DPRK (North Korea)

Group Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Enter Pyongyang

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

Students in Kim Il Sung Square

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

Going underground

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

About us

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

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

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

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

GROUP TOURS

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

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

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

Why choose a group tour?

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2017

December 28 - January 2/3 2018

New Year’s Eve Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Celebrate into 2018
in style, in the DPRK!

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 13th December, 2017.

New Year’s Eve Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Celebrate into
2018 in style,
in the DPRK!

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. December 27 - Wednesday

      Briefing Day

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

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

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM
      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
      PM
      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 252 at 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris. 

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
    3. December 29 - Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

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


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

      Pyongyang

      AM
      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Jongsong Revolutionary Site - A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’s.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      PM
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Changwangwon Leisure Complex (haircuts, massages, swimming pool are all available!) – Huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas.

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

      New Year's Eve

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery  – Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop  – Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish.  
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
      PM
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

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

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Dinner on Pyongyang’s Rainbow Boat on the Taedong River where we'll have our New Year’s Eve Party! with a great view on Kim Il Sung Square and the fireworks display!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
    6. January 1 - Monday

      New Year's Day

      AM
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

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

      PM
      • Munsu Water Park -We’ll take a break at the indoor part of this water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).
      • Maeri Shooting Range -Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.

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

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


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

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

      OR

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

    • Return by plane not train

      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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    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

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    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Skiing extension (430 EUR)
      Air China flight back to Beijing if skiing extension added (150 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

Please apply by 13th December, 2017.

January 2018

January 9 - January 13/14 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (January) - From Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Our first tour of 2018! Visit Korea in the quiet
of winter as the country looks forward to the
year ahead.

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 23rd December, 2017.

Koryo Budget Tour (January) - From Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Our first tour of 2018! Visit
Korea in the quiet of winter as
the country looks forward to the
year ahead.

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    With few other travellers around, winter is a relatively quiet and calm time to visit the DPRK. The temperature will be crisp and cold but clear skies make for great photos. We'll also have the chance to hear about the latest political and economics developments in the DPRK's New Year's Address, an annual nationwide speech which outlines the plan for the year ahead and which each person is expected to study in-detail during the first month of the year.

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

    This option of the Koryo Budget Tour (January) departs and returns to Beijing. It is ideal for those wanting to combine Korea with a trip to the Chinese capital or who want to make use of a transit visa waiver on arrival in Beijing by flight. We offer an alternative option departing by train from Dandong in northeast China on the border with Korea, which requires obtaining a double-entry Chinese visa.

    The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (January) from Dandong on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. January 8 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. January 9 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • 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. January 10 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. January 11 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

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

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

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

      PM

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

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

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

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

    5. January 12 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

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

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

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. January 13 - Saturday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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
    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

      See more
    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

      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 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 December, 2017.

January 9 - January 13 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (January) - From Dandong by train

4 nights
in the DPRK

A shoe-string option
for our first tour of
2018!

From 750 EUR per person

Please apply by 23rd December, 2017.

Koryo Budget Tour (January) - From Dandong by train

4 nights
in the DPRK

A shoe-string option
for our first tour
of 2018!

From 750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    With few other travellers around, winter is a relatively quiet and calm time to visit the DPRK. The temperature will be crisp and cold but clear skies make for great photos. We'll also have the chance to hear about the latest political and economics developments in the DPRK's New Year's Address, an annual nationwide speech which outlines the plan for the year ahead and which each person is expected to study in-detail during the first month of the year.

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

    This option departs from and returns to the Chinese city of Dandong on the border with North Korea. It is ideal for those who are living or traveling in China and have/will obtain a double-entry Chinese visa. We offer an alternative option departing Beijing by flight.

    The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (January) from Beijing on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. January 8 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong in northeast China on the Sino-Korean border. 

      PM

      • This evening our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at a to be confirmed time and location. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual.

      Overnight: Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations.

    2. January 9 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Meet at the Dandong train station at TBC time and board the train bound for Pyongyang departing at 09:25. After crossing into the DPRK at Sinuiju, the morning and afternoon will be spent traveling through the countryside of North and South Pyong'an Provinces.

      PM

      • Arrival to Pyongyang Station at 17:30 where local Korean guides will be waiting for us and the tour begins!
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Meet the rest of the group in the evening for dinner.

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





    3. January 10 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. January 11 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

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

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

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

      PM

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

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

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

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

    5. January 12 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

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

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

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. January 13 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Dandong by train. 

      AM

      • Train departure at 10:10 with scheduled arrival in Dandong on the DPRK-China border the same day at 17:30. This journey through the northwest of Korea typically travels in hard sleeper cars.
      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

      See more
    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

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

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

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

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

    For this tour departing from Dandong, we ask that all tour fees are paid before the start oft the tour.

Please apply by 23rd December, 2017.

January 20 - January 26 2018

Spring Festival Student Budget Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

A special student-oriented tour at the start
of the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday Season

From 1,149 EUR per person

Please apply by 2nd January, 2018.

Spring Festival Student Budget Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

A special student-oriented
tour at the start of the Chinese
Spring Festival Holiday Season

From 1,149 EUR per person

  • Overall

    A special 5-night budget tour designed for foreign students studying in China. Finish your semester finals and start your Spring Festival travels off with a unique trip to North Korea.

    The tour will see not only the capital Pyongyang and historic Kaesong on the DMZ, but also two smaller cities, Sariwon and Nampo, giving insight into the country's rural and industrial economy. We'll visit the highlights of North Korea as well as a farm, factory, and educational facilities with a chance to interact with Korean students - also on their winter holiday.

    Highlights

    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Activities with Korean students
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Industrial Nampo - the West Sea Barrage and industrial infrastructure
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 19 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. January 20 - 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Language 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 - A walk in downtown Pyongyang past museums, ministries, apartments, and grand theatres. Dress warm!

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

    3. January 21 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour with the Kumsusan Palace 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.
      • 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
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

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

      •  Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.


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

    4. January 22 - Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ


      AM

      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju by a son of Ri Song Gye (founder of the next, and final, dynasty) in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo which had ruled over Korea for 474 years and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Kaesong Schoolchildren’s Palace - The earliest schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence where the youth of Kaesong come to hone their skills in music, dance, sports, mechanics, taxidermy, and more!
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stopat Sariwon Folk Village, a 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. On arrival back in Pyongyang we'll stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.


    5. January 23 - Tuesday

      Pyongyang City Tour and Student Activities

      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.
      • Arch of Triumph - A 60-m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Grand People’s Study House -  National library and public correspondence university with Neo-traditional Korean and great views of the city.

      PM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum– A 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. Unmissable.
      • Conversation or sports with students - A chance to meet Korean students, also on their winter vacation, for conversation and/or an activity. Exact time and place to be determined pending our group size.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.


    6. January 24- Wednesday

      Nampo Day Trip

      AM

      • Drive to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River. Nampo is a major industrial and transport centre for the region. 1 hour drive.
      • 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.
      • 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

      • 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.
      • Munsu Water Park – 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).

      • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      • Evening walk on Ryomyong Street, Pyongyang's newest futuristic neighborhood.

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.



    7. January 25 - Thursday

      Departure Day

      AM

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday January 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

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

      See more
    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

      See more
    • 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 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. The maximum group size for this tour is 25 travelers per group.

    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 2nd January, 2018.

February 2018

February 15 - February 17 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Mini Break

2 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 880 EUR per person

Please apply by 18th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Mini Break

2 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 880 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

      Overnight:
      Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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 - A sports-themed hotel located in West Pyongyang’s Sports Village. Sport shop, bookstore, numerous bars, spa and small gym. Renovated in 2015.

    3. February 16 - Friday

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

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

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

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

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:20 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. 
      End of Tour

      OR

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

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      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 18th January, 2018.

February 15 - February 20/21 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,330 EUR per person

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,330 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

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

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

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

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

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

      Mt Myohyang

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

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

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
      • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. February 18 - Sunday

      Pyongyang and Sariwon

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      PM
      • We'll drive around one hour to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and a local home.
      • Drive onward to Kaesong, around 90 minutes drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Friendly staff, cool decorations, great local dessert and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.
    6. February 19 - Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Janam Hill - Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Return to Pyongyang. A 2.5 hour drive
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pizza Restaurant - Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.


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


      AM

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

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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
    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

      See more
    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

      See more
    • Hotel booking in Beijing

      Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have 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)
      Skiing extension (430 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

February 15 - February 22/23 2018

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,750 EUR per person

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

Kim Jong Il Birthday Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,750 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. February 14 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. February 15 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

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

      DPRK Holiday - Birthday of General Kim Jong Il

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition - Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.

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

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

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

      Mt Myohyang

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

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

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 2.5 - 3 hour drive.
      • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    5. February 18 - Sunday

      Pyongyang and Sariwon

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      PM
      • We'll drive around one hour to Sariwon City and Folk village - recently built mock-up of a traditional Korean walled city which includes a history museum, food street and pavilions. Make sure to try the homemade makkolli here!
      • Migok Co-Operative Farm - Learn about rural life in the DPRK at this farming community on the bucolic plains of Sariwon. Visit the farm's museum, viewpoint, and a local home.
      • Drive onward to Kaesong, around 90 minutes drive
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel - A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Friendly staff, cool decorations, great local dessert and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.
    6. February 19 - Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Janam Hill - Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city and historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Return to Pyongyang. A 2.5 hour drive
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pizza Restaurant - Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.


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

      Pyongyang and Pyongsong

      AM

      • 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.
      • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
       PM
      • Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace – Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

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

      • Science and Technology Centre – Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
      • Moran Beer Bar – A recently renovated local bar with cheap brews (0.50-1 EUR beers).

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


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

    8. February 21 - Wednesday

      Pyongsong and back to Pyongyang

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

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

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minute - 1 hour drive.
      • 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.
      • 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: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    9. February 22 - Thursday

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

      AM

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

      OR

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

    • Return by plane not train

      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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    • Hit the slopes at Masik Pass Ski Resort

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

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    • 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.

  • 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)
      Skiing extension (430 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 19th January, 2018.

February 27 - March 7 2018

Train Tour: Pyongyang to Vladivostok - ride DPRK's rails with the locals - NEW & UNIQUE!

Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
to the extreme North - and on to Vladivostok

Ride the rails of North Korea with
the locals: an all-new opportunity!

From 1,990 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th January, 2018.

Train Tour: Pyongyang to Vladivostok - ride DPRK's rails with the locals - NEW & UNIQUE!

Epic local train journey from Pyongyang
to the extreme North - and on to Vladivostok

Ride the rails of North
Korea with the locals:
an all-new opportunity!

From 1,990 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 onwards 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 and then cross into Russia by rail and make our way to Vladivostok: capital of the Russian Far East and closed to all foreigners during the USSR years.
    We show you around the highlights of this diverse and wonderful remote city including some amazing abandoned underground bases and military sites - far beyond the 'usual' tourist experience in both North Korea and Russia. Another specially curated trip from Koryo Tours!

    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 Russia - a tiny and little-used border crossing across a rail bridge. the one land link between the two countries
    • Vladivostok - Russia's most important far eastern city: modern and historical all at once. Culture shock awaits those who travel from DPRK to here!
    • Abandoned underground bases, military sites, and some of the hidden side of Vladivostok we are able to show you - unexpected and unforgettable!
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 26 - 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. February 27 - 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. February 28 - 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. March 1 - 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 the Pyongyang guides 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. March 2 - 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. March 3 - 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. March 4 - Sunday

      Rason to Vladivostok - 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
      • If you do not wish to join the Russia part of this tour then at this point you will wave an emotional goodbye to those heading into the land of the Bear. You'll then be transferred to Wonjong Bridge which crossed from the DPRK to PRC. Pass through customs, immigration, cross the bridge and your tour ends as you enter China. We can help arrange onward travel from here of course, just drop us a line to ask about it!
      • Tumangang Station – here we board the train that takes us on the short journey across the bridge into the Russian Federation – a 30 minute stopping-and-starting trip between two very difference cultures. On arrival we pass through Russian customs, meet our local Russian guide and have a long evening drive (with rest stops) to Vladivostok, arriving late evening
      Overnight: Vladivostok
    8. March 5 - Monday

      Vladivostok - Intro to the 'Ruler of the East'

      AM
      • A leisurely start this morning after a long international journey yesterday
      • We start our city tour on foot by heading for the Eagle’s Nest – a hilltop viewpoint looking over the city and Golden Horn bay – great for orientation and to get a sense of where you are
      • Ride a Funicular Railway down to the city streets, see how the 19th Century meets the 20th and 21st as we then walk into the heart of the city for lunch at a local café 
      PM
      • Heroes Square – the centre of the city. Dominated by a statues depicting soviet fighters victorious in the long civil war which followed the October Revolution in 1917. Vladivostok was one of the last places ‘liberated’ in this war
      • C-56 Hero Submarine - Step inside a WWII-era submarine for a history lesson of what it was like to spend time in such a cramped machine, plus the background to the Russian/Soviet/Russian Pacific fleet, Headquartered in Vladivostok
      • Visit the Pacific Fleet Shop – get yourself kitted out in a stylish striped sailor’s shirt here if you like! 
      • Visit the final stop on the mighty Trans-Siberian Railway. The marker positioned at the 9288th km of the route. A basic history of how  the rails stretched from Europe to here will be explained, as well as what Ho Chi Minh was doing on this platform so many times in the 1920s
      • Free time in the evening to explore – Russian cities are no longer simply full of vodka & violence, but have a thriving cocktail scene, interesting promenade areas, shops, and entertainment options. See what you can experience!
      Overnight: Vladivostok
    9. March 6 - Tuesday

