North Korea

North Korea

Now for something completely different!

NORTH KOREA, Yep North Korea we are heading out there for what could be the ultimate adventure trip so far, with visits to the iconic sites and an insight to this very secretive country, plus a few days skiing / Snowboarding (How cool would that be telling your stories of snowboarding in North Korea)

We will be with every step of the way to keep you safe and enjoy the stunning county of North Korea. We will be limited to a maximum of 10 guest for this one as you can imagine its no package tour.

 

North Korea Holidays

The Korean war ended in 1953 and since then the Korean Peninsula has been divided by a demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south. North Korea is by no means an ordinary tourist destination! Unless there is a major change in the country’s circumstances under the new leadership of the youthful Kim Jong-un, visiting North Korea will remain something rarely available, and only for the fortunate few. Probably the most mysterious country in the world, sometimes known as ‘the Hermit Kingdom’, it has historically been controversial and has shut out the rest of the world. Therefore, by only periodically opening and closing its doors to foreigners, it consequently remains one of the world’s most inaccessible countries with few international friends. With our specialists having organized countless trips to North Korea, you will be offered valuable advice to tailor a perfect trip to this isolated but interesting country.


Tour Highlights

  • 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 with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket

  • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong

  • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close

  • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's specialty, at Pyongyang's most famous restaurant

  • The relaxed coastal city of Wonsan

 

In this comprehensive 8-day tour to North Korea, you’ll see absolutely everything from the political sites of Pyongyang such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum to the rugged countryside mountains of Mt. Myohyang and pristine beaches of the east coast port city of Wonsan! You’ll even get a chance to visit Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang which has been recently open in 2013. Of course, no visit to North Korea would be complete without a visit to the DMZ dividing North and South Korea and we will do so a day-trip that includes other historic UNESCO sites! This will be one life-changing week sure to satisfy your curiosity in this fascinating country!

Day 01: Train Beijing - Dandong

Before starting one your adventure with us, we will meet at the Beijing Airport and one of the team will get you checked in to your hotel for the night. The next day we will 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. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea. 

After that, we will provide you with assistance with the boarding the overnight train to Pyongyang stop en route in Dandong. Your North Korea tour has already begun.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight sleeper train

 

 

Day 02: Dandong - Pyongyang Arrival

 

The train arrives into Dandong train station in the morning. You have some free before continue boarding another train to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea (DPRK). The train will depart at 10 am then arrives at 5.30 pm. A lunch box is provided on train.

Arrive into Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites, we will meet by our North Korean tour guides with a warm welcome, then transferred to the city. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch.

Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. Stroll through the Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students and an often-used backdrop for wedding photos. 

Optional: If the time permits, have an optional visit to the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrill seekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out. Entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each.

We will then check into then spend time for refreshment. Enjoy our welcome dinner at the Koryo Hotel’s top floor revolving restaurant! 

Overnight in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 03: Pyongyang City Tour

 

Start themday with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary (closed in May and June). 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. Afterwards, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during important holiday events.

Stroll in relaxed manner through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. Then visit the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!

After lunch, we will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung, a traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surroundings. We will then head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. 

We’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city. (Optional; elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

We will also have a photo stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals. 

Take a one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more at the incredible Pyongyang Circus. (Optional; 20 EUR entry fee paid at the door). 

Afterwards, pay a visit to either Golden Lane Bowling or Meari Shooting Range and then follow up with a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention. For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 04: Kaesong (DMZ) - Pyongyang

 

In the morning, enjoy a 2.5hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. Your travel to North Korea is not complete without a visit to this historic place. 

At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom Armistice Village, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK in 1953, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.

Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum or Kaesong Koryo Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. It is made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. 

On our return to Pyongyang, we will visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). We will then enjoy dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favourite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table! 

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS -Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS -Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

 

Day 05: Pyongyang - Pyongsong - Mount Myohyang (Myohyangsan)

 

Begin the new day with the visit to the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio and gallery in North Korea. This studio is the only one given permission to depict the Great Leaders in monuments, murals and mosaics. We recommend getting the ink block paintings here. 

The next place is the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River! 

Depart to the mining city of Pyongsong. This satellite city of Pyongyang was opened for the foreign visitors in 2013. Visit the Pyongsong Central Square where houses a giant bronze statue of a young Kim Il Sung and a history museum with the party symbol in between the slogan "One United People's Heart", followed by the Paeksongri Revolutionary Site where the Kim Il Sung University was moved to in the Korean War.

