DPRK (North Korea)

Group Tours

A trip to the DPRK (North Korea) is the ultimate experience. Travelling with us to Pyongyang, and beyond, is something you'll remember forever. If you need any help deciding which tour is best for you then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're happy to answer all and any questions.

The majority of our tours are designed for first-time visitors with the purpose of making sure you see and do as much as possible in the DPRK. Touring this country is the opportunity of a lifetime for many, and we use our 23 years of DPRK experience to ensure you get the most out of your time there.

Our group tours are all-inclusive. The fee includes your travel from Beijing to Pyongyang and back, transportation while in the DPRK, all your meals and accommodation, plus two Korean tour guides, a driver, and an accompanying Koryo staff member.

Our in-house experts use their experience to decide upon the best itineraries and dates in advance. These options are designed to cover a variety of interests, and provide you with the widest selection of choice possible. Please see below for details and itineraries.

If you have any specific interests — such as architecture, education, or even fishing — and you would like your favourite topic be the focus of your tour, then we recommend you get in touch with our private tours team, and we can tailor a bespoke trip to meet your needs. You can check out our private tours via the menu at the top of the page.

Enter Pyongyang

Enjoy a high-speed glimpse into what it's like to take a tour of the DPRK's secluded capital

Students in Kim Il Sung Square

Travel over an important holiday and you may be greeted by sights such as this...

Going underground

Come ride the Pyongyang Metro with us, and the capital's citizens

About us

Take a look behind the scenes, and discover what makes the company so special.

Whether you want to experience the DPRK’s national holidays and related festivities; explore the towns or countryside; learn more about its art and culture; or even ski, cycle or hike there — we will have the tour for you. Our full list of tours can be seen below.

If you’d like to travel to the DPRK then the first decision you need to make is whether to join one of our scheduled GROUP TOURS or if you’d rather create your own itinerary and take one of our PRIVATE TOURS.

We’ve got options to cover all budgets, interests and expectations, but please note that tourists to the DPRK must be accompanied, at all times, by at least two Korean guides, regardless of if on a group or private trip.

At this early planning stage you should also be aware that our tours — group or private — are all-inclusive, with your fee covering international travel in and out of the DPRK (from and to China, where we are based), as well as your accommodation, guides, meals, transport etc while on tour.

GROUP TOURS

We run about 40 group tours to the DPRK every year, with our in-house experts using their experience to decide upon the best itineraries and dates in advance. These options are designed to cover a variety of interests, and provide you with the widest selection of choice possible.

Anyone interested in joining one of these group tours can do so, as long as you complete your application and pay a deposit before the set deadline — this is usually around a month before the tour’s departure.

Each group is accompanied by one of our staff, and at least two Korean guides. Numbers are capped at 20 people per group (unless stated otherwise).

Why choose a group tour?

— Every single group is led by one of our expert staff, who ensures the tour runs smoothly, is there to share their experience and insights, and is available 24/7 should you have any questions or concerns.

— Group travel is a great way to bring down the cost of visiting the DPRK, which becomes a more expensive undertaking without having the numbers of travellers needed to help bring the price down.

— We recognise most people who come with us are very independent, and not used to group travel. But the DPRK is different, of course, and our customers often say how happy they are to meet so many like-minded, interesting people, which can really add to the experience.

— You can sign up to one of our group tours confident in the knowledge that the itinerary has been carefully developed by one of Koryo’s expert team in such a way as to make sure you see and do as much as possible, and get the most out of your trip to the DPRK.

If you think a group tour is for you then the next step is to take a look at the list of available options below. Once you’ve chosen your group tour simply hit the "Book This Tour" button, and fill out the application form.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

March 2017

March 14 - March 18/19 2017

Kimchi Budget Tour
01

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 22nd February, 2017.

Kimchi Budget Tour 1

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are a Koryo's line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School and other Pyongsong highlights
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. March 13 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. March 14 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    3. March 15 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. March 16 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

      Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.

    5. March 17 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. March 18 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday March 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

      The DPRK’s ski season — yes, it has a ski season! — usually runs from December to March. Add on two extra nights to your winter tour and you'll have the rare chance to try out the nine main runs at Masikryong — the DPRK’s only ski resort. This place has been widely reported on, yet is not often visited. Sign up to this ski option, and be one of the first to experience it.

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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Skiing extension (430 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 22nd February, 2017.

April 2017

April 6 - April 9/10 2017

2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour (departing from Shanghai)

2.5 nights
in the DPRK

A quick weekender from Shanghai
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

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2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour (departing from Shanghai)

2.5 nights
in the DPRK

A quick weekender from
Shanghai to run in the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour departing from Shanghai is ideal for those looking for a short weekend break to join the Pyongyang Marathon. We will also show you the highlights of Pyongyang city and get you down to the DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Kaesong and DMZ Tour
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 - Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

      Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (exact time and place TBC) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
    2. April 7 - Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang and Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive
      • Relaxing time before dinner in the hotel 

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. April 8 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument– Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams.  Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel (100 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!


      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 9 - Sunday

      Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM
      • The Pyongyang Marathon this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      • Shower, resting time and lunch - After the ending ceremony of the marathon we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest

      PM
      • City Walk and beer bar - We'll be taking it easy this afternoon, going for a leisurely walk through Pyongyang City to take in some more of the capital's sights and visiting a local beer bar for well-deserved locally brewed beer

      Departure

      After our farewell dinner we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport with scheduled departure at 10:30pm and arrival in Shanghai at 11:30pm.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flight >> Shanghai (Pudong) -- Pyongyang -- Shanghai (Pudong)
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation
      All entry fees
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides and a driver (per group)
      All transportation in DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee EUR 50
      Optional single room supplement of EUR 50 per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      The lift up the Juche Tower (optional activity at EUR 5)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, a visit to the funfair
      Meals will have a complimentary beer (and water), but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand
      Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

April 6 - April 11/12 2017

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting to run in
the Pyongyang Marathon and also see a bit more
of the country.

From 1,570 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

View package Tour Full

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon
and also see a bit more of the
country.

From 1,570 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017!

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong / DMZ Tour
    • Pyongsong
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Wednesday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 6 — Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 2:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 7 — Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 8 — Saturday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minutes to an hour
      • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. April 10 - Monday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. April 11 – Tuesday


      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 12th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (apart from on the train back to Beijing)
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

April 6 - April 11/12 2017

Koryo Returners Marathon Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Exclusively designed for return customers - run the Pyongyang
Marathon and visit places you certainly have not seen
before!

From 1,550 EUR per person

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Koryo Returners Marathon Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Exclusively designed for return customers
- run the Pyongyang Marathon and visit
places you certainly have not seen before!

From 1,550 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Specially designed for those who have visited the DPRK previously, this tour takes in some places that very few visitors make it to, and some brand new attractions opening soon too. The tour will take you to Hoechang, a town north of Pyongyang which has only been visited by a handful of foreigners. As part of the Hoechang experience, you’ll visit a chestnut factory and stay in the charming Hoechang Guesthouse!

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • The rarely visited town of Hoechang
    • Full Pyongyang Metro ride
    • Helicopter flight in the skies over Pyongyang!
    • Some rarely-seen sites - ideal for returnees!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 6 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 2pm. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at approx 17:00 local time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Heroes Cemetery - Opened in 2013 this Cemetery at the edge of the city is for those who fought int he Korean war. Lines of markers wit engraved portraits, arrayed around a central monument of a rifle.
      • Drive the Marathon Route - in a couple of days it is the Pyongyang Marathon. have a look at the new route that goes around the centre and out into the countryside. see where you will be runnning on Sunday
      • 'Secret' local bar - go somewhere that tourists never go, have a drink with the locals on your first evening

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel - the first hotel in the city and one with some renovated floors and the best coffee shop in the city. Popular with Koreans living in Japan when they make group visits. In the heart of the city amidst all the action! 

    3. April 7 - Friday

      Hoechang Tour

      AM
      • Drive north to Hoechang (approx. 4 hrs drive depending on road conditions) along winding roads through deep countryside, remote villages and really wonderful scenery
      • Stop at a Chestnut Factory, where goods such as oils and foodstuffs are made
      • Also along the way we will make stops for scenic photos, at a small bridge with a revolutionary story associated with it, and other notable spots too. it is a very-rarely seen bit of country and we're sure you will love it!
      • Upon arrival in Hoechang we'll have lunch at a local guesthouse - hear about the area from the staff there and have an explanation of the  local ingredients they use for their food too
      PM
      •  Chinese Volunteer Army Cemetery – Chinese-built tasteful hillside graveyard of significant Chinese Volunteer Army officers, with a bust of Chairman Mao’s son (who was killed in the war) at the front, offers a good view of the city.
      • Former Volunteer Army Military HQ – an area made up of restored 1950s huts and some cave complexes used at the time as the HQ of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army. Visited by Kim Il Sung at the end of the war. Hear all the stories here!

      Overnight: Hoechang Guesthouse - basic but clean hotel just on the edge of town next to the local theatre and directly below the monument to the burial mounds of the Chinese Revolutionaries. Hot water not guaranteed but a sound night away from the bustle of Pyongyang guaranteed! Downstairs reception desk that can be turned into a bar.

    4. April 8 - Saturday

      Pyongyang sights

      AM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang stopping off for photos at scenic spots on the way!

      PM
      • Ride the full Pyongyang Metroone of the deepest metro systems in the world One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride the full length of both lines, stopping at every station to get the full experience!
      • Pyeonghwa Motor dealership - the only dealership for the DPRK's very own Pyeonghwa Motor cars, made at the joint venture car factory outside the nearby city of Nampo . Get some rare souvenirs here!
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy -Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK.

      • May Day Stadium -We’ll tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.  

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel

    5. April 9 - Sunday

      Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM
      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Relaxation and mingling with the locals - as this is a small and elite group of returners we can offer the choice this afternoon of some options to combine mingling with locals with relaxing after the excitement of the marathon - so choose from the Munsu Waterpark (our recommendation!), Bowling Centre, Ice Rink, Shooting Range
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel


    6. April 10 - Monday

      Pyongyang Sights 

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House. We know you ahve been here before but some things are worth repeating! 

      • Drive to the airport for a delicious lunch before an aerial adventure in the afternoon!

      PM
      • Helicopter Flight over Pyongyang - See the city in a totally new way, from the windows of a Mil-17 helicopter as you take a journey over and around Pyongyang's skies. Get amazing photos and see the familiar sights from an unfamiliar angle!

      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      • Moran Beer Bar - A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR a glass).

      • Farewell dinner in the Diplomatic Club - a leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billiards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang. Open late!  

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel

    7. April 11 - Tuesday

      Departure day

      AM
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at approx 10:00am local time. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 12th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.


      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      Munsu Waterpark entrance fee
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

April 7 - April 10/11 2017

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to enter the Pyongyang
Marathon and starting and ending the tour in
Dandong!

From 750 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th February, 2017.

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3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to
enter the Pyongyang Marathon and
starting and ending the tour in
Dandong!

From 750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour -- travelling in and out by train, from and to the Chinese border city of Dandong -- is ideal for those on a budget who are looking for a brief highlights tour of Pyongyang, as well as the Pyongyang Marathon.

    Please note the DPRK does not allow for American citizens to enter or exit the country by train. As such, we are sadly unable to take American citizens on this particular tour due to its method of travel.

