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Taiwan, South Korea & Japan - round trip Asia

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17 days round trip East Asia: Taipei - Seoul - Andong - Gyeongju - Busan - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Himeji - Kyoto - Fuji - Nara - Tokyo

Travel properly. Aha! Experiences in Taiwan, South Korea & Japan.

  • Unique round trip combination: Experience exciting cultures that couldn't be more different on ONE tour of Asia!
  • The Taipei 101 in Taiwan - a building of superlatives! You ride one of the fastest elevators in the world and enjoy a fantastic view over the city!
  • The Fuji, sanctuary and symbol of Japan, will also fascinate you with its symmetrical shape and the year-round snow-capped mountain peak! Get unique views of Mount Fuji on a boat trip on Lake Ashi.
  • The Shinkansen super express is one of the fastest trains in the world and a train ride in Japan is an experience that should not be missing on your round trip!
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Come with us on a unique round trip to Taiwan, South Korea and Japan - three in one go! The contrasting Taiwan, the land of the calm morning South Korea and the highlights of the land of the rising sun Japan with its extraordinary culture will enchant you. Get to know the Asian culture, which is so different from country to country. Here, Asian hospitality and tradition are combined with modernity! You will visit the metropolises Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Kyoto and Tokyo and marvel at the imposing volcano Fuji.
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  • Flights with China Airlines from / to Frankfurt / Main to Taipei and from Tokyo via Taipei (other airports such as Dresden, Leipzig / Halle, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich or Stuttgart can be booked - possibly for a surcharge)
  • Flight from Taipei to Seoul
  • Travel by hydrofoil from Busan to Fukuoka
  • Train journeys: Hakone - Kyoto, Fukuoka - Hiroshima - Kyoto
  • Transfers airport / train station - hotel - airport / train station
  • Luggage transport during train journeys
  • Round trip in a modern, air-conditioned coach
  • 14 nights in selected hotels
  • 14 x breakfast from the buffet
  • 2 lunches
  • 12 dinners
  • local, German speaking tour guide
  • Eberhardt travel companion from / to Germany
Your Eberhardt benefits included

  • City tours in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Driveway to Taipei 101 building
  • Visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
  • Excursion to the demilitarized zone
  • Driveway to the Seoul Tower
  • Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
  • Visit to Cheomseongdae Observatory and Royal Tumuli Park in Gyeongju
  • Entrance to the Bulguska Temple, the Bunhwangsa Pagoda and the National Museum in Gyeongju
  • Visit the Seokguram grotto
  • Visit Taejongdae Park and Fish Market in Busan
  • Visits to the Peace Museum and Peace Park in Hiroshima
  • Ferry crossings to Miyajima Island with sightseeing
  • Visit to Himeji Castle
  • Visits to Todaiji Temple in Nara
  • Visits to Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle in Kyoto
  • Tour of the Meji Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
  • Driveway to the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower multiplex in Tokyo
  • Rail & Fly (train to flight) to the main airport: 100 € (please reserve when booking)
  • Premium Economy and Business Class can be booked on request

1./2. Day: Flight to Taipei / Taiwan - Taipei 101

Together with your Eberhardt travel companion, you will fly via Frankfurt / Main to the capital of Taiwan in Taipei. The local guide will be waiting for you the next day at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei's international airport. On the way to the hotel, you will get a first impression of this lively city. Taipei is the largest city in Taiwan and its capital at the same time. Here modern shopping centers and glass office skyscrapers mix with traditional temples, whose decorative art is unparalleled anywhere in the world. In the afternoon you visit the once tallest skyscraper in the world - Taipei 101. Another superlative are the elevators that take visitors to the 89th floor at lightning speed. Only in Shanghai and Guangzhou there are currently faster elevators. From the observation deck of Taipei 101, which is located on the 89th floor, you have a fantastic view of the city. The view of the 660-ton metal ball inside the building is also unique. Its function is to dampen the vibrations to which the structure, which looks like a bamboo pole from the outside, is exposed. After this exciting experience, drive to the hotel and move into your room. But you shouldn't go to rest just yet, because Taipei is also known for its lively night markets. You don't have to eat a fried bat right away, a typical dumpling, which is a filled dumpling pocket, or you can also get a noodle soup. One thing is certain, you will be impressed.

