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

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

Each group is accompanied by 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!

April 2018

April 28 - May 8/9 2018

May Day and East Coast Tour

10 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the festivities in Pyongyang, see historic Kaesong and the DMZ, Nampo, Pyongsong,
and the port cities of Hamhung and Wonsan on the East Coast. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 1,599 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th April, 2018.

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May Day and East Coast Tour

10 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join in the festivities in Pyongyang, see historic Kaesong
and the DMZ, Nampo, Pyongsong, and the port cities of Hamhung
and Wonsan on the East Coast. Round-trip by train or upgrade
to flight.

From 1,599 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival held at Mt. Taesong with musical performances and traditional folk games. Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

    This year marks our 25th year travelling to North Korea and for this May Day we have a new and exciting itinerary designed to be informed, insightful, and fun. In addition to the highlights of the North Korean capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Demilitarised Zone, we’ll have time for walks in the city, dinning at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant, shopping at the supermarket, a picnic lunch, and a volleyball game against a Korean company team (new!).

    We’ll spend the night at a hot springs near Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang, and Pyongsong, a centre of scientific and commercial development, for a look at the country’s economic heartland. Despite their proximity to the capital, both cities have their own distinct atmosphere and offer insights into life, society, and economy of today’s North Korea.

    We'll also head to Korea's eastern seaboard to see the major port city of Wonsan and the chemical-industrial centre of Hamhung, the second largest city in the DPRK. Along the way, we'll stop by tombs of ancient Korean kings, rural and seaside landscapes, and the massive Hungnam Fertiliser Plant.

    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

    • May Day celebrations and festivities - picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • 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 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 and the medicinal waters at the Dragon River hot spa in Nampo
    • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong
    • A volleyball game against a local company team
    • Cross the country to visit seaside Wonsan and industrial Hamhung on the east coast
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 // 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 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. April 28 // 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 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. April 29 // 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.

      • 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
      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 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 a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5 hour drive.
      • 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 // 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.
    4. April 30 // Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour


      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • 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 hour drive.
      • Duck Barbeque Restaurant // South Pyongyang’s famous fire-grilled duck restaurant. South Central does it like nobody does! 

      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 // Tuesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

      • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair // Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot. Ride tickets between 2-7 EUR.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 2 // Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency at the market rate! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

      • May Day Stadium // Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium.
      • Volleyball game against a local company team // Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type 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 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      • 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 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.

    7. May 3 // Thursday

      Pyongsong and Pyonyang

      AM
      • Pyongsong City Square // Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site // Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School // One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio //  See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace // Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      • Drive 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!

    8. May 4 // Friday

      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.
      • 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. 
      • Monument to the Sinking of the General Sherman // Monument dedicated to the sinking of the SS General Sherman in 1866, which marked one of the first encounters between the United States and Korea.

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

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. May 5 // Saturday

      Hamhung

      AM

      • Depart Pyongyang for Hamhung, the DPRK's second largest city and major industrial centre on the East Coast. The drive will take most of the day with stops along the way.
      • Tomb of King Tongmyong // Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago. Statues, a Buddhist Monastery, and lovely wall paintings make this a fascinating visit for history buff.
      • Ulim Waterfall // Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Hamhung, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch you legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath. (re)Discovered by the Korean People’s Army in 1995 while building roads in the area.

      PM

      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm // Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.

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

    10. May 6 // Sunday

      Hamhung to Wonsan

      AM

      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory // Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate! A bust of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai stands at this complex to note the contributions China made to the development of the plant. A museum is also on site, this is where Kim Il Sung uttered his famous phrase Fertiliser is rice. And rice, itself, is Communism’, therefor…
      • 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!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square // Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
      • Tonghung Revolutionary Site // Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River.

      PM

      • Drive to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea. A 3 hour drive.
      • 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 German monks living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • 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). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hote, 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.

    11. May 7 // Monday

      Wonsan to Pyongyang

      AM

      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks // Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery // Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists, where you can purchase paintings.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp // A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort. A 4 hour drive.
      • Farewell dinner in Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    12. May 8 // 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday May 9 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
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  • Extras

    • Entry and Exit Method

      This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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    • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour 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 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 15th April, 2018.

April 28 - May 5/6 2018

The May Day Tour

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

Join in the festivities in Pyongyang, see historic Kaesong and the
DMZ, and visit the cities of Nampo and Pyongsong. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 1,399 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th April, 2018.

View package Tour Full

The May Day Tour

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

Join in the festivities in Pyongyang, see historic
Kaesong and the DMZ, and visit the cities of
Nampo and Pyongsong. Round-trip by train or upgrade
to flight.

From 1,399 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival held at Mt. Taesong with musical performances and traditional folk games. Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

    This year marks our 25th year travelling to North Korea and for this May Day we have a new and exciting itinerary designed to be informed, insightful, and fun. In addition to the highlights of the North Korean capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Demilitarised Zone, we’ll have time for walks in the city, dinning at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant, shopping at the supermarket, a picnic lunch, and a volleyball game against a Korean company team (new!).

    We’ll also spend the night in Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang, and Pyongsong, a centre of scientific and commercial development, for a look at the country’s economic heartland. Despite their proximity to the capital, both cities have their own distinct atmosphere and offer insights into life, society, and economy of today’s North Korea.

    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

    • May Day celebrations and festivities - picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • 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 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 and the medicinal waters at the Dragon River hot spa in Nampo
    • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong
    • A volleyball game against a local company team!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 // 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. April 28 // 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 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. April 29 // 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.

      • 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
      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 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 a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5 hour drive.
      • 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 // 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.
    4. April 30 // Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • 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 hour drive.
      • Duck Barbeque Restaurant // South Pyongyang’s famous fire-grilled duck restaurant. South Central does it like nobody does! 

      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 // Tuesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy 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.

      • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair // Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot. Ride tickets between 2-7 EUR.

      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 2 // Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency at the market rate! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

      • May Day Stadium // Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium.
      • Volleyball game against a local company team // Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type 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 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).
      • 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 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.

    7. May 3 // Thursday

      Pyongsong and Pyonyang

      AM
      • Pyongsong City Square // Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site // Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School // One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio //  See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace // Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      • Drive 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!

    8. May 4 // Friday

      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.
      • 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. 
      • Monument to the Sinking of the General Sherman // Monument dedicated to the sinking of the SS General Sherman in 1866, which marked one of the first encounters between the United States and Korea.

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

      Overnight // Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. May 5 // 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. 

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday May 6 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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    • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour 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 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 15th April, 2018.

April 28 - May 3/4 2018

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join the festivities in Pyongyang and see historic
Kaesong and the DMZ. Round-trip by train or upgrade
to flight.

From 1,099 EUR per person

Please apply by 15th April, 2018.

View package Tour Full

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in North Korea for May
Day + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Join the festivities in Pyongyang
and see historic Kaesong and the
DMZ. Round-trip by train or upgrade
to flight.

From 1,099 EUR per person

  • Overall

    May Day is one of the best times to visit North Korea during the calendar year for the fine weather and festivities. Also known as International Workers’ Day, May Day is a day off and locals take to the outdoors for picnics, dancing, and sports. In Pyongyang, there is an annual festival held at Mt. Taesong with musical performances and traditional folk games. Spring is in the air and May Day offers a good chance to meet the locals and learn about everyday leisure in North Korea.

    This year marks our 25th year travelling to North Korea and for this May Day we have a new and exciting itinerary designed to be informed, insightful, and fun. In addition to the highlights of the North Korean capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Demilitarised Zone, we’ll have time for walks in the city, dinning at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant, shopping at the supermarket, a picnic lunch, and a volleyball game against a Korean company team (new!).

    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

    • May Day celebrations and festivities - picnics, music, dancing, and fun!
    • 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 Pyongyang's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • A volleyball game against a local company team!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 // Friday

      *Pre-Tour Briefing // We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel 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. W

      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. April 28 // 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 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. April 29 // 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.
      • 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

      • Three-Charters of National Reunification Monument // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agriculture and industry. A 1 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 a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      • Continue to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5 hour drive.
      • 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 // 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.

    4. April 30 // Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ Tour


      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate  // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ  // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • 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 hour drive.
      • Duck Barbeque Restaurant // South Pyongyang’s famous fire-grilled duck restaurant. South Central does it like nobody does!