    If you are an American citizen interested in taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon there are other marathon tours available.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 7 - Friday

      Pre-tour briefing in Dandong and getting on the train to Pyongyang

      AM
      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Dandong Railway Station for a pre-tour briefing (exact time and place TBC) and ticket hand-out before getting on the train to Pyongyang. The briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
      • After crossing the border between Dandong and Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for customs check before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang

      PM
      • An approx. 5 hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station, where you will meet your guides and transfer to the hotel

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel - very basic but comfortable hotel with limited hot water and the occasional power cut. Retro lounge area, billiards and bar. Located near the Pyongyang Sports Village.
    2. April 8 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    3. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll go for city walk and to a local beer bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 10 - Monday

      Departure day

      AM

      • The train departs from Pyongyang Railway Station at 10:10am with arrival in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approx. 5:30pm local time. 

      The tour finishes in Dandong. You can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your way to Beijing or elsewhere after an amazing trip to the DPRK.

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
      Hotel accommodation in DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (42k: 100 EUR / 21k: 70 EUR / 10k: 50 EUR)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    Unless you hold a valid multi entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

Please apply by 15th February, 2017.

April 7 - April 10/11 2017

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from Beijing
to join the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

View package Tour Full

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from
Beijing to join the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon, we will show you the highlights of Pyongyang city, including a visit to the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Thursday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office
    2. April 7 — Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
    3. April 8 — Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. April 10 – Monday


      AM


      Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am.
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 10th February, 2017.

April 7 - April 13/14 2017

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour (from Beijing)

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting to run in
the Pyongyang Marathon and also see a bit more
of the country.

From 1,690 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th February, 2017.

View package Tour Full

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour (from Beijing)

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon
and also see a bit more of the
country.

From 1,690 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017!

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also spend one night in beautiful Mt Myohyang, visiting the International Friendship Exhibition.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong / DMZ Tour
    • Mt Myohyang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Thursday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 7 — Friday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 8 — Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • City Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.

      PM
      • Grand People’s Study House - Huge national library and public university housed a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kwangbok Supermarket - Large department store selling Korean-made and foreign goods. Here it is possible to exchange foreign currency for Korean won to shop with the locals.
      • Future Street- Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight:
      Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM
      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. April 10 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang  with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
       
      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 11 - Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      PM
      • Drive to Mt Myohyang (approx. 3 hours drive north of Pyongyang)
      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.


      Overnight: Chongchon Hotel, Mt Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.
    7. April 12 - Wednesday

      Mt Myohyang

      AM

      • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang via Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    8. April 13 - Thursday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday April 14 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (apart from on the train back to Beijing)
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 15th February, 2017.

April 8 - April 11/12 2017

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Run the Pyongyang Marathon by joining
a short tour departing from Beijing!

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 1st February, 2017.

View package Tour Full

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Run the Pyongyang Marathon
by joining a short tour
departing from Beijing!

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon, we will show you the highlights of Pyongyang city, including a visit to the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 7 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office
    2. April 8 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at TBC time.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.



    3. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.



    4. April 10 - Monday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbeque Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many a teary eyed farewell.
      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.





    5. April 11 – Tuesday


      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS  at TBC with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at TBC.

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 1st February, 2017.

April 8 - April 18/19 2017

10 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The Ultimate Spring tour of North Korea is here! Take part in the amazing and unique Pyongyang
Marathon – running around the city, greeting locals, finishing inside a packed stadium, and
maybe even winning a prize!

From 2,070 EUR per person

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10 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The Ultimate Spring tour of North Korea is here! Take part in
the amazing and unique Pyongyang Marathon – running around the
city, greeting locals, finishing inside a packed stadium, and
maybe even winning a prize!

From 2,070 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    For the truly adventurous traveler, this 10-night tour takes you over to the stunning east coast of DPRK, where you’ll visit the port city of Wonsan and have a chance to hike in the mountains of the beautiful but rarely visited Kumgangsan area.
    You’ll also go south to Kaesong, down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their face-off. This tour also visits the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    April 15th is one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK calendar – the 105th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll make sure that we’re in Pyongyang this day, soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the birthday celebrations with the locals!

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong and the DMZ
    • Port City of Wonsan at the East Coast and the beautiful mountains of Kumgangsan
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 7 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. April 8 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 1:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams.  Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 9 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM

      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 10  - Monday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong.  A modest but comfortable 1970’s Soviet-style accommodation with friendly staff, restaurant, bar, and bookshop.
    5. April 11 - Tuesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang  with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive. 
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre -  Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR for target and pellets) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 12 – Wednesday

      Wonsan City and Korea’s East Coast

      AM

      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4 hour drive.
      • Sinpyong Lake Rest Stop – Known as ‘Little Kumgang’ this scenic lakeside rest stop is a preview of the scenery to come.
      • Ulim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

      PM

      •  Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more! 
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery – Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse – Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

    7. April 13 – Thursday

      Mt. Kumgang

      AM

      • Drive along the East Sea to the Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area

      PM

      • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall – A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools. A beautiful place to sit, relax, and spend a few hours in nature.

      Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities. 

    8. April 14 – Friday

      Return to Pyongyang

      AM

      • Start back to Pyongyang (full day drive) making rest stops along the way.
      • Sijung Lake Beach – Take a break at this beachside facility on the East Sea. Take a stroll in the sand or go for a swim (2 EUR entry fee includes shower).

      PM

      • Continue drive back to Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. April 15 – Saturday

      The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holiday. April 15, 2017 is the 105th anniversary of the birthday of President Kim Il Sung.

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee).
      • Mass Dance – Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    10. April 16 – Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. Formal dress is required here. Men require a collared shirt and tie with non-jean pants and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. Please note that this is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.

      PM

      • Kwangbok Supermarket - Large department store selling Korean-made and foreign goods. Here it is possible to exchange foreign currency for Korean won to shop with the locals.
      • Grand People’s Study House - Huge national library and public university housed a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • City Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Future Street- Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pizza Restaurant – Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight:  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    11. April 17 – Monday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research for the country. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
      • Pyongsong Arts School - Local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Return to Pyongyang.45 minute- 1 hour drive
      • Maeri Shooting Range – Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 – 1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbeque Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many a teary eyed farewell.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    12. April 18 – Tuesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 19th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides + driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

April 13 - April 18/19 2017

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Soak up the atmosphere and join in the celebrations
on President Kim Il Sung's 105th birthday!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 17th March, 2017.

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Soak up the atmosphere and join
in the celebrations on President
Kim Il Sung's 105th birthday!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

    April 15th is one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK calendar – the 105th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll make sure that we’re in Pyongyang this day, soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the birthday celebrations with the locals! As well as the birthday celebrations in Pyongyang, this tour also gets you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition and hiking in Manpok Valley.

    Highlights

    • 105th Birthday Celebrations on April 15th!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 12 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 13 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 14 - Friday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 15 - Saturday

      The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holiday. April 15, 2017 is the 105th anniversary of the birthday of President Kim Il Sung.

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Picnic lunch in Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      PM
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee) OR Symphony Orchestra.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. April 16 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art
      PM
      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

      Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

    6. April 17 - Monday

      Mt. Myohyang

      • International Friendship Exhibition- A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM

      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. April 18 - Tuesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 19th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 17th March, 2017.

April 29 - May 4/5 2017

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the festivities with the locals by playing
tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local
funfair rides!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 7th April, 2017.

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the festivities with the locals
by playing tug-of-war in Taesongsan
Park or try out the local funfair
rides!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day – a great time to travel to the DPRK! Join in the festivities with the locals by playing a tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local funfair rides! As well as the May Day celebrations, our May Day Tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang and getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 28 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. April 29 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 30 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

      • Mangyongdae Funfair - Take on the rides at Pyongyang's classic funfair. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. May 1 - Monday

      DPRK Holiday: May Day

      AM

      • Walk in Central District - A walk through downtown Pyongyang past monuments, museums, and ministries.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.

      PM

      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      •  Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    5. May 2 - Tuesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 3 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      •  Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

      •  Munsu Water Park - We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      •  Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 4 - Thursday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 09:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday May 5th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 7th April, 2017.

April 29 - May 6/7 2017

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the May Day festivities in Pyongyang
and stop by Nampo as well as Pyongsong.

From 1,860 EUR per person

Please apply by 7th April, 2017.

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the May Day festivities
in Pyongyang and stop by
Nampo as well as Pyongsong.

From 1,860 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day – a great time to travel to the DPRK! Join in the festivities with the locals by playing tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local funfair rides! As well as the May Day celebrations, our May Day Tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang and getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    You’ll also be staying at the Dragon River Spa Hotel in Nampo and visiting the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School and other Pyongsong highlights
    • Pyongyang’s SciTech Center and dinner at the capital’s own Pizza Restaurant!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 28 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. April 29 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. April 30 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

      • Mangyongdae Funfair - Take on the rides at Pyongyang's classic funfair. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. May 1 - Monday

      DPRK Holiday: May Day

      AM

      • Walk in Central District - A walk through downtown Pyongyang past monuments, museums, and ministries.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.

      PM

      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    5. May 2 - Tuesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 3 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      •  Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

      •  Munsu Water Park - We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      •  Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbeque Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewell.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 4 - Thursday

      Nampo City Tour

      AM

      • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
      • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
      • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      • Mt. Ryonggak Barbeque - BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the cit

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      •  Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

      Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.

    8. May 5 - Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      •  Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Return to Pyongyang. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Science and Technology Centre - Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.

      • Walk on Future Street -A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

      •  Pizza Restaurant - Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. May 6 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday May 7 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 7th April, 2017.

May 2017

May 13 - May 18/19 2017

Cycling Tour - Spring Edition

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Experience North Korea on two wheels. Bike through Pyongyang, the East Coast,
and the countryside!

This tour has the option of a two-night extension.


From 1,750 EUR per person

Please apply by 21st April, 2017.

Cycling Tour - Spring Edition

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Experience North Korea on two wheels. Bike through
Pyongyang, the East Coast, and the countryside!

This
tour has the option of a two-night extension.



From 1,750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join the locals on Pyongyang’s cycling lanes, enjoy the country’s beautifully scenic countryside on two wheels, get some rest at one of the country’s best hotels and catch some fresh seaside air on the east coast. Experience the DPRK from a completely different angle (the saddle) - We’ll be spending time in Pyongyang and heading through Chonnae and Masik Pass to Wonsan on the east coast.

    For those wanting to cover more Pyongyang highlights this tour can be extended for 2 nights to visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum as well as Kaesong and the DMZ (the border to South Korea) - please contact us for more information.

    Highlights

    • Pyongyang City Cyling!
    • Countryside Cycling in Chonnae
    • Over-night in the deluxe Masikryong Resort and cycling in the area
    • Cycling in the coastal city of Wonsan
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 12 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 13 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. May 14 — Sunday

      Pyongyang City

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Kwangbok Department Store  - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

      • CITY CYCLING! - We will start our cycle tour at the department store to ride along Pyongyang’s impressively wide Kwangbok (Liberation) Street and down Chongchun (Sports) Street, passing a series of different gymnasiums. Our route will also lead us along Mirae (Future) Street and its science-themed architecture. We’ll then cycle along the Taedong River which we’ll cross over to reach the Tower of the Juche Idea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • We will then cycle on to reach our final destination: Munsu Water Park - We’ll relax after our day of cycling in this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. May 15 — Monday

      Chonnae County

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Masik Pass Ski Resort -The DPRK’s largest ski resort. Opened in 2013, Masik Pass features a deluxe hotel situated in beautifully scenic surroundings. A 4 hour drive.
      • Ullim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

      PM

      • COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING! – We will hop on our bikes for a beautiful countryside cycle through Chonnae county. A 25k cycle through stunning landscapes and mountains (prepare for some up-hills) will give you a completely different insight in the country’s natural beauties and countryside life.

