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Koryo Tours' North Korea budget tours are a great way to travel to one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Our budget tours are specially designed for those looking for a general introduction to DPRK society and culture. Add North Korea to your bucket list and join us for an affordable and unforgettable adventure.

Looking for something more in-depth? Check out our full list of our North Korea group tours or contact our office.

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March 2019

March 12 - March 16/17 2019

Koryo Budget Tour (March)

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

See Korea as it awakens from
the cold of winter and welcomes
spring.

From 775 EUR per person

Please apply by 20th February, 2019.

Koryo Budget Tour (March)

4 nights in North Korea + travel
time between Beijing and Pyongyang

See Korea as it awakens
from the cold of winter
and welcomes spring.

From 775 EUR per person

  • Overall

    March is an important time of year in Korea as the country emerges from the cold winter North Korea climate and into a much warmer, welcoming one. Although still a quiet time for tourism, North Koreans are getting busy in the countryside agricultural work begins in anticipation for the coming spring harvest.

    On this tour, we take you to see the main sites of the capital city Pyongyang, including; a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and a walk down one of Pyongyang’s newest streets.

    We will also head out of Pyongyang to go to Pyongysong, the centre of scientific research. and the North-South Korea border DMZ. Here you can be one of the first foreigners to enjoy the recent freedom of being able to step over the demarcation line into the South.

    This North Korea budget tour helps you get the most for your money on your trip to North Korea. Great for first-timers, or those with little time (or money!), we take you to see the main sites in and outside of Pyongyang.

    Be warned, there will be little time to for rest on this action-packed itinerary - not that you’ll want to, though!

    For an idea of the itinerary of our longer tours take a look here.

    Scroll down for an overview of the Koryo North Korea Budget Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun: grand mausoleum of the DPRK leadership
    • Pyongyang Metro: deepest metro system in the world
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum: world-class museum of the Korean War and site of the captured USS Pueblo
    • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides
    • Pyongsong: Provincial seat of South Pyong'an province and centre of specialist education
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. March 11 // Monday

      *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

      For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
      • 10:00 // Briefing for those departing by train.

      PM

      • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:27 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with North Korea. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.


      Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.


    2. March 12 // Tuesday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. 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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighbourhoods.

      Overnight // The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    3. March 13 // Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour


      AM
      • Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized 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

      • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.


      Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. March 14 // Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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. Visitations are by special request only and 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.

      • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.

      PM

      • 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.
      • Arch of Triumph // A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • 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 with artefacts, 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.

      • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace // Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students
      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1-hour drive.

      Overnight //
      Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
    5. March 15 // Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours


      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square // Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School // One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      • Paeksong Provisions Factory // A factory producing a range of foods and drinks: biscuits, cakes, soju, candy, and snacks. Here you can have a taste of the products and tour the production facilities.

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1-hour drive.
      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • 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.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A bar serving seven types of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
      • Golden Lane 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 (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.

      Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. March 16 // Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred transport method upon booking*

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday March 17 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

      This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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    • 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.

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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

      Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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    • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

      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.

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

      Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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    • 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      A Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
      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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader.

    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 20th February, 2019.

April 2019

April 5 - April 8 2019

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

3 nights in the DPRK
- tour selling fast!

Our budget Pyongyang Marathon tour allows you to take part
in the Pyongyang Marathon for less! Start and end the tour
in Dandong or Beijing!

From 599 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2019.

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

3 nights in the DPRK
- tour selling fast!

Our budget Pyongyang Marathon tour allows
you to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon
for less! Start and end the tour in Dandong
or Beijing!

From 599 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour, travelling in and out by train, from and to the Chinese border city of Dandong or the capital Beijing, is ideal for those on a budget who are looking to run the Pyongyang Marathon, as well as seeing the highlights of Pyongyang.

    Run through the streets of Pyongyang as you take part in either the full marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k races.

    Get a brief, but comprehensive insight into this mysterious capital city. See sights including the Pyongyang Metro, the Korean War Museum, and the Arch of Triumph. You’ll only be left wanting to come back for more!

    And for all the serious marathon runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with some of the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal, and race certificates around.

