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.


Dear guests! Hello hiker!

Due to the pandemic that is still raging at the moment, we have decided to streamline the tour offer for the 17th IVV_Olympics.

The usual, alternative travel programs → Olympiade Pur and → Discover Seoul are in this time out-couplings from the → Highlights Tour.

Please inquire about the specific travel dates and tour prices for these partial programs. Of course we also offer you your individual flight arrival on a daily basis.

Thank you for your understanding!



Itinerary

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 01 | Seoul !!Oct 27

Seoul! Welcome to one of the most impulsive metropolises in the world! Arrival around noon at Seoul Incheon Airport.

Seoul is considered to be the exciting, pulsating megacity in a country that is particularly known for its scenic charms, dream beaches and natural wonders, characterized by rugged mountains, deep canyons, roaring rivers and green meadows and fields.

Your English speaking tour guide will welcome you to your transfer hotel transfer to the center of Seoul. After check-in you will have the opportunity to refresh yourself. At 5 p.m. your tour guide will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby for your trip to Namsan Park. The Namsan - or South Mountain - is with 256m Seoul's highest elevation in the middle of the city and is part of the 3 km2 large Namsan Park. On its summit, which you will walk to, stands the N Seoul Tower, a 236 meter high television tower and a landmark of the city. From Namsan, there is a fantastic view over the city's sea of lights at night. Afterwards, a welcome evening snack and local beer awaits you in a restaurant.

Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Seoul.


Day 02 | Gyeongbokgung - Insa-dongOct 28

After breakfast, your English-speaking guide awaits you in the hotel lobby for a full day sightseeing tour of vibrant Seoul.

Starting point is Gwanghwamun Square, in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace. "Radiant bliss" - this is how Gyeongbokgung would be translated. And indeed, the former royal palace of the same name radiates something "supernatural". It was built under King Taejo. It is the first of five palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1897 (now known as the Yi Dynasty). Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed in 1395 and is also the largest of the five palaces. You will visit the palace and experience the impressive ceremony of changing the guard.

Afterwards you will visit Bukchon Hanok Village with its narrow alleys and typical old houses. The philosophy of the Hanok building style is based on the five elements of the universe, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Accordingly, wood, clay, paper, stone and metal were used as building materials.

For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant. Strengthened, the city tour continues to the Jogyesa temple. Since 1936, this temple has been the main temple of the Jogye school of Zen Buddhism in Korea.

The first thing you see when you enter the complex is a majestic cord tree, which with its 24 meters height provides cooling shade in summer. In front of the side entrance of the main hall Daeungjeon ("Hall of the Great Shakyamuni") is a nationally known pine tree, which is over 500 years old and is designated as a national natural monument.

The afternoon belongs to the Insadong district. The Insadong neighborhood is perfect for experiencing traditional Korean culture at close quarters. This neighborhood is known for its numerous art galleries, its stores for traditional handicrafts and antiques. A visit to one of the very traditional tea houses is an absolute "must do". Korea - authentic and original.

Dinner in a typical restaurant and afterwards return to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Seoul City.


Day 03 | Walk to Bukhansan Mountain - IVV Opening CeremonyOct 29

Check-out after breakfast.

Together with your guide you will drive to Bukhansan National Park. This is located in the immediate vicinity of the metropolis of Seoul to the north and is divided in two by the Uiryeong Pass. The northern part is formed by the Dogbogsan Mountains, the southern part belongs to the Bukhansan Mountains. Although the mountains of the park are relatively low at about 800 meters, the granite formations like Insdong are very popular with climbers. You hike in this scenic region in the morning.

After lunch you will arrive at your 3*** hotel located in the southeast of Seoul, relatively close to the IVV-Olympiad grounds. Check-in and room occupation for 5 nights.

In the afternoon a short ride with the subway to the Olympic Center and individual participation in the opening ceremonies of the 17th IVV-Olympiad.

Overnight stay in a hotel in Seoul.


Day 04 | IVV-OlympiadOct 30

Individual participation in the IVV Olympiad.


Day 05 | IVV-OlympiadOct 31

Individual participation in the IVV Olympiad.


Day 06 | IVV-Olympiad & Closing CeremonyNov 01

Individual participation in the IVV Olympiad and closing ceremony.


Day 07 | Walk in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)Nov 02

Breakfast at the hotel. Another highlight awaits you today! Excursion and hike* with the Korean hiking association in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the border between North and South Korea. The DMZ de facto divides the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea and was established in 1953 after the three-year Korean War. It runs from west-southwest to east-northeast across the peninsula, is 248 kilometers long and about 4 kilometers wide. In its center runs the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).

