass by Chomsongdae Observatory, constructed as the lunar calendar, and Tumuli park exhibiting the Royal tombs.

In the afternoon you will proceed to the celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist centre that is famous for its Korean food and historic traditional buildings. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. This honour recognises the city's traditional home cooking handed down through generations over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, its system for nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive local food festivals.

Jeonju is the birthplace of Bibimbap (rice with vegetables & meat). In 2011, it was ranked 40th on the world's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll compiled by CNN Travel. We highly recommend you enjoy excellent Bibimbap food during your stay (not included).

Check into your accommodation on arrival.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jeonju or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Jeonju City Tour

Today, enjoy a walking tour of the Gyeonggijeon pavilion, the symbol of Jeonju’s Korean-style village. Gyeonggijeon is especially beautiful in the autumn. Historical dramas and movies use the surrounding landscape as a background.

Afterwards, proceed to the Traditional Wine Museum. Here, visitors can see the tools and machines used in the making of alcohol, and get a closer look at the different types of traditional Korean wine. Some of the most interesting displays at the museum are the alcohol preparation room and the fermentation room, where visitors can hear the amplified sounds of the fermentation process through loudspeakers.

Afterwards, visit Jaman Mural Village, situated on the hillside next to the Jeonju Hanok Village. Jaman Village used to be one of Jeonju’s poor hillside villages or shantytowns. Now, thanks to the murals drawn by the talented local artists, Jaman Village, or ‘Jaman Mural Village,’ has become one of the most popular attractions in Jeonju.

Finish the day at your centrally located hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jeonju or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Jeonju - Seoul

This morning visit the Hanji Museum (Korean traditional mulberry paper).

As Korea’s first museum specialising in paper, it has an extensive collection of 3000 artifacts and a database documenting the long history and superiority of Hanji.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to make Korean paper with wooden tools and bring it back home.

Afterwards, take a tour of Jeonju Hanok, the largest Korean village with various traditional cultural facilities in the downtown area.

The tour will then depart for Seoul, South Korea’s bustling capital. Your accommodation is located in Insadong, the heart of the city, and one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. There is one main road in Insadong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes.

The galleries are the heartbeat of Insadong. There are hundreds of them in the area offering every example of traditional Korean fine art, from paintings to sculptures. The most famous are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the centre of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Centre.

The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. They are hidden deep within the twisting alleyways, making it feel like a treasure hunt. The shops in Insadong are very popular among all age groups providing a unique experience for every taste.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Seoul City Tour

This morning begin a Seoul city tour at the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace to experience the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty (more than 500 years old).

Afterwards, visit the National Folk Museum to learn about the country's unique culture and how Koreans used to live in the olden days.

Continuing onwards, enjoy a quick stop to witness the Traditional Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and the Presidential Blue House before arriving at the famous Bukchon Hanok Village.

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history, located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of many alleys and hanoks, preserved to showcase its 600-year-old urban environment. Here you will enjoy a guided walk and marvel at beautiful traditional homes.

After visiting the Bukchon Hanok village, you will take part in a cooking class preparing Korea’s number one staple dish - kimchi. During this class you will also have the opportunity to take photos in the Korean traditional outfit, called a 'hanbok'.

Finish the day with some time at leisure at the Dongdaemun open market, the largest of its kind in the Orient. Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district of traditional markets and shopping centres that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun Gate, a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district, featuring 26 shopping malls, 30000 specialty shops and 50000 manufacturers.

Return to your accommodation, where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Seoul Day at Leisure - Optional DMZ Tour

Today is a free day to explore Seoul at leisure, or join the below optional tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Korean DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) Tour ($130 per person)
Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarised Zone, or DMZ.

Located on each side of the 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing of Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.

This morning head north towards the North Korean border. Upon arrival at the DMZ enjoy a tour of Imjingak Resort, featuring various war-related artefacts as well as the spacious Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. The resort preserves the Freedom Bridge and Imjingang rail bridge from the Korean War to remind people of the past, along with a Memorial Hall, monuments, the Bell of Unification, Last Train Out, The Bridge of No Return, and recreational areas.

Afterwards you will proceed through passport security control and enjoy a short introduction at the United Nations camp. Then visit Dora Observatory which is on the South Korean side of the 38th parallel. Situated on top of Dorasan in Paju, the observatory provides scenic views across the Demilitarised Zone. Visitors can see the North Korean territory through binoculars from the 304 square feet, 500-person capacity observatory. Continue onwards to Dorasan railway station which used to connect North Korea and South Korea and has since been restored.

