1-800-935-2620 Speak to a Tour Expert
Hero Image

2021 South Korea & Japan: Cultural Legacies of the East

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date OffersBrochure
Land Price
Our PriceQuote
From
Friday,
Oct 15, 2021
To
Monday,
Oct 25, 2021
Call Us$14,995Get Our PriceGet Quote
From
Friday,
Nov 05, 2021
To
Monday,
Nov 15, 2021
Call Us$14,995Get Our PriceGet Quote

Promotions

Call or submit a quote for award-winning value and service!

Itinerary

Book With Flexibility

  • Peace of Mind
    Complimentary "Peace of Mind" Travel Plan. Book by April 30 for travel through November 30, 2021, and you may change or cancel up to 15 days before your trip
  • Change Destination / Vacation
    Change to a different destination or vacation.
  • Change Dates
    Choose new departure dates if your plans change.
  • Great Service
    Award-winning service, low prices, client satisfaction

Tour Itinerary

Explore two vastly different and evolving nationallegacies — each steeped in rich heritage andtradition — and each poised on the cutting edge oftomorrow’s cultural and technological horizons.

Countries Visited

Japan , South Korea

Cities Visited

Busan , Gyeongju , Kyoto , Seoul , Tokyo

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Seoul, South Korea
    Upon arrival in Seoul, you are met and transferred to yourhotel in the heart of the bustling capital.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul  
  2. Day 2
    Seoul
    Begin your exploration of this vibrant city with a visit toGyeongbokgung Palace. Commissioned in the 14th century,the palace has risen from the ashes of conquest several timesthroughout its storied past. Today, the palace endures as thelargest of Seoul’s five historic palaces, its compound housinga wealth of museums, gardens and architectural wonders.Next, browse the revealing cultural exhibits of the NationalFolk Museum. Continue to Bukchon Hanok Village, acollection of hundreds of hanoks (traditional houses) datingback to the 14th century. After a lunch of traditional Korean barbecue, stop at bustling Gwangjang Market, one of theoldest and largest traditional street markets in South Korea,and home to over 5,000 shops. This evening, join your fellowguests for a welcome dinner at the hotel.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Seoul
    Today, head north to join a shared tour of the demilitarizedzone (DMZ), a hotly contested border region that hasdivided the Korean Peninsula since 1953. Delve deeperwith a tour of the Third Tunnel, a highly secured, mile-longcorridor linking the two countries. At Odusan UnificationObservatory, look out across the DMZ line toward NorthKorea. Then, visit Dorasan Train Station, its (as yet) unusedinternational customs facilities a symbol of hope for thefuture reunification of north and south. Return to Seoul foran afternoon at leisure, exploring the city on your own orrelaxing at the hotel. Later this evening, embark on a streetfood tour in Seoul’s exciting Myeong-Dong neighborhood,sampling everything from Korean egg toast to hotteok(sweet Korean pancakes).Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Busan
    This morning, take a high-speed train to Busan, SouthKorea’s second largest city and one of the world’s busiestports. After lunch, pay a visit to the UN Cemetery, a solemnmemorial marking the final resting place of more than2,000 Korean War veterans. Continue to Gamcheon CultureVillage and explore its colorful narrow lanes. Later, browseJagalchi Fish Market, taking in a vast array of exotic seafood.Check in to your accommodations and enjoy your ScenicSundowner overlooking the bay.Hotel: Park Hyatt Busan  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Gyeongju
    Travel outside of Busan to Gyeongju, former capital of theSilla Dynasty, a kingdom that ruled Korea from 668 to 935.Begin your exploration with a visit to Bulguksa Temple, oneof Korea’s most iconic structures. Perched atop a series ofstone terraces, the temple’s 33 steps represent Buddhism’s 33stages to enlightenment. The temple was all but destroyedin a 16th-century conflict with Japan. Lovingly rebuilt, itendures today as the crowning glory of Silla architecture.After lunch, visit Tumuli-gongwon, a large park with 23 tombs of Silla monarchs and family members. Delvedeeper at the nearby Gyeongju National Museum and itsexhibits showcasing treasures discovered within the tombsthemselves. Return to Busan for an evening at leisure.Hotel: Park Hyatt Busan  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Osaka & Kyoto, Japan
    Fly to Osaka, Japan, where you enjoy lunch at a localrestaurant. Visit Dotonbori, the bustling heart of this foodiecapital, where diners indulge in everything from octopusdumplings to okonomi-yai, a battered, grilled concoction ofchopped cabbage, meat or seafood, and seaweed. Continueon to historic, temple-filled Kyoto, and check in to yourbeautiful hotel.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Kyoto
    This morning, contemplate Kyoto’s iconic Zen rock gardenat Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative moment, anddiscover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion).Covered with gold leaf, the temple casts its delicate reflectionin a tranquil pond. After lunch, explore the Arashiyamaneighborhood, including the garden of Tenryu-ji Temple. Dating back to the 14th century, the temple buildingsthemselves were destroyed and rebuilt over the course ofseveral conflicts, while its stunning garden has survivedthe centuries in its original glory. Later, bask in the magicalatmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, strolling alonga winding path as sunlight filters down through toweringbamboo shoots — considered by many a healing experience.Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Kyoto
    This morning, visit a local temple where you experience theart of the tea ceremony, noting its refined sense of hospitalityand etiquette, which date to the time of the samurai.Continue to the 10,000 torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine.The Shinto shrine is renowned for its visually striking tunnelcomprised of thousands of vermilion torii gates that line anetwork of trails leading into the wooded forest of MountInari. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a local sakebrewery to gain a deeper appreciation of this national spiritand enjoy a tasting. This evening, savor traditional Japanesecuisine while an attending geiko (as a geisha is known inKyoto) and maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, sing, pour sakeand chat about life in Kyoto.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Tokyo
    This morning, transfer to Kyoto Station and board a high-speedtrain bound for Tokyo. Hurtling along in excess of 170 miles per hour, your route affords a glimpse of Mount Fuji’s iconic profile. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, learn more about local history at the Edo-Tokyo Museum as you browse an extensive array of interactive exhibits spanning the heritage of the city’s last 400 years. Check in to your hotel and gather with your fellow guests for dinner at a local restaurant.Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Tokyo
    Start your day at Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub ofJapanese daily life where a dizzying array of seafood canbe found. Next, gain exclusive insider access to a localworkshop specializing in taiko (traditional Japanese drum)making. Watch as the craftspeople skillfully ply their trade,then try your hand at playing the finished instrument. Then,embark on a culinary adventure as a local chef leads a hands-onsushi-making class, followed by lunch. Next, visit thesacred Meiji Jingu Shrine and stroll along the city’s famedOmotesando Street. Tonight, enjoy cocktails and a farewelldinner at your hotel.Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Depart Tokyo
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
    Meals:   Breakfast

