SPRING BLOSSOMS: ENCHANTING SOUTH KOREA

A$6,950
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - LIMITED PLACES LEFT
A$6,950
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - LIMITED PLACES LEFT

Experience the enchanting allure of South Korea during cherry blossom season on this unforgettable nine-day journey through Seoul, Jeonju, Busan, and beyond. This tour is designed to immerse you in the rich tapestry of South Korean culture, seamlessly blending the vibrant pulse of modern life with ancient traditions. Begin your adventure in Seoul, where the city’s bustling pop culture meets the tranquil beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Wander through historic palaces, explore bustling markets, and indulge in the culinary delights of Korean BBQ, noodles, and mouth-watering street food.

In Jeonju, step back in time as you visit a traditional hanok village, where you’ll have the opportunity to engage with locals and learn about their way of life. The city’s well-preserved historical architecture and traditions provide a captivating glimpse into Korea’s past. Then, head to the picturesque coastal city of Busan, where you can take leisurely walks along stunning beaches, enjoy the scenic views of rolling green mountains, and savour fresh seafood at lively markets.

Throughout your journey, you’ll also experience South Korea’s vibrant nightlife, with opportunities to try your hand at coin karaoke, a favourite local pastime. Additionally, a visit to the DMZ along the North Korean border offers a poignant reminder of the country’s complex history and enduring spirit.

As you travel, you’ll likely be surrounded by the breathtaking sight of cherry blossoms, adding a magical touch to every moment. This tour offers the perfect blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences, making it an ideal way to discover the heart and soul of South Korea during its most beautiful season.

While this is the prime time of the year to see Cherry Blossoms, we are of course dependent on mother nature so we cannot guarantee you’ll see cherry blossoms.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Thursday 3rd Apr

SEOUL ARRIVAL DAY (D)

Welcome to Seoul, South Korea’s vibrant capital of high-tech gadgetry, glittering skyscrapers and scrumptious eats. Your adventure officially kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight at your accommodation, where you’ll meet your leader and fellow travellers. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to dive into South Korea’s food scene! First, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner of Korean Fried Chicken and beer for a ‘chimaek’ experience. Then, head to the Gwangjang Market for an immersive introduction to the sights, smells and, of course, tastes of South Korean street food. Go deep into the gargantuan market featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’, following your leader to the best vendors for dinner and cultural experience like no other.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 2 Friday 4th Apr

SEOUL (B)

Today you will enjoy a free morning in Seoul. Why not head to Seoul Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Korea? In the evening, we will visit Gyeongbok Palace followed by a night of singing your heart out in one of South Korea’s many karaoke spots! Karaoke nights are a way to truly feel like a local here.

Please note that we may visit Gyeongbok Palace earlier in the day if it is shut for any reason this evening. Your leader will advise you on the day.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 3 Saturday 5th Apr

JEONJU (B/L/D)

This morning take the metro to Seoul Station. Set off for Jeonju, a city that’s all about doing things slowly and doing them well—both in food and in life. You’ll arrive just in time for lunch at a renowned local noodle restaurant which started as a food stall, but its tantalising noodles have made it a hallmark of the city. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring the historical Hanok Village, wandering cobblestone streets between hundreds of traditional homes and further embracing the relaxed pace of the city. We will dress up in Hanboks as locals like to do when they visit the Hanok village! Later, learn the art of making kimchi—a Korean slow food poster dish—during a cooking class. You’ll also learn how to make a delicious kimchi pancake. If you’re keen for one more ‘real food’ experience you can opt to join your leader for locally brewed, cloudy rice beer called ‘makgeolli’. Accompanied by a parade of inventive side dishes, this singular drink is enjoyed in ritual fashion, served in special brass bowls from the coveted makgeoli kettle.

Your own room at FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach or similar


DAY 4 Sunday 6th Apr

JEONJU (B/L/D)

This morning you’ll have free time to explore the village or visit the historical shrines and palaces. Chat to your leader about which works for you. From here, travel by bus to Sunchang Gochujang, a village famous for the production of gochujang (a traditional red chilli paste), for a tasting and demo on how it gets made. Grab lunch at a restaurant that specialises in fermented bean soup. Later, take a stroll around the base of Mt Gangcheon, and choose whether to work up your appetite by walking a little further to a nearby waterfall. For dinner tonight, we will visit the most famous bibimbap restaurant in Jeonju. The bibimbap here is so good it’s been declared an intangible cultural asset because of its iconic chef. Seriously. Scoff down some of the classic rice dish topped with, well, lots of great stuff. Afterwards, opt to wash it down with a couple of beers or non-alcoholic tipples at a craft brewery. South Korea’s craft beer scene is exploding all across the country after a rise to popularity in Seoul, and tonight your belly will reap the benefits.