Afterwards discover Imjingak Park and finish the tour with a visit to the Third Tunnel of Aggression, which is one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea. It has been dug into the rock at a depth of 73 metres and can accommodate a full army division moving through it per hour.

Finish the day back in Seoul where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Seoul, South Korea - Australia or (New Zealand)

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Please note: Only one group airport transfer is included in this package, and, for this reason some travellers may have more time at Incheon Airport before their departure flight than others, depending on their flight time. Fortunately, Incheon Airport is constantly voted one of the best in the world and can provide hours of entertainment amongst its various shops, golf course, ice skating rink, gardens, casino and a lot more! Luggage storage options are also available at the airport.

Please note: If you have an evening transfer, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception after check in and prior to your departure.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 18 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may depart Seoul on day 18 and arrive on day 18

Itinerary 2
Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Tokyo, Japan

Today fly from Australia (or New Zealand) to one of the most captivating cities in the world - Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival be transferred to your hotel in Tokyo.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive 4-6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno, Tokyo (or similar)

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Tokyo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

This morning enjoy an introductory tour of Tokyo, including a visit to Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you learn details about its importance from your guide.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating city.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno, Tokyo (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo Day at Leisure

Today is free at leisure to explore Tokyo or take advantage of an optional tour.

Optional Tokyo Sightseeing Tour: 9,500 JPY (approximately $105 AUD)
Today head out on an optional sightseeing tour of this amazing city. Your Tokyo tour starts with a visit to Senso-ji Temple, a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. Legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

Afterwards continue onwards to Asakusa for a glimpse of Old Tokyo and a visit to the craft shops along Nakamise Street. Asakusa (浅草) is the centre of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally 'low city'), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives.

Lastly, visit Tokyo Tower where you can view the city from the tower's observation deck. At 332.9 metres, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno, Tokyo (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Nagano Region

After breakfast, today's drive of 225 kilometres will take you to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300 metres above sea level, it offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops.

Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Kawaguchiko in nearby Hakone National Park to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake.

Arrive in Nagano region this afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Route-Inn Suwa Inter, Nagano (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Nagano Region – Shirakawa-go – Gifu Region

Today is a fun day to visit the countryside of Japan and see how local people live.

Cover 286 kilometres during the drive to a wasabi farm where Japan’s most famous and flavourful crop is grown in pristine and mineral-rich waters flowing down from the North Alps.

Then proceed to Shirakawa-go - declared a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995, the area is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Lastly, visit Takayama Old Town and walk along Sannomachi Street, which survives in a particularly pretty state with many old homes, shops, and restaurants.

Finish the day in Gifu where you will check into your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Resol Gifu, Gifu (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Gifu Region – Kyoto – Osaka

This morning, depart the Gifu region for Kyoto, 184 kilometres away. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient capital, or take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included).

Leave Kyoto at around 17:00 to travel onwards to Osaka.

Optional Kyoto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: 5,500 JPY (approximately $60 AUD)
The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.

The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto which has gold leaf covered floors on the top two floors.

The last stop of the tour is the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto's top sights and for a good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Osaka Day at Leisure

Today you can relax at the hotel or take part in an optional tour to Hiroshima (not included).

Optional Hiroshima Day Trip: 50,000 JPY (approximately $540 AUD)
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a two-hour ride to Hiroshima.

On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train, then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island.

A landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes, discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included).

Cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack.

Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Osaka Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Osaka at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Sobial Osaka Dome, Osaka (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Osaka, Japan - Busan, South Korea

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Busan, South Korea. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: This flight is approximately 1.5 hours long and does not include meals.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Busan City Tour

This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Busan.

Start by visiting the Yongdusan Dragon Head Park – it is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain resembles a dragon’s head emerging from the sea.

Then go to the iconic Busan Tower, a 120-metre high structure that provides a stunning bird’s eye view of the entire city of Busan, including islands and ships dotted in the distant seas.

From there visit the Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest of its kind in Korea and a popular 'must-see' site for tourists in Busan.

Afterward, travel to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, situated on the coast of the northeastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shoreline (most temples in Korea are located in the mountains).

Next, continue onwards to the Instagram-famous Gamcheon Culture Village. The village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning the nickname 'Machu Picchu of Busan'. Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

Finish the day back at your accommodation where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Busan Day at Leisure

Today is a free day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Busan.

