Itinerary – Late August Budget Tour

August 27 - September 1 2018

Sun 26 August – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING


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.


Mon 27 August – 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 – Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang.
OVERNIGHT: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang

 

Tue 28 August – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace – Mausoleum where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie 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 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. Next we visit the 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 – an iconic 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: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 29 August – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR AND CYCLING

AM: Mansudae Fountain Park – The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Mansudae Grand Monument – Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. Pyongyang Metro Tour – One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. Arch of Triumph – Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Mangyondae Native House – Birthplace of and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
PM: Kwangbok Department Store – Exchange for Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
City Cycling – Tour Pyongyang on a bike (please note that bicycles are limited to 20 spots) starting from Kwangbok Department Store through downtown Pyongyang to Munsu Water park stopping at: Kim Il Sung Square – Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museum and The Grand People’s Study House, Korea’s national library. See the centre of it all! Tower of the Juche Idea – Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for 5 EUR for great views of the city. Monument to the Party Foundation – Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush  which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
Munsu Water Park – We’ll take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR). Taedonggang Bar No. 3 – Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).
OVERNIGHT: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang


Thu 30 August – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace – Mausoleum where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie 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 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. Next we visit the 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 – an iconic 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: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang

 

Fri 31th August – PANMUNJOM/DMZ & KAESONG


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.
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: Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Pyongyang


Sat 1 September – DEPARTURE DAY


AM
: The flight departs Pyongyang at 08:30 and arrives in Beijing at approx 10:00am. The train departs Pyongyang at 10:10am and arrives in Beijing at approx 08:30am next morning. End of tour.
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TOUR COST
: $1,490
DPRK VISA FEE: $75 (to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Sunday 26th August, 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.


TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  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