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2012 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S KOREA AUTUMN COLORS TOUR #K4
OCTOBER 20, 2012 (SATURDAY) – OCTOBER 31, 2012 (WEDNESDAY) – M/M WAYNE TERANISHI
OCT. 20(SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Korean Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Complimentary Movies and Drinks on the flight.
OCT. 21(SUN) INCHEON HYATT REGENCY INCHEON HOTEL
Arrive at Incheon Int’l Airport, Seoul, South Korea. After clearing immigration and customs at Incheon Int’l Airport, our tour guide will meet and greet us at the airport. We will go directly to our hotel, located only 5 minutes away from the airport. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HYATT REGENCY INCHEON HOTEL.
OCT. 22(MON) SEOUL/GAPYEONG/CHUNCHEON/YANGYANG SOL BEACH LA HOTEL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. We will travel east to Mt. Sorak, one of the most famous and beautiful mountains in Korea for viewing the color change of autumn leaves. On the way, we will visit the Garden of Morning Calm” in Gapyeong demonstrating Korean beauty based on a collection of various types of plants and showing various theme sceneries according to the seasons. Then, stop by Chuncheon City famous for “Dakgalbi” the roasted chicken ribs. Let’s just try it for our lunch today in Myeongdong, Chuncheon, the very place where the famous Korean TV Drama “Winter Sonata” was filmed and “you can just feel the vivid mood of the Winter Sonata drama and see the Myeongdong Street shown in the drama with your own eyes”. After enjoying the panoramic view of Mt. Sorak, we will proceed to our hotel located right by the beach and spend the next two nights. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
OCT. 23(TUE) SORAK/GANGNEUNG/YANGYANG SOL BEACH LA HOTEL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. After breakfast, we will take a tour around Mt. Sorak National Park and Shinheungsa Temple. In the afternoon we will go to Gangneung City and visit the Chamsori Gramophone & Audio Museum. This museum boasts itself as having an incredible collection of 19th Century Gramophones and 1st Generation Audio Systems. Next visit Seongyojang, a typical aristocrat’s house from the late Joseon Dynasty, offering a peek into the lives of Korea’s ancestors. The house was originally 99 rooms, but only 55 remain. The reason for the odd number of original rooms is because no structure other than the royal palace could be built with 100 rooms or more – no matter the person’s wealth or power. Seongyojang is the perfect example to understand “Traditional Korean Geomancy”. It was said in olden days that it was good luck to build a house with a mountain at its back and a river in its front and that is the exact location of Seongyojang. Later return to our hotel in Yangyang. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL.
OCT. 24(WED) YANGYANG/PYEONGCHANG/KANGWON LAND, SABUK KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Our journey continues south to Kangwon Land Casino & High 1 Ski Resort, the newly built Las Vegas style casino-hotel-theme-park resort complex via Jeonggangwon in Pyeongchang, the institute of traditional Korean Cuisine, where we will have the traditional Korean Food Lunch, and if the timing is right, we will be able to have an opportunity to see a demonstration on the process of making Korean food such as Kimchi or Bibimbap. “Jeonggangwon” was a shooting location where the Korean TV drama “Sikgaek” (Le Grand Chef) was filmed. Upon arrival at Kangwon Land, take a “gondola ride” up to the mountain top of High 1 Ski Resort to enjoy a bird’s eye view across to Mt. Baekwoon’s changing of colors into autumnal tints. We will check in at the Kangwon Land Casino Hotel for the next two nights. “GOOD LUCK IN THE CASINO”! BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL.
OCT. 25(THU) KANGWON LAND/DANYANG/KANGWON LAND, SABUK KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Proceed to Danyang, renowned for its “8 Scenic Wonders”. Eight areas were designated as the most beautiful sceneries in Danyang. These areas were visited many times by numerous scholars during the Joseon Period (1392-1910), and contain many historically and culturally important relics. Enjoy a pleasure boat ride along the lakeside viewing the scenery which is so popular among tourists. After the 1 hour boat ride, we will take a brief tour around Danyang. On the way back to the hotel, we will have an opportunity to experience the “picking of the year’s new fresh apples” in a local apple orchard. This should be a special and fun experience. BUFFET DINNER AND ACCOMMODATION AT KANGWON LAND CASINO HOTEL.
