|08 Oct - 12 Oct|
An express 4 night blitz of just the absolute must see sights and highlights of the DPRK, this Autumn tour includes two full days in Pyongyang (one of which coincides with a major national holiday), together with a day trip to visit Panmunjom and the DMZ. Our shortest tour of 2019, this small group tour will operate for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 16 persons.
For those looking for a more in-depth tour at a similar time of year, our Workers’ Party Extended Tour is scheduled to operate from the 8th—19th October. Please contact us for further information.
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 you into Pyongyang at approximately 1700 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 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.
Pressing on head to the Arirang Restaurant for a welcome dinner before transferring to the Yanggakdo Hotel, here checking in for a four night stay. (Snack On Flight/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 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 in the nearby Pyongyang Bell Restaurant visit the Mansudae Fountain Park.
Next 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). You will also see the nearby Chollima Monument.
From Mansu Hill head down to the Mansudae Art Studio—the organisation responsible for the most famous artworks and statues in the DPRK. After a tour of the studio and a visit to the studio shop 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 head to Ryomyong New Town, a modern high rise residential district and enjoy a brief walk along the impressive main avenue before enjoying dinner in the KITC Ryomyong Restaurant.
After a busy day of sightseeing return to the Yanggakdo Hotel. (B/L/D)
71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORKER’S PARTY OF KOREA
Enjoy a further full day of sightseeing in the capital, starting with a visit to 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.
Pressing on visit beautiful Moranbong, the main city park, where we will enjoy time to walk in the scenic park in the heart of the city—as good a spot as any to mingle with locals—especially on major holidays such as today.
There are a few flexible hours in today’s itinerary (and the order of the sightseeing may be shuffled accordingly) to allow for taking in any celebrations that may be taking place to mark today’s holiday —one of the most important dates in he nation’s calendar—fees may be payable locally to attend any events.
In the late afternoon head into the Mangyongdae District in the city’s western suburbs and visit the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, an extra-curricular activity centre for some of the capital’s most gifted youth. Enjoy a tour of this complex before enjoying a performance from the students.
Later head to the Chongchun Sports Street and visit the Maeri Shooting Range to (for a fee) enjoy the chance to enjoy a spot of target practice with sports rifles and pistols.
After another busy day of sightseeing return to the Yanggakdo 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. Return to Kaesong and enjoy lunch.
This afternoon visit the Koryo History Museum and Stamp Shop before driving back to Pyongyang, making a quick photo stop at the Monument to the Three-Point Charter for National Reunification upon entering the capital.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in the National Restaurant. (B/L/D)
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)
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
08 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019