May Day Tour to North Korea
6 Day Tour, from £1520 per person
Spend May Day weekend in North Korea and discover the main sights of the capital, Pyongyang. Travel on the Soviet-inspired metro and witness local life, including the May Day celebrations. Enjoy impressive views form the top of Juche Tower and bow to the bronze statues of North Korea's previous leaders, which form the centre-piece of the Mansudae Grand Monument. Travel through Kaesong to the DMZ and hear about the region's turbulent history from an army escort before touring the border itself.
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 head into the city centre to visit 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 city restaurant transfer to the Koryo Hotel and check in for a five night stay. After checking in enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure. (D)
Enjoy the full day sightseeing in Pyongyang, starting with a walk in the city centre from the Koryo Hotel to the Stamp Shop, along Yonggwang Street to the Pyongyang Grand Theatre and from here onto Kim Il Sung Square. Pressing on visit the Foreign Language Bookshop, a good spot to pick up a wide range of publications, postcards and the like. After a couple of hours on your feet 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. 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 of Triumph 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 there will be time to visit just some of the highlights before enjoying refreshments (at your own expense) in the nearby Mansugyo Bar. After this busy day of sightseeing return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
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. Enjoy
lunch back in Kaesong. This afternoon visit the Koryo History Museum before driving back to Pyongyang, stopping for a quick photo opportunity at the Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification on entering the capital. After this long day trip enjoy dinner once more at the hotel. (B,L,D)
This morning we plan 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). From here head to Mt. Taesong and the Taeson Funfair—normally busy on May Day full of locals celebrating the holiday; enjoying picnics, singing, dancing and partaking in traditional games/pastimes. After lunch in the city we will 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 spectacular views over the city.
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 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 Pyongyang drive 150km north to 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 a lamb BBQ lunch at the impressive Hyangsan Hotel visit the Pohyon Temple, founded in 1042 yet sadly heavily damaged in the Korean War. This afternoon return to Pyongyang. After time to freshen up back at you hotel head out for a farewell dinner in a top city restaurant. (B,L,D)
This morning you will be transferred to the air-port to depart Pyongyang at 1000 on the JS251 flight to Beijing. On arriving in Beijing at 1135 your arrangements will end (times TBC). (B)
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO DEPART BY RAIL
Day 6, Thursday 3rd May
This morning transfer to the train station and depart Pyongyang on the 1010 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 speed on through the night towards Beijing. 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)
Day 7, Friday 4th May
This morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.
6 day tour, from £1520 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
We can also arrange for the tour to end upon your arrival in Dandong. This will normally result in a reduced tour cost. Please contact us for further details.
28 Apr 2018
03 May 2018
Tour Route Map
- China, Beijing
- North Korea, Pyongyang
- North Korea, Kaesong
- North Korea, Pyongyang
- China, Beijing
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