The DPRK Weekender – Victory Day Special – Shanghai Departure – 2.5 Nights (MASS GAMES EXPECTED!)

2.5 Nights  –  from €1099

** DPRK Visa and return flights from Shanghai included! **

It’s time to take a long weekend and join us in Pyongyang for this classic 3-night Thursday to Sunday tour. Depart Shanghai on late Thursday evening on Air Koryo, an experience in itself, and head to the historic Koryo Hotel to check in. The following day, visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, a massive 150-meter concrete structure, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and see the newly renovated Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. On our last day in the DPRK, we’ll visit the DMZ and see the living division between North and South Korea. Return to Shanghai on Sunday evening, just in time to make it to work on Monday!

* This itinerary can be arranged privately any Friday to Sunday from April to the end of October.

Early booking highly recommended as seats on the flight are limited and not guaranteed.

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THURSDAY NIGHT – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

Meet us at 10:00pm: Head to the Air Koryo counter at the Pudong International Airport to check in for 12:30am Friday departure to Pyongyang. Approximate arrival into Pyongyang is at 4:00am. Our local tour guides greet you at the airport. We’ll then check in at the Koryo Hotel.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 1 – DMZ

9 AM: 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, 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! For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR (VICTORY DAY!)

After breakfast, visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). 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.

After lunch, we will go walking on Moran Hill, a park place buzzing with festivities as locals celebrate the Victory Day with picnics and dancing! 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’ll 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. 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. 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! Take part in the day’s festivities which will include an unforgettable mass dance event in Kim Il-Sung Square where you’ll even get to join and celebrate with the locals if you wish. We’ll be attending any other festivities that are available on the day. Get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

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.

After lunch, we’ll begin our drive to Nampho, an industrial port city on the west coast. We’ll get a good look at rural North Korea on the way. Visit the Chongsanri Cooperative Farm, part of a system of collective farms catering to the agriculture needs of surrounding communities. We will meet a local caretaker here, see inside their home and visit the impressive bronze monument of President Kim Il-Sung with local farmers. We will stop at the Kangso Mineral Water Factory, a famous name in North Korea, to get a glimpse into the workings of the local industry (pending availability). Then it’s onward to the coastline and the jewel of Nampho, the West Sea Barrage, a massive dam and tidal wall built in five years across an 8-kilometer section of the rough sea. This is an architectural feat known to all North Koreans.

Return to Pyongyang for a farewell dinner. Grab your luggage and head to the airport for an evening flight back to Shanghai. Approximate time of departure is 10:30pm from Pyongyang with arrival at Pudong at 11:30pm.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

RETURN TO SHANGHAI PUDONG AT 2230 ON SUNDAY NIGHT

This itinerary is subject to change at any time.

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