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 25 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 60 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 at least two Korean guides. Numbers are capped at 20 people per group (unless stated otherwise) and we send a Koryo Tours tour leader with groups of 10 or larger.

Why choose a group tour?

— 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!

Our tours for April and early May 2019 are currently online. Use the search function below to find the tours. Please note that our tours for May Day start in April.

July 2018

July 24 - July 28/29 2018

Victory Day Short Tour

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

Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances, locals picnicking
at the park, and other festivities! This tour will also visit Kaesong and the DMZ. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 975 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th July, 2018.

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Victory Day Short Tour

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

Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that
will see mass dances, locals picnicking at the park, and other festivities!
This tour will also visit Kaesong and the DMZ. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 975 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 historic Kaesong, capital of the Koryo Dynasty, along the modern the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

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

    Transport Options

    Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

    Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

    Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

    Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

    Visa Information

    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

    Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

    Highlights

    • Victory Day celebrations on July 27th in Pyongyang
    • Pyongyang Metro Tour
    • 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 Armistice Village and the Korean Demilitarised Zone in sight of South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. July 23 // Monday

      Briefing Day

      *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

    2. July 24 // Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, andSpanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. The central point of the country from which road distances are measured and mass demonstrations/parades held.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

      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
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung.  A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting. 
      • 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.
      • 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.


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

      The 65th anniversary of  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!
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new bar serving seven type of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best lace to drink pints with local people .
      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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday July 29 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Entry and Exit Method

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

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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    • Upgrade to your own room

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation
      Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
      All transportation in North Korea
    • Not included
      North Korean visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
      Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

Please apply by 10th July, 2018.

July 24 - July 31/August 1 2018

The Victory Day Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances and other
festivities! This tour will also travel to Kaesong, the DMZ, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight

From 1,349 EUR per person

Please apply by 10th July, 2018.

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The Victory Day Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays
that will see mass dances and other festivities! This tour will also
travel to Kaesong, the DMZ, Nampo, and Mt. Myohyang. Round-trip by
train or upgrade to flight

From 1,349 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.

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

    Transport Options

    Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

    Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

    Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

    Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

    Visa Information

    We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

    Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

    Highlights

    • 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

      *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

    2. July 24 // Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Buy Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, andSpanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. The central point of the country from which road distances are measured and mass demonstrations/parades held.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

      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

      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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.
      • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • 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.
      • 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.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. July 27 // Friday

      The 65th anniversary of 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!
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new bar serving seven type of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best lace to drink pints with local people .
      • 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, Nampo. Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!
    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, Pyongsong. 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, Mt. Myohyang. 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, Pyongyang.
      • July 31 // Tuesday

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

        AM

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

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday August 1 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour

    7. Extras

      • Entry and Exit Method

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

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    8. What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        All transportation in North Korea
      • Not included
        North Korean visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    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 10th July, 2018.

    August 2018

    August 11 - August 16/17 2018

    Liberation Day Short Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join the celebrations for Liberation Day! This tour will see the highlights of Pyongyang,
    Kaesong, the DMZ, and travel to Nampo on the West coast. Round-trip by train or
    upgrade to flight.

    From 1,149 EUR per person

    Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

    Liberation Day Short Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    Join the celebrations for Liberation Day! This tour will
    see the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, and
    travel to Nampo on the West coast. Round-trip by train
    or upgrade to flight.

    From 1,149 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!

      On the tour you'll also visit the historic city of Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo dynasty, located along the modern Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and the industrial port city of Nampo at the mouth of the Taedong River.

      Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour, and how each one related to the visa requirements for China. The default option is round-trip train travel from Beijing to Pyongyang and back again, however train entry will not be possible during August. Flight upgrades are available. See below for more details.

      Transport Options

      TRAIN ENTRY IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THIS TOUR

      Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 23-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately two hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR] THIS OPTION IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THIS TOUR

      Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 23 hours): We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. [+199 EUR]

      Option 3 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

      Visa Information

      We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

      Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.

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

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

      Highlights

      • Liberation Day celebrations on August 15th
      • Pyongyang Highlights (Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang Metro, and more)
      • Historic Kaesong and the Demilitarised Zone
      • Industrial Nampo and the West Sea Barrage
      • Soak in the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 10 // Friday

        *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

        AM

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

        PM

        • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
        • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
        Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
      2. August 11 // Saturday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang

        AM

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

        PM

        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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.
        • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

        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, Kaesong. 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, Nampo. 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:25 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 17 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour

    • Extras

      • Entry and Exit Method

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

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

        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.

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

        This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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      • 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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    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong (train entry not possible on this tour)
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Notes

      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 North Korea +Beijing-Pyongyang
    travel time

    Join the celebrations in Pyongyang for Liberation Day! This tour also offers a rare chance to visit Korea's
    sacred Mt. Paekdu — an awe-inspiring volcanic crater in the country’s far North that is seen as the birthplace
    of the Korean Revolution.

    From 1,849 EUR per person

    Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

    Liberation Day Long Tour

    9 nights in North Korea +Beijing-Pyongyang
    travel time

    Join the celebrations in Pyongyang for Liberation Day! This tour also
    offers a rare chance to visit Korea's sacred Mt. Paekdu — an awe-inspiring
    volcanic crater in the country’s far North that is seen as the birthplace
    of the Korean Revolution.

    From 1,849 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

        Briefing Day

        *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

        AM

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

        PM

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

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

      2. August 14 // Tuesday

        Arrival Day in Pyongyang

        AM

        • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        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, Nampo //  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, Mt Myohyang //  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 transport method upon booking*

        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at  11:30.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday August 24 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

        End of Tour



    • Extras

      • Entry and Exit Method

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

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        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 2018

    Liberation Day Minibreak

    2 nights in
    North Korea

    This short tour will get you to Pyongyang for Liberation Day to see mass dances and
    other celebrations. This tour will also visit the highlights of Pyongyang — all within
    a short weekend getaway!

    From 880 EUR per person

    Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

    Liberation Day Minibreak

    2 nights in
    North Korea

    This short tour will get you to Pyongyang for Liberation
    Day to see mass dances and other celebrations. This tour
    will also visit the highlights of Pyongyang — all within
    a short weekend getaway!

    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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.
        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.

        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 four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

        See more
    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
    • Notes

      Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This tour will take you across North Korea, all the way from the DMZ with South Korea to sacred Mt.
    Paektu in the country’s far North. A rare chance to visit this stunning volcanic crater and see a
    little-visited part of the country!

    From 1,399 EUR per person

    Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

    From Panmunjom to Paekdusan

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This tour will take you across North Korea, all the way from the
    DMZ with South Korea to sacred Mt. Paektu in the country’s far North.
    A rare chance to visit this stunning volcanic crater and see a little-visited
    part of the country!

    From 1,399 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 - Mount Paektu.

      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. Paektu - the sacred mountain in Korea's northeast
      • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 17 // Friday

        *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

        AM

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

        PM

        • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
        • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
        Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.

      2. August 18 // Saturday

        Arrival day in Pyongyang

        AM

        • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

        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 Paektu!

        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.
        • Mount Paektu + 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. Paektu 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

        OR

        • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:25 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 17 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
        End of Tour



    • Extras

      • Entry and Exit Method

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

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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      • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

        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.

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      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        All transportation in the DPRK
      • Not included
        North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
        Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
        Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
        SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
    • Notes

      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 27 - August 30/31 2018

    Youth Day Short Budget Tour

    3 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    This tour is the ideal quick getaway to see some of North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring. Exclusive
    activities on this tour include cycling through Pyongyang and a special tour of Pyongyang’s May Day stadium
    — the largest stadium in the world!

    From 905 EUR per person

    Please apply by 6th August, 2018.

    Youth Day Short Budget Tour

    3 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    This tour is the ideal quick getaway to see some of North Korea’s highlights
    on a shoestring. Exclusive activities on this tour include cycling through
    Pyongyang and a special tour of Pyongyang’s May Day stadium — the largest
    stadium in the world!

    From 905 EUR per person

    • Overall

      This end of the summer budget tour is a brief introduction to the DPRK. We’ll join in the Youth Day celebrations with university students and tour the highlights of Pyongyang by bike before finishing off at Munsu Water Park to relax with the locals. Since Youth Day is also the Navy Day our visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum will have a focus on the Korean People’s Navy and we will meet a crew member of one of the vessels that captured USS Pueblo in 1968. We will tour the May Day Stadium that hosted the Arirang Mass Games for 12 years during this time of the year. Early risers can have a morning run on Pyongyang's Sports Street and be overtaken by DPR Korea athletes during their morning training.

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

      Highlights

      • Youth Day celebrations on August 28
      • Pyongyangy Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
      • Pyongyang City Cycling
      • The USS Pueblo story
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 26 - Sunday

        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. August 27 - Monday

        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 12:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Walk in the city centre – Walk from Pyongyang's central square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then On the way we'll pass government ministries, 1950's socialist apartments, and theatres.

        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. August 28 - Tuesday

        Navy Day and Youth Day

        AM

        • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo - We’ll 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • May Day Stadium – We’ll tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.

        PM

        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre – Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
        • Dinner in the Bowling Centre's bulgogi restaurant.
        • 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:
        Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 29 - Wednesday

        Pyongyany City Tour and City Cycling

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

          • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

          • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
        • Munsu Water Park – We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
        • 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, Pyongyang
      5. August 30 - Thursday

        Departure Day from Pyongyang


        AM

        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS251 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35 am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
        OR
        • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:25 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 31 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

        This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 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.

        See more
      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

        See more
      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

        See more
    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
        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

      Koryo Budget 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 6th August, 2018.

    August 27 - September 1/2 2018

    Youth Day Long Budget Tour

    5 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    This tour is ideal for those who want to see North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring. This tour will
    also have the unique opportunity to meet a crew member of one of the vessels that captured USS Pueblo
    in 1968, on North Korea’s Navy Day.

    From 1,190 EUR per person

    Please apply by 6th August, 2018.

    Youth Day Long Budget Tour

    5 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    This tour is ideal for those who want to see North Korea’s highlights
    on a shoestring. This tour will also have the unique opportunity to
    meet a crew member of one of the vessels that captured USS Pueblo
    in 1968, on North Korea’s Navy Day.

    From 1,190 EUR per person

    • Overall

      This end of the summer budget tour is a brief introduction to the DPRK. We’ll join in the Youth Day celebrations with university students and tour the highlights of Pyongyang by bike before finishing off at Munsu Water Park to relax with the locals. Since Youth Day is also the Navy Day our visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum will have a focus on the Korean People’s Navy and we will meet a crew member of one of the vessels that captured USS Pueblo in 1968. We will tour the May Day Stadium that hosted the Arirang Mass Games for 12 years during this time of the year. Early risers can have a morning run on Pyongyang's Sports Street and be overtaken by DPR Korea athletes during their morning training.