Your own room at Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim or similar


DAY 5 Monday 7th Apr

BUSAN (B/L)

Leave Jeonju behind as we head to Busan. Enjoy a Korean favourite for lunch—Eonyang-style bulgogi beef. Crisp, smoky and juicy, it’s popular all over the country for good reason! Travel onwards to Busan to visit the beautiful Haedong Temple, built into the rocks by the sea. After checking into your hotel in downtown Busan for the next two nights, enjoy free time to explore this seaside city. You might like to join an optional dinner of Korean lamb skewers with eggplant, dumplings and other side dishes.

Your own room at Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim or similar


DAY 6 Tuesday 8th Apr

BUSAN (B/L/D)

Today you’ll be welcomed into the apartment home of a local resident to learn about their life and food culture. Enjoy Korean favourites like kimbap, japchae and banchan (the exact menu will vary with the seasons). Sip fragrant tea and chat with your host about Busan and what it’s like to live there. Stop at a local supermarket and get a broader view of the contemporary food habits of modern Koreans. Here, you’ll get an everyday-life insight into the culture, and your leader will pick up some local popular snacks for the group to enjoy. Visit Jagalchi Market, an enormous seafood market situated by Busan port. Wrap up your day at a restaurant overlooking the ocean for a clam bake with a view. Return to central Busan to relax or hit the town and take in the local nightlife in the Seomyeon Entertainment District.

Your own room at FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach or similar


DAY 7 Wednesday 9th Apr

SEOUL (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, travel by Korea Train Express back to Seoul where you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Perhaps wander around Gyeongbok Palace, marvel at the views from Namsan Tower or check out Seoul’s most eclectic neighbourhoods of Sinsadong and Gangnam.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 8 Thursday 10th Apr

SEOUL (B/D)

After breakfast this morning, join a tour of the fascinating Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). From the South Korean side of the Zone, you’ll learn how this peninsula has been divided since the devastating Korean War. You’ll visit points of interest, including the Third Tunnel of Aggression, the Unification Bridge, Imjingak Park and the Dora Observatory. For your final meal, you’ll head to the youthful district of Hongdae for the most traditional Korean BBQ experience to celebrate your time together.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 9 Friday 11th Apr

SEOUL DEPARTURE DAY (B)

Your South Korea adventure comes to an end this morning. Say your goodbyes before it’s off home or onward to new adventures.

 

WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TIME IN ASIA?

Why not join Two’s a Crowd on our solos tour of Japan, starting in Tokyo on 22nd March 2025 and concluding in Tokyo on the morning of 3rd April, just in time to join this tour! And guess what? It’s also Cherry Blossom season in Japan! We call it the Blossom Double-Header. See our website or ask our friendly Two’s a Crowd team for more information.

TOUR PRICING: A$6,950

TOUR DATES: 3RD – 11TH APRIL 2025

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is located in the Gwanghwamun area of Jongno-gu, the “roots” of Seoul’s history, economy and culture. This area is not only close to many public agencies and foreign embassies, including Seoul City Hall, Central Government Complex and Ministry of Foreign Affairs but it is also packed with Korea’s representative traditional and cultural elements, including the four royal palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace), Jongmyo Shrine, Namdaemun Gate, Insadong, Samcheongdong and Bukchon Hanok Village. Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is only a five-minute walk away from Cheonggyecheon, a venue for various seasonal festivals representing Seoul and you can also walk from nearby subway stations such as Jonggak Station (line 1), Gwanghwamun Station (line 5) or Anguk Station (line 3) to many famous tourist attractions. Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun operates a total of 339 guest rooms and facilities, including the Lobby, Lobby Bar, Meeting Room, Business Corner, Buffet Restaurant and Fitness Center. The hotel boasts a panoramic view of Jogyesa Temple in downtown Seoul and Samcheong-dong. The Cafe, a buffet restaurant, features a seating capacity of 108 and serves breakfast and lunch buffets.

FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach

Located in Haeundae Special Tourist Zone, Felix by STX Hotel & Suite is a lifestyle hotel also conveniently connected to the Haeundae Metro Station. The property offers easy access to popular attractions including Haeundae Beach, Shinsegae Department Store, and Bexco.

Each room features a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, LCD TV and a work desk. Bathroom includes towels and toiletries. Free wireless internet access is also provided.

The property features a 24-hour reception, a fitness centre and a lounge. Guest can also use the coin launderette or request laundry and dry cleaning services at a fee.

Dongbaek Park is a 15-minute walk away from the property. BEXCO convention centre is a 10-minute subway ride west, while Gimhae International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim

Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim offers 89 rooms 7 minutes’ stroll from Choi Myeong Hee Literature Museum. The hotel also includes a car park.

Located around a 5-minute ride from Jeonju Gaeksa, the accommodation is a few minutes’ drive from Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Jeonju Fan Culture Center is within 600 metres of this 3-star hotel in Jeonju. There is Omokdae and Imokdae merely 1.1 km away, and Jeondong Terminal bus station relatively near the property. For those travelling from afar, Gunsan airport is 47 minutes’ drive away.

Some of the air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen television as well as an electric kettle. Guests can make use of a separate toilet, a bath, and a shower along with a shower cap and bath sheets.

This Jeonju hotel is around a 5-minute stroll from the bakery PNB Pungnyeon Bakery Gyeongwondong Main.

Weather

Spring is an excellent time of year to be in Korea. The temperatures are warm, but not hot, and there’s not too much rain either. However, spring is also when yellow dust storms blow over from China, making the air horrible to breathe. However, in May, temperatures are often closer to summer than spring.

Currency

The currency of South Korea is the South Korean won, denoted by ₩ (ISO code: KRW) and written 원 (won) in the Korean language.

Credit card acceptance in shops, hotels and other businesses on the other hand is very good, and all but the very cheapest restaurants and motels will accept Visa and MasterCard. Even small purchases such as ₩4,000 for a coffee are okay. This works well since credit cards have good exchange rates, however if you are using a foreign card then you should ensure with your bank that there isn’t a fee for this foreign transaction.

Electricity

South Korean households and hotels use the same dual round sockets for their electrical outlets as most of Continental Europe. Some hotels may provide an adapter for you to use; ask for one at the reception desk.

South Korean electrical outlets accept appliances with a voltage rating of 220 V at 60 Hz. If your appliance has this rating that includes 220 V (Such as 100-240 V that most laptop chargers now accept), you will be able to use the appliance with only a plug adapter. If it falls below or above this rating, you must purchase a transformer or a voltage adapter before leaving your country.

Some very old buildings and very new hotels and apartments are dual wired and have 110 V outlets (identifiable by the smaller dual flat sockets) and the regular South Korean variety, built specifically to accommodate the Japanese and Americans.

Visas

Australian and NZ passport holders are visa exempt for a stay of up to 90 days. Please reconfirm your visa validity closer to departure date as requirements can change at any time.

Tour Inclusions:

  • English speaking tour guides
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room
  • All transport as mentioned by comfortable, airconditioned vehicles or train
  • Group airport transfers at the start/end of the tour
  • All meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • All entrance fees as per detailed itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Airport transfers, if arriving separate from the designated “group” flights
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, taxis and souvenirs
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Any services, meals and drinks if not detailed as “included” in the itinerary
  • Porterage
  • Tipping

 

Transport on Tour:
Travelling into major cities by coach can be problematic due to heavy traffic and also local restrictions on where coaches can actually travel. Because of this, we have chosen to use trains on occasion during the tour. You will need to be comfortable with walking to and from train stations to either hotels or local attractions on the days we are using trains. If you have any mobility issues, please speak with the team who will help you decide if this tour is right for you.

Experience the enchanting allure of South Korea during cherry blossom season on this unforgettable nine-day journey through Seoul, Jeonju, Busan, and beyond. This tour is designed to immerse you in the rich tapestry of South Korean culture, seamlessly blending the vibrant pulse of modern life with ancient traditions. Begin your adventure in Seoul, where the city’s bustling pop culture meets the tranquil beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Wander through historic palaces, explore bustling markets, and indulge in the culinary delights of Korean BBQ, noodles, and mouth-watering street food.

