This is a short weekend tour to join in the celebrations for one of North Korea’s biggest national holidays!
This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great opportunity to see the main sights of
Pyongyang and travel down to the DMZ.
From 799 EUR per person
Please apply by 23rd March, 2019.
This is a short weekend tour to join in the celebrations for one of North
Korea’s biggest national holidays! This no-frills alternative to our more
advanced tours offers a great opportunity to see the main sights of Pyongyang
and travel down to the DMZ.
From 799 EUR per person
When talking North Korea holidays, April 15th is definitely one of the biggest in the DPRK calendar - also calling for some appropriately big celebrations. This year April 15th marks the 107th birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung.
Spending this day in the capital city Pyongyang, we can soak up the positive and chilled out atmosphere from the locals enjoying their day off and partaking in celebrations throughout the city. In true DPRK style, nothing is confirmed, but we can expect celebrations such as mass dances and possibly fireworks.
The rest of the time will be spent fitting in a Pyongyang city tour, hitting up all of the must-see sites as well as a trip down to the DMZ border to South Korea during this jam-packed weekend that is certainly busier than your average weekend.
This quick long weekend tour is great for those with little time but a big interest in visiting the DPRK, and a good alternative to our more advanced tours.
Think you can spare a couple more days? Come for longer Kim Il Sung Birthday Short Tour!
Scroll down for an overview of our Kim Il Sung Birthday Long Weekend Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.
*Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.
For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.
Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
Arrival day in Pyongyang
Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s premier hotel, built in 1985, and located in the heart of downtown, near Pyongyang Station. The go-to for special visiting delegations, foreign and domestic. Shops, bookstore, cafes, revolving restaurant, beer brewed on-site.
Kaesong City and DMZ Tour
Overnight | Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
The Day of the Sun, one of the DPRK’s largest holidays. April 15, 2019, is the 107th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birthday.
Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please confirm your preferred transport method upon booking*
End of Tour
This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train each way in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. One-way or round-trip flights are also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 219 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 394 EUR. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.
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
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
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
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
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.
Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and an experienced Koryo Tours tour leader.
Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.
Please apply by 23rd March, 2019.