A popular option is for customers to join the Busan City Tour Bus, which takes travellers to a variety of locations of interest all across the city and will pick you up and drop you off at a station right near your hotel.

Overnight: Asti Hotel or similar, Busan

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Busan - Gyeongju - Jeonju

This morning transfer to Gyeongju, the century-old historical Gyeongju City and 1,000-year-old capital of the Silla Dynasty.

The Gyeongju Historic Areas were designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2000. The protected areas encompass the ruins of temples and palaces, outdoor pagodas and statuary, as well as other cultural artifacts left by the Silla Kingdom. The historic areas are also known as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world.

Start your city tour from Bulguksa temple, also known as 'The Buddhist Country Temple'. Alongside the neighboring Seokguram Grotto Hermitage, Bulguksa Temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 1995.

Lastly, visit Daereungwon, also known as Tumuli Park which has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Silla Period. Pass by Chomsongdae Observatory, constructed as the lunar calendar, and Tumuli park exhibiting the Royal tombs.

In the afternoon you will proceed to the celebrated village of Jeonju, an important tourist centre that is famous for its Korean food and historic traditional buildings. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative City for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. This honour recognises the city's traditional home cooking handed down through generations over thousands of years, its active public and private food research, its system for nurturing talented chefs, and its hosting of distinctive local food festivals.

Jeonju is the birthplace of Bibimbap (rice with vegetables & meat). In 2011, it was ranked 40th on the world's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll compiled by CNN Travel. We highly recommend you enjoy excellent Bibimbap food during your stay (not included).

Check into your accommodation on arrival.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jeonju or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Jeonju City Tour

Today, enjoy a walking tour of the Gyeonggijeon pavilion, the symbol of Jeonju’s Korean-style village. Gyeonggijeon is especially beautiful in the autumn. Historical dramas and movies use the surrounding landscape as a background.

Afterwards, proceed to the Traditional Wine Museum. Here, visitors can see the tools and machines used in the making of alcohol, and get a closer look at the different types of traditional Korean wine. Some of the most interesting displays at the museum are the alcohol preparation room and the fermentation room, where visitors can hear the amplified sounds of the fermentation process through loudspeakers.

Afterwards, visit Jaman Mural Village, situated on the hillside next to the Jeonju Hanok Village. Jaman Village used to be one of Jeonju’s poor hillside villages or shantytowns. Now, thanks to the murals drawn by the talented local artists, Jaman Village, or ‘Jaman Mural Village,’ has become one of the most popular attractions in Jeonju.

Finish the day at your centrally located hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Hotel Jeonju or similar, Jeonju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Jeonju - Seoul

This morning visit the Hanji Museum (Korean traditional mulberry paper).

As Korea’s first museum specialising in paper, it has an extensive collection of 3000 artifacts and a database documenting the long history and superiority of Hanji.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to make Korean paper with wooden tools and bring it back home.

Afterwards, take a tour of Jeonju Hanok, the largest Korean village with various traditional cultural facilities in the downtown area.

The tour will then depart for Seoul, South Korea’s bustling capital. Your accommodation is located in Insadong, the heart of the city, and one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. There is one main road in Insadong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes.

The galleries are the heartbeat of Insadong. There are hundreds of them in the area offering every example of traditional Korean fine art, from paintings to sculptures. The most famous are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the centre of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Centre.

The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. They are hidden deep within the twisting alleyways, making it feel like a treasure hunt. The shops in Insadong are very popular among all age groups providing a unique experience for every taste.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Seoul City Tour

This morning begin a Seoul city tour at the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace to experience the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty (more than 500 years old).

Afterwards, visit the National Folk Museum to learn about the country's unique culture and how Koreans used to live in the olden days.

Continuing onwards, enjoy a quick stop to witness the Traditional Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and the Presidential Blue House before arriving at the famous Bukchon Hanok Village.

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history, located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of many alleys and hanoks, preserved to showcase its 600-year-old urban environment. Here you will enjoy a guided walk and marvel at beautiful traditional homes.

After visiting the Bukchon Hanok village, you will take part in a cooking class preparing Korea’s number one staple dish - kimchi. During this class you will also have the opportunity to take photos in the Korean traditional outfit, called a 'hanbok'.

