South Korea
April 2018

In cooperation with Missionari della Consolata Onlus

Perhaps one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. You will be welcomed with open arms by some of the friendliest folk never met.

From Yokkok to Daejon passing through Seoul, the Soraksan mountain and Kyeong-ju. Option to extend 3 days to the Jeju Island. We will be accompanied by Diego Cazzolato, Missionary of the Missionari della Consolata.

Humanitarian Photo Travel
From Seoul to Daejon

Viaggiare attraverso le aree rurali accompagnati dai Missionari della Consolata e da esperte guide locali su percorsi sperimentati ma anche a volte da scoprire, ci permette di scorgere dietro ogni angolo situazioni di vita quotidianavolti incredibiliumanità uniche. E’ il viaggio inteso come ricerca della vera essenza, dell’umanità di un popolo e di un territorio, lontano dai percorsi turistici e nel contesto delle attività quotidiane dei progetti delle Missioni. E’ una continua scoperta. Un sorprendersi momento dopo momento prendendosi tutto il tempo necessario per vivere al meglio il piacere della conoscenza, dell’incontro, della condivisione e della passione fotografica.

Alla base dei nostri viaggi solidali il contatto e le relazioni di empatia con le popolazioni locali. Fermarsi in villaggi remoti, assistere alle attività dei missionari a supporto delle comunità, partecipare attivamente alla realizzazione dei loro progetti, partecipare al momento della preghiera, prendere parte alla preparazione del cibo locale, seguire all’alba i lavori nelle comunità. Sono momenti unici e impagabili che solo un viaggiare lentoconsapevoleresponsabile, concepito e costruito da chi ha dedicato la propria vita al sostegno del prossimo, può offrire.

  • Day 1

    International Flights to Seoul, stay in Yokkok in the house of the missionaries 

  • Day 2

    We visit the buddhist sites of Seoul and some museums (Kyeongbokkung e Museo; Kwang-hwa-mun, Ch’o-gye-cheon. Song-kyoung-gwang. Ch’ol-tu-san. Myeong-dong, Nam-dae-mun…)

  • Day 3

    Today we visit the catholic sites of Seoul, the markets and royal palaces as well as the modern center with city hall, Seoul Tower, World Center etc. 

  • Day 4

    Excursion east to Soraksan, one of the most beautiful mountains of Korea and the coastal zone with the buddhist temple of Nak-san.

  • Day 5

    Excursion east to Soraksan, one of the most beautiful mountains of Korea and the coastal zone with the buddhist temple of Nak-san.

  • Day 6

    NGO Projects with MCO – TBD

  • Day 7

    Visit of the coastal area of Incheon

  • Day 8

    Visit of the community of the Missionaries of Tong-du-cheong, assist the people there in various activities.

  • Day 9

    Transfer to Daejon (ca 1.5h). We stay in the missionaries centre of interreligious dialogue. After arrival, we will visit the city, the parks, the mountains etc

  • Day 10

    Today we visit the historic center and religious sites (Puyo, the golden river and maybe the coast, Su-dol-sa and Hae-mi)

  • Day 11

    NGO Projects with MCO – TBD

  • Day 12

    Excursion to Kyeong-ju, the historical capital of the Silla Reign. We will visit buddhist temples, historical remains, houses etc. If time allows, we will also stop in Bu-san (large harbour of the south, second city of Korea)

  • Day 13

    Excursion to Kyeong-ju, the historical capital of the Silla Reign. We will visit buddhist temples, historical remains, houses etc. If time allows, we will also stop in Bu-san (large harbour of the south, second city of Korea)

  • Day 14

    Excursion to Iksan, the Buddismo-won and to the southern zone of Kwang-ju and transfer back to Seoul.

  • Day 15

    Transfer to the airport and international flights home.

  • Day 15 OPTION

    Domestic flight to JEJU, subtropical volcanic Island with beautiful views

  • Day 16 OPTION

    Visit of JEJU, subtropical volcanic Island with beautiful views

  • Day 17 OPTION

    Domestic flight to Seoul, International Connections home

April 2018
Available
From 4 to 6 participants
3.650
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International flights not included
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From 7 to 9 participants
3.500
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International flights not included
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From 10 to 12 participants
3.350
  • Single supplement
    € 400,00
  • Insurance
    € 150,00
  • International flights not included
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Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

The participation fee includes:

  • Transfers

    All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.

  • Accomodation

    Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner

  • Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.

  • Professional Photographers

    Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.

The participation fee does NOT include:

  • International Flights

    Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the enquiry form.

  • International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage

    All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.

    Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.

    Required Coverage:

    • Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
    • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
    • Accidental Death / Dismemberment
    • Trip Cancellation Coverage


    Suggested Additional Coverage:

    • Hospital Room and Board
    • Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
    • Trip Delay / Interruption
    • Visitor to Bedside

    We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).

    Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.

    There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.

  • Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals

    Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.

  • Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.

    Tips are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.

  • Personal transfers to your departure airport

    Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.

Country Information
  • The country

    South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (abbreviated ROK), is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Officially, its territory consists of the whole Korean Peninsula and its adjacent islands, which are largely mountainous. South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle, as half of them live in high-rises concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents. The capital Seoul is the world’s sixth leading global city with the fifth largest economy and is the seventh most sustainable city in the world.