      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 // Tuesday

      May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments - modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy 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.
      • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Kaeson Funfair // Take on the rides of Pyongyang’s small but excellently located central funfair with the locals: pirate ship, ‘vominator’, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Entry and ride tickets purchased on the spot. Ride tickets between 2-7 EUR.
      Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. May 2 // Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Manggyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a park-like setting.
      • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency at the market rate! Try the snack stands for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      PM

      • May Day Stadium // Tour the grounds and facilities of one of the world’s largest stadiums. Once used for the Arirang Mass Games and now major sports events. No May Day tour is complete without the May Day Stadium.
      • Volleyball game against a local company team // Most work units whether it be a factory, a farm, or white-collar office has its own volleyball team.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type 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 90’s arcade games (2.5 EUR per person per game).

      Overnight //  Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 3 // Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:00.

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Friday May 4 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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.

      See more
    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train 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; 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 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 15th April, 2018.

May 2018

May 31 - June 2 2018

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

This short tour will show you the highlights of Pyongyang. International
Children's Day is also a great opportunity to meet locals at the funfair
on their day off.

From 880 EUR per person

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

This short tour will show you the highlights of
Pyongyang. International Children's Day is also
a great opportunity to meet locals at the funfair
on their day off.

From 880 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. May 31 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

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

    3. June 1 - Friday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair - Located very close to the Native House, this is the place to be on International Children's Day - with families enjoying their day off using the park's activities and rides. Join in the fun!
      • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • 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.

      • 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.
      • 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 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.
      • Farewell group dinner at the Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
    4. June 2 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

      AM

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

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

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

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

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

May 31 - June 7/8 2018

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

International Children's Day is a great opportunity to meet locals at the funfair on their day
off! We’ll also visit Kaesong and the DMZ, as well as Hamhung, Wonsan, and Mt. Kumgang. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,199 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th May, 2018.

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

International Children's Day is a great opportunity to meet locals
at the funfair on their day off! We’ll also visit Kaesong and the
DMZ, as well as Hamhung, Wonsan, and Mt. Kumgang. Round-trip by
train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,199 EUR per person

  • Overall

    There is a famous saying in North Korea that 'Children are the Kings of the Country' and significant attention is devoted to children's upbringing and education. June 1 is International Children's Day, a day which usually marked by student oriented activities and events. We'll spend the holiday in the capital Pyongyang out and about in the city visiting locations popular with schoolchildren and their families.

    The tour will visit historic Kaesong, capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, and along the modern Korean Demilitarized Zone. In Kaesong, we'll visit the rarely visited Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace.

    We will also travel to the country's eastern for time to relax at the beach, hiking at the beautiful Mt. Kumgang, and see the industrial port cities of Hamhung and Wonsan. This is a wonderful time of year to discover a part of the country that is not often visited but will certainly impress you with its beauty!

    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

    • Events and activities for International Children's Day
    • The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • The Pyongyang Metro
    • Hamhung, the DPRK’s second largest city, and major chemical-industrial centre of northeast Korea
    • The relaxed coastal city of Wonsan
    • Hiking at the beautiful mountains of Kumgang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 //  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.  
      • 17:00 // 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. May 31 // 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 JS 252 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop  // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street // An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.

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

    3. June 1 // Friday

      International Children's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • International Children's Day Activities //  We'll see what is going on in the city for the holiday or visit a local school if there are any events going on.
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang!  Pick up local snacks on the first floor for our picnic at the funfair.
      • Mangyongdae Funfair //  This is the place to be on International Children's Day. We'll take packed lunches to spend time at the funfair with families enjoying their day off using the park's activities and rides. Join in the fun!

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

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

      • 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 Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      Overnight //  Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang. 

    4. June 2 // Saturday

      Drive to Hamhung

      AM
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry stopping at scenic spots along the way such as Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse to stretch your legs at this lakeside teahouse beneath rocky crags and Ulim Waterfall for a picnic lunch - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath. A 6-7 hour drive in total.
      PM
      • Tongbong Co-operative Farm // Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
      • Home of Ri Song Gye //  Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

      Overnight //   Majon Beach Guesthouse, Hamhung.  A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke. Bring a torch!
    5. June 3 // Sunday

      Hamhung and drive south to Wonsan

      AM
      • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory // Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!
      • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square // Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
      • Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea of Korea. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
      PM
      • Wonsan Agricultural University // The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’sCamp  //  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan 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.
    6. June 4 // Monday

      Drive south to Mt. Kumgang and hiking

      AM
      • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legends. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking.
      PM

      • Mt. Kumgang // The Diamond Mountain’ -a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. So beautiful that seven fairies are said to have once descended from the heavens to bathe here. A pilgrimage place for poets, artists, intellectuals, aristocrats, and royalty in medieval times. The perfect place to spend a day or two hiking and relaxing: ‘The scenery is good and the living is too’, as the song goes.
      • Hiking at Kuryong Waterfall  // A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
      • Kumgangsan Hot Spa // relax in the facilities of Kumgangsan's hot spa or treat yourself to a massage (approx 10-15 USD).

      Overnight //  Kumgangsan Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Bar, billiards, massage and a great terrace with barbecue options.
    7. June 5 // Tuesday

      Mt. Kumgang and drive back to Pyongyang

      AM
      • 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.
      • Drive 2 hours north along the East Sea for a picnic lunch at Sijung Guesthouse Beach, to enjoy the beach on the East Sea of Korea (2 EUR entrance fee to swim and stays over 30 minutes).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 5 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way at Masik Pass Ski Resort - the DPRK’s largest ski resort opened in 2013 - for a coffee and at Sinpyong Lake Beach Guesthouse.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      Overnight // 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.

    8. June 6 // Wednesday

      Kaesong and the 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 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
      • Kaesong Schoolchildren's Palace // The first of North Korea's schoolchildren's palaces established in Kaesong during post-war reconstruction. Where the talented youth of Kaesong learn music, dance, art, and more.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang via Sariwon Folk Village and City View //  Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
      • Monument to the Three-Charters of the Reunification // Iconic arch over the Pyongyang-Kaesong Highway dedicated to joint meeting between Koreas, north and south. Also known as the ‘Arch of Reunification’.
      • Farewell dinner at the Duck Barbeque Restaurant //  South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

      Overnight // The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. June 7 // Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 252 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. 

      OR

      • Train departure at 10:10 to Dandong, on the Sino-Korean border, with train transfer and onward travel to Beijing by hard-sleeper (six bunks per berth; basic but comfortable) . Scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday June 8 at 08:30.  

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Entry and Exit Method

      This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train 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 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 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 May, 2018.

June 2018

June 16 - June 19 2018

Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Tour

3 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

This long weekend tour is packed with outdoor and indoor activities, including a cycling tour of Pyongyang
and a visit to the Munsu Water Park to relax with locals. It will also include other Pyongyang highlights,
and a visit Kaesong and the DMZ.

From 1,049 EUR per person

Please apply by 27th May, 2018.

Dragon Boat Festival Weekend Tour

3 nights in the DPRK +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

This long weekend tour is packed with outdoor and indoor activities,
including a cycling tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the Munsu Water
Park to relax with locals. It will also include other Pyongyang highlights,
and a visit Kaesong and the DMZ.

From 1,049 EUR per person

  • Overall

    This tour is designed for those who are looking for an active weekend in the DPRK during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival long weekend.

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

    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.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
    • City Cycling from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water Park
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 15 - Friday

      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. June 16 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
       

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

    3. June 17 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and City Cycling

      AM

      • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
      • 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.
      • Moranbong Park – A walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.
      • 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: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. June 18 - Monday

      Kaesong and the MDZ

      AM

      • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ - View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar - A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
      • Duck Barbeque Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang
    5. June 19 - Tuesday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

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

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      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
    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      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 single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 27th May, 2018.

June 19 - June 23/24 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (June) - from Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Beat the summer rush in Korea by joining this great budget tour! 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 1st June, 2018.

Koryo Budget Tour (June) - from Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Beat the summer rush in Korea by joining this great budget tour! 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

    Our Koryo Budget Tour (June) falls right after the Tano Festival ('Dragon Boat Festival' in China), which marks the end of the planting season and the start of summer in northern Korea. The pleasant scenery and warm weather of June traditionally made this the time for outdoor activities and festivals since ancient times.