      Underground & Abandoned Vladivostok

      AM

      • This morning we head underground – to an abandoned formerly top-secret NKVD base and bomb shelter. Vladivostok is full of tunnels and secret areas and this is one of the very best. A guided trip through history and engineering, all taking place in tunnels under the city. Wear something warm and prepare to learn a lot about the psychology of living in such a society and preparing for action at all times
      • When we emerge like moles back into the light we will make a stop at the post office (send cards if you like) and a statue of an unusual American lady who lived here pre-revolution, before lunch in the city

      PM

      • This afternoon we cross one of the brand new bridges built in Vladivostok for the 2012 APEC summit. To Russkiy Island. Much key infrastructure has been moved to this island in the last few years as it was previously only accessible by boat – now the bridge has made it much easier to access
      • On Russkiy Island (it is big, bigger than the rest of the city) we will first visit the famous Voroshilov Battery – credited with saving the city from Japanese invasion (it’s a long story, hear it all on the trip), as well as a new nearby tank & military equipment park (yes you can fire an AK-47 here)
      • We’ll see other former military sites on the island this afternoon as well as a look at some of the new constructions put here for the summit and see how island life is changed since connection to the rest of the city
      • Finally we return to the main part of Vladivostok for a bit of free time before a final farewell dinner. Our guide and tour leader can recommend shops, bars, and so on of course so make the most of the evening in this amazing remote city!
      Overnight: Vladivostok
    10. March 7 - Wednesday

      Final Day
      • Our tour sadly ends today and we all bid each other a fond da sveedanya! How you depart is up to you – there are trains, planes, buses, and boats. Koryo Tours can assist in planning onward travel to China, if you are staying in Russia we can make the Letter of Invitation for the visa last longer to cover onward travel which we can also advise on – drop us a line with how you plan to finish this trip and we’ll help you out!
  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

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    • 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
      Train Rason - Khasan (Russia)
      Transfer Khasan - Vladivostok
      All meals on the tour apart from those taken during free time in Russia
      Hotel accommodation & Overnight train accomodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group in the DPRK. In Russia one guide
      All transportation between sites visited in the DPRK and Russia
      LOI visa support for Russian Visa
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Russian Visa issuance fee (Varies per nationality and place of application)
      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 Vladivostok in Russia - 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.
    In Russia one local guide is provided as well as a local specialist for the visits to underground/abandoned sites
    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 January, 2018.

March 2018

March 1 - March 6/7 2018

Pyongyang 2018: See North Korea after the Olympics

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Combine the Olympics with North
Korea on this special sports-themed
tour

From 1,499 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th February, 2018.

Pyongyang 2018: See North Korea after the Olympics

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Combine the Olympics with
North Korea on this special
sports-themed tour

From 1,499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Going to Pyongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics? After the closing ceremony in Pyongchang, why not come north and see Pyongyang. This special tour combines highlights of the DPRK with sports-related locations and activities.

    See Pyongyang's massive May Day Stadium, kick around with the students of the national youth football academy, cycle around Pyongyang, and learn about Korea's traditional martial art, Taekwondo. We'll also take on a local company team in a friendly, but competitive, match of volleyball!

    The trip will also visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of the DPRK leadership, and the DMZ for a chance to revisit South Korea, if only momentarily.

    We are offering a special starting price of 1349 EUR for Olympic athletes, their families, support staff, and Olympic Volunteers.

    Highlights

    • Tour Pyongyang's sport facilities, including the massive May Day Stadium and the Pyongyang International Football Academy
    • Volleyball match against a local company team
    • A demonstration of Taekwondo, Korea's national martial art
    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the demarcation line between North and South Korea
    • City cycling for the first twenty to book the tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. February 28 - 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. March 1 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Walk in downtown Pyongyang - Stretch your legs with on this walk in central Pyongyang past ministries, museums, and monuments.

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


    3. March 2 - Friday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima, 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 International Football Academy - Premier football school for young and promising athletes. We’ll tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK.

      • 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.
      • Okryugwan - A meal at Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant. Housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. Okgyuwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles, a local dish.

      PM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Sports Equipment Factory - A special visit to a factory that produces sporting goods.
      • 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 beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang 

    4. March 3 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour - Sports

      AM

      • Optional early morning run on Sports Street - Wake up early for a run past stadiums and sports halls, architecture of which reflects the sports played within.
      • Changgwangwon Health Complex - a huge health and leisure facility with Olympic-sized pool, barber shops, beauty salons, massage, and saunas. Leave feeling ten years younger, locals say! Tickets for activities (3-10 EUR) purchased on the spot. One of our favorites!
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph – Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

      PM

      • City Cycling - Tour downtown Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots)
      • Ice Skating or Bowling - See what the locals are up to on a Saturday night at the ice rink (3-5 EUR) and bowling alley (2.5 EUR per person per game). Ping pong and air gun shooting are also available nearby.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. March 4 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour - The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Korean Society

      AM

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

      PM

      • Taekwondo Demonstration - See a small demonstration of the Korean martial art Taekwondo.
      • 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 5 EUR for great views of the city.

      • Drive 160 km south on the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. 2.5 hour drive.

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

    6. March 5 - Monday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Sonjuk Bridge - Small stone bridge built in 1290 which was the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju.
      • 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. Time permitting.
      • 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. Time permitting.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang via 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’.
      • Volleyball Match - Take on the team of a local company in a friendly volleyball match.
      • Farewell dinner at South Pyongyang's Duck Barbecue Restaurant.

      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. March 6 - Tuesday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      OR

      • Train departure by local train to Dandong at 10:10, train transfer in Dandong to sleeper train with onward travel to Beijing. Scheduled arrival to Beijing Station is on Wednesday March 7 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

    This tour is capped at 20 persons per group.

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

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

Please apply by 8th February, 2018.

March 13 - March 17/18 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (March) - From Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 990 EUR per person

Please apply by 23rd February, 2018.

Koryo Budget Tour (March) - From Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 990 EUR per person

  • Overall

    March is an important time of year in Korea as the country emerges from the depths of winter. While still relatively quiet around the city, in the countryside agricultural work begins in anticipation for the coming spring.

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

    This option of the Koryo Budget Tour (January) departs and returns to Beijing. It is ideal for those wanting to combine Korea with a trip to the Chinese capital or who want to make use of a transit visa waiver on arrival in Beijing by flight. We offer an alternative option departing by train from Dandong in northeast China on the border with Korea, which requires obtaining a double-entry Chinese visa.

    The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (January) from Dandong on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. March 12 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. March 13 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • 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. March 14 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. March 15 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

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

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

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

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

      Overnight: Jangjusan Hotel - The only hotel in Pyongsong open for tourists, the excellent bar with one of the best bartenders in the country makes this hotel one of the most fun in the whole country! Basic facilities with fairly reliable electricity and hot water. Billiards, karaoke, haircut, and outdoor eateries in summer.
    5. March 16 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

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

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

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

      PM

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

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

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

      AM

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

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

    • Return by plane not train

      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 23rd February, 2018.