  • Documents required

    South Korea maintains a visa waiver agreement list and a designated visa-free entry list with countries not included on those lists requiring a visa to enter the country.

  • Currency

    Korea’s currency is the won (W). In some tourist areas, merchants may be willing to accept U.S. dollars or Japanese yen, but the exchange rate will be worse than the official rate. Most banks and hotels can exchange money, and most will also take travelers checks.

  • Credit cards

    International credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa) can pretty much be used anywhere. However, only some ATM’s will accept foreign credit/debit cards (look for machines correlated with Cirrus, Star, Interlink, Plus, etc). The bank card issued by your bank is not a credit/debit card, but an ATM card. It can only be used to withdraw cash from bank ATM machines. ATM machines are out of service after 11:00PM so plan accordingly when withdrawing cash.

  • Language

    The official language of South Korea is Korean. The Korean language belongs to the Ural-Altic family of languages which also includes Turkish and Mongolian. Although the language contains many words derived from Chinese and printed media still use Chinese ideographs to represent many of those words, structurally the two languages are very different. Korean is closer to the Japanese language linguistically

  • Health

    Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

  • Vaccinations

    No vaccinations are required to enter Korea, however, immunizations are recommended for diphtheria, polio, typhoid, tetanus, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

  • Time Zone

    Korea Standard Time (GMT+9)

  • Plugs, sockets and electricity

    In South Korea the power sockets are of type C (Euro Plug) and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

  • Phone, Smartphone and local carriers
    Korea Telecom (KT) is a state-owned company that has dominated a wide variety of telecommunications from mobile phones to internet. SK Telecom, controlled by the SK Group, offers mobile phone services and is the leading service provider in Korea. Phones and plans are sold in stores and offices all over the country.
  • Religion

    56.9% Unregistered, 27.6% Christianity, 19.7% Protestant, 7.9% Catholic, 15.5% Korean Buddhism

  • Safety

    Crime against foreigners is rare but there are occasional isolated incidents. While most reported crimes are thefts, there have been some rare cases of assaults, including sexual assaults, particularly around bars and nightlife areas.

    Take extra care of passports, credit cards and money in crowded areas and be careful in areas visited by foreigners, like Itaewon. Take care when traveling alone at night and only use legitimate taxis or public transport

Low Season (Nov–Apr)
Snow falls and temperatures plummet. Best time for skiing and visiting museums and galleries.

Shoulder (May, Oct)
Late spring sees the country bathed first in blossoms then fresh greenery. In autumn you can experience nature in all its russet shades.

High Season (Jun–Sep)
Be prepared for sweltering heat and a very heavy rainy season through July across the peninsula.

Weather Forecast

As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Cause Photo Travels will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas. All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which our tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Cause Photo Travels will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

WHAT TO BRING
  • Camera

    You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.

  • Memory Cards

    Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.

  • Batteries

    Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.

  • Backup

    Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.

  • Accessories

    If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.

  • Clothing

    It’s hot and humid in summer, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. Consider also to bring long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. During the rainy season, bring everything to protect yourself and your camera from the rain. Wear comfy shoes that you can slip on and off easily, as shoes are often removed in restaurants. Sunglasses can be considered rude, since wearing them prevents you from looking others in the eye.  For sun protection, try a hat.

    Dress for the season:
    The weather in spring (March, April and May), and Fall (September, October and November) is cooler, so long-sleeved shirts, pants and a sweater or jacket will work well. In summer (June, July, August) it is hot, humid and wet – so natural fabrics work well. December, January and February are very cold so pack your coat, a scarf and gloves, and remember it snows at higher altitudes too.

  • Wind & waterproof

    It is recommended to bring a light wind- and waterproof jacket.

  • Laundry

    Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.

  • Mosquitos

    Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

  • Drinking Water

    Tap water is not always considered safe to drink, but you can bring your own bottle and a water filter like Steripen etc. so you can fill up from any source for clean, safe water without wasting plastic bottles.

  • Tipping

    Tipping is not required nor expected in Korea. But most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to bills. This is on top of the 10% VAT (which is usually included in prices at most stores in Korea, but not in some high-end restaurants). Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you tell them to “keep the change” (or jandon gajiseyo in Korean), but this is not expected and they will have trouble understanding if you want to give them anything more than change (like “keep 1,500 won and return only 2,000 won to me”.)

    You can barter in the open markets for lower prices, but make sure you do so politely. Of course, bargaining is becoming a rare sport as most stores now have fixed prices.

  • Daypack

    Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.

With this travel you will support a local project in South Korea managed by our NGO Partner Missionari della Consolata Onlus
INFO & BOOKING
Phone / WhatsApp
+39 338 6566025 [Italy]
+41 76 565 35 01 [Switzerland]
Email: contact@causephototravels.com
Departure
April 2018
Duration
As stated in the itinerary
Price
Starting from € 3.350,00
Participants
Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 12 participants
Professional Photographers & Tour Leaders
A professional photographer and a dedicated Tour Leader will accompany the group for the whole travel.
Accommodation
Double rooms with private bathrooms unless stated otherwise
Meals
Full board
International Flights
Not Included. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the enquiry form.
Payment Details
30% at registration – The rest 40 days prior to departure
Tour Operator
RAPTIM – Humanitarian Travels
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