    This tour starts from Dandong, China. If you want to start in Beijing upgrade to our 3 night Pyongyang Marathon tour that includes return Beijing - Pyongyang flights!

    Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.

    Highlights

    • 2019 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Visit the War Museum in Pyongyang
    • Experience the metro, located deep underground
    • And see many other highlights of Pyongyang!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 4 - Thursday

      *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. 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, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

      PM

      • For those departing from Beijing by flight your briefing will be held in the afternoon on this day in Beijing, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
      • 17:00 // Train travellers 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 evening on this day in Dandong, expected around 6pm-7pm (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

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

    2. April 5 - Friday

      Arrival into Pyongyang

      AM

      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers 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.
      • Flight takers, there will be a 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 JS152 - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart at 12:00 pm. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
      • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 6:45 pm, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.
      Overnight:

      Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang // A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. April 6 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre 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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • 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 artefacts, 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.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph // A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • 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
      • 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House. 
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • 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).
        • Local Beer Bar // Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

        Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

      • April 8 - Monday

        Departure day

        AM

        • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with a scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 9:50 am.
        • 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 am. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour.
    4. 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.

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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      • Entry and Exit Method - Budget Marathon

        This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR), or make it a flight departure and train return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or a train departure and flight return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or even a round-trip flight from Beijing (+559 EUR). Please note that the above flight costs include a supplemental surcharge levied by Air Koryo, the national airline of the DPRK, during the Pyongyang Marathon. The surcharge is 40 EUR per one-way flight ticket and 140 EUR per round-trip ticket. 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. If entering by train you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning departure in Beijing at a location near our office. The flight takes around 90 minutes each way. If entering by flight you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the day before departure 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.

    5. 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 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 race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 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 Air Koryo flights (one-way: 359 EUR; return: 559 EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 50 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
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    6. Notes

      Our 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.

    April 5 - April 9 2019

    4 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

    4 nights in the DPRK
    - tour selling fast!

    Run with Korean marathon runners on our budget tour, allowing
    you to enter the Pyongyang Marathon and see the DMZ - all
    on a budget!

    From 749 EUR per person

    Please apply by 28th February, 2019.

    4 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour

    4 nights in the DPRK
    - tour selling fast!

    Run with Korean marathon runners on our
    budget tour, allowing you to enter the
    Pyongyang Marathon and see the DMZ -
    all on a budget!

    From 749 EUR per person

    • Overall

      This tour offers you the perfect chance to enter the Pyongyang Marathon, run aside Korean marathon runners, and have a city tour of Pyongyang and the North-South DMZ border - all on a budget!

      Spend 4 nights in North Korea, giving you enough time to recover from the marathon and have a couple of days to explore Pyongyang city centre. This includes all of the must-sees, such as the Pyongyang Metro, the Korean War Museum, and the Mansudae Grand Monument statues of the Great Leaders.

      We will also take a day trip out of Pyongyang to go to the historic city of Kaesong, the border city to North-South Korea.

      And for all the serious marathon runners out there, the Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Come back with some of the most unique running shirt, finisher's medal, and race certificates around.

      This tour will give you an insight into 3 different areas of North Korea; Pyongyang, Kaesong, and the DMZ. There are plenty of other places waiting to be explored though, which we visit on our Pyongyang Marathon and Kim-Il Sung Birthday Celebration tour.

      Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.

      Highlights

      • 2019 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
      • Panmunjom & the DMZ
      • Historic Kaesong
      • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. April 4 - Thursday

        *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. 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, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

        PM

        • For those departing from Beijing by flight your briefing will be held in the afternoon on this day in Beijing, expected times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (to be confirmed)
          • 17:00 // Train travellers 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 evening on this day in Dandong, expected around 6pm-7pm (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

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

        • April 5 - Friday

          Arrival into Pyongyang

          AM

          • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travellers 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.
          • Flight takers, there will be a 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 JS152 - flight times are TBC and subject to change. Currently expected to depart at 12:00 pm. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch.
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ). DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides and transfer to the city.
          • An approx. 5-hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station with expected arrival at 6:45 pm, where you will meet your guides and then transfer to your hotel for check-in & dinner.
          Overnight:

          Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang // A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sports shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

        • April 6 - Saturday

          Pyongyang City Tour

          AM

          • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre 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 dress code (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 1950s following the Korean War.
          • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
          • 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 artefacts, 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.

