Itinerary – Party Foundation Day Long Tour

October 8-17 2019

Mon 7 Oct – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

 

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

 

Tue 8 Oct 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

 

Wed 9 Oct – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

 

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun,where North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Men should wear a shirt and tie; women should dress smartly. 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). Foreign Languages Bookshop and take a 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: Kwangbok Supermarket (where you can spend and change your money into Korean Won at the black market exchange rate), Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – Korean War Museum, USS Pueblo – captured USA spy ship,

OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 10 Oct – PARTY FOUNDATION DAY!

 

AM: DPRK Holiday – Party Foundation Day. Today is the 72nd anniversary of Party Foundation. Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Ride on a 1960s trolleybus through the city. Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Juche Tower. At 150m, and topped with a flickering red torch, this is the highest stone monument in the world. Party Foundation Monument – an iconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. Pyongyang Metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. The designs of the main stations are stunning, and particularly notable for their superb lighting and mosaics.

PM: Picnic lunch with the locals in Moranbong Park, located in the centre of Pyongyang. This is a favourite place for locals and during the holiday periods it is not unusual to come across a group of Koreans dancing. Circus Performance or Symphony Orchestra (optional). Expected Mass Dance. University students dress in their finest and gather together in various public spots around Pyongyang to dance together (a great time for young couples to meet for the first time). Pyongyang Golden Lane Bowling Alley.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


Fri 11 Oct – DMZ & KAESONG


AM:
This morning we’ll drive south to the historic city of Kaesong. Panmunjom/DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. 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: Walk through the old and traditional style streets of Kaesong city. Drive out to the Concrete Wall, an observation post deep in the DMZ where you can view South Korean positions and see the anti-tank barrier that stretches across the peninsular. We’ll make our way back to Pyongyang in time for dinner in a local restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


Sat 12 Oct – Mt. Kumgang


AM:
Drive east across the width of the peninsula before heading north to Mount Kumgang. A 6 to 7 hour drive with stops along the way. Tomb of King Tongmyong | Largest of the UNESCO listed Koguryo Tombs spread through the area, this is the beautiful tomb complex of the founder of the Koguryo Dynasty two thousand years ago.
PM: Sijung Guesthouse Beach – Sandy beach on the East Sea of Korea for swimming and relaxing. Samil Lagoon – A charming green-water coastal lagoon lined by pine forests.
Overnight | Mt. Kumgang Hotel, Mt. Kumgang

 

Sun 13 Oct – MT KUMGANG – WONSAN

 

AM: Spend the afternoon hiking in the Mt Kumgang area | ‘The Diamond Mountain’ – a series of peaks and canyons rising above Korea’s eastern seaboard and regarded since time immemorial as one of the most scenic regions in East Asia. A 8 km (round-trip) hike to a scenic ‘Nine-Dragons’ waterfall will take us through forests, along mountain streams and by emerald pools.
PM: Drive north to Wonsan. Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp | A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more! A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more! Jangdok Island and Lighthouse | Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee). Local fishermen flock to this area, chat with them along the way. Also good for romantic evening walks.
Overnight | Songdowon Hotel, Wonsan.

 

Mon 14 Oct  WONSAN – MAJON


AM:
Wonsan City Centre and Docks | Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which one shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here, Kangwon Province Art Gallery | Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists. Wonsan Agricultural University | The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
PM: Tongbong Co-operative Farm | Local farm in the outskirts of Hamhung. View the machinery barn, a local home, and the farm shop to buy some locally made products. Home of Ri Song Gye | Home of the first king of the Ri Dynasty (1392-1910) who extinguished the Koryo Dynasty, only to be then ousted by his own son.
OVERNIGHT: Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon


Tue 15 Oct  PUJON – HAMHUNG


AM:
Pujon Highlands | A scenic drive through the highlands above Hamhung, traditionally considered as one of the ‘Eight Great Sights of Korea’. Home to the Pujon Stone River, a multi-kilometer river of boulders running down the side a mountain and the Okryonsan Revolutionary Site – a base for anti-Japanese guerillas during the colonial period. This region was the sight of some of the most brutal fighting of the Korean War in the middle of the unusually cold winter of 1950. Notice how the local architecture differs from the lowlands beneath.
PM: Hamhung Grand Theatre and Central Square | Exterior view of the DPRK’s largest theatre on the city’s central square. Tonghung Revolutionary Site | Hillside park with statues of the DPRK leadership overlooking Hamhung city centre and the Songchon River. A presentation of flowers is customary.
Overnight | Majon Beach Guesthouse, Majon.


Tue 16 Oct  HAMHUNG – PYONGYANG


AM: 
Hungnam Fertiliser Factory | Massive chemical-industrial plant producing various kinds of fertilisers. Tour of the plant control room, production facilities, and packing plant – just don’t light up next to the Ammonium Nitrate! A bust of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai stands at this complex to note the contributions China made to the development of the plant. Drive back to Wonsan with lunch in Wonsan
PM:  Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at Masik Pass Ski resort for a break and to check out the facilities of the DPRK’s premier ski resort. Munsu Water Park | Take a break at this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Farewell dinner
Overnight | Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.


Thu 17 Oct – 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.

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TOUR COST:
$2,150
DPRK VISA FEE: $75
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday 7th October, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cool in the mornings and evenings but warm during the day, around 20°C.
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. Return 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 for 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


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