North Korea Bicycle Tour – 7 Nights

7 Nights  –  from €1580

** DPRK Visa and return flights from Beijing included! Taking the train is possible and you’ll be eligible for a discount. Contact us! **

Our North Korea Bike Tour is unlike any tour ever offered! It’s geared towards the active traveler rather than professional cyclists, offering a healthy mix of traditional sightseeing opportunities and intimate encounters with North Korea’s untouched landscape and culture. We cover an unprecedented number of routes, take a look at our blog post for an inside look!

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. These treks are supplemented with leisurely rides like our 20km city ride along the streets of Pyongyang or a morning beachfront 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 culture. Expect to meet wonderful people and broaden your world perspective!

Note: We’ll always have a support bus following behind our group. There is no obligation or pressure to cycle each route in its entirety, and flexibility is available to take rests as you wish.

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Rooms come standard with two twin beds. If signing up with a companion and sharing a room, the double rate applies. If requesting your own room, single rate applies. If sharing is requested, we do our best. But if we cannot, single supplement fee applies.

Pay a deposit of 500.00 per item

DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

At 10:30am, meet us inside Terminal 2 of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in for our scheduled departure of 13:05pm. 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. First, we will stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. Afterward, visit the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It’s customary to bow and lay flowers here.

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 in the revolving restaurant before an optional 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

After breakfast, 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. Take a tour through the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. We will begin our cycling on a 6km route from the Chongchun Sports Village to the busy Kwangbok Street where we will make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch!

After lunch, visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Pick up some supplies at the Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported products where foreigners are able to exchange and use local North Korean Won. We will then continue cycling through Pyongyang on an 8km route between the futuristic Mirae Scientists’ Street and Changjon Street, two iconic boulevards contributing to the capital’s skyline. As part of this route, we’ll cycle through Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcast internationally. We’ll also stop at 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.

Begin an additional route (6km) across the Okryu Bridge to scenic views of the Taedong River, stopping in at the Tower of the Juche Idea, where we’ll take the lift to the top for a 360-degree unobstructed panorama of the capital city! Continue the ride to the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Our route will end at the Munsu Water Park, where we’ll relax for a swim, coffee, indoor rock climbing or even to have a haircut if you wish!

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 lunch and then take the cableway up to the summit of Taehwa Peak. We’ll begin today’s 30km cycling route here with an exhilarating downhill route from Taehwa Peak with views far-reaching mountain views.

Continuing our route inland, we’ll cycle an off-road track nearby the Masikryong Ski Resort. This region boasts a number of bushland trails laden with creeks, small waterfalls, and dense green forest. This is a primarily downhill path leading to a scenic lake.

On return to the Masikryong Hotel, relax and enjoy the amenities, activities and services available at what is one of North Korea’s finest hotels!

Accommodation at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

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

After breakfast, 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 hope on our bikes here and begin our cycling beachside with a stop for swimming and a dive from the floating platforms. Continue our riding to the Wonsan City Docks which includes a central square and bronze monuments to the Great Leaders. We’ll stop at a local restaurant here for a fresh seafood lunch!

After lunch, walk along the pier between dozens of fishermen to the Jangdok Islet where seafood caught just seconds ago is for sale from local vendors. We will get a picturesque view of the Wonsan skyline from here.

We’ll then drive further into Kangwon province to Chonnae County, to begin our cycle of a dazzling 30 km of untouched countryside from Chonnae County to the majestic Ulim Waterfalls, a 45m cascade engraved with Kim Jong-Il’s handwriting that we’ll hear well before we’ll see.

Afterwards, we’ll drive back to Pyongyang for dinner and some well-deserved beers at the 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 will 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 Janam 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. Afterward, 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. Back on our bikes, we’ll cycle 8km to Pakyon Waterfall, a popular spot for locals to relax and enjoy a soju-inspired picnic. Return to Pyongyang and make a stop at the Arch of Reunification, built to commemorate the proposals for Korean reunification put forward by President Kim Il Sung. 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.

Before dinner, get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 7 – NAMPO 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 family and 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 Nampo itself to see local port life go by and stop at the Nampho City Square containing large monuments depicting the Great Leaders.

For lunch, you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a famous Nampo 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. On return to Pyongyang, we’ll cruise the Taedong River with a farewell dinner and performance on the Taedonggang Dining Boat!

Accommodation at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 8 – FAREWELL

Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 09:50am 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
  • Beijing hotel accommodations
  • Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
  • Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)
  • Extra a la carte items incurred during meals
  • Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)

Excluded Entrance Fees for Optional Events

Entrance fees are priced in Euros but RMB and USD accepted.

  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros
  • Elevator to the top of the Arch of Triumph, 5 euros
  • Flowers to be laid at the Mansudae Grand Monument, 3-5 euros
  • Pyongyang circus (if playing): 20 Euros
  • Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
  • Entrance fee for the Taedonggang Dining Boat, 10 USD
  • Kaeson Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each

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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: 10

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