DPRK (North Korea)

Group Tours

A trip to the DPRK (North Korea) is the ultimate experience. Travelling with us to Pyongyang, and beyond, is something you'll remember forever. If you need any help deciding which tour is best for you then please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're happy to answer all and any questions.

The majority of our tours are designed for first-time visitors with the purpose of making sure you see and do as much as possible in the DPRK. Touring this country is the opportunity of a lifetime for many, and we use our 24 years of DPRK experience to ensure you get the most out of your time there.

Our group tours are all-inclusive. The fee includes your travel from Beijing to Pyongyang and back, transportation while in the DPRK, all your meals and accommodation, plus two Korean tour guides, a driver, and an accompanying Koryo staff member.

Our in-house experts use their experience to decide upon the best itineraries and dates in advance. These options are designed to cover a variety of interests, and provide you with the widest selection of choice possible. Please see below for details and itineraries.

If you have any specific interests — such as architecture, education, or even fishing — and you would like your favourite topic be the focus of your tour, then we recommend you get in touch with our private tours team, and we can tailor a bespoke trip to meet your needs. You can check out our private tours via the menu at the top of the page.

Enter Pyongyang

Enjoy a high-speed glimpse into what it's like to take a tour of the DPRK's secluded capital

Students in Kim Il Sung Square

Travel over an important holiday and you may be greeted by sights such as this...

Going underground

Come ride the Pyongyang Metro with us, and the capital's citizens

About us

Take a look behind the scenes, and discover what makes the company so special.

Whether you want to experience the DPRK’s national holidays and related festivities; explore the towns or countryside; learn more about its art and culture; or even ski, cycle or hike there — we will have the tour for you. Our full list of tours can be seen below.

We’ve got options to cover all budgets, interests and expectations, but please note that tourists to the DPRK must be accompanied, at all times, by at least two Korean guides, regardless of if on a group or private trip.

At this early planning stage you should also be aware that our tours — group or private — are all-inclusive, with your fee covering international travel in and out of the DPRK (from and to China, where we are based), as well as your accommodation, guides, meals, transport etc while on tour.

GROUP TOURS

We run about 40 group tours to the DPRK every year, with our in-house experts using their experience to decide upon the best itineraries and dates in advance. These options are designed to cover a variety of interests, and provide you with the widest selection of choice possible.

Anyone interested in joining one of these group tours can do so, as long as you complete your application and pay a deposit before the set deadline — this is usually around a month before the tour’s departure.

Each group is accompanied by one of our staff, and at least two Korean guides. Numbers are capped at 20 people per group (unless stated otherwise).

Why choose a group tour?

— Every single group is led by one of our expert staff, who ensures the tour runs smoothly, is there to share their experience and insights, and is available 24/7 should you have any questions or concerns.

— Group travel is a great way to bring down the cost of visiting the DPRK, which becomes a more expensive undertaking without having the numbers of travellers needed to help bring the price down.

— We recognise most people who come with us are very independent, and not used to group travel. But the DPRK is different, of course, and our customers often say how happy they are to meet so many like-minded, interesting people, which can really add to the experience.

— You can sign up to one of our group tours confident in the knowledge that the itinerary has been carefully developed by one of Koryo’s expert team in such a way as to make sure you see and do as much as possible, and get the most out of your trip to the DPRK.

If you think a group tour is for you then the next step is to take a look at the list of available options below. Once you’ve chosen your group tour simply hit the "Book This Tour" button, and fill out the application form.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

October 2017

October 21 - October 28/29 2017

Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour

7-night tour of the
DPRK + 1 on the train

A tour de force of Korea's
unique visual arts.

From 1,999 EUR per person

Please apply by 1st October, 2017.

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Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour

7-night tour of the
DPRK + 1 on the train

A tour de force
of Korea's unique
visual arts.

From 1,999 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Korea is a visually stunning country; ancient temples and prestige socialist avenues, traditional homes and towering monumental structures, revolutionary artwork and kitsch interiors, architectural futurism and brutalism, and much more besides.

    This seven-night tour is the most in-depth look at the visual arts of the DPRK to-date and includes on-the-spot lectures by some of the artists and architects responsible for shaping visual North Korea today. We’ll also learn about their inspirations in history, philosophy, and practicalities- both modern and ancient. This is in addition to visits to some of the most iconic and architecturally significant buildings in the country, many of which are open only for participants on this tour and do not normally admit visitors.

    As an added treat we have the rare chance to visit an apartment residence in the capital and time to extensively walk the streets of the city, while fitting in the highlights of the country in Pyongyang and Kaesong.

    For those wanting to see more of the country, it is possible to add a three-night extension to Korea’s East Coast. The extension will visit the remote industrial city of Hamhung, rebuilt with the assistance of East German planners after the Korean War and only opened to tourists in 2010, and the port city of Wonsan which offers great examples of both colonial-era and the latest modern architectural styles.

    So mixing up and mashing up the ancient, the modernist, and the modern, it's far more than just the concrete boxes many imagine when they think of North Korea. We'll get to the heart of the matter and see and hear as much about the architecture of North Korea as possible – direct and on-the-spot.

    Highlights

    • Discussion on Korean architecture with professional architects from the Paekdusan Architectural Academy
    • Guided tour of Pyongyang Metro station artwork with an artist from Mansudae Art Studio
    • Rare visit to a newly built apartment building
    • City walks to view some of Pyongyang's most unique architecture
    • Highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, including the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum), DMZ, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and USS Pueblo
    • Optional extension to the East Coast of Korea, including industrial Hamhung and the port city of Wonsan
    • Plus, Korea's famed autumn scenery
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 20 - Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM
      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
      PM
      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.
    2. October 21 - Saturday

      Arrival Day

      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 JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Drive 160 km south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historical capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and near the Korean Demilitarised Zone.
      • Kayagum Performance - Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. Tip recommended (1-3 EUR per person) for this beautiful demonstration of Korean music. (A)
      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors, 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 center and Ri dynasty furniture. (AD)

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    3. October 22- Sunday

      Kaesong

      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. (A)
      • 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. (AD)
      • 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. (D)
      • 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
      • Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace - The first schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more! (AD)

      • Manwoldae and Chomsongdae - The ruins of the Koryo Dynasty palace and an ancient astronomical observatory. (A)

      • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AD)
      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day. (A)
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities with Soviet-era design. Reliable hot water (limited hours) and electricity. Funky interior design and friendly staff. One of our favorites! (A)

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    4. October 23 - Monday

      Kaesong and Sariwon

      AM
      • Gwanum Temple, Taehung Mountain Fortress, and Pakyon Waterfall - Light hike in a forested valley from a Ri Dynasty temple devoted to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy to a scenic waterfall. Part of the temple's facade remain unfinished recalling the filial devotion of the master craftsman charged with the temple's construction. A nearby cave grotto contains an intricately carved marble statue dating back to the Koryo Dynasty. The valley walk and waterfall are flanked by inscriptions from both ancient and modern visitors. Part of a mountain fortress, once charged with the defense of the ancient capital, bisects the hike. The autumn scenery provides an extra treat! (AD)
      • Drive to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and regional centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 hour drive.
      • Lunch at the March 8th (International Women's Day) Hotel, arguably the most strangest locations in the DPRK on account of its eccentric interior decor mixing socialist realism with faux classical furnishings. (D)
      PM
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, view point, and a local home. (A)
      • Songbul Temple and Jongbang Mountain Fortress - A Buddhist temple with representative Koryo Dynasty architecture in the hills above Sariwon. A room contains a wooden sculpture of one-thousand Buddhas, each with its own unique garb and facial expression. (AD)
      • Return to Pyongyang via the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a massive stone archway over the highway, and the Ri In Mo Monument, a bronze bust of one of the DPRK's 'long-term unconverted prisoners' who spent decades captive in the south after the Korean War. Both arch and monument are located near Pyongyang's Tongil (Reunification) Street and its massive modernist high-rises. A 1 hour drive. (AD)
      • Dinner at south Pyongyang's famous Duck Meat Restaurant for a taste of Korean barbecue.
      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.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    5. October 24 - Tuesday

      Pyongyang

      AM

      • Mansudae Art Studio –Centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold. (AD)

      • Paekdusan Architectural Academy - A visit to the DPRK's premier architectural design studio. We'll tour the grounds and meet with architects responsible for some of Pyongyang's most distinct buildings. (AD)
      • Lunch at the Yanggakdo Hotel Revolving Restaurant for a 360 degree view of the city.

