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 to Nampho in one extensive action-packed itinerary you’ll never forget!

Note: The inclusion of Nampho is subject to conditions. If a visit is not possible, suitable replacements will be arranged.

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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 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, 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! We will then 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. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. We will then 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!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR & MT. MYOHYANG

We will start the morning off with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state inside glass sarcophagi (closed in May and June; formal dress required). 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 broadcasted 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. Then visit the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!

After lunch, we will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Go shopping at 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. We’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city! We will then visit the massive Monument to Party Founding, 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! Then begin our road trip outside of Pyongyang into countryside North Korea to visit the picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). Overnight will be at the Hyangsan Hotel, North Korea’s self-confessed finest hotel

Overnight at the Hyangsan Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – MT. MYOHYANG

After breakfast, begin the day by visiting the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex containing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. There’s even 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. We will then visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple, founded under the Koryo Dynasty and remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks.

Return to the capital for a visit to We will start the morning off with a visit to the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). Take a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention. For dinner we will have Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a local restaurant.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – NAMPHO, PYONGYANG AND NEW YEAR’S EVE!

After breakfast at the hotel, our first stop will be 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 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. Depart for the western industrial port city of Nampho. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Chongsanri Cooperative Farm where we’ll tour the facilities and learn of agricultural steps taken to continue production during winter. Get a glimpse into the workings of local industry at the Kangso Mineral Water Factory, a famous name within North Korea.

Drive through Nampho city to see local port life go by as we head onward to the jewel of Nampho, the West Sea Barrage, a massive dam and tidal seawall 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.

Return to Pyongyang and sit in on some classes at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an extracurricular facility for young students to further their talents in arts and sport.

For dinner, enjoy Korean bibimbap in a local restaurant before heading to the Taedonggang Microbrewery to taste locally brewed Korean draft beers before heading down to the 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! Followup beers at the Koryo Hotel Brewery will be all but certain!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – KAESONG & THE 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. Stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. On our return to Pyongyang, we will visit the iconic Arch of Reunification and then head over to test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range! 

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
  • 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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