    This is an introductory trip to Korea for the frugal traveller in search of adventure, offering a no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts. Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Sosan Hotel, a newly renovated hotel on Sports Street.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. June 18 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. June 19 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijingon Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • 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. June 20 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 hours.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. June 21 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • National Gift Preservation Palace - An exhibition hall displaying gifts of all kinds given to the DPRK leaders by Koreans in China, Japan and overseas.
      • War Heroes' Cemetery - Large gun, flag, and bayonet monument surrounded by rows of tombstones commemorating individual heroes of the Korean War.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

      PM

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

      • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

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

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

    5. June 22 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

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

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

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

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea -Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant

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

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

      AM

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

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

    • Return by plane not train

      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.

      See more
    • Insurance for up to seven days

      We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      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

    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 1st June, 2018.

June 30 - July 7/8 2018

The Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Discover North Korea’s rarely visited East coast from the industrial centre of Hamhung to the hiking trails
of Mt. Kumgang. A summer adventure of a lifetime! This tour will also include Pyongyang, Kaesong & DMZ. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,399 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th June, 2018.

The Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

Discover North Korea’s rarely visited East coast from the industrial centre
of Hamhung to the hiking trails of Mt. Kumgang. A summer adventure of a
lifetime! This tour will also include Pyongyang, Kaesong & DMZ. Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.

From 1,399 EUR per person

  • Overall

    North Korea may not be known as a summer get-away, but give it a try for one of the most unforgettable trips of a lifetime. Our Summer Holiday Tour is an annual favourite which gives you the highlights of North Korea, including the capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the Korean Demilitarised Zone, while also taking time to see the country's rarely visited east coast.

    On the east coast, you will see the port city of Wonsan and the industrial centre of Hamhung, while having the chance to explore the hiking trails in Mt Kumgang. The weather is beautiful at this time of year – warm during the day but not too hot. This really is a perfect tour for seeing some of the places that are not frequented by tourists. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers!

    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

    • The stunning mountain scenery of Mt Kumgang
    • Beaches of Korea's eastern coast
    • The port city of Wonsan and industrial city of Hamhung
    • The Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo
    • Panmunjom and the Korean Demilitarised Zone
    • The Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest in the world
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. June 29 // 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 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. June 30 // 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph // Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • 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 1 // Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • 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.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower overlooking 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.
      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
      • Kwangbok Department Store // Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Mangyongdae Native House  // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

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



    4. July 2 // Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Old City Walk and South Gate // A morning stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Drive to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and a centre of agro-industry on the Chaeryong Plains. A 1 hour drive.
      • Sariwon Tradtional Folk Street // We'll take a break from the drive to stop by this traditionally themed street for a quick overview of Korean history and culture. Sometimes it is possible to drop by a small makkolli (Korean rice wine) shop on the street, where bowl of makkolli costs about 1 EUR.
      • Continue back to Sariwon 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. 1.5 hour drive.
      • South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats.

      Overnight // Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.



    5. July 3 // Tuesday

      Drive to Hamhung

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

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


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

      Hamhung and drive to Wonsan

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

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

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

        Overnight //  Dongmyong Hotel, 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.
      • July 5 // Thursday

        Mt. Kumgang

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

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

        Drive back to Pyongyang

        AM
        • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan, for lunch in a local seafood restaurant
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work.

        • Farewell group dinner at Golden Lanes' Bowling Alley bulgogi restaurant. 
        Overnight // Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

      • July 7 // 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Sunday July 10 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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
      • 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
      • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

    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 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 June, 2018.

    July 2018

    July 12 - August 4/5 2018

    Pyongyang Summer School Korean Language Programme

    21 nights in North Korea + Beijing
    Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This is your chance to be among the first Westerners studying Korean in North Korea! Spend your summer
    studying at the Pyongyang Tourism University’s summer school in the morning, and exploring the sights
    of Pyongyang in the afternoon!

    From 2,199 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st June, 2018.

    Pyongyang Summer School Korean Language Programme

    21 nights in North Korea + Beijing
    Orientation + Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This is your chance to be among the first Westerners studying Korean
    in North Korea! Spend your summer studying at the Pyongyang Tourism
    University’s summer school in the morning, and exploring the sights
    of Pyongyang in the afternoon!

    From 2,199 EUR per person

    • Overall

      Interested in the how Korean is spoken in North Korea? Been studying Korean and would like to spend some time in Pyongyang improving your language skills? Or you are an absolute beginner and would like to start from scratch? Join us this summer for Koryo Tours' inaugural Pyongyang Summer School.

      On this 3-week trip to the DPRK you will be spending your week-day mornings at Pyongyang's Tourism Univeristy attending Korean language lessons given by local teachers. This special programme does not just offer you the chance to be among the first Westerners studying Korean language in the DPRK - it will also give you more than enough time to discover the sights and sounds of Pyongyang and surroundings during the comprehensive afternoon and weekend sightseeing programs, and even have you in the capital for a big national holiday (7.27 - Victory Day).

      All levels of language learners are welcome! Local teachers will cater to the different levels during class and should the number of participants allow, classes of different levels will be offered.

      Upon application please e-mail info@koryogroup.com with a description of your level of Korean language, whether you have formally studied the language or have been exposed to it otherwise.

      Please note that there is a pre-study orientation held in Beijing (July 12-13) which will be held in three mandatory sessions. Spending three weeks living in Pyongyang is a big commitment and we want to make sure that you are fully prepared.

      Orientation Session 1: Introductions and Programme Overview

      Orientation Session 2: Travel Etiquette, Safety, and Practicalities for Travel in the DPRK

      Orientation Session 3: The Basics of Language in North Korea and Cultural Matters

      These lectures and discussions based on 25 years of our experience working in North Korea will help to ensure that you get the most out of your time in Korea.
      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

      • Learn Korean at a North Korean university
      • Experience life in Pyongyang
      • Tour the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, and Mt. Myohyang
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 12  // Thursday

        Pre-Tour

        • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing on the afternoon or evening of Wednesday January 11.

        AM

        • Orientation Meeting I: The group will gather at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing for introductions and overview of the programme.Time TBC. Please be punctual.
        • Group lunch at a North Korean restaurant in Beijing.

        PM

        • Orientation Meeting II: This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most of your time in the country. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK.

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

      2. July 13  // Friday

        AM

        • Orientation Meeting III: An Introduction to Language in North Korea and Cultural Matters.
        PM
        • Those entering the country by train depart Beijing Railway Station by overnight sleeper-train to Dandong.
        • Those taking the flight the next morning have a free day afternoon in Beijing.
        • Optional North Korean film screening at Koryo Tours: Time TBD

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

      3. July 14 // Saturday

        AM

        • Those departing by train arrive in Dandong and transfer to Dandong-Pyongyang train at Dandong Railway Station.
        • Those departing by flight check-in at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2

        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Arrival at Pyongyang Railway Station around 17:30.
        • Group Dinner
        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      4. July 15 - Sunday

        AM

        • Mansudae Fountain Park //  Centrally-located pleasant park popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of representative architecture from different eras.
        • Chollima Monument  //  Winged-horse statue commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War. From here we will walk to the Arch of Triumph - a 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris. Viewing platform has a fee (2 €).

        • Lunch at a local restaurant

        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. Lift ticket paid on the spot (5 €).

        • Party Foundation Monument // Iconic Monument made up of stone depictions of hands gripping the hammer, sickle, and writing brush – symbols of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Built in 1995 for the 40th anniversary of the Party.

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

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      5. July 16 // Monday

        AM

        • Introduction language class // This morning the language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism commence. A local teacher will give 3 lectures à 45 minutes, adapting to the participants' skills and needs. This session will also decide a possible split-up in different levels, depending on the number of participants and the variation of existing knowledge
        • Lunch at Okryu Noodle Restaurant // Pyongyang Cold Noodles at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River.
        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.

        • 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

        • Kumkob Food Processing Factory // A tour of the processing facilities of a local Pyongyang foodstuff factory.

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      6. July 17 // Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch at a local restaurant
        PM

        • City Cycling from Kwangbok Street to Munsu waterpark through Mirae Street and across Okryu Bridge, past the Juche tower and Party Foundation Monument

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      7. July 18 // Wednesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • 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.
        • Korean Central Art Museum // National gallery of Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The local guides an excellent introduction to Korean culture and history through art.
        • Walk along the Taedonggang and boating on the river (approx. 2 EUR rental fee) // A great way to see Pyongyang from a different angle and do what locals do on a hot summer day.  

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      8. July 19 // Thursday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel
        PM
        • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.

        • 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.

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      9. July 20 //  Friday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel
        PM

        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures 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.