      PM

      • Walk in Moranbong Park, or 'Magnolia Hill Park', Pyongyang's central park occupying the former inner castle of the ancient city, and home to traditional pavilions and Moranbong Theatre (1946), one of the earliest examples of post-liberation architecture. The park also contains the Liberation Tower dedicated to Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. (AD)
      • From Moranbong Park we'll continue with a walk through the Central District Walk, the modern heart of Pyongyang. We'll pass Okryugwan, Pyongyang's massive neo-traditional waterfront restaurant; the classical Taedong Cinema (1957) topped with ornate statues; Widow Paek's House, one of few colonial era buildings to have survived the Korean War; and the Taedong Gate, the old city's riverside gate, before arriving at Kim Il Sung Square. (AD)
      • Central Art Museum - A tour of Korean art from ancient tomb murals on through the socialist realism of today. (D)
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop – Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.(A)

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art



    6. October 25 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour with a Mansudae Art Studio Artist - We'll tour stations of both the Chollima and the Hyoksin Lines, each with distinctive murals, mosaics, or bronze work reflecting the station's name, accompanied by an artist from the DPRK's distinguished Mansudae Art Studio.
      • 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. Nearby is Kim Il Sung Stadium.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the centre of Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. See the nearby Chollima Monument of a mythical horse said to be able to run a 'thousand li (400 km or 250 miles)'. The Chollima was symbol of the movement to rebuild the country following the devastation of the Korean War and today has come to represent speed and quality.
      PM
      • National Embroidery Institute - Research centre, workshop, and exhibition hall for the Korean art of needlework with great views of the towering 105-story Ryugyong Hotel. (AD)
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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.(AD)
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar - Take a break from the tour at one of Pyongyang's newest bars. Seven types of beer on tap (0.50 - 1 EUR a glass).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    7. October 26 - Thursday

      Pyongyang

      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.
      • Lunch at Kwangbok Department Store Food Court - Take your pick of local dishes from this department store food court popular with the district's residents (1-5 EUR paid on the spot).
      PM
      • Walk in West Pyongyang - A walk on west Pyongyang's modernist Kwangbok Street, lined with massive modernist apartments built in the 1980's, to the retro-futuristic Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, one of the most unique structures in Korea. We'll continue on for a walk along Sports Street to view a series of stadiums and arenas originally made for the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students and dedicated to individual sports. The walk will end at the Sosan Hotel and Ryanggang Hotel, two buildings with distinct architecture, overlooking the street below. (AD)
      • Mangyondae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.(A)
      • Mangyondae Schoolchildren's Palace - Tour one of Pyongyang's two centres of extracurricular excellence where music, dance, arts, and sports are taught, followed by an hour long student performance.(AD)
      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    8. October 27 - Friday

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Changgwangwon Health Complex – Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites! (AD)
      • Future Street Walk and Apartment Visit - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture, followed by a visit to a local apartment. A trip highlight! (AD)

      • Okryugwan - A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okgyuwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.(A)
      PM
      • May Day Stadium – Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now for major sports events. (A)
      • Walk in East Pyongyang - Walk through the district on the east bank of the Taedong from the Taesong Department Store, a large shop selling foreign goods, to the Party Foundation Monument, a massive stone hammer, sickle, and writing brush sculpture representing the worker, farmer, and intellectual makeup of the party. The walk will continue to Central Youth Hall (exterior only), a large theatre and exhibition centre with space-age design. (AD)
      • 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    9. October 28 - Saturday

      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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday October 29 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      OR

      OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+650 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application). Please note a Koryo Tours tour leader will accompany this extension if six or more make a booking.

      To the East Coast!

      AM

      • Drive from Pyongyang across the width of the peninsula to the East Coast. The drive will take most of the day with stops along the way.
      • Tomb of King Tongmyong - Tomb complex of the first king of the Koguryo Kingdom and his royal retainers. Moved from its original location in today's northeast China when the Koguryo Kingdom moved its capital to Pyongyang in 427 AD. Although the original interior murals have been lost, the supporting stone work is visible. (AD)
      • Ulim Waterfall - ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover, hidden in the mountains on the road to Hamhung, to enjoy lunch and stretch your legs. (A)

      PM

      • Retirement Home of Ri Song Gye - Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated with stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth! (AD)
      Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse, Hungnam – A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke. Bring a torch!

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    10. October 29 - Sunday

      Hamhung

      AM

      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory – Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Tonghung Revolutionary Site – Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.

      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square – Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.

      PM

      • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.(A)
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more! (AD)
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse – Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Basic facilities and limited hot water.

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    11. October 30 - Monday

      Wonsan

      AM
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks – Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      PM
      • Return to Pyongyang with a rest stop a Masik Pass Ski Resort, the DPRK’s largest ski resort, for a short tour of the facilities.
      • Farewell dinner in Pyongyang

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. 

      (A) = Architecture
      (D) = Design & Art
      (AD) = Architecture, Design, and Art
    12. October 31 - Tuesday

      Departure Day for the Optional Extension. Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicated your preferred exit method upon booking*

      AM
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday November 1st at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • Korean Architecture, Art, and Design Tour - Special 3-night Extension

      For those wanting to see more of the country, it is possible to add a three-night extension to Korea’s East Coast. The extension will visit the remote industrial city of Hamhung, rebuilt with the assistance of East German planners after the Korean War and inly opened to tourists in 2010, and the port city of Wonsan which offers great examples of both colonial-era and the latest modern architectural styles.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      Meals on the tour unless specified in the itinerary and apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides

Please apply by 1st October, 2017.

November 2017

November 14 - November 18/19 2017

Kimchi Budget Tour
04

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 24th October, 2017.

Kimchi Budget Tour 4

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. November 13- Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. November 14 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. November 15 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
    4. November 16 - 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. 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.

      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • 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.

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      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.
      • 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.

      • 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: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country 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 17 - 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!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
    6. November 18 - Saturday

      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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday November 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

    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 24th October, 2017.

December 2017

December 28 - January 2/3 2018

New Year’s Eve Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Celebrate into 2018
in style, in the DPRK!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 7th December, 2017.

New Year’s Eve Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Celebrate into
2018 in style,
in the DPRK!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Celebrate in style and spend a memorable New Year in North Korea! Our New Year’s Eve tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

    It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour- come and join us on the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort; Masik Pass. Please let your tour manager know should you be interested in adding the ski extension.

    Highlights

    • Celebrating New Year’s Eve in style in the DPRK including a fireworks display!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), Victorious Fatherland Liberation Way Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. December 27 - Wednesday

      Briefing Day

      AM
      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
      PM
      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. 

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office.
    2. December 28 - Thursday

      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 JS 252 at 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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. 

      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 29 - Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 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
      • 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use 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.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. December 30 - Saturday

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Jongsong Revolutionary Site - A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      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.
      • Changwangwon Leisure Complex (haircuts, massages, swimming pool are all available!) – Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. December 31 - Sunday

      New Year's Eve

      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.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery  – Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop  – Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish.  
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
      PM
      • 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.

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • 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.
      • 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.
    6. January 1 - Monday

      New Year's Day

      AM
      • 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). 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.
      • 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.

      • Grand People’s Study House -National library and public university in neo-traditional Korean style building overlooking  Kim Il Sung Square. Gain insight into higher education and research in the DPRK and great views of Pyongyang.

      PM
      • Munsu Water Park -We’ll take a break at the indoor part of this 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).
      • 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.

      • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. January 2 - Tuesday


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

      AM
      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday January 3 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      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.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Skiing extension (430 EUR)
      Air China flight back to Beijing if skiing extension added (150 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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 7th December, 2017.

January 2018

January 9 - January 13/14 2018

Kimchi Budget Tour
01

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th December, 2017.

Kimchi Budget Tour 1

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 8 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.

    2. January 9 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.

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

    3. January 10 - 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

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. January 11 - 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. 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.

      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

      • 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.

      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      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.
      • 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.

      • 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 - 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. January 12 - 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!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. January 13 - Saturday

      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 JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday January 14 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • 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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    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 15th December, 2017.

February 2018

February 15 - February 17 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Mini Break

2 nights
in the DPRK

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join in celebrations for
one of the DPRK's biggest holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim
Jong Il on February 16th

From 880 EUR per person

Please apply by 18th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Mini Break

2 nights
in the DPRK

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join
in celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest
holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il
on February 16th

From 880 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Here’s your chance to escape the chaos of Beijing for a mini-break over the Chinese New Year holiday and experience a city tour of Pyongyang combined with joining in for the celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest holidays - the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il on February 16th.

    Join in the celebrations over one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK’s calendar – the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il on February 16th. Many special events are expected to take place in Pyongyang over this time such as the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition, a performance of the Pyongyang Circus and a Mass Dance - come along and join in!

    This tour can be combined with our Mongolia: Land of the Winter Horse Tour (February 19-22).

    Highlights

    • 76th Birthday Celebrations on February 16th!
    • Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition, Juche Tower, Party Foundation Monument, Pyongyang Metro
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
       

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

    3. February 16 - Friday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM
      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      PM
      • 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.

      • This afternoon we will have the chance to attend one or more special performances held specially to commemorate the birthday of Kim Jong Il, ranging from the Paekdusan International Figure Skating Competition to a Synchronised Swimming Display, the Symphony Orchestra or the State Circus - all of these performances are stunning and usually involve an entrance fee of approx. 20 EUR each.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A standing bar serving seven type of beer (approx. 50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!


      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. February 17 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. 
      End of Tour

      OR

      Extend and join our Mongolia: Land of the Winter Horse Tour (February 19-23) to see the country's breathtaking landscape and traditional life on the grasslands.
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 18th January, 2018.

February 15 - February 20/21 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join in celebrations for
one of the DPRK's biggest holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim
Jong Il on February 16th

From 1,550 EUR per person

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join
in celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest
holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il
on February 16th

From 1,550 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Here’s your chance to escape the chaos of Beijing over the Chinese New Year holiday and join in for the celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest holidays - the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il on February 16th.

