Independent Travel

Independent (Private) Tours Itineraries and Prices

 


ATTENTION US PASSPORT HOLDERS.

The Department of State declared U.S. passports invalid for tourism related travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) effective  September 1, 2017. This travel ban is subject to yearly renewal/expiration, or early termination by U.S. Secretary of State. There is no restrictions for travelers using non-U.S. passports (including dual citizens/passport holders). We will keep you updated.

 

An independent tour is a great way to travel to the country if you don’t want to travel as part of a group, or your travel dates don’t match our group tour dates. With an independent tour you can choose your dates of travel and also the itinerary can be tailored to suit your preferences. As with our group tours, we offer different standards of independent tours for different cost. Independent tours are more expensive than group tours but do offer more flexibilty.

 

Please contact us for more information or keep reading!

 

Standard independent tour: You will stay in a 4* deluxe hotel and there are more itinerary options available to you to ensure you have an indepth experience of the DPRK. Your itinerary can be customized based on your interests and preferences.

 

DANDONG EXTENSION is available only with return by train.

OTHER EXTENSIONS ALSO AVAILABLE 

SAMPLE ITINERARIES

HOTELS

FLIGHT INFORMATION


WHAT THE TOUR COST COVERS

Tour fee includes the following:

1. Flight from Beijing to the DPRK and train return back

2. All meals on the tour except on the train into/out of the DPRK

3. Hotel accommodation

4. Two Korean tour guides and a driver per group

5. All transportation in the DPRK

6. All entry fees for attractions such as museums etc in the DPRK

Not included in the tour fee:

1. Single room supplement unless otherwise specified (approx. $60 per night)

2. Optional return flight from Pyongyang to Beijing – $100 exttra

2. Spending money for drinks and souvenirs

3. DPRK visa fee (approx $50)

4. Tip for the guides (approx $30 total)

5. Meals on the train into/out of DPRK (bring your own food or eat dinner and lunch in the buffet car approx $8 per person)

6. Entry tickets for Mass Games and special events if applicable – for example Revolutionary Opera if being staged, or a visit to the funfair*

7. The lift up the Juche Tower has to be paid in the DPRK (approx $8)

8. Meals will have a complimentary beer but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided (these are inexpensive though)

* Sometimes we have the opportunity to visit the circus, a revolutionary opera or an orchestral performance which is an optional visit (costs around $30). For those who do not wish to visit we will arrange an alternative itinerary.

Standard Package – cost in USD per person
No. of
People
3 nights 4 nights 5 nights 6 nights 7 nights
1
1,790
2,150
2,450
2,790
3,090
2 – 5
1,590
1,890
2,150
2,390
2,690
6 – 9
1,390
1,590
1,790
2,050
2,250
10+
1,290
1,490
1,650
1,790
1,990

Trips of longer than 7 nights are available. Please enquire for rates.
For those tours which exit by train, there is the option of disembarking at Dandong (the Chinese border city with the DPRK) and spending 24 hours there before continuing back to Beijing. The cost of this is as follows and for more information about this option please click here.

Dandong Extension Package – cost in USD per person
For those tours which exit by train, there is the option of disembarking at Dandong (the Chinese border city with the DPRK) and spending 24 hours there before continuing back to Beijing. The cost of this is as follows and for more information about the option please click here.
Hotel 1 pax 2-5 pax 6+ pax Single
supplement
Hongyuan Hotel (tourist class) 250 220 200 40
Zhonglian Hotel (4 star) 300 250 240 70

 

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Interested in a private tour?  Contact us for a consultation.

 

The following information is helpful for us in creating a custom itinerary and specific quote for you:

*Number of travelers in your party

*Your available dates and travel restrictions you might have

*Desired length of tour

*Any questions, desired locations, or interests you would like to see reflected in your itinerary.


STANDARD ITINERARIES

 

Below are fixed standard itineraries for a 2, 3, 4 and 5 night standard independent tours. Please note that the itinerary is fixed and cannot be modified. If you want flexible itinerary, please book classic independent tour.

 

For a brief explanation of the sights, please click here.

STANDARD package 3 night itinerary.
Start days are flexible, itinerary can not be modified.

DAY AM PM HOTEL
1st Day Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 13:00 departure, 16:00 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, check in hotel. Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
2nd Day Morning drive to Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Concrete Wall , return to Pyongyang, Arch of Unification, Monument to Party Foundation, Golden Lanes Bowling Centre Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
3rd Day Party Foundation Monument, Mansudae Grand Monument, USS Pueblo, Pyongyang Metro Korean War Museum, Mangyongdae Native House, Kim Il Sung, Juche Tower Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
4th Day Flight JS151 from Pyongyang 09:00AM departure. arrive Beijing 10:00AM. End of Tour. n/a n/a
4th Day Train from Pyongyang departs at 10:10AM Cross border at Sinuiju/Dandong On train
5th Day Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. End of tour. n/a n/a

STANDARD package 4 night itinerary.
Start days are flexible, itinerary can not be modified.

DAY AM PM HOTEL
1st Day Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 13:00 departure, 16:00 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, check in hotel. Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
2nd Day Korean War Museum, USS Pueblo, Arch of Triumph Local park, Grand People’s Study House, 3 Revolutions Exhibition, Korean Central Art Gallery, drive to Kaesong Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
3rd Day Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Concrete Wall , return to Pyongyang, Monument to Party Foundation, Juche Tower, Book shop, Kim Il Sung Square Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
4th Day Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery Mangyongdae Native House, Pyongyang Metro, Pyongyang Feature Film Studios, Taedonggang Bar and MicroBrewery Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
5th Day Flight JS151 from Pyongyang 09:00AM departure. arrive Beijing 10:00AM. End of Tour. n/a n/a
5th Day Train from Pyongyang departs at 10:10AM Cross border at Sinuiju/Dandong On train
6th Day Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. End of tour. n/a n/a

STANDARD package 5 night itinerary.
Start days are flexible, itinerary can not be modified.

