Itinerary – May Day Short Tour

April 27 - May 2 2019

Fri 26 April – 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.


Sat 27 April – 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: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


Sun 28 April
PYONGYANG CITY TOUR


AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace
of the Sun,where North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery. Here, you will see superb individually- crafted bronze busts of the country’s anti-Japanese heroes, including one of Kim Jong Suk (the mother of Kim Jong Il). Kim Il Sung Square – where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through.
PM: Foreign Languages Bookshop – read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Party Foundation Monument (sculpture of hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush commemorating 50 years of the Workers’ Party rule), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Mangyongdae Funfair
OVERNIGHT:
Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Mon 29 April – KAESONG & THE DMZ


AM:
Walk through the old and traditional style streets of Kaesong city Then we take a short drive (approx 20 minutes) to Panmunjom/DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. It is possible to go into one of the huts that straddle the demarcation line and actually cross over into South Korea! This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of (and even with) members of the DPRK military. Next, we head back to Kaesong and visit the Kaesong Koryo Museum, a beautiful old Confucian University, to learn about the history of the area. The stamp shop here is excellent too. 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: Return to Pyongyang (2.5 hrs), Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. This is a great chance to mix with local people. There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Tue 30 April – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR


AM
: Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. Pyongyang Metro extended ride, which is the deepest subway system in the world. We then visit the Foreign Languages Bookshop for some souvenir shopping before lunch.
PM: 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. Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace including a 1 hour performance. 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. Finally it’s time for a well deserved drink at Taedonggang No3 Microbrewery and bar. Our farewell dinner will be in Pyongyang’s famous duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


Wed 1 May – MAY DAY – PYONGYANG


AM
: DPRK HOLIDAY: May Day Stroll from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square. Traditional folk games and funfair in Taesongsan Park. Take a 1970s vintage tram ride through the city. Juche Tower (150m stone monument allowing for stunning views over Pyongyang from the top), 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. Drive west to Nampo (1 hour).
PM: Moranbong Park, located in the centre of Pyongyang and a real favourite among the city’s residents, who often come here to study, enjoy nature or go on romantic walks. During holiday periods, it’s not unusual to come across groups of Koreans dancing here. Golden Lane Bowling Centre  – where Pyongyangers go for their ten-pin fix, also shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6. As today is a national holiday we expect to see a Mass Dance – university students dress in their finest clothes and gather in various public spots around Pyongyang to dance together. Drive to Kaesong (2.5 hours drive south of Pyongyang)
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong


Thu 2 May – 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 on Friday. End of tour.
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TOUR COST
: $1,550
DPRK VISA FEE: $75(to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Friday 26 April, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cool in the morning and evening but warmer during the day, around 20°C so bring layers.
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


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