In Jeonju, step back in time as you visit a traditional hanok village, where you’ll have the opportunity to engage with locals and learn about their way of life. The city’s well-preserved historical architecture and traditions provide a captivating glimpse into Korea’s past. Then, head to the picturesque coastal city of Busan, where you can take leisurely walks along stunning beaches, enjoy the scenic views of rolling green mountains, and savour fresh seafood at lively markets.

Throughout your journey, you’ll also experience South Korea’s vibrant nightlife, with opportunities to try your hand at coin karaoke, a favourite local pastime. Additionally, a visit to the DMZ along the North Korean border offers a poignant reminder of the country’s complex history and enduring spirit.

As you travel, you’ll likely be surrounded by the breathtaking sight of cherry blossoms, adding a magical touch to every moment. This tour offers the perfect blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and unforgettable experiences, making it an ideal way to discover the heart and soul of South Korea during its most beautiful season.

While this is the prime time of the year to see Cherry Blossoms, we are of course dependent on mother nature so we cannot guarantee you’ll see cherry blossoms.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Thursday 3rd Apr

SEOUL ARRIVAL DAY (D)

Welcome to Seoul, South Korea’s vibrant capital of high-tech gadgetry, glittering skyscrapers and scrumptious eats. Your adventure officially kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight at your accommodation, where you’ll meet your leader and fellow travellers. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to dive into South Korea’s food scene! First, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner of Korean Fried Chicken and beer for a ‘chimaek’ experience. Then, head to the Gwangjang Market for an immersive introduction to the sights, smells and, of course, tastes of South Korean street food. Go deep into the gargantuan market featured in the Netflix series ‘Street Food’, following your leader to the best vendors for dinner and cultural experience like no other.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 2 Friday 4th Apr

SEOUL (B)

Today you will enjoy a free morning in Seoul. Why not head to Seoul Museum of Modern Art or the National Museum of Korea? In the evening, we will visit Gyeongbok Palace followed by a night of singing your heart out in one of South Korea’s many karaoke spots! Karaoke nights are a way to truly feel like a local here.

Please note that we may visit Gyeongbok Palace earlier in the day if it is shut for any reason this evening. Your leader will advise you on the day.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 3 Saturday 5th Apr

JEONJU (B/L/D)

This morning take the metro to Seoul Station. Set off for Jeonju, a city that’s all about doing things slowly and doing them well—both in food and in life. You’ll arrive just in time for lunch at a renowned local noodle restaurant which started as a food stall, but its tantalising noodles have made it a hallmark of the city. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring the historical Hanok Village, wandering cobblestone streets between hundreds of traditional homes and further embracing the relaxed pace of the city. We will dress up in Hanboks as locals like to do when they visit the Hanok village! Later, learn the art of making kimchi—a Korean slow food poster dish—during a cooking class. You’ll also learn how to make a delicious kimchi pancake. If you’re keen for one more ‘real food’ experience you can opt to join your leader for locally brewed, cloudy rice beer called ‘makgeolli’. Accompanied by a parade of inventive side dishes, this singular drink is enjoyed in ritual fashion, served in special brass bowls from the coveted makgeoli kettle.

Your own room at FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach or similar


DAY 4 Sunday 6th Apr

JEONJU (B/L/D)

This morning you’ll have free time to explore the village or visit the historical shrines and palaces. Chat to your leader about which works for you. From here, travel by bus to Sunchang Gochujang, a village famous for the production of gochujang (a traditional red chilli paste), for a tasting and demo on how it gets made. Grab lunch at a restaurant that specialises in fermented bean soup. Later, take a stroll around the base of Mt Gangcheon, and choose whether to work up your appetite by walking a little further to a nearby waterfall. For dinner tonight, we will visit the most famous bibimbap restaurant in Jeonju. The bibimbap here is so good it’s been declared an intangible cultural asset because of its iconic chef. Seriously. Scoff down some of the classic rice dish topped with, well, lots of great stuff. Afterwards, opt to wash it down with a couple of beers or non-alcoholic tipples at a craft brewery. South Korea’s craft beer scene is exploding all across the country after a rise to popularity in Seoul, and tonight your belly will reap the benefits.

