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One Korea: North and South including Beijing
Commences Beijing 01 May and ends Seoul 23 May 2019

  • Bulguksa Temple
    Bulguksa Temple
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 12,650
  • Program Code GCTKOR19
  • Single Supplement AUD 2,350
  • Program Leader Peter Burns
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 22 Nights
    • 3 - Beijing
    • 3 - Pyongyang
    • 1 - Mt Myohyang
    • 1 - Nampo
    • 2 - Pyongyang
    • 4 - Seoul
    • 1 - Jeonju
    • 1 - Yeosu 
    • 2 - Jeju Island
    • 2 - Busan
    • 1 - Gyeongju 
    • 1 - Seoul

Commences Beijing 01 May and concludes in Seoul 23 May 2019.

Tour Highlights

  • Please contact us for more details. 

Tour Overview

On this thrilling journey, we discover two distinct societies on the Korean Peninsula, very different in politics, yet similar in cultural traditions. Following the recent positive efforts in diplomacy between North Korea, USA and South Korea, now is the time to visit North Korea, a bastion of Korean culture and heritage before this ‘Hermit Kingdom’ changes forever. Come to witness living history and a friendly, welcoming people and its raw scenery, historic sites and incredibly genuine people.

Our incredible journey begins in Beijing where we enjoy a 3-night stopover visiting Beijing’s highlights before flying to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. This city shines bright, right through the many veils which keep the country in the darkness. The city is one of the most immaculate cities in the world, and it is kept that way because it acts as the public face of an entire country. First-time visitors are often stunned when they realise Pyongyang is such a bustling metropolis. We also visit Mt. Myohyang, one of the most celebrated mountains of North Korea and known to the locals as the “mysterious fragrant mountain” of the north east. We explore both sides of the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, one of the last relics of the Cold War.

Our journey continues with an in-depth visit to South Korea, the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, a powerhouse of industrial output and one of the most progressive societies anywhere in the world. In modern Seoul, we explore its markets, ancient palaces and a Korean Folk Village. Across the country, we visit traditional villages, national parks, many UNESCO inscribed sites, beautiful coastal villages and spiritual temples with perhaps the highlight being a visit to Jeju Island, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Our journey concludes with a high-speed train (KTX) to Seoul.

Tour Inclusions

    • 22 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 14 lunches and 12 dinners
    • International Airfare from Sydney
    • 5 internal Asian flights
    • Touring by comfortable  and modern  coaches
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
    • Services of a Program Leader 
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Visa fees for China and North Korea
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.