          PM

          • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Arch of Triumph // A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
          • 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

          • 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, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • 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).
            • Local Beer Bar // Relax at one of Pyongyang’s local bars to wrap up an exciting day.

            Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

          • April 8 - Monday

            Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

            AM

            • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. 3-hour drive.
            • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the 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

            • Drive back to Pyongyang via Sariwon Folk Village and City View // Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
            • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.

            Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

          • April 9 - Tuesday

            Departure day

            AM

            • For those opting to fly out, flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with a scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 9:50 am.
            • 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 Wednesday, April 10th 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.

          • Entry and Exit Method - Budget Marathon

            This tour travels between between Dandong-Pyongyang by train. Upgrade your train journey to a round trip from Beijing (+120 EUR), or make it a flight departure and train return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or a train departure and flight return to Beijing (+359 EUR), or even a round-trip flight from Beijing (+559 EUR). Please note that the above flight costs include a supplemental surcharge levied by Air Koryo, the national airline of the DPRK, during the Pyongyang Marathon. The surcharge is 40 EUR per one-way flight ticket and 140 EUR per round-trip ticket. 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. If entering by train you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the morning departure in Beijing at a location near our office. The flight takes around 90 minutes each way. If entering by flight you are required to attend a mandatory pre tour briefing the day before departure in Beijing at a location near our office.

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

            See more
          • 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 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 race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 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 Air Koryo flights (one-way: 359 EUR; return: 559 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement of 50 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
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Our 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.

        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

          The cheapest Pyongyang Marathon 2019 tour out there!

          Visit Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, and join the Pyongyang Marathon starting in Kim Il Sung Stadium with tens-of-thousands of spectators to run through the streets of Pyongyang.

          Also see some of Pyongyang's main sights, including the Mansudae Grand Monument, the giant bronze statues of the DPRK leadership; the Juche Tower, iconic monument to the country's ideology; and Kim Il Sung Square, the city's central square.

          The Pyongyang Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race with AIMS Certification. Join the race and get one of the most unique running shirts, finisher's medals, and race certificates around.

          This tour travels roundtrip by train from the Chinese border city of Dandong and is the cheapest tour to enter the Pyongyang Marathon. It is ideal for those on a budget who are already in China, can’t commit to a longer tour, or are simply looking to add this event to their list of completed marathons.

          If you want to upgrade to a Beijing departure by flight, take a look at our Marathon Weekend Tour which includes return flights Beijing - Pyongyang. For this, there are limited tickets available

          Scroll down for the Pyongyang Marathon tour highlights, full tour itinerary, add-ons, and notes on the tour.

          Highlights

          • 2019 PYONGYANG MARATHON!
          • Experience some of Pyongyang's key attractions, including the Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and the Mansudae Grand Monument
          • 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, expected time is 10:00 am (to be confirmed)

            PM

            • 17:00 | Train travellers 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, expected around 6pm-7pm (exact location & time subject to final confirmation)

            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 travellers 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 paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!
          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 dress code (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 1950s 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 race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km: $50 USD / 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 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.

        April 29 - May 2/3 2019

        The May Day Budget Tour

        3 nights in North Korea. Flight
        departure with return by train or
        flight.

        A short trip trip to North Korea for May Day. See
        Pyongyang and Kaesong on the DMZ. Flight departure
        included.

        From 899 EUR per person

        Please apply by 13th April, 2019.

        The May Day Budget Tour

        3 nights in North Korea. Flight
        departure with return by train or
        flight.

        A short trip trip to North Korea
        for May Day. See Pyongyang and Kaesong
        on the DMZ. Flight departure included.

        From 899 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Looking for a short break to spend your holidays in May? Also known as International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival with musical performances and traditional folk games. Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

          We'll take a day trip to visit historic Kaesong and the DMZ, the North-South Korean border.

