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One Korea: North and South including Beijing
Commences Beijing 07 May and concludes in Seoul 30 May 2020

  • Bulguksa Temple
    Bulguksa Temple
  • Joint Security Area Panmunjom, North Korea
    Joint Security Area Panmunjom, North Korea
  • Arch of Korean Reunification, Pyongyang
    Arch of Korean Reunification, Pyongyang
  • Forbidden City, Beijing China
    Forbidden City, Beijing China
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
    Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD 12,250
  • Program Code GCTKOR20
  • Single Supplement AUD 2,090
  • Program Leader Peter Burns
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 23 Nights
    • 4 - Beijing
    • 1 - Pyongyang
    • 1 - Kaesong
    • 3 - Pyongyang
    • 2 - Shenyang
    • 4 - Seoul
    • 1 - Jeonju
    • 1 - Yeosu 
    • 2 - Jeju Island
    • 2 - Busan
    • 1 - Gyeongju 
    • 1 - Seoul

Commences Beijing 07 May and concludes in Seoul 30 May 2020

Tour Highlights

  • Experience Beijing's Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall and enjoy a culinary 'hutong' tour
  • Enjoy Pyongyang, North Korea with a comprehensive panaromic city tour
  • Field trip to the spiritual Mount Myohyang, North Korea inclduing a vist to the International Friendship Exhibition
  • Visit Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
  • Explore Shenyang, China including a visit to the Shenyang Imperial Palace
  • Explore the vibrant city of Seoul with visits to Gyeongbok Palace and the interesting alleyways of city’s Insadong Street
  • Visit the unique Jeonju Hanok Village and experience traditional Korean life
  • Explore World Heritage listed Jeju Island including an exploration of the Seongeup Folk Village and the famous Manjanggul Lava Cave
  • In Busan, visit the famous Jagalchi Seafood Market
  • In Gyeongju, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto
  • Take a KTX high speed train from Gyeongju to Seoul
  • 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, visiting its historic sites and raw scenery and encountering a friendly, welcoming and incredibly genuine people.

Our journey begins in Beijing, where we enjoy a 4-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.

En route between North and South Korea we pause for 2 nights in Shenyang, China, the largest city in north-eastern China and home to the imposing Mukden Palace. It is the capital of the Liáoníng province.

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.

The Korean Peninsula is a region unlike any other left in the world, so do consider exploring one of the last travel frontiers.

Tour Inclusions

    • 23 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 17 lunches and 14 dinners
    • Return International Airfare from Sydney
    • 6 internal flights within Asia
    • 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

Peter Burns

Peter Burnsgrew up in suburban Melbourne and graduated as a civil engineer. He then completed a Master of Natural Resources and Diploma in Education at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. Peter has led groups throughout India, the 'Stans', Iran and the Caucasus: but his real passion is perhaps Scotland, where he loves showing groups the best of the Scottish Isles.


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 Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving 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, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  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@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

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

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

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 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

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