April 6 - April 11/12 2017

Koryo Returners Marathon Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Exclusively designed for return customers - run the Pyongyang
Marathon and visit places you certainly have not seen
before!

From 1,550 EUR per person

Koryo Returners Marathon Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Exclusively designed for return customers
- run the Pyongyang Marathon and visit
places you certainly have not seen before!

  • Overall

    Specially designed for those who have visited the DPRK previously, this tour takes in some places that very few visitors make it to, and some brand new attractions opening soon too. The tour will take you to Hoechang, a town north of Pyongyang which has only been visited by a handful of foreigners. As part of the Hoechang experience, you’ll visit a chestnut factory and stay in the charming Hoechang Guesthouse!

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • The rarely visited town of Hoechang
    • Full Pyongyang Metro ride
    • Helicopter flight in the skies over Pyongyang!
    • Some rarely-seen sites - ideal for returnees!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 6 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at TBC time. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at approx 17:00 local time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Heroes Cemetery - Opened in 2013 this Cemetery at the edge of the city is for those who fought int he Korean war. Lines of markers wit engraved portraits, arrayed around a central monument of a rifle.
      • Drive the Marathon Route - in a couple of days it is the Pyongyang Marathon. have a look at the new route that goes around the centre and out into the countryside. see where you will be runnning on Sunday
      • 'Secret' local bar - go somewhere that tourists never go, have a drink with the locals on your first evening

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel - the first hotel in the city and one with some renovated floors and the best coffee shop in the city. Popular with Koreans living in Japan when they make group visits. In the heart of the city amidst all the action! 

    3. April 7 - Friday

      Hoechang Tour

      AM
      • Drive north to Hoechang (approx. 4 hrs drive depending on road conditions) along winding roads through deep countryside, remote villages and really wonderful scenery
      • Stop at a Chestnut Factory, where goods such as oils and foodstuffs are made
      • Also along the way we will make stops for scenic photos, at a small bridge with a revolutionary story associated with it, and other notable spots too. it is a very-rarely seen bit of country and we're sure you will love it!
      • Upon arrival in Hoechang we'll have lunch at a local guesthouse - hear about the area from the staff there and have an explanation of the  local ingredients they use for their food too
      PM
      •  Chinese Volunteer Army Cemetery – Chinese-built tasteful hillside graveyard of significant Chinese Volunteer Army officers, with a bust of Chairman Mao’s son (who was killed in the war) at the front, offers a good view of the city.
      • Former Volunteer Army Military HQ – an area made up of restored 1950s huts and some cave complexes used at the time as the HQ of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army. Visited by Kim Il Sung at the end of the war. Hear all the stories here!

      Overnight: Hoechang Guesthouse - basic but clean hotel just on the edge of town next to the local theatre and directly below the monument to the burial mounds of the Chinese Revolutionaries. Hot water not guaranteed but a sound night away from the bustle of Pyongyang guaranteed! Downstairs reception desk that can be turned into a bar.

    4. April 8 - Saturday

      Pyongyang sights

      AM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang stopping off for photos at scenic spots on the way!

      PM
      • Ride the full Pyongyang Metroone of the deepest metro systems in the world One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride the full length of both lines, stopping at every station to get the full experience!
      • Pyeonghwa Motor dealership - the only dealership for the DPRK's very own Pyeonghwa Motor cars, made at the joint venture car factory outside the nearby city of Nampo . Get some rare souvenirs here!
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy -Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK.

      • May Day Stadium -We’ll tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.  

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel

    5. April 9 - Sunday

      Pyongyang Marathon!

      AM
      • The Pyongyang Marathon — this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. The route for 2017 is a first for this race, and takes in more parts of the city than ever before. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Relaxation and mingling with the locals - as this is a small and elite group of returners we can offer the choice this afternoon of some options to combine mingling with locals with relaxing after the excitement of the marathon - so choose from the Munsu Waterpark (our recommendation!), Bowling Centre, Ice Rink, Shooting Range
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel


    6. April 10 - Monday

      Pyongyang Sights 

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House. We know you ahve been here before but some things are worth repeating! 

      • Drive to the airport for a delicious lunch before an aerial adventure in the afternoon!

      PM
      • Helicopter Flight over Pyongyang - See the city in a totally new way, from the windows of a Mil-17 helicopter as you take a journey over and around Pyongyang's skies. Get amazing photos and see the familiar sights from an unfamiliar angle!

      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      • Moran Beer Bar - A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR a glass).

      • Farewell dinner in the Diplomatic Club - a leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billiards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang. Open late!  

      Overnight: Pyongyang Hotel

    7. April 11 - Tuesday

      Departure day

      AM
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight at TBC time with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at approx 10:00 local time. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 12th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.


      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      This is only the fourth year that the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three take place on Sun 9 Apr, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      Munsu Waterpark entrance fee
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees (50EUR for the 10km race; 70EUR for the half marathon; 100EUR for the full marathon)
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 1st February, 2017.

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Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

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