Classic Workers Party Foundation Tour
6 Day Tour, from £1420 per person
Local residents recognise the foundation of the Workers Party and celebrate this national holiday on October 10th 2017. Witness these celebrations as this 8 day group tour to North Korea which coincides with this special date and gain an insight into this secretive and fascinating society. Explore the Pyongyang suburbs, travel through Kaesong to the DMZ, venture to Mt. Myohyang, and discover some of the many interesting sights in the capital including the Mansudae Grand Monument.
This morning make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart at approximately 1300 on the Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (schedules TBC). The short flight will bring the group into Pyongyang at approximately 1530 local time, and here meet with your Korean guides and driver. After passing through immigration and customs transfer to the Taedonggang Microbrewery for a drink or two (at your own expense), giving the opportunity to chat with 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 whilst in Pyongyang. (D)
Start the day with a visit to the awesome Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the former residence of Kim Il Sung, and now the Mausoleum for both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. You will here see the bodies of both leaders lying in state. The Mausoleum itself is followed by exhibits showcasing medals of honour bestowed upon the leaders. (Please note for this site you will be expected to dress reasonably smartly). Moving on, visit the nearby Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery, home to the graves of more than 200 of Korea’s leading resistance figures over the years of Japanese rule and the Korean war. If the weather is clear you will be afforded good views over Pyongyang. Return to the hotel for lunch and to check out. This afternoon depart Pyongyang and head north to Mt. Myohyang, a drive of just under 3 hours. On arrival in Mt. Myohyang visit the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 yet sadly heavily damaged in the Korean War. Transfer to the Chongchon Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
This morning visit the attractive International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex housing the many thousands of diverse gifts presented to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong ll over the years. The buildings, built into the mountainside, are home to endless corridors and rooms lined with diverse gifts from all over the world – keep an eye out for the gifts from Regent Holidays! After lunch back at the hotel depart Mt. Myohyang and make the long drive south, via Pyongyang to Kaesong. After a full afternoon of driving check into the Jansamsan Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
This morning check out of the hotel. Start the day with a brief stop at Sonjuk Bridge before visiting the pleasant Koryo History Museum. Also visit the nearby Stamp Shop – a great spot for picking up a wide range of postcards and stamps. From here head to Panmunjom - the DMZ and border with South Korea. Upon arrival at Panmunjom, which is often the highlight of any visit to North Korea, meet with an army escort who will explain the background to the history of the DMZ, before mov-ing 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 the group will be (local conditions permitting) escorted, possibly under the watchful eyes of South Korean soldiers, into one of the huts which straddle the North/South Korean border. Enjoy lunch at the Panmunjomkwan Restaurant inside the DMZ. This afternoon head north back to Pyongyang, stopping at the Monument To The Three Point Charter For National Reunification on the outskirts of Pyongyang for a quick photo opportunity. On arriving in Pyongyang we hope to witness any special celebrations that may be taking place for the national holiday before we return to the Yanggakdo Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Today is a national holiday, and as such we anticipate the possibility of some special events and celebrations, and a general jovial atmosphere across the city. Celebrations / events in Korea are normally not known until the 11th hour, and we have thus factored in a degree of flexibility for this afternoon/evening – allowing the group the best chance of seeing any events and getting the most out of the day. All meals will of course be included, and your guides will do their upmost to ensure you will see as much as is permitted. Local fees will be payable to attend any special events.
Today enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Pyongyang. To start the day head into the city centre and enjoy a walk from the exterior of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square and then onto the Foreign Language Bookshop, a good spot to pick up a wide range of publications, postcards and the like. From here head to the Mansudae Fountain Park and 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 monument before bowing in unison before it (flowers purchased locally for a small fee). Moving on visit the Grand People’s Study House— the national library and a major centre of learning. After lunch head underground for a journey on the impressive Pyongyang Metro, travelling one stop from Puhung to Yonggwang (arguably the two most impressive stations) be-fore pressing on four stops to Kaeson. At Kaeson station surface beside the Arch of Triumph. From the Arch of Triumph head into Moranbong, the main city park—a great spot for people watching and taking in views over the city. Last sites of the day will be to visit the Juche Tower and the monument to the Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The Juche Tower is a 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 at current) and be whisked via a lift to the top of the tower for spec-tacular views over the city. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a city restaurant. (B,L,D)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport to de-part Pyongyang at 1000 on the JS251 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 1130 your arrangements will end. (B)
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO DEPART BY RAIL
Thursday 12th October: This morning transfer to the train station and depart Pyongyang on the 1040 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)
Friday 13th October: You will this morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.
6 day tour, from £1420 per person
(Single person supplement + £200)
- Air Koryo flight Beijing–Pyongyang—Beijing
- Accommodation throughout
- Meals in North Korea as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- 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)
- Return international flights from your country of residence to Beijing
- Meals / services / accommodation in China and any other items other than those clearly specified
- Supplement (if required) to depart Pyongyang by train to Beijing
- Chinese Visa (if required)
- Entrance fees to certain sites in Korea, as specified
- Gratuities / porterage
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Our guides were excellent with a good sense of humour. The size of our group was just right (10 persons) we met up with some huge groups in DPRK.
Mr H Monckton
Hotels in DPRK were as expected. Our escorted tour leader (Carl Meadows) was excellent. Carl has the calm manner and professional approach required. His presence and knowledge made our North Korea holiday much more worthwhile.
If you wonder what life was like back in your grandparent's days.....North Korea is the trip for you. Except of course the mobile phones which seem to be everywhere. Guides are quite wonderful people who try very hard to help you see as much as you can in the time. The DMZ was totally different to what I expected. Where are all the troops waiting to invade the South? Food is superb. May not be representative of what's available to the locals, but far more than I could ever eat. Any finally, yes, leave the country by train. A real experience, if you don't mind sharing the carriage with Chinese smuggling currency!!!
Mr D Hunter