          Plus, we’ll have an exclusive chance to have a friendly (but competitive!) volleyball game against a Korean company team. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in North Korea and almost every company, school, office, section, or unit has a team! Enjoy taking part in this important part of Korean culture with the locals by spending your holidays in May in North Korea!

          Fancy heading out of town and exploring more of North Korea? Head to the seaside for our May Day and East Coast Tour.

          Scroll down for an overview of the May Day Budget Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

          Highlights

          • May Day celebrations and festivities: picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
          • War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
          • See the enormous May Day Stadium, home of North Korea's Mass Games
          • A volleyball game against a local company team
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. April 28 | Sunday

            *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

            PM

            • 16:00 | Pre-tour briefing
            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
          2. April 29 | Monday

            Departure from Beijing and arrival day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. 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 13:05. A 1.5-hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Flight arrival into Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification
            • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty and city along the DMZ. 2.5-hour drive. 

            Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the centre and Ri dynasty furniture.
          3. April 30 | Tuesday

            Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

            AM

            • Old City Walk and South Gate  | A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
            • 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.
            • Return to Pyongyang with packed lunch
            • Sariwon Folk Village and City View | Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
            • Continue to Pyongyang

            PM

            • May Day Stadium | Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium.
            • Volleyball game against a local company team | Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar | A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work
            • Golden Lane Bowling Centre //Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          4. May 1 | Wednesday

            May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

            AM

            • 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.
            • Mt. Taesong Folk Festival  | Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.
            • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery | Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. A presentation of flowers is customary here. At the top of the hill are the graves of Kim Jong Suk (wife of Kim Il Sung) and Kim Chaek (his right-hand man). Time permitting. Please note this location was undergoing renovation in 2017 and may not be available in 2018.

            PM

            • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
            • 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).

            • 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.

            • Farewell dinner

            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

          5. May 2 | Thursday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang by flight or train. Upgrade to flight for 50 EUR.

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 08:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30.
            or 
            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday, May 3 at 08:39. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

            End of Tour
        • Extras

          • Transport | Return by plane not train (High-season)

            This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 199 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

          • 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.

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          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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          • 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
            One-way flight Beijing-Pyongyang
            Return by train
            All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
            Flight departure for 199 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

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 North Korea 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 13th April, 2019.

        June 2019

        June 6 - June 10 2019

        North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

        4 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        This long weekend Dragon Boat Festival tour is packed with outdoor and indoor activities,
        including an exclusive cycling tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the Munsu Water Park to
        relax with the local Koreans.

        From 1,099 EUR per person

        Please apply by 19th May, 2019.

        North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Budget Tour

        4 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        This long weekend Dragon Boat Festival tour is packed with
        outdoor and indoor activities, including an exclusive cycling
        tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the Munsu Water Park to relax
        with the local Koreans.

        From 1,099 EUR per person

        • Overall

          This tour is designed for those who are looking for an active weekend in the DPRK during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival long weekend.
          Looking for a quick escape out of China? Put that mooncake down and look no further.

          This action-packed long weekend getaway is an introduction to the DPRK through outdoor and indoor activities. Early risers can have a morning run on Pyongyang's Sports Street and be overtaken by DPR Korea athletes during their morning training. We'll hang out with the locals in Moranbong Park - a popular place for picnic, drinking sessions, and dancing - on their day off. Plus, get the rare chance to tour the highlights of Pyongyang by bike before finishing off at Munsu Water Park to relax with the locals.

          The Dragon Boat Festival Tour will also get you to the DMZ, the most heavily fortified border on earth, and a viewpoint of the Concrete Wall, an anti-tank barrier built in the 1970s by the south across the entire the DMZ. The 45-minute scenic drive from Kaesong will also give you a rare insight into rural North Korea.

          Why not escape China at one of its busiest times for Chinese National Day too?