    Many special events are expected to take place in Pyongyang over this time such as the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition, a performance of the Pyongyang Circus and a Mass Dance - come along and join in!

    It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour- try out the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort; Masik Pass. Note that this is only possible if exiting the DPRK by train. Please let your tour manager know should you be interested in adding the ski extension.

    Highlights

    • 76th Birthday Celebrations on February 16th!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ - the border with South Korea
    • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
       

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

    3. February 16 - Friday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM

      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      PM
      • 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.

      • This afternoon we will have the chance to attend one or more special performances held specially to commemorate the birthday of Kim Jong Il, ranging from the Paekdusan International Figure Skating Competition to a Synchronised Swimming Display, the Symphony Orchestra or the State Circus - all of these performances are stunning and usually involve an entrance fee of approx. 20 EUR each.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

      Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

    4. February 17 - Saturday

      Mt Myohyang

      AM
      • International Friendship Exhibition - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM
      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
      • 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. 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.
    5. February 18 - Sunday

      Pyongyang and Sariwon

      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.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      PM
      • We'll drive around one hour to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and a local home.
      • Drive onward to Kaesong, around 90 minutes drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Friendly staff, cool decorations, great local dessert and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.
    6. February 19 - Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
      • 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.
      • Return to Pyongyang. A 2.5 hour drive
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pizza Restaurant - Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. February 20 – Tuesday


      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday February 21nd at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • 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.

      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.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Skiing extension (430 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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

February 15 - February 22/23 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join in celebrations for
one of the DPRK's biggest holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim
Jong Il on February 16th

From 1,750 EUR per person

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Escape the Beijing holiday chaos and join
in celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest
holidays – the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il
on February 16th

From 1,750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Here’s your chance to escape the chaos of Beijing over the Chinese New Year holiday and join in for the celebrations for one of the DPRK's biggest holidays - the 76th birthday of Kim Jong Il on February 16th.

    Many special events are expected to take place in Pyongyang over this time such as the Kimjongilia Flower Exhibition, a performance of the Pyongyang Circus and a Mass Dance - come along and join in!

    It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour- try out the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort; Masik Pass. Note that this is only possible if exiting the DPRK by train. Please let your tour manager know should you be interested in adding the ski extension.

    Highlights

    • 76th Birthday Celebrations on February 16th!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ - the border with South Korea
    • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
    • Explore the satellite city of Pyongsong
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
       

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

    3. February 16 - Friday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM
      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      PM
      • 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.

      • This afternoon we will have the chance to attend one or more special performances held specially to commemorate the birthday of Kim Jong Il, ranging from the Paekdusan International Figure Skating Competition to a Synchronised Swimming Display, the Symphony Orchestra or the State Circus - all of these performances are stunning and usually involve an entrance fee of approx. 20 EUR each.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

      Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.
    4. February 17 - Saturday

      Mt Myohyang

      AM
      • International Friendship Exhibition - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM
      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
      • 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. 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.
    5. February 18 - Sunday

      Pyongyang and Sariwon

      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.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      PM
      • We'll drive around one hour to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, view point, and a local home.
      • Drive onward to Kaesong, around 90 minutes drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Friendly staff, cool decorations, great local dessert and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

    6. February 19 - Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
      • 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.
      • Return to Pyongyang. A 2.5 hour drive
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pizza Restaurant - Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. February 20 - Tuesday

      Pyongyang and Pyongsong

      AM

      • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 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 spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
       PM
      • Pyongyang 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.

      • Mangyondae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

      • Science and Technology Centre – Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

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


      Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - 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.

    8. February 21 - Wednesday

      Pyongsong and back to Pyongyang

      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!

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
      • 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.
      • Duck Barbecue Restaurant – South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. February 22 - Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday February 23rd at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • 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.

      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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Skiing extension (430 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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

March 2018

March 13 - March 17/18 2018

Kimchi Budget Tour
02

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 23rd February, 2018.

Kimchi Budget Tour 2

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. March 12 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. March 13 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. March 14 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. March 15 - 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. 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.

      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • 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.

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      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.
      • 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • 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: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country 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 16 - 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!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. March 17 - Saturday

      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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday March 18 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 23rd February, 2018.

April 2018

April 5 - April 8 2018

2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in the
DPRK - from Shanghai!

A quick weekender from Shanghai
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in the
DPRK - from Shanghai!

A quick weekender from
Shanghai to run in the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour departing from Shanghai is ideal for those looking for a short weekend break to join the Pyongyang Marathon. We will also show you the highlights of Pyongyang city and get you down to the DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Kaesong and DMZ Tour
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

      Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 21:00) for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
    2. April 6 - Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang - Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 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
      • 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
      • Relaxing time before dinner in the hotel

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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.

      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.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. 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.

      • 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).
      • 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!


      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      • Shower, resting time and lunch - After the ending ceremony of the marathon we'll be heading back to the hotel to recharge, shower and rest.

      PM
      • City Walk and beer bar - We'll be taking it easy this afternoon, going for a leisurely walk through Pyongyang City to take in some more of the capital's sights and visiting a local beer bar for well-deserved locally brewed beer.

      Departure

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

  • What is / is not included?

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

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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 10 2018

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Flight Exit

5 nights
in the DPRK

The perfect tour for everyone wanting to run in
the Pyongyang Marathon and also see a bit more
of the country.

From 1,620 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Flight Exit

5 nights
in the DPRK

The perfect tour for everyone wanting
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon
and also see a bit more of the
country.

From 1,620 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong / DMZ Tour
    • Pyongsong
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 4 - Wednesday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 5 - Thursday

      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 JS252 at 2:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.

      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. April 6 - Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 7 - Saturday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      • 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!

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minutes to an hour
      • 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.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 9 - Monday

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • 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).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. April 10 - Tuesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang

      AM

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

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Return Flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang - Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 10/11 2018

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Train Exit

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting to run in
the Pyongyang Marathon and also see a bit more
of the country.

From 1,570 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Train Exit

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting
to run in the Pyongyang Marathon
and also see a bit more of the
country.

From 1,570 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    As this tour exits by overnight train back to Beijing, we can also offer you tour extensions to the DPRK border town of Sinuiju and the Chinese border city of Dandong.

    Please note the DPRK does not allow for American citizens to enter or exit the country by train. As such, we are sadly unable to take American citizens on this particular tour due to its method of travel.

    If you are an American citizen please see our 5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour exiting by flight.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong / DMZ Tour
    • Pyongsong
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 4 — Wednesday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC).This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!



    2. April 5 — Thursday

      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 JS252 at 2:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.

      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. April 6 — Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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.
    4. April 7 — Saturday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      • 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!

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minutes to an hour
      • 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.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 9 - Monday

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • 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).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. April 10 – Tuesday

      Departure Day

      AM

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 11th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (apart from on the train back to Beijing)
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 8 2018

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

      Meet your Koryo Tours guide and fellow travellers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ 21:00) for your late-night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last-minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers.
    2. April 6 — Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM
      • Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast and sleep in the hotel
      • Group run on Sports Street (optional — you may also stay in the hotel) Take part in an easy training run along the capital's Sports Street, which is dedicated to — the clue's in the name — sports. You'll be passing various gymnasiums and might even see Korean runners training for the race.
      • Back to the hotel for showers and lunch
      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.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an air-gun shooting range (approx 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Dinner and back to the hotel for an early night

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Sleep in — followed by a short, easy training run on Sports Street (optional)
      • Mansudae Fountain Park The historic centre of Pyongyang, and popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). We will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s (following the Korean War).
      • Kim Il Sung Square Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. You can also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

      PM

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

    4. April 8 — Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon This is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

        Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

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

      Departure

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

  • What is / is not included?

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

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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 9 2018

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from Beijing
to join the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from
Beijing to join the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon, we will show you the highlights of Pyongyang city, including a visit to the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Thursday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office

    2. April 6 — Friday

      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 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.

      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. April 7 — Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • 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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      PM
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. 

    5. April 9 – Monday

      Departure Day

      AM

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

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 12/13 2018

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone wanting to run
in the Pyongyang Marathon and also see more
of the country.

From 1,690 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The perfect tour for everyone
wanting to run in the Pyongyang
Marathon and also see more of
the country.

From 1,690 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also spend one night in beautiful Mt Myohyang, visiting the International Friendship Exhibition.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong / DMZ Tour
    • Mt Myohyang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!


    2. April 6 - Friday

      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 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. 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, 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.

      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. April 7 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • 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 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.
      • City Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.

      PM
      • Grand People’s Study House - Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kwangbok Supermarket - Large department store selling Korean-made and foreign goods. Here it is possible to exchange foreign currency for Korean won to shop with the locals.
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight:
      Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. April 9 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • 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.
      • 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 10 - Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • 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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      PM
      • Drive to Mt Myohyang (approx. 3 hours drive north of Pyongyang)
      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.


      Overnight: Chongchon Hotel, Mt Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.
    7. April 11 - Wednesday

      Mt Myohyang

      AM

      • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
      • Pohyon Buddhist Temple - A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang via Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
      • 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).
      • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    8. April 12 - Thursday

      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 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday April 13 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides + 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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 9 2018

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to enter the Pyongyang
Marathon and starting and ending the tour in
Dandong!

