HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Old and new - opposites attract each other. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Korea! Tradition and modernity are no contradiction, but rather lived culture.

Shopping centres and neon signs alternate with historical palaces and ancient monuments. Those who can engage in contrasts feel "warmly welcome" to South Korea.

Seoul is regarded as the exciting, pulsating metropolis in a country that is particularly impressive for its scenic charms, dream beaches and natural wonders, characterized by rugged mountains, deep gorges, thunderous rivers and lush fields. Nearly 3,500 islands lie off the South Korean coast and contribute to the country's appeal. The population attaches great importance to maintaining the cultural rites and customs that are still lived and celebrated across the generations.



Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival to SeoulOct 26

Depending on your choice, you start your journey from Frankfurt am Main, Amsterdam or Paris. (We are happy to arrange (optional) your shuttle by rail or flight to your chosen departure airport.) Please contact us at the airport. Arrival in Seoul will be around 11 hours later at the next day. Other flights from your home departure airport optional on request.


Day 02 | Seoul !Oct 27

Seoul! Welcome to one of the most impulsive metropolises in the world! Upon arrival in the early afternoon, your tour guide will meet you and assist you on your transfer to the hotel in the citycenter of Seoul. After check-in you have the opportunity to refresh. Seoul is known as the exciting, vibrant megacity in a land that is particularly convincing by its scenic attractions, dream beaches and natural wonders, characterized by rugged mountains, deep gorges, roaring rivers and lush fields. The early evening is marked by Mount Namsan. The Namsan - or South Mountain - is with 256m Seoul's highest elevation. Located in the citycenter, the south mountain forms the Namsan Park. On its summit, which can be reached on foot or by cable car, stands the N Seoul Tower, 236 meter high television tower and landmark of the city. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city's
nocturnal sea of lights. Dinner will be in one of the surrounding restaurants at the bottom of the mountain.


Day 03 | Gyeongbokgung - Insa-dongOct 28

"Radiant bliss" - that's the way to translate Gyeongbokgung. Indeed, the samenamed, former royal palace radiates something transcendental. It was built under King Taejo. It is the first of five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1897 (now also known as the Yi Dynasty). Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed in 1395 and is the largest of the five palaces. You will visit the palace this morning. The afternoon belongs to the district of Insadong. In order to experience the traditional Korean culture first-hand, the district Insa-dong is perfect. This neighborhood is known for its numerous art galleries, its traditional craft shops and antiques. Visiting one of the very traditional.


Day 04 | Walk to Bukhansan Mountain - IVV Opening CeremonyOct 29

The Bukhansan National Park is located in the immediate vicinity in the north to the metropolis of Seoul and is divided by the Uiryeong Pass in half. The northern part is formed by the Dogbogsan Mountains, the southern part belongs to the Bukhansan Mountain. Although the mountains of the park are relatively low at about 800 meters, the granite formations like the Insdong are very popular with climbers and walkers. You hike in this scenic region in the morning. In the afternoon you attend the opening ceremony of the 17th IVV Olympiad.Look forward to a certainly outstanding event!


Day 05 | IVV-OlympiadOct 30

Individual participation in the IVV Olympiad.


Day 06 | IVV-OlympiadOct 31

Individual participation at the IVV Olympiad.


Day 07 | IVV-Olympiad & Closing CeremonyNov 01

Individual participation at the IVV Olympiad and closing ceremony.


Day 08 | Walk in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)Nov 02

Today, another highlight awaits you! Excursion and hike with the Korean Walking Federation in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the border between North and South Korea. It de facto divides the Korean Peninsula into North and South Korea. The border was established after the three-year Korean War in 1953 and runs across the peninsula from west-southwest to east-northeast. Both states are currently in conversation about the opening of the border, maybe even a reunification. There are not a few who put entitled hope in this memorable event! If it actually comes to the opening of the border, the hike leads you to North Korea! What an experience!


Day 09 | Andong - Hahoe VillageNov 03

Today your round trip starts to the south of the country. Andong is one of the last ancient cities with Confucian tradition in Korea. The traditional village of Hahoe has been inhabited by the Ryu familyfor centuries. The reason why a village attracts so much attention is the famous ancestor of the Ryu family. Ryu Seong-ryong was a student of Toegye Yi Hwang and saved his country during the Imjin War of 1592-1598 through his strong leadership and intelligence. The historic village with its thatched or brick-covered old houses is
UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1999, even Queen Elizabeth II visited the village. Today’s destination will be Gyeongju.


Day 10 | GyeongjuNov 04

Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient empire of Silla. The entire town is like a museum. A hike will take you to the Seokguram Grotto Temple and Bulguksa Temple, which
were the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea in 1995. The Daeneungwon tomb park was built around 1500 years ago during the Silla dynasty the tombs for
kings and nobles reflects the Korean culture of that time.


