January 17 - January 22/23 2019

China to North Korea: Spring Festival Budget Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

One of the best travel ideas for students, teachers, or anyone wanting to travel from China
to North Korea and escape China over the Spring Festival Chinese holidays. Round-trip by
train or upgrade to flight.

From 999 EUR per person

Please apply by 29th December, 2017.

China to North Korea: Spring Festival Budget Tour

5 nights in North Korea +
Beijing-Pyongyang travel
time

One of the best travel ideas for students, teachers, or anyone
wanting to travel from China to North Korea and escape China
over the Spring Festival Chinese holidays. Round-trip by train
or upgrade to flight.

From 999 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Looking for travel ideas from China to North Korea to help you escape the business of the Spring Festival Chinese holidays? Look no further!

    This special 5-night budget tour is longer than other budget tours, allowing you to get a real feel for the country and make sure to get in all of the must-sees.

    Not only will you visit the capital Pyongyang, and the historic town of Kaesong on the way to visiting the DMZ border to South Korea, but you will also get to partake in activities that very few tourists get to participate in.

    Spend your Chinese holidays trying out your Taekwondo skills, attending introductory Korean classes and learning some Korean cooking to impress your friends with back home.

    Our North Spring Festival budget tour is perfect for those going from China to North Korea, seeking adventure travel on a budget. Or, those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle in China during Chinese holidays.

    Tick North Korea off your bucket list and get a key insight into this little-explored country. Prepare yourself for a truly action-packed itinerary!

    You can also add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour at the slopes of Masik Pass, North Korea’s only ski resort open to foreigners.

    Looking for travel ideas for an escape for the Lunar Weekend Tour instead?

    See below for an overview the Spring Festival Student Budget Tour highlights, the itinerary, transport options, visa information, and extra add-ons.

    Highlights

    • Conversational Korean, Taekwondo, and cooking class in Pyongyang
    • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Shop and dine with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket
    • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close
    • Trolleybus ride in Pyongyang
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. January 16 | Wednesday

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

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

      AM

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

      PM

      • 16:00 | Briefing for those departing by flight.  
      • 17:27 | Train travellers depart Beijing Station by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.

      Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
    2. January 17 | Thursday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

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

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo flight JS252 at 14:00. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Flight arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 17:00. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • Kim Il Sung Square | Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all!
      • Walk on post-war Pyongyang's oldest street Victory (Sungni) Street from Kim Il Sung Square to Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
      • Train arrival to Pyongyang Railway Station at 18:45.

      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s oldest hotel in operation and centrally located. Popular with overseas Koreans and Japanese. Excellent restaurants and cafes.

    3. January 18 | Friday

      A day dedicated to learning

      AM

      • Conversational Korean Languages Class | Two 90 minutes long introductory Korean classes held by a local teacher at Pyongyang Tourism College. This lightning course will teach you the essential phrases for basic conversations from greeting and addressing people to inquire about the prices in a shop and ordering beer in a bar.

      PM

      • Grand People's Study House | National library and public correspondence university in traditional Korean style with great views of Kim Il Sung Square. Learn about education in the DPRK.
      • Taekwondo Class | A 60 minute introductory class at the Taekwondo Areana on Sports Street to taekwondo the national martial art which all children learn to a certain degree in school.
      • Cooking Class | You will learn how to make Korean classics like Pyongyang cold noodles (raengmyon), kimchi, green bean pancakes, and other local delicacies followed by a dinner of your own making!
      • Evening walk on Ryomyong Street Pyongyang's newest futuristic neighborhood.
      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.
    4. January 19 | Saturday

      Pyongyang City Tour

      AM

      • City walk from the hotel to Kim Il Sung Square along River Taedong // A pleasant stroll along the river during morning rush hour.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop | Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.
      • Science and Technology Complex | Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
      • Kwangbok Department Store | Shop with the citizens of Pyongyang and exchange for Korean currency! Lunch on the top floor – mix with local shoppers/diners while lining up and eating with them.

      PM

      • Mangyongdae Native House | Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum | We’ll tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the spyship USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
      • Pyongyang Ice Rink | We’ll enjoy ice skating, one of Pyongyang’s winter pastimes, with the locals. Rentals available on sight.
      • Golden Lanes Bowling Centre | Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix. Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.
      • Dinner at the Golden Lanes Bowling Centre's bulgogi BBQ restaurant.
      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.
    5. January 20 | Sunday

      Pyongyang City Tour and drive to Kaesong

      AM

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

      • Mansudae Grand Monument | Enormous bronze statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here.Visitations are by special request only and decent dress is required. No shorts or flip-flop sandals allowed here. Here we will also see the Chollima, or ‘thousand ri [400 mile] horse’ – a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Pyongyang Metro Tour | One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.

      PM

      • Lunch at East Pyongyang Department Store | A local restaurant popular with students. Also has swimming pool, sauna and gym where you can chill and mingle with locals.
      • Tower of the Juche Idea | Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city.
      • Monument to the Party Foundation | Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
      • Drive 2 ½ hours south along the ‘Reunification Highway’ to Kaesong, ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD) located near today’s Korean Demilitarised Zone.
      Overnight | Janamsan Hotel, Kaesong. A basic hotel with distinct Soviet-style architecture and friendly staff. Ideal for those wanting a western bed, hot water, and reliable electricity.
    6. January 21 // 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 Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
      • 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.
      • Trolleybus Ride | A ride through Pyongyang on one of the city’s famous trolleybuses. A Koryo exclusive!
      • Pizza Restaurant  | Farewell dinner at one of Pyongyang’s Italian eateries (there are three).
      • Walk on Future Scientists' Street | An evening stroll through one of Pyongyang's newest neighborhoods.
      Overnight | Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang.
    7. January 22 | Tuesday

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

      AM

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

      OR

      • Train departure by train to Beijing at 10:10 with transfer in Dandong. The scheduled arrival is to Beijing Station on Wednesday January 22 at 08:38. For this tour the default option is hard sleeper (six beds per berth).
      End of Tour
  • Extras

    • Transport | Train and Flights to North Korea

      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. We recommend flight entry with a train return for the best overall experience on your trip.

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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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    • Insurance for up to six nights

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

  • What is / is not included?

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

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

Please apply by 29th December, 2017.

info@koryogroup.com | + 86 10 6416 7544
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Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

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