          Scroll down for an overview of the North Korea Dragon Boat Festival Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

          Highlights

          • Pyongyang City Cycling: explore the capital’s impressively wide streets and marvel at its Soviet-style architecture and iconic monuments from a completely different angle.
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum: world-class museum of the Korean War and site of the captured USS Pueblo
          • Pyongyang Metro: deepest metro system in the world
          • Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone: signing hall of the 1953 armistice and Joint Security Area, patrolled by soldiers from both sides.
          • The Concrete Wall: view of the DMZ and the fortifications on the southern side.
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. June 6 // Thursday

            *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            AM

            • 09:00 // Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing.
            • 11:00 // Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2.

            PM

            • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
            • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

            Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang. The two rivers hotel (so named as it sits on a hill overlooking the point where the Potong river and Taedong Rivers meet). The hotel offers great views over different parts of the city (depending which side of the building you stay on) from the open balconies, and also from the ‘swivelling’ restaurant. The underground karaoke room here is excellent and the bar in the lobby is also great.
          2. June 7 // Friday

            Kaesong and the MDZ

            AM

            • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
            • 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
            • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
            • 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.
            • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            • Korean BBQ dinner in the Bowling Alley's bulgogi restaurant.

            Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
          3. June 8 // Saturday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM

            • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
            • 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 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Korean Central Art Museum // National gallery of Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The local guides an excellent introduction to Korean culture and history through art.
            • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for 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.

            PM

            • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Pyongyang International Football Academy // Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. Has multiple training pitches where you can test yourself against some students here.
            • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A beer bar serving seven types of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best place to drink pints with local people.
            • Kaeson Funfair // Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot.

            Overnight // Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyan

          4. June 9 // Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour and City Cycling

            AM

            • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
            • 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 with 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.
            • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • Moranbong Park // Picnic lunch and a walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.

            PM

            • City Cycling // Tour Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots) starting from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water park stopping at:
              • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!

              • 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.

              • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
            • Munsu Water Park // We’ll take a break at this outdoor and 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).
            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 // Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

            Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

          5. June 10 // Monday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

            AM
            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 09:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00.
            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.

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          • 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.

          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
            All meals on the tour
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, a driver, and a Koryo Tours tour leader
            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

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 19th May, 2019.

        September 2019

        September 7 - September 10/11 2019

        North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour

        3 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Take a weekend tour to North Korea for September 9, National
        Day. See the Pyongyang Celebrations and visit the DMZ for
        a Panmunjom Tour.

        From 699 EUR per person

        Please apply by 22nd August, 2019.

        North Korea National Day Pyongyang and DMZ Budget Tour

        3 nights in the DPRK +
        Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Take a weekend tour to North Korea for
        September 9, National Day. See the Pyongyang
        Celebrations and visit the DMZ for a Panmunjom
        Tour.

        From 699 EUR per person

        • Overall

          This long weekend tour to North Korea gets you to Pyongyang for National Day tour and a Panmunjom tour at the DMZ - the de facto border between the Koreas.

          Take part in the September 9 National Day celebrations marking the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK. See huge student-organised mass dances and try out your dancing skills on the spot.

          This tour also includes the major highlights of North Korea, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders; the Pyongyang Metro, one of the deepest subways in the world; and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, North Korea’s museum to the Korean War and location of the captured USS Pueblo.

          An unforgettable long weekend with Koryo Tours!

          Looking for a longer trip to North Korea in September? Check out our 5-night North Korea National Day Tour.

          Scroll down for an overview of the tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

          Highlights

          • North Korea National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK
          • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership; the Pyongyang Metro; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom Truce Village and the DMZ in historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. September 06 | 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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

            PM

            • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
            • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station 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.

            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

          2. September 07 | Saturday

            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 JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:00 time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop  | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
            • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang. A recently renovated sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Friendly staff and small on-site gym. Comfy rooms, decent hot water supply. Also has a golf driving range on-site.