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

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

      Highlights

      • Youth Day celebrations on August 28
      • Pyongyangy Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
      • Pyongyang City Cycling
      • The USS Pueblo story
      • Panmunjom/DMZ and the Concrete Wall with the view of the DMZ
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. August 26 - Sunday

        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. August 27 - Monday

        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 12:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Walk in the city centre – Walk from Pyongyang's central square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then On the way we'll pass government ministries, 1950's socialist apartments, and theatres.

        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. August 28 - Tuesday

        Navy Day and Youth Day

        AM

        • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo - We’ll 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • May Day Stadium – We’ll tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums, once used for the DPRK’s Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events.

        PM

        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre – Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
        • Dinner in the Bowling Centre's bulgogi restaurant.
        • 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:
        Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang
      4. August 29 - Wednesday

        Pyongyany City Tour and City Cycling

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

          • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

          • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
        • Munsu Water Park – We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
        • 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, Pyongyang
      5. August 30 - Thursday

        Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, Drive to Kaesong via 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

        • Drive to Sariwon (1.5 hour)
        • Sariwon Folk Village and City View - Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
        • Continue driving to Kaesong (2.5 hours).

          Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - 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.
        • August 31 - Friday

          Kaesong and 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. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang via the Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to the joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’ (2.5 hours drive).
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar - A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
          • Farewell dinner in the Pizza Restaurant, one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.
          • Future Street - A walk through a newly built street of residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.

          Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang
        • September 1 - 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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:25 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 2 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
      6. Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 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.

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        • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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        • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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        • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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      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
          Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
          For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
          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
      8. Notes

        Koryo Budget 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 6th August, 2018.

      September 2018

      September 1 - September 22/23 2018

      National Day MEGA Tour

      21 nights in the DPRK +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      This epic life changing journey is our longest tour of the year! Visit all places one can visit in
      North Korea — from Hamhung and Chongjin, to Wonsan, Nampo, Mt. Kumgang, and even Mt. Paekdu! See the
      Mass Games and maybe a military parade!

      From 3,999 EUR per person

      Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

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      National Day MEGA Tour

      21 nights in the DPRK +
      Beijing-Pyongyang travel
      time

      This epic life changing journey is our longest tour of the year! Visit
      all places one can visit in North Korea — from Hamhung and Chongjin,
      to Wonsan, Nampo, Mt. Kumgang, and even Mt. Paekdu! See the Mass Games
      and maybe a military parade!

      From 3,999 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks.

        After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
        This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

        This version of our Mega Tour sees everything that the DPRK has to offer. 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! You will see more of this fascinating country than almost anyone else!

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

        Transport Options

        Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

        Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

        Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

        Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

        Visa Information

        We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

        Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

        Highlights

        • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
        • 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

          *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

          AM

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

          PM

          • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
          • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
          Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
        2. September 1 // Saturday

          Arrival Day in Pyongyang

          AM
          • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
          • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

          PM

          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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.
          • Sinchon 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, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
            • 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, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke

          • September 8 // Saturday

            Mt Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibition

            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. 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

            North Korea’s National Day - the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

            On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

            For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!


            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 on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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

            The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

            We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.


            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!
            • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

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

            Pyongyang City Tour

            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, Majon. 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, 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.

            • 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, Mt. Chilbo. 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, Chongjin. 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, Hoeryong.  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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

              OR

              • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday September 23 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
          • Extras

            • Entry and Exit Method

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

            • Upgrade to your own room

              All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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            • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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            • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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            • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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            • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

              This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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            • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

              Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

          • What is / is not included?

            • Included
              Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
              Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
              All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
              Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
              Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
              For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
              All transportation in the DPRK (including 3 national charter flights)
            • Not included
              DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
              Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
              Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
              Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
              Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
              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 +
          Beijing-Pyongyang travel
          time

          This is one of our longest tours to North Korea that will show you ALL the highlights of
          the DPRK— including rarely visited places like Sinchon, Sariwon, and Haeju! See the Mass
          Games and maybe a military parade!

          From 1,599 EUR per person

          Please apply by 10th August, 2018.

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          National Day MEGA Tour - The Highlights

          10 nights in the DPRK +
          Beijing-Pyongyang travel
          time

          This is one of our longest tours to North Korea that will show
          you ALL the highlights of the DPRK— including rarely visited
          places like Sinchon, Sariwon, and Haeju! See the Mass Games
          and maybe a military parade!

          From 1,599 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks.

            After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
            This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

            This tour is 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!

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

            Transport Options

            Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

            Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

            Visa Information

            We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

            Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

            Highlights

            • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
            • Pyongyang highlights
            • Mysterious Mt. Myohyang
            • Nampo, port city of Pyongyang and the DPRK's industrial heartland
            • Beautiful Mt. Kuwol and the Chaeryong Plains
            • Historic Kaesong and the DMZ
          • Itinerary

            Briefing Day
            1. August 31 // Friday

              *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

              AM

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

              PM

              • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
              • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
              Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
            2. September 1 // Saturday

              Arrival Day in Pyongyang

              AM
              • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
              • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

              PM

              • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
              • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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, Nampo. 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, Sariwon, and Mt. Kuwol

              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, My Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke

              • September 8 // Saturday

                Mt Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibion

                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. 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

                North Korea’s National Day – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

                For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!


                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 on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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

                The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

                We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.

                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!
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.
                Overnight // 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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note that for bookings made on or after June 21, 2018 only the train exit option is available.

                OR

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

                End of Tour.

            6. Extras

              • Entry and Exit method - National Day Mega Tour The Highlights

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

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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              • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

                This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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              • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

            7. What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                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
            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 7 - September 14/15 2018

            North Korea National Day 70th Anniversary 7 Night Tour

            7 nights in North Korea for National
            Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time

            New! Join in the National Day festivities in Pyongyang and the Mass Games, see
            historic Kaesong and the DMZ and mysterious Mt. Myohyang. Round-trip by train
            or upgrade to flight.

            From 1,349 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            North Korea National Day 70th Anniversary 7 Night Tour

            7 nights in North Korea for National
            Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time

            New! Join in the National Day festivities in Pyongyang
            and the Mass Games, see historic Kaesong and the DMZ
            and mysterious Mt. Myohyang. Round-trip by train or
            upgrade to flight.

            From 1,349 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of a military parade, mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In addition, North Korea's Mass Games- a 100,000 person coordinate performance of dance, gymnastics, and more - are back for 2018 after a 5-year hiatus. The Mass Games are set to run from September 9th until the end of the month.

              This 7-night tour will visit Pyongyang for the National Day Celebrations and the Mass Games as well as visit historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, located near the modern Demilitarised Zone which divides the Korean Peninsula. We'll also travel north to Mt. Myohyang, the scenic 'mountain of mysterious fragrance', to visit the enormous underground International Friendship Exhibition, storage place to gifts given to North Korea's leaders over the years.

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

              Transport Options

              Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

              Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

              Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

              Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

              Visa Information

              We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

              Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

              Highlights

              • National Day celebrations and festivities: An expected military parade, mass dances, fireworks, and the Mass Games.
              • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun(mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
              • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's specialty, at Okryugwan, Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
              • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
              • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
              • Mt. Myohyang, the 'mountain of mysterious fragrance' and the enormous International Friendship Exhibition, subterranean storehouse of gifts to North Korea's leaders.
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 6 // Thursday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                AM

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

                PM

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

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

              2. September 7 // Friday

                Arrival day in Pyongyang

                AM

                • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • After arrival in Pyongyang, the those arriving by flight will immediately depart to Mt. Myohyang (a 2 hour drive).
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • After arrival in Pyongyang, those arriving by train will travel in a separate bus to Mt. Myohyang (a 2.5 hour drive).

                Overnight // Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke. Best price/location balance in this area. OR Huichon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel located 30 minutes north of Mt. Myohyang. Very good local food much different from the lowlands, on-site sauna, and limited electricity. A must for those wishing to visit every province in the DPRK as it is situated just across the border into the otherwise tourist-devoid Jagang Province.

              3. September 8 // Saturday

                Mt. Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibition

                AM

                • International Friendship Exhibition // A semi-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 AD 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 invasions during the Koryo Dynasty.
                • Manpok Valley Hike // Various options for hikes of a range of distances/difficulties. Passing waterfalls, hermitages, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas, and viewing points. Good for picnics too.  
                PM
                • Return to Pyongyang (a 2.5 hour drive).
                Overnight // Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for the majority of tour groups visiting Pyongyang. Great views of the city and the creature comforts of home on an island in the middle of the Taedong River. Cafes, micro-brewery, billiards, bowling, revolving restaurant, etc.
              4. September 9 // Sunday

                North Korea’s National Day – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

                For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!


                AM

                • Expected Military Parade // Military parade expected for the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK.

                PM

                • Moranbong Park // 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.
                • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these! A large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Expected Fireworks // Major anniversaries of North Korean holidays

                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              5. September 10 // Monday

                The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

                We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.

                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. The old train carriages were once used in  West Berlin and share the line with newly made domestic ones.
                • Arch of Triumph // A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective 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
                • Okryugwan // A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodle.

                PM

                • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower on the Taedong River dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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.

                • Golden Lane Bowling Centre //Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix , billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.
                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              6. September 11 // Tuesday

                Sinchon US Atrocities Museum, Sariwon, and Kaesong.

                AM

                • Sinchon US Atrocities Museum // 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.
                • Migok Co-Operative Farm // An example of a North Korean co-operative farm. Visit the farm museum, a farmhouse, and a viewpoint overlooking the Chaeryong Plains.
                • Songbol Temple // An early Buddhist temple located in a mountain setting. 

                PM

                • Continue to Kaesong (1.5 hours)
                • Manwoldae // Ruins of the Koryo Dynasty ‘Palace of the Full Moon’ destroyed by a marauding army of Chinese peasants in 1361. There are numerous folk tales and legends tied to the location

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

              7. September 12 // Wednesday

                Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

                AM

                • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). 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 that can be seen to this day.
                • 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.

                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 the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                •  Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths to Taesung Mountain Fortress and Gwanum Temple. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.  
                • Drive back to Pyongyang via the Arch of Reunification, an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                 Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              8. September 13 // Thursday

                Pyongyang city tour and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                AM

                • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to 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 location.

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

                • Kwangbok Supermarket // Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location.
                • 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.

                • Munsu Waterpark // Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers.
                • Mass Games // In our experience, many travellers want to see North Korea's Mass Games a second time. If the schedule allows, those who want to see the Mass Games a second kind can do so.

                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              9. September 14 // Friday

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

                AM

                • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:05 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

                OR

                • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Saturday September 14 at 08:39. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                End of Tour
            • Extras

              • Entry and Exit Method

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

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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              • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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

                This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299EUR)
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                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 North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            September 7 - September 13 2018

            North Korea National Day 70th Anniversary 6.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

            6.5 nights in North
            Korea for National
            Day

            New! Join in the National Day festivities in Pyongyang and the Mass Games,
            see historic Kaesong and the DMZ, industrial Nampo, and Pyongsong. Round-trip
            flight from Shanghai.