Both states are currently in talks about opening the border, perhaps even reunification. There are quite a few who have justified hopes for this memorable event! Please note: Hiking in the DMZ zone is subject to a short-term permit issued by the local authorities.

Overnight stay in a hotel in Seoul.


Day 08 | Andong - Hahoe VillageNov 03

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

Your tour guide will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby and will accompany you for the next few days on your round trip to the south of the country.

Andong is one of the last ancient cities with Confucian tradition in Korea. The traditional village Hahoe has been inhabited by the Ryu family for centuries. The famous ancestor of the Ryu Seong-Ryong family saved his country during the Imjin War 1592-1598 through his strong leadership and intelligence. The historic village with its thatched or brick-covered old houses is part of the Unesco World Heritage. In 1999 even Queen Elizabeth II visited the village.

Visit of the traditional village and lunch together. In the afternoon 2 hours drive to Gyeongju to her hotel. After check-in you have free time. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gyeongju. 1x N/b


Day 09 | GyeongjuNov 04

Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will meet you at the Gyeongju sightseeing tour. Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Silla and the United Silla Empire, which included almost all of Korea. The whole city resembles a museum. A hike takes you to the cave temple Seokguram and the temple Bulguksa, which were the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea in 1995. Lunch in a typical restaurant.

The Daeneungwon Tumulus Park was created about 1500 years ago during the Silla Dynasty as a burial place for kings and noblemen and reflects the Korean culture of that time. The Cheomseongdae Observatory in Gyeongju is the oldest preserved observatory in East Asia. With its observations of the stars, it was used for weather forecasting and meteorology. Return to the hotel and free time.

You will have your dinner in a typical local restaurant. Afterwards you will enjoy the evening lights of Gyeongju, with the beautiful view of the Woljeonggyo Bridge, Donggung Palace with Wolji Pond and its pavilions. Overnight stay at Gyeongju Hotel. 1x N/b


Day 10 | Tongdosa Temple - BusanNov 05

After breakfast - early check out. Your round trip will take you further towards Busan.

In the early morning enjoy the silence of Tongdosa, one of the "Three Temples of the Three Jewels". It stands for Buddha Siddharta Gautama the founder of Buddhism. The temple is still actively used today as Seon Monastery. Your daily destination is the city of Busan. During the Korean War, the port city of Busan was the largest city that was never under the control of the communists. Therefore Busan was a bridgehead for the UN troops led by the Americans.

After your arrival you will experience the Jagalchi fish market. It is the largest fish market in Korea with an incredible variety of stalls with an overwhelming amount of different fish and seafood. A special feature of the Jagalchi Fish Market is to choose its live fish for the meal directly from the water basin, which is then freshly prepared on site in a restaurant. Delicious! The intrepid try Sannakji (산낙지) - an octopus that is eaten alive. Not your thing? Well, let's stick to the classically prepared, delicious fish for lunch together.

In the afternoon we will go for a 1.5 hour walk through the Gamcheon cultural district.

The Gamcheon Culture Village is located in a colorful hilly country just outside of Busan. The village with the nicknames "Santorini on the South Seas" and "Machu Picchu of Busan" was once an enclave for refugee members of the religious movement of Taegeukdo. Today the neighborhood attracts many visitors with its steep cabin houses, galleries, cafes and narrow streets lined with murals and sculptures of its inhabitants. Afterwards, we continue our trip to the hotel in Busan. Check-in and free time. Look forward to a dinner with traditional Korean dishes. Overnight stay at the hotel in Busan. 1x N/b


Day 11 | BusanNov 06

After breakfast departure with your guide for the hike and sightseeing tour of Busan.

You will start your hike in Igidae Park along the Oryukdo Skywalk, which is considered the dividing point between the Baltic Sea and the South Seas. You will hike in this extraordinary coastal landscape above the sea with always great views of the sea and the city to Gwangalli beach. The 1.4 km long beach is famous for its fine sand and pristine water. Here you can enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon you visit the world's only UN soldier memorial cemetery - a testimony of history. UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN helpers from five countries are honored here, who lost their lives during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Afterwards transfer back to the hotel and time at leisure. Dinner at the local restaurant near the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Busan. 1xÜ/F


Day 12 | Haeinsa - SeoulNov 07


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. On the way back to Seoul you will visit the Haeinsa Temple, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is impressively located in the Gayasan National Park.

