Witness celebrations to mark the birthday of Kim Jong Il on this exciting tour of North Korea's capital, Pyongyang and its surrounding areas. Unearth the awesome Kumsusan Sun’s Palace, talk a stroll from the exterior of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square and visit the Koryo History Museum. Visitors will also be able to join in on festivities taking place on February 16th - a national holiday in North Korea, and gain an insight into life under this previous leader.
This morning make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart at approximately 1300 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 your itinerary and 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)
Head into the city centre and enjoy a walk from the exterior of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square and from here onto the Foreign Language Bookshop. After a quick visit to the nearby Vienna Coffee Shop for a hot drink (at own expense) head to 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. This afternoon visit the Juche Tower, 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 visit the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers Party of Korea. This evening enjoy dinner back at your hotel.
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 ascend to the Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery. Return to your hotel for lunch. Today is an important national holiday, and as such we anticipate various 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 today factored a fully flexible afternoon in Pyongyang – 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 on this special day. Local fees will be payable to attend any special events.
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 a farewell dinner in a city restaurant.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart Pyongyang at 0850 on the JS151 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 0950 your arrangements will end (Times TBC). (B)
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)
You will this morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.
7 day tour, from £1250 per person
(Single person supplement + £150)
- 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
- 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)
- International flights UK—Beijing—UK
- Meals/services in China
- Chinese Visa (if required)
- Entrance fees to certain sites in Korea as specified on itinerary
Supplement to return to Beijing by train: £55pp
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