            From 1,549 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            North Korea National Day 70th Anniversary 6.5 Night Tour from Shanghai

            6.5 nights in North
            Korea for National
            Day

            New! Join in the National Day festivities in Pyongyang
            and the Mass Games, see historic Kaesong and the DMZ,
            industrial Nampo, and Pyongsong. Round-trip flight
            from Shanghai.

            From 1,549 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of a military parade, mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks. In addition, North Korea's Mass Games- a 100,000 person coordinate performance of dance, gymnastics, and more - are back for 2018 after a 5-year hiatus. The Mass Games are set to run from September 9th until the end of the month.

              This 6.5-night tour will visit Pyongyang for the National Day Celebrations and the Mass Games and visit historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, located near the modern Demilitarised Zone which divides the Korean Peninsula. We'll also travel west to Nampo on the West Sea to see examples of the DPRK's industrial base and relax in the hot springs of Ryongggang Spa as well as north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang specializing in education and technology.

              Visa Information

              We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

              Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Shanghai (PNG) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

              Highlights

              • National Day celebrations and festivities: An expected military parade, mass dances, fireworks, and the Mass Games.
              • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun(mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
              • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's specialty, at Okryugwan, Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
              • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
              • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close.
              • Experience heavy industry in Nampo and the medicinal waters at the Dragon River hot spa
              • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 6 // Thursday

                Briefing Day

                PM

                Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PNG) for a pre-tour briefing and check-in (Air Koryo check-in desk in Terminal 1 @ approximately 21:00;  exact time and location TBC) 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 travelers.
              2. September 7 // Friday

                Arrival day in Pyongyang - Kaesong and DMZ Tour

                AM

                Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang, and transfer to hotel for sleep and breakfast

                • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 3-hour drive.
                • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
                • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
                PM
                • Manwoldae // Ruins of the Koryo Dynasty ‘Palace of the Full Moon’ destroyed by a marauding army of Chinese peasants in 1361. There are numerous folk tales and legends tied to the location
                • 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.
                Overnight // Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity.
              3. September 8 // Saturday

                Kaesong

                AM

                • Sonjuk Bridge // Small stone bridge built in 1290, which in 1392 was the site of of the assassination of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty). 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 that can be seen to this day.
                • Pakyon Waterfall // Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall. There are hiking trails of various lengths to Taesung Mountain Fortress and Gwanum Temple. Local people commonly visit here for picnics and sometimes swimming in the series of pools above the falls.  
                • Migok Co-Operative Farm // An example of a North Korean co-operative farm. Visit the farm museum, a farmhouse, and a viewpoint overlooking the Chaeryong Plains.

                PM
                • Sinchon US Atrocities Museum // 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.
                • Drive back to Pyongyang via the Arch of Reunification, an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                Overnight // Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for the majority of tour groups visiting Pyongyang. Great views of the city and the creature comforts of home on an island in the middle of the Taedong River. Cafes, micro-brewery, billiards, bowling, revolving restaurant, etc.
              4. September 9 // Sunday

                North Korea’s National Day – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

                For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!

                AM

                • Expected Military Parade // Military parade expected for the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK.

                PM

                • Moranbong Park // 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.
                • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these! A large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                • Expected Fireworks // Major anniversaries of North Korean holidays

                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.


              5. September 10 // Monday

                The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

                We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.

                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. The old train carriages were once used in  West Berlin and share the line with newly made domestic ones.
                • Arch of Triumph // A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective 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
                • Okryugwan // A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodle.

                PM

                • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

                • 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.

                • Golden Lane Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix , billiards and 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.
                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

              6. September 11 // Tuesday

                Pyongsong

                • Drive to Pyongsong (a 45 minute drive)
                • Doksung Primary School // A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the school’s award-winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong, a sport this school specialises in teaching.
                • Pyongsong City Square // Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership . A presentation of flowers is customary.
                • Konji-ri Revolutionary Site // Headquarters of the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War in the hills north of Pyongyang. Preserved traditional homes which served as army offices during the war, bunkers, as well as burnt trees and bomb casing from American aerial attacks set among a bucolic landscape. The on-site museum compliments the War Museum in Pyongyang.
                PM

                • 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, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
                Overnight // Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo. 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. September 12 // Wednesday

                Nampo on the sea

                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.
                • Chollima Steelworks // A major heavy industry site of the DPRK, known to Koreans as the birthplace of the Chollima Movement and famous for making ‘Juche Steel’. Please note that this location is key industrial site and visits may depend on on-site activities/conditions. If unavailable, an alternative location will be arranged.  

                PM

                • Return to Pyongyang along the old riverside road. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
                • Science and Technology Complex // 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.
                • Mass Games // In our experience, many travellers want to see North Korea's Mass Games a second time. If the schedule allows, those who want to see the Mass Games a second kind can do so.
                Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
              8. September 13 // Thursday

                Pyongyang city tour and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

                AM

                • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to 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 location.

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

                • Kwangbok Supermarket // Local supermarket selling all kinds of domestically and foreign produced household goods, clothes, foods. Exchange for local currency here! Please note that local currency, the Korean Won, can only be exchanged for and spent at this location.
                • 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.

                • Munsu Waterpark // Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers.

                Departure

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

                End of Tour

            • Extras

              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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              • 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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            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Shanghai-Pyongyang round-trip flights
                All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (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)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                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 North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

            September 8 - September 13/14 2018

            DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Tour

            5 nights + Beijing-Pyongyang
            travel time

            Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year! Mass games confirmed!
            Plus see the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo. Round-trip
            by train available.

            From 1,149 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

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            DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Tour

            5 nights + Beijing-Pyongyang
            travel time

            Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year!
            Mass games confirmed! Plus see the highlights of Pyongyang,
            Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo. Round-trip by train available.

            From 1,149 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks.

              After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
              This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

              Transport Options

              Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

              Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

              Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

              Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

              Visa Information

              We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

              Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

              Highlights

              • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
              • National Day Celebrations with an expected parade
              • Pyongyang highlights (Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang Metro and more)
              • Historic Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Industrial Nampo and the healing waters of Dragon River Hot Spa
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 7 // Friday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing,. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                AM

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

                PM

                • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
              2. September 8 // Saturday

                Arrival day in Pyongyang

                AM

                • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                PM
                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                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

                North Korea’s National Day – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

                For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!


                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

                The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

                We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.


                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.
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.
                Overnight // 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, Nampo. Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!

              6. September 12 // 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. 

                OR

                • Train departure at 10:25 from Pyongyang Station with afternoon transfer in Dandong and scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday September 14 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                End of Tour.
            • Extras

              • Entry and Exit Method

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

              • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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              • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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

                This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
                Hotel accommodation
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299 EUR)
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                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 17th August, 2018.

            September 8 - September 11 2018

            DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Minibreak

            3 nights
            in the DPRK

            Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year! Mass games confirmed! We
            will also see the highlights of Pyongyang and travel down to Kaesong and the
            DMZ! Flights fully booked.

            From 980 EUR per person

            Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

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            DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Minibreak

            3 nights
            in the DPRK

            Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year!
            Mass games confirmed! We will also see the highlights
            of Pyongyang and travel down to Kaesong and the DMZ!
            Flights fully booked.

            From 980 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 (DPRK) in 1948. On this occasion we expect large-scale celebrations in the capital Pyongyang in the form of mass dances, performances, and/or fireworks.

              After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more. This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

              Highlights

              • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
              • National Day Celebrations - military parade expected
              • Kaesong and the DMZ
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 7 // Friday

                Briefing Day

                *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                AM

                • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                PM

                • 16:00 // Pre-Tour Briefing

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


              2. September 8 // Saturday

                Arrival Day in Pyongyang

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

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                • 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

                North Korea’s National Day – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK

                On September 9th there will be large-scale celebrations in Pyongyang. A military parade is expected (pending the weather), in which case the itinerary for the day will be subject to change. Foreign travellers are typically allowed to view military units as they exit the city from the parade course and the city’s residents come out en masse to greet them. Be prepared to potentially wait around for a few hours, but it  will be well worth it. It’s not everyday that you see a column of T-34 tanks or Katyusha rocket launchers rumble down the street.

                For National Day, we also expect student-organised mass dances at prominent locations throughout the city and the possibility of evening fireworks. Whatever happens this holiday, it will be impressive and unforgettable. Not to be missed!


                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

                The Glorious Country Mass Games –  the largest performance on Earth

                We expect September 10th to be the first performance of the ‘Glorious Country Mass Games’ at Pyongyang’s May Day Stadium open to foreign travellers. This massive performance incorporates choreographed acrobatics, dancing, music, floats, and a moving backdrop of tens of thousands of students holding colored cards. In previous years, there have been four classes of seating with tickets arranged and purchased on the spot in-country. We have been informed that tickets will start from 80 EUR.


                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.
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.


                Overnight: 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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.

                End of Tour

            • Extras

              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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              • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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              • Entry and Exit Method

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

            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Round-trip travel by flight
                All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                All transportation in the DPRK
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                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 17 2018

            Train Tour - ride the local rails all across the DPRK!

            Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
            to the extreme north of the DPRK

            Ride the rails of North Korea from Pyongyang
            to Rason on this unique train tour. A Koryo
            Tours creation!

            From 1,390 EUR per person

            Please apply by 25th August, 2018.

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            Train Tour - ride the local rails all across the DPRK!

            Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
            to the extreme north of the DPRK

            Ride the rails of North Korea
            from Pyongyang to Rason on this
            unique train tour. A Koryo Tours
            creation!

            From 1,390 EUR per person

            • Overall

              A new and unique tour package from Koryo Tours — the only experts in DPRK travel! We take you on a local train from Pyongyang across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onward up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country no tourist has ever seen.

              We will explore Rason; a fascinating and very different part of North Korea, visited by very few international tourists, then head back to the Korean Autonomous Region of China to close out the tour — far beyond the 'usual' tourist experience in North Korea. Another specially curated trip from Koryo Tours!

              After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
              This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

              Option 1 // Train entry (Beijing-Pyongyang): A 23-hour train journey in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately two hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

              Option 2 // Flight entry (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes): We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. [+199 EUR]

              Join the tour and we’ll keep you posted with all the latest information as we have it!