OCT. 26(FRI) KANGWON LAND, SABUK/YEONGDONG/CHEONGJU HOTEL RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. This morning, we will travel southwest to Yeongdong in Chungcheong Province known as a “Land of Fresh Wind and Bright Moon”, which has perfect natural conditions such as an inland mountain climate and fertile soil for viticulture. There, we’ll visit the only winery in Korea, WINE KOREA which runs a farmed vineyard and is the creator of a classic, high-quality wine, “CHATEAU MANI”. You will have an opportunity of seeing around the winery, taking wine foot-bath and wine tasting there. After lunch, we travel to Cheongju City in Chungcheong Province and check in at a new deluxe hotel for an overnight stay. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL RAMADA PLAZA CHEONGJU.
OCT. 27(SAT) GYEONGJU/MT. SONGNISAN NATIONAL PARK/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Today we will enjoy a morning drive to Mt. Songnisan National Park. Upon arrival, proceed to Beopjusa Temple, where you can see the “Largest Standing Buddha Statue in Korea”, 33 meters tall, from the entrance to the temple. Built in the mid 6th Century, Beopjusa Temple accommodated up to 3,000 monks in ancient times and has 1,500 years of history and a matching list of numerous National Treasures and Monuments. Here you can experience the Buddhist Culture reflected in these artifacts. Also enjoy a slow stroll along the tall Pine trees. Then at last transfer to bustling Seoul, the Capital of South Korea. Upon arrival in Seoul, go up the 63 City Building, in the heart of Seoul for a bird’s eye view across the Han River and the Metropolitan City of Seoul. Then proceed to Hotel Lotte Seoul and check-in to your hotel for the next four nights. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
OCT. 28(SUN) SEOUL/PAJU/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Full Day Sightseeing Tour. Proceed to Paju to visit Odusan Unification Observatory (DMZ), which is nestled on a high range of this northernmost tip of South Korea, 118 meters above sea level, at a strategically important position in the nation’s Western Frontier Area. After a Tepanyaki Lunch at a hotel restaurant, “Afternoon Seoul City Tour” to Gyeongbok Palace built in 1394 as a primary residence for the royal family of the Joseon Dynasty, the National Folklore Museum that displays the lifestyle of ancient Koreans, Presidential Palace called the Blue House, East Gate Open Market, one of the nation’s largest wholesale centers and popular among local residents to shop for merchandise at discounted prices, etc. Then return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
OCT. 29(MON) SEOUL/YONGIN/SUWON/SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. In the morning, visit the Korean Folk Village, which offers a unique glimpse into Korea’s past. Enjoy a guided tour to see potters, pipe-makers and other craftsmen at work, just like they did in the olden times. The old traditional style houses and lifestyle of 18th-19th Century are being practiced by people living in the village. It is a must place to visit for first timers to Korea to learn Korean Culture. After lunch, we will visit KBS T.V. Studio in Suwon City giving you an opportunity to “experience a vivid feeling you got from scenes you might have seen in some Korean T.V. Shows. Later return to the hotel. BUFFET DINNER & ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE.
OCT. 30(TUE) SEOUL HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. FREE DAY to shop for the many bargains found in Itaewon, Myong Dong, South Gate Open Market, or take an optional tour. LUNCH AND DINNER WILL BE ON YOUR OWN TODAY TO LET YOU EAT YOUR FAVORITE DISHES BEFORE RETURNING HOME. ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL LOTTE SEOUL.