      Overnight: Masik Ryong Hotel, a deluxe hotel located in Masik Pass Ski Resort. This hotel was newly opened in 2013 and offers very comfortable rooms as well as leisure facilities: swimming pool, massage, billiards, coffee shops and more.  One of the best hotels in the country!

    5. May 16 — Tuesday

      Masik Pass and Wonsan

      AM

      • CYCLING AT MASIK! – This morning we’ll be cycling up Masik Pass (approx. 20k in total – very steep) for a fantastic view over the ski area.! Newly opened in January 2013 the first major ski resort in the DPRK; the Masik Pass Resort is also open during the summer for keen hikers and bikers such as ourselves. If the cycling here is too strenuous for you, you can spend the morning at your leisure, relaxing at the resort.
      • After lunch in Masikryong we will drive to Wonsan – A major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and one of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK.
      PM
      •  Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here. 
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

    6. May 17 — Wednesday

      Wonsan

      AM

      • CYCLING IN WONSAN! – We’ll start the morning being the first Koryo group to cycle through Wonsan. A leisurely cycle will take us from our hotel along the coast to Songdowon.
      • Songdowon park and beach – We will spend some time strolling through Songdowon Park and going for a swim at the beach (weather permitting).
      •  Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp - A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!

      PM

      • Drive west back to Pyongyang, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4 hour drive.
      • Kaeson Funfair -We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (2 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 18 — Thursday

      Departure day for the non-extenders / More Pyongyang sites for those who extend


      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 252 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday May 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      OR

      OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+340 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application)

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studios - Tour the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry, with large scale sets used in movie production.

      PM

      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong




    8. May 19 — Friday

      Optional Extension Day 2 - Kaesong

      AM

      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi)- A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5 hour drive) with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang



    9. May 20 - Saturday


      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 252 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR                                              

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday May 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • Cycling tour — special 2-night extension

      For those wanting to cover more Pyongyang highlights, and other DPRK extras, this tour can be extended by 2 nights. You will visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as Kaesong and the DMZ (the border with South Korea), amongst other things. Please see Days 6-8 in the 'Itinerary' section of this tour for more details.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    One of the highlights in our tour calendar this trip needs 8 to run and is limited to 15 pax so book early to avoid disappointment.

    We will provide Giant Hunter 2.0 mens bicycles for this tour. Please let us know upon application should you wish to bring your own bicycle to the DPRK.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 21st April, 2017.

May 27 - May 30/31 2017

Dragon Boat Mini Break

3 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape to DPRK for a weekend mini-break over China’s
Dragon Boat Festival to see the highlights of Pyongyang.

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 5th May, 2017.

Dragon Boat Mini Break

3 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape to DPRK for a weekend mini-break
over China’s Dragon Boat Festival
to see the highlights of Pyongyang.

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Escape to DPRK for a weekend mini-break over China’s Dragon Boat Festival to see the highlights of Pyongyang including amongst others a ride on the city’s own metro and a visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum as well as getting down to the town of Kaesong and the DMZ where North and South continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 26 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 27 - Saturday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line
      • Local Beer Bar- Stop by one of Pyongyang's beer bars for a taste of the local brew. Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. May 28 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    4. May 29 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour


      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.
      •  Walk on Future Street -A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

      Overnight:Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. May 30 - Tuesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 09:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer to Beijing-bound train in Dandong with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday May 31st at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK Hotel accommodation
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR))
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 5th May, 2017.

May 27 - June 3/4 2017

Coast to Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

You're proper start into the summer
- from coast to coast on the Korean
peninsula!

From 1,870 EUR per person

Please apply by 5th May, 2017.

Coast to Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

You're proper start into
the summer - from coast
to coast on the Korean peninsula!

From 1,870 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Get properly started into the summer by joining us for our first time heading from East to West to visit both coasts of the Korean peninsula, enjoying clam BBQs and picnics at beaches and pleasure grounds!

    This tour will of course also see the highlights of Pyongyang including amongst others a ride on the city’s own metro and a visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum as well as getting down to the town of Kaesong and the DMZ where North and South continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • West coast at Nampo city and the West Sea Barrage at Pi Island
    • Picnics and beaches on the beautiful east coast
    • Songdowon Schoolchildren’s camp at Wonsan
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 26 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 27 - Saturday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line
      • Local Beer Bar- Stop by one of Pyongyang's beer bars for a taste of the local brew. Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

    3. May 28 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    4. May 29 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour


      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • After a quick rest stop in Pyongyang drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive

      Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.

    5. May 30 - Tuesday

      Nampo City Tour


      AM

      • Nampo Square - Central square of Nampo City with statues of the DPRK leadership.
      • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
      •  Wau Islet - Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River. Wow!

      PM

      • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute – 1 hour drive.
      • Munsu Water Park -We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    6. May 31 - Wednesday

      To the East Coast!


      AM

      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4 hour drive.
      • Tomb of King Tonmyong – A cluster of ancient tombs including that of King Tongmyong, the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty. Set in a wide valley amongst woods and located next to a Buddhist temple.
      • Sinpyong Lake Rest Stop – Stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags.
      • Ulim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

      PM

      • Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      •  Kangwon Province Art Gallery-Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

    7. June 1 - Thursday

      Relax in Wonsan


      AM

      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp -  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Sijung Guesthouse Beach -Sandy beach on the East Sea of Korea for swimming and relaxing (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes).

      PM

      • Sokwang Temple -Remains of a Buddhist temple established dating back to the lat-14th century and associated with the dream that predicted the fall of the Koryo Dynasty. A historic and haunting place set in a serene mountain valley with stream.
      • Chonsam Co-operative Farm -Learn about rural life at this farm specialising in rice and persimmons. Visit the cultural centre, farm house, and fish pond.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight:  Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan.

    8. June 2 - Friday

      Return to Pyongyang


      AM

      • Return to Pyongyang. A 4 hour drive.

      PM

      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Pizza Restaurant -Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. June 3 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday June 4 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 5th May, 2017.

June 2017

June 20 - June 24/25 2017

Kimchi Budget Tour
02

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 30th May, 2017.

Kimchi Budget Tour 2

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 19 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.

    2. June 20 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015. 

    3. June 21 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. June 22 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • National Gift Preservation Palace - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by Koreans in China, Japan and overseas.
      • War Heroes' Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

      Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.

    5. June 23 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. June 24 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday June 25 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

      See more
    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 30th May, 2017.

July 2017

July 1 - July 8/9 2017

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Why not spend your summer holiday
relaxing on a beach in North Korea?

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th June, 2017.

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Why not spend your summer
holiday relaxing on
a beach in North Korea?

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour will give you the chance to hit the beaches on the east coast at Wonsan and Hamhung (the DPRK’s second largest city) and explore the hiking trails in Mt Kumgang. The weather is beautiful at this time of year – warm during the day but not too hot. This really is a perfect tour for seeing some of the places that are not frequented by tourists. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers!

    Highlights

    • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Beaches of Wonsan and Hamhung on the beautiful east coast
    • The stunning mountain scenery of Mt Kumgang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 30 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. July 1 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 151 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
    3. July 2 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

    4. July 3 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate - A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. July 4 - Tuesday

      Drive to Hamhung

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive.
      • Stop by Tomb of King Tonmyong – A cluster of ancient tombs including that of King Tongmyong, the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty. Set in a wide valley amongst woods and located next to a Buddhist temple and Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags.

      • Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
      PM
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Home of Ri Song Gye - Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years -some not appropriate for the youth!


      Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - a beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
    6. July 5 - Wednesday

      Hamhung and drive to Wonsan

      AM
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square -Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.

      • Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea of Korea. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.

      PM
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp -  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
        • Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

        Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel - Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.
      • July 6 - Thursday

        Mt. Kumgang

        AM
        • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legends. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
        • Samil Lagoon - A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.
        PM
        • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall - A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
        • Kumgangsan Hot Spa - relax in the facilities of Kumgangsan's hot spa or treat yourself to a massage (approx 10-15 USD).

        Overnight:  Kumgangsan Hotel - very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Bar, billiards, massage and a great terrace with barbecue options.
      • July 7 - Friday

        Drive back to Pyongyang

        AM
        • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan, for lunch in a local seafood restaurant
        • Time to relax or go for a swim at Songdowon beach (2 EUR entrance fee)
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells. 

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
      • July 8 - Saturday

        Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday July 9 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

        End of Tour
    7. Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

        See more
      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

        See more
      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

        Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

        See more
    8. What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    9. Notes

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    Please apply by 10th June, 2017.

    July 22 - July 29/30 2017

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Our longer tour to experience Victory Day
    celebrations as well as seeing more of
    the DPRK!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    Please apply by 30th June, 2017.

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Our longer tour to experience
    Victory Day celebrations as
    well as seeing more of the
    DPRK!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    • Overall

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. We will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on Victory Day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, attending a spectacular Mass Dance, and whatever other events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will also get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also have the chance to try a petrol clam BBQ whilst in the port city of Nampo on the west coast, and jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School when in Pyongsong.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th!
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
      • A 1970s tram ride through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
      • Kim Jong Suk Middle School and other Pyongsong highlights
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 21 - Friday

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

        PM

        • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.

      2. July 22 - Saturday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang.

        AM

        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

        PM

        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
        • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
        • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. July 23 - Sunday

        Pyongyang & Nampo

        AM

        • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visit sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
        • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

        •  Mt. Ryonggak BBQ - A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

        PM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
        • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparkling water.
        • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.

        • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

        • Optional Petrol Clam BBQ (approx 7 EUR per person), fired up by your very own driver this is a great local experience - just make sure to wash the clams down with sufficient soju!

        Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - a compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring - the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
      4. July 24 - Monday

        Pyongsong

        AM

        • Drive back north via Pyongyang to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.Total drive of approx. 2 hrs.
        • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
        • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

        • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.

        PM
        • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 40 mins drive)

        • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery - Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      5. July 25 - Tuesday

        Pyongyang and drive to Kaesong

        AM
        • Three Revolutions Exhibition - Exhibition halls showing the nation’s achievements of the Technological, Cultural, and Ideological revolutions.
        • Munsu Water Park - We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
        PM

        • Underground Revolution Museum - Tour of this enormous museum describing the construction of the Pyongyang Metro.
        • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

        Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
      6. July 26 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and DMZ Tour

        AM
        • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      7. July 27 - Thursday

        Victory Day!

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

        • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        PM
        • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      8. July 28 - Friday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • Grand People’s Study House - National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

        •  Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

        • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

        • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
        • Kaeson Funfair - We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      9. July 29 - Saturday

        Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday July 30 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
    • Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

        See more
      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

        See more
      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

        Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

        See more
    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Notes

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    Please apply by 30th June, 2017.

    July 25 - July 29/30 2017

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Join in for Pyongyang's celebrations
    of Victory Day and get down to the
    DMZ!

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    Please apply by 4th July, 2017.

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Join in for Pyongyang's
    celebrations of Victory
    Day and get down to the
    DMZ!

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    • Overall

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. We will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on Victory Day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, attending a spectacular Mass Dance, and whatever other events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will also get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

      Prefer to take the Pyongyang city tour from the air? On this tour you will have the opportunity to tour the skies in a 40 minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mil-17 Chopper. This aircraft seats 12 people and offers an unrivalled view from above as it flies around over the city, great opportunities for photos and videos from an angle never-before-possible. Our helicopter city tour costs 180 EUR, please inform your tour manager when booking if you would like to add this to your itinerary.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th!
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
      • A 1970s tram ride through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 24 - Monday

        Briefing Day

        AM
        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
        PM
        • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.
      2. July 25 - Tuesday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang

        AM
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

        • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. July 26 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and DMZ Tour

        AM
        • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 27 - Thursday

        Victory Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

        • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        PM
        • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      5. July 28 - Friday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM
        • Grand People’s Study House - National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

        •  Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

        • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

        • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
        • Kaeson Funfair - We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      6. July 29 - Saturday

        Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday July 30 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
    • Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

        See more
      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

        See more
      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

        Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

        See more
      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

        Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

        See more
    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Notes

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    Please apply by 4th July, 2017.

    August 2017

    August 10 - August 19/20 2017

    Liberation Day Long Tour

    9 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Take this chance to visit
    Korea's stunning Mt. Paekdu!

    From 2,390 EUR per person

    Please apply by 20th July, 2017.

    Liberation Day Long Tour

    9 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Take this chance
    to visit Korea's
    stunning Mt. Paekdu!

    From 2,390 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Liberation Day 2017 marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and we'll give you the chance to spend the day joining in the celebrations by picnicking and dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park, and possibly joining in a Mass Dance with university students! As well as the Liberation Day festivities and a city tour of Pyongyang, the highlight of this tour is a domestic charter flight to visit the sacred Mt Paekdu and Lake Chon!

      Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

      Highlights

      • Mt Paekdu - the sacred mountain in Korea's northeast
      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights (ride on a 1960s trolleybus through the city - a Koryo Tours special!)
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
      • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 9 - Wednesday

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

        PM

        • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
      2. August 10 - Thursday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang

        AM

        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

        PM

        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

      3. August 11 - Friday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • Science and Technology Centre - Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
        • Jonsong Revolutionary Site   - Museum explaining anti-Japanese activities during the colonial era.
        • Walk through central Pyongyang from the Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Korean Central Art Gallery – We’ll tour the galleries exhibiting Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today.
        PM
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide.
        • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.


        Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.
      4. August 12 - Saturday

        Mt Myohyang

        AM
        • International Friendship Exhibition - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
        • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

        PM
        • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

        • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      5. August 13 - Sunday

        Kumsusan Memorial Palace and Pyongyang City

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

        PM
        • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses (a Koryo Tours special!)

        • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.

        • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visit sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

        • Optional Petrol Clam BBQ (approx 7 EUR per person), fired up by your very own driver this is a great local experience - just make sure to wash the clams down with sufficient soju!

        Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - a compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
      6. August 14 - Monday

        Nampo

        AM
        • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

        • On the way back to Pyongyang we'll visit Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm to learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.

        • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ - A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

        PM
        • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Grand People’s Study House - National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

        • Mansudae Art Studio - The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

        • Kaeson Funfair -We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

      7. August 15 - Tuesday

        Liberation Day

        Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

        AM
        • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
        • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

        • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

        • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
        • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

        PM
        • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang


        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      8. August 16 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ/Panmunjom

        AM

        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.

        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate - A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive through scenic countryside.

        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive


        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
      9. August 17 - Thursday

        Flight to Mt Paekdu!

        AM

        • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
        • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.
        PM
        • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.

        • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.


        Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!
      10. August 18 - Friday

        Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

        AM
        • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
        • After a picnic lunch we will take our charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.

        PM

          • Farewell drinks at Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.


          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
        • August 19 - Saturday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday August 20 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      11. Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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        • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

          Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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      12. What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      13. Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 20th July, 2017.

      August 14 - August 17/18 2017

      Liberation Day Short Tour (from Shanghai)

      3.5 nights
      in the DPRK

      Join us for the DPRK's Liberation Day
      celebrations on a short tour from Shanghai!

      From 9,500 RMB per person

      Please apply by 24th July, 2017.

      Liberation Day Short Tour (from Shanghai)

      3.5 nights
      in the DPRK

      Join us for the DPRK's Liberation
      Day celebrations on a short
      tour from Shanghai!

      From 9,500 RMB per person

      • Overall

        Liberation Day 2016 marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and we give you the chance to spend the day joining in the celebrations by picnicking and dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park, and joining in a Mass Dance with university students! As well as the Liberation Day festivities and a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour also includes a trip to the DMZ.

        Highlights

        • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th!
        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Sunday

          Briefing Day

          PM

          Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
        2. August 14 - Monday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang and Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast and a rest
          • Walk on Future Street - A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

          • Science and Technology Centre - Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.

          • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visit sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!

          PM
          • Mansudae Art Studio - The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. August 15 - Tuesday

          Liberation Day

          Today marks a very important national holiday and we expect to see and join in for the celebrations in Pyongyang.

          AM
          • Mansudae Grand Monuments -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

          • Picnicking with the locals in Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports.
          PM
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar - A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!


          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. August 16 - Wednesday

          Kaesong and DMZ Tour

          AM

          • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and cross temporarily into the south.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.

          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Old City Walk and South Gate - A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        5. August 17 - Thursday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

          • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

          PM
          • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.
          • Transfer to Pyongyang airport for late evening flight back to Shanghai with scheduled arrival at Shanghai Pudong Airport at approx. 11:30pm.
      • Extras

        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Shanghai-Pyongyang-Shanghai
          DPRK visa fee
          All meals
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

        Please note that this tour schedule is subject to final confirmation from Air Koryo. Your tour manager will be able to give you further info.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 24th July, 2017.

      August 29 - September 2/3 2017

      Kimchi Budget Tour
      03

      4 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
      tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

      From 990 EUR per person

      Please apply by 8th August, 2017.

      Kimchi Budget Tour 3

      4 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
      basic introductory tours for the
      frugal traveller in search of adventure.

      From 990 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

        Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

        Highlights

        • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 28 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. August 29 - Tuesday

          Arrival Day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

          Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
        3. August 30 - Wednesday

          Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

          AM
          • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
          • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

          PM

          • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

          Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. August 31 - Thursday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM

          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and It exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

          • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

          Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
        5. September 1 - Friday

          Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

          AM

          • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

          • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

          • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

          PM

          • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
          • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
          • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

          Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
        6. September 2 - Saturday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 3 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 8th August, 2017.

      September 2017

      September 2 - September 12/13 2017

      National Day Mega Tour — The Highlights

      10 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      One of our longest tours in
      the DPRK - See all the highlights!

      From 2,150 EUR per person

      Please apply by 12th August, 2016.

      National Day Mega Tour — The Highlights

      10 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      One of our longest
      tours in the DPRK
      - See all the highlights!

      From 2,150 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Join us for one of our longest tours in the DPRK. We will cover all the best bits of Pyongyang, see the giant gift halls of Mt Myohyang, get down to Kaesong and the DMZ and venture over to the west coast to the port city of Nampo. But that's not all - you'll also get to go to the less frequently visited towns of Sinchon, Sariwon and Haeju - for more insight in DPRK countryside, history and culture. A very comprehensive and unforgettable trip awaits those who sign up for this tour!

        Highlights

        • Pyongyang highlights (Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Kumsusan Memorial Palace, ...)
        • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
        • The port city of Nampo
        • Kaesong and the DMZ
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 1 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. September 2 - Saturday

          Arrival Day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • Hero’s Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. September 3 - Sunday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

          • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          PM
          • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Railway Museum - Museum dedicated to the development of the DPRK’s railways with a number of antique engines and cars on display.

          • Pyongyang Zoo  – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.(entrance fees for special exhibits apply here)
          • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        4. September 4 - Monday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Ride the full Pyongyang Metro - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride the full length of both lines, stopping at every station to get the full experience!
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ -A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.
          PM
          • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
          • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
          • Chollima Steelworks - A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’.  
          • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Optional Petrol Clam BBQ (approx 7 EUR per person), fired up by your very own driver this is a great local experience - just make sure to wash the clams down with sufficient soju!

          Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - a compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
        5. September 5 - Tuesday

          Sinchon and Sariwon

          AM

          • This morning we'll drive to Sinchon County, known to every North Korean as the site of the Sinchon Massacre, one of the most famous events of the Korean War in North Korea. We'll learn about this in the Sinchon US Atrocities Museum - a recently renovated museum dedicated to 'crimes committed by the US imperialists'
          PM
          • We'll drive on to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
          • Drive to Kaesong 

          Overnight:  Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
        6. September 6 - Wednesday

          Kaesong and DMZ Tour

          AM
          • Old City Walk and South Gate - A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Pakyon Waterfall - Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall.
          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ - View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.

          Overnight:  Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong
        7. September 7 - Thursday

          Haeju

          AM
          • Drive to the rarely visited town of Haeju (approx. 2 hrs drive, very dependent on road conditions but a guaranteed adventure), the provincial seat of South Hwanghae Province and a port city on the West Sea.
          • Gyenam Stock Farm - A livestock farm with goats, cows, and also rabbits. You can see all the processing facilities at this farm, one of the only places in the whole DPRK where tourists can see livestock.
          • Picnic lunch at Sokdam Ravine - Made up of 9 valleys spread over a large area the Sokdam scenic area is a worthy place to visit for the views alone. Sokdam ravine means the scenic spot which was seated on the 9 ravines with mountains, rocks and streams.
          PM
          • Haeju Central Square and Statues
          • Puyong Pavilion - The largest pavilion in the whole DPRK and the only one in Korea built on footstalls in water, originally built in 1500.
          •  Koryo Fortress - A major military base in its day, this fortress is situated above the magnificent Suyang waterfall
          • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 2.5 hrs drive, depending on road conditions)

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        8. September 8 - Friday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made.
          • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square.
          • Jongsong Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.
          PM
          • Vintage 1970s Tram Ride -A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Drinks in Mansugyo Beer Bar - A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        9. September 9 - Saturday

          National Day!

          AM
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          PM
          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
          • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
          • Kaeson Funfair - We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        10. September 10 - Sunday

          Pyongsong

          AM
          • Munsu Waterpark – We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs.
          • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
          • Pyongsong Central Square and statues - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
          • Visit to Kim Jong Suk Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
          PM
          • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
          • Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts (including performance) - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
          • Drive to Mt Myohyang (approx. 2 hours drive north of Pyongyang)

          Overnight: Chongchon Hotel, Mt Myohyang
        11. September 11 - Monday

          Mt. Myohyang

          AM
          • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
          PM
          • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
          • Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 3 hrs drive)
          • Diplomatic Club for dinner and drinks - Leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang. Open late!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        12. September 12 - Tuesday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM
          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 13th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 12th August, 2016.

      September 2 - September 23/24 2017

      National Day Mega Tour — The Full Set

      21 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      One epic life changing journey
      - our longest tour of the year!

      From 4,590 EUR per person

      Please apply by 12th August, 2017.

      National Day Mega Tour — The Full Set

      21 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      One epic life changing
      journey - our longest
      tour of the year!

      From 4,590 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Want to see everything? Then join us for the full set!

        This version of our Mega Tour sees everything that the DPRK has to offer on one epic life changing journey! Included in the tour cost are charter flights to the sacred Mt Paekdu and the beautiful, rarely visited Mt Chilbo. Tour the white sand beaches of the east coast and hike in stunning scenery! See more of this fascinating country than almost anyone else!

        Highlights

        • Everything from Pyongyang, the West Coast, the East Coast and up to the far North East
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 1 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. September 2 - Saturday

          Arrival Day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • Hero’s Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

        3. September 3 - Sunday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

          • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

          • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          PM
          • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Railway Museum -Museum dedicated to the development of the DPRK’s railways with a number of antique engines and cars on display.

          • Pyongyang Zoo  – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.(entrance fees for special exhibits apply here)
          • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. September 4 - Monday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Ride the full Pyongyang MetroOne of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride the full length of both lines, stopping at every station to get the full experience!
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ -A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.
          PM
          • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
          • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
          • Chollima Steelworks - A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’.  
          • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Optional Petrol Clam BBQ (approx 7 EUR per person), fired up by your very own driver this is a great local experience - just make sure to wash the clams down with sufficient soju!

          Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - a compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
        5. September 5 - Tuesday

          Sinchon and Sariwon

          AM

          • This morning we'll drive to Sinchon County, known to every North Korean as the site of the Sinchon Massacre, one of the most famous events of the Korean War in North Korea. We'll learn about this in the Sinchon US Atrocities Museum - a recently renovated museum dedicated to 'crimes committed by the US imperialists'
          PM
          • We'll drive on to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
          • Drive to Kaesong 

          Overnight:  Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
        6. September 6 - Wednesday

          Kaesong and DMZ Tour

          AM
          • Old City Walk and South Gate - A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Pakyon Waterfall - Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall.
          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ - View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.

          Overnight:  Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong
        7. September 7 - Thursday

          Haeju

          AM
          • Drive to the rarely visited town of Haeju (approx. 2 hrs drive, very dependent on road conditions but a guaranteed adventure), the provincial seat of South Hwanghae Province and a port city on the West Sea.
          • Gyenam Stock Farm - A livestock farm with goats, cows, and also rabbits. You can see all the processing facilities at this farm, one of the only places in the whole DPRK where tourists can see livestock.
          • Picnic lunch at Sokdam Ravine - Made up of 9 valleys spread over a large area the Sokdam scenic area is a worthy place to visit for the views alone. Sokdam ravine means the scenic spot which was seated on the 9 ravines with mountains, rocks and streams.
          PM
          • Haeju Central Square and Statues
          • Puyong Pavilion - The largest pavilion in the whole DPRK and the only one in Korea built on footstalls in water, originally built in 1500.
          • Koryo Fortress - A major military base in its day, this fortress is situated above the magnificent Suyang waterfall
          • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 2.5 hrs drive, depending on road conditions)

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        8. September 8 - Friday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made.
          • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square.
          • Jongsong Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.
          PM
          • Vintage 1970s Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Drinks in Mansugyo Beer Bar - A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        9. September 9 - Saturday

          National Day!

          AM
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          PM
          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
          • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
          • Kaeson Funfair -We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        10. September 10 - Sunday

          Pyongsong

          AM
          • Munsu Waterpark – We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs.
          • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
          • Pyongsong Central Square and statues - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
          • Visit to Kim Jong Suk Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
          PM
          • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
          • Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts (including performance) - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
          • Drive to Mt Myohyang (approx. 2 hours drive north of Pyongyang)

          Overnight: Chongchon Hotel, Mt Myohyang
        11. September 11 - Monday

          Mt. Myohyang

          AM
          • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
          PM
          • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
          • Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 3 hrs drive)
          • Diplomatic Club for dinner and drinks - Leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang. Open late!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
        12. September 12 - Tuesday

          Pyongyang

          AM

          • Walk through central Pyongyang from the Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square
          • Korean Central Art Museum - We’ll tour the galleries exhibiting Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today.
          • Kim Il Sung University Museum and Campus

          PM

          • Paekdu Architectural Academy - Studio where many of Pyongyang’s iconic buildings were designed. Learn about architecture and design in the DPRK and see architects at work.
          • June 9th Middle School we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s middle schools and if we’re lucky also see a students’ performance
          • Pyongyang fruit farm

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        13. September 13 - Wednesday

          Hamhung

          AM

          • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive.
          • We’ll stop for a rest at Sinpyong Lake Guesthouse for a beautiful view over Sinpyong lake surrounded by mountains
          • Ulim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

          PM

          • Upon arrival in Hamhung we will stop by Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square for an exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
          • Ancient home of Ri Song Gye – Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son.

          Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.

        14. September 14 - Thursday

          Pujon County

          AM

          • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

          PM

          • Pujon Highlands - A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

          Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse

        15. September 15 - Friday

          Wonsan

          AM

          • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
          •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
          • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

          PM

          • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
          • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
          • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
          • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse - Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

          Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

        16. September 16 - Saturday

          Mt Kumgang

          AM

          • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend.  Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
          • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

          PM

          • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area – ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

          Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.

        17. September 17 - Sunday

          Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

          AM

          • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

          • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

          PM

          • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

          • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive.

          • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery - Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        18. September 18 – Monday

          Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

          AM

          • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
          • Mt. Paekdu - ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK.  Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
          • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world.  It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

          PM

          • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
          • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

          Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

        19. September 19 – Tuesday

          Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

          AM

          • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
          • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

          PM

          • Upon arrival at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
          •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

          Overnight: Homestay Village - The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

          *For US citizens: Outer Chilbo Hotel - A basic hotel located in a forested valley lined by primeval geologic formations. US citizens must stay here during their stay at Mt. Chilbo. This hotel has pleasant rooms and hot water is brought to you in the morning. In season you can also try fresh Pine Mushrooms, sold for hundreds of dollars abroad, at bargain prices. Great stargazing on clear moon-less nights.

        20. September 20 - Wednesday

          Chongjin

          AM

          • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
          • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
          • Chongjin Central Square - Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

          PM

          • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance - Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

          • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club - Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

          Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging - The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

        21. September 21 - Thursday

          Hoeryong

          AM

          • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
          • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk - Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

          PM

          • Native House of Kim Jong Suk - Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
          • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country
          • Kim Ki Sung Middle School - Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

          Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

        22. September 22 – Friday

          Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

          AM

          • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamkyong Province E- Library - A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
          • Chongjin Trolley Bus – We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

          PM

          • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight. 
          • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip

          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        23. September 23 - Saturday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM
          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 24 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 12th August, 2017.

      September 7 - September 12/13 2017

      DPRK National Day Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Be in Pyongyang for one of the biggest
      annual holidays: National Day on September
      9!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      Please apply by 17th August, 2016.

      DPRK National Day Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Be in Pyongyang for one of
      the biggest annual holidays:
      National Day on September
      9!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Visit North Korea over one of the biggest annual holidays: National Day on September 9th! As well as joining in with the festivities and celebrations on National Day, our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

        Highlights

        • National Day celebrations on September 9th!
        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 6 - Wednesday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. September 7- Thursday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 14:05.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

        3. September 8- Friday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Mansudae Art Studio - The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

          • Grand People’s Study House -National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

          PM

          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective   containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. September 9 - Saturday

          DPRK Holiday: National Day

          AM
          • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Picnic Lunch in Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’

          PM

          • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

          • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

          • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        5. September 10 - Sunday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
          • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

          PM

          • Munsu Water Park -We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
          • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.


          Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. 

        6. September 11- Monday

          Kaesong & DMZ Tour 

          AM
          • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate
          • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

          PM

          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.

          • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive

          • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. September 12 - Tuesday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 13 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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        • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

          Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 17th August, 2016.

      September 12 - September 23/24 2017

      Unseen Korea: Explore the Obscure

      11 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      All the less-visited parts of
      the country - see what others
      do not!

      From 2,890 EUR per person

      Please apply by 30th August, 2017.

      Unseen Korea: Explore the Obscure

      11 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      All the less-visited
      parts of the country
      - see what others do
      not!

      From 2,890 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Ideal for those who have seen 'normal' DPRK before, or those looking for more adventure in their tour. This trips takes in the East Coast of DPRK (Wonsan and Hamhung cities, Mt. Kumgang) scared Mt. Paekdu, industrial Chongjin, scenic and stunning Mt. Chilbo, and remote Hoeryong. As well as some of the uirkier and more esoteric parts of Pyongyang too! Including domestic charter flights on classic aircraft, meeting locals in remote and unfamiliar areas, and so much more!

        Highlights

        • Mt. Paekdu, Remote Hamhung and Hoeryong, Chilbo and Kumgang Mountains, Coastal Wonsan, Unusual Pyongyang
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 11 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. September 12 - Tuesday

          Arrival Day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • Hero’s Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

        3. September 13 - Wednesday

          Hamhung

          AM

          • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive.
          • We’ll stop for a rest at Sinpyong Lake Guesthouse for a beautiful view over Sinpyong lake surrounded by mountains
          •  Ulim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

          PM

          • Upon arrival in Hamhung we will stop by Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square for an exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
          • Ancient home of Ri Song Gye Gye – Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son.

          Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.

        4. September 14 - Thursday

          Pujon County

          AM

          • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory -Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

          PM

          • Pujon Highlands -A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

          Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse

        5. September 15 - Friday

          Wonsan

          AM

          • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
          •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
          • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

          PM

          • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
          • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here. 
          • Kangwon Province Art Gallery-Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
          • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

          Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

        6. September 16 - Saturday

          Mt Kumgang

          AM

          • Drive south along the Eest Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean ledged. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
          • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

          PM

          • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area – ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

          Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.

        7. September 17 - Sunday

          Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

          AM

          • Drive back north to WonsanA 2.5-3 hr drive.

          •  Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site- Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

          PM

          • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

          • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive.

          • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery -Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        8. September 18 – Monday

          Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

          AM

          • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
          • Mt. Paekdu -‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
          • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

          PM

          • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
          • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

          Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

        9. September 19 – Tuesday

          Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

          AM

          • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
          • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

          PM

          • Upon arrivat at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range The -‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
          •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

          Overnight: Homestay Village -The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

          *For US citizens: Outer Chilbo Hotel -A basic hotel located in a forested valley lined by primeval geologic formations. US citizens must stay here during their stay at Mt. Chilbo. This hotel has pleasant rooms and hot water is brought to you in the morning. In season you can also try fresh Pine Mushrooms, sold for hundreds of dollars abroad, at bargain prices. Great stargazing on clear moon-less nights.

        10. September 20 - Wednesday

          Chongjin

          AM

          • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
          • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
          • Chongjin Central Square- Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

          PM

          • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance -Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

          • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club -Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

          Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging -The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

        11. September 21 - Thursday

          Hoeryong

          AM

          • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
          • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk -Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

          PM

          • Native House of Kim Jong Suk -Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
          • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country
          • Kim Ki Sung Middle School -Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

          Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

        12. September 22 – Friday

          Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

          AM

          • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamkyong Province E- Library -A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
          • Chongjin Trolley Bus –We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

          PM

          •  In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight.
          • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip

          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        13. September 23 - Saturday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM
          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 24 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 30th August, 2017.

      September 23 - September 30/31 2017

      Train Tour — see the DPRK by train!

      7 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Travel by train across North Korea from Pyongyang to Chongjin!
      Optional DPRK highlights tour extension available

      From 2,890 EUR per person

      Please apply by 26th August, 2017.

      Train Tour — see the DPRK by train!

      7 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Travel by train across North Korea from
      Pyongyang to Chongjin! Optional
      DPRK highlights tour extension available


      From 2,890 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Koryo Tours is proud to announce the return of a stunning travel opportunity that crosses North Korea overland by train from Pyongyang all the way to the rarely-visited East and North-East Coast, and the major industrial city of Chongjin. As this area was previously only accessible from Pyongyang by a special charter flight, you will be amongst the very few foreigners who have experienced the spectacular scenery between the capital and the remote North-East Coast.

        The long journey northwards from Hamhung to Chongjin will reveal entire parts of the country rarely seen by foreign eyes, as our train meanders its way through remote mountains and along the pristine coastline of the DPRK’s far North East, stopping at as-yet-undiscovered cities such as Sinpho and Kimchaek and passing by isolated beaches.

        This special tour also includes full tourist itineraries in all the cities of the East and North East of the country. We will be travelling in vintage 1970s carriages with Korean diesel locomotives and fully-functioning restaurant car, and will be one of the few foreign tour groups to travel overnight domestically by train within the DPRK, as we make our way non-stop back from Chongjin to Pyongyang at the end of the trip. As a final bonus, we include many of the major sights in Pyongyang, not missing out on a full tour of the Pyongyang Metro and a ride on a Pyongyang Tram, starting off from Mangyongdae’s Tram Depot. Lastly, the Train Tour would not be complete, without a visit to Pyongyang’s excellent Metro Museum.

        This tour is designed for those who enjoy intercity adventure travel by rail, and would suit anyone with an interest in a new and exciting new way to travel around and discover uncharted regions of North Korea.

        For those wanting to cover more Pyongyang highlights this tour can be extended which also includes one night in Kaesong and a visit to the DMZ (the border to South Korea).

        One of the highlights in our specialist tours calendar, this trip needs 14 to run and is limited to 20 pax so book early to avoid disappointment.

        Highlights

        • Travel by train across North Korea
        • Explore the rarely-visited East and North-East Coast, and the major industrial city of Chongjin
        • Enjoy being one of the few foreigners to travel overnight on a domestic North Korean train from Chongjin back to Pyongyang
        • Optional three night extension to include Pyongyang and Kaesong
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 22 - Friday

          Briefing Day

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. September 23 - Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

          Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s premier international hotel (which overlooks the city’s central railway station). Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.
        3. September 24 - Sunday

          Train Journey from Pyongyang to Wonsan

          AM

          • We depart Pyongyang after breakfast for our rail journey eastwards to Wonsan on our special vintage charter train, passing through the farmland, local towns and rolling hills of the DPRK’s central areas. This journey takes about 8 hours, and we will enjoy a delicious lunch on board the train in its restaurant car.

          PM

          •  Arriving at Wonsan new Railway Station in the mid-afternoon, we will take a tour of this fascinating coastal city, which is not only the location of the DPRK’s main port, but also contains many examples of 1970s and 80s socialist buildings and public spaces.

          Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan

        4. September 25 - Monday

          By Train from Wonsan to Hamhung

          AM

          • After breakfast, we will take a tour of the city’s huge port area, as well as its central square, still frozen in the mid-1980s. A highlight of the tour will be the visit to the city’s Old Railway Station, now a museum, as well as visiting Wonsan Art Gallery.

           

          • We then depart for Hamhung city, heading northwards up the line from Wonsan through the mountains and valleys of the DPRK’s East Coast. This is a journey of 4 hours, and we will once again take lunch in the restaurant car while enjoying the spectacular scenery from the train.

          PM

          • We will arrive in Hamhung in the late afternoon, and immediately begin our tour of the DPRK’s second city with a tour of the city’s main square and brutalist Grand Theatre. We will also visit the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. We will then visit the Hamhung Fertilizer Factory, a huge complex which provides the best glimpse of socialist heavy industry in the country. Later we will transfer to the Majon Guesthouse on the coast for dinner and overnight.


          Overnight: Majon Guesthouse, Hamhung

        5. September 26 - Tuesday

          By Train towards Chongjin

          AM

          • We will depart Hamhung train station for our pioneering journey north to the remote industrial city of Chongjin on the DPRK’s north-eastern coast. This is a long journey of 12 hours, and will give us plenty of time to admire the views of spectacular coastline, isolated beaches and local Korean towns through which we will pass on our journey. We will have a hearty lunch and a sumptuous dinner in the train’s restaurant car.

          PM

          • After meandering through the mountains and up the shoreline of the DPRK’s north-east, we will arrive in time to visit the bar at the local Seamen’s Club for drinks and a late dinner. A Chongjin institution, this is a great place to mix, play pool, and drink with locals, and to enjoy the city’s maritime atmosphere. We will then go to the Chongjin Tourist hotel for the night. Many of the hotel’s rooms overlook the main train line, providing a great chance to observe night-time rail traffic and soak up the city’s industrial atmosphere.


           Overnight: Chongjin Tourist Hotel, Chongjin

        6. September 27 - Wednesday

          Chongjin and back to Pyongyang

          AM

          • This morning we will have a comprehensive tour of Chongjin, the DPRK’s third largest city. We will visit the city’s vast main square and giant statue of Kim Il Sung, as well as Chongjin Revolutionary Museum, We will also get a chance to discover two educational establishments in the city, as we tour the Chongjin E-library and the Steelworks Kindergarten, where we will see a musical and dance performance by the local children. Following this, we will have our second chance to get a feel for DPRK industry, with a tour of the city’s Foodstuffs Factory

          PM

          • Following the morning’s city tour, we will have lunch in a local restaurant in Chongjin, before boarding our charter train for the long overnight journey back to Pyongyang. We will be the first foreign tourists to take an overnight train journey through the DPRK. Our route will take us south along the country’s eastern coast through the towns of Kyongsong, Myongchon, Kimchaek, and Sinpho. We will have dinner in the train’s restaurant car before retiring for the night in our comfortable sleeper compartments.


          Overnight: On Train

        7. September 28 - Thursday

          Continue to Pyongyang

          AM

          • We will spend this morning continuing our journey to the capital, as our train branches off from the Hamhung-Wonsan main line at Kowon and heads westwards back to Pyongyang through the central towns Yangdok and Sinyang, passing waterfalls, lakes and quiet local settlements on the way.

          PM

          • After enjoying another delicious lunch on the train, we will arrive at Pyongyang Railway Station. We will head to hotel first to freshen up, before visiting Kwangbok Supermarket, Juche Tower, Party Foundation Monument and dinner back at the hotel.


          Overnight: Yanggakkdo Hotel, Pyongyang

        8. September 29 - Friday

          Pyongyang

          AM

          • Today we start by riding the whole of the, ornate Pyongyang Metro. We will travel through all stations on this system, reportedly one of the deepest in the world. Its stations are decorated with socialist- realist mosaics and reliefs depicting the revolutionary history and achievements of the DPRK. On this special tour, we will be able to alight at each of the six stations to admire the superb decoration on the platforms.

           

          • Following this, we will head to The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum where you can learn the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. The museum’s different rooms explain the origins of the conflict, and include highly impressive dioramas, tanks, planes, and much more. Then it’s on to the USS Pueblo – an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968.


          PM

          • The afternoon will start with a tram ride along grandiose Kwangbok Street, built in 1989as the ultimate socialist micro-district for the World Festival of Youth and Students. We will then visit the city’s Metro Museum, where we will see exhibits relating to the construction of the system and a superb panorama.
          •  We will then drop by Taedonggang Number 3 brewery. Our farewell dinner (for those not extending) will be in Pyongyang’s famous duck BBQ restaurant. .

          Overnight: Yanggakkdo Hotel, Pyongyang
        9. September 30 - Saturday

          Departure day for the non-extenders / More Pyongyang sites for those who extend

          AM
          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday October 1 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

          OR

          OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+650 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application)

          AM

          • After saying goodbye to those who aren't extending, head for a morning stroll along Future Street, a newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture. We will stop at the newly built Science and Technology Centre an atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
          • Following this, we will drop by Mansudae Art Studio - The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold. We will then head to Moran Hill, to take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park, popular with locals for picnics, dances and sports.

          PM

          • Following lunch we will visit Jonsong Revolutionary Site - A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s. Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing. We will then walk from Pyongyang’s Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square where we will visit the Korean Central Art Gallery.
          • The last stop for today will be at Three Revolutions Exhibition for an exploration of the DPRK’s technological and cultural development (including exhibits of various modes of transport).

          Overnight:
          Yanggakkdo Hotel, Pyongyang


        10. October 1 - Sunday

          Optional Extension Day 2 - Pyongyang and Kaesong

          AM

          • We will start the day with a visit to Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Following this we will stop at Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here. 

          PM

          • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive
          • We will stop at the Concrete Wall for a view of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. The Concrete Wall is a 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside. On our way to Minsok Folk Hotel, we will also stop at Pakyon Waterfall for some light walking in a relaxing wooded area with a scenic waterfall

          Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

        11. October 2 - Monday

          Optional Extension Day 3 - Kaesong and back to Pyongyang

          • We will start the day with a walk of the Old City and South Gate - through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          •  Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Arm
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5 hour drive) with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south.
          •  Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.


          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

        12. October 3 - Tuesday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking.
          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return. 

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday October 4 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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        • Train tour — special 3-night extension

          For those of you wanting to see more of Pyongyang, and cover some other DPRK highlights and extras, this tour can be extended by 3 nights. This extension will get you to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace — where leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state — as well as down to Kaesong and the DMZ (the border with South Korea). Please see Days 8-11 in the 'Itinerary' section of this tour for more details.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Optional Pyongyang and Kaesong 3 night extension (650 EUR)
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 14 people to run.

        Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is below but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

      Please apply by 26th August, 2017.

      September 30 - October 5/6 2017

      China National Day Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Escape to DPRK during
      China's National Holiday!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      Please apply by 9th September, 2017.

      China National Day Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Escape to DPRK
      during China's
      National Holiday!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Why not take a tour to North Korea over the China National Holiday? Our China National Day Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition.

        Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

        Highlights

        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
        • Ride on a 1960s trolleybus through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. September 29 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. September 30 - Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM

          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

        3. October 1- Sunday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
          • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

          PM

          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective  containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

          • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

          Overnight: Chongchong Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

        4. October 2- Monday

          Mt. Myohyang

          AM
          • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.

          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

          PM

          • Drive back to Pyongyang. A 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
          • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        5. October 3- Tuesday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Grand People’s Study House -National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

          • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

          PM

          • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

          • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
          • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.


          Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

        6. October 4 - Wednesday

          Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

          AM
          • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

          PM

          • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
          • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. October 5 - Thursday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
          OR
          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday October 6 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

          See more
        • Upgrade to your own room

          All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

          See more
        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

          See more
        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

          Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      • Notes

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

      Please apply by 9th September, 2017.

      October 2017

      October 2 - October 5/6 2017

      China National Day Tour (from Shanghai)

      3.5 nights
      in the DPRK

      Escape Shanghai over China National Day and see
      the highlights of Pyongyang on many walks through
      the city!

      From 9,500 RMB per person

      Please apply by 8th September, 2017.

      China National Day Tour (from Shanghai)

      3.5 nights
      in the DPRK

      Escape Shanghai over China National
      Day and see the highlights of Pyongyang
      on many walks through the city!

      From 9,500 RMB per person

      • Overall

        Come on a short break to DPRK over China National Day! This tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, covering the must-sees such as the Mansudae Grand Monuments, the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Apart from that this tour will get you walking through the streets of East Pyongyang and down the newly constructed Mirae (Future) Street and take you to the lively town of Pyongsong where you’ll be able to jump in on an English class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School.

        Highlights

        • Pyongyang city walks
        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
        • Ride the Pyongyang Metro and drink in a local beer bar
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. October 1 - Sunday

          Briefing Day

          PM
          • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
        2. October 2 - Monday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang and Pyongyang City Tour

          AM
          • Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast and a rest
          • Mansudae Grand Monuments -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Walk from Pyongyang's Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

            PM

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

          • October 3 - Tuesday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang

            AM
            • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
            • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
            PM
            • Drive back to Pyongyang for walk in East Pyongyang -A walk on the other side of the river past:
            • The Tower of Juche Idea- Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
            • Taesong Department Store -Local department store in East Pyongyang with domestic and foreign made products. Small bakery inside.

            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.


            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          • October 4 - Wednesday

            Kaesong City Tour and DMZ

            AM
            • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
            PM
            • Old City Walk and South Gate -A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
            • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

            • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive

            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).


            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          • October 5 - Thursday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
            PM
            • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Science and Technology Centre -Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
            • Future Street- Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
            • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.
            • Transfer to Pyongyang airport for late evening flight back to Shanghai with scheduled arrival at Shanghai Pudong Airport at approx. 11:30pm
        3. Extras

          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

            See more
        4. What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Shanghai-Pyongyang-Shanghai
            All meals on the tour
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
            DPRK visa fee and processing
          • Not included
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
        5. Notes

          Please note that this tour schedule is subject to final confirmation from Air Koryo. Your tour manager will be able to give you further info.

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 8th September, 2017.

        October 7 - October 12/13 2017

        Party Foundation Day Short Tour

        5 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Join us in North Korea for the Party
        Foundation Day Celebrations on October
        10th!

        From 1,650 EUR per person

        Please apply by 16th September, 2017.

        Party Foundation Day Short Tour

        5 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Join us in North Korea for
        the Party Foundation Day
        Celebrations on October
        10th!

        From 1,650 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit down to the DMZ, and a trip to the beautiful Mt Myohyang to see the International Friendship Exhibition.

          Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

          Highlights

          • Party Foundation Day celebrations on October 10th
          • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. October 6 - Friday

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

          2. October 7- Saturday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

          3. October 8 - Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

            • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

            • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art

            PM

            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

            Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke
          4. October 9- Monday

            Mt. Myohyang

            AM
            • International Friendship Exhibition- A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
            • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

            PM

            • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive. 

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
          5. October 10- Tuesday

            DPRK Holiday: Party Foundation Day

            AM
            • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses
            • Picnic Lunch in Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.

            PM

            • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

            • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
            • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
            • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
          6. October 11- Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

            PM

            • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.

            • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          7. October 12- Thursday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
            OR

            • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday October 13 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
        • Extras

          • Return by plane not train

            All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

            See more
          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

            See more
          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

            See more
          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

            See more
          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

            Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

            See more
        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 16th September, 2017.

        October 7 - October 14/15 2017

        Party Foundation Day Long Tour

        7 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Join us for week-long trip over the Party
        Foundation Day Celebrations on October
        10th!

        From 1,850 EUR per person

        Please apply by 16th September, 2017.

        Party Foundation Day Long Tour

        7 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Join us for week-long trip
        over the Party Foundation
        Day Celebrations on October
        10th!

        From 1,850 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit down to the DMZ, and a trip to the beautiful Mt Myohyang to see the International Friendship Exhibition. You'll also get the chance to enjoy a truly Korean hot spa bath at the Dragon River Spa Hotel and visit the West Sea Barrage at Nampo!

          Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

          Highlights

          • Party Foundation Day celebrations on October 10th
          • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
          • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. October 6 - Friday

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

          2. October 7- Saturday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang


            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

          3. October 8 - Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

            • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

            • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art

            PM

            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective   containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

            Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

          4. October 9- Monday

            Mt. Myohyang

            AM
            • International Friendship Exhibition- A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
            • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

            PM

            • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          5. October 10- Tuesday

            DPRK Holiday: Party Foundation Day

            AM
            • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses
            • Picnic Lunch in Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.

            PM

            • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

            • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
            • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
            • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          6. October 11- Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

            PM

            • Old City Walk and South Gate -A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.

            • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          7. October 12- Thursday

            Pyongyang and Nampo Tour

            AM
            • Grand People’s Study House -National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.
            • Jonsung Revolutionary Site -A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s. Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing.
            • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ - A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

            PM

            • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
            • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
            • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
            • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

            Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.

          8. October 13- Friday

            Nampo and Pyongyang

            AM
            • Nampo Orphanage - Where parentless children are cared for and raised. Long-term partner of Koryo Tours’ humanitarian work.
            • Chollima Steelworks - A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’.
            • Return to Pyongyang. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

            PM

            • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
            • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

            • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          9. October 14- Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
            OR

            • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday October 15 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

        • Extras

          • Return by plane not train

            All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

            Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 16th September, 2017.

        October 17 - October 21/22 2017

        Koryo Founder's Exclusive Tour

        4 nights
        in the DPRK

        The most exclusive and comfortable way to experience the
        DPRK - accompanied by travel specialist and film producer
        Nicholas Bonner!

        From 2,450 EUR per person

        Please apply by 26th September, 2017.

        Koryo Founder's Exclusive Tour

        4 nights
        in the DPRK

        The most exclusive and comfortable way
        to experience the DPRK - accompanied by
        travel specialist and film producer Nicholas
        Bonner!

        From 2,450 EUR per person

        • Overall

          The most comfortable hotel, business class flights, the best restaurants, the best guides and the most luxurious travel experience possible in North Korea tourism. Accompanied by travel specialist and film and documentary producer Nicholas Bonner, this exclusive tour is the most exclusive and comfortable way to explore the country and hear intimate stories about Bonner's making of three award winning documentaries, a feature film and his personal and entertaining recollection of travel to the country since 1993.

          A small group of no more than 12 people will meet the experts in various fields and see the best the country has to offer, all at the highest standard available.

          As business class seats are very limited, the earlier you book, the better your chance is of a business class seat being available. We will refund the difference for anyone we are unable to get business class for.

          Highlights

          • The most luxurious travel experience possible in DPRK tourism (business class flights, best restaurants, best hotels and best guides)
          • Led by award-winning film producer and Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner
          • Intimate stories from Bonner's experience of more than 20 years of travelling to the DPRK
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. October 16 - Monday

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
          2. October 17 - Tuesday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight on Air Koryo's business class..
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Dinner in Ansan Guesthouse - this restaurant, just opposite our hotel, specialises in traditional Korean dishes including dog meat (costs around USD 5 for one bowl)

            Overnight: The Pottonggang Hotel - Deluxe hotel located on the banks of the Potong River and hang out for Pyongyang’s most fashionable.
          3. October 18 - Wednesday

            Pyongyang City

            AM
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Pyongyang Hotel coffee shop with views overlooking the Taedong River for a break and a chat with the head of Pyongyang’s only foreign law firm
            • Lunch at Okryugwan - Pyongyang Cold Noodles at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River.

            PM
            • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!

            • Paekdu Architectural Academy - Studio where many of Pyongyang’s iconic buildings were designed. Learn about architecture and design in the DPRK and see architects at work.

            • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

            • Moran Beer Bar - A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR a glass).

            • Evening walk on Future Street - A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.
            • Dinner at Soje Guest House Restaurant

            Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
          4. October 19 - Thursday

            Pyongyang City

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • A visit to the offices of Hana Electronics, a joint venture (UK – DPRK) company making DVD players and other electronic goods for the internal market in DPRK. The British director of the company will give us a tour and can answer questions about his long history of working in DPRK
            • Lunch at Hana electronics
            PM
            • Mirim Equestrian Centre -The DPRK’s first civilian horse riding centre in located in the eastern suburbs of Pyongyang. A large facility with indoor and outdoor tracks. Visitors can ride horses and ponies. All skill levels can be accommodated. Safety equipment is provided and ½ hour of riding included.
            • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Pyongyang Circus - A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. Tickets purchased on the spot - 20 EUR.
            • Dinner and sunset boat cruise along the Taedong River

            Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
          5. October 20 - Friday

            Kaesong and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR)
            PM
            • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
            • Old City Walk and South Gate - A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
            • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
            • Dinner and drinks in the Diplomatic Club - Leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang.
            • Kaeson Funfair - We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

            Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
          6. October 21 - Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and return to Beijing by flight (Air Koryo business class)

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. 
        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang (business class ticket)
            Flight Pyongyang – Beijing (business class ticket)
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 26th September, 2017.

        October 21 - October 28/29 2017

        Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour

        7-night tour of the
        DPRK + 1 on the train

        A tour de force of Korea's
        unique visual arts.

        From 1,999 EUR per person

        Please apply by 1st October, 2018.

        Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour

        7-night tour of the
        DPRK + 1 on the train

        A tour de force
        of Korea's unique
        visual arts.

        From 1,999 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Korea is a visually stunning country; ancient temples and prestige socialist avenues, traditional homes and towering monumental structures, revolutionary artwork and kitsch interiors, architectural futurism and brutalism, and much more besides.

          This seven-night tour is the most in-depth look at the visual arts of the DPRK to-date and includes on-the-spot lectures by some of the artists and architects responsible for shaping visual North Korea today. We’ll also learn about their inspirations in history, philosophy, and practicalities- both modern and ancient. This is in addition to visits to some of the most iconic and architecturally significant buildings in the country, many of which are open only for participants on this tour and do not normally admit visitors.

          As an added treat we have the rare chance to visit an apartment residence in the capital and time to extensively walk the streets of the city, while fitting in the highlights of the country in Pyongyang and Kaesong.

          For those wanting to see more of the country, it is possible to add a three-night extension to Korea’s East Coast. The extension will visit the remote industrial city of Hamhung, rebuilt with the assistance of East German planners after the Korean War and only opened to tourists in 2010, and the port city of Wonsan which offers great examples of both colonial-era and the latest modern architectural styles.

          So mixing up and mashing up the ancient, the modernist, and the modern, it's far more than just the concrete boxes many imagine when they think of North Korea. We'll get to the heart of the matter and see and hear as much about the architecture of North Korea as possible – direct and on-the-spot.

          Highlights

          • Discussion on Korean architecture with professional architects from the Paekdusan Architectural Academy
          • Guided tour of Pyongyang Metro station artwork with an artist from Mansudae Art Studio
          • Rare visit to a newly built apartment building
          • City walks to view some of Pyongyang's most unique architecture
          • Highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum), DMZ, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and USS Pueblo
          • Optional extension to the East Coast of Korea, including industrial Hamhung and the port city of Wonsan
          • Plus, Korea's famed autumn scenery
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. October 20 - Friday

            Briefing Day

            AM
            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            PM
            • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.
          2. October 21 - Saturday

            Arrival Day

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
            PM
            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Drive 160 km south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historical capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and near the Korean Demilitarised Zone.
            • Kayagum Performance - Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music. (A)
            Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply - please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. (AD)

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          3. October 22- Sunday

            Kaesong

            AM
            • Old City Walk and South Gate - A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate. (A)
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AD)
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff. (D)
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
            PM
            • Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace - The first schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more! (AD)

            • Manwoldae and Chomsongdae - The ruins of the Koryo Dynasty palace and an ancient astronomical observatory. (A)

            • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AD)
            • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day. (A)
            Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities with Soviet-era design. Reliable hot water (limited hours) and electricity. Funky interior design and friendly staff. One of our favorites! (A)

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          4. October 23 - Monday

            Kaesong and Sariwon

            AM
            • Gwanum Temple, Taehung Mountain Fortress, and Pakyon Waterfall - Light hike in a forested valley from a Ri Dynasty temple devoted to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy to a scenic waterfall. Part of the temple's facade remain unfinished recalling the filial devotion of the master craftsman charged with the temple's construction. A nearby cave grotto contains an intricately carved marble statue dating back to the Koryo Dynasty. The valley walk and waterfall are flanked by inscriptions from both ancient and modern visitors. Part of a mountain fortress, once charged with the defense of the ancient capital, bisects the hike. The autumn scenery provides an extra treat! (AD)
            • Drive to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and regional centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 hour drive.
            • Lunch at the March 8th (International Women's Day) Hotel, arguably the most strangest locations in the DPRK on account of its eccentric interior decor mixing socialist realism with faux classical furnishings. (D)
            PM
            • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, view point, and a local home. (A)
            • Songbul Temple and Jongbang Mountain Fortress - A Buddhist temple with representative Koryo Dynasty architecture in the hills above Sariwon. A room contains a wooden sculpture of one-thousand Buddhas, each with its own unique garb and facial expression. (AD)
            • Return to Pyongyang via the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a massive stone archway over the highway, and the Ri In Mo Monument, a bronze bust of one of the DPRK's 'long-term unconverted prisoners' who spent decades captive in the south after the Korean War. Both arch and monument are located near Pyongyang's Tongil (Reunification) Street and its massive modernist high-rises. A 1 hour drive. (AD)
            • Dinner at south Pyongyang's famous Duck Meat Restaurant for a taste of Korean barbecue.
            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          5. October 24 - Tuesday

            Pyongyang

            AM

            • Paekdusan Architectural Academy - A visit to the DPRK's premier architectural design studio. We'll tour the grounds and meet with architects responsible for some of Pyongyang's most distinct buildings.
            • Lunch at the Yanggakdo Hotel Revolving Restaurant for a 360 degree view of the city.

            PM

            • Walk in Moranbong Park, or 'Magnolia Hill Park', Pyongyang's central park occupying the former inner castle of the ancient city, and home to traditional pavilions and Moranbong Theatre (1946), one of the earliest examples of post-liberation architecture. The park also contains the Liberation Tower dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. (AD)
            • From Moranbong Park we'll continue with a walk through the Central District Walk, the modern heart of Pyongyang. We'll pass Okryugwan, Pyongyang's massive neo-traditional waterfront restaurant; the classical Taedong Cinema (1957) topped with ornate statues; Widow Paek's House, one of few colonial era buildings to have survived the Korean War; and the Taedong Gate, the old city's riverside gate, before arriving at Kim Il Sung Square. (AD)
            • Central Art Museum - A tour of Korean art from ancient tomb murals on through the socialist realism of today. (D)

            Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art

          6. October 25 - Wednesday

            Pyongyang

            AM

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour with a Mansudae Art Studio Artist - We'll tour stations of both the Chollima and the Hyoksin Lines, each with distinctive murals, mosaics, or bronze work reflecting the station's name, accompanied by an artist from the DPRK's distinguished Mansudae Art Studio.
            • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris. Nearby is Kim Il Sung Stadium.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
            PM
            • National Embroidery Institute - Research centre, workshop, and exhibition hall for the Korean art of needlework with great views of the towering 105-story Ryugyong Hotel. (AD)
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.(AD)
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar - Take a break from the tour at one of Pyongyang's newest bars. Seven types of beer on tap (0.50 - 1 EUR a glass).

            Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          7. October 26 - Thursday

            Pyongyang

            AM

            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Lunch at Kwangbok Department Store Food Court - Take your pick of local dishes from this department store food court popular with the district's residents (1-5 EUR paid on the spot).
            PM
            • Walk in West Pyongyang - A walk on west Pyongyang's modernist Kwangbok Street, lined with massive modernist apartments built in the 1980's, to the retro-futuristic Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, one of the most unique structures in Korea. We'll continue on for a walk along Sports Street to view a series of stadiums and arenas originally made for the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students and dedicated to individual sports. The walk will end at the Sosan Hotel and Ryanggang Hotel, two buildings with distinct architecture, overlooking the street below. (AD)
            • Mangyondae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.(A)
            • Mangyondae Schoolchildren's Palace - Tour one of Pyongyang's two centres of extracurricular excellence where music, dance, arts, and sports are taught, followed by an hour long student performance.(AD)
            Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          8. October 27 - Friday

            Pyongyang

            AM
            • Changgwangwon Health Complex – Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites! (AD)
            • Future Street Walk and Apartment Visit - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture, followed by a visit to a local apartment. A trip highlight! (AD)

            • Okryugwan - A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okgyuwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.(A)
            PM
            • May Day Stadium – Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now for major sports events. (A)
            • Walk in East Pyongyang - Walk through the district on the east bank of the Taedong from the Taesong Department Store, a large shop selling foreign goods, to the Party Foundation Monument, a massive stone hammer, sickle, and writing brush sculpture representing the worker, farmer, and intellectual makeup of the party. The walk will continue to Central Youth Hall (exterior only), a large theatre and exhibition centre with space-age design. (AD)
            • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

            Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          9. October 28 - Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
            OR

            • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday November 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

            OR

            OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+650 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application). Please note a Koryo Tours tour leader will accompany this extension if six or more make a booking.

            To the East Coast!

            AM

            • Drive from Pyongyang across the width of the peninsula to the East Coast. The drive will take most of the day with stops along the way.
            • Tomb of King Tongmyong - Tomb complex of the first king of the Koguryo Kingdom and his royal retainers. Moved from its original location in today's northeast China when the Koguryo Kingdom moved its capital to Pyongyang in 427 AD. Although the original interior murals have been lost, the supporting stone work is visible. (AD)
            • Ulim Waterfall - ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover, hidden in the mountains on the road to Hamhung, to enjoy lunch and stretch your legs. (A)

            PM

            • Retirement Home of Ri Song Gye - Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated with stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth! (AD)
            Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse, Hungnam – A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke. Bring a torch!

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          10. October 29 - Sunday

            Hamhung

            AM

            • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory – Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
            • Tonghung Revolutionary Site – Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.

            • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square – Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.

            PM

            • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.(A)
            • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more! (AD)
            • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse – Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

            Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Basic facilities and limited hot water.

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          11. October 30 - Monday

            Wonsan

            AM
            • Wonsan City Centre and Docks – Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
            PM
            • Return to Pyongyang with a rest stop a Masik Pass Ski Resort, the DPRK’s largest ski resort, for a short tour of the facilities.
            • Farewell dinner in Pyongyang

            Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

            (A) = Architecture
            (D) = Design & Art
            (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
          12. October 31 - Tuesday

            Departure Day for the Optional Extension. Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM
            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

            OR

            • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday February 1st at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
            End of Tour
        • Extras

          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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          • Return by plane not train

            All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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          • Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour - Special 3-night Extension

            For those wanting to see more of the country, it is possible to add a three-night extension to Korea’s East Coast. The extension will visit the remote industrial city of Hamhung, rebuilt with the assistance of East German planners after the Korean War and inly opened to tourists in 2010, and the port city of Wonsan which offers great examples of both colonial-era and the latest modern architectural styles.

        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing
            Meals on the tour unless specified in the itinerary and apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides

        Please apply by 1st October, 2018.

        November 2017

        November 14 - November 18/19 2017

        Kimchi Budget Tour
        04

        4 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
        tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

        From 990 EUR per person

        Please apply by 24th October, 2017.

        Kimchi Budget Tour 4

        4 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
        basic introductory tours for the
        frugal traveller in search of adventure.

        From 990 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

          Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

          Highlights

          • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. November 13- Monday

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

          2. November 14 - Tuesday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
            • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

            Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
          3. November 15 - Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM
            • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

            PM

            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang

            Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
          4. November 16 - Thursday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

            • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

            PM

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

            • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

            • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

            Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
          5. November 17 - Friday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

            AM

            • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

            • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

            PM

            • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
            • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
            • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

            Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
          6. November 18 - Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
            OR

            • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday November 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

        • Extras

          • Return by plane not train

            All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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          • Upgrade to your own room

            All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation
            A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
            Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
            Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
            Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

          Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

        Please apply by 24th October, 2017.

        November 30 - December 5/6 2017

        Winter Superior Tour

        5 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Long winter walk, Pyongyang's
        best restaurants and hotels!

        From 2,050 EUR per person

        Please apply by 9th November, 2017.

        Winter Superior Tour

        5 nights in the
        DPRK + 1 on the
        train

        Long winter walk,
        Pyongyang's best restaurants
        and hotels!

        From 2,050 EUR per person

        • Overall

          End 2017 in style and join or Winter Superior Tour for a variety of long winter walks through Pyongyang (dress warmly!), high-class dinners at Pyongyang’s best restaurants and nights at DPRK’s deluxe hotels.

          This tour covers the highlights of Pyongyang including amongst others the mausoleum where Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung lie in state and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and also takes you to the beautiful landscapes of Myohyangsan.

          We will be staying at the Koryo Hotel, one of Pyongyang’s deluxe hotels located in the city center and spend one night in the Hyangsan Hotel at Mt. Myohyang - enjoying one of the most comfortable and high-class hotels the DPRK has to offer.

          Highlights

          • Dining at Pyongyang’s best restaurants and relaxing in local health centers
          • Long winter walks through Pyongyang
          • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), Victorious Fatherland Liberation Way Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
          • Overnight at the deluxe Hyangsan Hotel in the the beautiful area of Mt. Myohyang
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. November 29 - Wednesday

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

            Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

          2. November 30 - Thursday

            Arrival Day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).

            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            •  Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Walk in Central District - A walk through downtown Pyongyang past monuments, museums, and ministries. 

            Overnight: The Potonggang Hotel - Deluxe hotel located on the banks of the Potong River and hang out for Pyongyang’s most fashionable.
          3. December 1 - Friday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

            AM

            • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

            • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

            • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
            • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

            PM

            • Drive back to Pyongyang (2.5 hour drive) with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south.
            • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            • Ryugyong Ice Rink - Enjoy ice skating, one of Pyongyang’s winter pastimes, with the locals. Rentals available on site.

            • Haedanghwa Restaurant - A high class restaurant located in East Pyongyang with branches overseas. Some of the best dining in Pyongyang.

            Overnight: The Potonggang Hotel, Pyongyang.

          4. December 2 - Saturday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Changgwanwon Health Complex - Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

            • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

            • Lunch at Okryugwan - Pyongyang Cold Noodles at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River.

            PM

            • Walk from Okryugwan to Pyongyang Hotel Cafe with a stop at the Foreign Languages Bookshop, a store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar - A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
            • Private screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel (100 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

            Overnight: Potonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
          5. December 3 - Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

            PM

            • Walking Tour of East Pyongyang - Walk from the Tower of the Juche Idea, iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River (elevator ticket is 5 EUR), to the Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game), then to the Monument to the Party Foundation, a large featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea. Finally end the walk at the Munsu Water Park, for an swim at the indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
            • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragranc