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New! 2017 South Korea & Japan: Temples, Shrines & Seaside Treasures

South Korea: Seoul, Daegu, Gyeongju • Japan: Tokyo, Toba, Kyoto

17 Days from only $6095 including international airfare

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Preserving Korea’s Kimchi

Learn about the Korean kimchi industry which has been jeopardized by the cheap cost of Chinese imports.

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Intersection: Harajuku, Tokyo

Learn how to master Tokyo street style where colors and patterns make the best fashion statements.

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Valley of Dolls

Discover a literal “valley of the dolls,” where a Japanese woman has populated a town with more life-sized dolls than living residents

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Travelogue: Kyoto, Japan 1965

Turn back the clock to 1960s-era Kyoto, Japan, and stroll along garden paths lined with stone lanterns and centuries-old shrines.

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Making the Purest Sake

See how Japan combines the cleanest water and the finest rice to create some of the world’s best sake.

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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Pacific Hotel

Seoul, South Korea

Conveniently located just a five-minute walk from Namdaemun Market and Seoul Tower, Pacific Hotel offers luxurious accommodations right in the heart of Seoul. It's 181 rooms feature mini-bars, flat-screen TV, and heating and air conditioning. Free WiFi is available throughout the grounds free of charge. 

Donghwasa Temple

Daegu, South Korea

At Donghwasa Temple, we have secured nine simply-furnished rooms for the use of our group. We'll experience the life of a Buddhist monk and sleep as our hosts do on futon-like floor mats. Each room includes air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower. 

The Suites Hotel

Gyeongju, South Korea

Located in the Bomun Lake area, in close proximity to many of Gyeongju's recreational and cultural attractions, the Suites Hotel features an on-site restaurant and swimming pool. Each air-conditioned room includes wireless Internet, telephone, HD TV, an in-room safe, and a private bath with hair dryer.

Hotel Sardonyx

Tokyo, Japan

The recently remodeled Hotel Sardonyx is conveniently located in the Nihonbashi neighborhood of Tokyo, close to a number of attractions—including the Imperial Palace and the Tsukiji Fish Market—and the metro. The hotel features complimentary Internet access and an on-site restaurant, and each of its 135 air-conditioned rooms includes a TV, telephone, safe, refrigerator, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and private bath with hair dryer.

Toba Grand Hotel

Toba, Japan

Located in coastal Toba with views overlooking the ocean, the Toba Grand Hotel features an on-site restaurant and spa. Each of its 82 rooms include TV, Internet access, tea-making facilities, an in-room safe, and a private bath with hair dryer.

Hotel Sunroute Kyoto

Kanazawa, Japan

Just a short walk from downtown Kyoto, Hotel Sunroute Kyoto overlooks the Kamogawa River. In close proximity is public transportation and several historical sites. With free WiFi access throughout and laundry service, air conditioning, and hairdryers in each of its 144 rooms, Sunroute is a comfortable and ideally-located rest spot in Kyoto. 

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Oriental Hotel

Hiroshima, Japan

The Oriental Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of the city and features an on-site restaurant and bar. Each air-conditioned room includes wireless Internet access, flat-screen TV, minibar, and en suite bathroom with a hairdryer. 

Kingtown Hotel Hongkou

Shanghai, China

Located near Lu Xun Park in a neighborhood with interesting lanes to stroll, the Kingtown Hotel Hongkou is just a short taxi ride from other
Shanghai highlights including the Bund, Nanjing Road, and People's Square. Hotel facilities include an on-site restaurant and a gym. Each of the 200 air-conditioned rooms features a telephone, satellite TV, Internet access, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Pan Pacific Suzhou

Beijing, China

Located near the scenic Panmen area, and in close proximity to many of the city’s attractions, the Pan Pacific hotel features restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, fitness center, and spa. Your air-conditioned room is equipped with cable TV, wireless Internet access, radio/alarm clock, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, an in-room safe, and a private bath with hair dryer.

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