5 Nights – from €1199
** DPRK Visa and return flights from Beijing included! Taking the train is possible and you’ll be eligible for a discount. Contact us! **
In this special 5-night tour of North Korea, join the Victory Day festivities on July 27 including a mass dance, and discover the highlights as we tour the major political sites in Pyongyang, to the DMZ where the Korean peninsula is split between North and South, and into the countryside to the industrial coastal city of Nampho. Visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, a massive 150-meter concrete structure defining the national ideology, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and learn about the Korean War from the North Korean perspective at the renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. This is a highlight reel of North Korea over one of the most important days of the year!
DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG
At 09:30am, meet us inside Terminal 2 of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in for our scheduled departure of 12:00pm. 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 Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery, a striking site featuring a large bayonet monument. This cemetery was built to memorialize the most decorated ‘Heroes of the Republic’ from the Korean War.
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.
After dinner, take 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.
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel
(Meals: L on flight, D)
DAY 2 – VICTORY DAY!
Our first stop will be 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 visit the monument on important holidays to bow and lay flowers. Today is Victory Day, and we expect to see join large numbers of locals here!
We’ll then visit Pyongyang’s central square, Kim Il Sung Square, home to many of North Korea’s military parades broadcast internationally.
Take a city walk along Victory (Sungri) Street and 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!
After lunch, visit Moran Hill, a central park buzzing with festivities as locals celebrate Liberation Day over a picnic with music and dancing, a great opportunity to join the fun!
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. We’ll alight at Kaeson Station and visit the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch.
As part of today’s festivities, we’ll attend an unforgettable student Mass Dance event held in Pyongyang. Join in the dancing celebration for yourself, the sea of colour makes for magnificent photos!
We’ll then begin driving to the historic city of Kaesong for overnight.
Overnight at the Chanamsan Hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 3 – KAESONG & THE DMZ
Our day begins with a walk through the historical Kaesong city where we’ll pass the South Gate en route to Janam Hill. At the peak, visit the grand monuments of the Great Leaders before getting a breathtaking view over the Kaesong Old Town. Kaesong was left largely untouched during the Korean War and its traditional dwellings still stand.
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.
On our return to Pyongyang, we’ll see the iconic Arch of Reunification built to commemorate the proposals of reunification.
We’ll then tour 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.
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 4 – PYONGYANG & MT. MYOHYANG
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 (formal dress required).
Visit the Mangyongdae Native House, a modest straw-thatched house in a serene park setting which is the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Take a look through 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.
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.
Join the scenery as we hike 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 weather permitting, optional and at your own pace. Manphok Valley is a return route, there’s no obligation to reach the peak. Views are beautiful throughout!
On arrival 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 5 – MT. MYOHYANG & PYONGSONG
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.
We’ll then begin our drive to Pyongsong. Pyongsong is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of North Korea due to its role as a major hub for science and technology research. Our first stop will be Pyongsong Square, the central square of the city headed by two grand monuments of the Great Leaders.
drop in on an English class at Pyongsong Primary School where we will get to meet and interact with the students (school supply donations are very welcome!) The students here will also be eager to show off their sporting skills against you!
Stop at the Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site, a covert site hidden in the hills that was once the headquarters to the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War.
On return to Pyongyang, get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Bar Brewery No. 3.
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 6 – 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 14:00pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in. Timings to be confirmed.
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:
- 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.)
- 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 1-3 Euros each
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