South Korea

Discover South Korea Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
South Korea
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AOD
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

13 Days Flight Inclusive
12 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

South Korea, the "Land of the Morning Calm" has long been overshadowed by neighbouring Japan. A dynamic country steeped in culture, tradition and history it offers vibrant cities, rich landscapes, friendly locals and staggering nature. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in bustling Seoul's contemporary culture, meditate and spend the night in an ancient temple, discover the beauty of Seoraksan N.P and explore Busan's colourful markets. This, combined with the chance to taste some of the most underrated cuisine in the world, makes a trip to Korea unforgettable!

At a Glance

  • 10 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night temple stay
  • 12 days land only / 13 days flight inclusive
  • Sightseeing on foot and 1 short daywalk
  • Group usually 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus, bullet train and metro

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about ancient and modern history in Seoul
  • Spend a night and partake in ceremonies at UNESCO Haeinsa Temple 
  • Visit Panmunjom and the DMZ to learn how Korea was divided
  • Discover Busan's bustling, colourful markets
  • Be captivated by Korea's culinary delights
  • Special cherry blossom and autumn colours departures

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is rated Activity Level 2: Leisurely/Moderate

This is tour is designed to highlight the best of the Republic of Korea (known as the ROK). Most of our travel is by private vehicle, so the journeys are not physically demanding. You will walk mostly in cities and towns and although not strenuous, the amount of walking each day can be considerable and fast-paced (good comfortable walking shoes are recommended).  We will also be ascending and descending a lot of steps.  The walk in Seoraksan NP is optional. The overall Activity Level for this trip is 2, meaning that it is suitable for all people who are in good health and fitness.

 

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

AOD Map

Land Only

Start City:
Seoul
End City:
Seoul

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Seoul

    Arrive in Seoul. Time permitting and depending on the arrival time of the group, the leader will arrange a short orientation tour in proximity of the hotel.

    In the evening we have the chance to visit the Gwangjang market, one of the oldest food markets in Seoul, where locals meet after work to enjoy traditional foods and liquor. The market also sells vintage clothing and textiles during the day, but comes alive in the evenings when unique foods such as 'bindaetteok', a popular pancake with 'makkolli', the traditional Korean rice wine, are served.
    Bestwestern Premier Kukdo Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Full day Seoul walking tour including Insadong artisan area, Jogyesa Temple and Gyeongbokkung Palace

    Today we will enjoy a walking tour of Seoul.

    We first head towards the Cheonggyecheon, an age old canal in downtown Seoul that was filled with concrete in the 1960's but reopened in 2005 in its original state. Continue to Tapgol Park, the central point of the Korean independence movement in 1919. From there, we continue on to Insadong, the artisan neighbourhood where traditional teahouses and souvenir shops are lined up in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere.

    After, we visit Jogyesa Temple, one of the most beautiful temple complexes in the heart of Seoul. At Gwanghwamoon you can admire the impressive statues of Admiral Yi and King Sejong; men who played vital roles in Korean history.

    The next stop for the day is at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Built by the Joseon Dynasty in 1394, this immense complex was the centre of power up to Japanese occupation at the start of the last century. At the Palace, we may see the changing of guards. 

    Our last visit for today will be Bukchon Hanok Village which is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty.

    (Please note that the order of these activities may change).

    Bestwestern Premier Kukdo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Visit Panmunjom to learn how Korea was divided

    Today we will have an excursion to Panmunjom, the only place on the peninsula where North and South Koreans can meet face to face. It was here that the peace treaty was signed in 1953 and where both parties agreed on a Joint Security Area (JSA) in the middle of the border between the two countries, also known as DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). After a short briefing by US army personnel you will enter the JSA; here you will visit Freedom House, the blue barracks sharing a conference room for talks between both North and South Korea, the visitor's observation post and the bridge of no return. En route you will enjoy a traditional Korean dish for lunch.

    Please note that due to government restrictions in place this excursion is guided by a local JSA specialised guide and not by your tour leader. Please also note that the Panmunjom tour may be withdrawn at any time and in such cases this trip will be substituted with visits to other key areas in the North/South Korean history, such as the Third Tunnel. We must also mention that some nationalities will not be permitted to take part in the tour (at time of writing this includes nationals from Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria) and it will be more difficult to obtain permission for South Korean and Chinese nationals to join the tour. Strict rules are in place for DMZ tours and as such passport details must be provided in advance. For dual passport holders, please ensure you provide Exodus with the exact passport details you will be entering South Korea with (and will be required to carry on the day tour).

