Itinerary - June Budget Tour
June 20-24 2017

tour plan Kim Il Sung Square


4PM: The group assembles in our Beijing office for a pre-tour briefing, which will last approximately 1 hour and is designed so that you will get the best out of your tour.

Tue 20th June - ARRIVAL DAY

AM: Meet together outside the office (time to be confirmed) and head to Beijing Airport T2 for our flight from Beijing to Pyongyang (1.5 hrs), the showcase capital of the DPRK
PM: Meet guides who will accompany you during your stay, Arch of Triumph – similar to the French version (but bigger)
, Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: 2.5-hour drive south to Kaesong - historical city near the DMZ. Panmunjom/DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. Kaesong Koryo Museum, a beautiful old Confucian University, to learn about the history of the area. Stamp shop. Lunch is a traditional pansanggi meal – something like Korean tapas. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, you’ll also have the opportunity to sample Korea’s famous delicacy: ‘sweetmeat soup’ (aka dog meat; costs EUR 5).
PM: Drive back to Pyongyang . Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix.
There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6.
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace - Mausoleum where President Kim Il Sung lies in state, Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - bronze busts of the Koreans who died fighting the Japanese occupation, Foreign Languages Bookshop - read up on what you’re seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Kim Il Sung Square (Pyongyang’s largest square in the heart of the city),.
PM: Pyongyang Metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum which is where you can learn the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. USS Pueblo – an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968. Juche Tower. At 150m, and topped with a flickering red torch, this is the highest stone monument in the world. To end our city tour we go to the Party Foundation Monument – aniconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. We then drive 40 mins north to the town of Pyongsong,
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong

Fri 23rd June - PYONGSONG CITY

AM: Paeksong Revolutionary Site, which is where Kim Il Sung University was moved to in 1952 during the Korean War; Pyongsong Provisions Production Factory – a foodstuffs factory that produces everything from popcorn to beer and soju, Ponghak Beer Factory,which has only very recently opened to foreign visitors.
PM: Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School (named after the mother of Kim Jong Il). Drive back to Pyongyang, Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.Taedonggang No3 Microbrewery and bar Farewell dinner is at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 24th June - DEPARTURE DAY

AM: The flight departs Pyongyang at 09:00 and arrives in Beijing at approx 10:00am. The train departs Pyongyang at 10:40am and arrives in Beijing at approx 08:30am next morning. End of tour.

TOUR COST: $1,290
DPRK VISA FEE: $75 (to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday19th June, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be very warm at this time with possible rain showers, around 25°C during the day. Raincoat/umbrella advised!
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  1. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  2. All meals on the tour except on the train out of DPRK – see below
  3. Hotel accommodations in DPRK
  4. All entry fees
  5. Two guides and a driver per group
  6. All transportation in DPRK
  7. Transportation to Beijing airport prior to departure to DPRK.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE (all payments paid in cash) :

  1. Transportation from your country to Beijing and hotel stay in Beijing
  2. Travel insurance (can be purchased at the pre-tour briefing)
  3. Optional single room supplement of $60 per night (must be booked in advance and can be pre-paid in US with credit card)
  4. Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  5. DPRK visa fee ($75)
  6. Tip for the guides (approx $7/day)
  7. Meals on the train out of DPRK - (bring your own food or eat dinner and lunch in the buffet car approx $10 per person)
  8. Entry tickets for special events (Revolutionary opera, circus , etc).
  9. The lift up the Juche Tower (approx $6)
  10. Meals will have a complimentary beer but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand