APT has released its Japan and South Korea program for 2024, offering a collection of five diverse tours across the region focused on locally inspired cuisine, culture, and history. Signature Experiences include a visit to Naoshima Island, where guests will discover galleries, museums, and art installations on Japan’s one-of-a-kind Art Island. Another unique experience in Japan is a special night of entertainment with a private dinner and drinks hosted by a maiko or geisha in Kyoto.
Two new included Freedom of Choice dining options in APT’s South Korea itineraries are a culinary experience at the elegant Korea House and an evening at Butcher’s Cut, Seoul’s leading steakhouse.
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Guests will traverse both countries by the highest class of rail, travelling in deluxe class on South Korea’s high-speed KTX train and first class on Japan’s iconic bullet trains.
Superdeal offers provide savings up to $3,400 per couple are available for bookings made by 30 November 2023 which includes an Early Payment Discount when paying in full 10 months prior to departures. Travel with Friends and save up to $600 per couple when six or more people book together on an Asia holiday.
Brett Lemish, APT Product Manager for Asia, said, “Following the success of our 2023 program, which has all but sold out, we are feeling really positive about an equally successful 2024 Japan and South Korea season. With so much demand for the destination, we are predicting our program will sell fast so we urge agents to book their clients early.
“Our Japan and South Korea tours have been designed so guests can travel a safe and secure way while experiencing all the ‘must-see’ highlights as well as APT’s Signature Experiences such as a hands-on sushi, soba noodle and bibimbap workshops which have both proved very popular with our guests. An APT journey will bring our guests closer to the cultural wonders of the region,” Lemish added.
The five trips for 2024 are:
- 12-day Enchanting Japan – priced from $12,495 per person with savings of up to $1,800 per couple
- 17-day Culture & Art of Japan – priced from $17,595 per person with savings of up to $1,800 per couple
- 10-day Impressions of South Korea – priced from $8,995 per person with savings of up to $1,800 per couple
- 21-day Ancient Kingdoms of Japan & South Korea – priced from $21,295 per person with savings of up to $3,400 per couple
- 26-day Cultural Wonders of Japan & South Korea – priced from $26,195 per person with savings of up to $3,400 per couple
In a recent announcement from the South Korean government, and in line with its Visit Korea Year 2023-24 initiative, Australian travellers no longer need to apply for a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA), under a temporary exemption being put in place for travel until 31 December 2024.