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      10. July 21 // Saturday

        AM


        Drive south to Sariwon (approx. 1.5 hrs drive) // The provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province and centre of regional industry.
        • Sariwon Tour including Mt. Jongbang and Songbul Temple
        • Migok Cooperative Farm //  We will spend some time here helping the local farmers with their work on the fields. Bring some sun protection!
        PM
        • 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 on to Kaesong (approx. 1.5-2 hrs drive)
        • 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.
        • 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. 

        Overnight: Local hotel, Kaesong.

      11. July 22 // Sunday

        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.
        • 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.

        • 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.

        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR). PM

        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx. 3 hours drive)
        • Dinner in Pyongyang and checking back into the hotel
        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      12. July 23 // Monday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel
        PM

        • Science and Technology Centre // Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.

        • This afternoon will be spent at Pyongyang's Culinary Festival where you will learn how to make some of the most traditional Korean dishes such as Kimchi, Kimbab, Noodles and Greenbean Pancakes 
        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      13. July 24 // Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • Kim Il Sung University // A tour of Pyongyang's most prestigious University.
        • Pyongyang Central Zoo (2 EUR entrance fee and additional cost for special exhibitions on the zoo grounds) //  Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.
        • Walk along Ryomyong Street // Pyongyang's newest street, opened in 2017, lined with tall green building symbolizing eco-friendliness.
        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      14. July 25 // Wednesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • Sports activities // Be it volleyball, table tennis or football - we will get some exercise together with the students and teachers of the Tourism University.
        • Changgwangwon Health Complex // Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (approx. 4 EUR for swimming, varying prices for haircuts, massages, etc.) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      15. July 26 // Thursday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • Local Secondary School // Tour of a local secondary school and possibly giving your teaching skills a go!
        • Pyongyang Circus // A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. Tickets purchased on the spot -20 EUR.

        • 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: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.
      16. July 27 // Friday (Victory Day!)

        As today is a national holiday we will not have language classes but instead enjoy the holiday vibes and mingle with the locals in Pyongyang.

        AM

        • Walk in Moranbong Park // A walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.
        • 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!
        PM

        • 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.

        • 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).

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      17. July 28 - Saturday

        AM

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

        • 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 // Hiking past waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.
        • Drive south back to Pyongyang. A 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive.

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      18. July 29 // Sunday

        AM

        • 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.

        • 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.
        PM
        • Taean Glassware Factory // A tour of the large grounds of this glassware producing factory just outside Nampo town. 
        • Drive east back to Pyonyang (approx. 1 hr drive)

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      19. July 30 // Monday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • 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.

        • City walk // A walk through downtown Pyongyang past monuments, museums, and ministries.  

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      20. July 31 // Tuesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • 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.

        • Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of one of Pyongyang’s funfair with the locals. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      21. August 1 // Wednesday

        AM

        • Language classes at the Pyongyang University of Tourism, followed by lunch in a local restaurant or the hotel

        PM

        • Railway Museum // Museum dedicated to the development of the DPRK’s railways with a number of antique engines and cars on display.

        • Pyongyang International Football Academy // Premier football school for young and promising athletes. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK.

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      22. August 2 // Thursday

        AM

        • Exam time! // Take your final Korean language exam.
        • While the teacher's are grading your exams you'll head to Mt. Ryonggak for a BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of the city.

        PM

        • Graduation Ceremony // Get your certificate and final grade from the past weeks of language classes.

        • Three Revolutions Exhibition // Exhibitions halls showing the nation’s achievements of the Technological, Cultural, and Ideological revolutions.
        • Funfair and/or Beer Bar // To celebrate the successful end of the language classes, spend the evening at another beer bar or hit some more rides at one of Pongyang's funfairs!

        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotel, Pyongyang.

      23. August 3 // Friday

        AM

        • Pyongyang Catfish Factory // A full-scale facility where you can learn about the fascinating science of catfish production. Also, great views of the South Pyongyang Thermal Station, a grand display of industrial power.  
        • Jangchon Vegetable Farm // A taste of modern rural life just outside Pyongyang city. Visit the farm’s cultural centre, kindergarten, home, and research laboratory. Good bye, city life!
        •  Lunch in Mangyongdae Songsan Restaurant
        PM
        • Taedonggang Fruit Farm // A farm specialising in fruit production.
        • Mirim Equestrian Centre // The DPRK’s first civilian horse riding centre in located in the eastern suburbs of Pyongyang. A large facility with indoor and outdoor tracks. Visitors can ride horses and ponies. All skill levels can be accommodated. Safety equipment is provided and ½ hour of riding included. Many Orlov horses here were gifts from Vladimir Putin.
        • Mirim Flight Centre //  Featuring a fleet of Microlight aircraft. Visitors under 90kg can take flights over Pyongyang with a skilled local pilot. Amazing views of the centre of the city from low-altitude.
        • Moran Beer Bar
        • Farewell Dinner in Mansudae Restaurant
        Overnight: Sosan or Chongnyon Hotels, Pyongyang
      24. Departure Day

        AM
        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am. 
        PM
        • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday February 21nd at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

        End of Course

        Or...why not

        Extend a few days on a private tour and explore more of the DPRK.


        End of Tour

        JS 151 to Beijing at 8;30/Depart by train to Dandong and Beijing









    • Extras

      • Entry and Exit Method

        This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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      • Insurance (21 to 24 days)

        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer in Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer in Dandong
        All meals in the DPRK + one group meal in Beijing
        Hotel accommodation (shared room) in DPRK
        Language instructions
        Part-time accompaniment by professional tour guides
        All transportation in the DPRK
        Entry fees for locations listed on the itinerary (please not that some locations may have optional activities at additional costs, please see below)
        Certificate of programme completion from Pyongyang Tourism University
        DPRK visa
      • Not included
        Flight upgrade (+199 EUR one-way; +299 EUR round-trip)
        Accommodation in Beijing (2 nights required for orientation)
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Textbooks (5 EUR per book // contact us for more details)
        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
        Tips for tour guides
        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 to what is advertised above. Typically the order will change based on local opening times, but the overall content will remain the same unless. If an items is not possible on tour, it is typically replaced by a similar or related location. Thank you for your understanding.

    Please apply by 21st June, 2018.

    July 12 - July 17/18 2018

    Koryo Summer Break Budget Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This tour is the best way to see North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring, and includes a city tour of
    Pyongyang, as well as visit to historic Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo on the West coast. The perfect summer
    break getaway for those on a budget!

    From 999 EUR per person

    Please apply by 21st June, 2018.

    Koryo Summer Break Budget Tour

    5 nights in North Korea +
    Beijing-Pyongyang travel
    time

    This tour is the best way to see North Korea’s highlights on a shoestring,
    and includes a city tour of Pyongyang, as well as visit to historic
    Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo on the West coast. The perfect summer break
    getaway for those on a budget!

    From 999 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 Nampo a major port on the west coast of Korea and gateway to the Taedong River and Pyongyang. Transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a centre of industry and shipping during the 20th century due to its strategic location.

      Whilst in Pyongyang, you will be staying at the Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, a retro-futurist hotel on Sports Street with an outdoor pool and a burger restaurant which means that you can enjoy a burger, fries, or even a Belgian waffle with your swim.

      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.

      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 and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – the demarcation line between North and South Korea
      • Kumsusan Memorial Palace, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders
      • See the industrial city of Nampo
    • Itinerary

      Briefing Day
      1. July 11 // 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.  
        • 17:00 // 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 12 // 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 JS 152 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station.

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

        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. July 13 // Friday

        Kaesong and the MDZ

        AM

        • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
        • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ // The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

        PM
        • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ // View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
        • Mansugyo Beer Bar // A new standing bar serving seven type of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!
        • 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. July 14 // Saturday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM

        • Optional morning run for the early risers on Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within.
        • Mangyondae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • 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.
        • Walk along River Taedong // A pleasant stroll from Kim Il Sung Square along the west bank of the river.
        PM
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum // Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

        • 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.
        • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower overlooking theTaedong River and dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
        • 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).
        Overnight // Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang.
      5. July 15 //  Sunday

        Pyongyang City Tour and drive to Nampo

        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 dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
        • Moranbong Park //  Picnic lunch and a walk through Pyongyang’s central park through historic monuments, ancient and modern architecture.

        PM
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1 hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.
        • Chongsam-ri Co-operative Farm // 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.
        • Wau Islet // Scenic spot perfect for relaxation with swimming/diving areas and pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.