OCT. 31(WED) SEOUL/INCHEON INT’L AIRPORT/HONOLULU
AMERICAN BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. Morning at leisure, last chance to shop! Proceed to Inchon Int’l Airport for your flight home. DINNER & BREAKFAST ON THE KOREAN AIRLINES FLIGHT TO HONOLULU. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, OCTOBER 31, 2012(WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S KOREA AUTUMN COLORS TOUR #K4! MAHALO!
*We stay in top hotels in each city; truck to take care of the luggage to each hotel (at least 25pax); almost all buffet breakfasts and dinners in the hotel; start most of the tours at 9:00AM. Sorry but NO TRIPLE ROOM AT SOL BEACH LA HOTEL & high oil prices have increased the cost. Itinerary may be subject to change. Thank You Very Much!
$100.00 PER PERSON DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION
TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON:
DATE: OCTOBER 14, 2012 (SUNDAY)** PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA
2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HONOLULU, HAWAII
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON) ATTIRE: CASUAL
TRAVEL AWARDS: Travel awards or free air passage may be used, but may be subject to a surcharge.
ROOM ACCOMODATIONS: Tour fare based on two persons to a room at hotels and inns. Single rooms will be made available at an extra charge.
BAGGAGE: Limited to one piece of baggage per person. Excess baggage, at additional cost to passenger. Baggage is at owner’s own risk. We assume no liability for loss or damage.
FARES DO NOT INCLUDE: Passport and visa fees, foreign airport taxes, laundry services, liquors, and other expenses of personal nature.
RESPONSIBILITY: Tohoku Travel Service, Inc., as tour organizer, acts only as an agent for the passenger in regards to travel, sightseeing, hotel and meal arrangements, and other tour services and assumes no liability for sickness, injury, accident, delay or irregularity through the acts of any company or person engaged in carrying out the arrangement of the tour. The right is reserved to make any necessary changes in the itinerary or to withdraw the tour if deemed advisable. The right is further reserved to refuse to accept or retain as a tour member any individual whose act or conduct is judged detrimental to or incompatible with the interest, comfort, harmony or well being of the group as a whole. An appropriate refund will be made if such incident should occur.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: group travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip interruption available at extra cost.
SURCHARGE FOR YEAR 2012**
TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE. SHOULD YOU ARRIVE AFTER THE TOUR GROUP’S ARRIVAL TIME, YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL. SAME GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN, IF YOUR FLIGHTS LEAVES EARLIER THAN THE TOUR GROUP’S YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT.
THE TOUR AIRFARE PORTION WILL BE SUBTRACTED FROM THE TOUR PACKAGE COST. THANK YOU!
JAPAN & INTERNATIONAL TOURS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The tour price is based on double occupancy and a minimum group size of 20 passengers. Fare adjustment may apply for groups of 20 or under. Tour fare is subject change according to any air fare increase and fluctuation of the rate of exchange between U.S. and foreign currency. In the event of revaluation, the land portion of the tour price may be adjusted prior to your final statement.
TOUR FARE INCLUDES: Round trip air transportation on economy class (APEX fare), best available hotels or inns, steamers, reserved rail and bus transportation, meals as indicated in the itinerary, transfer of baggage’s, and affiliated agencies, and tips to all hotel maids, porters, and train attendants. The tour fare also includes U.S. Departure tax and U.S. customs user fee.
AIR TRANSPORTATION: APEX (Advance Purchase Excursion) airfare has a minimum stay of 6 days / maximum stay of 6 months. Excursion fare tickets must be issued 7 days before departure and any changes after issue will require a minimum service charge of U.S. $250.00. Tickets are non-endorsable, non-transferable and refund must be processed through issuing agent. Airfares are based on tariffs as of February 2005 and subject to change if tariffs are changed prior to actual booking or departure.
DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION: $100.00 deposit is required at time of booking. Final billing will be made approximately 45 days before departure. Deposit is refundable in full if cancellation is made 45 days or more before departure. If cancellation occurs less than 45 days before scheduled departure, deposit will be forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 14 days of departure, a minimum of $500.00 cancellation charge will be assessed.