Two ultimate North Korea tours combined: see the mass games, experience the biggest holiday of the
year (military parade expected!) and join our most epic train journey to the remote Northeast and
Rason Special Economic Zone!
From 1,880 EUR per person
Please apply by 17th August, 2018.
Two ultimate North Korea tours combined: see the mass games, experience
the biggest holiday of the year (military parade expected!) and join
our most epic train journey to the remote Northeast and Rason Special
From 1,880 EUR per person
September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks.
After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!
On this tour, we will visit Pyongyang, Kaesong, and Nampo, and take you on a local train across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onward up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country no tourist has ever seen.
We will explore Rason; a fascinating and very different part of North Korea, visited by very few international tourists, then head back to the Korean Autonomous Region of China to close out the tour — far beyond the 'usual' tourist experience in North Korea. Another specially curated trip from Koryo Tours!
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 Beijing to Pyongyang, and back again. Flight upgrades are available. See below for more details.
Option 1 // Train entry (Beijing-Pyongyang): A 23-hour train journey in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately two hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]
Option 2 // Flight entry (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes): We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. [+199 EUR]
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. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.
Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.
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.
Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
Panmunjom Truce Village // Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice 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 is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.
Overnight // Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!
Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
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.See more
This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.See more
This tour enters Korea by train from Beijing. A fight upgrade is available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. The tour exits Korea overland from the the Rason Special Economic Zone in northeast Korea to the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of China. You will need to arrange onward transportation from the Chinese city of Yanji.
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.
This tour requires 6 participants to be guaranteed to operate - Koryo Tours will keep anyone who signs up notified of booking levels
Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly 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 17th August, 2018.