        Overnight //
        Hanggu Hotel, Nampo. A basic nautical themed hotel in Nampo city proper. Excellent banquet hall and seafood restauraunt. Limited hours of hot water.
      6. July 16 - Monday

        Nampo and drive back to Pyongynag

        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.
        • Tae’an Glass Factory  // Factory producing glass and glass products for the domestic market. Watch the glass-making process from smelting to sheet-cutting and even try to break a sheet of strengthened glass.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang along the Taedong River (1 hour drive)
        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.
        • Pyonghwa Motors Dealership // Pyonghwa Motors is one of the two car manufacturers in the DPRK. Its possible to buy keyrings and badges with the Pyeonghwa logo on them, sit in the cars, but not test drives!
        • 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.
        • Moran Beer Bar // A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers).
        • 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.
        • Farewell group dinner at the Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
        Overnight // Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang
      7. July 17 // 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday July 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

        See more
      • Upgrade to your own room

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

        See more
      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

        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
      • Insurance for up to seven days

        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train 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

      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 21st June, 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 29th June, 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

    • 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 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

      • 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 12:55. 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.
        • 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

        OR

        • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR.

      • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

        See more
      • Upgrade to your own room

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

        See more
      • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

        See more
      • Insurance for up to seven days

        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

        See more
    • What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
        All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
        Hotel accommodation
        Two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        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 29th June, 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 29th June, 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

    • 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 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

      • 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 12:55. 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.
        • 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.

          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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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        • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      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 29th June, 2018.

      August 2018

      August 11 - August 16/17 2018

      Liberation Day Short Tour

      5 nights in the DPRK +
      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 — a great place to travel to in summer. 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 the DPRK +
      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 — a great place to travel to in summer. 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. 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

        • 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.

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

          OR

          • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 17 at 08:30. 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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        • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        • 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 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 the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      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 2,390 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Long Tour

      9 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      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 2,390 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

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

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

          PM
          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. August 15 - Wednesday

          Liberation Day!

          AM
          • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
          • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1 hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.

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



        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - A farm located between Nampo and Pyongyang. Learn about rural life in Korea and see the green houses and the farm's kindergarten.
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of Pyongyang.
          PM
          • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artefacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the spy ship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

          • Schoolchildren’s Palace – Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

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

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

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
          • Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
          • Jonsung Revolutionary Site – A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.  Learn about life underground during the years of American bombing.
          PM
          • City Walk – We'll take a walk through central Pyongyang from the city's Grand Theatre down to Kim Il Sung Square.
          • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!

          • Foreign Languages Bookshop – Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

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

        6. August 18 - Saturday

          Mt Myohyang

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

          • Approx. 2 ½ hour drive back to Pyongyang.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        7. August 19 - Sunday

          Kumsusan Palace

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          PM

          • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses (a Koryo Tours special!)
          • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Maeri Shooting Range – Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 – 1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        8. August 20 - Monday

          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

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

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


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

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

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

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

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

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

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

          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.

          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive through scenic countryside.
          • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
          • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        11. August 23 - Thursday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

        • Return by plane not train

          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.

          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
        • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

          See more
        • Hotel booking in Beijing

          Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have 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
        • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          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

        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 the DPRK

      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 the DPRK

      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 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. August 15 - Wednesday

          Liberation Day

          AM
          • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
          • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ - a symbol of speed - commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
          • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
          PM
          • Moranbong Park - We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports (especially on holidays such as the one today!). The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
          • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
          • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
          • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
          • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
           Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and return to Beijing by flight.

          AM

          • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30.
          End of Tour
      • Extras

        • Upgrade to your own room

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

          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
        • Insurance for up to seven days

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          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 the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      This tour will take you across North Korea, all the way from the DMZ with South Korea to sacred Mt.
      Paekdu 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 1,750 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      From Panmunjom to Paekdusan

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

      This tour will take you across North Korea, all the way from the
      DMZ with South Korea to sacred Mt. Paekdu 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 1,750 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 17 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 18 - Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

          PM
          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. August 19 - Sunday

          Kumsusan Palace

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          PM

          • Trolleybus Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses (a Koryo Tours special!)
          • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Maeri Shooting Range – Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 – 1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
          • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. August 20 - Monday


          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

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

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


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

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

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

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

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


          Kaesong and the DMZ

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

          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.

          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM
          • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive through scenic countryside.

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
        7. August 23 - Thursday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

        • Return by plane not train

          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.

          See more
        • Insurance for up to seven days

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          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

        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 14:30. 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 11:30am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
          OR
          • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday August 31 at 08:38. 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.

          See more
        • Insurance for up to seven days

          We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

      • What is / is not included?

        • Included
          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 14:30. 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.
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          • 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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

            OR

            • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday September 2 at 08:38. 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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          • Insurance for up to seven days

            We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

        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! Mass spectacle (Mass
        Games or military parade) expected!

        From 3,999 EUR per person

        Please apply by 10th August, 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! Mass spectacle (Mass
        Games or military parade) expected!

        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.

          We’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK that the Mass Games will return in 2018. The specifics aren't entirely clear yet. But given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is when we'll see the Mass Games back in action. Regardless, this will be an exciting time to visit 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 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

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

            Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.


          3. September 2 - Sunday

            Pyongyang City Tour

            AM
            • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
            • Pyongyang Central Zoo – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.

            PM
            • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

            Pyongyang City Tour and Nampo

            AM
            • Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
            • Arch of Triumph – Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris. (approx. 2 EUR to go to the top for a great view over Kim Il Sung Stadium and residential areas)

            • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

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

            PM
            • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
            • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
            • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

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

            Sinchon and Sariwon

            AM
            • Mt. Kuwol - A scenic mountain area on the West Coast of Korea. We’ll pass through this region on a full-day drive between Nampo and Kaesong after crossing over the West Seat Barrage in the morning.  
            • Woljong Temple – Buddhist temple established in the middle of the 9th century and later rebuilt at the start of the Ri Dynasty.
            • 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 - Basic but clean hotel at Mt. Myohyang. Book and souvenir shop, billiards, ping-pong, and karaoke

            • September 8 - Saturday

              Mt Myohyang

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

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

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

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

              • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.

              • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
              • Golden Lane Bowling Centre -  Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

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

              Pyongyang City

              AM

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

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

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

              Pyongyang City

              AM

              This morning you can choose to sleep in and relax at the hotel or:
              • City walk - We will take a walk through central Pyongyang from the capital's Grand Theatre down to Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
              • Korean Central Art Museum – We’ll tour the galleries exhibiting Korean art from ancient times on through the socialist realist works of today. The excellent local guides offer one of the best introductions to Korean culture and history.

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

              Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

            • September 12 - Wednesday

              Hamhung

              AM
              • Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Hamhung, the second largest city of the DPRK and major centre of industry. A 6 to 7 hour drive with rest stops at Sinpyong Lake and Ulim Waterfall- Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch you legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.
              PM
              • Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square – Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square.
                • Home of Ri Song Gye – Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son. A traditional hall and pavilion and associated naughty stories of the former king’s retirement years – some not appropriate for the youth!

                Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse - A beachside holiday compound with basic but comfortable chalets. Rooms have heated floors but no running water. Bring a torch! There is a main building with restaurant, bar, billiards, table-tennis, bookshop, and Korean karaoke.
              • September 13 - Thursday

                Pujon County

                AM

                • Hungnam Fertiliser Factory - Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant - just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate!

                PM

                • Pujon Highlands - A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site -a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.

                Overnight: Majon Beach Guesthouse

              • September 14 - Friday

                Wonsan

                AM

                • Tongbong Co-operative Farm - Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products.
                •  Drive south to Wonsan, a major port city on the East Sea, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 2.5-3 hour drive.
                • Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp – A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork.

                PM

                • Wonsan Agricultural University – The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
                • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here.
                • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
                • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse - Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

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

              • September 15 - Saturday

                Mt Kumgang

                AM

                • Drive south along the East Sea coast to the scenic Mt. Kumgang, the ‘Diamond Mountain’ noted in East Asian history and famous in Korean legend. Home of some of Korea’s most spectacular natural landscapes and best hiking. A 2.5 -3 hour drive.
                • Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests. Named for the ‘three-day’ stay (sam-il) of a king in days gone-by to take in the full beauty of the area.

                PM

                • Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area – ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.