    During the tour, it is critically important that you follow instructions from military personnel and guides whilst on the tour. Please refer to the 'What To Take' section for information on required attire for this day trip.

    Bestwestern Premier Kukdo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Gangneung; afternoon Korean cooking demonstration

    Today will begin with a private transfer to Gangneung on the east coast (approx. 3hrs). In the heart of Gangwon Province we will visit one of Korea’s most picturesque culinary bases, where all the food is produced and processed naturally and according to centuries-old recipes; fermented food such as kimchi, red pepper paste, doenjang (bean paste) and fish sauce is stored and aged in clay vessels, sometimes for over 5 years! Herbs are grown and harvested from gardens, and wild herbs collected from the mountains surrounding the area.

    Here we learn how bibimbab is made, a traditional dish of rice with vegetables, herbs, meat and several side dishes. You will then lunch on this freshly-cooked, healthy food.

    In the afternoon we transfer to the hotel in Sokcho, a lively coastal city which belonged to North Korea from 1945 until the end of the Korean War.

    Ramada Gangwon Sokcho or similar

      

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 5

    Enjoy an easy walk in Seoraksan N.P.

    Situated on the beautiful east coast, the Seorak Mountains are the most famous in Korea. At the foot on the mountains we will find an enormous Buddha statue and from this point one may follow a variety of different trails between 2 and 10 km. The leader will guide those who wish on an easy and short optional walk. A more leisurely option for those not wishing to walk is to take a cable car to one of the mountain tops to enjoy the fantastic views.

    Ramada Gangwon Sokcho or similar

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Andong; visit the Andong Hahoe Folk Museum

    Transfer from Sokcho to Andong by private minibus (approx. 4hrs). Visit to the Andong Hahoe Village where century old traditions, influenced by the teachings of Confucius, are still alive. The inhabitants live in the same way their ancestors did; in simple houses for the common farmers and in richly decorated houses for the "Yangban" aristocrats.
    Park Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Gyeongju; visit the Tumuli Park and Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia

    Transfer from Andong to Gyeongju by private minibus (approx. 2.5hrs) stopping en route for a visit to the Dosan Confucian School. In the afternoon Visit the Tumuli Park with the royal tombs dating back to the Shilla Dynasty. The numerous artifacts being found in these tombs show a remarkable technological and cultural advancement in that period (600-900 CE). We also visit Cheomseongdae, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. The 362 stones used to build the Cheomseongdae represent the 362 days in the lunar calendar.
    Commodore Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day sightseeing including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Anapji Pond

    Seokguram Grotto, which we will visit this morning, was discovered by a postman sheltering from the rain. Inside the man-made cave he found an astonishing beautiful statue of Buddha, constructed during the Shilla Dynasty. The grotto is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From here we will visit Bulguksa Temple, constructed in the same period.

    This afternoon we visit the National Museum of Gyeongju, where one can relive the rich and advanced culture of the Shilla Dynasty and see the numerous archaeological findings. Our day ends with a stop at Anapji Pond, an artificial pond constructed in the royal palace grounds, before exploring Gyeongju food market.
    Commodore Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to Haeinsa Temple; explore the grounds, eat a traditional vegetarian meal and take part in a Buddhist ceremony

    This morning we transfer from Gyeongju to Haeinsa Temple (approx. 3hrs).

    Haeinsa Temple is one of the oldest in Korea and home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248 which gained the UNESCO status in 1995.

    Here we will experience a strict Buddhist lifestyle and meet the monks who dedicate their lives to prayer and meditation. On entering the temple you exchange your own clothes for simple monks’ clothing and after the initial introductions and opening ceremony you have the opportunity to walk around the beautiful temple complex. After the vegetarian Buddhist dinner we will partake in a tea ceremony. Lights out at 9pm this evening, ready for our early morning wake-up.

    Please note, during our stay at the temple, the program and order in which it runs can be subject to changes.

    Haeinsa Temple Stay

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    Early morning ceremony and meditation; transfer to Busan; city tour including local markets

    Start your day early; wake up at 3.30am to participate at the first ceremony and meditation. After breakfast at 6:00, depart the temple and transfer to Busan (approx. 2hrs).

