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SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN Essence of South Korea and Japan 13 nights from £3999 Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £71 if not required§ Look across the Demilitarised Zone into North Korea, ride the bullet train, and ascend Mount Fuji on this first-class tour of South Korea and Japan. You'll take in the highlights of two capital cities, contrasting traditional culture with dazzling skyscrapers in both Seoul and Tokyo, visit palace and temples, a world-famous beach, and learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea, as you travel by high-speed rail through both countries. NEW Enjoy scenic views of Mount Fiji from the bullet train ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Seoul, South Korea. Fly overnight to Seoul. Day 2: Seoul, South Korea. Arrive in the capital of South Korea where you stay for the next three nights. Enjoy an authentic welcome dinner this evening. D Day 3: Seoul, South Korea. After breakfast, set out on a full day included tour of Seoul. Start at the Gyeongbok Palace, regarded as Seoul's grandest and most beautiful palace, next visit one of Seoul's traditional tea houses for a tasting session, and then stop at the N Seoul Tower. This evening perhaps join an optional excursion to Gwangjang Market. B, L Day 4: Seoul, South Korea. Today learn about the sombre history of North and South Korea on a full day excursion to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the unoccupied land that separates the two Korean countries. This once-in-a-lifetime tour takes in Imjingak Village, Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory where, through binoculars, you'll be able to nights in hotel Seoul Japan South Korea Mount Fuji Gyeongju Kyoto Tokyo Busan Hakone Osaka look across the DMZ into North Korea. Next visit the Joint Security Area (JSA), the only place in the DMZ where North and South Korean guards stand face-to-face. At this spot you'll have the opportunity to stand over the border in North Korea. As part of the JSA tour, you'll also visit Freedom House, the Bridge of No Return and the Axe Murder Incident Area. This evening and perhaps join an optional excursion to see a performance of Nanta. B, L Please note: You must bring your passport and dress conservatively for this full day excursion. Day 5: Seoul-Gyeongju, South Korea. This morning embark on a two-hour journey on the KTX, a high-speed train, to Gyeongju, known as the `Museum Without Walls'. Once the ancient capital of South Korea, Gyeongju offers a glimpse into Korea's splendid past. Join an included sightseeing tour taking in Tumuli Park ­ an open air museum of grass-covered burial mounds, Cheomseongdae Observatory ­ the oldest surviving astronomical observatory in Asia, Anapji Pond in the Gyeongju National Park, and the Gyeongju National Museum. Stay overnight in Gyeongju. B, D Day 6: Gyeongju-Busan, South Korea. Enjoy the morning at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Seokguram Grotto. This afternoon take the KTX train to Busan, home to sandy beaches, striking mountains and mouth-watering seafood, where you'll stay for the next two nights. B, D Day 7: Busan, South Korea. Spend the morning at leisure or join an optional excursion to Jagalchi Fish Market. A sightseeing tour this afternoon takes in Haedong Yonggungsa Temple ­ one of the only oceanside Buddhist temples in South Korea, the 120-metre high Busan Tower, and Haeundae Beach, considered to be South Korea's most beautiful beach. B, L Day 8: Busan-Osaka-Kyoto, Japan. After breakfast, transfer to Busan airport and take a 90-minute flight to Osaka in Japan. Transfer by coach to Kyoto, one hour away, for a two-night stay. Dinner this evening is at Ninja Kyoto ­ a themed restaurant. B, D Day 9: Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 794, Kyoto is widely considered Japan's cultural heart and is a virtual living museum. On a full-day sightseeing tour see the Kiyomizu, Ryonaji and Kinkakuji Temples, treat yourself to lunch in Nishiki market and enjoy a stroll around the Gion district, once the haunt of geisha. B Day 10: Kyoto-Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Japan. Take a three-hour bullet train to Mishima for a full day exploring Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Visit the tourist village of Oshino Hakkai and the Fuji 5th Station, or if the weather is unsuitable, visit the Fuji Visitor Centre instead. Stay overnight in Kawaguchiko with an included Kaiseki dinner. B, D Day 11: Kawaguchiko-Tokyo, Japan. Take a cruise across Lake Ashi to drink in the world-famous view of snow-capped Mount Fuji. Head for the shores to see the 190 Please quote LH366 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 300 600 or visit