March 13 - March 17 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (March) - From Dandong by train

4 nights
in the DPRK

A shoe-string early
spring getaway!

From 750 EUR per person

Please apply by 23rd February, 2018.

Koryo Budget Tour (March) - From Dandong by train

4 nights
in the DPRK

A shoe-string
early spring
getaway!

From 750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    March is an important time of year in Korea as the country emerges from the depths of winter. While still relatively quiet around the city, in the countryside agricultural work begins in anticipation for the coming spring.

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

    This option departs from and returns to the Chinese city of Dandong on the border with North Korea. It is ideal for those who are living or traveling in China and have/will obtain a double-entry Chinese visa. We offer an alternative option departing Beijing by flight.

    The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (January) from Beijing on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. March 12 - Monday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong in northeast China on the Sino-Korean border. 

      PM

      • This evening our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at a to be confirmed time and location. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers. Please be punctual.

      Overnight: Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations.

    2. March 13 - Tuesday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Meet at the Dandong train station at TBC time and board the train bound for Pyongyang departing at 09:25. After crossing into the DPRK at Sinuiju, the morning and afternoon will be spent traveling through the countryside of North and South Pyong'an Provinces.

      PM

      • Arrival to Pyongyang Station at 17:30 where local Korean guides will be waiting for us and the tour begins!
      • 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.
      • 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. March 14 - Wednesday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. March 15 - Thursday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

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

      • 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.

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

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

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

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

    5. March 16 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tours

      AM

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

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

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

      PM

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

      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. March 17 - Saturday

      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Dandong by train. 

      AM

      • Train departure at 10:10 with scheduled arrival in Dandong on the DPRK-China border the same day at 17:30. This journey through the northwest of Korea typically travels in hard sleeper cars.
      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For this tour departing from Dandong, we ask that all tour fees are paid before the start oft the tour.

Please apply by 23rd February, 2018.

March 24 - March 29/30 2018

DPRK vs. HK: The Asian Cup Showdown Tour — it's a North Korean soccer special!

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Be there to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC
Asian Cup. Only one of these two teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown! Also includes other sporting
specials, and DPRK highlights!

From 1,499 EUR per person

Please apply by 3rd March, 2018.

DPRK vs. HK: The Asian Cup Showdown Tour — it's a North Korean soccer special!

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Be there to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong
Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Only one of these two
teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown! Also includes other sporting
specials, and DPRK highlights!

From 1,499 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join us in Pyongyang to see North Korea's national football team take on Hong Kong for a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Only one of these two teams will qualify. It's a soccer showdown, people. And who else can say they've seen North Korea's mysterious national team play?! They're not exactly a regular fixture on Match of the Day...

    This special tour will get you to the game — the last round of qualification for the 2019 tournament in the UAE. As you no doubt already know, if North Korea win, or can hold Hong Kong to a draw, then they are through! But if Hong Kong can snatch three points then it’s doom and gloom for The Chollima — North Korea will crash out with Hong Kong snatching their place. Drama!

    We’ve also added a number of other special one-offs for this football-focused tour, including a visit to the country’s top academy for its future soccer stars, a tour of the 150,000-capacity May Day Stadium, and a rare chance to go for a run on the streets of Pyongyang.

    As well as all that, we’ll take you to North Korea's must-sees, including the Pyongyang Metro, the War Museum and USS Pueblo (a captured spy ship), the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the DPRK’s leaders lie in state, and a trip down to the DMZ!

    Highlights

    • North Korea vs. Hong Kong (2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match)
    • Documentary screening about the North Korean 1966 World Cup team
    • Meet the students at North Korea's top football academy
    • Morning run along Pyongyang's Sports Street
    • Visit a sports equipment factory — no, seriously
    • Take a tour of the imposing May Day Stadium — Asia's largest
    • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun — mausoleum of the DPRK leadership
    • Ride on the Pyongyang Metro — one of the world's deepest
    • Visit the War Museum, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Dine at Okryugwan — the capital's most famous restaurant
    • Shop with local currency alongside Koreans at a city supermarket/department store
    • Panmunjom/DMZ — the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. March 23 — 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 is designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last-minute questions answered and meet your fellow travellers. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.
      • Optional post-briefing film screening of The Game of Their Lives (2002), a Koryo Tours produced documentary about the 1966 North Korean World Cup team (80 minutes).


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


    2. March 24 — 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square — Pyongyang’s central square, lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Language 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 — A walk in downtown Pyongyang, past museums, ministries, apartments, and grand theatres.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang. This is the North Korean capital's premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. It is the go-to option for special visiting delegations, both foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.




    3. March 25 — Sunday

       Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leadership, and Sariwon


      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun — Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. This is 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.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument — Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers (5 EUR — optional) and bow by the group is customary here. Please note that this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes, plus covered legs and shoulders). We will also see the Chollima Monument here, 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.

      • 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.

      PM
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Sariwon, the provincial seat of North Hwanghae Province. 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.

      • Migok Co-Operative Farm — Visit to a farming community just outside of Sariwon. See the farm museum, a local home, and view of the surrounding agricultural plains.
      • Continue on to Kaesong, the historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 1.5-hour drive.


      Overnight: The Grand Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a Western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity. Recommended in winter.

    4. March 26 — Monday

      Historic Kaesong and the DMZ


      AM

      • Sonjuk Bridge — Small stone bridge built in 1290, and the site of the assassination of loyal Koryo Dynasty minister, Jong Mong Ju, by a son of Ri Song Gye — founder of the next, and final, dynasty — in 1392. This bloody act extinguished the Koryo, which had ruled over Korea for 474 years, and is said to have left a permanent mark on the bridge to this day.
      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ — The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice, which ended the Korean War, and a visit to the current demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, and 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 about 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, too (5 EUR).

      PM

      • Janam Hill — Statues of the DPRK leadership on a hill overlooking Kaesong city, and a historic pavilion used for archery demonstrations in days of yore.
      • Sunyang Pavilion — The former home of Koryo Dynasty minister Jong Mong Ju. A scenic location used in filming movies set in ancient times.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. On arrival back in Pyongyang we'll stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5-hour drive
      • Kwangbok Department Store — Opportunity to use local 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. But don't be like Bowen and order your burger at the very last minute.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.





    5. March 27 — Tuesday (MATCH DAY!)

      Pyongyang City Tour, and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier (final round) 

      AM

      • Early morning run (or walk) on Sports Street — A street lined with stadiums, all with unique architecture, for training the DPRK's athletes.
      • Pyongyang International Football Academy – Premier football school for North Korea's young and promising football players. Tour the facilities and learn about the history of football in the DPRK. It has multiple training pitches where, if you're feeling up to it, you can test yourself against some of the students!

      • 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 home to major sports events.

      • 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

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour — One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph — A 60m archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule, and larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • The DPRK versus Hong Kong — 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match
      • Post-game drinks at a local bar (0.50-1 EUR per glass) for some pub-based analysis (maybe alongside some DPRK Ultras if we're lucky? PS: it's unlikely!)

