From  £1330
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy the views from Juche Tower
  • Tour the DMZ with an army escort
  • Bow to Pyongyang's Leader statues
  • Visit the Koryo History Museum
  • Ride on the amazing Pyongyang Metro
  • Take a stroll through Moranbong
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Christmas in North Korea Group Tour

7 Day Tour, from £1330 per person

Discover the main sights in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang on this festive short break in one of the world's most secretive societies. Visit Kumsusan Sun’s Palace. discover historic relics on a stroll through Moranbong Park, ride on the impressive Soviet-inspired metro system and travel through Kaesong to the DMZ.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO PYONGYANG - Saturday 24th December
FLY TO PYONGYANG - Saturday 24th December
This morning make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart at approximately 1300 (times vary and are TBC) on the Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang. The short flight (80-90 minutes in the air) will bring you into Pyongyang at approximately 1530 local time, and after passing through immigration and customs meet your guides and driver who will be with you for the rest of your time in Korea. From the airport transfer to the Taedonggang Microbrewery for a drink or two (at your own expense), giving the opportunity to meet your guides and get a quick insight into plans for the next few days. After a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant transfer to the Yanggakdo Hotel, the 47-storey hotel where you will be based throughout whilst in Korea. (D)
DAY 2
Sunday 25th December
Sunday 25th December
This morning visit the awesome Kumsusan Sun’s Palace, near the foot of Mt. Taesong. The Palace is the Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. For this site the group will be required to dress smartly. From here, visit the nearby Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery, home to the graves of over 200 of Korea’s leading resistance figures over the years of Japanese rule, including the grave of Kim Jong Suk, President Kim Il Sung’s wife. After lunch back at the hotel commence sightseeing in central Pyongyang with a walk from the exterior of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre - Kim Il Sung Square – the Mansudae Fountain Park. From here ascend to the Mansudae Grand Monument, the centre piece of which are the spectacular 20-metre tall bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Here, millions of Koreans visit annually to pay their respects to the leaders, and the group will be expected to lay a wreath of flowers at the foot of the statue before bowing in unison before it (flowers purchased locally for a small fee). From here enter the main city park, Moranbong, a lovely site to take in pleasant views over the city and to enjoy a spot of people watching. Exit the park via the Liberation Tower. This evening enjoy dinner out in a top city restaurant. (B/L/D)
DAY 3
Monday 26th December
Monday 26th December
This morning visit the newly renovated Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, an 850 ton US spy boat captured in 1968 by the Koreans off the coast of Wonsan. The very large museum dedicated to this devastating war has some truly fascinating displays and exhibits, and you will glimpse just some of its highlights before you move on. Pressing on head underground for a journey on the impressive Pyongyang Metro, surfacing near the Arch Of Triumph. This afternoon visit the Grand People’s Study House (National Library) and a Secondary School / Schoolchildren’s Palace, where you will likely enjoy a performance put on by the students. Time. This evening enjoy dinner in the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 4
Tuesday 27th December
Tuesday 27th December
Departing the capital, head south along the reunification highway towards and through Kaesong to Panmunjom - the DMZ and border with South Korea. Upon arrival at Panmunjom, which is often the highlight of any visit to North Korea, you will meet with an army escort who will explain the background of the history of the DMZ, before you move on to the Armistice Talks Hall and the building (and attached small museum) where the Armistice was signed. From here, head right down to the border itself, where you will be (local conditions permitting) escorted, possibly under the watchful eye of South Korean soldiers, into one of the huts which straddle the North-South Korean border. Return to Kaesong and enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit the Koryo History Museum and Stamp Shop before the drive back to Pyongyang, making a quick photo stop at the Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification before entering the capital. This evening enjoy dinner in the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 5
Wednesday 28th December
Wednesday 28th December
This morning visit the Juche Tower, the symbol of the “Juche Idea,” (national self reliance, literally “Master of one’s self”) penned by Kim Il Sung. Those who wish can pay a small fee (5 Euros currently) and be whisked via a lift to the top of the Tower for spectacular views over the city. Nearby also visit the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. Heading out to the suburbs of Pyongyang visit the Mangyondae Native Site, where President Kim Il Sung was born in 1912. After lunch visit the Kwangbok Supermarket, the only “normal” shop pemitted for tourists to visit in Pyongyang. This afternoon there will be time available to take in any missed sites, or to drop into the Shooting Range / Bowling Alley. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a city restaurant. (B/L/D)
DAY 6
Thursday 29th December
Thursday 29th December
FOR THOSE DEPARTING BY TRAIN: This morning transfer to the train station and depart Pyongyang on the 1010 train to Beijing, which takes approximately 24 hours to make the 1349km journey. The train will head north and reach the border in the late afternoon, and after border formalities on the Korean and Chinese side change carriages onto a domestic Chinese train. For the overnight section of the journey you will normally be accommodated sharing in four-berth compartments. Meals are not provided on the train, but a restaurant car serves reasonably priced meals if required. Toilets are locked at the border. (B)

FOR THOSE DEPARTING BY AIR: This morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart Pyongyang at 1000 on the JS251 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 1130 your arrangements will end. (Times TBC). (B)
DAY 7
FLY TO UK - Friday 30th December
For those who have departed Pyongyang on the train to Beijing, you will this morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.

Pricing Information

7 day tour, from £1330 per person
(Single person supplement + £175)

Price Includes

  • Air Koryo flight Beijing–Pyongyang
  • Air Koryo flight Pyongyang – Beijing (or train Pyongyang - Beijing if paying the supplement)
  • Accommodation throughout
  • All meals in North Korea from dinner on the day of arrival through to breakfast on the morning you depart Pyongyang
  • All transfers, transport and sightseeing, with two local guides, including main entrance fees to sites
  • North Korean Visa Fee and North Korean Visa (If issued for you in the UK via Regent Holidays)
 

Price Excludes


  • International flights from the UK to Beijing
  • Meals/Services in China / Korea other than specified
  • Chinese double entry visa (if required)
  • Entrance fees to certain sites in Korea, as specified
 


 


Price Notes

Single room supplement £175
Itinerary Dates  
24 Dec 2016
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30 Dec 2016

Tour Route Map


  1. China, Beijing
  2. North Korea, Pyongyang
  3. China, Beijing

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