DAY AM PM HOTEL
1st Day Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 13:00 departure, 16:00 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, check in hotel. Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
2nd Day Korean War Museum, USS Pueblo, Arch of Triumph Local park, Grand People’s Study House, 3 Revolutions Exhibition, Korean Central Art Gallery, drive to Kaesong Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
3rd Day Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Concrete Wall , return to Pyongyang, Monument to Party Foundation, Juche Tower, Book shop, Kim Il Sung Square Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
4th Day Mansudae Grand Monument, Museum of Metro Construction, drive to Pyongsong, Pyongsong Taedonggang Clothing Factory Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School, Paeksong Revolutionary Site, Central Square and Statues, return to Pyongyang Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
5th Day Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery Mangyongdae Native House, Pyongyang Metro, Pyongyang Feature Film Studios, Taedonggang Bar and MicroBrewery Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang
6th Day Flight JS151 from Pyongyang 09:00AM departure. arrive Beijing 10:00AM. End of Tour. n/a n/a
6th Day Train from Pyongyang departs at 10:10AM* Cross border at Sinuiju/Dandong On train
7th Day Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. End of tour. n/a n/a

 

* Train return and 1 night Dandong extension are available for non-US citizens. Arrive to Beijing the following morning at 08:34AM.

 

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HOTELS
PYONGYANG
Classic Tour Hotels

YANGGAKDO HOTEL

47 stories tall and built in 1995. This is Pyongyang’s main deluxe hotel which is situated on Yanggak Island in the Taedong River:

  • Micro-brewery
  • Swimming pool, sauna, massage
  • Pitch’n’putt golf course with driving range
  • Bowling
  • Karaoke
  • Billiards
  • Revolving restaurant
  • Bookshop
  • IDD
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • Chance to walk outside the hotel
  • BBC TV news channel

KORYO HOTEL

Built in 1985, this is Pyongyang’s other deluxe Hotel which is located near the railway station in the city centre:

  • Lobby bar and coffee shop. Beer brewed on site
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Karaoke
  • Billiards
  • Revolving restaurant
  • bookshop
  • IDD
  • BBC TV news channel

Standard Tour Hotels
(these do not have 24 hours hot water)

SOSAN HOTEL

Located in the Sports Village in west Pyongyang, a first class hotel:

  • Swimming pool and sauna
  • Golf driving range
  • Several bars
  • Billiard room
  • Karaoke
  • Pleasant hotel grounds
  • View of the sports village

CHANGWANGSAN HOTEL

Centrally located first class hotel:

  • large swimming pool with skylight
  • Karaoke rooms
  • German coffee shop
  • Several small bars
  • Walking distance to some attractions

FLIGHTS TIMETABLE

FLIGHTS are with the DPRK national carrier Air Koryo (JS). Air China (CA) also started a service in April 2008 which increases travel options. Please note that use of Air China will increase slightly the tour cost – please ask for more details.

Economy and business class available on Air Koryo (JS) – economy and first class on Air China (CA).
Note: local time shown (North Korea is one hour ahead of China and 2 hours behind Vladivostok).

Flights:

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Day Season
Beijing – Pyongyang JS 152 01:00PM 04:00PM Tue, Sat Year Round
Beijing – Pyongyang JS 252 02:00PM 05:00PM Thu Year Round
Beijing – Pyongyang JS 152 12:00PM 03:00PM Mon, Fri Seasonal
Pyongyang – Beijing JS 151 09:00AM 10:00AM Tue, Sat Year Round
Pyongyang – Beijing JS 251 10:20AM 11:20AM Thu Year Round
Pyongyang – Beijing JS 151 09:00AM 10:00AM Mon, Fri Seasonal
Beijing – Pyongyang CA* 121 01:35PM 04:20PM Mon, Wed, Fri  Year Round
Pyongyang – Beijing CA* 122 05:20PM 06:20PM Mon, Wed, Fri Year Round
Shenyang – Pyongyang JS 156 02:00PM 04:10PM Wed, Sat Year Round
Pyongyang – Shenyang JS 155 11:50AM 12:00AM Wed, Sat Year Round
Shanghai – Pyongyang JS 158 12:30AM 03:50AM Mon, Fri Year Round
Pyongyang – Shanghai JS 157 10:10PM 11:30PM Sun, Thu Year Round
Vladivostok – Pyongyang JS 272 12:20PM 01:00PM Mon, Fri Year Round
Pyongyang – Vladivostok JS 271 08:30AM 11:00AM Mon, Fri Year Round

* Flight is operated by Air China

Trains:

Route Dep. day Dep.time Arrival day Arrival time
Beijing-Pyongyang
(via Shenyang, Dandong, Sinuiju)
Mon, Wed,
Thu, Sat
5:27PM next day 06:45PM
Pyongyang-Beijing
(via Sinuiju, Dandong, Shenyang)
Mon, Wed,
Thu, Sat
10:25AM next day 08:38AM
Beijing-Pyongyang
(transfer in Dandong)
Tue, Fri, Sun 5:27PM next day 06:45PM
Pyongyang-Dandong
(transfer in Dandong)
Tue, Fri, Sun 10:25AM next day 08:38AM