From 850 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

Our budget tour allows you to
enter the Pyongyang Marathon and
starting and ending the tour in
Dandong!

From 850 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Please note the DPRK does not allow for American citizens to enter or exit the country by train. As such, we are sadly unable to take American citizens on this particular tour due to its method of travel.

    If you are an American citizen interested in taking part in the Pyongyang Marathon there are other marathon tours available.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong.

      PM

      • Exact time TBC: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Dandong. Exact briefing location TBC.
        The briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.

      Overnight: Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour.

    2. April 6 - Friday

      Departure from Dandong to Pyongyang by train

      AM
      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Dandong Railway Station (exact time and place TBC) before getting on the train to Pyongyang.
      • After crossing the border between Dandong and Sinuiju by train, customs officials board the train for customs check 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 and transfer to the hotel.

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel - very basic but comfortable hotel with limited hot water and the occasional power cut. Retro lounge area, billiards and bar. Located near the Pyongyang Sports Village.
    3. April 7 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • 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 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • 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).
      • 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: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM
      • After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll go for city walk and to a local beer bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. April 9 - Monday

      Departure day

      AM

      • The train departs from Pyongyang Railway Station at 10:10am with arrival in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approx. 5:30pm local time.

      The tour finishes in Dandong. You can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your way to Beijing or elsewhere after an amazing trip to the DPRK.


  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

  • 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
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    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 apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 7 - April 10 2018

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Run the Pyongyang Marathon by joining
a short tour departing from Beijing!

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Run the Pyongyang Marathon
by joining a short tour
departing from Beijing!

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon, we will show you the highlights of Pyongyang city, including a visit to the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo.

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office

    2. April 7 — 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 TBC time.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      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. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 9 - Monday

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • 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).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbeque Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many a teary eyed farewell.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. April 10 – Tuesday

      Departure Day

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:20am with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am.
      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 7 - April 17/18 2018

Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Beijing

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The Ultimate Spring tour of North Korea is here! Take part in the amazing
and unique Pyongyang Marathon, then join the locals celebrating the birthday
of Kim Il Sung!

From 2,070 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Beijing

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

The Ultimate Spring tour of North Korea is here!
Take part in the amazing and unique Pyongyang Marathon,
then join the locals celebrating the birthday of
Kim Il Sung!

From 2,070 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race.

    Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!

    For the truly adventurous traveler, this 10-night tour takes you over to the stunning east coast of DPRK, where you’ll visit the port city of Wonsan and have a chance to hike in the mountains of the beautiful but rarely visited Kumgangsan area.

    You’ll also go south to Kaesong, down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their face-off. This tour also visits the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    April 15th is one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK calendar – the 106th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll make sure that we’re in Pyongyang this day, soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the birthday celebrations with the locals!

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
    • Kaesong and the DMZ
    • Port City of Wonsan on the East Coast
    • The beautiful mountains of Kumgangsan
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing in Beijing (several times will be offered and the exact location is TBC). This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!


    2. April 7 — 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 1:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      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. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km 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 the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

      • Walk in the city centre – After lunch and a rest at the hotel, we’ll continue the tour with a walk in the city centre to cool down.
      • Local Beer Bar - Relax at a local bar to wrap up an exciting day.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. April 9 - Monday

      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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.

      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.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong.  A modest but comfortable 1970’s Soviet-style accommodation with friendly staff, restaurant, bar, and bookshop.
    5. April 10 - Tuesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • 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
      • 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.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR for target and pellets) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. April 11 – Wednesday

      Wonsan City and Korea’s East Coast

      AM

      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4 hour drive.
      • Sinpyong Lake Rest Stop – Known as ‘Little Kumgang’ this scenic lakeside rest stop is a preview of the scenery to come.
      • Ulim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

      PM

      • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery – Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse – Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel, Wonsan. Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

    7. April 12 – Thursday

      Mt. Kumgang

      AM

      • Drive along the East Sea to the Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area

      PM

      • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall – An 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools. A beautiful place to sit, relax and spend a few hours in nature.

      Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.

    8. April 13 – Friday

      Return to Pyongyang

      AM

      • Start back to Pyongyang (full day drive) making rest stops along the way.
      • Sijung Lake Beach – Take a break at this beachside facility on the East Sea. Take a stroll in the sand or go for a swim (2 EUR entry fee includes shower).

      PM

      • Continue drive back to Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. April 14 – Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Grand People’s Study House - Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kwangbok Supermarket - Large department store selling Korean-made and foreign goods. Here it is possible to exchange foreign currency for Korean won to shop with the locals.
      • City Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.

      PM

      • 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.
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee).
      • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    10. April 15 – Sunday

      The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holiday. April 15, 2018 is the 106th anniversary of the birthday of President Kim Il Sung.

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. Formal dress is required here. Men require a collared shirt and tie with 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. Please note that this is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.
      • 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 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.

      PM

      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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 – Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research for the country. 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.

    11. April 16 – Monday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      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!
      • Pyongsong Arts School - Local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Return to Pyongyang. 45 minute to 1 hour drive
      • 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.
      • Farewell group dinner at  Pyongyang’s famous Pizza Restaurant – Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    12. April 17 – Tuesday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 18th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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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    • 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 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three 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!

    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides + 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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 12 - April 17/18 2018

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Soak up the atmosphere and join in the celebrations
on President Kim Il Sung's 106th birthday!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 16th March, 2018.

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Soak up the atmosphere and join
in the celebrations on President
Kim Il Sung's 106th birthday!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

    April 15th is one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK calendar – the 106th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll make sure that we’re in Pyongyang this day, soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the birthday celebrations with the locals! Apart from the birthday celebrations in Pyongyang, this tour also gets you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off as well as the chance to see Nampo, a port city on the west coast where you'll have the chance to try a petrol clam BBQ!

    Highlights

    • 106th Birthday Celebrations on April 15th!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 11 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. April 12 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      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. April 13 - Friday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • 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.
      • 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. A 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 14 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective   containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • 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

      PM

      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. April 15 - Sunday

      The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holiday. April 15, 2018 is the 106th anniversary of the birthday of President Kim Il Sung.

      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.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      PM
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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’.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee) OR Symphony Orchestra.
      • 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!
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive
       

      Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.

    6. April 16 - Monday

      Nampo City Tour


      AM

      • 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.
      •  Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
      • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparkling water.

      PM

      • Drive to Pyongyang for BBQ Lunch at Mt. Ryonggak
      • Science and Technology Centre – Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.

      • 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).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    7. April 17 - 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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 19th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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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    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 16th March, 2018.

April 28 - May 5/6 2018

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the May Day festivities in Pyongyang
and stop by Nampo as well as Pyongsong.

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 30th March, 2018.

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the May Day festivities
in Pyongyang and stop by
Nampo as well as Pyongsong.

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day – a great time to travel to the DPRK! Join in the festivities with the locals by playing tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local funfair rides! As well as the May Day celebrations, our May Day Tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang and getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    You’ll also be staying at the Dragon River Spa Hotel in Nampo and visiting the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations!
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Soaking up the medicinal waters at Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School and other Pyongsong highlights
    • Pyongyang’s SciTech Center and dinner at the capital’s own Pizza Restaurant!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • Time TBC: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. April 28 - 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 JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      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. April 29 - Sunday

      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. 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. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May and July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative sight.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

      PM
      • 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).

      • 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.

      •  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: Minsok Folk Hotel - 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 center and Ri dynasty furniture.
    4. April 30 - Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ


      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.
      • 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. A 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 - Tuesday

      May Day

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. 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.

      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’.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • 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.

    6. May 2 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • 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.

      PM

      • SciTech Center - Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work!
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.


      Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.

    7. May 3 - Thursday

      Nampo City Tour

      AM
      • 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.
      • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
      • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
      • Mt. Ryonggak Barbeque - BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • 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 - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country 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.

    8. May 4 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tour

      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.
      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • 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!

      PM

      • Return to Pyongyang. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Leisurely City Walk - we'll take a long stroll from Taedong Gate, along the banks of the Taedong River towards Pyongyang's iconic Science Street which boasts unique architecture

      • Pizza Restaurant - Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. May 5 - Saturday

      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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday May 6 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      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.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 30th March, 2018.

April 28 - May 3/4 2018

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the festivities with the locals by playing
tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local
funfair rides!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 6th April, 2018.

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Join in the festivities with the locals
by playing tug-of-war in Taesongsan
Park or try out the local funfair
rides!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day – a great time to travel to the DPRK! Join in the festivities with the locals by playing a tug-of-war in Taesongsan Park or try out the local funfair rides! As well as the May Day celebrations, our May Day Tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang and getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

    Highlights

    • May Day celebrations!
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near out office!

    2. April 28 - 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 JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      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. April 29 - Sunday

      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. 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. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May and July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative sight.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

      PM
      • 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).

      • 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.

      •  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: Minsok Folk Hotel - 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 center and Ri dynasty furniture.
    4. April 30 - Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ


      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.
      • 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. A 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.
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use 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.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 - Tuesday

      May Day

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. 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.

      PM

      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • 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.


    6. May 2 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      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.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • 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.

      PM

      • SciTech Center - Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work!
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 3 - Thursday

      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 09:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday May 4th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      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.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 6th April, 2018.

May 2018

May 31 - June 2 2018

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

Our shortest tour - packed with
fun for International Children's
Day!

From 880 EUR per person

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

Our shortest tour - packed
with fun for International
Children's Day!

From 880 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This very quick trip to Pyongyang will have you there for June 1st, International Children's Day - a national holiday in the country. Apart from mingling with the locals at the funfair on their day off - you'll get to see the highlights of Pyongyang; the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and ride on the Pyongyang Metro.

    Highlights

    • International Children's Day
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • Pyongyang Metro
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 31 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel — a very green retro-futurist giant, located on modernist Kwangbok Street. Outdoor AND indoor swimming pools, and home to the best foreign karaoke in Pyongyang. One of very few of our tours to stay at this unique hotel!

    3. June 1 - Friday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair - Located very close to the Native House, this is the place to be on International Children's Day - with families enjoying their day off using the park's activities and rides. Join in the fun!
      • 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).
      PM
      • 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.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.


      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

    4. June 2 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK Hotel accommodation
    • 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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

May 31 - June 7/8 2018

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Be in Pyongyang for International Children's
Day and discover the East Coast of Korea!

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th May, 2018.

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Be in Pyongyang for International
Children's Day and discover
the East Coast of Korea!

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This week-long trip will have you in Pyongyang for some fun on International Children's Day (June 1st) and also get you over to the East Coast of Korea, where you'll see some stunning landscapes, beaches and mountains. A wonderful time of year to discover a part of the country that is not often visited but will certainly impress you with its beauty!

    Highlights

    • International Children's Day
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • Pyongyang Metro
    • The coastal city of Wonsan and the beautiful mountains of Kumgang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 31 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel — a very green retro-futurist giant, located on modernist Kwangbok Street. Outdoor AND indoor swimming pools, and home to the best foreign karaoke in Pyongyang. One of very few of our tours to stay at this unique hotel!

    3. June 1 - Friday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair - Located very close to the Native House, this is the place to be on International Children's Day - with families enjoying their day off using the park's activities and rides. Join in the fun!
      • 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).
      PM
      • 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.

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.


      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel

    4. June 2 - Saturday

      Drive to Wonsan

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way such as Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags and Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath. A 4 hour drive in total.
      PM
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp -  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery-Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel - Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.
    5. June 3 - Sunday

      Kumgangsan

      AM
      • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legends. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. On the way we will stop for a break at Sijung Guesthouse Beach, to enjoy the beach on the East Sea of Korea (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes). A total 2.5 - 3 hour drive to Kumgangsan.
      PM
      • Samil Lagoon -A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.
      • Mt. Kumgang -‘The Diamond Mountain’ -a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. So beautiful that seven fairies are said to have once descended from the heavens to bathe here. A pilgrimage place for poets, artists, intellectuals, aristocrats, and royalty in medieval times. The perfect place to spend a day or two hiking and relaxing: ‘The scenery is good and the living is too’, as the song goes.
      • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall - A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
      • Kumgangsan Hot Spa - relax in the facilities of Kumgangsan's hot spa or treat yourself to a massage (approx 10-15 USD).

      Overnight: Kumgangsan Hotel - very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Bar, billiards, massage and a great terrace with barbecue options.

    6. June 4 - Monday

      Drive back to Pyongyang

      AM
      • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan, for lunch in a local seafood restaurant.
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way.
      • 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: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
    7. June 5 - Tuesday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • 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.
      • 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. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

       

      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Ideal for those who do not want to sleep on the floor or want more reliable hot water. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

    8. June 6 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye, founder of the next dynasty, in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo Dynasty which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • 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.


      PM
      • Local school - We'll visit a Pyongyang school to tour some classrooms, recreational areas and chat to local students.
      • National Embroidery Institute -Workshop and exhibition of the Korean craft of needlework. Offers one of the best views of the 105-storey pyramidal Ryugyong Hotel.
      • Pizza Restaurant -Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
    9. June 7 - Thursday

      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 252 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday June 8 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK Hotel accommodation
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 8th May, 2018.

June 2018

June 19 - June 23/24 2018

Kimchi Budget Tour
03

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory
tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 1st June, 2018.

Kimchi Budget Tour 3

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of
basic introductory tours for the
frugal traveller in search of adventure.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of 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 jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

    Please note that we are unable to offer any discounts on this particular tour, including students and groups.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 18 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. June 19 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.
    3. June 20 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM
      • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • 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: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. June 21 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • National Gift Preservation Palace - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by Koreans in China, Japan and overseas.
      • War Heroes' Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of 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.

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

      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.
      • 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.

      • 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: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country 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. June 22 - 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!

      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • 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 on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. June 23 - Saturday

      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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday June 24 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

      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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

      See more
    • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Our Kimchi Tours are capped at 25 people per group.

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

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 1st June, 2018.

June 30 - July 7/8 2018

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Come and discover the beaches
and mountains of Korea's East
Coast!

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th June, 2018.

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Come and discover the
beaches and mountains
of Korea's East Coast!

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour will give you the chance to hit the beaches on the east coast at Wonsan and Hamhung (the DPRK’s second largest but rarely visited city) and explore the hiking trails in Mt Kumgang. The weather is beautiful at this time of year – warm during the day but not too hot. This really is a perfect tour for seeing some of the places that are not frequented by tourists. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers!

    Highlights

    • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Beaches of Wonsan and Hamhung on the beautiful east coast
    • The stunning mountain scenery of Mt Kumgang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 29 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. June 30 - 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 JS 151 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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.


      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. July 1 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • 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).
      PM
      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • 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: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors, 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 center and Ri dynasty furniture.


    4. July 2 - Monday

      Kaesong City and 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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. July 3 - Tuesday

      Drive to Hamhung

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive.
      • Stop by Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags.

      • Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
      PM
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Home of Ri Song Gye - Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years -some not appropriate for the youth!


      Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - a beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
    6. July 4 - Wednesday

      Hamhung and drive to Wonsan

      AM
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square -Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.

      • Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea of Korea. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.

      PM
        • Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
        • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp -  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
        • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

        Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel - Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

      • July 5 - Thursday

        Mt. Kumgang

        AM
        • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legends. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
        • Samil Lagoon - A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.
        PM
        • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall - A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
        • Kumgangsan Hot Spa - relax in the facilities of Kumgangsan's hot spa or treat yourself to a massage (approx 10-15 USD).

        Overnight:  Kumgangsan Hotel - very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Bar, billiards, massage and a great terrace with barbecue options.
      • July 6 - Friday

        Drive back to Pyongyang

        AM
        • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan, for lunch in a local seafood restaurant
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way
        • 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).

        • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells. 

        Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
      • July 7 - Saturday

        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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday July 8 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

        End of Tour
    7. Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

        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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

        See more
      • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
    8. What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    9. Notes

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

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 8th June, 2018.

    July 2018

    July 24 - July 28/29 2018

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Be in Pyongyang for the
    celebrations on July
    27!

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    Please apply by 29th June, 2018.

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Be in Pyongyang
    for the celebrations
    on July 27!

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    • Overall

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. This year will mark the 65th anniversary and we will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on the day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, and attending whatever dances or events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will also get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th!
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
      • A 1970s tram ride through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 23 - Monday

        Briefing Day

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
        PM
        • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.


      2. July 24 - Tuesday

        Arrival Day in Pyongyang

        AM
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. 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.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        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. July 25 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 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
        • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • 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.
        • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 26 - Thursday

        Pyongyang

        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.
        PM
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • 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.


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      5. July 27 - Friday

        Victory Day

        AM

        • 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).
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • 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’.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • 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!
        • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      6. July 28 - Saturday

        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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday July 29 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
    • Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

        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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

        If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

        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.

        See more
      • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
        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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 29th June, 2018.

    July 24 - July 31/August 1 2018

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Victory Day Celebrations
    and the beautiful Mt Myohyang!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    Please apply by 29th June, 2018.

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Victory Day Celebrations
    and the beautiful
    Mt Myohyang!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    • Overall

      July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. This year will mark the 65th anniversary and we will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on the day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, and attending whatever dances or events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off as well as to Nampo on the West Coast and up to the mountainous area of Myohyang for some light hiking and a visit to the International Friendship Exhibition.

      Highlights

      • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th!
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
      • A 1970s tram ride through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Mt Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibition
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 23 - Monday

        Briefing Day

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.
        PM
        • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
        Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office.


      2. July 24 - Tuesday

        Arrival Day in Pyongyang

        AM
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. 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.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        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. July 25 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 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
        • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • 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.
        • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 26 - Thursday

        Pyongyang

        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.
        PM
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Mangyongdae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • 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.


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      5. July 27 - Friday

        Victory Day

        AM

        • 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).
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • 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’.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • 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!
        • 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.


        Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!
      6. July 28 - Saturday

        Nampo

        AM
        • 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.
        • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - Famous cooperative farm on the road between Pyongyang and Nampo. Learn about life in rural Korea by visiting the farm's green houses and their kindergarden.
        • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant of the DPRK's most famous spring water. Tour the production line and have a sip yourself.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang on the Youth Hero Highway
        PM
        • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.

        • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
        • 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.

        • Drive 45 minute north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, centre of science and technological research, and the provincial seat of South Pyong’an province.

          Overnight: Jangsusan Hotel  - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists and one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.

