Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Hualien, Seoul, Yeosu, Gongju, Buyeo, Jeonju, Gyeongju & Busan
This fantastic combination has two very distinctive destinations, filled with luxury hotels all the way and incomparable scenery, culture and cuisine within Korea and Taiwan. Both countries offer aspects that are traditional and new which suggests an interesting contrast as you tour. Join us on this creative tour to see the best of the best that Korea and Taiwan have to offer.
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Enjoy your overnight flight from Australia to Taipei. Meal onboard.
Day 02: Arrive Taipei (B/-/-)
Welcome to Taipei! Upon arrival, our representative will meet and transfer you to the Hotel. Then enjoy a half day city tour driving past the Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai- Shek Memorial Hall, Martyrs’ Shrine (War Memorial), National Palace Museum – home to over 70,000 Chinese artefacts, Chinese Temple and Handicraft Centre. In the late afternoon, your free time can be spent visiting one of the many night markets, or why not try some of the best dumplings in town at Din Tai Feng (under Taipei 101 building).
Day 03: Taipei – Hualien – Taitung (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Taipei Railway Station for the scenic train to Hualien. Visit Shitiping Terraced rocks and SanxiantaiAmis Folk Centre in the East Coast National Scenic Area before checking into your Hotel.
Day 04: Taitung – East Rift Valley – Hualien (B/-/-)
Breakfast at your hotel, before visits to Luye Gaotai, Mr Brown Avenue and Taitung’s Takeshi Kaneshiro tree. We then continue to Matai’an Wetland Ecological Park to learn about the formation of the wetlands, its beauty and birdlife.
Day 05: Hualien – Taroko Gorge – Jiaosi (B/-/-)
After breakfast, were off to Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow raving created by the Liwu river which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. The road travelled is carved into sheer walls of rock winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic boulders. Passing by Tunnel of Nine Turns, stops will be made at Evergreen Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Nine Turns of Tunnel, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang and Marble factory. We will then drive to Jiaosi for check in at the next Hotel.
Day 06: Jiaosi – Taipei (B/-/-)
Morning visit to the National Centre of Traditional Arts, before a stop at a distillery (King Car Kavalan) to sample the famous Taiwan Whisk. Visit Yuanshan Orchid garden before transferring back to Taipei.
Day 07: Taipei – Seoul (B/-/-)
Enjoy your half day tour to Chiufen Village and the northeast coast. After lunch, you have some free time to possibly use our complimentary MRT ticket to travel around and explore – recommendations would include, changing of the guard’s ceremony or Taipei 101. To finish the day we transfer to the airport for your flight to Seoul the home of politics, economics and culture in Korea. Upon arrival, our representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Day 08: Seoul – Gongju – Buyeo – Jeongju – Gwangju (B/-/-)
This morning we depart Seoul for Gongju and visit Gongsanseong Fortress, before moving onto Buyeo, an ancient capital of Korea. Visit Baekje cultural land where you will see a palace, castle and cultural hall. We then proceed to Jeonju to visit Jeonju Hanok Village, which showcases 700 traditional Korean houses called “Hanok”. Transfer to Gwangju, the leading city of Honam region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea and check in to the Hotel.
Day 09: Gwangju – Suncheon – Yeosu (B/-/-)
Start your city tour and visit Asia Munwha Maru for an introduction to Asian culture and street art. We then move to Suncheon where you will visit Songgwangsa Temple and Suncheon Bay, before calling into nearby city Yeosu to visit local Fish markets and sightseeing of the Industrial night scene. Enjoy some leisure time after check-in.
Day 10: Yeosu – Jinju – Busan – Gyeongju (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Jinju and see Jinjuseong Castle – the Chokseoknu structure is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. We then proceed to Busan and on arrival, start the city tour from Jagalchi Fishery Market where you will have free time for lunch and wandering around. Later, transfer to Gyeongju. Gyeongju preserves a vast amount of significant and fascinating history and is an integral part of our visit in Korea.
Day 11: Gyeongju – Andong – Wonju (B/-/-)
A city tour is organised this morning including; Bulguksa Temple (UNESCO world heritage), Hahoe Folk Village, in Andong, which has preserved the housing architecture the Joseon Dynasty, Chiaksan Mountain, in Wonju and the Seom River that circles the area. As the capital of Gangwon Province for 500 years during the Joseon Dynasty, it maintains rich tradition and cultural relics.
Day 12: Wonju – Pyeongchang – Gangneung – Mt Sorak – Seoul (B/-/-)
This morning we move to Pyeongchang – the venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games and nearby Gangneung, located between the Eastern sea and the mountain ridge, well-known for wide pine forests, clean sandy beaches and crystal blue sea. We also visit Seongyojang Folklore Materials Pavilion (residence of noble class) and make the short drive to Sokcho Mt, the main attraction of Seorak National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site). Seoul arrival in the late afternoon and check-in at the Hotel.
Day 13: DMZ (B/L/-)
Travel by coach to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) one of the most decorated activities out of Seoul. Here we experience life on the boarder of a divided nation and view the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory and the Unification Village. In Imjinkak we visit Freedom Bridge and the Peace Bell, iconic landmarks in this region. After lunch, we drop you off at Itaewon Street where you can have your own time for shopping.
Day 14: Depart Seoul (B/-/-)
After breakfast, start your half day city tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace – built in 1394 (the first five royal palaces during Joseon Dynasty), the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, Blue House photo stop, National Folk Museum and Korean Ginseng Centre until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 15: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the morning.
Number of Days 15
Price From $5445
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Internal flight and taxes
Deluxe hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast
Meals as indicated
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking local guide in each country
Tipping for guide and driver at own discretion
All other meals
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $5,445 per person departing Sydney and Brisbane flying China Airlines or Korean Air.
From $5,645 per person departing Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth flying Cathay Pacific.
Adelaide passengers may involve additional domestic add on at extra cost
Single Room Supplement from $1,595 per person
Land Only from $4,445 per person, twin share (12 Nights)