Join us in Gwangju, South Korea

August 2019

Known as the “City of Peace”, Gwangju is South Korea’s 6th largest city and is full of vitality and excitement with picturesque traditional backgrounds. Famous for its rich and diverse cuisine and culture, Gwangju is a nestled in the Southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula and the exquisite scenery along the outskirts of the city gives citizens and tourists a peaceful image of the city’s natural surroundings
  • Optional Pre and Post Tours
  • Athletes Village accommodation
  • Singapore Airlines Group flights
  • Private transfers Seoul/Gwangju/Seoul

Tour Inclusions

  • Singapore Airlines Group Flights
    • 10 August Departing from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
    • 11 August Arriving Seoul at 9.50 am (via Singapore)
    • 19 August Depart Seoul after Championships - arrive Australia 20 August
    • 25 August Depart Seoul after Post Tour - arrive Australia 26 August

    Please contact us or note on the Booking Form if you are departing from other Australian cities e.g. Adelaide, Perth etc

    Alternative flight options and airlines are available — however, they may involve an overnight stay in Seoul and/or transferring to Seoul’s domestic airport. If you prefer alternative flights please note on the Booking Form and please consider booking flights to co-incide with the coach transfer from Seoul Airport to Gwangju 11 August

  • Seoul Airport to Gwangju private coach transfer (approx. 3 hrs) 11 August for tour members travelling on our Singapore Airlines group flights arriving Seoul 11 August at 9.50 am
  • Private coach transfer - 19 August - Gwangju to Seoul Airport for your Singapore Airlines return flight to Australia departing 4.40 pm and then on to Seoul if you are extending your travel arrangements
  • 8 nights accommodation - twin and single rooms with private bathroom at the Athletes Village in Gwangju featuring ...
    Please note rooms are part of “3 Bedroom Units” with 3 different bedding combinations
    (a) 2 x single rooms with 1 shared bathroom + 1 x single room with private bathroom
    (b) 2 x single rooms with 1 shared bathroom + 1 x twin room with private bathroom
    (c) 2 x twin rooms with 1 shared bathroom + 1 x twin room with private bathroom
    Costings vary (shared bathroom v private bathroom etc) and will be reconfirmed based on your requirements

    • International Zone: * Welcome/Accreditation/Information Centre * FINA Office * VIP Room * Restaurant * Photo Centre * Florist * Press Centre * Photo Centre * Telecom Centre and Cultural Space
    • Residential Zone: * Meeting room * Bank * Convenience store * Post office * Dry cleaning * Beauty salon * Souvenir Shop * Café * Medical Centre * Internet service * Fitness room * Play room (billiards, table tennis, darts, video games)
  • Direct and frequent shuttle bus service to Nambu University for guests of Athletes Village only.

Tour Exclusions

  • Passport and visa fees (visa not required for Australian passport holders)
  • Departure Taxes - currently AU$190.00-$210.00
  • Event Registration - Visit the online registration page Registered participants are eligible for free public transport within Gwangju.
  • Travel insurance — please contact us for a quote

Championships Pre Tour - Yeosu - Open Water Event

The Open Water Event will be held at Yeosu Expo Ocean Park as follows

Wednesday 07/Thursday 08 - Training
Friday 09/Saturday 10/Sunday 11 - 3 klm Open Water

Yeosu is 4-5 hours by road or train from Seoul and 2-3 hours by road from Gwangju. Flights from Seoul depart from the domestic airport (Gimpo) which is 45-60 minutes by local train from Inchon’s International Airport (where you will arrive).

Local buses and trains are also possible however, this may involve several changes and connections which could be challenging for first time travelers and seasoned travelers alike!

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    We therefore suggest a private “door to door” transfer is the most practical method of arriving in Yeosu.

    • Private transfer Wednesday 07 August Seoul Inchon Airport to Yeosu - based on tour members arriving Seoul Inchon Airport on the same flight (and day)
    • 4 nights - 4 star accommodation with breakfast Yeosu
    • Private transfer from Yeosu to Gwangju Sunday 11 August

    Tour Costings

    Twin/Double Share
    Single Room
    AU$2,020.00 p/p

    (based on minimum 4 tour members travelling together)

Championships Post Tour - Busan, Andong, Seoul


  • Monday 19 August: Gwangju / Busan
    After breakfast, meet your Tour Escort and transfer to Busan and tour around Gamcheon folk village, Kukje market and Beomeosa Buddhist Temple etc. Afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the seafood capital of South Korea
  • Tuesday 20: Busan
    Visit the Jagalchi Fishery Market, Yongdusan Park & Busan Tower, UN Cemetery, Dongbaek Islet and Haeundae beach
  • Wednesday 21: Busan / Andong
    Depart Busan and transfer to Andong for a tour of the Hahoe Folk Village, Hahoe Mask Museum, Dosan Confucian School - overnight accommodation in Andong
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    • Thursday 22: Andong / Seoul
      After breakfast depart Andong and transfer to Suwon for a tour of the Korean Folk Village which re-creates the lifestyles of the mid to late Joseon Dynasty - the last kingdom of Korea. Continue on to Seoul and your accommodation
    • Friday 23: Seoul
      Full day guided Seoul city tour. Visit the Blue House (Cheongwadae/Presidential Residence), Insadong Antique Alley, Gyeongbok Palace & National Folklore Museum, Jogyesa Temple, Namdaemun Traditional Market, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and N Seoul Tower (Observatory) for bird’s eye view of metropolitan Seoul
    • Saturday 24: Seoul
      Half Day guided DMZ Tour including Imjingak Pavillion, House of Nostalgia, Freedom Bridge, The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dorasan Observatory, Dorasan Train Station, and Unification Village
    • Sunday 25: A depart Seoul
      Farewell to South Korea and transfer to Incheon International Airport for your departure flight

    Tour Costings

    Twin/Double Share
    AU$1,670 p/p
    Single Room
    AU$2,480 p/p

    (based on minimum 20 tour members travelling together)

    Tour Cost Inclusions

    • Private coach transport as per itinerary
    • Full time English speaking Tour Escort
    • 6 nights in 4 * accommodation with breakfast
      • Busan - 2nts: Haeundae Grand Hotel
      • Andong - 1nt: Park Hotel
      • Seoul - 3nts: Best Western Premier Kukdo Hotel
    • Entrance fees and tours as per itinerary
    • Transfer to Seoul Airport Sunday 25 August

    Pre/Post Tour Cost Exclusions

    • Optional tours
    • Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers
    • Meals not stated in tour itinerary

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