From  £2350
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Bow to Pyongyang's Leader statues
  • Enjoy the views from Juche Tower
  • Ride on the amazing Pyongyang Metro
  • Tour the DMZ with an army escort
  • Explore Pohyon Temple
  • Discover the West Sea Barrage
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Extended Classic North Korea Tour

12 Day Tour, from £2350 per person
Itinerary Dates
2020
06 Oct  -  17 Oct

An 11 night / 12 day ‘extended highlights’ package, this tour focuses on the southern half of the DPRK, the most developed and accessible part of the country, and coincides with the 10th October—the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, one of the most important dates in North Korea’s 2020 calendar. We kickstart the adventure with one full day of sightseeing in Pyongyang before travelling to the beautiful Mt. Myohyang region for a two night stay. From the mountains we return to Pyongyang to take in and witness as many celebratory events as possible, all taking place to commemorate the aforementioned 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party. From here we head to Sariwon for an overnight stay before we push as far south as possible, to stay in Kaesong, from where we will visit Panmunjom and the DMZ. Return to Pyongyang for further sightseeing before heading to the east coast, where we will spend a number of days taking in Masikryong, the up and coming city of Wonsan and the beautiful Mt. Kumgang. This small group tour will operate for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of just 16 persons.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Tuesday 6th October
Tuesday 6th October

This morning make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart at approximately 1305 on the Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang (schedules TBC). The short flight will bring you into Pyongyang at approximately 1605 local time. On arrival meet with your Korean guides and driver. After passing through immigration and customs head into the city centre to visit the Benevolence Bar (or similar) 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 the Arirang Restaurant transfer to the Yanggakdo Hotel and here check in for a two night stay. (Snack On Flight/D)

DAY 2
Wednesday 7th October
Wednesday 7th October

Enjoy the full day sightseeing in Pyongyang, starting with a walk in the city centre 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 pop into the Vienna Coffee Shop to relax over a hot drink (at your own expense) before heading to the Mansudae Fountain Park. From the fountain park ascend Mansu Hill to visit 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). We will also see the nearby Chollima Monument. After lunch in a nearby restaurant visit the Grand People’s Study House — the national library and a major centre of learning. The view from the upper balcony of the study house affords a commanding panorama over Kim Il Sung Square. Moving on head underground for a ride on the impressive Pyongyang Metro, travelling one stop from Puhung to Yonggwang (arguably the two most impressive stations) before pressing on four stops to the recently refurbished Kaeson Station. At Kaeson surface beside the Arch of Triumph, 10 metres higher than its Parisian counterpart; for a small fee it is possible to ascend (by lift and then foot) to a viewing platform near the top of the arch—from where you will have a good view over north central Pyongyang, including a number of buildings such as the TV Tower & Kim Il Sung Stadium. End the day with a walk in Ryomyong New Town, a new high-rise residential district, and have dinner in Ryomyong also before returning to your hotel after a busy first day of sightseeing. (B/L/D)

DAY 3
Thursday 8th October
Thursday 8th October

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 & 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 smartly). Moving on head to Mt. Taesong to visit the 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, including Kim Jong Suk, the wife of Kim Il Sung. If the weather is clear you will from here be afforded good views over Pyongyang. Return to your hotel to change to into more comfortable clothes, check out and have lunch. Thisa fternoon visit the Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo, an 850 tonne 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 depart the capital and start the 155km journey north towards Mt. Myohyang. On arrival in the mountains we will check into the Hyangsan Hotel for a two night stay. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 4
Friday 9th October
Friday 9th October

Start the day with a visit to the picturesque Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 yet sadly heavily damaged in the Korean War. Moving on, spend the morning touring the impressive International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex housing the many thousands of diverse gifts presented to Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong ll & Kim Jong Un over the years. The buildings, built into the mountainside, are home to seemingly 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 enjoy the option of an afternoon hike in the hills. The difficulty and duration of the hike will depend on the inclination of the group, weather and quality of the paths, but we plan for a walk of around 3-4 hours. Those who would prefer a more sedentary afternoon may relax in the comfort of the Hyangsan Hotel, which offers all manner of facilities to keep one busy for a few hours. This evening enjoy a lamb BBQ dinner back at the hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 5
Saturday 10th October - 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the WPK
Saturday 10th October - 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the WPK

This morning check out of the Hyangsan Hotel and return to Pyongyang. On arrival in capital we will enjoy the day taking in any events & celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, with sightseeing scheduled to include the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Juche Tower. 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. We expect to have lunch in the National Restaurant (one of our favourite options in central Pyongyang) and in the late afternoon will depart the capital and drive to Sariwon, the provincial capital of North Hwanghae Province. On arrival in Sariwon check into the March 8th Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B/L/D)

 

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 in a 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. At this time of year common events are mass dances in the main city squares, together with special opera/circus performances.