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. March 28 — Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum — A world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012, its exhibits of the Korean War from the DPRK perspective contain artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument, displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment, and captured equipment from the US military — including the spy ship USS Pueblo. This location is central to the understanding of how the country is today.
      • Sports Equipment Factory — A special visit to a factory that produces sporting goods.
      • Kwangbok Department Store — Opportunity to use local 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. But don't be like Bowen and order your burger at the very last minute.

      PM

      • Munsu Water Park — 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).

      • Tower of the Juche Idea — Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy. 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, and writing brush, which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.

      • Farewell group dinner at the Golden Lane Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      • Evening walk on Ryomyong Street — Pyongyang's newest and most futuristic-looking neighborhood.

      Overnight: The Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. March 29 — 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 JS252 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:00. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.
      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station the next day on Friday March 30 at 08:30. We typically book the soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may be unavailable, and we will then book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      TOUR ENDS

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

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

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

      See more
    • 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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    • 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
      Match ticket for DPRK vs. Hong Kong
      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 — for an additional 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 other 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. The maximum group size for this tour is 20 travellers per group.

    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 in advance.

Please apply by 3rd March, 2018.

April 2018

April 5 - April 8 2018

2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in the
DPRK - from Shanghai!

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

2.5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Shanghai

2.5 nights in the
DPRK - from Shanghai!

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

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

      Arrival day in Pyongyang - Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

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

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Party Foundation Monument - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle & writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

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

      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema (100 RMB entry fee paid on the spot). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!


      Overnight: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

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

      Departure

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

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

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 10 2018

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Flight Exit

5 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 1,620 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Flight Exit

5 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 1,620 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 4 - Wednesday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. April 5 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 2:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

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

    3. April 6 - Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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


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

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minutes to an hour
      • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

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

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

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

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

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

      Departure Day from Pyongyang

      AM

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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
    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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
      Return Flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang - Beijing
      All meals on the tour
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 10/11 2018

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Train Exit

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,570 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

5 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing - Train Exit

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,570 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

    As well as the Pyongyang Marathon and a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will get you outside the capital and down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 4 — Wednesday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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



    2. April 5 — Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 2:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

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

    3. April 6 — Friday

      Kaesong and DMZ Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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


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

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
      • Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang. 45 minutes to an hour
      • Maeri Shooting Range - Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 -1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

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

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

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

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

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

      Departure Day

      AM

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • 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
    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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
    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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 on the train back to Beijing)
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 5 - April 8 2018

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

The Real Runners Tour

2.5 nights in the
DPRK (from Shanghai)

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

From 1,350 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Thursday

      Briefing Day

      PM

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

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

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

      PM

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

    4. April 8 — Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

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

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course.

        Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

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

      Departure

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

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

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 9 2018

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from Beijing
to join the Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

A weekend getaway from
Beijing to join the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

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

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 — Thursday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

    2. April 6 — Friday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

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



    3. April 7 — Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      PM
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. April 9 – Monday

      Departure Day

      AM

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

      End of Tour.
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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
    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 12/13 2018

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,690 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

6 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

6 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,690 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday


      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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


    2. April 6 - Friday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 12:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

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

    3. April 7 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • City Tram Ride – A ride through Pyongyang on one of city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.

      PM
      • Grand People’s Study House - Huge national library and public university housed in a large neo-traditional Korean building overlooking Kim Il Sung Square and the downtown Pyongyang.
      • Kwangbok Supermarket - Large department store selling Korean-made and foreign goods. Here it is possible to exchange foreign currency for Korean won to shop with the locals.
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight:
      Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

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

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

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

      PM

      • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      PM
      • Drive to Mt Myohyang (approx. 3 hours drive north of Pyongyang)
      • Manpok Valley Walk - A gentle stroll passing waterfalls, interesting rocks, lovely wooded areas and viewing points.


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

      Mt Myohyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang via Ryongmun Caves - A subterranean complex of limestone caves and grottoes. Led by an experienced local guide, you will see weirdly (and suggestively) shaped rocks and stalactites/stalagmites and hear a wealth of stories and legends about each - some not appropriate for young audiences.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Duck Barbecue Restaurant - South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    8. April 12 - Thursday

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

      AM

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

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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
    • 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
    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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.

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    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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 in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides + driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 6 - April 9 2018

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 850 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

3 Night Budget Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Dandong

3 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 850 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 5 - Thursday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Dandong.

      PM

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

      Overnight: Hotel in Dandong not included in the tour.

    2. April 6 - Friday

      Departure from Dandong to Pyongyang by train

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

      PM
      • An approx. 5 hour long train journey will take you through the Korean countryside to Pyongyang Railway Station, where you will meet your guides and transfer to the hotel.

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      PM
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

      Overnight: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

    4. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

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

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

      Departure day

      AM

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

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


  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

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

      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
      Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel) except for on the train journey in and out
      Hotel accommodation in DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    Unless you hold a valid multi entry visa for China at the time of travel, you are required to organise for a double entry visa for China for this tour.

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 7 - April 10 2018

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 1,370 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

3 Night Pyongyang Marathon Tour from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 1,370 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

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

    Highlights

    • PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Pyongyang City Tour
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

    2. April 7 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at TBC time.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

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

    3. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

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


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 9 - Monday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3 - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbeque Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many a teary eyed farewell.

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

      Departure Day

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:20am with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 10:00am.
      End of Tour.
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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
    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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
      Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 7 - April 17/18 2018

Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Beijing

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 2,070 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Beijing

10 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 2,070 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km and 5km race.

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

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

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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


    2. April 7 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 1:00pm.  A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. (100 RMB entry fee). A Koryo Tours Exclusive!

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

    3. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run the streets of Pyongyang in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!
        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50-000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It is also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.

      PM

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

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

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mangyongdae Native House - Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in what is today a quiet suburban park.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic stone hammer, sickle, writing brush representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals which make up the Worker's Party of Korea.
      • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

      PM

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

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
      • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
      • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
      PM
      • Drive back to Pyongyang  with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an air gun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR for target and pellets) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

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

      Wonsan City and Korea’s East Coast

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

    7. April 12 – Thursday

      Mt. Kumgang

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

    8. April 13 – Friday

      Return to Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Continue drive back to Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. April 14 – Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

      PM

      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Future Street - Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee).
      • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    10. April 15 – Sunday

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

      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state. Formal dress is required here. Men require a collared shirt and tie with non-jean pants and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed-toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. Please note that this is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.

      PM

      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Mass Dance – Large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research for the country. 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

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

    11. April 16 – Monday

      Pyongsong City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
      • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
      • Pyongsong Arts School - Local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance here.

