Pacific Holidays guarantees 'In-Depth' tour


NEW YORK -- Pacific Holidays has a guarantee for agents and their clients. The operator offers guaranteed departures on tours.

Sales manager Carl Stein said Pacific Holidays will honor prices even for a party of one. Among Pacific Holidays' tour offerings is a six-night Korea In Depth program. Stein describes it as a "good taste of the country and a mix of natural beauty and culture." "[Clients] will sample different parts of the country and not be on the run," he said.

Pacific Holidays offers a six-night Korea in Depth program that begins and concludes in the capital city of Seoul. Above, a birds' eye view of the city. The trip departs from Los Angeles, and add-ons are available from other U.S. gateways. Clients start their itinerary in Seoul with a day-long tour of the capital.

Sightseeing highlights include Kyongbok Palace, Chokyesa Temple, Changdok Palace and its secret garden, the Folklore Museum and the shipping district. At night, guests visit Korea House for local cuisine and a traditional performance. Clients then take a bus to Mount Sorak National Park, where they will spend the day exploring.

Time also is spent at Kyongju, the city known as the "Museum Without Walls." In this city, clients visit the Bulgugsa Temple of the Shilla Kingdom, the royal tombs of Tumuli Park, the National Musuem and the Chomsongdai astronomical observatory. The tour returns to Seoul for its conclusion.

Agents should be aware that the firm's Korea sightseeing tours are not private. However, the Pacific Holidays group has the services of English-speaking guides on all sightseeing tours. Typically the Korea itinerary attracts a small group, and Stein said the maximum would be about 25 participants.

As a perk, Pacific Holidays includes air transfers for free even if the air is not booked with the company. For the remainder of the year, departures are set for Nov. 16 and 30 and Dec. 14 and 28. In 2002, departures are scheduled to take place on Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 8 and 22 and March 8 and 22. Stein said the firm currently is negotiating departure dates for the rest of 2002.

Land-only rates start at $1,250 per person, double, with first class accommodations. For deluxe lodgings, the rate starts at $1,355. With air, starting prices are $2,180 for first class and $2,350 for deluxe.

The firm uses Sofitel and Concorde hotels or similar type of property while on the Korea program. However, Stein said clients can upgrade their accommodations. If clients want to extend their stay in Korea, a four-night cruise to North Korea is available.

For more information, call (800) 355-8025; fax (212) 764-2396.

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