    From the impressive Gwangalli Bridge we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Busan shoreline. We will learn the tragic history of the Korean War (1950-1953) at the UN War Cemetery. Continue the tour and visit the Nurimaru APEC House, a wonderful location with gorgeous views over the ocean. We will also discover Jagalchi Fishmarket, one of the largest markets of its kind, selling a dazzling array of fish. Here you can taste the famous Korean sashimi before heading into the adjacent Gukje Market, where you can shop for souvenirs. After dinner, enjoy an optional visit to the Busan tower (118m high) for some amazing night vistas!
    Crown Harbor Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Bullet train to Seoul; transfer to hotel. Free afternoon

    This morning we take a bullet train back to Seoul (approx. 3hr) and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon is free for some last-minute shopping or to perhaps visit the vibrant Hongdae university district. You may also like to spend your final evening in Seoul exploring lively Itaewon neighbourhood's nightlife!
    Bestwestern Premier Kukdo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    End Seoul

    The tour ends this morning after breakfast for land only clients.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

3 and 4-star hotels and 1 temple stay

During the trip we use mainly 3 to 4-star hotels with modern facilities and comforts.

One night will be spent in a traditional temple, where facilities are basic and shared. As it is a religious institution, rooms are or a triple/quadruple share basis and assigned by gender so couples will not be permitted to share a room. Traditional Korean "Yo" mattresses are used at the temple stay; these are similar to futons and placed on the floor. The temple offers a unique program where you may actually appreciate the Buddhist monks' life your own eyes, experience woodblock printing as well as Chamseon which is a traditional meditation method of Buddhism in Korea. You may also learn the Buddhist teaching by touring the small hermitages and temples around the Gaya Mountain with Haeinsa as its main temple.

2022 departures

Please be advised that the below accommodation is list of the standard hotels used for 2022 departures. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at alternative hotels of a similar quality.

Seoul (4 nights): Bestwestern Premier Kukdo Hotel

Sokcho (2 nights): Ramada Gangwon Sokcho

Andong (1 night): Park Hotel

Gyeongju (2 nights): Commodore Hotel

Haeinsa (1 night): Haeinsa Temple Stay (sharing room by gender)

Busan (1 night): Crown Harbor Hotel

Single supplements

Single supplements can be pre-booked for 10 nights of the tour at the hotel accommodation. These must be requested before departure and are subject to availability.

 A single supplement is not available for 1 night of the tour at the Haeinsa Temple Stay.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £550.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Korean food is generally healthy and based upon rice, vegetables and meats. During the trip you will experience a wide variety of tasty meals including staple foods rice, porridge, soups, stews, barbecued or broiled meat and fish along with a large selection of banchan (side dishes) and kimchi (fermented cabbage) which is served at almost every meal.

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport will be in a private vehicle (normally a mini-coach). On other days, we will mostly use private vehicle transport but will also make use of the metro system and bullet train from Busan to Seoul.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. We aim to avoid the coldest parts of winter and hot/humid summer and visit at the ideal times of year; spring (late March -May) to view the cherry blossoms and autumn (September-November) with a stunning array of foliage colours, warm temperatures and clear skies. Average temperatures during these seasons range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. Whilst these are not rainy seasons the odd shower cannot be ruled out and evenings will be cooler.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 13 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways or Air France (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 12 days starting and ending in Seoul

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Seoul in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense

The start hotel for this trip is located 62km from Seoul Incheon international airport. If you are planning to reach the hotel independently, we recommend taking the airport bus No.6015 which runs every 15 minutes and costs approx. KRW 15,000 (GBP10) per person. The bus stops right in front of the Kukdo hotel. Alternatively, a journey by taxi will cost you about KRW 70,000 (GBP 47) and can take up to 2 hours, depending on traffic. On arrival at the hotel, please advise reception that you are part of the Exodus group. The tour leader will have left you a message about what time to meet the group.

