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Flavours of South Korea including

Beijing


Route:
  • UK
  • Seoul
  • Busan
  • Gyeongju
  • Andong
  • Seoul
  • Beijing
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £589pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore China's fascinating capital city
  • Witness the heavily guarded border between North and South Korea on a tour of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
  • Enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Seoul, visiting Changdeokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower and the Bukchon Hanok Village
  • Learn how to make Korea's famed beef barbeque
  • Explore the ancient palaces, tombs and temples of Gyeongju
  • Visit the traditional Hahoe Folk Village, A UNESCO world heritage site

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Beijing City Stay

One of China's six ancient capitals, Beijing truly is an extraordinary place to visit. With a rich history spanning over 5,000 years and famous sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace, this city promises to intrigue and delight.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Seoul

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Seoul.

2
Seoul

On arrival in Seoul, you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. After time to settle in, re-join your group for tonight's welcome dinner at a local Korean restaurant, giving you the opportunity to sample Korea's world-renowned cuisine.

  • Dinner
3
Seoul

Seoul has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last five decades, with the ravages of the Korean War making way to sleek skyscrapers and neon-lit districts. The city still retains several remnants of its imperial past and today's walking tour takes in these centuries-old structures, using Seoul's world-class underground system to move between sights. Starting at Changdeokgung Palace, built by the kings of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, explore the pavilions and rooms of this imperial residence before touring its Secret Garden, where the pond, greenery and pavilions combine to create a tranquil setting. Witness the changing of the palace guards then continue onward to Insadong Antique Street and browse through the wares on display in elegant, wooden shopfronts. Travel to the Kimchi Museum and learn more about how this local fermented cabbage dish grew to its current popularity then stop in at the Buddhist temple of Jogyesa. Continue onward to the Bukchon Hanok Village, teeming with charming, traditional 'Hanoks' or wooden houses before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Seoul

Following breakfast, embark on a tour of South Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the no man's land that forms the highly secure frontier between North and South Korea. Visit Dorasan train station, which connects north and south, and the Dorasan Observatory which overlooks the DMZ. Explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, a secret passageway built by North Koreans trying to tunnel into the south, and view the heavily guarded Bridge of Freedom which links the two nations. After lunch, return to Seoul and browse through the stalls of Gwangjang Food Market. Travel to the N. Seoul Tower which rises above the city skyline and provides panoramic views over the city, then return to your hotel for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Seoul to Busan

This morning, transfer by metro to the train station (luggage will be transported to your hotel) and board your high-speed train to the coastal city of Busan. On arrival in Busan, set out on an afternoon coach tour of the city, stopping first to wander through Gamcheon Cultural Village with its pastel-coloured houses set in the slopes of a mountain. Next, pay your respects to the soldiers killed in the Korean War at the UN Memorial Cemetery then visit peaceful APEC Nurimaru Park and the soft sands of Haeundae Beach. Climb 108 steps to picturesque Haedong Yonggungsa temple and explore this sacred Buddhist site which boasts a stunning setting on Busan's coastal cliffs. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Busan to Gyeongju

After breakfast, embark on a morning tour, moving between sights by metro. Wander through bustling Jagalchi Fish Market and haggle with the hawkers of Kukje Market, where you'll stop for a delicious lunch. Visit nearby BIFF Square, Korea's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and continue on to the soaring Busan Tower. Next, transfer to Busan Train Station and embark on your rail journey to Gyeongju, taking in rural landscapes and urban skylines along the way. On arrival, enjoy dinner and a night-time tour of Anapji, the site of a spectacular palace and pond.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Gyeongju

A full-day tour of Gyeongju takes in the major sites of Korea's ancient former capital, known as the 'Museum Without Walls'. Travel from the immense Buddha statue which lies in Seokguram Grotto to UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple where you'll explore its Buddhist relics, pavilions and gardens. For lunch, visit a Korean cooking school where you will learn how to make Korea's delectable beef barbeque and dine on your culinary masterpiece. Continue onward to the age-old observatory of Cheomseongdae before taking in the greenery of Tumuli Park and browsing through ancient artefacts in the Gyeongju National Museum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Gyeongju to Andong

Transfer to the train station for your train to Andong, a city renowned for its open-air heritage museums. On arrival, continue to Hahoe Village where you'll discover hundreds of ceremonial masks on display in the Hahoe Mask Museum. Soak in sweeping views of the village from nearby Buyongdae Cliff then wander through the local market. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and dinner, followed by an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Andong to Seoul

Depart Andong this morning and travel by coach to Punggi where you'll visit the city's sprawling ginseng plantation and the area's oldest ginseng market. Marvel at the amazing variety of ginseng products on display then journey onward to the Daegang Makgeolli (Rice Wine) Brewery in Danyang. Here, you can learn about and taste this unique alcoholic drink and see samples of home-brewed Korean liquor that date back to the Japanese colonial era. Continue on to Seoul, where a night of entertainment awaits. Re-join your group for a farewell dinner and a trip to see 'Nanta', one of the most famous theatrical performances in the country.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Seoul

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this bustling metropolis at your own pace. Alternatively, a number of optional excursions are available (at a fee). Make stir-fried glass noodles and seafood pancakes at a cooking class, join a workshop and learn how to make kimchi (Korea's traditional fermented cabbage) or enjoy a show at the Jeongdong Theatre.

  • Breakfast
11
Seoul to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
12
Seoul to Beijing

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing, upon arrival transfer to your hotel where the remaining day is spent at leisure.

  • Breakfast
132
Beijing

Enjoy free time in Beijing which you can spend as you wish to visit the sights in and around the city.

  • Breakfast
14
Beijing to UK

Depart for your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for you travel to South Korea. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£69£99
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 25cm x 45cm x 56cm in size and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, trains and metro trams. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note: there is no guide for the extension options.

Currency Information

The currency in South Korea is the South Korean won, known as KRW. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 - £500 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
Jianguo Hotel
05 Dec 201818 Dec 2018£599£1999£2598Book Now
2019 DATES
20 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£599£1999£2598Book Now
06 Mar 201919 Mar 2019£599£2099£2698Book Now
24 Apr 201907 May 2019£629£2249£2878Book Now
08 May 201921 May 2019£629£2299£2928Book Now
12 Jun 201925 Jun 2019£659£2399£3058Book Now
04 Sep 201917 Sep 2019£679£2399£3078Book Now
02 Oct 201915 Oct 2019£639£2249£2888Book Now
06 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£639£2199£2838Book Now
04 Dec 201917 Dec 2019£589£2199£2788Book Now
2018 DATES
Regent Beijing
05 Dec 201818 Dec 2018£699£1999£2698Book Now
2019 DATES
20 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£739£1999£2738Book Now
06 Mar 201919 Mar 2019£739£2099£2838Book Now
24 Apr 201907 May 2019£779£2249£3028Book Now
08 May 201921 May 2019£779£2299£3078Book Now
12 Jun 201925 Jun 2019£779£2399£3178Book Now
04 Sep 201917 Sep 2019£829£2399£3228Book Now
02 Oct 201915 Oct 2019£779£2249£3028Book Now
06 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£779£2199£2978Book Now
04 Dec 201917 Dec 2019£699£2199£2898Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

South Korean Won

Average Flying time

11 Hours

Min/Max temperature

-1 °C / 6 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Seoul

Busan

Beijing

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • A travel plug adaptor - The voltage in South Korea is 220v 60Hz. South Korean plugs are of the European variety with two round prongs.
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater
  • For winter departures warm sweaters, gloves, scarf, hat and a warm coat will be required
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