Travel distance: Airplane: 11 hours

Day 3: City tour in Taipei / Taiwan

Get to know both traditional and modern Taipei on a guided city tour. You visit the rather simple Confucius Temple and the magnificent Bao An Temple. They learn that it is part of everyday life for Taiwanese to worship gods, to ask them for happiness or to implore them for enlightenment. In the Confucius Temple you will also learn a lot about the "teachings of the great master". It is only a three-minute walk to the Bao An Temple. Let yourself be amazed by its splendor. Look out for the animal sculptures, the meanings of which your guide will explain to you. For example, bats stand for luck, deer for prosperity and cranes for a long life. In the National Palace Museum, which you will visit afterwards, you will meet many Chinese tourists who come here to see the famous Chinese cabbage, which was carved from white-green jade. This exhibit is part of thousands of works of art that Chinese civil war refugees took to the island from mainland China. On several floors you will get an impression of the world's largest collection of Chinese art, which is so extensive that all pieces can never be exhibited at the same time.
When traveling to Taiwan, it is essential to study the subject of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China in Taiwan. You will visit the Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial during your city tour in Taipei. Chiang Kai-Shek was the immediate opponent of Mao Zedong and one of the leading politicians in China until he came to power. In 1949 Chinag Kai-Shek was defeated and established a provisional government of the People's Republic of China on Taiwan (formerly Formosa Island). Its politics are also controversial, and today Taiwan has abandoned the controversial personality cult. What has remained is the gleaming white memorial hall with its bright blue roof, inside of which a huge bronze statue commemorates the former president. At the main entrance to this ensemble of gardens, pavilions, and ponds that surrounds the Memorial Hall, there is an elegant Ming Dynasty-style archway that is so beautiful that many newlyweds come here to have their pictures taken.
The martyr's shrine, which is dedicated to the memory of numerous victims of Sino-Japanese disputes and other military conflicts, is reminiscent of the Hall of Harmony in Beijing in terms of its architectural style, because it is precisely this that it is modeled on. Let yourself be surprised by the impressive changing of the guard.
The number of night markets in Taipei can hardly be determined. There are a large number of licensed food retailers, but no one knows how many illegal hawkers there are. Follow the recommendation of your guide who will escort you to a night market and where you will have your dinner tonight. Maybe you use the subway? Taipei has a well-developed metro network and it is always interesting to take part in everyday life while abroad. Your Eberhardt travel companion will support you.

Day 4: Flight to Seoul / South Korea - Seoul from above

Today you are flying from Taipei to Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The land of the morning calm welcomes you! From afar you can see the city's 236-meter-high television tower, which the locals affectionately call N-Tower (N-Tower) because it stands on Namsan Mountain in Namsan Park. You visit the observation deck and have a fantastic panoramic view of Seoul. Good to know: the N-Tower is illuminated in the evening. Its colors are determined by the city's fine dust pollution. The best situation is when the tower shines in blue, while red warns of bad air.
At the foot of the N-Tower is the Palgakjeon, an octagonal pavilion in the Korean architectural style, which is a popular photo object. Hiking and walking trails in Namsan Park invite residents and guests of Seoul to relax. A visit to the botanical garden is also worthwhile.

Travel distance: Airplane: 3 hours

Day 5: The Demilitarized Zone - City tour in Seoul / South Korea

Like many other countries, South Korea can look back on a history marked by armed conflicts. Today you will learn how the country was divided and what relationship the South Koreans have with North Korea. You are visiting the demilitarized zone. This runs over 248 kilometers across the island and is around four kilometers wide. Your program includes a trip into tunnel number 3. A total of four tunnels have been discovered since the 1970s, which were dug from north to south, presumably to prepare for raids. But that never happened. There is a memorial on the site at tunnel number 3. This is an impressive reminder that many families have to live apart from one another. After the tour, drive to the observatory for a view of the entire demilitarized zone.
In the afternoon, delve even deeper into the history of Seoul. You will visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. This was a ruling dynasty that held power in Korea for more than 500 years. Gyeongbokgung Palace dates back to 1394. Its name means "Palace of Radiant Bliss". You will visit the Geunjeongjeon Throne Hall and the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion. Both buildings are located in a well-tended garden and impress with their graceful architecture. The National Folklore Museum, which you can also visit, is located on the premises. Here you can get an impression of Korean life from bygone times.
At the end of the day, experience traditional Korean culture right in the heart of the city - in the Insa-dong district. Here you will find numerous art galleries and handicraft shops, traditional tea houses and restaurants. You won't leave Insa-dong without a souvenir for loved ones at home.