After lunch, stop at the Pyongsong Number 1 High School, Kim Jong Suk high school. The school's headmaster will show us around the school where we will be able to join in a lesson and interact in English with the students as there tend to be extra lessons on Saturdays. If the time permits, we will visit the Paeksong Food Factoryor Taedonggang Textile Factory, a rare chance to see a DPRK factory.

Continue to the picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). This will be a 1.5hour drive filled with beautiful scenery, providing a great look at what life is like outside of the capital. Check-in hotel then spend time for refreshment.

Overnight in Mount Myohyang (Myohyangsan).

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Mount Myohyang at Chongchon Hotel

Day 06: Mount Myohyang – Pyongyang

 

After breakfast, we will visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex containing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. There’s even a basketball signed by Michael Jordan presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the mountain view and fresh air while sipping organic mountain root tea. We will then visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple, founded under the Koryo Dynasty and remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks.

After lunch, we will hike the Manphok Valley trail. This area is popular with picnicking locals and filled with dense forest, waterfalls and temples with great views (bring comfortable shoes; all hiking is optional and at your own pace). There will be plenty of opportunities for photos here!

Return to the capital and visit Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. If your energy allows, visit Science and Technology Centre, a 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.

For dinner, we will visit South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats or have Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 07: Pyongyang – Wonsan

 

This morning, we’ll depart for the east coast port city of Wonsan. En route, we will stop at the Sinpyong Tea House for coffee or tea in the fresh mountain air. Upon arrival at the grand Masikryong Hotel inside the Masikryong Ski Resort complex for the next few days on trhe slopes –

Covering an area of 1,412 hectares, the Masikryong Ski Resort is a comprehensive winter sports centre perfectly prepared for skiing, skating and sleighing. There are four chairlifts which run from 600 to 2,000 meters in different directions. One of which will bring you to the summit of Taehwa Peak 1,360 m high above sea level and runs down 5,000 m. For relaxation, Masikryong Hotel features a wide range of amenities include a cafe, bookstore, swimming pool, souvenir shop, karaoke rooms, a dance hall, beauty salon and a room for international telecommunications. The bar offers a range of drinks from over the world. Korean, Western and Chinese food are available.

 

Overnight at hotel in Wonsan.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Masikryong Ski Resort

 

 

Day 08 - Masikryong Ski Resort

Full day on the slopes, with some of the world’s best views.


Overnight at hotel in Wonsan.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Masikryong Ski Resort

 

 

 

Day 09: Wonsan - Pyongyang

 

Wake in the mountains and watch the sunrise from your private balcony before enjoying a hearty breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients. Before we leave back for Pyongyang capital, you can take the new Masikryong ski lift to the peak for an incredible morning view over the untouched mountain ranges (the ski lift is optional and the fee a $15 fee to be paid at the ski lift.)

On our way back to Pyongyang, halt for a quick visit to the stunning Ullim Waterfall discovered relatively recently by the Korean People’s Army. It’s a waterfall you will hear well before you see. If it’s a nice day we will enjoy a picnic lunch here.

Watch North Korean countryside life go by as we head back to Pyongyang, and on our arrival we will be treated to an evening cruise on the new full service ferry, Mujigae, docked on the Taedong River across from the Juche Tower (Optional for $1.5 entrance fee).

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS

Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 09: Pyongyang Departure

Our North Korea Trip wraps up today. This morning, you will be transferred by our guides and driver to Pyongyang Sunan International ariport to catch the flight back to Beijing. 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 local time and basic breakfast on board is provided by the airlines, we will then check into our hotel or depart for your international flights.

 

MEALS

Breakfast

Tour Price Includes

  • FREE North Korean Visa

  • Train Beijing - Pyongyang and Dandong - Pyongyang

  • Flight Pyongyang - Beijing

  • 09night accommodation (7 nights in DPRK, 1 night on train)

  • Ski / Snowboard Hire

  • All Ski / Board lift passes

  • All meals on the trip that are stated.

  • A complimentary beer and water for each meal

  • Transportation in North Korea

  • Two local English-Speaking Korean guides and one UK expedition leader / Medic

  • FREE bottled drinking water

  • FREE transfer from hotel in Pyongyang to airport


Tour Price Excludes

  • Chinese Visas

  • Travel and medical insurances

  • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver

  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, souvenirs...)

  • International flights

£2500

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