April 5 - April 8 2018

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

This one's for the truly dedicated
runners out there — get your PB
in PY!

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

This one's for the truly
dedicated runners out
there — get your PB in

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour (departing from Shanghai) is ideal for the real runners among you — those of you who are looking to focus on the Pyongyang Marathon itself, and without *too* many additional (and tiring) sightseeing activities messing with your race prep! By joining this tour you'll get more time to relax, be able to fit in some final training runs, and make sure you get enough carbs loaded up before the race. It's the ideal weekend break for those of you wanting to experience this most extraordinary of marathons, but don't want the intensity of our usual non-stop, all-action tours.


    • Extra time built in for training runs
    • Relax in Pyongyang's water park
    • Pyongyang city highlights
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Thursday

      Briefing Day


      Meet your Koryo Tours guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 21:00) for your late-night flight to Pyongyang. 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.
    2. April 6 — Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      • Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast and sleep in the hotel
      • Group run on Sports Street (optional — you may also stay in the hotel) Take part in an easy training run along the capital's Sports Street, which is dedicated to — the clue's in the name — sports. You'll be passing various gymnasiums and might even see Korean runners training for the race.
      • Back to the hotel for showers and lunch
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre Where Pyongyang 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 an air-gun shooting range (approx 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Dinner and back to the hotel for an early night

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel — A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. April 7 — Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      • Sleep in — followed by a short, easy training run on Sports Street (optional)
      • Mansudae Fountain Park The historic centre of Pyongyang, and popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • 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). 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 1950s (following the Korean War).
      • Kim Il Sung Square Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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.


      • Munsu Water Park We’ll relax in the indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee: 2 EUR; swimming fee: 10 EUR (with suit rental); tennis: 5 EUR).
      • Pizza Restaurant Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Spaghetti and pizza available; dishes range between 5-12 EUR each (not included in the tour fee). 
      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 8 — Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!


      • The 2018 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, 10km or 5km 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. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        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. 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.

      • Shower, resting time and lunch After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest

      • Ryugyong Health Complex Opened in 2012 and comprising an indoor ice-skating rink, various gymnasia and saunas, restaurants, riverside seating, and an outdoor roller-skating area (very popular with local kids on weekends and holidays) — we'll visit for some post-marathon leisure time.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar A local beer bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends — we'll have some well-deserved local brew here!


      After our farewell dinner we'll head to Pyongyang airport for our flight back to Shanghai Pudong Airport — with scheduled departure at 10:30pm, and arrival in Shanghai at 11:30pm.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, 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!

    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Return flight >> Shanghai (Pudong) -- Pyongyang -- Shanghai (Pudong)
      Most meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides and a driver (per group)
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example, a visit to the funfair
      Meals will have a complimentary beer (and water), but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand
      Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    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 28th February, 2018.

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