      PM

      • Paeksong Revolutionary Site - Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.
      • Return to Pyongyang. 45 minute to 1 hour drive
      • Maeri Shooting Range – Shoot at targets with low caliber sports pistols and rifles in the facility that trained Olympic medalists. Pay by the bullet (0.50 – 1 EUR) depending on the type of gun and target.
      • Farewell group dinner at  Pyongyang’s famous Pizza Restaurant – Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    12. April 17 – Tuesday

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

      AM

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

      OR

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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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    • Helicopter flight over Pyongyang

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

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    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • 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 in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon registration fees - to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang, amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD / Half Marathon: $100 USD / Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides + driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 7 - April 10 2018

The Nick Butter Pyongyang Marathon Tour — from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Nick Butter is running a marathon in every country in the
world — 196 marathons in 550 days. Join him on tour at the
Pyongyang Marathon!

From 1,515 EUR per person

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

The Nick Butter Pyongyang Marathon Tour — from Beijing

3 nights
in the DPRK

Nick Butter is running a marathon in every
country in the world — 196 marathons in
550 days. Join him on tour at the Pyongyang
Marathon!

From 1,515 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Between Jan 2018 and July 2019, Nick Butter is running a marathon in every country in the world. He'll be doing 196 marathons in 550 days — that's around one every single 68 hours for 18 months non-stop! During this time he will be hoping to break eight world records, and raise more than £250k for cancer research.

    Koryo Tours is proud to be sponsoring the North Korean leg of his journey in April 2018, and excited to offer you this exclusive opportunity to be part of Nick's private group as he spends three nights in the DPRK, and runs the Pyongyang Marathon on Sun 8 April.

    Please note that while Nick will be taking on the full marathon, this race can also be run as a half marathon, 10km, or 5km. Hundreds of local runners will be taking part — as well as some elite foreign runners.

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

    Nick will also have run marathons in more than 30 countries since the start of 2018 by the time he gets to Pyongyang so will be sure to have plenty of tales to share while on tour together!

    Highlights

    • RUN THE PYONGYANG MARATHON!
    • Join Nick Butter on tour — and hear stories from his 18-month challenge to run 196 marathons while raising £250,000 for cancer research!
    • See Pyongyang's best highlights
    • Walk through Kim Il Sung Square
    • Watch a North Korean film in the cinema
    • Ride the Pyongyang Metro
    • Visit a local school and talk to students
    • Lunch at Okryugwan, the city's most famous restaurant
    • Learn about the Korean viewpoint at the Liberation War Museum
    • Celebrate a successful race with drinks at a local bar
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 6 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

    2. April 7 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at TBC time.  This is a 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at TBC time. Clear DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square — Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop — Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.
      • Optional screening of Comrade Kim Goes Flying at the International House of Cinema — a DPRK film about a young rural coal miner, Kim Yong Mi, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist at the Pyongyang Circus. Her plans are complicated by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. North Korea’s first “girl power” movie about a young woman achieving her dreams. Produced and directed by a British, Belgian, and Korean team. The film is 78 minutes long and will be shown at the Pyongyang International House of Cinema, a short distance from our hotel. This is a Koryo Tours exclusive! 100 RMB entry fee.

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


    3. April 8 - Sunday

      The big event! The Pyongyang Marathon 2018!

      AM

      • The 2018 Pyongyang Marathon – this is your chance to run through the streets of Pyongyang alongside Koreans taking part in the DPRK’s largest annual sports event!

        Join the Full Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race — all of which follow a return course that starts and ends in Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans. It's also possible to run a 5km race.

        The full route, which has been certified by the IAAF, leads right through the city centre, past a number of iconic landmarks, and then out into Pyongyang's less-urban districts. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see more of the capital and interact with people along the course. Prizes are available for the winners of each race.


      PM

      • Tower of the Juche Idea — The tallest stone monument in the world and dedicated to the DPRK's guiding philosophy. Take the elevator to the top (5 EUR ticket) for a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation — Iconic monument featuring a stone hammer, sickle, plus writing brush, and representing the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Workers' Party of Korea.

      • Munsu Water Park — We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park, complete with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and retail options for non-swimmers.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.




    4. April 9 — Monday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park — The historic centre of Pyongyang; popular with local citizens after school and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument — Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers (5 EUR) and bow by the group is customary here. Please note that this is a government-administered site and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dress code (close-toed shoes; covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ — a symbol of national speed — commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950s following the Korean War.
      • Visit to Pyongyang School — Nick Butter has spoken to over 10,000 children at more than 50 schools during his previous projects and fundraisers. At his request we have arranged a special visit to a Pyongyang School where the group will be able to meet and talk to Korean students, and for Nick to provide some inspiration for them via his unique story.
      • Okryugwan — We'll then head to Pyongyang’s most famous restaurant for lunch. Okrgyuwan specialises in Pyongyang Cold Noodles, and is housed in a huge traditional building on the banks of the Taedong River. 

      PM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour — One of the deepest metro systems in the world with intricate artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph - A massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum — World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective on the Korean War, with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military — including the USS Pueblo. This place is central to understanding how the country is today.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar — A new standing bar serving seven types of beer (50 cents a pint). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      • 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 dinner (Korean Barbecue) — a trip to the Korean peninsula wouldn't be complete without a Korean barbecue. Enjoy this local speciality and celebrate a tour like no other, as we say our goodbyes, and wish Nick all the best for his next race — a 30-hour flight away in Ecuador!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.











    5. April 10 – Tuesday

      Departure Day

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS151 at 08:20am with a scheduled arrival time of 10:00am (TBC) at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2.
      End of Tour.
  • Extras

    • Pyongyang Marathon - running shirt size

      Koryo Tours will provide free running shirts to everyone signed up for a Koryo Tours Pyongyang Marathon Trip. Male shirts are a regular fit, while female shirts are a slim fit. Please pay attention to the sizes as they are smaller than western shirt sizes.

    • Pyongyang Marathon — official race entry

      The Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is now open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four take place on the same day in April, and follow the same course, which is fully recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. We are the EXCLUSIVE travel partner for foreign amateurs. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to become one of the few people in the world to have run the Pyongyang Marathon. We'll see you at the start line!

    • Hotel booking in Beijing

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

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    • Upgrade to your own room — marathon tour

      All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself during the extremely busy Pyongyang Marathon period then you can upgrade for an extra 50 EUR per night.

    • 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
      Return flight (Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing)
      All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
      Hotel accommodation
      A Koryo Tours representative, two local Korean guides, and a driver
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      Marathon race fees — to be paid in cash (clean USD notes only) before the race in Pyongyang — amounts are 5 km or 10 km: $70 USD | Half Marathon: $100 USD | Full Marathon: $150 USD
      DPRK visa fee: 50 EUR
      Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 28th February, 2018.

April 12 - April 17/18 2018

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 16th March, 2018.

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 11 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. April 12 - Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

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


      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

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

    3. April 13 - Friday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. April 14 - Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

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

      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art

      PM

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

      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. April 15 - Sunday

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

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      PM
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Pyongyang Circus – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more (optional; 20 EUR entry fee) OR Symphony Orchestra.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo, the port city of Pyongyang on the Taedong River estuary. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive
       

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

    6. April 16 - Monday

      Nampo City Tour


      AM

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

      PM

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

      • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
      • Farewell group dinner at South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats. The site of many teary eyed farewells.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang

    7. April 17 - Tuesday

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

      AM

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

      OR

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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.