Location start:
Seoul
Location end:
Seoul

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Casual clothing is all that is required. Outside of business situations Koreans are very relaxed about dress so formal attire is unnecessary.
  • On both spring and autumn departures it is possible that some of the nights outside the main cities may be surprisingly cold, so it would be wise to bring a jumper and/or warm jacket and warm trousers.
  • As there is a certain amount of walking involved in this trip, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is a requirement. Ideally these should be easy to put on and take off for the fairly regular occasions when shoes must be removed before entering homes or temples.
  • A towel for the temple stay is also recommended.
  • Water bottle: the tap water in Korea is safe to drink so remember to bring a refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity)and keep hydrated during the day. 
  • Please note that for the DMZ tour military policy requires all visitors to display a neat and presentable appearance. There are strict rules on attire for this day and this generally means that the following are prohibited: flip-flops, sandals and high heeled shoes, clothing with profane or provocative text and sports or athletic clothing (including gym shorts or track/stretch pants), sleeveless shirts, round-neck t-shirts, tank tops, sheer/provocative or excessively baggy clothing, ripped jeans, or military-style clothing. Suggested attire for this tour would include flat closed-toe shoes, plain jeans, trousers (or also long skirts for women) and a plain long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Practical Information

Passport

South Korea

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for more than the minimum period required to enter the destination. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

South Korea

If you have a British Citizen passport you can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket.

If you have a different nationality, you should check visa requirements with your local Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

South Korea's Timezone:
Asia/Seoul KST (GMT +09:00)

Electricity

South Korea's Electricity:

European 2-pin plugs are used and the standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts.

Money

South Korea's Currency

The national currency of South Korea is the South Korean Won (KRW), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2021) of approximately 1,620 to the GBP, 1,200 to the USD, 950 to the CAD, 1,400 to the EUR, 870 to the AUD and 828 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Money exchange is available upon arrival at Incheon Airport and in major cities, as are ATMs.

ATMs are widely available in large cities such as Seoul and Busan, however they will not all be UK debit card compatible ‐ please look for those displaying Cirrus or Maestro symbols.

 Major credit cards (VISA or MasterCard) are widely accepted.

 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Please note that prices in South Korea are akin to those in the United Kingdom. We recommend that you allow approx .GBP 8‐12 for lunches and GBP 12‐24 per dinner not included.

We advise travellers should have access to more spending money than they think is needed, rather than less.
Optional Excursions 

  • JUMP Show, Martial Arts & Comedy, Seoul KRW 40,000- 60,000 (GBP 27-40)

 

Tipping

Local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. However, if you feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services - the amount you give is entirely personal and at each individual's discretion, but we suggest as a rough guide of GBP 3-4 per day is a good starting point for your leader . Additionally, approx. 2 GBP per day for your driver is suggested if you are also pleased and wish to show appreciation for their services also (of course at each individual's direction).

Responsible Tourism

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • Guests will have the opportunity to stay overnight at the Haeinsa Temple, one of the oldest in Korea. Here we will experience a strict Buddhist lifestyle and meet the monks who dedicate their lives to prayer and meditation, enjoy a vegetarian Buddhist dinner & partake in a tea ceremony. Our visit & overnight stay helps contribute to the upkeep of the temple.
  • With a strong emphasis on culture and history, this trip provides plenty of opportunities to visit various museums and cultural sites. Our visits to the museums and sites will benefit the locals and contributes to the preservation of their cultural assets through the money spent on entrance fees and other purchases made within the area. 

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. For example, we don’t just stay in busy cities such as Seoul or Busan every night of the tour.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste. For example, we encourage eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead encourage clients to drink the tap water, which is safe to drink in South Korea. We encourage all clients to take a refillable water bottle with them on the tour.
  • During the tour, our guides educate guests on how to appropriately separate and dispose of any waste, as well as encouraging clients to use reusable chopsticks and canvas tote bags for shopping.

 Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about Exodus Travels’ Planet Promise here, including our rewilding and carbon compensation commitments for every customer who travels.
  • We choose to travel predominantly by road during the trip and bullet train from Busan to Seoul as opposed to taking any domestic flights.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary mostly use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • Vegetarian options are available at majority of accommodation and restaurants.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip. Tap water in South Korea is safe for drinking, hence we strongly encourage clients to bring their own reusable water bottles for this purpose and minimise our usage of single use plastic bottles.
  • Cultural respect:
  • The most common way to greet in South Korea is with a bow.
  • Object, gifts, and food should be offered and received with two hands.
  • Spoons are used to eat soup, but chopsticks are used for everything else.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.