From  £1980
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit Kumsusan Sun's Palace
  • Ride on the amazing Pyongyang Metro
  • Tour the DMZ with an army escort
  • Discover the West Sea Barrage
  • Explore the Koryo History Museum
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Classic Foundation Day Tour

8 Day Tour, from £1980 per person

Every year, on 9th September the founding of the DPRK is remembered. Join in with the festivities on this 8 day group tour which coincides with this special date in 2017. Discover all the main sights in the capital, Pyongyang, including the incredible metro system and the Mansudae Grand Monument before travelling north to Mt. Myohyang to visit the Pohyon Temple and explore the fascinating International Friendship Exhibition. After returning to the capital to witness the celebrations the tour continues to the south of the country through Kaesong to Panmunjom. Here tour the DMZ with an army escort and visit the building where the Armistice was signed.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Tuesday 5th September
Tuesday 5th September
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)
DAY 2
Wednesday 6th September
Wednesday 6th September
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. Moving on visit the Grand People’s Study House— the national library and a major centre of learning. From here head to the Man-sudae 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). After lunch head underground for a journey on the impres-sive 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. Heading to the suburbs visit Mangyondae—the birthplace of Kim Il Sung. From Mangyondae head to the Kwangbok Supermarket. Kwangbok is the only “normal” Pyongyang supermarket that can be visited by tourists (and one of the only places in the country where one can obtain Korean currency at the “normal” exchange rate) - you can here pick up Korean products that will likely not be seen anywhere else in Korea. Enjoy dinner in a city restaurant before returning to the Yanggakdo Hotel (B,L,D)
DAY 3
Thursday 7th September
Thursday 7th September
Start the day with a visit to the awesome Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the former resi-dence 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 Rev-olutionary Martyr’s 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 transfer to Pyongyang Station and depart the capital at approxi-mately 1500 on a chartered train to Mt. Myohyang. The train will take approximately 4 hours to make this journey, slowly rolling north through rural Korea into the beautiful mountains of Myohyang. A restaurant car will be provided (the group will dine in the restaurant car on the 8th) and the spacious compartments will allow for a relaxing afternoon/evening. On arrival transfer to the Chongchon Hotel and here check in for an overnight stay. Dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
Friday 8th September
Friday 8th September
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! Also visit the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 yet sadly heavily damaged in the Korean War. After a lamb BBQ lunch there will be time for an optional light walk before returning to the train station and departing Mt. Myohyang at approximately 1600 on the chartered train back to Pyongyang. Dine this evening in the train’s restaurant car. On arriving back into Pyongyang return to the Yanggakdo Hotel and check in for a two night stay. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
Saturday 9th September - 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE DPR KOREA
Saturday 9th September - 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE DPR KOREA
Today enjoy the full day sightseeing in Pyongyang. The day will start with a visit to the 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 visit just some of the highlights before it is time to move on. Back in the city centre visit the Juche Tower and the monument to the Founda-tion 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 spectacular views over the city. After lunch head to Moranbong, the main city park—a great spot for people watching, particularly on national holidays such as today. Walk from Moranbong Park to the Liberation Tower and from here past the exterior of Okryu Restaurant to the Okryu Bridge, finishing this pleasant walk outside the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre. (B,L,D)
 
Today is a national holiday, and as such we anticipate various special events and celebrations, and a general jovial at-mosphere across the city. Celebrations / events in Korea are normally not known until the 11th hour, and we have thus today factored in a degree of flexibility – 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.
DAY 6
Sunday 10th September
Sunday 10th September
This morning check out of the Yanggakdo Hotel and drive west to the port city of Nampo on the northern shore of the Taedong River. On arrival in Nampo transfer to a dockyard and enjoy a private motor boat cruise down the Taedong River to the West Sea Barrage. After around one hour of sailing arrive at the barrage, a most impressive 8km long construction built in the 1980s along the estuary of the Taedong River. This immense building pro-ject is of great pride to the Korean people, and the group will likely enjoy a video in the visitor centre showing this mas-sive undertaking. Returning to Nampo enjoy lunch in the Hanggu Hotel. From Nampo start the journey south to Kae-song, visiting the Sariwon Folkcustoms Street en-route. After a long drive arrive in Kaesong and check into the Ja-namsan Hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
Monday 11th September
Monday 11th September
This morning check out of the hotel. Start the day with a brief stop at Sonjuk Bridge be-fore 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 moving 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 Reunifi-cation on the outskirts of Pyongyang for a quick photo opportunity, before returning to the Yanggakdo Hotel. This afternoon, time permitting, take in any missed sites from earlier in the trip or enjoy (as the majority of the group wishes) leisure activities such as a visit to the indoor shooting range or bowling lanes. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a city restaurant. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
Tuesday 12th September
Tuesday 12th September
This morn-ing you will be transferred to the airport to depart Pyongyang at 0820 on the JS151 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 0950 your arrangements will end. (B)
 
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO DEPART BY RAIL Tuesday 12th September: This morning transfer to the train station and depart Pyongyang on the 1040 train to Beijing, which takes approxi-mately 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)
 
Wednesday 13th September: You will this morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.
 

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1980 per person
(Single person supplement + £270)

Price Includes

  • 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)

Price Excludes


  • Return international flights from your country of residence to Beijing
  • Meals / services / accommodation in China and any other items other than those clearly specified
  • Chinese Visa (if required)
  • Entrance fees to certain sites in Korea, as specified
  • Gratuities / porterage

 


Itinerary Dates  
05 Sep 2017
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12 Sep 2017

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