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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.

      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 16th March, 2018.

April 14 - April 17/18 2018

Kim Il Sung Birthday Long Weekend Budget Tour

3 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

A long weekend getaway to join in the celebrations
on President Kim Il Sung's 106th birthday

From 935 EUR per person

Please apply by 25th March, 2018.

Kim Il Sung Birthday Long Weekend Budget Tour

3 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

A long weekend getaway to join
in the celebrations on President
Kim Il Sung's 106th birthday

From 935 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Our 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. 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

    • 106th Birthday Celebrations on April 15th
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of the leaders), captured spy ship USS Pueblo and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. April 13 - 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. April 14 - Saturday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

      AM
      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
      • Mangyondae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens after school and one weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient and modern architecture from different eras.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument – Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Moranbong Park – Picnic lunch and 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
      • 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.
      • Kimilsungia and Kimjongillia Flower Exhibition – Exhibit of the two flowers named after the DPRK’s leaders and held on the occasion of their respective birthday anniversaries in February and April. See organisations and groups from across society compete to put on the best floral display.
      • 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.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Drive 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.
       
      Overnight: Janamsan Hotel – A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Ideal for those who do not want to sleep on the floor or want limited hot water. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.

    4. April 16 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

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

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. 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.
      • Kim Il Sung Square – Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Future Street – Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
      Overnight: The Sosan Hotel

    5. April 17 - Tuesday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:20 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:50. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by local train to the Korean-Chinese border at 10:10, transfer in Dandong and onward travel to Beijing with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Wednesday April 19th at 08:38. 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 25th March, 2018.

April 28 - May 5/6 2018

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 30th March, 2018.

May Day Long Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. April 28 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

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

    3. April 29 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May and July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative sight.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

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

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

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

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

      •  Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.


      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
    4. April 30 - Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ


      AM

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

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 - Tuesday

      May Day

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.

      PM

      • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    6. May 2 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

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


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

    7. May 3 - Thursday

      Nampo City Tour

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

      PM

      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studio - See the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry. Visits sets of traditional Korea, colonial Korea, China, Europe, and more!
      • Schoolchildren’s Palace -Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
      •  Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research. A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.

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

    8. May 4 - Friday

      Pyongsong and Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

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

      PM

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

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

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    9. May 5 - Saturday

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

      AM

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

      OR

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

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

Please apply by 30th March, 2018.

April 28 - May 3/4 2018

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,650 EUR per person

Please apply by 6th April, 2018.

May Day Short Tour

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,650 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. April 27 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. April 28 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 152 at 13:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Arch of Triumph -Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule.  Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

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

    3. April 29 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour


      AM

      • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. The Palace closes for maintenance between late April / early May and July. The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the tour. Should the Palace not be accessible to the group, this visit will be substituted with an alternative sight.
      • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

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

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

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

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

      •  Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.


      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel - Traditional style hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply -please bring a torch. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture.
    4. April 30 - Monday

      Kaesong and the DMZ


      AM

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

      PM

      • Concrete Wall and view of DMZ -View of a complex fortification system erected on the southern boundary of the DMZ accompanied by a military guide. The wall is seen as evidence of intent to permanently divide the nation. A 45 minute drive each way from Kaesong through scenic countryside.
      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. May 1 - Tuesday

      May Day

      AM

      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Mt. Taesong Park - Funfair and gardens near the former site of an ancient Koguryo-era palace. Each year on May Day, there is a festival featuring music performances and folk games. A great time to have fun with the locals on their day off.

      PM

      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street.
      • Mass Dance – As it's a national holiday, we also expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
      • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.


    6. May 2 - Wednesday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Mansudae Art Studio -The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and it exhibits the Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.

      PM

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

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 3 - Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 251 at 09:55 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

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

      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      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.

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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.

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

Please apply by 6th April, 2018.

May 2018

May 31 - June 2 2018

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 880 EUR per person

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

International Children's Day Minibreak

2 nights
in the DPRK

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

From 880 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. May 31 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

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

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

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

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

Please apply by 9th May, 2018.

May 31 - June 7/8 2018

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,399 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th May, 2018.

International Children's Day and Coast Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,399 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. May 30 - Wednesday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. May 31 - Thursday

      Arrival Day in Pyongyang


      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 252 at 14:05. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:35. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.
      • Dinner at the Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      Overnight: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel
    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 – 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’s Camp -  A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!
      • Wonsan 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.
    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 - 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.

      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.
    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
      • 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’.
      • Local school - We'll visit a Pyongyang school to tour some classrooms, recreational areas and chat to local students.
      • 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 at the Duck Barbeque Restaurant – South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many a teary-eyed farewell.

      Overnight:The Sosan Hotel


    9. June 7 - Thursday

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

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 252 at 10:00 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 11:30. Please note there is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

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

      End of Tour

  • Extras

    • Upgrade to your own room

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

      See more
    • 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
    • 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 (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 Hotel accommodation
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

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

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

Please apply by 8th May, 2018.

June 2018

June 19 - June 23/24 2018

Koryo Budget Tour (June) - from Beijing

4 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Beat the summer
rush in Korea!

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!

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.

    This option of the Koryo Budget Tour (January) departs and returns to Beijing. It is ideal for those wanting to combine Korea with a trip to the Chinese capital or who want to make use of a transit visa waiver on arrival in Beijing by flight. We offer an alternative option departing by train from Dandong in northeast China on the border with Korea, which requires obtaining a double-entry Chinese visa.

    The tour will join our Koryo Budget Tour (January) from Dandong on the first night of the tour and all groups will have the same itinerary in-country.

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. 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

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,850 EUR per person

Please apply by 8th June, 2018.

Summer Holiday Tour

7 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

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

From 1,850 EUR per person

  • Overall

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

    Highlights

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

    Briefing Day
    1. June 29 - Friday

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

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

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

    2. June 30 - Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS 151 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.


      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
    3. July 1 - Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park - The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Kim Il Sung Square- Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea - Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
      PM
      • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
      • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

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


    4. July 2 - Monday

      Kaesong City and DMZ Tour

      AM

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

      PM

      • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation - Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work.

      Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

    5. July 3 - Tuesday

      Drive to Hamhung

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

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


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

      Hamhung and drive to Wonsan

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

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

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

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

      • July 5 - Thursday

        Mt. Kumgang

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

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

        Drive back to Pyongyang

        AM
        • Drive back up the coast to Wonsan, for lunch in a local seafood restaurant
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang (approx 4 hours drive) with rest-stops along the way
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

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

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

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

        AM

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

        OR

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

        End of Tour
    7. Extras

      • Return by plane not train

        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 (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
        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
    9. Notes

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

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

    Please apply by 8th June, 2018.

    July 2018

    July 24 - July 28/29 2018

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Be in Pyongyang for the
    celebrations on July
    27

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    Please apply by 29th June, 2018.