        • July 29 - Sunday

          Pyongsong and Mt Myohyang

          AM
          • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
          • 2 hour drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.
          PM
          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
          • Manpok Valley Walk- A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.

          Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

        • July 30 - Monday


          AM
          • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
          • 2-3 hours drive back to Pyongyang
          PM

          • Golden Lane 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 LeisureCentre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Future Street – A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.
          • Pizza Restaurant – Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel
        • July 31 - 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 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday August 1 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
          End of Tour

      7. Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

          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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

          See more
        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

          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.

          See more
        • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
      8. What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
          SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
      9. Notes

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

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 29th June, 2018.

      August 2018

      August 11 - August 16/17 2018

      Liberation Day Short Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Join the Liberation Day celebrations in Pyongyang
      and also get to the DMZ and Korea's West
      Sea!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Short Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      Join the Liberation Day celebrations
      in Pyongyang and also get to
      the DMZ and Korea's West Sea!

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Liberation Day 2018 marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and we'll give you the chance to spend the day joining in any possible celebrations held in Pyongyang that day. Expect some dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park, and possibly joining in a Mass Dance with university students!

        Highlights

        • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th
        • Pyongyang Highlights (Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang Metro, and more)
        • Kaesong and the DMZ
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 10 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 11 - 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • 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.

          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. August 12 - Sunday

          Pyongyang

          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.
          PM
          • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use 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.
          • 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.

          • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

          • 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 - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Limited hot water, but very friendly staff.
        4. August 13 - Monday

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM
          • 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
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and cross temporarily into the south.
          • 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 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.
          • 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.

          Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!


        5. August 14 - Tuesday

          Nampo

          AM
          • 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.
          • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - A farm located between Nampo and Pyongyang. Learn about rural life in Korea and see the green houses and the farm's kindergarten.
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of Pyongyang.

          PM
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          • 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.
          • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        6. August 15 - Wednesday

          Liberation Day! A national holiday in the DPRK - expect to see some celebrations for the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation.

          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.
          • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). 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.
          • 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!
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • 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.

        7. August 16 - Thursday

          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 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 17 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
          End of Tour
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

          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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

          See more
        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

          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.

          See more
        • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
          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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 23rd July, 2018.

      August 14 - August 23/24 2018

      Liberation Day Long Tour

      9 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      A rare chance to visit Korea's
      sacred and stunning Mt Paekdu!

      From 2,390 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Long Tour

      9 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      A rare chance to visit
      Korea's sacred and
      stunning Mt Paekdu!

      From 2,390 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Liberation Day 2018 marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and we'll give you the chance to spend the day joining in any possible celebrations held in Pyongyang that day. Expect some dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park, and possibly joining in a Mass Dance with university students!

        As well as the Liberation Day festivities, a city tour of Pyongyang and visits to several other towns around Pyongyang - the highlight of this tour is a domestic charter flight to visit the sacred Mt Paekdu and Lake Chon!

        Highlights

        • Charter flight to Mt Paekdu - the sacred mountain in Korea's northeast
        • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th
        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights (ride on a 1960s trolleybus through the city - a Koryo Tours special!)
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
        • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 14 - Tuesday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM
          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM
          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • 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.

          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. August 15 - Wednesday

          Liberation Day!

          AM
          • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). 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.
          • 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!
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • 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.

          Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring - the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!



        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • 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.
          • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - A farm located between Nampo and Pyongyang. Learn about rural life in Korea and see the green houses and the farm's kindergarten.
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of Pyongyang.
          PM
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          • 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.

          • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        5. August 17 - Friday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
          • 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.
          • Jonsung Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.  Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing.
          PM
          • City Walk – We'll take a walk through central Pyongyang from the city's Grand Theatre down to Kim Il Sung Square.
          • 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!

          • 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 – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
          • Approx. 2 ½ hour drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.

          Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.

        6. August 18 - Saturday

          Mt Myohyang

          AM
          • International Friendship Exhibition - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning.
          • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
          PM
          • Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.

          • Approx. 2 ½ hour drive back to Pyongyang.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. August 19 - Sunday

          Kumsusan Palace

          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.
          PM

          • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses (a Koryo Tours special!)
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        8. August 20 - Monday

          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

          • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
          • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railway to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.
          PM
          • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerrilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerrillas lived year in and year out.

          • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighbouring villages.


          Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!
        9. August 21 - Tuesday

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

          AM
          • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
          • Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace - Centre of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children.

          • After lunch we will take our charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        10. August 22 - Wednesday

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

          • Drive 2 ½ hours drive south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

          • 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. A 45 minute drive 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.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        11. August 23 - Thursday

          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 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 24 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
          End of Tour
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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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        • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
          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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 23rd July, 2018.

      August 14 - August 16/17 2018

      Liberation Day Minibreak

      2 nights
      in the DPRK

      A quick break to Pyongyang
      for Liberation Day!

      From 880 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Minibreak

      2 nights
      in the DPRK

      A quick break
      to Pyongyang for
      Liberation Day!

      From 880 EUR per person

      • Overall

        Liberation Day 2018 marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation. It is a major public holiday in North Korea and with this short Minibreak you'll have the chance to spend the day joining in any possible celebrations held in Pyongyang that day. Expect some dancing with the locals in Moranbong Park, and possibly joining in a Mass Dance with university students!

        Highlights

        • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th
        • Pyongyang highlights
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 14 - Tuesday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

          AM
          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM
          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • 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.

          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. August 15 - Wednesday

          Liberation Day

          AM
          • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). 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 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). 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.
          • 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!
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • 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.

        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and return to Beijing by flight.

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30.
          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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

          See more
        • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
          Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
          Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
          Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
          Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
          Spending money for souvenirs
      • Notes

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

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 23rd July, 2018.

      August 18 - August 23/24 2018

      From Panmunjom to Paekdusan

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      A rare chance to visit Korea's
      sacred and stunning Mt Paekdu!

      From 1,750 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      From Panmunjom to Paekdusan

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      A rare chance to visit
      Korea's sacred and
      stunning Mt Paekdu!

      From 1,750 EUR per person

      • Overall

        From Panmunjom to Paekdusan - this tour will get you to some of the most iconic sights of the DPRK.
        We'll visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (the mausoleum of the DPRK leadership) in Pyongyang, the ancient town of Kaesong and the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) at the border to South Korea and even hop onto a charter flight to the mountainous north of the country to visit Korea's most sacred Mountain - Paekdusan.

        Join us for an unforgettable trip both for first- and second-timers- the perfect tour to get your history as well as nature fix!

        Highlights

        • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders)
        • Charter flight to Mt Paekdu - the sacred mountain in Korea's northeast
        • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 17 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 18 - 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 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • 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.

          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. August 19 - Sunday

          Kumsusan Palace

          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.
          PM

          • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses (a Koryo Tours special!)
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. August 20 - Monday


          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

          • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
          • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.
          PM
          • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.

          • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.


          Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!


        5. August 21 - Tuesday

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

          AM
          • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
          • Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace - Centre of extracurricular activities in the arts, music, and sports for local children.

          • After lunch we will take our charter flight back to Pyongyang Sunan Airport.
          PM
          • Yanggakdo Hotel - Check-in and rest.
          • Future Street- Leisurely walk in the residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        6. August 22 - Wednesday


          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM
          • Drive 2 ½ hours drive south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

          • 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. A 45 minute drive through scenic countryside.

          • Drive back to Pyongyang
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. August 23 - Thursday

          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 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 24 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
          End of Tour
      • Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

          If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          All transportation in the DPRK
        • Not included
          DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
          Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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
          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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

        Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 23rd July, 2018.

      September 2018

      September 1 - September 22/23 2018

      National Day MEGA Tour

      21 nights +
      1 on the train

      One epic life changing journey
      - our longest tour of the year!

      From 4,590 EUR per person

      Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

      National Day MEGA Tour

      21 nights +
      1 on the train

      One epic life changing
      journey - our longest
      tour of the year!

      From 4,590 EUR per person

      • Overall

        September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party of Korea, Pyongyang witnessed a rare military parade. While military parades are usually not confirmed a few weeks or even a few days before the event, September 9th 2018 is the most likely candidate for a parade in 2018. Regardless, we expect this to be a fascinating and festive time to visit the DPRK.

        This version of our Mega Tour sees everything that the DPRK has to offer on one epic life changing journey! Included in the tour cost are charter flights to the sacred Mt Paekdu and the beautiful, rarely visited Mt Chilbo. Tour the white sand beaches of the east coast and hike in stunning scenery! See more of this fascinating country than almost anyone else!

        Highlights

        • Pyongyang must-sees and surrounding towns
        • Beautiful beaches of the DPRK's East Coast
        • Sacred Mt. Paekdu and the rarely visited Northeast of the DPRK
      • Itinerary

        Briefing Day
        1. August 31 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

          • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

        2. September 1 - 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 JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Heroes' Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

          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. September 2 - Sunday

          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. 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 Central Zoo – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.

          PM
          • 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.

          • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
          • Walk along Ryomyong Street - Take a stroll along Pyongyang's newest residential street past futuristic architecture.
          • Underground Revolution Museum – Tour of this enormous museum describing the construction of the Pyongyang Metro.
          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        4. September 3 - Monday

          Pyongyang City Tour and Nampo

          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. (approx. 2 EUR to go to the top for a great view over Kim Il Sung Stadium and residential areas)

          • 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.