DAY 6
Sunday 11th October
Sunday 11th October

Checking out of our hotel this morning head to the Sariwon Migok Cooperative Farm, as good a spot as any in the country to try and glean an insight into rural life in the DPRK, where the excursion will, if fortunate, include a brief visit to a farmer’s home. While in this sleepy city we will also enjoy a quick visit to the centrally located Folk Customs Street and Kyongam Pavilion, which dates to 1798. Should you wish, a short steep path leads from here to the Songun Pavilion—from where you will be afforded good views of the city and farmlands in the distance. Departing Sariwon make the short drive to the Pongsan Cooperative Farm, where we hope to witness a traditional Mask Dance before enjoying a packed lunch (either at the farm itself or in the nearby Sohung Tea House). This afternoon head south towards Kaesong, stopping en-route to visit the UNESCO world heritage listed Tomb of King Kongmin, one of the best preserved royal tombs in the country. Upon arrival in Kaesong visit the Koryo History Museum and the excellent stamp / souvenir shop next door to the museum before we check into the Janamsan Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 7
Monday 12th October
Monday 12th October

After checking out of your hotel pay a brief visit to Sonjuk Bridge before we head South to Panmunjom - the DMZ and border with South Korea. Upon arrival at Panmunjom, which is often the highlight of any visit to North Korea, we will 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 see 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. (Please do note that in the last couple of years, more often than not, access to the border hut hasn't been possible). Enjoy lunch back in Kaesong before hitting the road and returning to Pyongyang, where we will check back into the Yanggakdo Hotel for one night. We have factored in a little flexibility this afternoon to strive to take in any sights missed from earlier in the tour, or to visit any sights the group may be keen to visit. After some time to freshen up back at the hotel, head out for a special dinner aboard the Taedonggang Boat Restaurant. (B/L/D)

DAY 8
Tuesday 13th October
Tuesday 13th October

After checking out of the hotel we depart Pyongyang, and spend the entire morning driving east to the port city of Wonsan, breaking the journey en-route at the Sinphyong Tea House. Arriving in Wonsan enjoy lunch in the Kalmaegi Restaurant before we get back on the road and drive south along the coastal road to Mt. Kumgang. En-route we will break the journey at scenic Sijing Beach. On arrival in Mt. Kumgang check into the Oikumgang Hotel for a 2 night stay. There will be a little time this afternoon to explore the resort area and relax at the hotel before we enjoy dinner at the nearby Pyolkumgang Restaurant. (B/L/D)

DAY 9
Wednesday 14th October
Wednesday 14th October

This morning enjoy a walk in most attractive scenery up to the Kuryong Waterfall (a round trip on a good path of around 3-4 hours). Those who wish can, time permitting, take in an alternative track (a steep climb for the fit only) to view the “Fairies’ Pools,” a stunning view of the rock pools below, and a site of famous Korean legends. For persons who do not wish to make this walk they can relax at or near the bottom of the path (where there is a shop and restaurant), or take a short walk up the path as far as they wish to travel. Enjoy lunch in the Mokran Restaurant at the foot of the path. This afternoon visit the attractive Samil Lake and Sea Kumgang, a pleasant coastal site very near the South Korean border. Enjoy dinner in the Sujongbong Restaurant near the hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 10
Thursday 15th October
Thursday 15th October

This morning we will depart Mt. Kumgang and drive back to Wonsan, along the same road travelled on day 8, once more break the journey at Sijung Beach. On arrival in Wonsan enjoy a brief walk along the waterfront in the city centre and visit the Mangyongbong-92 Ship a passenger/cargo ship which has been almost permanently docked in the city since 2006 (please note a small entrance fee applies to board the ship, payable locally). After lunch back in the Kalmaegi Restaurant (or possibly aboard the Mangyonbong-92) we will visit the Songdowon International Schoolchildren's Camp, a large and recently refurbished facility offering all sorts of leisure activities for local children and, being an International camp, the occasional foreign child. Before departing Wonsan enjoy an optional visit to walk along an artificial causeway to Jandok Islet (please note that a small entry fee applies, payable on the spot). Also, should anybody in the group wish, visit the provincial art shop— one of the best spots in the country to purchase socialist realist art. Departing Wonsan we will make the short drive to Masikryong, a journey of approximately 30km. On arrival in Masikryong check into the Masikryong Hotel, a relatively new hotel that is the hub for the recently opened Masikryong Ski Resort. Whilst out of season, this is still a lovely place to stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 11
Friday 16th October
Friday 16th  October

This morning those who rise early may wish to enjoy a walk or take a ski lift into the hills (with a guide, fees apply), or just relax in the hotel, which offers more than enough facilities to keep one occupied for a few hours. Checking out in the mid-morning we will spend the bulk of the day driving back to Pyongyang along the same road travelled on day 8, breaking the journey for lunch at the Sinphyong Tea House. Upon arriving back in Pyongyang and the Yanggakdo Hotel in the mid-afternoon there will be a little flexible time for any final sightseeing, shopping or leisure activities before we head to the Taedonggang Diplomatic Clubfor a farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

DAY 12
Saturday 17th October

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to depart Pyongyang at 0835 on the JS151 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 1000 your arrangements will end (times TBC). (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2350 per person
(Single person supplement + £470)

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
  • 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

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
06 Oct 2020
-
17 Oct 2020
£2350 £470

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