Your own room at Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim or similar


DAY 5 Monday 7th Apr

BUSAN (B/L)

Leave Jeonju behind as we head to Busan. Enjoy a Korean favourite for lunch—Eonyang-style bulgogi beef. Crisp, smoky and juicy, it’s popular all over the country for good reason! Travel onwards to Busan to visit the beautiful Haedong Temple, built into the rocks by the sea. After checking into your hotel in downtown Busan for the next two nights, enjoy free time to explore this seaside city. You might like to join an optional dinner of Korean lamb skewers with eggplant, dumplings and other side dishes.

Your own room at Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim or similar


DAY 6 Tuesday 8th Apr

BUSAN (B/L/D)

Today you’ll be welcomed into the apartment home of a local resident to learn about their life and food culture. Enjoy Korean favourites like kimbap, japchae and banchan (the exact menu will vary with the seasons). Sip fragrant tea and chat with your host about Busan and what it’s like to live there. Stop at a local supermarket and get a broader view of the contemporary food habits of modern Koreans. Here, you’ll get an everyday-life insight into the culture, and your leader will pick up some local popular snacks for the group to enjoy. Visit Jagalchi Market, an enormous seafood market situated by Busan port. Wrap up your day at a restaurant overlooking the ocean for a clam bake with a view. Return to central Busan to relax or hit the town and take in the local nightlife in the Seomyeon Entertainment District.

Your own room at FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach or similar


DAY 7 Wednesday 9th Apr

SEOUL (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, travel by Korea Train Express back to Seoul where you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Perhaps wander around Gyeongbok Palace, marvel at the views from Namsan Tower or check out Seoul’s most eclectic neighbourhoods of Sinsadong and Gangnam.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 8 Thursday 10th Apr

SEOUL (B/D)

After breakfast this morning, join a tour of the fascinating Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). From the South Korean side of the Zone, you’ll learn how this peninsula has been divided since the devastating Korean War. You’ll visit points of interest, including the Third Tunnel of Aggression, the Unification Bridge, Imjingak Park and the Dora Observatory. For your final meal, you’ll head to the youthful district of Hongdae for the most traditional Korean BBQ experience to celebrate your time together.

Your own room at Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun or similar


DAY 9 Friday 11th Apr

SEOUL DEPARTURE DAY (B)

Your South Korea adventure comes to an end this morning. Say your goodbyes before it’s off home or onward to new adventures.

 

WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TIME IN ASIA?

Why not join Two’s a Crowd on our solos tour of Japan, starting in Tokyo on 22nd March 2025 and concluding in Tokyo on the morning of 3rd April, just in time to join this tour! And guess what? It’s also Cherry Blossom season in Japan! We call it the Blossom Double-Header. See our website or ask our friendly Two’s a Crowd team for more information.

TOUR PRICING: A$6,950

TOUR DATES: 3RD – 11TH APRIL 2025

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is located in the Gwanghwamun area of Jongno-gu, the “roots” of Seoul’s history, economy and culture. This area is not only close to many public agencies and foreign embassies, including Seoul City Hall, Central Government Complex and Ministry of Foreign Affairs but it is also packed with Korea’s representative traditional and cultural elements, including the four royal palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace), Jongmyo Shrine, Namdaemun Gate, Insadong, Samcheongdong and Bukchon Hanok Village. Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun is only a five-minute walk away from Cheonggyecheon, a venue for various seasonal festivals representing Seoul and you can also walk from nearby subway stations such as Jonggak Station (line 1), Gwanghwamun Station (line 5) or Anguk Station (line 3) to many famous tourist attractions. Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun operates a total of 339 guest rooms and facilities, including the Lobby, Lobby Bar, Meeting Room, Business Corner, Buffet Restaurant and Fitness Center. The hotel boasts a panoramic view of Jogyesa Temple in downtown Seoul and Samcheong-dong. The Cafe, a buffet restaurant, features a seating capacity of 108 and serves breakfast and lunch buffets.

FELIX Hotel Haeundae Beach

Located in Haeundae Special Tourist Zone, Felix by STX Hotel & Suite is a lifestyle hotel also conveniently connected to the Haeundae Metro Station. The property offers easy access to popular attractions including Haeundae Beach, Shinsegae Department Store, and Bexco.

