We return to the Korean peninsular to examine one of the world’s major flashpoints from the other side of the border.
|DATES||Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 April 2019|
Seoul, Busan & The DMZ
Single supplement: £500.00
South Korea has undergone enormous political, economic and social change since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Once far poorer than the north, it is now one of the most advanced economies in the world.
Our trip includes a visit to the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two countries. No peace treaty was ever signed after the conflict and technically the two sides are still at war. We also travel south to Busan to see life outside of the capital.
We meet senior intelligence and defense officials for their view on the threat from Kim Jung Un’s new leadership and meet defectors from the DPRK now living in Seoul. The country’s relationship with China and the United States come under close scrutiny too.
With two unpredictable leaders at the helm in Pyongyang and Washington DC, the future of the region remains one of the most important foreign policy questions in the world.
All of your accommodation and meals with water are included, as well as local transport (except during your free time). Flights are not included in the price and need to be arranged by customers themselves or with an agent. We can advise you on reservations if you need any help.
Following the news
Like all our tours the itinerary is focused on current affairs. Events on the ground may change and the final schedule may be adjusted accordingly.
This tour starts and ends in Seoul.
As on all our expert-led tours the groups are deliberately small and will not exceed 14 people. Limited spaces are available.
Four star centrally located hotels.
UK passport holders do not need a visa. If you have a British Citizen passport you can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into South Korea.
Other passport holders may require a visa. It is always good to check with the embassy in your country for latest advice regarding visa requirements. You can check visa requirements with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, London.
FCO Website – Travel Advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. Where it considers it appropriate to do so, the FCO may advise against all travel or all but essential travel to particular countries or parts of particular countries. Similarly, the FCO may withdraw any such previously given advice. Where the FCO issues such advice, we may as a result cancel your tour or make changes so as to avoid the area concerned (see clause 10 or our conditions). Alternatively, we may ask you to sign a form confirming you wish to proceed with the tour notwithstanding the FCO advice. It is in the nature of the itineraries we offer that the FCO may have issued such advice in relation to the country or parts of the country we are intending to visit prior to confirmation of your booking. In this case, you will be asked to sign the above form before we confirm your booking.
Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP, or alternatively from the Department of Health Leaflet Advice on Health for Travelers, or the Department of Health in the UK. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx.
Local currency is South Korean won.
The weather is spring. Day time high temperatures vary from 14 to 20 degrees Celsius, and low temperatures average between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius.
What to wear
Dress is generally casual and comfortable, comfortable walking shoes are essential. We also have a range of meeting with politicians or senior officials where we are expected to be more formally dressed. For these men will need a jacket (and tie) and women the female equivalent.
Electricity & Plugs
The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes.