April 6 - April 8 2019

2 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

2 nights
in the DPRK

This is the cheapest way to enter the Pyongyang Marathon
starting and ending the tour in Dandong or Beijing
by train!

From 499 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2019.

2 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

2 nights
in the DPRK

This is the cheapest way to enter
the Pyongyang Marathon starting and
ending the tour in Dandong or Beijing
by train!

From 499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour -- travelling in and out by train, from and to the Chinese border city of Dandong -- is the cheapest tour to get you into the Pyongyang Marathon, and ideal for those on a budget who are already in China and either can’t commit to a longer tour, or are simply looking to add this event to their list of completed marathons. It is possible to upgrade this tour to a Beijing departure.

    Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour, and how each one related to the visa requirements for China. The default option is round-trip train travel from Dandong to Pyongyang, and back again. Beijing-Pyongyang train ticket upgrades are available. See below for more details.

    Transport Options

    Option 1 // Round-trip train from Dandong (Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong): An approximate 7-hour train journey through rural North Korea. This is the default transport option departing from Dandong which requires you to make your own way to & from Dandong with the mandatory pre tour briefing being conducted in Dandong on the evening before departure. [+0 EUR]

    Option 2 // Round-trip train from Beijing (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 23-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). This requires you to complete your pre-tour briefing in Beijing the morning before boarding the train. [+120 EUR]

    Visa Information

    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. If you don’t already hold a multi entry visa for China, you will need to obtain at least a double-entry Chinese visa for this trip.

    Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.

    See below for an overview of all tour options and extras.

    Highlights

    • 2019 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Experience some of Pyongyang's key attractions
    • Celebrate your run at a local beer bar
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Friday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

      For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings to suit each of the transport entry & exit options. Please read below for further information.

      AM

      • For those departing from Beijing by train your briefing will be held in the morning on this day in Beijing (exact time TBC)

      PM

      • 17:00 // Train travelers departing from Beijing will depart by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
      • For those departing from Dandong by train your briefing will be held in the late afternoon on this day in Dandong (exact time TBC)

      Overnight // Hotel in Beijing/Dandong not included in the tour.

    2. April 6 — Saturday

      Arrival into Pyongyang

      AM

      • Dandong departure - meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Dandong Railway Station (exact time and place TBC) before getting on the train to Pyongyang. 
      • After crossing the border from Dandong to Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for immigration and customs checks before the train continues its journey to Pyongyang.

      PM

      • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station, where you will meet your guides.
      • Kim Il Sung Stadium & Marathon Route Preview // Visit the stadium where you will start and finish your race, and then drive the marathon route to familiarise yourself with the roads, turning points and toilet stops.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying // a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight:

      Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang // 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 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2019!

      AM

      • The 2019 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.

        The full route, which has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, 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.

      PM
      • Shower, resting time and lunch // After the marathon's closing ceremony, we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest before heading out for a relaxing afternoon in Pyongyang
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic center of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • 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). 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.
      • Local Beer Bar // Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 8 – Monday

      Departure day

      AM

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:25 from Pyongyang Railway Station with arrival in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approx. 5:30pm local time.
      • For those finishing the tour in Dandong you can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your own way to Beijing or elsewhere in China. Expected arrival into Dandong is approximately 5:00 pm local time.
      • For those finishing the tour in Beijing you will transfer in Dandong for onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Tuesday April 9th at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
      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.

    • Beijing Departure Upgrade - Budget Marathon Tour

      This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR).The full Beijing-Pyongyang train journey around 23 hours and adds one extra night before, and one extra night after your trip into North Korea. This also requires you to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning before in Beijing at a location near our office.

    • Insurance for up to six nights

      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 train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
      Official running shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate
    • Not included
      Marathon registration 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
      North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional upgrade to Beijing-Pyongyang round-trip train ticket 120 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 20-30 EUR total per tourist)
      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

    Our Koryo Budget Marathon Tours are capped at 30 people per group.

    Unless you hold a valid multi entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

    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, 2019.

info@koryogroup.com | + 86 10 6416 7544
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