Spring Break in North Korea
5 Day Tour, from £1340 per person
One of our shorter tours for 2018, the 4 night tour squeezes in as many of the main must-see sights and highlights that we can possibly fit into a 5 day itinerary to the DPR Korea. With every night spent in Pyongyang, explore the fasci-nating city in detail, including highlights & special services such as Kumsusan (the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung & Kim Jong Il) and a tour of the capital in a vintage bus. Included, of course, is a day trip to Panmunjom inside the DMZ.
This small group tour will operate for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 16 persons.
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 Mansugyo Bar 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 Yanggakdo Hotel and check in for a four 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 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. Pressing on visit 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 Pu-hung 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. To make the afternoon a hat-trick of Pyongyang monuments also visit the Juche Tower and the monument to the Foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. As a novel twist however, we will drive to these two sites and tour the city this afternoon in a 1950s vintage public bus, still in service to this day. The Juche Tower is a symbol of the Juche Idea (national self reliance, liter-ally “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. Parting with our vintage bus return to the hotel and, after our busy day of sightseeing, enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel. (B,L,D)
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 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 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 be afforded good views over Pyongyang from here. Return to the hotel for lunch and the chance to change into more casual clothes. This afternoon head to the western suburbs of Pyongyang to visit the Mangyondae Native House, birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. From the native house spend the rest of the afternoon in the Mangyondae area, visiting the Kwangbok Supermarket and the Mangyondae Schoolchildren’s Palace. Kwangbok Supermarket 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. At the recently refurbished Mangyondae Schoolchildren’s Palace we will likely enjoy a tour/performance of this impressive facility. This is one of two centres in Pyongyang where talented youth can enjoy extra curricular activities in a variety of arts and disciplines. Last site of the day will be to let off steam in the Maeri Shooting Range, where you can (for a small fee) enjoy target shooting with pistols or rifles. After a brief walk in the nearby Sport Street (Chongchun Sport Village) enjoy dinner nearby before returning to your hotel. (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 in a specially arranged restaurant located inside the DMZ. Back in Kaesong visit this afternoon the Koryo History Museum and Stamp Shop. On leaving Kaesong visit the UNESCO world heritage listed Tomb of King Kongmin, one of the best preserved royal tombs in the country. From here drive back to Pyongyang, stopping for a quick photo opportunity at the Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a city restaurant. (B,L,D)
This morning 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 (times TBC). (B)
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO DEPART BY RAIL
Day 5, Saturday 14th April
This morning transfer to the train station and depart Pyongyang on the 1010 train to Beijing, which takes approximate-ly 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 6, Sunday 15th April
This morning arrive into the Chinese capital at 0833. All arrangements will end with your arrival into Beijing.
5 day tour, from £1340 per person
(Single person supplement + £160)
- 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.
10 Apr 2018
14 Apr 2018
Tour Route Map
- North Korea, Pyongyang
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