              Highlights

              • Pyongyang - DPRK's capital and centre of power
              • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
              • TRAIN TRIP - travelling across the country on a train with local people - as far as the train can go!
              • Travelling through unseen areas and off-limits cities and towns - a unique chance to see more than ever of the country
              • Rason - free trade zone in the remote north. Little-visited and very different to the rest of North Korea
              • Cross into China's remote northeast - to the city of Yanji - home of China's Korean population
            • 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                • Arch of Triumph – Monument to the end of Japanese occupation, ascend to the top of this structure for a view over this part of the city
                • Kim Il Sung Square – the centre of Pyongyang and venue for the famous parades and rallies
                • Foreign Language Bookshop – find material about the country, its Leaders, and some quirky souvenirs too

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

              3. September 12 - Wednesday

                Pyongyang Highlights

                AM

                •  Mansudae Grand Monument – Giant bronze statues of the DPRK’s Leaders, flanked by group sculptures showing significant events in the DPRK’s early history
                • Mansudae Art Studio – see where the iconic statues, mosaics, and propaganda material is made
                • Pyongyang Metro – a ride into the heart of the city with the locals on this deep and intricately-decorated transit system
                • Ryomyong Street – the newest and largest of the prestige neighbourhoods in Pyongyang. Incredible architecture and an explanation of how this kind of place has emerged

                PM

                • Juche Tower – the world’s tallest stone tower We will ascend to the top for a panoramic view of Pyongyang and an explanation of the Juche Idea, the guiding philosophy of the country
                • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – telling the history of the Korean War from the DPRK’s perspective, the key event in the genesis of the current tensions
                • USS Pueblo – American spy ship seized in 1968 and kept since then
                • Kwangbok Supermarket – the main middle-class shopping centre in Pyongyang. Here we not only see commerce going on but can stock up on food and drink for the train ride ahead of us. A very unexpected kind of shop and a highlight of the tour surprisingly
                • Evening walk through the city - finally we will visit a local bar to try what the locals drink and for a final briefing about the train journey to come tomorrow!
                • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

              4. September 13 - Thursday

                Riding the Local Train!

                AM

                • Board the train at Pyongyang Station – it departs at 07:50 but we will have time to find our bunks, say annyonghasimnikka to our fellow-travellers, and take some photos on the platform. Say goodbye to Pyongyang and off we go!
                • Most of the morning is spent travelling through relatively flat land. The fist main stop is the city of Pyongsong which is visited on many tours, then the train sets off on a zigzagging path across the spine of the country heading for the East Coast

                PM

                • Through the afternoon we will go through valleys, over bridges and through tunnels, stopping at remote and unheard-of stations. Amazing views throughout!
                • Into the evening the coast approaches. The tunnels become fewer as the mountains give way to a narrow strip of plains, and the city of Hamhung is reached. This is a major city and here the train will pause for a while before switching from an easterly course to a northerly one
                • It will be dark by now, time for bed. Each person will have a comfortable bunk for the night and the train is slow and smooth. The Korean countryside is very dark so not much to see out of the windows until dawn
                Overnight: On the train - Comfortable soft sleeper beds with fresh bedding for each person

              5. September 14 - Friday

                Aboard the Train - Arrival in Rason

                AM

                • When we wake up we will be heading up the coast. Seaside views and fishing villages to the right, fields leading to hills to the left. The train doesn’t totally follow the coast though as it passes on the inland side of the Chilbosan Mountain range
                • We will pass Orang airport and the town of Kyongsong shortly before arriving in the major city of Chongjin. Another moderately long stop here before heading eve further north. Our destination approaches but still some sights to be seen and stops to make
                • Although the Rason zone is part of the DPRK it is administered in a different way, so there is a kind of internal customs to pass. The guards will board the train and check tickets and passports. They may be surprised to see foreigners on this train, but be friendly and they will be too!

                PM

                • Arrival at Rajin station after the train journey from Pyongyang – get off the train and meet local guides
                • General intro to Rason area – drive through Rajin city and check into the centrally located Namsan Hotel
                • After freshening up (you’ve spent more than a day on the train after all!), visit the Statues of the DPRK’s Leaders situated on a hill behind the hotel and offering a great view over the city and bay
                • Have a walk through the Hae’an Park at the seaside. In good weather locals will gather here
                • Czech Beer Bar – opened with foreign investment. Slake your thirst with a range of made-on-site brews before dinner and overnight in this part of the DPRK
                Overnight: Namsan Hotel - Centrally located and locally-famous. Right in the heart of Rajin city

              6. September 15 - Saturday

                Rason - Special Economic Zone

                AM

                • Drive from Rajin to the nationally-famous Pipha Island Area, a scenic spot known to all North Koreans for its beauty
                • Salmon and trout farm – this is a seafood producing area after all – learn how they operate such places here
                • Emperor Hotel – built with investment from Hong Kong this houses the first casino in the DPRK. Chinese tourists flock here for gambling and you can have a flutter yourself too, or enjoy a coffee and a look around this unexpected place!
                • Pipha Island itself – a narrow road links it to the mainland. From here you can take an optional boat ride to see some seals who populate some rocks nearby, relax at the waterfront, or try some local seafood

                PM

                • After returning to Rajin city the next stop is the Foreign Language School – here local children learn English, Chinese, and other languages. Step in and help out with some lessons!
                • Rajin Port – here you will see what kind of industry is going on; fishing, shipping goods I and out, and look out for some very non-Korean people; one of the three piers is operated by Russians who live on site!
                • Golden Triangle Bank – here we will learn about the different economic system of Rason, change money into local won (yes, it is legal, not to be taken out of the country though, you are supposed to spend it), and see actual banking going on, the only place you get to witness this in the DPRK
                • Rajin City Market – the only local market open to tourists in the whole country. Spread out through several buildings find consumer goods, stationary, food, drinks, building material, bicycles, and everything else a person in Rason would need. You can buy things too if you like – spend local money or RMB. Worth it just for the people-watching opportunity as it can get very busy here indeed!
                • In the evening spend some leisure time getting a massage if you like as one of Rajin’s many health centres, or visit a park, or local bar near the hotel before dinner
                Overnight: Namsan Hotel - Centrally located and locally-famous. Right in the heart of Rajin city

              7. September 16 - Sunday

                Rason to Yanji - 2 different worlds!

                AM

                • Drive to the nearby city of Sonbong, the smaller of the sister cities in this zone
                • Stop for photos in the centre of town – here there is a theatre, some monuments and mosaics, and an immortality tower too
                • Sonbong Revolutionary Site – associated with the end of Japanese rule over Korea. The guides will explain the whole story
                • Drive on to Tumangang Town, right up on the Russian and Chinese borders, enjoy a packed lunch in this area

                PM

                • Visit the Russia-DPRK Friendship house – which exhibits photos of visits by key figures from the neighbouring countries
                • 3 Countries Border Viewpoint – a picturesque pavilion offering views into China and Russia. From here you can see how the river divides the nations and also hear about a historical naval battle that a famed Korean admiral directed from this very hilltop
                • Next up is our final drive in the DPRK - we head across the northern part of the Rason zone and end up at Wonjong Bridge, the frontier between the DPRK and the PRC. We pass through customs here on the Korean side, take a short ride or walk across the bridge and then we are back in China, just like that!
                • Drive to Yanji – We will get picked up after we enter China. We have a 2 hour drive (with scenic stops) to the Chinese city of Yanji, the capital of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region. We'll end up here for dinner, drinks to celebrate the end f this adventure, and an overnight stay to bring our tour to a close. Congratulations to you for being with us on this amazing journey!
                Overnight: Yanji, China



              8. September 17 - Monday

                Final Day
                • Our tour sadly ends today and we all bid each other a fond farewell! How you depart from here is up to you – there are trains, planes, buses, etc. Koryo Tours can assist in planning onward travel in this region, back to Beijing, or onward elsewhere (Yanji may seem remote, but actually you can get to a lot of fascinating places from here without too much difficulty) – drop us a line with how you plan to finish this trip and we’ll help you out!

            • Extras

              • Upgrade to your own room

                All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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              • Entry options for train tours with exit from Rason

                This tour enters Korea by train from Beijing. A fight upgrade is available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. The tour exits Korea overland from the the Rason Special Economic Zone in northeast Korea to the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of China. You will need to arrange onward transportation from the Chinese city of Yanji.

              • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

            • What is / is not included?

              • Included
                Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                Train Pyongyang – Rason
                Transportation from Rason - Yanji (China)
                All meals on the tour apart from on the train
                Hotel accommodation & Overnight train accommodation
                A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in the DPRK
                All transportation between sites visited in the DPRK
              • Not included
                DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR)
                Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night (nnot available on the train)
                Tips for the local 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
                Onward travel from Yanji, China - we can advise and assist with options though
            • Notes

              When in DPRK Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. Furthermore, for groups of 10 or more, a member of the Koryo Tours team will accompany the trip.
              This tour requires 6 participants to be guaranteed to operate - Koryo Tours will keep anyone who signs up notified of booking levels

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

            Please apply by 25th August, 2018.

            September 11 - September 22/23 2018

            Unseen Korea

            11 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            Travel to all the less-visited parts of the country, and see what others do not — including Mt. Paekdu, Chongjin,
            Mt. Chilbo, and Hoeryong. This trip to North Korea is ideal for second-time visitors to the DPRK, or if you’re
            of the more adventurous kind!

            From 2,499 EUR per person

            Please apply by 20th August, 2018.

            Unseen Korea

            11 nights in the DPRK +
            Beijing-Pyongyang travel
            time

            Travel to all the less-visited parts of the country, and see what others
            do not — including Mt. Paekdu, Chongjin, Mt. Chilbo, and Hoeryong. This
            trip to North Korea is ideal for second-time visitors to the DPRK, or if
            you’re of the more adventurous kind!

            From 2,499 EUR per person

            • Overall

              This tour is 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!

              After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
              This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

              Transport Options

              Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 23-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately two hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

              Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 23 hours): We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. [+199 EUR]

              Option 3 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

              Visa Information

              We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

              Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.

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

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

              Highlights

              • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
              • Mt. Paekdu
              • Remote Hamhung and Hoeryong
              • Mt. Chilbo and Mt. Kumgang Mountains
              • Coastal Wonsan
              • Unusual Pyongyang
            • Itinerary

              Briefing Day
              1. September 10 - Monday

                *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                AM

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

                PM

                • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
              2. September 11 - Tuesday

                Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                AM
                • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                PM

                • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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.
                • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                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).
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

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

                  OR

                  • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:25 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.
                  End of Tour

              4. Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

                  See more
                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              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
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  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
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                  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 15 - September 18 2018

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (15-18 Sep)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September. Secure your place now
              on this especially designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to
              see the Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (15-18 Sep)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September.
              Secure your place now on this especially designed
              weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the
              Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                This specially designed short tour will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years.

                After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
                This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]
                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 14 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. September 15 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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 16 // Sunday

                  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 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 1950s 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’
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 17 // 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 4km-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 18 // Tuesday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight.

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 19 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour.

                  ...
              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

                  See more
                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour except for the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 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 18 - September 21 2018

              Mass Games Media Tour - open to journalists!

              Opportunity for journalists and media
              to visit North Korea - and see the Mass
              Games!

              Koryo Tours has been given permission to bring in
              a group of journalists to North Korea - travel with
              the experts!

              From 1,810 EUR per person

              Please apply by 16th August, 2018.

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              Mass Games Media Tour - open to journalists!