          3. September 08 | Sunday

            Pyongyang with the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

            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.
            • 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.
            • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            PM
            • 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.
            • 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).
            • Party Foundation Monument | Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of this Party.
            • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive

            Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity.
          4. September 09 | Monday

            National Day, the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

            AM
            • Panmunjom Truce Village and DMZ | 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.
            • 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. A 2.5 hour drive
            PM
            • 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.
            • Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
            • Mass Dance | As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Farewell dinner | A last dinner with the group and guides.
            • 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). Visit weather and time dependent.
            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          5. September 10 | Tuesday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred exit method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

            OR
            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 11 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
            End of Tour
        • Extras

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (High-season)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 219 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 394 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

            See more
          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

            See more
          • 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.

            See more
          • 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.

          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

            See more
        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            Koryo Tours leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 219 EUR; round-trip: 394 EUR)
            Optional single room supplement (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
            Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 22nd August, 2019.

        November 2019

        November 12 - November 16/17 2019

        Koryo North Korea Budget Tour (November)

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Our last budget tour of the year!
        Round-trip by train or upgrade to
        flight.

        From 775 EUR per person

        Please apply by 28th October, 2019.

        Koryo North Korea Budget Tour (November)

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Our last budget tour of
        the year! Round-trip by
        train or upgrade to flight.

        From 775 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Budget North Korea tours are basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can even jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School!

          Whilst spending your time exploring Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel in the sports village area in Pyongyang.

          Our Koryo Budget North Korea Tours may be short, but they are action-packed and will only leave you wanting more!

          November too cold? We have a range of other budget tours throughout the year!

          Scroll down for an overview of our last Budget North Korea tour of the year’s highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

          Highlights

          • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
          • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
          • Pyongsong – a satellite city of Pyongyang and one of the sci-tech center's of the DPRK
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. November 11 // Monday

            *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • 10:00 // Briefing for those departing by train.

            PM

            • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
            • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with North Korea. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.


            Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

          2. November 12 // Tuesday

            Arrival day in Pyongyang


            AM

            • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

            Overnight // The 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. November 13 // Wednesday

            Kaesong City and DMZ Tour


            AM
            • Drive 160 km south on 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

            • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

            Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          4. November 14 // Thursday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            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. Visitations are by special request only and 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.

            • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.

            PM

            • 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.
            • Arch of Triumph // A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • 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 with 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.

            • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • Maeri Shooting Range // Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
            • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

            Overnight //
            Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
          5. November 15 // Friday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

            AM

            • Pyongsong City Square // Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School // One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

            • Paeksong Provisions Factory // A factory producing a range of foods and drinks: biscuits, cakes, soju, candy, and snacks. Here you can have a taste of the products and tour the production facilities.

            PM

            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 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.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A bar serving seven type of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best lace to drink pints with local people.
            • Golden Lane 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 (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.

            Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          6. November 16 // Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred transport method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

            OR

            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday November 17 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

            End of Tour

        • Extras

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

            See more
          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

            See more
          • 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.

            See more
          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

            Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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          • New for 2018: Take a cooking class in Pyongyang!

            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.

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          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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          • 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
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
            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
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 October, 2019.

        December 2019

        December 28 - January 2/3 2020

        North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour

        2 nights in North Korea for New
        Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Visit North Korea for New Year's Eve to bring in 2020!
        Round-trip by train or upgrade to flight. Book now for
        this early bird price!

        From 499 EUR per person

        Please apply by 13th December, 2019.

        North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour

        2 nights in North Korea for New
        Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
        time

        Visit North Korea for New Year's Eve
        to bring in 2020! Round-trip by train
        or upgrade to flight. Book now for this
        early bird price!

        From 499 EUR per person

        • Overall

          Visit North Korea with Koryo Tours for New Year's Eve 2019 and bring in 2020 in Pyongyang. Our New Year's Eve Budget Tour gets you to Pyongyang in time for the incredible New Year's Eve celebrations, which include a massive firework display over the Taedong River - and much more! Last year's celebrations saw a drone display in the sky and a music concert by some of North Korea's best musicians, including world-famous Moranbong Band.

          New Year's Day is an important day in the DPRK, on which the North Korean leader gives a New Year's Address outlining the country's policy and initiatives for the coming year. Watched closely by North Korean and outside analysts alike, the New Year's Address provides insight into where the country is going. Be the first to see the reactions and heard the word on the street.

