From  £2760
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Attend any local celebrations for the anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang
  • Head out to explore beautiful Mount Myohyang, Mount Kumgang and Masikryong
  • Visit the DMZ and enter the Armistice Talks Hall
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Kim Il Sung Anniversary Spring Break (Extended)

12 Day Tour, from £2760 per person

A detailed 12 night tour of the country, the explorations begin with time in the southwest, visiting Pyongyang, Panmunjom and the DMZ. Heading further afield, travel to beautiful Mt. Myohyang before we venture to the east coast of Korea to take in the port city of Wonsan, Masikryong and the beautiful Mt. Kumgang— particularly beautiful during the spring time.

This tour will coincide with the 15th April, the 107th anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, one of the most important dates in the North Korean calendar, with some celebrations expected on this date.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Thursday 11th April: Beijing to Pyongyang
Thursday 11th April: Beijing to Pyongyang

This morning make your own way to Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 2, to depart at approximately 1400 on the Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang. On arrival meet with your Korean guides and driver. After passing through immigration and customs head into the city centre and to Yanggak Island, here checking into the Yanggakdo Hotel for an overnight stay. After checking in head out for a welcome dinner in the Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant. (Snack On Flight/D)

DAY 2
Friday 12th April: Pyongyang to Kaesong
Friday 12th April: Pyongyang to Kaesong

This morning drive to the city centre and start the day with 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 pop into the Vienna Coffee Shop to relax over a hot drink (at your own expense) before heading to the Grand People’s Study House — the national library and a major centre of learning. The view from the balcony atop the study house down onto Kim Il Sung Square affords a spectacular vista of central Pyongyang.

 

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) before pressing on four stops to Kaeson. At Kaeson station surface beside the Arch of Triumph, 10 metres higher than its Parisian counterpart. From the Arch depart Kaesong and spend the rest of the afternoon driving south to Kaesong. En-route to Kaesong stop at the the Three Point Charter For National Reunification and the UNESCO world heritage listed Tomb of King Kongmin, one of the best preserved royal tombs in the country. Upon arrival in Kaesong check into the Janamsan Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 3
Saturday 13th April: Kaesong to Pyongyang
Saturday 13th April: Kaesong to Pyongyang

This morning pay a brief visit to Sonjuk Bridge before heading 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, 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 return to Kaesong and visit the Koryo History Museum (and attached stamp/souvenir shop) before spending the rest of the afternoon driving north back to Pyongyang. Return to the Yanggakdo Hotel and check in for a three night stay. After a long day of travelling enjoy dinner in the hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 4
Sunday 14th April: Pyongyang
Sunday 14th April: Pyongyang

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 reasonably 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 the wife and mother of Kim Il Sung. If the weather is clear you will from here be afforded good views over Pyongyang. Return to the hotel for lunch and to change into more casual clothes.

 

This afternoon visit 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 for a leisurely afternoon stroll through Moranbong, the main city park. Moranbong is a great location for people watching and to admire the scenery of the Taedong River below, particularly on Sundays. This evening enjoy a stroll along Ryomyong Street, a modern high-rise residential district and enjoy dinner in the KITC Ryomyong Restaurant before returning to your hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 5
Monday 15th April: Pyongyang - 107TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF KIM IL SUNG
Monday 15th April: Pyongyang - 107TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF KIM IL SUNG

Being an important date start the day with a visit to Mangyondae in the western suburbs, to visit the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. From here drive to the Kwangbok Area Supermarket. This 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) - the best location to pick up some small items such as Korean made foodstuffs, cosmetics or clothing, for example.

 

Drive to Mt. Ryonggak where the will be a little time for walking on this forested hill, the highest point in Pyongyang, before enjoying a BBQ lunch in the area. As today is a national holiday the itinerary for the rest of the day will be flexible—we hope to mingle with locals and take in some landmark monuments with visits 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. This evening enjoy dinner in a top city restaurant.