Finish the day with some time at leisure at the Dongdaemun open market, the largest of its kind in the Orient. Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district of traditional markets and shopping centres that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun Gate, a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district, featuring 26 shopping malls, 30000 specialty shops and 50000 manufacturers.

Return to your accommodation, where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Seoul Day at Leisure - Optional DMZ Tour

Today is a free day to explore Seoul at leisure, or join the below optional tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Korean DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) Tour ($130 per person)
Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarised Zone, or DMZ.

Located on each side of the 38th parallel, this infamous border was established at the end of the war in 1953 at the signing of Panmunjom’s armistice in order to separate North and South Korea.

This morning head north towards the North Korean border. Upon arrival at the DMZ enjoy a tour of Imjingak Resort, featuring various war-related artefacts as well as the spacious Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. The resort preserves the Freedom Bridge and Imjingang rail bridge from the Korean War to remind people of the past, along with a Memorial Hall, monuments, the Bell of Unification, Last Train Out, The Bridge of No Return, and recreational areas.

Afterwards you will proceed through passport security control and enjoy a short introduction at the United Nations camp. Then visit Dora Observatory which is on the South Korean side of the 38th parallel. Situated on top of Dorasan in Paju, the observatory provides scenic views across the Demilitarised Zone. Visitors can see the North Korean territory through binoculars from the 304 square feet, 500-person capacity observatory. Continue onwards to Dorasan railway station which used to connect North Korea and South Korea and has since been restored.

Afterwards discover Imjingak Park and finish the tour with a visit to the Third Tunnel of Aggression, which is one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea. It has been dug into the rock at a depth of 73 metres and can accommodate a full army division moving through it per hour.

Finish the day back in Seoul where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis Ambassador Hotel or similar, Insadong, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Seoul - Jeju Island

Today you will be transferred to Gimpo Airport for your domestic flight to Jeju Island.

On arrival on Jeju Island, make your way to your nearby centrally located hotel (a taxi will be approximately $15 AUD) where you can check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Jeju-do, Korea’s largest island, has long been the country’s favourite domestic holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush countryside and seaside hotels designed for rest and relaxation.

There’s plenty on Jeju-do to appeal to those who prefer to be active. Hike up South Korea’s highest mountain, Hallasan, or climb the incredible tuff cone Seongsan Ilchulbong, rising straight from the sea, to watch the sun rise from the ridge of a crater.

For a less-demanding nature experience, meander along one of the Jeju Olle Trails and explore tangerine-trimmed country roads, jagged coasts and narrow lanes dotted with cottage-style homes made from black lava rock.

The ocean is never far away, so plunge into blue seas to view coral as colourful as the sunsets, and dig into Jeju-do’s unique cuisine, including seafood caught by haenyeo (female free divers).

Overnight: Gloucester Hotel or similar, Jeju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18 Jeju Island Tour

Today, head out on a full-day tour of this amazing island.

First stop will be Seongeup Village. Located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island, Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture over a wide period of time from 1410 to 1914.

Cultural properties in the folk village have been handed down from generation to generation, with treasures including residential houses, Confucian shrines, schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or ox), fortress ruins, and stone monuments. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Several zelkova and nettle trees that are hundreds of years old stand at the centre of the village, preserving the dignified atmosphere of a bygone era.

Afterwards, enjoy a demonstration by some of Jeju Island's famous female divers. As of 2011, there were about 5000 female divers on Jeju Island, South Korea. Most of them are over 50, and some are even 70 or 80 years old. While these women divers have long been the main contributors to the island’s economy, their role is a great transition. Nowadays, they’re mostly performers and are a symbol of Jeju island. This diving activity has its roots in ancient times when the men went to the sea, and many did not return, so the women at home alone raised their children, taking care of household tasks.

Next up visit the impressive Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone which rises 180 metres above sea level due to a magma flow under the sea over 5000 years ago. It was originally a separate island, but a build-up of sand and soil has connected it to the main one. A large crater, formed by the hot lava mixing with cold ocean water, is located at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. The crater is about 600 metres in diameter and 90 metres deep. It has been featured in films, and was originally used for agriculture, but has now been given over to a field of silver grass.

The final stop of the tour is the Manjanggul Lava Tube which is part of the Geomunoreum Lava Tube system. The lava tube stretches roughly 7400 metres, with a maximum height of 25 metres and width of 18 metres, making it one of the largest in the world. Manjanggul holds great value for science and conservation studies, having well-maintained formations despite being formed over one hundred thousand years ago.

