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Seoul + Osaka + Tokyo + Flights
Experience the unforgettable sights, sounds and enriching culture of both Japan and South Korea as you journey from Seoul to Gyeongju, Osaka, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Yokohama and Tokyo, plus more for only $4,699 per person (twin share) instead of $7,160 with decadent meals and international return flights included
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund
Begin your journey with an included overnight international flight (see ‘Fine Print’ tab for details) to the engaging city of Seoul, before travelling through verdant Mount Seorak, the traditional village of Andong, the historical Gyeongju, Japan’s cultural hub of Osaka, wildlife-rich Nara, the temple-filled city of Kyoto, the iconic surrounds of Mount Fuji, the culinary delights of Yokohama, and the glittering neon streets of Tokyo where your tour will culminate with an international flight back to Australia
Highlights of the South Korea leg include the UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District of Mount Seoraksan National Park (Korea’s most famous parkland and home to countless species of rare animals); gain an appreciation of how the locals live with a visit to the traditional village of Andong with its preserved historic houses and take in a cultural mask dance performance; and also visit Gyeongju, once the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom where you can view incredible archaeological sites, temples, royal tombs and monuments
Your Japan adventure will encompass the enchantments of Osaka, the country's third-most populous city that's home to the spectacular sixteenth century Osaka Castle, stunning temples and incredible nightlife, immerse yourself amid local history in Kyoto; otherwise known as the city of ten thousand shrines; head to the world's largest wooden temple in Nara and be sure to sprawl out on the surrounding green lawns in order to take a few snaps of the friendly local deer that abound; zoom to majestic Mount Fuji aboard a high-speed bullet-train; and take life at a more leisurely pace with a scenic Sumida river cruise in Tokyo
See the 'Itinerary' tab for more information about the tour
Travelling solo? Single traveller packages are also available, please see below for more information
Return international flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth only; plus all return airport transfers during your trip
Delicious meals throughout your journey including 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 decadent dinners including a traditional ‘Kotatsu’ dining experience with low-slung tables and the mandatory removal of footwear
14 nights of plush four-star hotel accommodation in a twin-share room – unwind in luxury at impressive hotels and resorts such as the Rosana Boutique in Seoul, Concorde Gyeongju, the Osaka Daiichi Hotel, the Tokyo Dome Hotel and more including one night’s accommodation in a traditional Japanese hotel sleeping on rice straw mattresses called ‘Tatami Mats’ for a truly authentic experience
Entrance fees to engaging attractions (as per the itinerary), mandatory tipping requirements, plus comfortable and convenient transportation via private coach and an experienced English-speaking guide to help you uncover the secrets of this exotic land
Single Traveller Option
Travelling solo? Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own room by upgrading to a single traveller option for only $5,899 instead of $8,350
What We Like
There’s so much more to South Korea than just what we learned from Gangnam Style! The capital of Seoul alone is a fast-paced cosmopolitan epicentre with a focus on fashion, pop-culture and the latest high-tech gadgets that will leave you spellbound
Japanese culture is distinctly its own, championing ancient traditions and ways of life yet still moving steadily towards the future. The old and the new seamlessly blend together for a charming outlook on Asian culture, one that even the most battle-hardened traveller can appreciate
Forget about planning your Asian expedition from scratch – your sightseeing getaway is all sorted!
