August 26 - August 29/30 2017

Youth Day Minibreak

3 nights
in the DPRK

Join this special minibreak
in celebration of Youth Day!

From 8,888 RMB per person

Please apply by 11th August, 2017.

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Youth Day Minibreak

3 nights
in the DPRK

Join this special
minibreak in celebration
of Youth Day!

From 8,888 RMB per person

  • Overall

    We're very pleased to be able to offer a quick mini-break for the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Youth League. While the exact celebrations are still to be confirmed it's likely you'll get to show off your dance skills alongside the locals.

    Highlights

    • Attend Youth Day celebrations
    • Visit the ancient city of Kaesong and the world-famous DMZ
    • See the DPRK's take on history at the Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • Go to the Taedonggang Beer Brewery Bar — home to the DPRK's #1 beer
    • Stay at the Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel — on a major street, and where few other tours go
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. August 25 — Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00 — Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is 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 travellers. 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. August 26 — Saturday


      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 at approx. 13:00.
        A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival at Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:30. Clear DPRK immigration and customs; meet your Korean guides; transfer to the city.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour — one of the deepest metro systems in the world, with stunning artwork that reflects the name of each station. Ride six stops on the Chollima Line, taking pictures at different stations along the way.
      • Local beer bar - join the locals and cool off with one of the excellent locally produced beers in the warm summer evening. Beers range from 0.5 EUR to 2.5 EUR per glass.

      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel — a very green retro-futurist giant, located on modernist Kwangbok Street. Outdoor AND indoor swimming pools, and home to the best foreign karaoke in Pyongyang. Our only tour of the year to stay at this unique hotel!

    3. April 27 — Sunday

      Kaesong and the DMZ

      AM
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historical capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392); now located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. This is a 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Truce Village — located in the middle of the 4km-wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is where the 1953 armistice was signed at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it's possible to enter the hut that straddles both Koreas and temporarily cross to the south, but please note there is no guarantee this can always be done, and it depends on the situation at the time.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum — once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school; now a museum dedicated to the Koryo Dynasty, exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall — store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country, and friendly staff, too!
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) — a meal comprised of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is also an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway (memorializing joint agreements between north and south). This is a 2.5 hour drive

      • Monument to the Party Foundation — iconic Pyongyang structure featuring the hammer, sickle, and writing brush, which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Workers' Party of Korea.
      • Taedonggang Beer Brewery Bar - visit the location where the DPRK's number one beer is made, sample the full range of beers produced from 1 through 7 in the brewery bar and even purchase a highly sought after Taedonggang Brewery Beer Mug - the only place in world where you can get one.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre — this is where Pyongyang's locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for its airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in the capital.
      • Local beer bar - join the locals and cool off with one of the excellent locally produced beers in the warm summer evening. Beers range from 0.5 EUR to 2.5 EUR per glass.
      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel — our only tour of the year to stay at this unique hotel on Kwangbok Street.
    4. August 28 — Monday

      Youth Day!

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). We'll 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 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop — store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. You can also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art here.

      • Kim Il Sung Square — Pyongyang’s central square, lined with government ministries, museums, and the Grand People’s Study House.

      • Tower of the Juche Idea — iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy; located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      PM
      • Kwangbok Department Store — a rare opportunity to use local 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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum — tour this world-class museum led by a local guide. Renovated in 2012, its exhibits about the Korean War give a great insight into the DPRK's perspective. The exterior grounds house displays of Korean People’s Army equipment and captured US military equipment, including the USS Pueblo. This museum is central to an understanding of the country today.
      • Kaeson Funfair — we’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair alongside the locals: ride the pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry; 2-7 EUR for rides).
      • Local beer bar - join the locals and cool off with one of the excellent locally produced beers in the warm summer evening. Beers range from 0.5 EUR to 2.5 EUR per glass.
      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
    5. August 29 — Tuesday

      Departure day from Pyongyang. Return to Beijing by flight.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 — scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.
      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • 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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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
      DPRK visa (usually not included!)
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Optional single room supplement of 40 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
  • Notes

    Please note that this tour will only be accompanied by a member of Koryo's team if the group exceeds 10 people.

    When on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above.

    Your local tour guides will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed.

    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 11th August, 2017.

info@koryogroup.com | + 86 10 6416 7544
27 Bei Sanlitun Nan (East Courtyard).
Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

中国北京市朝阳区北三里屯南 27 号 (东侧院),
邮编:100027
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