Finish the day back at your hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Gloucester Hotel or similar, Jeju

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19 Jeju Island - Seoul - Incheon

Today, enjoy a morning at leisure before making your way back to nearby Jeju Island Airport for your afternoon flight. On arrival in Seoul you will be met and transferred to your accommodation near Incheon Airport.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure

Overnight: Days Inn & Suites Incheon Airport or similar, Seoul

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 20 Depart South Korea

Today take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Incheon airport for your return flight home.

Please note: If you have an evening flight, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception after check in and prior to your departure.

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 21 Arrive Australia (or New Zealand)

Please note: Some flights may depart Seoul on day 21 and arrive on day 21.

Important Info

Booking information
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form 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 and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return. 
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Covid-19 Booking Policy
• Our Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the our website. 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by us, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.
You are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance with Covid-19 protection after purchase. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
Offer essentials
This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 6th March 2024.
This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $1490 applies. 
 
Departure Dates
2023
May: 17, 31
June: 7
July: 19*
August: 9, 23
September: 6, 13*
October: 11, 25
November: 1, 8
 
2024
February: 28
March: 6
 
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Surcharges
Please note
• Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $300 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, *Perth or *Auckland
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Brisbane, *Adelaide, *Perth: $200 per person
*Auckland: $500 per person
Flights
Accommodation
General information
Exclusions
Other important information
ACCOMMODATION TERMINOLOGY USE 
Quality 
A Quality property offers clean and basic accommodation.
In-house facilities such as restaurants, luggage handling, and fitness and recreation facilities are limited or unavailable.
Guest rooms include a private bathroom and minimal additional amenities.
The location may vary from central areas to properties that may require public transport, taxi or rideshare to the centre at your own expense.
 
Premium  
A Premium property is comfortable, well-appointed and provides a good quality of service and level of comfort.
Restaurants, luggage handling, fitness and recreation facilities are available.
Guest rooms are more stylishly decorated than standard accommodation and include a range of enhanced amenities.
Properties in the Premium category will likely be central to the main shopping and entertainment area. However, they may still require public transport, taxi or rideshare to the centre at your expense.
 
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 the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it 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 at 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 art, architecture, or historical knowledge. 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 required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Japan
Find detailed information on the climate of Japan here: https://www.selectiveasia.com/japan-holidays/weather
 
South Korea
Find detailed information on the climate of South Korea here: https://www.selectiveasia.com/south-korea-holidays/weather
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points
We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential 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 must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals
16 meals in total are included in the 18-day package and 19 in the 21-day package. For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify me of any dietary requests/requirements.
Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of bags from the vehicle.
 
OTHER
Mobility
If you would love to travel with us and require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.
 
Fitness Level Required
An easy/low level of fitness will be required. 
Easy/low is described as light walking on well-maintained surfaces, occasional climbing of stairs and ability to get on and off vehicles without assistance and stand for a minimum of 30 mins in hot/humid conditions.
Please note: 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 common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate upon arrival.
You must check with your doctor well before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities/Tipping
Japan
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 900 JPY (approximately $10 AUD) per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 
 
South Korea
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $4 USD or 5000 Korean Won (approximately $6 AUD) per person per day where tour services are provided. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected whilst on tour. 
Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing
Please note: If entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a 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 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 regarding shopping for further information.
Visas
Japan
A tourist visa is not required for Australian or New Zealand citizens visiting Japan for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include remunerative activities.
 
South Korea
Australians can apply online for a K-ETA (or visa waiver) to travel to Korea for up to 90 days. You should apply for the K-ETA at least 72 hours prior to boarding your flight. 
Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
Important: Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. 
Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also 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 that 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.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance for this package is mandatory.
After purchasing Travel Services, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance as Cheapoflyt has a strict Cancellation and Refund Policy - This includes adequate Covid-19 coverage when required. Buying a Comprehensive Insurance policy can help to protect yourself and any other persons intending to travel from unforeseen circumstances or an inability to travel through your insurer's cancellation cover. For further information concerning cancellation queries or for full details, please refer to our Cancellation and Refund Policy .
Visit the Cheapoflyt website for more information.
Schedule of fees
Voluntary Changes
Includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 • Changes - $100.00 per booking and additional charges from the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
• If the incorrect name has been advised to Cheapoflyt, charges of $100.00 per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. Cheapoflyt has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are unavailable from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. If Cheapoflyt cannot obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.