Day 6: Seoul - Andong Hahoe village / South Korea

You continue your journey, leaving Seoul for Andong. Here you will visit the village of Hahoe, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is located in an extensive mountain landscape and is surrounded on three sides by the Nakdonggang River. In this way, its residents were able to protect themselves from external attacks and maintain centuries-old traditions. The village was founded in the 13th century by the Ruy family. A famous Confucius scholar named Ryu Unryong and his brother Ryu Sengryong, who was Prime Minister during the war with Japan (1592-1598), also come from this 600-year-old family clan. During your walk through the village you will get to know the typical construction methods of the traditional houses. Some of the houses are roofed with ceramic tiles, while others have to be content with thatched roofs. Hahoe is also home to the Byeolsingut Talnori, a Korean mask dance in which divine beings are worshiped in a ritual. In the National Museum of South Korea there are still eleven originally preserved masks from the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). There are also many very old wooden masks on display in the Hahoe Museum.
A specialty in Hahoe is salted deep-fried mackerel, a dish that you should try for dinner today. Since Hahoe is far from the sea and the rich family members did not want to miss out on fish dishes, the mackerel had to be marinated in salt so that they would not spoil during transport. Over the centuries, this meal has now developed into a regional delicacy.

Day 7: Gyeongju - UNESCO World Heritage Site / South Korea

Gyeongju, which you visit today, was the capital of the Silla Empire for more than 1,000 years. In the seventh century the city developed into one of the most important cultural centers in the world. The Bulguksa Temple, whose stone bridges, pagodas and temples are all original from the time of the Silla dynasty, testifies to this today. There are several Korean national treasures in the temple complex that will amaze you on a tour. Together with the Seokguram Grotto, which you will also visit, the Bulguksa Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another highlight of the day is a visit to Tumuli Park, which is located in the center of the city. Here, 23 royal tombs from the Silla period are hidden under grassy hills, one of which was excavated in 1974 and is accessible to visitors. You will be impressed by the magnificence of the art objects on display there. In this area, which is often referred to as an open-air museum due to its wealth of cultural treasures, is also the oldest observatory in the world, the Cheomseongdae. The one thousand four hundred year old, fully preserved building will impress you especially with its simplicity. Nearby, take a stroll at Anapji Pond, just as the royal family did hundreds of years ago.

Day 8: Busan - South Korea's gateway to the world

Busan is the most important port and the second largest city in South Korea after Seoul. The city of four million people is characterized by numerous modern, mirror-glazed high-rise buildings, impressive bridge structures, Buddhist temples and miles of sandy beaches. In addition, the city offers many shopping opportunities, in the Guinness Book of Records Centum City is recognized as the largest shopping center in the world. Another attraction for visitors to Busan is Taejongdae Park. There you can enjoy the spectacular view from the cliffs dropping steeply into the sea. Take a walk and relax in a wooded area not far from one of the largest cities in the country.
Later on, a visit to the Jagalchi fish market is on your program. This is considered to be the most important seafood transhipment point in South Korea. A potpourri of known and unknown mussels, fish, octopuses and other animal species from the sea adorns the countless stands. Every morning there is a brisk trade between sellers and restaurant owners. Everyone wants to bring fresh goods to the table of their guests. In the afternoon it is the housewives who buy fish for the family. And even later, namely after work, business people come to have dinner here after a tiring day at the office.

Day 9: Busan - arrival in Japan - Hiroshima

In the early morning you will drive to the port of Busan. In terms of size, the container port ranks sixth in the world, ahead of Hong Kong. But ferry services are also offered here, the most important and most frequently used route is the one to Japan. When the sun rises, you leave South Korea by hydrofoil and reach your next destination: Japan. Then you drive about 280 kilometers with the Shinkansen super express in just 70 minutes to Hiroshima. The Japanese Railway impresses with punctuality, the latest technology and a high level of comfort. In 1964, a high-speed line went into operation for the first time worldwide. In Japan on the route between Tokyo and Osaka. You lean back and be surprised how little you notice the speed of the train as a passenger. Only the digital display above the compartment doors makes you aware that you are traveling at more than two hundred kilometers per hour.
Your main luggage will be transported separately to Hiroshima.In the evening, a culinary journey of discovery awaits you: the popular “Japanese pizza” is particularly tasty in the numerous okonomiyaki restaurants.

Day 10: Hiroshima and excursion to Miyajima / Japan

In Hiroshima you will encounter Japan's recent history and will be reminded of the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. You visit the memorials with the Peace Museum and walk through the impressive Peace Park to the atomic bomb dome.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum provides impressive information on the development of the atomic bomb and the devastating effects on Hiroshima and its inhabitants. So you will learn how people's lives were played out at the moment the bomb was dropped and how it was destroyed in seconds. But the construction of the city and above all the struggle of the survivors and their descendants for a peaceful, atomic bomb-free world is shown.