DAY 6
Tuesday 16th April: Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang
Tuesday 16th April: Pyongyang to Mt. Myohyang

After two full days of sightseeing in Pyongyang check out of the hotel and head south-west along the Youth Hero Highway to the port city of Nampo and onto the West Sea Barrage, a most impressive 8km long barrage built in the 1980’s along the estuary of the Taedong River. This immense building project is of great pride to the Korean people, and you will likely enjoy a video in the visitors centre showing this massive undertaking. After lunch in the Hanggu Hotel spend the bulk of the afternoon driving north to Mt. Myohyang, a journey of approximately 200km. On arrival check into the luxurious Hyangsan Hotel for dinner and a two night stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 7
Wednesday 17th April: Mt. Myohyang
Wednesday 17th April: Mt. Myohyang
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! Before returning to your hotel for lunch visit the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 yet sadly heavily damaged in the Korean War. This afternoon enjoy the option of a light 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 leisurely walk of around 3 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 dinner back at the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 8
Thursday 18th April: Mt. Myohyang to Masikryong
Thursday 18th April: Mt. Myohyang to Masikryong
Departing Mt. Myohyang spend the bulk of the day on the road as you head to Masikryong. Passing through Pyongyang, stop at the Tomb of King Tongmyong, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here tour this Koguryo Dynasty tomb and enjoy a packed lunch before getting back on the road. Now heading east push towards Masikryong, making a stop en-route at Sinphyong. On arrival in Masikryong check into the Masikryong Hotel, a newly constructed hotel that is the hub for the recently opened Masikryong Ski Resort. Whilst out of season, this is still a lovely place to stay, and one of the best hotels in all of the country. Dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 9
Friday 19th April: Masikryong to Mt. Kumgang
Friday 19th April:  Masikryong to Mt. Kumgang
Enjoy time this morning to relax in the Masikryong Hotel, hike in the hills or take a lift (for a fee) to the top of the ski resort. After checking out enjoy lunch before spending the afternoon driving to Mt. Kumgang, stopping en-route to stretch your legs at Sijung Beach. On arrival in Mt. Kumgang check into the Oikumgang Hotel for a 2 night stay. This evening enjoy dinner in the Pyolkumgang Restaurant. (B/L/D)
DAY 10
Saturday 20th April: Mt. Kumgang
Saturday 20th April: Mt. Kumgang

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 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 near the South Korean border. Enjoy dinner in the Sujongbong Restaurant near the hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 11
Sunday 21st April: Mt. Kumgang to Wonsan
Sunday 21st April: Mt. Kumgang to Wonsan

Departing Mt. Kumgang drive north to Wonsan, once more stopping on the road at Sijung Beach. On arrival in Wonsan check into the Tongmyong Hotel for an overnight stay. After lunch visit the Songdowon International Children’s Union Camp before enjoying a walk along the causeway to Jangdok Islet (a small entry fee may apply), a perfect spot for people watching and mingling with locals—particularly on Sundays. Back in the city centre enjoy a walk along the central waterfront in the city. You will also have the opportunity to visit an art shop —one of the best spots in the country to purchase good quality Socialist Realist artworks. Enjoy dinner in the Kalmaegi Restaurant before returning to your hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 12
Monday 22nd April: Wonsan to Pyongyang
Monday 22nd April: Wonsan to Pyongyang

Departing Wonsan spend the entire morning driving to Pyongyang, making a couple of brief stops en-route. Upon arrival back in the capital return to the Yanggakdo Hotel and here have lunch. This afternoon the itinerary will be flexible—allowing for the group to take in any missed sites from earlier in the tour or to take in a couple of shopping or leisure stops, such as a trip to the Golden Lane Bowling Alley. This evening head out for a farewell dinner in a top city restaurant. (B/L/D)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2760 per person
(Single person supplement + £540)

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
  • Supplement to return to Beijing by rail (if required)
  • 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

Price Includes

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