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Hong Kong


Route:
  • UK
  • Seoul
  • Busan
  • Gyeongju
  • Andong
  • Seoul
  • Hong Kong
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £649pp

Tour Highlights
  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • 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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Hong Kong City Stay

Towering skyscrapers form the backdrop to Hong Kong's busy harbour whilst the street markets that fill the teeming alleys remain untouched by western influences. Explore Hong Kong and Kowloon at your own pace during this extension which includes a half day city tour.

This add-on to Hong Kong is not fully escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour on day 2, the rest of your time in Hong Kong is at your own leisure giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the varied culture that this city has to offer.

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 Hong Kong

After breakfast, depart Seoul and fly to Hong Kong. You will find your shared coach transfer at counter B04 in Arrival Hall B at Hong Kong Airport, operated by Airport Shuttle and will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
13
Hong Kong

After breakfast you will be picked up to embark on a half-day tour of the city with an English speaking guide, where you can visit some of the city's most famous sights. The afternoon is then left to you to spend at your leisure and explore the gems that Hong Kong has to offer.

  • Breakfast
14
Hong Kong

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a day at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
15
Hong Kong to UK

You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning for your return 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

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 Holidays 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 add-on to Hong Kong is not escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour, the rest of your time in Hong Kong will be left to you to do as you please.

Currency Information

The currency in China is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the Yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however ATM's are available throughout Hong Kong.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £350 per person to change to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
The City View
28 Nov 201811 Dec 2018£659£2029£2688Book Now
05 Dec 201818 Dec 2018£649£1999£2648Book Now
2019 Dates
20 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£649£1999£2648Book Now
06 Mar 201919 Mar 2019£679£2099£2778Book Now
24 Apr 201907 May 2019£679£2249£2928Book Now
08 May 201921 May 2019£679£2299£2978Book Now
12 Jun 201925 Jun 2019£659£2399£3058Book Now
04 Sep 201917 Sep 2019£689£2399£3088Book Now
02 Oct 201915 Oct 2019£729£2249£2978Book Now
06 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£679£2199£2878Book Now
04 Dec 201917 Dec 2019£649£2199£2848Book 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
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however, a single supplement must be paid for the add-on part of the tour.

2017 departures:

Please note that in 2017 the Hong Kong Extension will be 2 nights long

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

Hong Kong

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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