                Overnight: Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang. A comfortable hotel with good hot water supply and clean rooms. Top floor bar and karaoke, outdoor balcony barbeque, billiards, gift shops, and small sauna facilities.
              • September 16 - Sunday

                Back to Pyongyang via Wonsan

                AM

                • Drive back north to Wonsan. A 2.5-3 hr drive.

                • Former Wonsan Railway Station Revolutionary Site - Preserved Japanese colonial era train station, waiting room, guesthouse, and the train which future President Kim Il Sung rode to Pyongyang during the liberation of the country in 1945.

                PM

                • Time to relax and swim on the beautiful beaches of Wonsan!

                • Drive back west to Pyongyang. Approx. 4 hrs drive with a rest stop at Masik Ski Resort

                • Rakwon (Paradise) Department Store and Microbrewery - Department store selling domestic and foreign made goods. The bar next door sells beer and makkolli (traditional rice wine) brewed on site (1 EUR a pint).

                Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

              • September 17 – Monday

                Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

                AM

                • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
                • Mt. Paekdu - ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
                • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

                PM

                • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
                • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

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

              • September 18 – Tuesday

                Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

                AM

                • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
                • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

                PM

                • Upon arrival at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
                •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

                Overnight: Homestay Village - The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

              • September 19 – Wednesday

                Chongjin

                AM

                • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
                • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
                • Chongjin Central Square - Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

                PM

                • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance - Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

                • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club - Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

                Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging - The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

              • September 20 – Thursday

                Hoeryong

                AM

                • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
                • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk - Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

                PM

                • Native House of Kim Jong Suk - Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
                • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
                • Kim Ki Sung Middle School - Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

                Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

              • September 21 – Friday

                Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

                AM

                • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E- Library - A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
                • Chongjin Trolley Bus – We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

                PM

                • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight.
                • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip.
                • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

              • September 22 - Saturday

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

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

                OR

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

              • Entry and Exit Method

                This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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              • Insurance (21 to 24 days)

                We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

              • 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 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)
                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! Mass spectacle (Mass
            Games or military parade) expected!

            From 1,599 EUR per person

            Please apply by 10th August, 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! Mass spectacle (Mass Games or
            military parade) expected!

            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.

              We’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK that the Mass Games will return in 2018. The specifics aren't entirely clear yet. But given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is when we'll see the Mass Games back in action. Regardless, this will be 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 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

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

                Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

              3. September 2 // Sunday

                Pyongyang City Tour

                AM
                • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                • Pyongyang Central Zoo – Newly renovated zoological gardens at the foot of Mt. Taesong popular with locals.

                PM
                • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

                Pyongyang City Tour and Nampo

                AM
                • Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
                • Arch of Triumph – Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris. (approx. 2 EUR to go to the top for a great view over Kim Il Sung Stadium and residential areas)

                • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

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

                PM
                • Chongsan-ri Co-Operative Farm - Learn about farming and rural living in the DPRK at this farming community.
                • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant for the DPRK's most popular brand of sparking water.
                • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.

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

                Sinchon and Sariwon

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

                  • Sariwon Folk Village and City View - Mock-up of a traditional Korean town which includes a history museum, food street, and pavilions. There is a small tavern selling Makkoli, traditional rice wine. Climb a nearby hill for a view of Sariwon City and the surrounding plains.
                  • Drive from Sariwon to Kaesong (approx. 1,5 hours)

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

                  Kaesong

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

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

                  • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ – View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
                  • Pakyon Waterfall – Light walking in relaxing wooded area to a scenic waterfall.

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

                • September 6 // Thursday

                  Haeju

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

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

                  Pyongyang and drive to Mt Myohyang

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

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

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

                • September 8 // Saturday

                  Mt Myohyang

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

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

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

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

                  • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.

                  • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Golden Lane Bowling Centre -  Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

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

                  Pyongyang City

                  AM

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

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

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

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

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

                  OR

                  • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with 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.
              6. Extras

                • Entry and Exit Method

                  This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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                • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

                  We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                • 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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              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)
                  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 8 - September 16 2018

              DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Tour + unique train across the DPRK!

              8 nights in the DPRK
              + China-DPRK travel
              time

              Two ultimate North Korea tours combined: experience the biggest holiday of the year (we expect to
              see Mass Games or a military parade!) and join our most epic train journey to the remote Northeast
              and Rason Special Economic Zone!

              From 1,880 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Tour + unique train across the DPRK!

              8 nights in the DPRK
              + China-DPRK travel
              time

              Two ultimate North Korea tours combined: experience the biggest holiday
              of the year (we expect to see Mass Games or a military parade!) and
              join our most epic train journey to the remote Northeast and Rason
              Special Economic Zone!

              From 1,880 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.

                We’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK that the Mass Games will return in 2018. The specifics aren't entirely clear yet. But given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is when we'll see the Mass Games back in action. Regardless, this will be an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

                On this tour, we will visit Pyongyang, Kaesong, and Nampo, and take you on a local train across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onward up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country no tourist has ever seen.

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

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

                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

                • 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
                • 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 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • 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

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

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park  // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                  • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 10 // Monday

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village // Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR). PM
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 11 // Tuesday

                  AM

                  • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo // We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  PM
                  • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
                  • Schoolchildren’s Palace // Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
                  • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 2 ½ hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.


                  Overnight // Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, 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 14 // Wednesday

                  AM
                  • West Sea Barrage // An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
                  • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm // Famous cooperative farm on the road between Pyongyang and Nampo. Learn about life in rural Korea by visiting the farm's green houses and their kindergarden.
                  • Kangso Mineral Water Factory // Bottling plant of the DPRK's most famous spring water. Tour the production line and have a sip yourself.
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang on the Youth Hero Highway
                  PM
                  • Tower of the Juche Idea // Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

                  • Monument to the Party Foundation // Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
                  • Golden Lane Bowling Centre // Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
                  • Farewell dinner at Duck Barbeque Restaurant //  South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.
                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                7. September 13 - Thursday

                  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


                8. 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


                9. 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


                10. 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


                11. 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

                • Entry and Exit Method

                  This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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.

                • Insurance for up to seven days

                  We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                • 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 Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                  Train Pyongyang – Rason
                  Transportation from Rason - Yanji (China)
                  All meals on the tour except for the final pizza dinner and meals on the train
                  Hotel accommodation & Overnight train 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
                  Onward travel from Yanji, China - we can advise and assist with options though
              • 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.
                This tour requires 6 participants to be guaranteed to operate - Koryo Tours will keep anyone who signs up notified of booking levels

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

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              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 spectacle (Mass Games or military parade)
              expected! This tour will also see the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo. Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              From 1,149 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Tour

              5 nights + Beijing-Pyongyang
              travel time

              Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year! Mass spectacle
              (Mass Games or military parade) expected! This tour will also see
              the highlights of Pyongyang, Kaesong, the DMZ, and Nampo. Round-trip
              by train or upgrade to flight.

              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.

                We’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK that the Mass Games will return in 2018. The specifics aren't entirely clear yet. But given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is when we'll see the Mass Games back in action. Regardless, this will be 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

                • 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                  • 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

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

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun // Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park  // The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument // Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park // We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                  • Mass Dance // As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Kaeson Funfair // We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 10 // Monday

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village // Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum // Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall // Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) // A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR). PM
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour // One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                  Overnight // Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 11 // Tuesday

                  AM

                  • Mansudae Art Studio // The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
                  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo // We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
                  • Mangyongdae Native House // Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
                  PM
                  • Kwangbok Department Store // Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
                  • Schoolchildren’s Palace // Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
                  • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 2 ½ hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.


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

                  OR

                  • Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday September 14 at 08:30. 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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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                • Insurance for up to seven days

                  We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                • 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 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 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 spectacle (Mass Games or military parade)
              expected! We will also see the highlights of Pyongyang and travel down to Kaesong and the DMZ —
              all within a long weekend getaway!

              From 990 EUR per person

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              DPRK National Day 70th Anniversary Minibreak

              3 nights
              in the DPRK

              Be in Pyongyang for the biggest holiday of the year! Mass spectacle
              (Mass Games or military parade) expected! We will also see the highlights
              of Pyongyang and travel down to Kaesong and the DMZ — all within
              a long weekend getaway!

              From 990 EUR per person

              • Overall

                This short tour will get you to Pyongyang for what we expect to be the most fascinating and festive time of the year!

                September 9th is National Day and in 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (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.