              Opportunity for journalists and media
              to visit North Korea - and see the Mass
              Games!

              Koryo Tours has been given permission
              to bring in a group of journalists
              to North Korea - travel with the
              experts!

              From 1,810 EUR per person

              • Overall

                A tour specifically for journalists and media - a rare chance to visit the DPRK and see Pyongyang, Kaesong/DMZ, Mass Games and more. Accompanied by Koryo Tours' GM Simon Cockerell and featuring as many newsworthy sites, opportunities, and experiences as possible. Don't miss out on this rare chance to file from the DPRK!

                Highlights

                • North Korea's Mass Games, the most amazing and stunning show in the world. Back after a 5 year hiatus
                • Pyongyang highlights, including: the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong and the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 17 // Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travelers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travelers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing at Koryo Tours office in Beijing

                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office
                2. September 18 // Tuesday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Taedonggang Boat Cruise // Take a ride with a local crowd on this pleasure boat up and down the Taedong River. Enjoy a beer and see the sights on this increasingly popular evening excursion
                  • Walk through the city // From Kim Il Sung Square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and beyond
                  • Ryugyong Hotel Viewpoint // A stop in front of Pyongyang's most enigmatic building, to see the flamboyant light show that happens here now.

                  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 19 // Wednesday

                  AM
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Korean War Museum, showcasing the DPRK's version of the events leading up to and constituting this epoch-defining conflict. Also the USS Pueblo (US Spy ship is on site here and a tour of this ship is included)
                  • Juche Tower //  The world's tallest stone tower. Ascend to the 150m high top for a panoramic view over Pyongyang. Also an explanation of the guiding philosophy of the DPRK; the Juche Idea
                  • Ryomyong Street // A brief walk along the newest of Pyongyang's prestige neighborhoods, opened only in 2017
                  PM
                  • Kwangbok Department Store/Supermarket // See how the consumer class shops and what they buy, here you can even use local currency (at the market rate) legally. This is the main shopping centre for the emergent middle class of Pyongyang. Features a supermarket, clothing area, food court, and popular outdoor bar
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph // Giant monument to liberation from Japanese rule. Ascend to the top for a view of the city and the surrounding area (including Kim Il Sung Stadium)
                  • Local Beer Bar // Try a local pint at a popular watering hole
                  • MASS GAMES // At the massive May Day Stadium - we will arrive in good time to see the pre-event practices, mingle with local visitors and performers, get as much access as possible and see something truly mind-blowing into the evening. Different standards of ticket are available as per your request.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 20 // Thursday

                  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 3 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village // Located in the middle of the 4km-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 Ginseng Factory // Where the famous root is processed into its various consumer variants (tea, powder, etc. the innumerable health benefits can be explained as well as the history of its cultivation. A key industry in this area of the country
                  • 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
                  • Possible evening screening of a movie at the Pyongyang International Film Festival // Mingle with local cinephiles and curious moviegoers at this biannual festival. Visit a newly opened bar at the International Cinema House, see what this major cultural event is all about.
                  • Kaeson Youth Funfair // The most popular of Pyongyang's modern funfairs. open in the evening and usually crowded with locals. great chance for mingling, trying the rides, seeing what the capital city's folk do to entertain themselves
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 21 // Friday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing.

                  AM

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

                  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.

                  See more
              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Air Koryo Return flight PEK - FNJ - PEK
                  All meals on the tour
                  Hotel accommodation (based on shared rooms, single room option is available)
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver
                  Koryo Tours tour leader - Simon Cockerell
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  Journalist armband - grants media status inside the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • 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
                  Tickets to the Mass Games event - from 100 EUR depending on seat standard requested
              • Notes

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides as well as our GM, Simon.

                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.

                While this is a special media trip it is still governed by DPRK tourism law. So sadly we cannot arrange separate interviews and meetings by request, the itinerary will be operated as a group, and while we can accept applications from TV crews you would only be able to bring a minimal amount of kit (rather than dozens of boxes of equipment, think more 'consumer end' kit). Koryo Tours would of course do everything possible on the ground to maximise interaction with locals, use the best guides and translators to get you as much access as possible, and so on.
                Opportunities for journalists to visit the DPRK are limited and rare, so make the most of this one!

                It is possible to file reports from Pyongyang - you would need a local sim card which can be bought at Pyongyang airport on arrival. This is not included in the fee for the trip

                You'll be in the hands of our experienced GM Simon, plus the best guides available in the DPRK - while access to the country is inherently limited you will still get to do and experience more than you otherwise would. We guarantee to get you the best of what is possible within all limitations!

              Please apply by 16th August, 2018.

              September 18 - September 22/23 2018

              Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - Introduction to North Korean Film and Korea Highlights

              4 nights in North
              Korea + 1 on the
              train

              Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival! Be there to see the glitz and
              glamour on Pyongyang's red carpet at the opening ceremony, visit shooting locations, and watch
              films with a local audience!

              From 1,149 EUR per person

              Please apply by 30th August, 2018.

              Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - Introduction to North Korean Film and Korea Highlights

              4 nights in North
              Korea + 1 on the
              train

              Join us for the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival!
              Be there to see the glitz and glamour on Pyongyang's red carpet
              at the opening ceremony, visit shooting locations, and watch films
              with a local audience!

              From 1,149 EUR per person

              • Overall

                A special tour focused on ‘Chollywood’, the North Korean domestic film industry, and the biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF). PIFF is one of the major international events held in the DPRK and hosts both international and domestic films.

                We will attend the festive PIFF Opening Ceremony, meet people involved in the DPRK film industry, visit shooting locations for classic North Korean films in Pyongyang and Kaesong, and learn the subtle (or often not so subtle) message and cultural significance of DRPK cinema. Specifically we will look in-depth at the classic film 'Flower Girl' (1972), romantic comedy 'O Youth!' (1994), and the first joint DPRK-foreign production 'Moranbong' (1957).

                Included in the tour are a special film screening of the Koryo Tours' co-production 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2012) in Pyongyang, as well a Q&A with those involved in the film’s production and promotion.

                The tour also covers the main highlights of Pyongyang and Kaesong, such as the Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, the Juche Tower, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone. We'll stop by the concurrent Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair for a look around too!

                After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
                This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

                * * *

                Koryo Tours has been a partner of the Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF) since 2002 and has produced three full-length documentaries and one feature film in the DPRK, three of which have shown at PIFF:

                'The Game of Their Lives' (2002)

                'A State of Mind' (2004)

                'Crossing the Line' (2006)

                'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2006)

                You can find more information about our films here

                Highlights

                • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony
                • Exclusive DPRK film screening and talk with North Korean filmmakers
                • Tour of Pyongyang cinemas and filming locations
                • Interpretive tour of the Korean Feature Film Studio
                • See the Mass Games — one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights: the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo, the Pyongyang Metro, and the Juche Tower
                • Optional participation in film festival events.
                • Gift set of North Korean films! (*Please note these DVDs cannot be taken into the DPRK.)
                • Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 17 - Monday

                  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.
                  • An optional film screening of Koryo Tours' documentary 'Crossing the Line' will follow the briefing to get in the spirit of the Pyongyang International Film Festival. Crossing the Line (2006) is the story of US army defector Joe Dresnok, who crossed into North Korea in 1962 where he raised a family and lived out the rest of his days. Wine included.

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

                2. September 18 - 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all! Filming location for numerous North Korean films and parades!

                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up film DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Walk in the city centre and riverside  - Walk from Pyongyang's central square to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and then On the way we'll pass government ministries, 1950's socialist apartments, and theatres. We'll also take a walk along the riverbank for a distant view of the Yanggakdo International Cinema, the main venue for the Pyongyang International Film Festival.
                  • Exclusive Film Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying with the film actors -  Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first joint DPRK-UK and is a romantic comedy about a rural women pursuing her dreams of becoming a trapeze artists at the Pyongyang Circus. The film was co-produced by Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner. Free popcorn! 

                  Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang - Great views of the city and creature comforts on an island in the middle of the Taedong River. Home away from home for the majority of tour groups visiting Pyongyang. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.  

                3. September 19 - Wednesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  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. This location appears in numerous North Korean films.
                  • Grand People’s Study House -National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city. Filming location for O Youth! (1994).
                  • 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. Filming location of for numerous Korean films, including the joint DPRK-Italian co-production Ten Zan - The Ultimate Mission (1988).
                  • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982. This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                  PM
                  • Pyongyang International Film Festival Opening Ceremony - Attend the opening ceremony to PIFF 2018 and mingle with the movers and the shakers of Cholliwood. Opening ceremony tickets included in the tour.
                  • Post-opening ceremony drinks at Paradise Micro-Brewery (0.5 EUR per glass) and noodle dinner at the Pyongyang Ramen House operated by famous Japanese chef Kenji Fujimoto. Ramen noodles included in the tour fee; sushi can be ordered on the spot; dishes starting from 50 EUR). 
                  Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
                4. September 20 - Thursday

                  Kaesong Day Trip and DMZ

                  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 and DMZ - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
                  • 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. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).
                  • Home of Jong Mong Ju - The former home of the last loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju. Fimling location for many North Korean historic movies.
                  • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of 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.

                  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. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).

                  • 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. Filming location of Moranbong (1957).

                  • Pakyon Waterfall and Gwanum Temple - Light hike in relaxing wooded valley past a scenic waterfall and to a beautiful Ri Dynasty era temple and a cave with a marble Bodhisattva dating back to the 10th century.  
                  • 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
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR. 
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang
                5. September 21 - Friday

                  Pyongyang Film Locations Tour

                  AM
                  • Korea Film Studio - A special interpretive tour through the studio which has produced many of Korea's films. We'll tours the sets and learn about the North Korean classic Flower Girl (1974) as well as other movies made here.
                  • Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair at the Three Revolutions Exhibition - While the trade fair has almost nothing to do with film, it is a good chance to learn about commerce in the DPRK, see some interesting products, and mingle with the locals.

                  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 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.
                  • 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). This location appears in numerous DPRK films.
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Farewell dinner of Korean barbecue at the 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.
                   
                  Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                6. September 22 – Saturday


                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50 am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
                  OR

                  • Train departure by international train to Beijing at 10:25 AM 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.

                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Return by plane not train

                  This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 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.

                  See more
                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • 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
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  Film festival opening ceremony
                  DPRK film screening in Pyongyang
                  DPRK film screening in Beijing
                • 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
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                  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 additional film screenings (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Entry tickets 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.

                Unfortunately we cannot offer discounts on this particular tour. Our regular discounts will apply for the 7-night Pyongyang International Film Festival: North Korean Film in Focus option.

                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 August, 2018.

              September 22 - September 25 2018

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (22-25 Sep)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September. Secure your place now
              on this especially designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to
              see the Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 24th August, 2018.

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (22-25 Sep)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September.
              Secure your place now on this especially designed
              weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the
              Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                This specially designed short tour will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years.

