The DPRK Classic – New Years Eve Special – 5 Nights

5 Nights  –  from €1295

** DPRK Visa and one-way flight on Air Koryo and one-way overnight train to Beijing included. Taking the train to Dandong is possible and you’ll be eligible for further discount. Contact us! **

This 5-night special tour of North Korea will join the New Years Eve celebrations and is designed to visit all the major must-see sights, from Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang in one extensive action-packed itinerary you’ll never forget!

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Room Accommodations

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 01:05pm. We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time. Timings to be confirmed.

We will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK, home to the most iconic monuments and political sites. Our Korean tour guides will be meet us at the airport with a warm welcome.

Our first stop will be 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. We will enjoy a welcome dinner in the revolving restaurant!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel

(Meals: L on flight, D)

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR & MT. MYOHYANG

We’ll begin the day with a special visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state inside glass sarcophagi (formal dress required).

We’ll then visit the Party Foundation Monument, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, recognizable by the communist hammer and sickle but with an added North Korean twist.

After lunch, visit the Mangyongdae Native House, a modest straw-thatched house in a serene park setting which is the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Pick up some supplies at the Kwangbok Department Store, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported products. It’s one of only two places in Pyongyang where tourists can exchange and use the local North Korean Won.

Head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world and filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history.

Visit the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio and gallery in North Korea, the only studio given permission to depict the Great Leaders in monuments, murals and mosaics.

We’ll begin our road-trip to picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). This is a 2.5 hour drive filled with countryside scenery providing a great window into rural North Korean life.

We’ll then check in to the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea’s self-confessed best hotel, with striking pyramid design nestled within the mountains. The facilities here are world-class with amenities including swimming pool, spa and massage facilities, barber and a bar with pool tables and ping pong!

Overnight at the Hyangsan Hotel

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – MT. MYOHYANG

Our day begins with a visit to the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex housing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries. Gifts are displayed in over 150 rooms, everything from gem-encrusted swords to tea sets, bullet-proof vehicles and basketballs signed by NBA stars Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman.

We’ll then visit the ancient Pohyon Buddhist Temple founded under the Koryo Dynasty and which remains active with practicing Korean Buddhist monks today.

After lunch, drive back to Pyongyang and visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, an elaborate museum depicting the Korean people’s fight against foreign invaders. We’ll have a guided tour of the war remnants, exhibits, and dioramas and learn about the Korean war from the North Korean perspective. We’ll also board the USS Pueblo, the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968.

Visit the Grand People’s Study House, North Korea’s national library and the heart of study on the revolutionary Juche ideology. Check out the local intranet, visit the music appreciation room and flick through a handful of the up-to 30 million books said to be available here!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – KAESONG, THE DMZ & NEW YEAR’S EVE!

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 military 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. 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. Stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. Stop at the iconic Arch of Reunification built to commemorate the proposals of reunification.

On return to Pyongyang, get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Bar Brewery No. 3. Then head down to the Taedong River where we’ll take a look at the Taedong Gate and Ryongwang Pavilion, two ancient relics and national treasures of North Korea. Board the Mujigae (Rainbow) Ship where we’ll enjoy dinner and beers with river views!

We’ll then join New Year’s Eve celebrations in Kim Il Sung Square with thousands of Pyongyang locals to ring in the 2020 New Year with an unforgettable fireworks display over the Taedong River!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – PYONGYANG

First up, 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 is customary to bow and lay flowers here.

We’ll then head down to Kim Il Sung Square where we’ll see special folk activities enjoyed by the children in celebration of the New Year!

Take a city walk with a stop at the Foreign Languages Bookshop, the best chance in the DPRK to pick up souvenirs such as books, stamps, DVD/CDs and posters. We’ll continue walking across the Okryu Bridge with beautiful views of the Taedong River leading us to the Tower of the Juche Idea. Here we’ll learn about North Korea’s national ideology, the Juche philosophy, and take the lift 150-meters to the top for the best views in Pyongyang city!

Join the locals and show off your curveball with a stop at the retro Golden Lane Bowling.

After lunch, we’ll visit a local family in their Pyongyang apartment home. This is a great chance to interact, see how the locals live and learn about life in Pyongyang from those living here themselves!

We’ll then catch an afternoon performance of the incredible Pyongyang Theatre.

Continue our celebrations into the evening as we visit the Rakwon Beer House to taste the craft beers. This is one of the pioneering establishments of the microbrewery craze in Pyongyang!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – FAREWELL

Morning departure to Beijing via overnight international train. We will depart Pyongyang Railway Station approximately 10am. You will arrive into Beijing +1 day on January 3 approximately 8:40am local time.

** It’s possible to take the train to Dandong instead of right through to Beijing. You would arrive in Dandong on January 2 and be clear of immigration/customs by approximately 1730. Let us know if you’d prefer this option and you will be eligible for further discount.

(Meals: B)

This itinerary is subject to change at any time.

What’s included in this tour:

  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • One-way flight between Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo and one-way international train between Pyongyang and Beijing
  • 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:

  • 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 EUR per mug)
  • Extra a la carte items incurred during meals
  • Tips for guides and drivers

EXCLUDED ENTRANCE FEES FOR OPTIONAL EVENTS

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

  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 EUR
  • Elevator to the top of the Arch of Triumph, 5 EUR
  • Flowers to be laid at the Mansudae Grand Monument, 3-5 EUR
  • Pyongyang circus (if playing): 20 EUR
  • Taedonggang Dining Boat: 10 USD
  • Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
  • Kaeson Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-7 EUR each

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