Start off 2020 with the big celebrations in
Pyongyang! Round-trip by train or upgrade
From 1,199 EUR per person
Please apply by 13th December, 2019.
Start off 2020 with the big
celebrations in Pyongyang! Round-trip
by train or upgrade to flight.
From 1,199 EUR per person
Visit North Korea for New Year's Eve 2019 and bring in 2020 with Koryo Tours in style. Our annual New Year's Eve Tour counts down the clock with the locals in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square for celebrations that only get better every year. Last year saw a massive firework display over the Tower of the Juche Idea , dancing, and drone display in the sky. All topped off with a concert by some of North Korea's North Korea's most famous musicians.
Watched closely by North Koreans and analysts alike, be one of the first to hear the New Year's Address for 2020. This is given by the North Korean leader on New Year's Day and outlines the country's policy and initiatives for the coming year, providing insight into where the country is going.
We'll also visit the highlights of Pyongyang such as the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, mausoleum of the DPRK leaders, and the Pyongyang Metro . This tour also includes a DMZ tour at Panmunjom and a night spent in historic Kaesong.
In the midst of winter, the tour will escape the city and head into the countryside as we jaunt down to Nampo. Here we can see the colossal West Sea Barrage at the mouth of the frozen Taedong River, and enjoy a short stop in the traditional town of Sariwon.
Take an optional ride on a Soviet-made Mi-17 helicopter (180 EUR per person) and see Pyongyang from the skies.
On a budget? See the highlights of Pyongyang and experience the New Year's Eve celebrations on our shorter North Korea New Year's Eve Budget Tour.
Scroll down for an overview of the New Year's Eve Tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, North Kroea tourist visa information, and extra add-ons. Please note we recommend departure by train at the end of this tour as the Air Koryo flight on 2 January has yet to be confirmed.
*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 | 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.
Pyongyang City Tour and Highlights
Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel similar to those found in the DPRK’s smaller cities. Recommended in winter. Friendly staff and within walking distance of Sonjuk Bridge.
Kaesong and DMZ Tour at Panmunjom
New Year's Day
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 199 EUR you can upgrade to a one-way flight. A round-trip ticket costs an additional 299 EUR. Please note that the Air Koryo flight on 2 January at the end of the tour has yet to be confirmed. 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
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
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
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
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.
The New Year's Eve Tour will accompanied by 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 slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit North Korea regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.
Please apply by 13th December, 2019.