          We'll also visit the highlights of Pyongyang such as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, the Juche Tower, and the Pyongyang Metro.

          Want to include a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and spend a night in the historic city of Kaesong? Check out our longer North Korea New Year's Eve Tour.

          ***Book and pay your deposit before 1 April 2019 for the early bird special price of 499 EUR!***

          Scroll down for an overview of the New Year's Eve Budget Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.

          Highlights

          • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, with the locals!
          • See Pyongyang's highlights and tour the capital on the first day of 2020
          • Take a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the world's deepest metro system
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. December 30 | Monday

            *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

            PM

            • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
            • 17:00 | Train travelers depart Beijing Station 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.

            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

          2. December 31 | Tuesday

            Arrival day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Dinner on Pyongyang’s Rainbow Boat on the Taedong River where we'll have our New Year’s Eve Party with a great view on Kim Il Sung Square and the fireworks display!

            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.

          3. December 31 | Tuesday

            New Year's Eve

            AM

            • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1 hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
            • Chongsam-ri Co-operative Farm | The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the lace where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.
            • West Sea Barrage | An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats. Breathtaking winter scenery.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang via the riverside road.
            PM
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
            • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 | Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
            • Dinner on Pyongyang’s Rainbow Boat on the Taedong River where we'll have our New Year’s Eve Party with a great view on Kim Il Sung Square and the fireworks display!
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          4. January 1 | Wednesday

            New Year's Day

            AM

            • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
            • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.

            PM

            • 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.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Munsu Water Park | We’ll take a break at this outdoor and 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)
            • Golden Lane 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 airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
            Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          5. January 2 | Thursday


            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking. For this tour, we highly recommend train departure or at least leaving your schedule flexible for train departure to Beijing. In 2019, Air Koryo did not operated a flight on January 2.


            AM
            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return and Thursday flights in January are subject to cancellation.

            OR

            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday January 3 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
            End of Tour

        • Extras

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (New Year's 2019)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR. Please note that the Air Koryo flight on 2 January at the end of the tour has yet to be confirmed. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

            See more
          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

            See more
          • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

            The DPRK’s ski season — yes, it has a ski season! — usually runs from December to March. Add on two extra nights to your winter tour and you'll have the rare chance to try out the nine main runs at Masikryong — the DPRK’s only ski resort. This place has been widely reported on, yet is not often visited. Sign up to this ski option, and be one of the first to experience it.

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          • 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.

            See more
          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

            Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

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          • Hotel booking in Beijing

            Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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          • 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
            Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
            Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
            All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
            Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours Tour Leader
            All transportation in the DPRK
          • Not included
            North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional flights between Beijing and Pyongyang (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 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
            Skiing extension (from 430 EUR)
            Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          The New Year's Eve Tour will accompanied by two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 North Korea 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 13th December, 2019.

        January 2020

        January 6 - January 11/12 2020

        North Korea Winter Budget Tour

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the quiet of winter as the country
        looks forward to the year ahead. Round-trip by train or upgrade to flight.
        Book now for early bird price!

        From 699 EUR per person

        Please apply by 20th December, 2019.

        North Korea Winter Budget Tour

        4 nights in North Korea + travel
        time between Beijing and Pyongyang

        Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the quiet of
        winter as the country looks forward to the year ahead.
        Round-trip by train or upgrade to flight. Book now
        for early bird price!

        From 699 EUR per person

        • Overall

          A North Korea winter is chilly and quiet. Already among the least visited countries in the world, visit North Korea at a time when there are even fewer travellers around and enjoy the calm and quiet as you explore the DPRK.

          This North Korea tour package includes a city tour of Pyongyang and a DMZ tour at Panmunjom, you’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where we will stop by a local school and see the Korean War headquarters of the Korean People's Army.

          The clear skies, snow-covered streets, and Koreans fully kitted out for a North Korea winter wrapped up in hats and scarves make for great pictures! Plus, you’ll be amongst the first to hear about the latest economic and political developments that DPRK has in store for the year ahead in the New Year’s Address nationwide speech.