Each room features a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, LCD TV and a work desk. Bathroom includes towels and toiletries. Free wireless internet access is also provided.

The property features a 24-hour reception, a fitness centre and a lounge. Guest can also use the coin launderette or request laundry and dry cleaning services at a fee.

Dongbaek Park is a 15-minute walk away from the property. BEXCO convention centre is a 10-minute subway ride west, while Gimhae International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim

Jeonju Tourist Hotel Kkotsim offers 89 rooms 7 minutes’ stroll from Choi Myeong Hee Literature Museum. The hotel also includes a car park.

Located around a 5-minute ride from Jeonju Gaeksa, the accommodation is a few minutes’ drive from Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Jeonju Fan Culture Center is within 600 metres of this 3-star hotel in Jeonju. There is Omokdae and Imokdae merely 1.1 km away, and Jeondong Terminal bus station relatively near the property. For those travelling from afar, Gunsan airport is 47 minutes’ drive away.

Some of the air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen television as well as an electric kettle. Guests can make use of a separate toilet, a bath, and a shower along with a shower cap and bath sheets.

This Jeonju hotel is around a 5-minute stroll from the bakery PNB Pungnyeon Bakery Gyeongwondong Main.

Weather

Spring is an excellent time of year to be in Korea. The temperatures are warm, but not hot, and there’s not too much rain either. However, spring is also when yellow dust storms blow over from China, making the air horrible to breathe. However, in May, temperatures are often closer to summer than spring.

Currency

The currency of South Korea is the South Korean won, denoted by ₩ (ISO code: KRW) and written 원 (won) in the Korean language.

Credit card acceptance in shops, hotels and other businesses on the other hand is very good, and all but the very cheapest restaurants and motels will accept Visa and MasterCard. Even small purchases such as ₩4,000 for a coffee are okay. This works well since credit cards have good exchange rates, however if you are using a foreign card then you should ensure with your bank that there isn’t a fee for this foreign transaction.

Electricity

South Korean households and hotels use the same dual round sockets for their electrical outlets as most of Continental Europe. Some hotels may provide an adapter for you to use; ask for one at the reception desk.

South Korean electrical outlets accept appliances with a voltage rating of 220 V at 60 Hz. If your appliance has this rating that includes 220 V (Such as 100-240 V that most laptop chargers now accept), you will be able to use the appliance with only a plug adapter. If it falls below or above this rating, you must purchase a transformer or a voltage adapter before leaving your country.

Some very old buildings and very new hotels and apartments are dual wired and have 110 V outlets (identifiable by the smaller dual flat sockets) and the regular South Korean variety, built specifically to accommodate the Japanese and Americans.

Visas

Australian and NZ passport holders are visa exempt for a stay of up to 90 days. Please reconfirm your visa validity closer to departure date as requirements can change at any time.

Tour Inclusions:

  • English speaking tour guides
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room
  • All transport as mentioned by comfortable, airconditioned vehicles or train
  • Group airport transfers at the start/end of the tour
  • All meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • All entrance fees as per detailed itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Airport transfers, if arriving separate from the designated “group” flights
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, taxis and souvenirs
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Any services, meals and drinks if not detailed as “included” in the itinerary
  • Porterage
  • Tipping

 

Transport on Tour:
Travelling into major cities by coach can be problematic due to heavy traffic and also local restrictions on where coaches can actually travel. Because of this, we have chosen to use trains on occasion during the tour. You will need to be comfortable with walking to and from train stations to either hotels or local attractions on the days we are using trains. If you have any mobility issues, please speak with the team who will help you decide if this tour is right for you.

What Our Clients Say

20 out of 10!

The trip was just great - I can't really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10s - I gave her 20/10. Trish, Canada/Alaska

Excellent trip

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Kate, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic value for money

Fantastic value for money paid. Russell our guide is an asset to your company... he was fantastic! Overall the trip was magical from start to finish. Well done Two's a Crowd ... the best trip ever. Barbara, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic first solo trip

I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

I had a fabulous time

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone and am very interested in the Scandinavia  tour at the end of 2017.