                We’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK that the Mass Games will return in 2018. The specifics aren't entirely clear yet. But given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is when we'll see the Mass Games back in action. Regardless, this will be an exciting time to be in the DPRK!

                Highlights

                • National Day Celebrations
                • Kaesong and the DMZ
              • Itinerary

                Briefing Day
                1. September 7 - Friday

                  AM

                  • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

                  PM

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

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

                2. September 8 - Saturday

                  Arrival day in Pyongyang

                  AM
                  • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
                  PM
                  • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                  • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
                3. September 9 - Sunday

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

                  AM
                  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
                  • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
                  • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
                  PM
                  • Moranbong Park -We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports, especially on national holidays. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’
                  • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see one of these -Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
                  • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides). This visit is weather-dependant.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

                4. September 10 - Monday

                  AM
                  • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
                  • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.

                  • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
                  • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
                  • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
                  PM
                  • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
                  • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

                  Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
                5. September 11 - Tuesday

                  Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight.

                  AM

                  • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.
              • Extras

                • Upgrade to your own room

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

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                • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                • Insurance for up to seven days

                  We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

              • What is / is not included?

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

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

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

              Please apply by 17th August, 2018.

              September 11 - September 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.

              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!

                We've also been told that the Mass Games will return this September. 

                Exact details of what any such show over this period will involve are still a secret right now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and the months unfold. Please note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently shared.

                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
                • 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                  • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                  • Arch of Triumph – 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!
                  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.

                  See more
                • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

                  We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

              • What is / is not included?

                • Included
                  Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
                  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 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 + 1 on the
              train

              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 + 1 on the
              train

              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!

                We've also been told that the Mass Games will return this September. 

                Exact details of what any such show over this period will involve are still a secret right now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and the months unfold. Please note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently shared.

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

                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

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

                    Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang

                  • September 17 – Monday

                    Charter flight to sacred Mt Paekdu

                    AM

                    • In the morning, we will take charter flight to Samjiyon Town, the gateway to Mt. Paekdu located in the far north of the country. A 1 hour flight.
                    • Mt. Paekdu - ‘Birthplace of the Korean Nation’ and ‘The Sacred Mountain of the Revolution’, Mt. Paekdu is one of the most important locations in traditional Korean history and the modern revolutionary history of the DPRK. Atop the mountain sits volcanic Lake Chon in the massive caldera formed in a giant eruption in the 10th century, one of the largest in recorded history. This eruption left behind a decapitated 2,744 meter peak which remains the tallest in Korea. Rarely visited and absolutely unforgettable.
                    • Lake Chon - The highest crater lake in the world. It is possible to hike the last few km of the overlooking summit or ride a funicular railways to the top for spectacular views. From here one can either walk down or cable car (weather permitting) to the lake itself to sample the crystal-clear waters.

                    PM

                    • Mt. Paekdu Secret Camp - The guerilla headquarters of General Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese struggle set in hidden alpine valley lined by towering peaks and said to be the birthplace of leader Kim Jong Il. See the reconstructed camp telling of how the guerillas lived year in and year out.
                    • Rimyongsu Waterfall - A scenic waterfall which never freezes due despite chilling alpine winters. The waterfall also provides hydroelectric power to neighboring villages.

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

                  • September 18 – Tuesday

                    Charter flight to Mt Chilbo

                    AM

                    • Samjiyon Grand Monument - Group of bronze statues, including one of President Kim Il Sung, and stone monuments next to a scenic alpine lake. One of three ‘grand monuments’ in the country.
                    • We will catch our charter flight onwards to Orang Airport in North Hamkyong Province. A 1 hour flight.

                    PM

                    • Upon arrival at Mt. Chilbo, we will start our tour of the mountain range. The ‘Seven Treasures’ mountain is one of the DPRK’s most remote and scenic areas with a vast array of strangely shaped peaks and unique geologic formations. This primordial landscape is home to many colourful (and suggestive) legends and offers a contrast to the densely populated cities and agricultural areas seen in much the rest of the country.
                    •  Local games and dinner at the homestay village – The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with a local families. Brush up on your Korean (or body-language) as for an evening spent with the family. It is also possible to play volleyball against or wrestle the village team.

                    Overnight: Homestay Village - The only place in the DPRK where foreigners can stay with local families in either a Korean-style or European-style home. Each home has a bedroom and washroom for guests.

                  • September 19 – Wednesday

                    Chongjin

                    AM

                    • We’ll leave Mt. Chilbo by way of the scenic coastal road (weather permitting) that leads to Kyongsong and Chongjin - The DPRK’s third largest city, provincial seat of North Hamkyong Province, and Korea’s ‘city of steel’ - home to the massive Kim Chaek Iron Works.
                    • Chongjin Revolutionary Museum – Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region.
                    • Chongjin Central Square - Central Square of Chongjin city with statues of the DPRK leadership. A presentation of flowers is customary (2-3 EUR).

                    PM

                    • Steelworker’s Kindergarten and Performance - Visit to a local kindergarten with a small student musical and theatrical performance.

                    • Chongjin Fisherman’s Club - Bar, billiards, restaurant, and sauna for merchant mariners visiting the Chongjin Port. A great place to relax after days on the road in the northeast.

                    Overnight: Chongjin Foreigners’ Lodging - The former foreign expert apartments of Kim Chaek Steelworks, similar in design to local apartments. Basic rooms but great food and service.

                  • September 20 – Thursday

                    Hoeryong

                    AM

                    • Drive north to Hoeryong, a rarely visited city on the border with China. A 3-3.5 hour drive.
                    • Central Square and Statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk - Bronze statue of ‘The Mother of Korea’ in central Hoeryong. A presentation of flowers (2-4 EUR) is customary here.

                    PM

                    • Native House of Kim Jong Suk - Traditional Korean home of Kim Jong Suk set among a peaceful apricot orchard.
                    • Hoeryong Revolutionary Museum - Museum depicting the revolutionary struggles of the region. Particularly interesting for its giant mural depicting the ‘Three Generals of Mt. Paekdu’ during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle. The painting was made by artists from the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang and smaller replicas of it can be found throughout the country.
                    • Kim Ki Sung Middle School - Local school named after the brother of Kim Jong Suk in Hoeryong City. Tour the facilities and drop in on classrooms to help practice English with the students.

                    Overnight: Hoeryong Hotel - A basic hotel featuring large rooms with air conditioning but no hot water, separate sauna/shower block, small shop and bar, and large banquet hall. The staff of the hotel can put on a dinner performance for groups at the cost of approximately 600 RMB.

                  • September 21 – Friday

                    Chongjin and flight back to Pyongyang

                    AM

                    • In the morning, we will drive back to Chongjin and visit the North Hamgyong Province E- Library - A library, study, and computer centre for the province, located just off Chongjin Central Square.
                    • Chongjin Trolley Bus – We’ll take a ride down Chongjin’s main drag on one of the city’s trolleybuses.

                    PM

                    • In the afternoon, we will drive to Orang Airport to catch our charter flight back to Pyongyang. A 1 hour 20 minute flight.
                    • Drinks in a local bar – we’ll visit one of Pyongyang’s bars that we have not stopped by yet on this incredible tour to wrap up this adventurous 21-night trip.
                    • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

                    Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

                  • September 22 - Saturday

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

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

                    OR

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

                4. 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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                  • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

                    We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                5. What is / is not included?

                  • Included
                    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
                    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

                We've been told that the Mass Games will return this September. Sign up now to secure your place
                on this tour designed to cover the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle
                in five years is set to take place.

                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

                We've been told that the Mass Games will return this September.
                Sign up now to secure your place on this tour designed to cover
                the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle
                in five years is set to take place.

                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.

                  The information we’re getting is that the Mass Games will return this September. Sign up now to secure your place on this tour designed to cover the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle in five years is set to happen.

                  Exact details of what any such show during this time will involve are still a secret for now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and as the months ahead unfold.

                  It’s important to note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently been sharing.

                  If the Mass Games are your one and only reason for booking this trip, and the above caveat concerns you, then please make yourself familiar with our cancellation policy before booking.

                  However, as outlined above, we’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK (North Korea) that the Mass Games will return this Sep. Although the specifics are *not* entirely clear yet.

                  Given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is the month we'll see the Mass Games back in action.

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

                  Your 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 can easily arrange your North Korean visa as part of our tour services [+50 EUR].