          Our North Korea Winter budget tour is perfect for those seeking adventure travel on a budget, or those wanting a short break away. Tick North Korea off your bucket list and get a key insight into this little-explored country. Prepare yourself for a truly action-packed itinerary and a comprehensive introduction to North Korean history and society today!

          Book and pay deposit before 1 April 2019 for early bird special of 699 EUR!

          See below for an overview of tour highlights, the tour itinerary, transport options, visa information, and extras.

          Highlights

          • See Pyongyang highlights, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the Mansudae Grand Monument, the Pyongyang Metro, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo
          • Cross into South Korea at the Panmunjom Truce Village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
          • Get out of the capital, to the provincial city of Pyongsong, a centre of trade and the new economy
        • Itinerary

          Briefing Day
          1. January 6 | Monday

            *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. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

            For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.

            AM

            • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
            • 10:00 | Briefing for those departing by train.

            PM

            • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
            • 17:00 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with North Korea. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

            Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

          2. January 7 | Tuesday

            Arrival day in Pyongyang

            AM

            • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
            • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
            • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
            • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
            • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
            • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

            Overnight | The 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. January 8 | Wednesday

            Pyongsong and Pyongyang. January 8 is the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un, however, this day is not an official North Korean holiday.


            AM
            • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

            • Pyongsong City Square | Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.

            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School | One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students.

            • Konji-Ri Revolutionary Site | Wartime headquarters of the Korean People's Army and now a historic museum.

            PM

            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive
            • 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.
            • Arch of Triumph | A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
            • 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.
            • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
            • Grand People's Study House |  A giant building in Neo-traditional style overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, which serves as  North Korea's national library.
            • Optional Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a North Korean romantic comedy co-produced by Koryo Tours, at the Yanggakdo International Cinema. The ticket is approximately 10 EUR (subject to change).

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          4. January 9 | Thursday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            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. Visitations are by special request only and 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.

            • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here (we hope you won't be wearing these anyways in the middle of the North Korean winter!)

            PM

            • 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 with 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.

            • Drive 160 km south on 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.
            • On the way we'll stop by the Arch of Reunification, a large stone arch over the highway dedicated to Korean reunification.
            Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. One of our favorite hotels in the DPRK. Friendly staff, great food, and 1970's socialist design. A cozy place to stay in winter!
          5. January 10 | Friday

            Kaesong and DMZ Tour at Panmunjom

            • Sonjuk Bridge |  Historic stone bridge and the assassination of Koryo minister Jong Mong Ju in the 14th century.
            • Walk in Kaesong Old City A stroll through Kaesong old city among traditional Korean houses dating back a few centuries.
            • 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

            • Janam Hill | Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
            • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours via Sariwon Folk Street, a historic recreation of a traditional Korean street and a good rest stop to break up the drive.
            • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
            • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre, for some bowling fun, and a bulgogi BBQ restaurant farewell dinner.

            Overnight | Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

          6. January 11 | Saturday

            Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred transport method upon booking*

            AM

            • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

            OR

            • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday January 12 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

            End of Tour

        • Extras

          • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea (Standard)

            This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

          • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

            If you're heading back to Beijing by train this option lets you get off for an overnight in Dongrim before the next day's tour of Sinuiju — the border city with China. Spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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          • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

            Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme.

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          • 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.

            See more
          • 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.

          • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

            Why not take a helicopter sightseeing flight over the DPRK's capital? Grab this rare opportunity to tour the skies above the city in a 40-minute helicopter trip aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 chopper. The flight offers an unrivalled view from above, and great opportunities for photos and video from a completely different angle.

            See more
        • What is / is not included?

          • Included
            Train travel Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang by hard sleeper class with transfer in Dandong. Flight upgrades available!
            All meals on the tour apart from meals on the train
            Hotel accommodation in North Korea
            Two local English-speaking Korean guides and a driver per group
            A Koryo Tours tour leader
            All transportation in North Korea
          • Not included
            DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
            Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 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) or film screening (approx. 10 EUR)
            Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
            Spending money for souvenirs
            SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
        • Notes

          Our Koryo Budget Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

          Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.

          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 20th December, 2019.

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