          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

          PM
          • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
          • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
          • 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.

          Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
        5. September 4 - Tuesday

          Sinchon and Sariwon

          AM
          • Mt. Kuwol - A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
          • Woljong Temple – Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
          • Shinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes - Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here.
          AM

            • 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.
            • Drive from Sariwon to Kaesong (approx. 1,5 hours)

            Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply – please bring a torch.
          • September 5 - Wednesday

            Kaesong

            AM
            • Janam Hill - Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
            • Panmunjom Truce Village – Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

            • Kaesong Koryo Museum (Songgyungwan Academy) - A former Confucian education school, now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site.
            • Stamp Shop - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
            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.
            • Pakyon Waterfall – Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall.

            Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Ideal for those who do not want on the floor or want limited hot water. Recommended in winter. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

          • September 6 - Thursday

            Haeju

            AM
            • Drive to the rarely visited town of Haeju (approx. 2 hrs drive, very dependent on road conditions but a guaranteed adventure), the provincial seat of South Hwanghae Province and a port city on the West Sea.
            • Gyenam Stock Farm - A livestock farm with goats, cows, and also rabbits. You can see all the processing facilities at this farm, one of the only places in the whole DPRK where tourists can see livestock.
            • Picnic lunch at Sokdam Ravine - Made up of 9 valleys spread over a large area the Sokdam scenic area is a worthy place to visit for the views alone. Sokdam ravine means the scenic spot which was seated on the 9 ravines with mountains, rocks and streams.
            PM
            • Haeju Central Square and Statues
            • Puyong Pavilion - The largest pavilion in the whole DPRK and the only one in Korea built on footstalls in water, originally built in 1500.
            • Koryo Fortress - A major military base in its day, this fortress is situated above the magnificent Suyang waterfall
            • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 2.5 hrs drive, depending on road conditions)

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
          • September 7 - Friday

            Pyongyang and drive to Mt Myohyang

            AM
            • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visit sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
            • Drive 45 minute north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, centre of science and technological research, and the provincial seat of South Pyong’an province.
            PM
            • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students where we will drop by an English class to provide some
            • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.

            • Drive approx. 2 hours further north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.

            Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke

          • September 8 - Saturday

            Mt Myohyang

            AM
            • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
            • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
            PM
            • Manpok Valley Walk- A hike passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
            • Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
            Overnight: Koryo Hotel - Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for special visiting delegations, foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.
          • September 9 - Sunday

            National Day! We expect large scale celebrations in Pyongyang today - the exact details of which will be confirmed on the spot.

            AM
            • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
            • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
            • Mangyondae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
            • 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’.

            PM
            • 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.

            • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
            • Golden Lane 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.

            Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.
          • September 10 - Monday

            Pyongyang City

            AM

            • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

            • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
            • Jonsung Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.  Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing.
            PM
            • Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
            • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
            • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

            Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.
          • September 11 - Tuesday

            Pyongyang City

            AM

            This morning you can choose to sleep in and relax at the hotel or:
            • City walk - We will take a walk through central Pyongyang from the capital's Grand Theatre down to 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!
            • Korean Central Art Museum – We’ll tour the galleries exhibiting Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The excellent local guides offer one of the best introductions to Korean culture and history.

            PM
            • Catfish Factory - Production facility for our whiskered aquatic fans. Tour the catfish ponds, control rooms and freezers. Also a great view of the East Pyongyang thermal power station.

            Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.




          • September 12 - Wednesday

            Hamhung

            AM
            • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall- Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch you legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
            PM
            • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square – Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
              • Home of Ri Song Gye – Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

              Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
            • September 13 - Thursday

              Pujon County

              AM

              • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

              PM

              • Pujon Highlands - A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

              Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse

            • September 14 - Friday

              Wonsan

              AM

              • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
              •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
              • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

              PM

              • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
              • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
              • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
              • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse - Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

              Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

            • September 15 - Saturday

              Mt Kumgang

              AM

              • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
              • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

              PM

              • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area – ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

              Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
            • September 16 - Sunday

              Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

              AM

              • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

              • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

              PM

              • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

              • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort

              • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery - Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).

              Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang


            • September 17 – Monday

              Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

              AM

              • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
              • Mt. Paekdu - ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
              • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

              PM

              • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
              • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

              Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

            • September 18 – Tuesday

              Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

              AM

              • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
              • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

              PM

              • Upon arrival at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
              •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

              Overnight: Homestay Village - The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

            • September 19 – Wednesday

              Chongjin

              AM

              • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
              • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
              • Chongjin Central Square - Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

              PM

              • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance - Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

              • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club - Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

              Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging - The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

            • September 20 – Thursday

              Hoeryong

              AM

              • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
              • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk - Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

              PM

              • Native House of Kim Jong Suk - Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
              • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
              • Kim Ki Sung Middle School - Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

              Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

            • September 21 – Friday

              Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

              AM

              • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E- Library - A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
              • Chongjin Trolley Bus – We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

              PM

              • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight.
              • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip.
              • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

              Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

            • September 22 - Saturday

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

              AM
              • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

              OR

              • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 23 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

          • Extras

            • Return by plane not train

              All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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            • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

              If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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.

              See more
            • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
              Train Pyongyang – Beijing
              All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
              Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
              A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
              All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
            • Not included
              DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
              Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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)
              The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
              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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

            Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

          Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

          September 1 - September 11/12 2018

          National Day MEGA Tour - The Highlights

          10 nights in the
          DPRK + 1 on the
          train

          One of our longest tours in
          the DPRK - See all the highlights!

          From 2,150 EUR per person

          Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

          National Day MEGA Tour - The Highlights

          10 nights in the
          DPRK + 1 on the
          train

          One of our longest
          tours in the DPRK
          - See all the highlights!

          From 2,150 EUR per person

          • Overall

            September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party of Korea, Pyongyang witnessed a rare military parade. While military parades are usually not confirmed a few weeks or even a few days before the event, September 9th 2018 is the most likely candidate for a parade in 2018. Regardless, we expect this to be a fascinating and festive time to visit the DPRK.

            Join us for one of our longest tours in the DPRK. We will cover all the best bits of Pyongyang, see the giant gift halls of Mt Myohyang, get down to Kaesong and the DMZ and venture over to the west coast to the port city of Nampo. But that's not all - you'll also get to go to the less frequently visited towns of Sinchon, Sariwon and Haeju - for more insight in DPRK countryside, history and culture. A very comprehensive and unforgettable trip awaits those who sign up for this tour!

            Highlights

            • Pyongyang must-sees and surrounding towns
            • Beautiful beaches of the DPRK's East Coast
            • Sacred Mt. Paekdu and the rarely visited Northeast of the DPRK
          • Itinerary

            Briefing Day
            1. August 31 - Friday

              AM

              • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

              PM

              • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

              Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

            2. September 1 - 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 JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
              • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
              • Heroes' Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

              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. September 2 - Sunday

              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. 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 Central Zoo – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.

              PM
              • 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.

              • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
              • Walk along Ryomyong Street - Take a stroll along Pyongyang's newest residential street past futuristic architecture.
              • Underground Revolution Museum – Tour of this enormous museum describing the construction of the Pyongyang Metro.
              Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
            4. September 3 - Monday

              Pyongyang City Tour and Nampo

              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. (approx. 2 EUR to go to the top for a great view over Kim Il Sung Stadium and residential areas)

              • 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.

              • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

              PM
              • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
              • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
              • 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.

              Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compound with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Bring a torch! Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong.
            5. September 4 - Tuesday

              Sinchon and Sariwon

              AM
              • Mt. Kuwol - A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
              • Woljong Temple – Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
              • Shinchon Town and Museum of US War Crimes - Recently renovated museum dedicated to ‘crimes committed by the US imperialists’. Located on the site of a civilian massacre, the museum has an array of harrowing exhibits, displays, and panoramas on the haunting events that took place in this region during the war. Not for the faint at heart and sensitivity is called for here.
              AM

                • 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.
                • Drive from Sariwon to Kaesong (approx. 1,5 hours)

                Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong - Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply – please bring a torch.
              • September 5 - Wednesday

                Kaesong

                AM
                • Janam Hill - Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
                • Panmunjom Truce Village – Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                • Kaesong Koryo Museum (Songgyungwan Academy) - A former Confucian education school, now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from the time. One of Kaesong’s many UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                • Stamp Shop - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more. One of the best postcard collections in the country.
                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.
                • Pakyon Waterfall – Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall.

                Overnight: Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Ideal for those who do not want on the floor or want limited hot water. Recommended in winter. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

              • September 6 - Thursday

                Haeju

                AM
                • Drive to the rarely visited town of Haeju (approx. 2 hrs drive, very dependent on road conditions but a guaranteed adventure), the provincial seat of South Hwanghae Province and a port city on the West Sea.
                • Gyenam Stock Farm - A livestock farm with goats, cows, and also rabbits. You can see all the processing facilities at this farm, one of the only places in the whole DPRK where tourists can see livestock.
                • Picnic lunch at Sokdam Ravine - Made up of 9 valleys spread over a large area the Sokdam scenic area is a worthy place to visit for the views alone. Sokdam ravine means the scenic spot which was seated on the 9 ravines with mountains, rocks and streams.
                PM
                • Haeju Central Square and Statues
                • Puyong Pavilion - The largest pavilion in the whole DPRK and the only one in Korea built on footstalls in water, originally built in 1500.
                • Koryo Fortress - A major military base in its day, this fortress is situated above the magnificent Suyang waterfall
                • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 2.5 hrs drive, depending on road conditions)

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              • September 7 - Friday

                Pyongyang and drive to Mt Myohyang

                AM
                • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visit sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
                • Drive 45 minute north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang, centre of science and technological research, and the provincial seat of South Pyong’an province.
                PM
                • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students where we will drop by an English class to provide some
                • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.