                  However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip, which will need to be 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 own 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

                  • The Mass Games — expected, but not confirmed. We will update all those booking with the latest details and specifics as and when we have them
                  • 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                    • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                    • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                    • 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 information we're currently being given from Pyongyang is that the Mass Games will take place over this period. The last time the Mass Games were held was in the May Day Stadium back in 2013. Please note that no details have been confirmed at this stage — other than that some form or spectacle is set to return — and we will update all those booking with us with the latest information on this event as and when we have it. 

                    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 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.
                    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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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
                  • Insurance for up to seven days

                    We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                • What is / is not included?

                  • Included
                    Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                    Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                    All meals on the tour 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 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 22/23 2018

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

                4 nights in the
                DPRK + 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 the
                DPRK + 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!

                  We've also been told that the Mass Games will return this September. 

                  Exact details of what any such show over this period will involve are still a secret right now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and the months unfold. Please note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently shared.

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

                  * * *

                  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
                  • 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 13:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 14:30. 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

                    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 10:00am. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
                    OR

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

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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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                  • Insurance for up to seven days

                    We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                • What is / is not included?

                  • Included
                    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
                    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 18 - September 25/26 2018

                Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - North Korean Film in Focus

                7 nights in the
                DPRK + 1 on the
                train

                Join us at the Pyongyang International Film Festival! Be there to see the glitz and glamour on Pyongyang’s
                red carpet and watch films with a local audience! This tour also includes a cinema tour and exclusive shooting
                locations in Pyongyang and Nampo.

                From 1,799 EUR per person

                Please apply by 30th August, 2018.

                Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - North Korean Film in Focus

                7 nights in the
                DPRK + 1 on the
                train

                Join us at the Pyongyang International Film Festival! Be there to see the
                glitz and glamour on Pyongyang’s red carpet and watch films with a local
                audience! This tour also includes a cinema tour and exclusive shooting
                locations in Pyongyang and Nampo.

                From 1,799 EUR per person

                • Overall

                  A special in-depth 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), the romantic comedies They Met on the Taedong River (1993) and O Youth! (1994) and the first joint DPRK-foreign production Moranbong (1957), the joint UK-Beligum-DPRK production Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012), as well as North Korean sports and action films.

                  Included in this tour are a special film screening of the Koryo Tours' co-production 'Comrade Kim Goes Flying' (2012) in Pyongyang, as well as a Q&A with those involved in the film’s production and promotion. This option will also have a special tour to view Pyongyang’s cinemas and their unique architecture.

                  The tour also covers the main highlights of Pyongyang, Kaseong, and Nampo, such as the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, the Juche Tower, the Korean Demilitarised Zone, West Sea Barrage, and the Chollima Steelworks. We'll stop by the concurrent Pyongyang International Autumn Trade Fair for a look around too!

                  We've also been told that the Mass Games will return this September. 

                  Exact details of what any such show over this period will involve are still a secret right now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and the months unfold. Please note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently shared.

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

                  * * *

                  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
                  • Pyongyang Cinema Tour
                  • Pyongyang highlights: the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo, the Pyongyang Metro, and the Juche Tower
                  • The DMZ and filming locations in Kaesong
                  • Nampo's West Sea Barrage and the Chollima Steelworks
                  • 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 at the Three Revolutions Exhibition
                • 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 13:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                    • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 14:30. 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

                    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.
                    • 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.
                  6. September 22 – Saturday

                    Nampo City and Korean industry

                    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. Watch the famous 15 minute West Sea Barrage Documentary on location.
                    • Wau Islet - Picnic lunch at this riverside park with pavilions overlooking the Taedong River.

                    PM

                    • 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’. Filming location of Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012).

                    • Return to Pyongyang along the old riverside road driving past the country's industrial heartland.

                    • Walk along Sports Street past stadiums and halls whose architecture reflects the sports played within and on to the enigmatic Youth Hotel and modernist Kwangbok Street. Filming location for O Youth! and numerous North Korean films.
                    • 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.
                    • 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: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                    • September 23 – Sunday

                      Pyongyang - Cinema Tour and Kumsusan Palce of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership

                      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.

                      • Sunday walk from the Changgwangsan Hotel past the Pyongyang Ice Rink (exterior only), Pyongyang Indoor Stadium (exterior only), Russian Embassy, and Supreme People's Assembly to downtown Pyongyang.
                      • Okryugwan - Pyongyang Cold Noodles at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River.
                      PM
                      • Sunday walk in Central Pyongyang through downtown and along the Taedong River. Filming location for They Met on the Taedong River (1993). Optional row boating (weather dependent).
                      • Pyongyang Cinema Tour - This special tour will drop by the exterior of a number of Pyongyang local cinema's to photograph their unique architecture. Visits to interiors TBC pending PIFF events and openings.
                      • To be confirmed event with with North Korean filmmakers. In years past we have had meetings with directors, actors and actresses, and score-composers.

                      Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                    • September 24 – Monday

                      Pyongyang City Tour

                      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.
                      • Taekwondo Demonstration - A special demonstration of the Korean martial art Taekwondo as seen in many an action film. 

                      PM

                      • 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.

                      • Jangchon Vegetable Farm - A taste of modern DPRK farming life just outside of the capital. Tour the farm’s cultural centre, kindergarten, home, and research laboratory. 

                      • Walk on Future Street - A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture
                        • Farewell dinner at the Pizza Restaurant (Not included; 7-10 EUR paid on the spot).
                        Overnight: The Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.
                      • September 25 – Tuesday

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

                        • Train departure by domestic train to Dandong at 10:10 AM, transfer in Dandong with onward travel by sleeper train to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday September 26 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.

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                      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                      • Insurance (8 to 12 days)

                        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                    • What is / is not included?

                      • Included
                        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
                        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.

                      This tour will be combine with the Pyongyang International Film Festival Tour - Introduction to North Korean Film and Korea Highlights for the first four-nights of the tour.

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

                    Please apply by 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

                    We've been told that the Mass Games will return this September. Sign up now to secure your place
                    on this tour designed to cover the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle
                    in five years is set to take place.

                    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

                    We've been told that the Mass Games will return this September.
                    Sign up now to secure your place on this tour designed to cover
                    the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle
                    in five years is set to take place.

                    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.

                      The information we’re getting is that the Mass Games will return this September. Sign up now to secure your place on this tour designed to cover the period when the North Koreans say the first Major Spectacle in five years is set to happen.

                      Exact details of what any such show during this time will involve are still a secret for now, but we will update all attendees with the exciting details as and when we have them, and as the months ahead unfold.

                      It’s important to note that events are not 100 per cent confirmed at this stage and that those organising the Mass Games in North Korea may move or cancel any plans they have currently been sharing.

                      If the Mass Games are your one and only reason for booking this trip, and the above caveat concerns you, then please make yourself familiar with our cancellation policy before booking.

                      However, as outlined above, we’ve been hearing word from multiple and different sources within the DPRK (North Korea) that the Mass Games will return this Sep. Although the specifics are *not* entirely clear yet.

                      Given that the 9th of September marks the DPRK's 70th Anniversary it seems logical to suggest that, based on the whispers we're hearing from our people in the know in Pyongyang, this is the month we'll see the Mass Games back in action.

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

                      Your 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 can easily arrange your North Korean visa as part of our tour services [+50 EUR].

                      However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip, which will need to be 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 own 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

                      • The Mass Games — expected, but not confirmed. We will update all those booking with the latest details and specifics as and when we have them
                      • 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
                        • Kim Il Sung Square // Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
                        • Foreign Languages Bookshop // Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
                        • 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 information we're currently being given from Pyongyang is that the Mass Games will take place over this period. The last time the Mass Games were held was in the May Day Stadium back in 2013. Please note that no details have been confirmed at this stage — other than that some form or spectacle is set to return — and we will update all those booking with us with the latest information on this event as and when we have it. 

                        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 flight.

                        AM

                        • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55.
                        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 between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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
                      • Insurance for up to seven days

                        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                    • What is / is not included?

                      • Included
                        Train Beijing – Pyongyang with transfer at Dandong
                        Train Pyongyang – Beijing with transfer at Dandong
                        All meals on the tour 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 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 24th 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.

                      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

                      • 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 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
                        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25 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.

                        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 10:00 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 October 5 18 at 08:30. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).

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                    • Extras

                      • Entry and Exit Method

                        This tour travels between between Beijing-Pyongyang by train. Flight departure and train return or round-trip flights are 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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                      • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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                      • Insurance for up to seven days

                        We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.

                      • 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 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.