October 17 - October 21/22 2017

Koryo Founder's Exclusive Tour

4 nights
in the DPRK

The most exclusive and comfortable way to experience the
DPRK - accompanied by travel specialist and film producer
Nicholas Bonner!

From 2,450 EUR per person

Please apply by 26th September, 2017.

Koryo Founder's Exclusive Tour

4 nights
in the DPRK

The most exclusive and comfortable way
to experience the DPRK - accompanied by
travel specialist and film producer Nicholas
Bonner!

From 2,450 EUR per person

  • Overall

    The most comfortable hotel, business class flights, the best restaurants, the best guides and the most luxurious travel experience possible in North Korea tourism. Accompanied by travel specialist and film and documentary producer Nicholas Bonner, this exclusive tour is the most exclusive and comfortable way to explore the country and hear intimate stories about Bonner's making of three award winning documentaries, a feature film and his personal and entertaining recollection of travel to the country since 1993.

    A small group of no more than 12 people will meet the experts in various fields and see the best the country has to offer, all at the highest standard available.

    As business class seats are very limited, the earlier you book, the better your chance is of a business class seat being available. We will refund the difference for anyone we are unable to get business class for.

    Highlights

    • The most luxurious travel experience possible in DPRK tourism (business class flights, best restaurants, best hotels and best guides)
    • Led by award-winning film producer and Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner
    • Intimate stories from Bonner's experience of more than 20 years of travelling to the DPRK
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 16 - Monday

      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 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. October 17 - Tuesday

      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 JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight on Air Koryo's business class.
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool 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). 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.
      • Dinner in Ansan Guesthouse - this restaurant, just opposite our hotel, specialises in traditional Korean dishes including dog meat (costs around USD 5 for one bowl).

      Overnight: The Pottonggang Hotel - Deluxe hotel located on the banks of the Potong River and hang out for Pyongyang’s most fashionable.

    3. October 18 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City

      AM
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • 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.
      • Pyongyang Hotel coffee shop with views overlooking the Taedong River for a break and a chat with the head of Pyongyang’s only foreign law firm.
      • Lunch at Okryugwan - Pyongyang Cold Noodles at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River.

      PM
      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!

      • Paekdu Architectural Academy - Studio where many of Pyongyang’s iconic buildings were designed. Learn about architecture and design in the DPRK and see architects at work.

      • 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 great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

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

      • Evening walk on Future Street - A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.
      • Dinner at Soje Guest House Restaurant

      Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    4. October 19 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • A visit to the offices of Hana Electronics, a company making DVD players and other electronic goods for the internal market in DPRK. Located next to a new office/mall under construction
      PM
      • Mirim Equestrian Centre -The DPRK’s first civilian horse riding centre is located in the eastern suburbs of Pyongyang. A large facility with indoor and outdoor tracks. Visitors can ride horses and ponies. All skill levels can be accommodated. Safety equipment is provided and ½ hour of riding included.
      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Pyongyang Circus - A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. Tickets purchased on the spot - 20 EUR.
      • Dinner and sunset boat cruise along the Taedong River

      Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. October 20 - Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on 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.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made 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 an option here (5 EUR)
      PM
      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Old City Walk and South Gate - A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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. 2.5 hour drive
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Dinner and drinks in the Diplomatic Club - Leisure complex with restaurant, swimming pool, bar, karaoke, billards, and banquet hall for foreigners residing and visiting Pyongyang.
      • Kaeson Funfair - We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      Overnight: Pottonggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    6. October 21 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and return to Beijing by flight (Air Koryo business class)

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. 
  • 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 (business class ticket)
      Flight Pyongyang – Beijing (business class ticket)
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      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 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 26th September, 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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