You can view all the terms and conditions relating to this offer by clicking on the 'Fine Print' tab above
Valid for selected departure dates from 10 August 2015 to 16 May 2016
IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 24 July 2015
Departure Dates: 10 August 2015; 7 September 2015; 19 October 2015; 2 November 2015; 14 March 2016; 18 April 2016; 16 May 2016
High Season Surcharge: A surcharge of $300 per person applies for tours departing 7 September 2015, 19 October 2015 and 18 April 2016, payable directly to the tour provider
This offer includes an overnight international economy class flight with Cathay Pacific Airways departing from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide only, arriving in Seoul (via Hong Kong), as well as an overnight international economy class flight with Cathay Pacific Airways departing Tokyo arriving in the Australian cities mentioned above
Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don’t get your preferred dates (within the validity period) we will give you a FULL refund (evidence of attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period). Refunds are not available if you are unable to secure your preferred dates after the 14 day period (bookings must be made before 24 July 2015)
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Voucher is valid for ONE PERSON (twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO VOUCHERS, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply
Tour Group Capacity: Tours operate with a minimum of two people and a maximum of 45 people
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity throughout the tour is two people
Child Policy: This tour is best suited to guests aged 13 or older. Children must purchase a full-price voucher if wishing to take part in the tour, no discounts apply
Please note that no extra beds may be added to any of the rooms
All accommodation is subject to availability. If a desired hotel is not available, alternate accommodation of a similar standard will be provided. You will be informed of supplements/reductions
Please note that the standard tour includes 14 nights of accommodation, plus two nights in transit on the plane
Voucher is not refundable once the tour provider has confirmed your booking. All seats are subject to availability
Tour will be confirmed after voucher has been redeemed with the tour provider at time of booking
The tour provider suggests that guests are covered by travel, medical, health and other types of insurance
Voucher excludes meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary; other items of a personal nature; travel insurance; any upgrade surcharges and trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change; cost for anything not specifically mentioned in voucher inclusions; and visa costs (Australian passport holders are exempt for a stay of up to 90 days)
All excursions are subject to availability and depend on the itinerary
The tour provider reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fit to ensure the tour runs efficiently and on schedule. Guests must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary unless otherwise stated (such as ‘free time’)
Tour is subject to availability unless sold out prior
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Nights must be used consecutively
Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments or change of date – fees are at the tour provider's discretion/policy
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash
All surcharges are payable directly to the tour provider
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher. Please note, a VISA may be required for travel for some guests
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Package cannot be split
Value has been determined based on the tour provider's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions
All activities and services are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
How to get there
Getting to South Korea is easy! An international economy class flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide to Seoul (and a return economy class flight to these cities from Tokyo at the end of your tour) is included in your package plus handy airport transfers!
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Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the hotel(s) by e-mail within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of your attempted booking - within 16 days from purchase to get a full refund.
Minimal effort for maximum peace of mind! Purchase with confidence and assurance.
Australia to Seoul - Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong to Seoul.
Seoul - Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Seoul / Mt. Seorak (B, L, D) - Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mt 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 oer. Continue to Sokcho shing village this afternoon.
Mt. 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.
Gyeongju (B, L) - Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.
Gyeongju / Seoul (B, L) This morning, heading to 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. Later, experience the city’s best night view at Namsan tower.
Seoul (B, L, D) - Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarized 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.
Seoul / Osaka (B) Take a direct fight from Seoul to Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to airport hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Osaka (B) - Visit one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the uni‑cation of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and explore Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Japan with a purely Japanese style design, before being dropped o at Dōtonbori a street known to exemplify Osaka’s vibrant nightlife.
Osaka / Nara / Kyoto (B, L, D) - This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free before heading onwards to Kyoto, one of the country’s oldest cities. Visit Nishijin Textile Centre and see weaving demonstrations by master craftspeople working by hand and by loom. Later, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple UNESCO World Heritage site, and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall.
Kyoto / Mount Fuji (B, L, D) - This morning, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two oors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. Also visit Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years, before travelling onwards to Mount Fuji by bullet train (Max. speed 320km/h).
Mount Fuji / Hakone / Izu (B, L, D) - Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow ltering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Later, visit Hakone Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature. Visit Owakudani Valley, an active volcanic zone with hot springs and hot spring rivers. Also visit Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest, its location given away only by the temple’s huge torii gates.
Izu / Kamakura / Yokohama / Tokyo (B, L, D) - In the morning, visit Odawara Castle, known as one of the top 100 Hanami (ower viewing) spots in Japan. Then travel to Kamakura and visit Daibutsu, the Great Buddha which is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple. Before back to Tokyo, in the afternoon to visit Yokohama China Town, the largest Chinatown in Asia then head to Ramen Museum, a unique museum about ramen, a very popular Japanese noodle dish which was originally introduced from China.
Tokyo (B) - Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea (at your own expense, AUD$100).
Tokyo (B, L, D) - Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the dei‑ed spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Relax on a Sumida River Cruise before arriving at Imperial Palace East Garden and HamaRikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, before heading to Narita Airport hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Tokyo to Australia (B) - Spend the morning at your own leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia.
Australia - Arrive home this morning.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner