North Korea Bicycle Tour – 7 Nights

7 Nights  –  from €1580

Our North Korea Bike Tour is unlike any tour ever offered in the DPRK! We’ll cycle west for 12 km on the Road of Youth Heroes and tackle 30 km of beautiful, winding roads leading from Chonnae County to the picturesque Ulim Waterfalls. Our longest ride will be 50km into the Mt. Jangsu scenic area, a route just recently opened to tourists. We’ll supplement these treks with leisurely rides like our 12 km city ride along the streets of Pyongyang or a morning ride through the city center in Wonsan. On top of that, we’ll provide as many opportunities as possible for you to experience North Korean people and culture. Join us on this magnificent journey and prepare yourself to meet wonderful people and broaden your world perspective.

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DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

At 10am, meet us at Terminal 2, Air Koryo counter E, of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in (flight times to be confirmed but usually Air Koryo flights depart at 1pm). We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time.

We will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites. Our Korean tour guides will be meet us at the airport with a warm welcome. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetary with its striking monument of a bayonet before we stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. From the top, we will get our first panorama view of Pyongyang city! Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. Visitors are sometimes asked to follow local custom by bowing and laying flowers. Afterwards, check into the Koryo Hotel, a deluxe accommodation in the heart of Pyongyang popular with local residents, foreign diplomats, delegations, NGOs. We will enjoy a welcome dinner with our guides before making a visit to the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrillseekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out.

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR AND DPRK NATIONAL DAY (FOR FALL EDITIONS)

This morning, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcast internationally. Take a stroll through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. Stop in at the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Afterwards, visit the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio and gallery in North Korea. This studio is the only one given permission to depict the Great Leaders in monuments, murals and mosaics. We will then cycle for 8km from the Sports Village to the busy Kwangbok Street where we will make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch!

After lunch, head inside the Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. Catch a special performance of the incredible Pyongyang Circus (extra 20 euros paid at the door) — it’s especially popular on national holidays. Afterwards, we will take part in the day’s festivities which will usually include an unforgettable mass dance event in Kim Il-Sung Square where you’ll even get to join and celebrate with the locals if you wish. After the festivities, head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world also filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history. Test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range before taking an evening stroll through Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students in their free time and an often used as a backdrop for wedding photos. We will then have dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table! To end the night, you’ll get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers and celebrate National Day further at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

For DPRK National Day tours, we’ll join in on mass dances, watch fireworks in the square and may even have the chance to see a military parade!

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – MASIK PASS AND CYCLING IN WONSAN

This morning, get ready to journey to the east coast! We’ll start off with a drive to the luxurious Masikryong Ski Resort where we will check-in, enjoy a quick tour of the grounds and then take the cable way here for mountainous views over the slopes before lunch. Next, we’ll drive to the coastal city of Wonsan where we’ll visit the Songdowon International Children’s Camp to take a tour of the facilities and interact with the children. We’ll then have lunch with a view at Songdowon Beach.

After lunch, cycle to the Wonsan City Docks which includes a central square and bronze monuments to the Great Leaders. Walk along the pier between dozens of fisherman to the Jangdok Islet where you can buy seafood that was caught just seconds ago by local vendors (there’s a 1 Euro fee to be paid at the entrance). We will get a picturesque view of the Wonsan skyline from here. Then enjoy a city walk through Wonsan before settling in for dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Afterwards, return to the cozy Masikryong Hotel for a great nights sleep!

Accommodation at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – CHONNAE COUNTY, ULIM WATERFALLS AND RETURN TO PYONGYANG

Today we’ll cycle a dazzling 30 km of the untouched countryside from Chonnae County to the picturesque Ulim Waterfalls, a 45m cascade engraved with Kim Jong-Il’s handwriting that we’ll hear well before we’ll see. Once we arrive, we’ll take in the scenery over a relaxing afternoon picnic.

Afterwards, we’ll drive back to Pyongyang and take a look into the DPRK’s push towards technological advancement at the newly developed atom-shaped Sci-Tech Complex. Let your hair down and show off your curveball to the locals at the Golden Lane Bowling. For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap and visit a bar brewery beside the Koryo Hotel.

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – SARIWON, MT. JANGSU AND KAESONG

We’ll first drive south to Sariwon, home to the Folklore Street built by Kim Jong-Il as a model example of the traditions and customs of ancient Korea. We’ll get a view of the city from an overhanging pavilion before embarking on our longest cycle in our trip of 50km into the Mt. Jangsu scenic area which can only be described as breathtaking. You’ll be among the first foreigners to have ever cycled this region.

We’ll picnic in the serenity here before driving to the border city of Kaesong, on the way we will make a stop at the Tomb of King Wanggon, an ancient royal mausoleum for the founder of the Koryo Dynasty. Our overnight stay with be at the basic but clean and comfortable Chanamsan Hotel.

Accommodation at the Chanamsan Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – KAESONG AND THE DMZ

First up we will walk through the colorful streets of Kaesong to Chanamsan Hill where you’ll get a great view of the historic district in the presence of massive statues of President Kim Il-Sung and Chairman Kim Jong-Il. We will head to the Koryo History Museum, a UNESCO site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of postcards in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop. Afterwards, we will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area.

For lunch we’ll enjoy Pansanggi, a Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty and afterwards stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site where a famed statesman was assassinated. Back on our bikes, we’ll cycle 8km to Pakyon Waterfall, a popular spot for locals to relax and enjoy a soju-inspired picnic. Afterwards, return to Pyongyang and make a stop at the Arch of Reunification, an impressive southern gateway to the city which was built to commemorate the proposals for Korean reunification put forward by President Kim Il-Sung. We will also make a stop at the Koryo Stamp Museum before reaching the Koryo Hotel for overnight.

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 7 – NAMPHO AND RETURN TO PYONGYANG

After breakfast we depart for the western industrial port city of Nampho. Our first stop will be the Chongsanri Cooperative Farm, part of a system of collective farms catering to the agriculture needs of surrounding communities. We will meet a local caretaker to learn of their role here, see inside their home, and also visit the impressive bronze monument of President Kim Il-Sung with local farmers. From here, we’ll cycle 20km on the Road of Youth Heroes into Nampho itself to see local port life go by and stop at the Nampho City Square containing large monuments depicting the Great Leaders.

For lunch we will enjoy a famous Nampho specialty, Gray Mullet Soup. Then it’s onward to the jewel of Nampho, the West Sea Barrage, a massive dam and tidal wall built in five years across a 8-kilometer section of rough sea. This is a major achievement well known to all North Koreans and a common backdrop in official state media. We will then return to Pyongyang for dinner at the Koryo Hotel.

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 8 – FAREWELL

Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time, although flight times are subject to final confirmation. Please reserve connecting flights departing after 2pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in.

(Meals: B)

What’s included in this tour:

  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
  • 7 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Coach transportation in DPRK
  • Two local DPRK guides
  • One local driver
  • Admission fees (except those listed otherwise)
  • Bike rental fees (let us know if you wish to bring your own bike, excess baggage fees apply. See HERE)

What’s not included in this tour:

  • Private sedan transportation from Beijing International Airport to hotel (approximately $75)
  • Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
  • Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
  • Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)

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Experience level: some cycling experience required. Most terrain will be flat, but there will be long uphill routes. If any portion of the route is too strenuous, cyclists will have an option to ride in the bus. Giant road bicycles supplied.

Max participants: 9

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