                After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
                This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games — one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 21 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. September 22 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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 23 // Sunday

                  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 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 1950s 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’
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 24 // 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 4km-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 25 // Tuesday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by train or flight.

                  AM

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

                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 26 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour.
              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

                  See more
                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour except for the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Mass Games ticket (from 80 EUR per ticket)
                  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 24th August, 2018.

              September 22 - September 27/28 2018

              Brewery Industry & Mass Games Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              For the first time ever, this September, you can join a
              brewery tour in North Korea! With a special focus on education
              and discovery.

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              Please apply by 1st September, 2018.

              Brewery Industry & Mass Games Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              For the first time ever, this September,
              you can join a brewery tour in North Korea!
              With a special focus on education and
              discovery.

              From 1,249 EUR per person

              • Overall

                In what we expect to be one of the most unique times to visit North Korea, we’re offering this very special tour to experience local breweries and combining this with an opportunity to see the Mass Games which are now confirmed.

                Koryo has been taking people to North Korea for 25 years. During that time, we've been responsible for pioneering travel to new parts of the country, expanding the range of activities on offer, and adding locations to visit. For our latest innovation we are excited to announce that we have negotiated access for the first educational brewery tour in North Korea!

                It's important to note that this is *not* a tour for those looking for a drinking holiday – this educational itinerary is designed for the connoisseurs out there who are genuinely interested in discovering and learning about the brewery industry in North Korea, its practices, and the beers the country produces.

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Visit North Korean Breweries!
                • Historic Kaesong & the DMZ
                • Tour Pyongyang
                • Visit Pyongsong City
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 21 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.   
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train. 
                2. September 22 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • 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 and beer brewed on-site.
                3. September 23 // 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.
                  • 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 1950s 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’
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 24 // Monday

                  Historic Kaesong and the DMZ

                  AM

                  • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 3 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  • 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.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 25 // Tuesday

                  Pyongyang

                  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.
                  • 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.
                  • Foodstuff Factory Visit // We'll visit a special local factory which makes a variety of food products to learn about some of the traditional Korean products they produce.
                  PM
                  • Brewery Visit #1 // We expect to make our first visit to one of the local breweries. This one will be very special!
                  • 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 stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
                  • Drive to Pyongsong. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
                  Overnight:

                  Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong // 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. One of best bartenders in the country mans the bar. Billiards, karaoke, hair dresser, and outdoor eateries in summer.
                6. September 26 // Wednesday

                  Pyongsong

                  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.
                  • Local Elementary School // We'll visit one of the area's top schools to meet the students and learn about the education system in the country. The students may even put on an artistic & musical performance for us!

                  • Return to Pyongyang. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
                  • Brewery Visit #2 // We'll continue on our tour of local breweries, this one is incredibly exciting.
                  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.
                  • Brewery Visit #3 // We'll visit our third, and last of the local breweries, this visit will be very unique.
                  • 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.
                  • Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang's excellent BBQ restaurants, a great way to finish off the tour.
                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. 
                7. September 27 // Thursday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train.

                  AM

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

                  OR 

                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Fri 28th Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour.

              • Extras

                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                  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 1st September, 2018.

              September 29 - October 2 2018

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (29 Sept - 2 Oct)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September. Secure your place now
              on this especially designed weekend tour for visitors wanting to
              see the Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              Please apply by 31st August, 2018.

              Mass Games: Weekend Tour to North Korea (29 Sept - 2 Oct)

              3 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              The Mass Games are returning this September.
              Secure your place now on this especially designed
              weekend tour for visitors wanting to see the
              Mass Games.

              From 799 EUR per person

              • Overall

                This specially designed short tour will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating North Korean travel experience to take place in years.

                After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
                This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games - one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Pyongyang highlights — Kumsusan Memorial Palace; Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; Pyongyang Metro, and more
                • Historic city of Kaesong, the Panmunjom Truce Village, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 28 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK (North Korea). Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing is not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. September 29 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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 30 // Sunday

                  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 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 1950s 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’
                  • 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.
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. October 1 // 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 4km-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. October 2 // Tuesday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by train or flight.

                  AM

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

                  • Train departure by sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 (via transfer in Dandong) with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wed 26 Sep at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour.
              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

                  See more
                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour except for the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                  The experience of a lifetime
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee (+50 EUR)
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; round-trip: 299 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Mass Games ticket (from 100 EUR per ticket)
                  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 31st August, 2018.

              September 29 - October 4/5 2018

              China National Day Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to the DPRK and escape China’s National Holiday this
              fall! See the highlights of Pyongyang, get down to historic Kaesong and the DMZ, and see the beautiful
              autumn colors of Mt. Myohyang!

              From 1,149 EUR per person

              Please apply by 7th September, 2018.

              China National Day Tour

              5 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Calling all China expats! Join us on this trip to the DPRK and escape
              China’s National Holiday this fall! See the highlights of Pyongyang,
              get down to historic Kaesong and the DMZ, and see the beautiful autumn
              colors of Mt. Myohyang!

              From 1,149 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Why not take a tour to North Korea over the China National Holiday? Our China National Day 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’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition.

                Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

                After a five-year hiatus the Mass Games are now confirmed to take place from September 9 to September 30, 2018. This is an event not to be missed! Witness the largest event of its kind in the world as up to 100,000 people coordinate dance, gymnastics and more.
                This is an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • See the Mass Games — one of the greatest shows on earth
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun, Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Ride on a 1960s trolleybus through the city (a Koryo Tours special!)
                • The beautiful Mt Myohyang and International Friendship Exhibition
                • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 28 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

                2. September 29 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 time. 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.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Mass Games! // The Mass Games are an art form in North Korea, developed over decades, which can involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. Not to be missed! Tickets from 80 EUR.

                  Overnight // 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 30 // 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.
                  • 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

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective  containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                  • Drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the ‘mountain of mysterious fragrance’. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

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

                4. October 1 // Monday

                  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. A 2.5 - 3 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.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                5. October 2 // Tuesday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  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.
                  • 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.

                  • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  • Trolleybus Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

                  PM

                  • 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).

                  • 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).
                  • 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, Kaesong.Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

                6. October 3 // Wednesday

                  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 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. 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.
                  • 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. October 4 // 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35.

                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday October 5 18 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour

              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

                  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.

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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                • Air Koryo Price Rise — notice effective from 29 June 2018

                  Please note that Air Koryo, the national carrier of the DPRK, has unexpectedly informed us that it will be temporarily raising the prices on its Beijing-Pyongyang route, and that this increase will apply to any new bookings for tickets during the period 1 Sep to 10 Oct, 2018. We sincerely apologise for this unexpected price rise. Of course, this surcharge does not apply to train travel between Beijing-Pyongyang, as this is entirely an Air Koryo-levied fee, and not an additional charge from Koryo Tours.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 7th September, 2018.

              October 2018

              October 9 - October 13/14 2018

              Party Foundation Day Short Tour

              4 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day celebrations, which will see mass dancing and other
              festivities. We’ll also tour the highlights of Pyongyang, and travel down to Kaesong and the DMZ. Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              From 975 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th September, 2018.

              Party Foundation Day Short Tour

              4 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day celebrations, which
              will see mass dancing and other festivities. We’ll also tour the highlights
              of Pyongyang, and travel down to Kaesong and the DMZ. Round-trip by train
              or upgrade to flight.

              From 975 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang as well as a trip down to the DMZ and the old town of Kaesong.

                Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

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

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • Party Foundation Day celebrations on October 10th
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Historic Kaesong and Panmunjom Armistice Village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 8 // Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. October 9 // Tuesday

                  Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 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.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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. October 10 // Wednesday

                  DPRK Holiday: Party Foundation 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.
                  • Trolleybus Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

                  PM

                  • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower located on the Taedong River and dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy . 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.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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!
                  • 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. October 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.

                  • 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

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

                  • 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 //  Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang. Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke.
                5. October 12 // Friday

                  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

                  • Old City Walk and South Gate // An afternoon stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.

                  • 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.
                  • 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.

                6. October 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 JS 152 at 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:25 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday October 14 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour


              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 September, 2018.

              October 9 - October 16/17 2018

              The Party Foundation Day Tour

              7 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day celebrations, which will see mass dancing and other
              festivities. We’ll also tour the highlights of Pyongyang, Pyongsong, and Kaesong, and see the beautiful
              autumn colors of Mt. Myohyang.

              From 1,349 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th September, 2018.

              The Party Foundation Day Tour

              7 nights in the DPRK +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day celebrations, which
              will see mass dancing and other festivities. We’ll also tour the highlights
              of Pyongyang, Pyongsong, and Kaesong, and see the beautiful autumn colors
              of Mt. Myohyang.

              From 1,349 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang,s a trip down to the DMZ and the old town of Kaesong as well as a visit to the beautiful Mt Myohyang, the International Friendship Exhibition and a night in the town of Pyongsong, just outside Pyongyang.

                Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • Party Foundation Day celebrations on October 10th
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (mausoleum of leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Historic Kaesong and the Panmunjom Truce Village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
                • Mt Myohyang and the International Friendship Exhibition
                • The satellite town of Pyongsong and a visit to a local school
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 8 // Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by flight.  
                  • 17:00 // Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. October 9 // Tuesday

                  Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • 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.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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. October 10 // Wednesday

                  DPRK Holiday: Party Foundation 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.
                  • Trolleybus Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses.

                  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.
                  • 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’.
                  • 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!
                  • 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. October 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.

                  • 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

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

                  • 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. October 12 - Friday

                  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

                  • Old City Walk and South Gate // An afternoon stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.

                  • 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.

                6. October 13 // Saturday

                  Pyongyang City and drive to Mt Myohyang

                  AM
                  • 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.
                  • 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.

                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • Drive approx. 2 ½ - 3 hour drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.

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

                7. October 14 - Sunday

                  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

                  • Manpok Valley Walk // A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
                  • Drive approx. 2 hours south 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, Pyongsong. 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 and karaoke.

                8. October 15 - Monday

                  Pyongsong

                  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.
                  • Local primary school // A local primary school with tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. See the schools award winning dance troupe and take on the schoolchildren in ping-pong.
                  • 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.
                  PM
                  • 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..
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar //  A standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work!

                  Overnight //  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                9. October 16 - 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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
                  OR
                  • Train departure by train to Dandong at 10:25 where we will change trains to board our sleeper train to Beijing Station with arrival on Wednesday October 17 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth)..
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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                • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement (40 EUR per night)
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 September, 2018.

              October 20 - October 25/26 2018

              Koryo's 25th Anniversary Tour with Nick Bonner — founder, expert, raconteur

              5 nights in North Korea. Come
              celebrate our Silver Jubilee!

              Nick Bonner founded Koryo Tours in 1993. This is your chance to travel with him to Pyongyang,
              and beyond, on a special anniversary tour celebrating Koryo’s 25 years of groundbreaking work
              in North Korean tourism

              From 1,199 EUR per person

              Please apply by 30th September, 2018.

              Koryo's 25th Anniversary Tour with Nick Bonner — founder, expert, raconteur

              5 nights in North Korea. Come
              celebrate our Silver Jubilee!

              Nick Bonner founded Koryo Tours in 1993. This is your chance
              to travel with him to Pyongyang, and beyond, on a special anniversary
              tour celebrating Koryo’s 25 years of groundbreaking work in
              North Korean tourism

              From 1,199 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Western tourism to North Korea didn’t really exist before Nick Bonner founded Koryo Tours back in 1993. Of course, we would say that, but do your own research online and the truth is you’ll struggle to find anyone who has been doing this as long as us, or as well as us…

                Our staff have made hundreds of trips, and looked after tens of thousands of tourists over the last 25 years. We believe it’s important that if you travel to a country as complicated as the DPRK, you do so with people that have proven experience leading safe and successful tours. 

                But, more than that, this tour is a celebration of 25 years of responsible tourism and cultural engagement — of 25 years working to make a positive difference in a difficult place to work in, but most in need of the human connection Koryo and Nick Bonner have been committed to for so long.

                Nick very rarely leads tours himself these days — as he’s usually too busy with one of his many North Korea-related projects. For example: he’s made three documentaries there; co-directed a feature film (the first North Korean film to be shown to a public audience in South Korea); not to mention breaking new ground by helping to unite creatives from both North and South on the award-winning Korea pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

                So this is your chance to join Koryo’s founder on tour. Sign up for a five-night experience like no other as Nick takes you to the top sights in the DPRK, as well as some of his personal favourites. Spending time with him will also allow you to gain a unique insight in to what it’s like to have worked in North Korea for 25 years — in tourism, engagement and the arts.

                There’s no other tour in the world like this. Happy silver jubilee!

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • Special interpretive tour of *both lines* of Pyongyang's underground metro system with an artist from Mansudae Art Studio — a rare opportunity indeed!
                • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders); the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum; the captured spy ship USS Pueblo; plus other Pyongyang highlights
                • Dine on cold noodles — Pyongyang's specialty — at the capital's most famous restaurant
                • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket (and use local currency!)
                • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
                • Visit the provincial city of Sariwon — a centre of agriculture and industry
                • This special tour will be personally led by Koryo's founder Nicholas Bonner, who has visited North Korea on a regular basis since 1993, and has produced three full-length documentaries and one feature film in the country.
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. October 19 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

                  For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by TRAIN that same afternoon, and another briefing in the afternoon for those departing by FLIGHT the next day.

                  AM

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

                  PM

                  • 16:00 // Briefing for those departing by FLIGHT.  
                  • 17:00 // TRAIN travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong — the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station, and arrive at least 90 minutes before the train's scheduled departure.

                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the FLIGHT the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by TRAIN will spend the night on the TRAIN. Would you like us to say train again? Train.

                2. October 20 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang — the adventure begins!


                  AM

                  • [TRAIN OPTION] Train transfer at Dandong Station — from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border — followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • [PLANE OPTION] Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport (Terminal 2) for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • FLIGHT arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05 (local time). Clear 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.
                  • TRAIN arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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, and beer brewed on location.

                3. October 21 // Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

                  AM

                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. This is the most solemn location in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants/trousers, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants/trousers, 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 to 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 location.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here. Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here. But it's late October, anyhow, so you probably won't be in shorts, anyhow.
                  • 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 buy DVDs, postcards, and small works of art here. Capitalism knows no bounds.
                  • Okryugwan // A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Our tours very rarely go here. So you'll be one of the lucky ones — thanks Nick Bonner! Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles. They're delicious.

                  PM

                  • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments (both 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. Located on the banks of the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for truly great views of the city (the elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring hammer, sickle, and writing brush, which together represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals of the Workers' Party of Korea.
                  • Film Screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012) at the Yanggakdo International Cinema // Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first joint DPRK-UK feature film. Not familiar with this cult classic? Well, its a romantic comedy about a rural women pursuing her dreams of joining the Pyongyang Circus. The film was co-produced by Koryo's founder Nicholas Bonner. He'll be with you too, of course, so can offer some insight into the making of this movie, and its reception in both North and South Korea. 
                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                4. October 22 // Monday

                  Pyongyang Highlights, including a special interpretive tour of the Pyongyang Metro | overnight in Kaesong


                  AM

                  • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of the country's sculptures, mosaics, and paintings are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work, plus visit an exhibition where pieces are sold.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour with a Mansudae Art Studio Artist // This is a super-rare opportunity, folks. We'll tour the stations of *both* of the system's lines (named Chollima and Hyoksin) — each with distinctive murals, mosaics, or bronze work reflecting the station's name — and will be accompanied on our underground adventures by an artist from the DPRK's distinguished Mansudae Art Studio. Thanks to Nick Bonner!
                  • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and get your hands on Korean currency at the market rate! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

                  PM

                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local guide. Renovated in 2012, it shows the Korean War from the DPRK perspective, including 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. This stop is central to an understanding of the country today, and a highlight of the trip for many.
                  • Drive to Kaesong — historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. This is a 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Kayagum Performance // Traditional Korean stringed instrument performance at the Minsok Folk Hotel. One of the most beautiful sounds you will ever hear. 

                  Overnight // Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong. Traditional hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in the Korean style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electricity supply. Please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.

                5. October 23 // Tuesday

                  Kaesong, the DMZ, and Sariwon

                  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 // Visit the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, plus a trip to the demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, which is 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 consisting 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 also an option here (+5 EUR).

                  PM

                  • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city, plus historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
                  • 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 remains unfinished — thereby 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!
                  • Drive north to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. This is a 1.5 hour drive.
                  • Sariwon Folk Village and City View // Mock-up of a traditional Korean town, which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is also a small tavern selling Makkoli — traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding area.
                  Overnight // March 8th Hotel, Sariwon. March 8th is Women’s Day — a noted holiday in the socialist world. This hotel is a quirky one as it is quite gaudily furnished by beds and chairs from a South Korean furniture magnate (during friendlier times). Good restaurant and some basic leisure facilities; rarely used by foreign guests due to its proximity to Pyongyang. This is certainly a ‘different’ option...
                6. October 24 // Wednesday

                  Sariwon and Pyongyang


                  AM

                  • 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.
                  • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to a joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
                  • May Day Stadium // Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games, and now major sports events.

                  PM

                  • Pyongyang Circus (or other available performance) // We will leave time this afternoon to try and catch a local performance — either of the Pyongyang Circus, theatre, or a revolutionary opera. Schedules are typically announced only a few weeks before the trip. If no performances are available, we will find an alternative activity in the city. Tickets to be paid on the spot (from 5-25 EUR) depending on the available performance
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven types of local beer (0.50-1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work.
                  • Bulgogi Dinner // A Korean barbecue meal cooked over a grill.
                  • Golden Lane Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix, billiards and arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                7. October 25 // Thursday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang // Return to Beijing by FLIGHT or TRAIN. Please confirm your preferred transport method upon booking*

                  AM

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

                  OR

                  • TRAIN departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 (with a transfer in Dandong). The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Fri Oct 26 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  TOUR ENDS

              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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

                  This is a unique opportunity to cook with chefs of the Culinary Association of the DPRK, who will teach you how to cook Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies. This optional cooking class costs 75 EUR for two hours, and will be followed by a dinner of your own making. Please do note that by participating in this cooking course, you might miss out on some evening activities and a dinner in Pyongyang.

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train from Beijing to Pyongyang (with transfer at Dandong)
                  Train from Pyongyang to Beijing (with transfer at Dandong)
                  All meals on the tour (apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing)
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides (and a driver) per group
                  Koryo's founder Nicholas Bonner as your tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korea (DPRK) visa fee (50 EUR)
                  Optional flight entry at the start of the tour (+199 EUR)
                  Optional round-trip flight for the tour (+299 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Entry tickets or fees for other special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  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

                For this special Silver Jubilee Tour, Koryo's founder Nick Bonner will accompany the trip. Nick's group will be capped at 25 people — one person for each of Koryo's 25 years! As well as being accompanied by Koryo's founder, this group will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides.

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

              Please apply by 30th September, 2018.

              November 2018

              November 13 - November 17/18 2018

              Koryo Budget Tour (November) - From Beijing

              4 nights in North
              Korea + 1 on the
              train

              Visit North Korea in the midst of autumn! This tour is the best way to see North Korea’s highlights
              on a shoestring, and includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit to historic Kaesong and the DMZ,
              and the lively town of Pyongsong.

              From 990 EUR per person

              Please apply by 19th October, 2018.

              Koryo Budget Tour (November) - From Beijing

              4 nights in North
              Korea + 1 on the
              train

              Visit North Korea in the midst of autumn! This tour is the best
              way to see North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring, and includes
              a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit to historic Kaesong and the DMZ,
              and the lively town of Pyongsong.

              From 990 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Koryo Budget Tours are Koryo's 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 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. November 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 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. 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 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. November 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 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 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. November 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 08:50 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. 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 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.
                  End of Tour


              • Extras

                • Return by plane not train

                  This tour enters the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 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.

                  See more
                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides and driver per group
                  A Koryo Tour leader will accompany each group in tours with a total of 10 or more travelelrs
                  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 Koryo Budget 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 19th October, 2018.

              November 13 - November 17 2018

              Koryo Budget Tour (November) - From Dandong by train

              4 nights
              in the DPRK

              Visit North Korea in the midst of autumn! This tour is the best way to see North Korea’s highlights
              on a shoestring, and includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit to historic Kaesong and the DMZ,
              and the lively town of Pyongsong.

              From 750 EUR per person

              Please apply by 19th October, 2018.

              Koryo Budget Tour (November) - From Dandong by train

              4 nights
              in the DPRK

              Visit North Korea in the midst of autumn! This tour is the best
              way to see North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring, and includes
              a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit to historic Kaesong and the DMZ,
              and the lively town of Pyongsong.

              From 750 EUR per person

              • Overall

                Koryo Budget Tours are basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can 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.

                This option departs from and returns to the Chinese city of Dandong on the border with North Korea. It is ideal for those who are living or traveling in China and have/will obtain a double-entry Chinese visa. We offer an alternative option departing Beijing by flight.

                The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (November) from Beijing on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

                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 12 - Monday

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong in northeast China on the Sino-Korean border. 

                  PM

                  • This evening our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at a to be confirmed time and location. 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.

                  Overnight: Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations.

                2. November 13 - Tuesday

                  Arrival Day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Meet at the Dandong train station at TBC time and board the train bound for Pyongyang departing at 09:25. After crossing into the DPRK at Sinuiju, the morning and afternoon will be spent traveling through the countryside of North and South Pyong'an Provinces.

                  PM

                  • Arrival to Pyongyang Station at 18:00 where local Korean guides will be waiting for us and the tour begins!
                  • 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.
                  • Meet the rest of the group in the evening for dinner.

                  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 14 - 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. November 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 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. November 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. November 17 - Saturday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Dandong by train. 

                  AM

                  • Train departure at 10:25 with scheduled arrival in Dandong on the DPRK-China border the same day at 17:30. This journey through the northwest of Korea typically travels in hard sleeper cars.
                  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.

                  See more
                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  Bus 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
                  SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

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

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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.

                For this tour departing from Dandong, we ask that all tour fees are paid before the start oft the tour.

              Please apply by 19th October, 2018.

              December 2018

              December 29 - January 3/4 2019

              New Year's Eve Tour

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

              Start off 2019 with the big celebrations in
              Pyongyang! Round-trip by train or upgrade
              to flight.

              From 1,199 EUR per person

              Please apply by 8th December, 2018.

              New Year's Eve Tour

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

              Start off 2019 with the big
              celebrations in Pyongyang! Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,199 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.

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Pyongyang including a fireworks display in the city centre!
                • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (mausoleum of the North Korean leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's specialty, at Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
                • Trolleybus ride on one of Pyongyang's eldest trolleybuses that entered service in 1963
                • The industrial and port city of Nampo
                • Panmunjom and the Korean Demilitarized Zone - the demarcation line with South Korea
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. December 28 // Friday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

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

                2. December 29 // Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang


                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

                  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 30 // Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights

                  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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May to 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 location.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here.
                  • 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.
                  • Lunch at Okryugwan // A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okryugwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles.

                  PM

                  • Trolleybus Ride // A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses from Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
                  • 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, Nampo. Compund with holiday houses and a main building for dinner and entertainment. Spa bath in every room with mineral water from the Sindok Spring- the most famous mineral spa in the DPRK. Billiards, karaoke, and ping pong. Bring a torch!

                4. December 31 // Monday

                  Nampo and New Year's Eve
                   

                  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.
                  • Chongsam-ri Co-operative Farm // The DPRK’s most famous and iconic model farm. Visited hundreds of times by Kim Il Sung (there is a bronze statue of him and various farm workers here), the lace where the ‘Chongsam-ri Method’ was developed (they will explain on-site). See how the farming system works, visit a farmhouse and the local shop & kindergarten, see the fields and greenhouses.

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
                  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.
                  • 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
                5. January 1 // Tuesday

                  New Year's Day

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

                  PM

                  • Munsu Water Park // We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR)
                  • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ via Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification an iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.

                  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.

                6. January 2 // Wednesday

                  Kaesong and DMZ Tour

                  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 which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
                  • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
                  PM
                  • Janam Hill // Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang via Sariwon Folk Village and City View // Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
                  • Farewell dinner at Duck BBQ Restaurant // South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                7. January 3 // 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 10:35 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:35. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return and Thursday flights in January are subject to cancellation.

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday January 4 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
                  End of Tour
              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

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                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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                • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

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

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                • 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 four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more a Koryo Tours Tour Leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  North Korean (DPRK) visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional flights between Beijing and Pyongyang (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299 EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  Skiing extension (from 430 EUR)
                  Sinuiju Extension: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

                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 North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

              Please apply by 8th December, 2018.

              January 2019

              January 8 - January 12/13 2019

              Koryo Budget Tour (January)

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

              Our first tour of 2019! Visit Korea in the quiet of winter as
              the country looks forward to the year ahead. Round-trip by train
              or upgrade to flight.

              From 775 EUR per person

              Please apply by 18th December, 2018.

              Koryo Budget Tour (January)

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

              Our first tour of 2019! Visit Korea in the
              quiet of winter as the country looks forward
              to the year ahead. Round-trip by train or
              upgrade to flight.

              From 775 EUR per person

              • Overall

                With few other travellers around, winter is a relatively quiet and calm time to visit the DPRK. The temperature will be crisp and cold but clear skies make for great photos. We'll also have the chance to hear about the latest political and economics developments in the DPRK's New Year's Address, an annual nationwide speech which outlines the plan for the year ahead and which each person is expected to study in-detail during the first month of the year.

                Our Koryo Budget Tours are basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can 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 read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour, and how each one relates to the visa requirements for China. The default option is round-trip train travel from Beijing to Pyongyang, and back again. Flight upgrades are available. See below for more details.

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                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
                • Pyongsong – a satellite city of Pyongyang and one of the sci-tech center's of the DPRK
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. January 7 // Monday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

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


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

                2. January 8 // Tuesday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang


                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:05. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
                  • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.


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

                3. January 9 // Wednesday

                  Kaesong City and DMZ Tour


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

                  PM

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


                  Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. January 10 // Thursday

                  Pyongyang City Tour


                  AM

                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.

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

                  PM

                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph // A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

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

                  Overnight //
                  Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong. The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, an excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the DPRK makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
                5. January 11 // Friday

                  Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours


                  AM

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

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

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

                  PM

                  • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
                  • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy and located on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
                  • Grand People’s Study House // National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.
                  • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A bar serving seven type of beer. Popular with locals after work and on weekends. Best lace to drink pints with local people.
                  • Golden Lane Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
                  • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.

                  Overnight // Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

                6. January 12 // Saturday

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

                  AM

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

                  OR

                  • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:25 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday January 13 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

                  End of Tour

              • Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

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

                • Upgrade to your own room

                  All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.

                  See more
                • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

                  See more
                • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

                  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 four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.

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              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Train Pyongyang – Beijing – Pyongyang
                  All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation
                  Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
                  For groups of 10 or more, a Koryo Tours tour leader
                  All transportation in the DPRK
                • Not included
                  DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
                  Optional Air Koryo flights (one-way: 199 EUR; return: 299EUR)
                  Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
                  Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
                  Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
                  Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
                  Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
                  Spending money for souvenirs
                  SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
              • Notes

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

                Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides. 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 December, 2018.

              January 17 - January 22/23 2019

              Spring Festival Student Budget Tour

              5 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              A special student-oriented budget tour at the
              start of the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday
              Season

              From 999 EUR per person

              Please apply by 29th December, 2017.

              Spring Festival Student Budget Tour

              5 nights in North Korea +
              Beijing-Pyongyang travel
              time

              A special student-oriented budget
              tour at the start of the Chinese
              Spring Festival Holiday Season

              From 999 EUR per person

              • Overall

                A special 5-night budget tour designed for foreign students studying in China. Finish your semester finals and start your Spring Festival travels off with a unique trip to North Korea.

                The tour will see not only the capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the DMZ, but also includes introductory classes to conversational Korean, taekwondo, and Korean cooking. This tour will also offer a chance to experience the life of Pyongyang citizens as it will take you to local restaurants, a sauna and swimming pool complex, and includes a ride on a chartered trolleybus.

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

                Transport Options

                Option 1 // Round-trip train (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing): A 24-hour train journey each way in hard-sleeper class (six bunks per berth) with a transfer in Dandong, China. The train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. This option is for those travelling on a budget with time to spare (and train enthusiasts, of course). [+0 EUR]

                Option 2 // Flight departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 90 minutes) + train return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 24 hours): In our view, this is the most comprehensive way to visit the DPRK. We highly recommend this option: it maximizes your time and sightseeing opportunities; lets you experience both Air Koryo and the international train; plus allows you to start the trip rested, while taking the leisurely route home. [+199 EUR]

                Option 3 // Train departure (Beijing-Pyongyang // 24 hours) + flight return (Pyongyang-Beijing // 90 minutes): An alternative to Option 2. This option is ideal for those wishing to take the train one-way of the journey, but need to transit through Beijing by flight on their return. Please note the train arrives in Pyongyang approximately three hours after the flight so train arrivals will miss one or two activities in the city. [+199 EUR]

                Option 4 // Round-trip flight (Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing):Choosing the round-trip flight option gets you between Beijing and Pyongyang in 1.5 hours (each way), and lets you experience the infamous Air Koryo ‘burger’ twice! For many nationalities, this also allows for the possibility of transiting in Beijing, rather than having to get a Chinese visa (please see below). This option is for those with little time to spare, travellers wanting simply to transit through China, or aviation enthusiasts. [+299 EUR]

                Visa Information

                We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to consider entry and exit procedures in China for your trip. This can be obtained at a Chinese embassy abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.

                Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours. If you don't want to visit China as part of your trip, this could be the easiest option for you. It is not possible to obtain a transit-waiver when using a train for entry or exit from China.

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

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

                Highlights

                • Conversational Korean, Taekwondo, and cooking class in Pyongyang
                • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
                • Shop and dine with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
                • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
                • Trolleybus ride in Pyongyang
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. January 16 // Wednesday

                  *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.

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

                  AM

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

                  PM

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

                  Overnight // Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
                2. January 17 // Thursday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM

                  • Train transfer at Dandong Station from overnight sleeper train to Dandong-Pyongyang local. Our local representative in Dandong will assist with the transfer. Train crosses the China-North Korea border followed by North Korean customs and immigration.
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 for those taking the flight. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

                  PM

                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
                  • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
                  • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

                  Overnight // Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s oldest hotel in operation and centrally located. Popular with overseas Koreans and Japanese. Excellent restaurants and cafes.

                3. January 18 // Friday

                  A day dedicated to learning

                  AM

                  • Conversational Korean Languages Class // Two 90 minutes long introductory Korean classes held by a local teacher at Pyongyang Tourism College. This lightning course will teach you the essential phrases for basic conversations from greeting and addressing people to inquire about the prices in a shop and ordering beer in a bar.

                  PM

                  • Grand People's Study House // National library and public correspondence university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
                  • Taekwondo Class // A 60 minute introductory class at the Taekwondo Areana on Sports Street to taekwondo the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
                  • Cooking Class // You will learn how to make Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies followed by a dinner of your own making!
                  • Evening walk on Ryomyong Street Pyongyang's newest futuristic neighborhood.
                  Overnight // Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang
                4. January 19 // Saturday

                  Pyongyang City Tour

                  AM

                  • City walk from the hotel to Kim Il Sung Square along River Taedong // A pleasant stroll along the river during morning rush hour.
                  • 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.
                  • Science and Technology Complex // 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.
                  • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Lunch on the top floor – mix with local shoppers/diners while lining up and eating with them.

                  PM

                  • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // We’ll 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 captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Pyongyang Ice Rink // We’ll enjoy ice skating, one of Pyongyang’s winter pastimes, with the locals. Rentals available on sight.
                  • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
                  • Dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
                  Overnight // Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang

                5. January 20 // Sunday

                  Pyongyang City Tour and drive to Kaesong

                  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 in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions.

                  • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here. Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                  • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

                  PM

                  • Lunch at East Pyongyang Department Store // A local restaurant popular with students. Also has swimming pool, sauna and gym where you can chill and mingle with locals.
                  • 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.
                  • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Hig