Cathy, Adelaide - Canada/Alaska May 2016

Great holiday

What a great trip! I experienced so much and participated in all that was offered. I had read and reviewed as much as time allowed me but was not prepared for what the trip gave me and that is a better understanding of the beautiful people of both countries. - Lesley on Vietnam/Cambodia

In good company

I thought the suggestions for optional things to do, in the "free" time were very good. So good, we really ended up with very little free time. So much to do! - Mary on Vietnam

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

Fantastic first experience!

Extremely well organised with fabulous guides throughout - especially in Vietnam! First holiday with your company and certainly not the last. - Glenys on Vietnam

Great group to travel with

Having a small group meant that the days were more relaxed and flexible and I really felt spoilt and looked after. Melinda on Borneo

Thoroughly enjoyed Uganda

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip especially Uganda. There was so much variety of things to do on this trip. Jaros & Julius were great. Thought in Kenya the Maasai Mara were beautiful people, so easy to get along with. Judy

Can’t stop talking about my experience

I just feel so privileged to have shared with the Maasai the most awe-inspiring majestic sights and sounds of Africa. The fantastic memories will be with me forever. Maureen

Absolutely enjoyable

Gillian was a fantastic host. She was there for us from the moment we reached Hotel Troy. Heather on Africa

Best holiday I’ve been on!

One of the best holidays that I have been on - really well organised. I would never have travelled to Vietnam or Cambodia on my own. Bronwyn

Well organised

Fun, well organised and a really great group. Barbara on Vietnam/Cambodia

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together.

Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

A great bunch of people & I can't believe how we all had such a fabulous rapport filled with much humour!!!

I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
The ship & crew were fantastic & the excursions were very good, I couldn't fault anything. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.  Peter

Informative and educational

The entire trip was one of the most enjoyable and exciting. Also so informative and educational. I was so pleased to make the trip. Wish I was over there in that magical place.  Marjorie

Delighted

I’ve just returned from the wonderful Kimberley trip.  It was my first experience with Two’s a Crowd and I was delighted.  Kay

Opportunity to experience

I have had the opportunity to experience things I would never had done by myself.  Solo travellers is a fantastic concept and use of social media has been a great way to share and keep in touch with friends and family. Judi

I need not have worried

Being my first tour and a senior member, I admit I was apprehensive but I need not have worried. It was great and I was very well looked after.  Can’t wait to go to Kenya with Two’s a Crowd.  Maureen

Smooth and seamless

A memorable trip of a lifetime, a wish fulfilled.  A fascinating cultural country steeped in history which I found totally enthralling.  Two’s a Crowd service was smooth and seamless.  Pam

A wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and gave me a better understanding of these countries. I had a great time with new friends, we had a good bunch and Leonie was the perfect host. Eric

Value for money

Value for money and outstanding co-operation from your staff and tour operators. Joan

Safe and secure and totally looked after

An awesome adventure for my first time overseas alone.  Leonie was excellent and both guides were also fantastic.  At all times I felt safe and secure and totally looked after.  Melinda

Well done Two’s a Crowd.

Leonie was an excellent host, the ideal person. I never felt any pressure to  be involved in every activity so I could explore alone during free time. Having 2 or 3 nights in most places was great – you could rest up or party. Well done Two’s a Crowd. Jenny

A completely different experience

It was a nice surprise holiday, a completely different experience from all my other holidays. Thanks. Piroska

I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.

In my travelling life, I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.  Two’s a Crowd is the first one where I haven’t had to correct anything in my travel documents.   Piroska

I’m so excited to have found you Two’s a Crowd.

“Finally. A travel company is recognising the needs of people like me”

This is perfect for me.

“I’ve been to Burma but can you please send me some information about other destinations. This is perfect for me.”

I really wanted to meet the people behind it

“I saw your ad in the local paper and could have phoned but I wanted to come in and congratulate you on starting this great business. I really wanted to meet the people behind it.”

Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be!

I’m really enthusiastic about the niche you are determined to cover in the market, and have the feeling stumbling on Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be.

I find them inspirational

Thanks for sending these emails as I find them inspirational and will sit dreaming for the next hour or so.

Thank you for providing a service for people like me

“I am very excited to read about your area of speciality, and look forward to devouring all information that might come my way. Thank you for providing a service for people like me.”

Excellent throughout.

The entire 14 days ran so smoothly from Two's a Crowd booking my flights to  airport transfers and then the 12 days camping in the Kimberley. Excellent throughout. Congratulations. Marjorie

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