    Victory Day Short Tour

    4 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Be in Pyongyang
    for the celebrations
    on July 27

    From 1,550 EUR per person

    • Overall

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

      Highlights

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

      Briefing Day
      1. July 23 - Monday

        Briefing Day

        AM

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


      2. July 24 - Tuesday

        Arrival Day in Pyongyang

        AM
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. July 25 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


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

        Pyongyang

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        PM
        • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Schoolchildren’s Palace – Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
        • Mangyongdae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

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


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

        Victory Day

        AM

        • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      6. July 28 - Saturday

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

        AM

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

        OR

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

      • Return by plane not train

        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
      • 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
        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 29th June, 2018.

    July 24 - July 31/August 1 2018

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Victory Day Celebrations
    and the beautiful Mt Myohyang!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    Please apply by 29th June, 2018.

    Victory Day Long Tour

    7 nights in the
    DPRK + 1 on the
    train

    Victory Day Celebrations
    and the beautiful
    Mt Myohyang!

    From 1,850 EUR per person

    • Overall

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

      Highlights

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

      Briefing Day
      1. July 23 - Monday

        Briefing Day

        AM

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


      2. July 24 - Tuesday

        Arrival Day in Pyongyang

        AM
        • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.
        PM
        • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
        • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
        • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
        • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library.
        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
      3. July 25 - Wednesday

        Kaesong and the DMZ

        AM
        • Drive 160 km south the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Tomb of King Kongmin - Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


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

        Pyongyang

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        PM
        • Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Schoolchildren’s Palace – Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
        • Mangyongdae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.

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


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

        Victory Day

        AM

        • Mansudae Grand Monument -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Please note this is a government-administered sight and visits are subject to cancellation. Visits are optional and require a certain dresscode (close-toed shoes and covered legs and shoulders).
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo – We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guides. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captured equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        PM
        • Tram Ride - A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s trams from Kwangbok Street (a Koryo Tours special!)
        • Moranbong Park – We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
        • Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more. The shows here are especially popular with locals on national holidays.
        • Mass Dance - As it's a national holiday, we expect to see large student organised dances held around Pyongyang on major holidays (weather dependent). Join in the fun!
        • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1 hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.


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

        Nampo

        AM
        • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
        • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - Famous cooperative farm on the road between Pyongyang and Nampo. Learn about life in rural Korea by visiting the farm's green houses and their kindergarden.
        • Kangso Mineral Water Factory - Bottling plant of the DPRK's most famous spring water. Tour the production line and have a sip yourself.
        • Drive back to Pyongyang on the Youth Hero Highway
        PM
        • Grand People’s Study House – National library and public university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.

        • Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Visit workshops to see artists at work and an exhibition where pieces are sold.
        • Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. We’ll ride six stations on the Chollima Line.

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

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

        • July 29 - Sunday

          Pyongsong and Mt Myohyang

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

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

        • July 30 - Monday


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

          • Golden Lane Bowling Centre -  Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung LeisureCentre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
          • Future Street – A walk through a newly built residential apartments for scientists and academics with its unique architecture.
          • Pizza Restaurant – Dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three). Pizzas range between 5-12 EUR each.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel
        • July 31 - Tuesday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

      7. Extras

        • Return by plane not train

          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
        • 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.

      8. What is / is not included?

        • Included
          Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
          Train Pyongyang – Beijing
          All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
          Hotel accommodation
          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
      9. Notes

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

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

      Please apply by 29th June, 2018.

      August 2018

      August 11 - August 16/17 2018

      Liberation Day Short Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

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

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Short Tour

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

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

      From 1,650 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 10 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

          Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!
        2. August 11 - Saturday

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.
        3. August 12 - Sunday

          Pyongyang

          AM
          • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
          PM
          • Kwangbok Department Store - Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
          • Foreign Languages Bookshop - Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

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

          • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.

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

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM
          • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff
          • Panmunjom Truce Village - Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and cross temporarily into the south.
          • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
          PM

          • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive.
          • Drive west along the ‘Youth Hero Highway’ to Nampo (45 minutes to 1 hour drive), the port city of Pyongyang at the mouth of the Taedong River on the West Sea.

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


        5. August 14 - Tuesday

          Nampo

          AM
          • West Sea Barrage - An 8 km concrete, steel, and earthen barrage constructed between the Taedong River estuary and the West Sea for land reclamation, irrigation, flood prevention, and power generation. It also acts as a ship locks and fish ladder. One of the DPRK’s greatest engineering feats.
          • Chongsan-Ri Cooperative Farm - A farm located between Nampo and Pyongyang. Learn about rural life in Korea and see the green houses and the farm's kindergarten.
          • Mt. Ryonggak BBQ – A BBQ lunch in a woodland setting just outside of Pyongyang.

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

          • Schoolchildren’s Palace – Tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.
          • Kaeson Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (1 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).


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

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

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

          Overnight:
          Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. August 16 - Thursday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

        • Return by plane not train

          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
        • 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
          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 23/24 2018

      Liberation Day Long Tour

      9 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

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

      From 2,390 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Long Tour

      9 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

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

      From 2,390 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

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

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

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

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

          Liberation Day!

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

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



        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Pyongyang

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

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

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

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

          Pyongyang

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

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

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

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

        6. August 18 - Saturday

          Mt Myohyang

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

          • Approx. 2 ½ hour drive back to Pyongyang.

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. August 19 - Sunday

          Kumsusan Palace

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

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        8. August 20 - Monday

          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

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

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


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

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

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

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

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

          Kaesong and the DMZ

          AM

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

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

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        11. August 23 - Thursday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

        • Return by plane not train

          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
        • 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

      A quick break to Pyongyang
      for Liberation Day!

      From 880 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      Liberation Day Minibreak

      2 nights
      in the DPRK

      A quick break
      to Pyongyang for
      Liberation Day!

      From 880 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 13 - Monday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

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

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

          PM
          • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS152 at 13:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
          • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 16:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
          • Arch of Triumph - Massive archway commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982.

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

          Liberation Day

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

        4. August 16 - Thursday

          Departure Day from Pyongyang and return to Beijing by flight.

          AM

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

        • Upgrade to your own room

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

          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

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

      From 1,750 EUR per person

      Please apply by 23rd July, 2018.

      From Panmunjom to Paekdusan

      5 nights in the
      DPRK + 1 on the
      train

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

      From 1,750 EUR per person

      • Overall

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

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

        Highlights

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

        Briefing Day
        1. August 17 - Friday

          AM

          • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

          PM

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

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

          Arrival day in Pyongyang

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

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

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

          Kumsusan Palace

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

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang.

        4. August 20 - Monday


          Mt Paekdu!

          AM

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

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


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


        5. August 21 - Tuesday

          Samjiyon and flight back to Pyongyang

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

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

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


          Kaesong and the DMZ

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

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

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

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

          Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

        7. August 23 - Thursday

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

          AM

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

          OR

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

        • Return by plane not train

          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 ex