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DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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Seoul, South Korea
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during your stay in Seoul on this half-day tour. A border zone that separates North Korea and South Korea, the DMZ presents the chance to learn a bit about the history of conflict between the two countries. You can enter one of the tunnels and visit Dora Observatory, where you can look at North Korea through a telescope, depending on the weather.
  • Get a chance to visit the DMZ on this half-day tour from Seoul
  • Learn about the Korean War and the conflict between North and South Korea
  • On a clear day, look through a telescope into North Korea
  • Round-trip transport from central Seoul is included
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Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only(if option is selected)
Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong
Professional local guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
Pistol Shooting (if option is selected)
Gondola (if afternoon tour option is selected)
Hotel drop-off
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Koreana Hotel , Seoul, South Korea

Meetingpoint: Koreana Hotel 1F(ground floor) at 07:10 am. (This is for travelers who chose meeting point option)

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  • Koreana Hotel , Seoul, South Korea
  • Myeong-dong , Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Departure Point: Hotel in central/downtown Seoul Dates: Available everyday Except on Monday & National Holiday. Return point: Drop off at City Hall or Myeongdong.
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice.
    • A pick-up service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
    • Hotel pickup is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our staff will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
    • All schedules are subject to change due to road conditions(roadworks, traffics etc.), weather conditions (storms, hurricanes, dense fog, heavy snow, etc.) and the government order, strike, and any other unforeseen reasons for the military reason such as military training, visiting higher level of military personnel etc. In this case, we reserve the right to cancel and/or alter any/all part of the itinerary which may result from circumstances beyond our control. We will do our utmost to improve that situation. However, we can NOT grant refunds. * Alternative itinerary Imjingak park > Art Space BEAT 131 > Odusan Unification Observatory > The war memorial of Korea > Dismissal at City Hall or Myeongdong.
    • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers like ginseng center or amethyst factory.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • If you didn't receive confirmation email with a pick-up time, please contact us via email or calls.
    • For the pistol shooting, participants must over age 14.
    • We take the gondola afternoon tour only. If you'd like to take the gondola, please choose afternoon tour option.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • During the pandemic situation, visit some places may be prohibited.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    How can I let you know where to pick me up?
    A:We offer pick ups from most hotels, although for some hotels down narrow streets,we will need to collect you from the nearest subway station. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
    Jul 2019
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory ?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
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    Traveler Tips

    • "As this is a half-day tour including travelling, dont expect to spend hours at every sight." See review
    • "Go to the War Museum in Seoul (free entry) - it is massive and will tell you everything about the war in a lot more detail." See review
    • "Definitely not worth the time or money unless you just wanna brag that you've seen North Korea." See review


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    Really good DMZ tour
    , May 2022
    This tour to DMZ was really good and with great English speaking guides. There was a bit of wait time in the start, but that was okay.
    Hyun Sook the tourist...
    , May 2022
    Hyun Sook the tourist guide was so attentive. I was in the hotel so far from meetings point. She offered me the ride. So kind.
    Great Tour and Guide!
    , Dec 2021
    We really enjoyed the tour and the different stations we stopped at. The tour guides English was great and she told us many interesting interesting facts about the DMZ and North Korea.
    Tour was very...
    , Dec 2021
    Tour was very interesting. Guides tour very kind and awared about DMZ, North Korea history. Maybe the Dorasan Observatory was too fast but seams to be the same for all different tours.
    , Dec 2021
    It was amazing! The tour guides were SO NICE and knew a lot! It was exactly the time you needed in each place and it was so worth it! The price is affordable and again, the tour guides are really THE BEST!
    The trip was a nice...
    , Nov 2021
    The trip was a nice experience. The tour guides were great! The highlight of the tour was the Dora Observatory. However, we only had 20 mins there, which was definitely too short.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Not what we paid for but glad we went
    , Dec 2019
    The trip was good and we learnt a lot, but we were very disappointed that we couldn’t go to the actual DMZ. I understand the reason was due to the African Swine Flu, which is obviously no fault of the tour operator. However I saw some information regarding the closure from October this year, on another website, but as this tour was being sold as a DMZ visit we assumed the closure had been lifted. We booked two nights before the trip and the following morning received the email saying that we wouldn’t be going to the actual DMZ. So we know that when we paid for the tour, the company knew we wouldn’t be getting the package we paid for. It’s a bit of a scam but we wanted to go anyway instead of arguing for our money back. I am glad we visited the places we did but I wish the closure had been mentioned when we made the booking. Would still recommend but just be aware.
    DMZ tour
    , Nov 2019
    Dmz tour was very informative . The guide was very helpful and the timing was perfect . Our guide was Julie , the actual DMZ trip was cancelled due to the swine flu but the alternative was very good.
    Excellent guide, curiosity satisfied
    , Oct 2019
    A very good half day tour overall. Our guide, Julie, spoke excellent English and was very accommodating and knowledgeable. The walk down into the tunnel was good, but be aware that you have to walk back up.
    Excellent tour for a 1/2 day of DMZ
    , Sep 2019
    Yura was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, managed our time very well especially with a group of 40+, and provided great direction to maximize the experience and everything there was to offer. Thanks Yura:)

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