Day 11 | Tongdosa Temple - BusanNov 05

In the early morning, enjoy the silence of Tongdosa, one of the "Three Temples of the Three Jewels". He stands for Buddha Siddharta Gautama the founder of Buddhism. The temple is still used as a Seon monastery. The final destination of the day is the city of Busan. In the Korean War, the cityport Busan was the largest city that was never under Communist control. Therefore, Busan was bridgehead for the US-led UN troops. A must is the Jagalchi fish market.In the afternoon, a hike in the Gamcheon Cultural Quarter is on the program.


Day 12 | BusanNov 06

Today is a scenic hike along the coastline of Busan, before in the afternoon the worth seeing UN soldiers Memorial cemetery will be visited. It is the only one in the world!


Day 13 | Haeinsa - SeoulNov 07

On the way to Seoul, you will find the impressively located UNESCO World Heritage Site Haeinsa Temple in the Gayasan National Park. The Tripitaka Koreana has been produced here since the 13th century, 200 years before Gutenberg invented modern book printing. Still today, the same printing plates serve as templates. It is a unique treasure. 80,000 printing plates made of wood, perfectly preserved, can be found here. Back in Seoul, spend the rest of your last few hours shopping or visiting the famous Gangnam neighborhood of pop culture.


Day 14 | Return flight or Connecting programNov 08

Today it is time to say goodbye! Transfer to Incheon International Airport/Seoul and return flight to your final destination.


***End of program***


Optional take part at an individual connection program. (on request)


Day 15 | Arrival at your home flight baseNov 09

Arriving at your home flight base. Individual home journey.


Your travel price:

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TRAVEL PRICE / PAYMENT TERMS

Travel price in ½ DZ / F from x.xxx, - € p.P.

Single supplement xxx, - €

Deposit: xxx, - € of the travel price p.P. when booking, plus any insurance fees. Airline tickets are fully payable on booking.

The balance is payable no later than 28 days before departure.


SERVICES INCLUDED


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TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

Subject to availability on the day of booking, currency fluctuations, hotel, flight and program changes.

Subject to errors and misprints.

The terms and conditions of the organizer P.T.A. TOURS GmbH and the participating transport companies / airlines, which we will gladly send you on request.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

The journey is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. 

Local events can lead to changes in the program flow due to current local events.

P.T.A. TOURS is not host / organizer of the IVV Olympiad and the offered events / services. Changes / cancellations in the course / program are the responsibility of the respective organizer of the program of the IVV-Olympiad

The travel price can not be reimbursed or credited, even pro rata, in case of cancellations / changes in the IVV Olympiad program.


VACCINATIONS:

For South Korea, no vaccinations are required.

Vaccination recommendations:
The following vaccinations are recommended when entering South Korea:

- Vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B, long-term or special exposure
- Japanese encephalitis, long-term stay or special exposure
- Rabies, for long-term stays or special exposure

Measles:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a lack of measles vaccination as a threat to global health. Both children and adults should therefore check their vaccine protection and complete if necessary.

Malaria:
Please note that malaria prevails in some areas. Prophylactic treatment with antimalarial drugs is recommended.


VISA / ENTRY PROVISIONS:

The following data concerns travelers with a valid German ID document and the destination South Korea.

Visa requirements

For the destination South Korea no visa is needed unless the journey goes beyond 90 days.
Note:
For a trip that does not exceed 90 days, a passport valid for the duration of the stay must be carried. Furthermore, as a rule, the onward or return ticket must be presented.

Transit visa requirements

Visas requiring visas require a transit visa. The following exceptions apply: Travelers who continue to travel through Seoul within 24 hours, do not leave the transit room and have valid documents for onward travel. Transit without a visa does not apply to the nationalities of Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo (Rep.), Macedonia (FYROM) and Nigeria.

Entry requirements

To South Korea it is possible to enter with the passport, the provisional passport and the child passport (with photo). It is not possible to enter with the identity card and the temporary identity card.

Validity of travel documents:
The identity documents must be valid beyond the trip.

Note:
It is recommended to enter with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.

Please note that the entry requirements change at short notice or can be treated individually. Only the appropriate embassy or consulate general can provide legally binding information and advice and / or information and advice beyond that information. Inform yourself in time.

We ask you to familiarize yourself in good time with the valid regulations.


PRICING:


NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

minute xx persons

P.T.A. TOURS GmbH reserves the right to cancel the tour no later than 28 days before the start of the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached.

Payments made will be refunded immediately.


KNOWLEDGE / REQUIREMENTS:

Cancellation policy:

The cancellation fees are:

  • until the 91st day prior to departure in the amount of the deposit
  • from the 90th to the 31st day before the start of the journey 40%
  • from 30th to 21st day before departure 60%
  • from 20th day to 15th day before departure 80%
  • from 14th day to 1st day before departure 90%
  • 100% on the day of departure

of the travel price. - Fees per person -

For air tickets issued to the travel customer, the special cancellation / rebooking conditions of the booked airline of the respective air carrier apply.


Insurance:

We recommend the conclusion of a travel insurance package.