The DPRK Classic – National Day Special – 5 Nights (MASS GAMES CONFIRMED!)

5 Nights  –  from €1290

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

** MASS GAMES CONFIRMED. This tour will include the Mass Games 2019! **

This 5-night special tour of North Korea will join the festivities of National Day on September 9 and is designed to visit all the major must-see sights in one extensive action-packed itinerary you’ll never forget! Visit the major political highlights in Pyongyang such as the Tower of Juche Idea, Mansudae Grand Monument, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Witness rural life go by with a day-trip to Kaesong and the DMZ, and spend a night at North Korea’s self-confessed finest hotel in the secluded valley of Mt. Myohyang!

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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 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, we’ll 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! Check into the Koryo Hotel, our deluxe accommodation in the heart of Pyongyang popular with local residents, foreign diplomats, delegations, NGOs. Our welcome dinner will be in style at the Koryo Hotel’s top floor revolving restaurant! Visit the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrillseekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 2 – DMZ

Take a morning drive through the countryside to the historic city of Kaesong. 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. Afterward, 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.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. Afterward, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. On return to Pyongyang, we’ll stop at the Arch of Reunification, an iconic monument spanning the width of the highway, forming the southern gateway to the capital.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – NATIONAL DAY

We will start the morning off with a walk on Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcast internationally during important holiday events. 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. Learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea for the best views in Pyongyang city! Then visit the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

After lunch, visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Explore the Kwangbok Supermarket where we’ll have the chance to exchange and use local currency. Head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world, filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history. We will go walking on Moran Hill, a park place buzzing with festivities as locals celebrate the National Day with picnics and dancing! Afterward, we’ll witness (and take part in if you wish!) an unforgettable Mass Dance in the city.

Dinner will be at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table!

** Tonight we will attend the MASS GAMES 2019! **

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – PYONGYANG, PYONGSONG AND MT. MYOHYANG

After breakfast, visit the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. We’ll then take a tour of the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968).

After lunch, drive 30km to the satellite city of Pyongsong, known as the ‘Silicon Valley of North Korea’. We’ll first stop at the Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site, the headquarters to the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War. Visit Pyongsong Primary School where we will get to meet and interact with an English class (school supply donations are very welcome!) Visit Pyongsong Square, the heart of the city headed by two grand monuments of the Great Leaders.

Continue our road-trip to picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). This is a 2-hour drive filled with countryside scenery providing a great window into rural North Korean life. Overnight will be at the Hyangsan Hotel, the self-confessed best hotel in North Korea with striking pyramid design nestled within the mountains.

Overnight at the Hyangsan Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MT. MYOHYANG AND RETURN TO PYONGYANG

Our day begins with a formal visit to the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex housing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. Here you’ll even find a basketball signed by Michael Jordan presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the mountain view and fresh air while sipping organic mountain root tea.

Visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple founded under the Koryo Dynasty and which remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks today.

After lunch, join the scenery with a hike on the Manphok Valley trail, an area popular with picnicking locals and filled with dense forest, waterfalls, and temples with great views (bring comfortable shoes; all hiking is optional and at your own pace).

On return to Pyongyang, stroll through Ryomyong Street, a major development project opened in April 2017 on Kim Il Sung’s birthday to worldwide media attention. For dinner, enjoy Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a popular local restaurant before celebrating a great trip gone by with farewell drinks at the Taedonggang Microbrewery!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – FAREWELL

Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 11:35 a.m. local time. Please reserve any connecting flights departing after 3:00pm local time to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim, re-check-in and security.

(Meals: B)

This itinerary is subject to change at any time.

What’s included in this tour:

  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
  • 5 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
  • Meals as indicated
  • Coach/car transportation in DPRK
  • Two local English-speaking Korean guides
  • One local driver
  • Admission fees (except those listed under exclusions)

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
  • Kaeson Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each

For more information on the booking process, see How to Travel To North Korea
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