Itinerary – Liberation Day Long Tour

August 12-20 2019


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 12 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)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


: Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), Foreign Languages Bookshop, leisurely stroll through the streets of Pyongyang. On our journey, we walk through the heart of the city, and stop by Kim Il Sung Square. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through.
PM: Tram ride around the city, in some of the classic 1950s vehicles that still ply their trade on the streets of the DPRK capital. Pyongyang Shooting Range which is where DPRK’s Olympic shooters practice with sports weapons, have a try yourself if you like. Pyongyang Feature Film Studios – the Hollywood of the DPRK where some of the most iconic DPRK feature films were shot and produced. Drive to Nampo (1 hour).
OVERNIGHT: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo



Thu 14 Aug – NAMPO

West Sea Barrage, an 8km-long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea. Chongsan-Ri Co-operative Farm, the DPRK’s most famous farm which was visited a number of times by the President Kim Il Sung. We’ll have a tour of the farm, which will include a visit to a farmer’s house and a Kindergarten. Kangso Mineral Water Factory, where you can see naturally-carbonated water being bottled. Lunch will be a lamb BBQ at Mt Ryonggak.
PM: Return to Pyongyang, Kwanggbok Supermarket – a large multi-story shop selling all manner of local and imported goods, see locals shopping and join in, here you can even exchange  money at the market rate (unavailable elsewhere) for local currency to spend in the shop. Grand People’s Study House. Supposedly stocked with over 3 million books, this enormous library/place of study has a great view over Kim Il Sung Square. Mansudae Art Studio – The DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence, where the majority of sculptures, mosaics, and paintings around the country are made. Kaeson Youth Funfair – We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more.
Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 15 August – Pyongyang –

AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: Liberation Day
Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. This is where most of the country’s paintings, mosaics and statues are made. Pyongyang Metro (extended ride on the world’s deepest underground system), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung)
Picnic lunch in Moranbong Park (where locals go to enjoy the holiday), Juche Tower (150m stone monument allowing for stunning views over Pyongyang from the top), Party Foundation Monument (sculpture of hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush commemorating 50 years of the Workers’ Party rule), Circus (optional) – A one hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more, expected Mass Dance on Kim Il Sung Square,
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Fri 16 Aug – WONSAN

Fertilizer Factory – a rare chance to see a bit of heavy industry, Home of King Ri Song Gye – one of the rulers of ancient Korea, Hamhung Grand Theatre- the iconic building of the city, dominating  the central area  and bordered by a pleasant lake and park.
PM: Drive to Wonsan (3hrs) –
major city on the east coast of Korea, Wonsan docks and central square – the moored Mangyongbon-92 passenger ship to Japan is based here and the statue of the President overlooking the harbour shows the importance of this port to the DPRK, Songdowon Schoolchildren’s Camp – where Korean children and from several friendly countries spend some weeks in summer, playing and learning, Buddhist Temple, Wonsan Agricultural University
Tongmyong Hotel, Wonsan

Sat 17 Aug – MT KUMGANG

: Drive south approximately 2 hours to the Mt Kumgang area. Upon arrival we take a short walk round Samil Lagoon before having lunch at Mokran Restaurant which is located at the foot of the Kuryong (Nine Dragon) Waterfalls.
PM: We will hike around 2 hours along pathways alongside waterfalls to the first main waterfall. You can take this at your own pace as we will spend a couple of hours in the area so go as fast or as slow as you like. There will be several shuttles back to the hotel and also the option to go to a nearby spa if hiking is not your thing.
OVERNIGHT: Kumgangsan Hotel, Mt Kumgang (internet access available in the telecommunications centre)

Sub 18 Aug

: After breakfast we will drive back along the coast to Wonsan for lunch stopping at a beachside area for a swim if the weather is good.
PM: Drive back to Pyongyang (4 hrs with break at the Sinpyong resthouse halfway), Shooting Range – where DPRK’s Olympic shooters practice with sports weapons , farewell dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


Early morning drive to Kaesong (an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War – 2.5 hrs drive), Panmunjom/DMZ (where North and South Korea continues their decades old face-off), Kaesong Koryo Museum (former Confucian college, shows history of the area)
PM: Walk through the old and traditional style streets of Kaesong city, Concrete Wall (South Korean anti-tank barrier deep in the DMZ), return to Pyongyang
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


: 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.

: $1,790
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Sunday 11 August, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be hot and and humid around this time with possible rain showers, around 20-25° C Raincoat/umbrella advised!
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  1. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  2. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  3. All meals on the tour except on the train out of DPRK – see below
  4. Hotel accommodations in DPRK
  5. All entry fees
  6. Two guides and a driver per group
  7. All transportation in DPRK
  8. 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. Flight Pyongyang-Beijing surcharge $100 extra.
  3. Travel insurance (can be purchased at the pre-tour briefing)
  4. Optional single room supplement of $60 per night (must be booked in advance and can be pre-paid in US with credit card)
  5. Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  6. DPRK visa fee ($75)
  7. Tip for the guides (approx $7/day)
  8. Meals on the train out of DPRK – (bring your own food or eat dinner and lunch in the buffet car approx $10 per person)
  9. Entry tickets to special events (Revolutionary opera, circus , etc).
  10. The lift up the Juche Tower (approx $6)
  11. 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