4 Nights – from €1240
** 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 4-night tour of North Korea, join the festivities of May Day (International Workers’ Day) festivities including a mass dance, and discover the highlights of this fascinating country. Tour the major political sites in Pyongyang and take a trip into the countryside to the DMZ where the Korean peninsula is split between North and South. Visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and see the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. This is a highlight reel of North Korea over a major public holiday!
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, our guides will point out the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery with its striking monument of a bayonet before we stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. We will 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. 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 -MAY DAY!
Begin the morning with a stroll through Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students in their free time and often used as a backdrop for wedding photos. Visit the Victorious Fatherland War Museum, where we will get a guided tour of the war remnants, exhibits, and dioramas and learn about the Korean war, from the North Korean perspective! We will also visit and board the ‘American Spy Ship’ USS Pueblo docked beside the museum. We will then visit 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.
After lunch, we will go walking on Moran Hill, a park place buzzing with festivities as locals celebrate the May Day with picnics and dancing! 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 also have a photo stop at 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! Take part in the day’s festivities which will usually include an unforgettable mass dance event where you’ll even get to join and celebrate with the locals if you wish. Catch a special performance of the incredible Pyongyang Circus (extra 20 euros paid at the door), it’s especially popular on public holidays.
Let your hair down and show off your curveball to the locals at the Golden Lane Bowling. For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers and celebrate Victory Day, and our last night, at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 3 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR
We will start the morning off with 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. 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. We recommend getting the ink block paintings here. We will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.
After lunch, 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 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.
We will then tour the grounds and be treated to a children’s performance at the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, an extracurricular facility for young students to further their talents in arts and sport. Test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range before we have dinner at a local restaurant. Finish the evening with a casual walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention.
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 4 – 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. Then 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. Return to the capital for a look into the DPRK’s push towards technological advancement at the newly developed atom-shaped Sci-Tech Complex. We will then have 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. We will then have dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table!
Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY 5 – FAREWELL
Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time. Please reserve any connecting flights departing after 1pm local time to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim, re-check-in and security.
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.)
- 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