CLASSIC JAPAN & KOREA

Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Seoul, Andong, Gyeongju & Busan

Overview

TOUR CODE: SCTYKR

Discover the best of Japan and Korea in this 10-day journey. Traveling from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to captivating South Korea. We spend a morning visiting Tokyo’s major highlights and admire the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Fuji and Hakone. In Korea, we explore Seoul – the nation’s vibrant capital city, then head south to see the sights of cultural Andong before heading to discover many cultural relics in Gyeongju known as a “museum without walls”. From Gyeongju, we travel to the lively port city of Busan. This is a perfect journey to explore the highlights of two of Northeast Asia popular destinations.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare from Los Angeles
  • One-way airfare from Tokyo to Seoul
  • 3 nights in a Guest Room at Hyatt Regency in Tokyo
  • 3 nights in a Premier Room at Courtyard Marriott Seoul Namdaemun
  • 2 nights in a Deluxe Room at Hyundai Hotel or similar in Gyeongju
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch
  • One-way KIX Express Train from Busan to Seoul
  • Sightseeing tours and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel in Tokyo and Seoul
  • All taxes, fees and carrier imposed surcharges

Itinerary

DAY 01

DEPART HOMETOWN/TOKYO

Board your flight to Tokyo, Japan.

DAY 02

ARRIVE IN TOKYO

Arrive in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, to be transferred to your hotel by airport limousine bus.

 

Set in the heart of Tokyo’s Shinjuku shopping and entertainment district, Hyatt Regency Tokyo is an upscale, high-rise hotel within minutes from Shinjuku station. Hotel offers 746 beautifully appointed guestrooms and contemporary dining ranging from Chinese and Western to Japanese cuisine, including French Restaurant which has been awarded two stars in the “Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017″ for ten consecutive years.

DAY 03

TOKYO CITY TOUR (B)

This morning, see the best of Tokyo with a half-day tour of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Tour disbands at Yurakucho Station, you will have free time to explore the lively restaurant district near the station at your leisure. Ginza, the famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district is on the east side of the station with approximately 20-minute walk. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 04

MT.  FUJI & HAKONE TOUR (B/L)

Travel by coach to Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain at 12,388 feet. Stop at Mt. Fuji’s fifth station at 7,607 feet (weather permitting) , you will be inspired by the beauty of the landscape. After lunch, enjoy a boat ride across picturesque Lake Ashi. Afterward, take a scenic cable car ride up Mt. Komagatake to the Owakudani volcanic valley, famed for its scenic views and kuro-tamago hot springs. Afterwards, return to Tokyo by motorcoach. Option for return to Tokyo by bullet train is available with a $50 per person surcharge.

*Pick-up service may not be available from your hotel.

DAY 05

TOKYO/SEOUL (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Seoul, the largest metropolis of the Republic of Korea. Upon arrival, meet our local representative at the airport for your transfer to your hotel in the city center.

 

Tucked within the heart of one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Courtyard Seoul Namdaemun is just a few moments away from Myeongdong district; Namdaemun Gate and Seoul KTX station is close by. Accommodations feature plush bedding, a flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi and a robe and slippers in the bathroom. Hotel has a all-day dining restaurant and a 24-hour fitness center.

DAY 06

SEOUL CITY TOUR (B)

Today is spent visiting Seoul’s most famous landmarks on a guided tour of the city. Sights include Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the last Korean Dynasty, the Joseon Dynasty. Walk around the compound with your guide to see traditional Joseon architecture, and keep your camera handy for the changing of the guard ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate. Within the Palace grounds visit the National Folk Museum where you will gain an insight into Korean culture, tradition and history. We then take a stroll alongside Cheonggycheon Stream which runs serenely through the heart of downtown’s gleaming sky scrapers. Head between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. Peer inside traditional houses and learn about Korean lifestyles from the past to present day. Continue to Insadong, a neighborhood known for its traditional tea houses and antique galleries. Venture to Gwangjang Market — Seoul’s first and oldest covered market. Feast on South Korean delicacies such as mung bean pancakes, bibimbap (rice, meat, and vegetable dish), and kimchi (fermented chili cabbage) while learning about Seoul’s culinary heritage.

DAY 07

SEOUL/ANDONG/GYEONGJU (B)

Leaving Seoul we travel south to Andong, the picturesque home of Korean Confucianism. On an afternoon tour we explore ancient UNESCO Listed Hahoe Village, where approximately 130 traditional houses of varying size and standard have been well preserved by the same families for generations. We’ll also visit the Andong Folk Museum and the historic Dosansewon Confucian School, which was established in 1574. Continue south we reach historic Gyeongju where we will stay for the next two nights.

 

Located in the Bomun-dong area of Gyeongju-si, Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju is approximately 20 minutes tram trip from Gyeongju National Museum and 30 minutes tram trip from Gyeongju National Park. Accommodations offer mountain or lake views with flat-screen TVs, minibars and Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel amenities include a bakery, 2 restaurants, 2 cafes and 2 bars. Hotel has an indoor pool, a sauna and a fitness center.

DAY 08

GYEONGJU (B)

Known as ‘the museum without walls’, Gyeongju was the capital of Silla Kingdom from 57BC to 935AD. This morning we visit Gyeongju National Museum which is home to countless treasures including the 23 ton Emille Bell cast in AD771. At Tumuli Park we see the incredible giant grass-covered burial mounds which house the Silla royal tombs and we take a stroll around scenic Anapji Pond where the Silla royal family spent their leisure. Another highlight is Cheomseongdae Observatory, one the world’s oldest astronomical observatories. In the afternoon, we visit two magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed temples – Seokguram Grotto, one of Asia’s finest Buddhist shrines, which is dramatically located on the slopes of Toham Mountain and the beautiful temple of Bulguksa which was built in 528 during the Silla Dynasty.

DAY 09

GYEONGJU/BUSAN/SEOUL (B)

This morning travel onwards to Busan, South Korea’s principal port city and second largest city, situated on the south eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Visit the Busan Tower located in Yongdusan Park offering spectacular views of the old port city. Then visit to the Jagalchi Fish Market where fishermen sell their fresh catch and the locals haggle for a good deal. Then it’s time to practice some haggling at Kukje Market, the best place in Busan to find silk, clothing, linen, handbags and much more. With its small and overloaded stores, the goods fill the narrow alleyways spilling into the surrounding streets, making Kukje Market quite a spectacle.  After our tour, head back to Seoul by KIX Express Train. Upon arrival, meet your driver for your transfer to your hotel.

DAY 10

SEOUL DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L=Lunch   

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2018Los AngelesSingle Supplement
    Sep 10, 24$3,299$1,400
    Oct 08, 22$3,399$1,500
    Nov 12$3,099$1,500
    2019
    Mar 18$3,499$1,500
    Apr 22$3,499$1,500
    May 06$3,499$1,500
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. A $75 weekend surcharge will apply for each way based on outbound and inbound dates applicable for Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you deviate from the package.Inbound air peak season surcharge of $75.00 per person from Jan 01-08. Tour prices include all taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges. (SQN165/041118/C10)
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