                • Drive approx. 2 hours further north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.

                Overnight: Chongchon Hotel - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke

              • September 8 - Saturday

                Mt Myohyang

                AM
                • International Friendship Exhibition - A subterranean exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by foreign states, leaders, and organizations. The exhibition is a fascinating look into material culture in the second half of the 20th century. Highlights include a plane given by the Soviet Union, basketball signed by Michael Jordan from the US State Department, and vodka given by Dennis Rodman. The visit takes most of the morning. Presentable dress required.
                • Pohyon Buddhist Temple -A peaceful temple dating back to 1042 with stone pagoda and repository of a print blocks and historic text of the Tripitaka Koreana, Buddhist scriptures first produced to invoke divine assistance from foreign invasion during the Koryo Dynasty.
                PM
                • Manpok Valley Walk- A hike passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
                • Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
                Overnight: Koryo Hotel - Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for special visiting delegations, foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.
              • September 9 - Sunday

                National Day! We expect large scale celebrations in Pyongyang today - the exact details of which will be confirmed on the spot.

                AM
                • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                • Mangyondae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                • 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’.

                PM
                • 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.

                • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Golden Lane 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.

                Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.
              • September 10 - Monday

                Pyongyang City

                AM

                • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.

                • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
                • Jonsung Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.  Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing.
                PM
                • Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street. A Koryo exclusive!
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

                Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.
              • September 11 - Tuesday

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

                AM
                • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

                OR

                • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 12th at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

            6. Extras

              • Return by plane not train

                All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

                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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

                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.

                See more
              • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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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            7. What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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)
                The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
                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
            8. Notes

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

              Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

            September 8 - September 13/14 2018

            DPRK National Day Tour

            5 nights in the
            DPRK + 1 on the
            train

            Be in Pyongyang for
            the holiday of the
            year!

            From 1,650 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            DPRK National Day Tour

            5 nights in the
            DPRK + 1 on the
            train

            Be in Pyongyang
            for the holiday
            of the year!

            From 1,650 EUR per person

            • Overall

              September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party of Korea, Pyongyang witnessed a rare military parade. While military parades are usually not confirmed a few weeks or even a few days before the event, September 9th 2018 is the most likely candidate for a parade in 2018. Regardless, we expect this to be a fascinating and festive time to visit the DPRK.

              Highlights

              • National Day Celebrations!
              • Pyongyang highlights (Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang Metro and more...)
              • Kaesong and the DMZ
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 7 - Friday

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                PM

                • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

                Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

              2. September 8 - 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 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. 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.
                • 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.

                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. September 9 - Sunday

                National Day! We expect large scale celebrations in Pyongyang today - the exact details of which will be confirmed on the spot.

                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.
                • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                PM
                • Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. 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 one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • 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). This visit is weather-dependant.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              4. September 10 - Monday

                AM
                • 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.
                • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                • 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 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
                • 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.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              5. September 11 - Tuesday

                AM

                • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                • Mangyongdae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                PM
                • 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.
                • 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 west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 2 ½ hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.


                Overnight: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel - Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!

              6. September 14 - Wednesday

                AM
                • 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.
                • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - Famous cooperative farm on the road between Pyongyang and Nampo. Learn about life in rural Korea by visiting the farm's green houses and their kindergarden.
                • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant of the DPRK's most famous spring water. Tour the production line and have a sip yourself.
                • Drive back to Pyongyang on the Youth Hero Highway
                PM
                • 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.
                • Golden Lane 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.
                • Farewell dinner at Duck Barbeque Restaurant – South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.
                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
              7. September 13 - Thursday

                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 JS251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

                OR

                • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday September 14 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

                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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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              • Return by plane not train

                All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional flight exit surcharge of 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. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.

              Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            September 8 - September 11/12 2018

            DPRK National Day Minibreak

            3 nights
            in the DPRK

            Be in Pyongyang for
            the holiday of the
            year!

            From 990 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            DPRK National Day Minibreak

            3 nights
            in the DPRK

            Be in Pyongyang
            for the holiday
            of the year!

            From 990 EUR per person

            • Overall

              This short tour will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating and festive time of the year!

              September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party of Korea, Pyongyang witnessed a rare military parade. While military parades are usually not confirmed a few weeks or even a few days before the event, September 9th 2018 is the most likely candidate for a parade in 2018.

              Highlights

              • National Day Celebrations!
              • Kaesong and the DMZ
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 7 - Friday

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                PM

                • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

                Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

              2. September 8 - 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 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. 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.
                • 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.

                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. September 9 - Sunday

                National Day! We expect large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang today - the details of which will be confirmed on the spot.

                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.
                • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                PM
                • Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. 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 one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • 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). This visit is weather-dependant.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              4. September 10 - Monday

                AM
                • 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.
                • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                • 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 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
                • 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.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              5. September 11 - Tuesday

                Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight.

                AM

                • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.
            • Extras

              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

                See more
              • 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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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
                Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                Spending money for souvenirs
            • Notes

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

              Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            September 11 - September 22/23 2018

            Unseen Korea

            11 nights in the
            DPRK + 1 on the
            train

            All the less-visited parts of
            the country - see what others
            do not!

            From 2,890 EUR per person

            Please apply by 20th August, 2018.

            Unseen Korea

            11 nights in the
            DPRK + 1 on the
            train

            All the less-visited
            parts of the country
            - see what others do
            not!

            From 2,890 EUR per person

            • Overall

              Ideal for those who have seen 'normal' DPRK before, or those looking for more adventure in their tour. This trips takes in the East Coast of DPRK (Wonsan and Hamhung cities, Mt. Kumgang) sacred Mt. Paekdu, industrial Chongjin, scenic and stunning Mt. Chilbo, and remote Hoeryong. As well as some of the quirkier and more esoteric parts of Pyongyang too! Including domestic charter flights on classic aircraft, meeting locals in remote and unfamiliar areas, and so much more!

              Highlights

              • Mt. Paekdu
              • Remote Hamhung and Hoeryong
              • Mt. Chilbo and Mt. Kumgang Mountains
              • Coastal Wonsan
              • Unusual Pyongyang
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 10 - Monday

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                PM

                • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

                Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

              2. September 11 - Tuesday

                Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                AM

                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • 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.
                • Hero’s Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.

                Overnight: Koryo Hotel - Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for special visiting delegations, foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.

              3. September 12 - Wednesday

                Hamhung

                AM
                • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall- Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch you legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
                PM
                • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square – Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
                  • Home of Ri Song Gye – Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

                  Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
                • September 13 - Thursday

                  Pujon County

                  AM

                  • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

                  PM

                  • Pujon Highlands - A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

                  Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse

                • September 14 - Friday

                  Wonsan

                  AM

                  • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
                  •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
                  • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

                  PM

                  • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
                  • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
                  • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
                  • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse - Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

                  Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

                • September 15 - Saturday

                  Mt Kumgang

                  AM

                  • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
                  • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                  PM

                  • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area – ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

                  Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
                • September 16 - Sunday

                  Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

                  AM

                  • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

                  • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

                  PM

                  • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

                  • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort

                  • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery - Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).

                  Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang


                • September 17 – Monday

                  Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

                  AM

                  • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
                  • Mt. Paekdu - ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
                  • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

                  PM

                  • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
                  • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

                  Overnight: Paegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon - Very basic hotel with limited hot water. Bring a torch!

                • September 18 – Tuesday

                  Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

                  AM

                  • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
                  • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

                  PM

                  • Upon arrival at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
                  •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

                  Overnight: Homestay Village - The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

                • September 19 – Wednesday

                  Chongjin

                  AM

                  • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
                  • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
                  • Chongjin Central Square - Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance - Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

                  • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club - Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

                  Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging - The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

                • September 20 – Thursday

                  Hoeryong

                  AM

                  • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
                  • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk - Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

                  PM

                  • Native House of Kim Jong Suk - Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
                  • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
                  • Kim Ki Sung Middle School - Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

                  Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

                • September 21 – Friday

                  Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E- Library - A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
                  • Chongjin Trolley Bus – We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

                  PM

                  • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight.
                  • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip.
                  • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                • September 22 - Saturday

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

                  AM
                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

                  OR

                  • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 23 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

              4. Extras

                • Return by plane not train

                  All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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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. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

                  If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. 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. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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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 five hotels on offer with different levels of comfort with most being located a short walk from our office, and one located at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 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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              5. What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                  A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (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)
                  The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
                  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

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

                Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

              Please apply by 20th August, 2018.

              September 29 - October 4/5 2018

              China National Day Tour

              5 nights in the
              DPRK + 1 on the
              train

              Escape to DPRK during
              China's National Holiday!

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