The Haeinsa Temple is one of the three largest temples in Korea and was founded in the third year of King Ae-jang's reign by two monks, Suneung and Ijung. Tripitaka Koreana has been produced here since the 13th century, 200 years before Gutenberg invented modern letterpress printing. And even today the same printing plates still serve as templates. It is a treasure without equal. 80 000 printing plates made of wood, perfectly preserved, can be found here.

You can take lunch on the way. Arrival in Seoul in the early evening at the hotel near Incheon airport. Dinner at the hotel restaurant and overnight stay.


Day 13 | Return flight or Connecting programNov 08

Today it is time to say goodbye. Transfer to Incheon/ Seoul International Airport and return flight to your departure airport.

***END OF THE TRIP ***


Would you like to take the opportunity to travel to other regions and countries? We would be pleased to offer you extended tours for this purpose. Please let us know your wishes.


Arrival at your home flight baseNov 09

Arriving at your home flight base. Individual home journey.


Your travel price:

from 2.450,- €
AchievementsDetails

TRAVEL PRICE / PAYMENT TERMS

  • Travel price in ½ DZ / F from 2.450, - € p.P.
  • Single supplement 550, - €
  • Deposit: 20% of the travel price p.P. when booking, plus insurance fees.
  • Airline tickets are fully payable on booking.
  • The balance is payable no later than 28 days before departure.

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • 2x bed & breakfast in a 4**** hotel in Seoul
  • 5x bed & breakfast in a 3*** hotel near the Olympia grounds
  • 2x bed & breakfast in 4**** hotel in Gyeongju
  • 2x bed & breakfast in the 4**** Hotel in Busan
  • 1x overnight stay in a 4**** hotel near Incheon Airport Seoul
  • 7x lunch
  • 6x Abnedessen
  • 1x evening snack
  • Bus transfers according to program
  • German / English speaking guide during the excursions
  • Tickets/fees according to program
  • Taxes / Fees ( Status September 2020 )

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Arrival Seoul / South Korea
  • Other food and beverages
  • Other entrance fees
  • IVV-Olympic Pass
  • IVV-Olympic fees
  • Travel cancellation insurance
  • Other insurances

OPTIONALLY AVAILABLE:

  • Flights to / from Seoul
  • Extension stays

 


YOUR ACCOMMODATION:

  • Hotels in the respective category according to the program


 

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.

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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

The journey is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. 

On site, current local events may lead to changes in the program schedule. This applies in particular to program items for which an official permit must be issued on site. P.T.A. TOURS GmbH reserves the right to change the program schedule in case the permit is not granted

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: (status September 2020)

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: (status September 2020)

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

Coronavirus:
Due to the increasing number of infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, all travelers who have stayed in the Chinese province of Hubei within the last two weeks before entry are currently denied entry. Travel restrictions may also be imposed in South Korea itself in order to contain the spread of the virus. Gyeongsangbuk-do province has already been declared a special zone where restrictions may apply. Travel there is currently not recommended.

Important when entering the country:
For all travelers, a so-called "pre-boarding check" is carried out before departure to Korea. If an increased body temperature of 37.5 degrees or more is measured there, the traveler will be denied boarding against reimbursement of the flight. In addition, the regulation applies that they have to go into quarantine for 14 days after arrival. The location of the quarantine cannot be determined by the passenger. In the meantime, all travelers are tested for the corona virus on site. As of August 24, 2020, the Korean government will no longer cover the cost of treatment in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. The costs incurred must be borne by the travelers themselves. However, quarantine measures lasting up to 14 days remain in place, regardless of the test result. A so-called "Self Diagnosis" app or a "Self Quarantine Safety" app must also be downloaded. This helps the authorities to monitor the site at all times during the first 14 days. Travelers from certain risk areas must, in addition to the above measures, present a negative PCR test for entry, which must not be older than 48 hours. Please contact your responsible foreign mission for the current assessment of risk areas.

Important on site:
- Restrictions of public life
- Restaurants/Cafés: partial opening depending on the region, with restrictions
- Mask obligation: Yes

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:

  • up to the 31st day before departure the amount of the deposit
  • from 30th to 21st day before departure 60%
  • from 20th to 15th day before departure 80%.
  • from 14th to 01st day before departure 95%
  • on the day of departure 100%.

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 strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance and health insurance abroad. We will gladly advise you on this.