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Inclusions

Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

All guides and staff follow rigorous health and safety procedures.
Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

We provide 24/7 support, seven days a week.
Abercrombie & Kent’s worldwide network is always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. Our local offices are experienced in handling emergencies and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7 in the event of medical challenges, including, if necessary, arranging for doctor’s visits or even emergency medical evacuation.

OR Call Us For a Free Quote 1-800-935-2620

Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Abercrombie Kent Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.6

Ratings based off 25 reviews about Abercrombie Kent Tours - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

You May Also Like


AffordableTours.com® does not itself offer, service or administer the Travel Packages, and the ultimate terms and conditions of any Travel Package made available via the Site Offerings (including the prices quoted in connection with same) will be determined by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider. AffordableTours.com® does not represent or warrant that the Price Quotes are accurate, up-to-date or free of error, or that same will be honored by the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Providers. All Price Quotes, Travel Package availability, Travel Package details/itinerary and other Content are subject to change without notice. All travel details published by and through the Site Offerings should be confirmed directly with the applicable Third-Party Travel Service Provider prior to making any travel plans. Reliance on any information made available to you by and through the Site Offerings is solely at your own risk.

Call Us Now 1-800-935-2620

How It Works

Vacationing has never been easier or cheaper with the help of a dedicated travel consultant from AffordableTours.com

Freq Quote 1. Free Quote

Find your perfect trip on our website and simply request a free quote. Need to speak to a live person? Call us 7 days a week at 1-800-935-2620. No robots here!

Dedicated Travel Consultant 2. Dedicated Travel Consultant

Your personal travel consultant will reach out and be your point of contact for your entire travel experience from start to finish. Did we mention you'll be working with an award winning team? Sweet!

Low Price Guaranteed 3. Lowest Price Guaranteed

Because we're one of the largest sellers of travel, we're able to give you a discount on your vacation package. No one beats our prices!

Stress Free Travel 4. Stress Free Travel

Knowing you got the best deal, all that's left is for you to pack your bags and enjoy your vacation!


Better Business Bureau

AffordableTours.com is a proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) awards 2006-2020 with A+ Rating.

It Pays To Refer! Earn Up To $200!

It's simple: Sign up your friends, family, and anyone to us and when they book you will receive an American Express gift card worth up to $200 in the mail for simply referring.

Read About Our Referral Program


Get discounts by Email!