Itinerary – Pyongyang Marathon Mini Tour

April 5-8 2019


2PM or 4PM or 6PM
: The group assembles in our Beijing office for a mandatory pre-tour briefing, which will last approximately 1 hour and is designed so that you will get the best out of your tour.


Fri 5 April – ARRIVAL DAY

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



Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Foreign Languages Bookshop and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Pyongyang. We stop by Kim Il Sung Square, which is Pyongyang’s largest. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through. Next stop is the 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. We will tour the lecture rooms and hopefully get to see a few classes.
PM: Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is where you can learn the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. The museum’s different rooms explain the origins of the conflict, and include highly impressive dioramas, tanks, planes, and much more. USS Pueblo – an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968. 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. Before dinner we swing by Taedonggang No 3 Micro-Brewery and Bar for a well deserved drink.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang



This morning we head straight for Kim Il Sung Stadium for the highlight of the tour: the PYONGYANG MARATHON. This is only the third year that the marathon has been open to amateur runners so get your shorts on, limber up, and start running! You can do a 10km run, half marathon or a full marathon. Running through the streets of Pyongyang with hundreds of local runners is guaranteed to be an amazing experience. Those who are not running can either watch from the streets, and cheer on those participating, or – alternatively – attend a local football match inside Kim Il Sung Stadium (where the marathon also starts and finishes).
PM: After the marathon we will head back to the hotel for a shower, change of clothes and lunch. You can then choose whether to spend the afternoon relaxing at Munsu Water Park (Entrance costs EUR 10) OR take an afternoon city tour of Pyongyang. The city tour starts at the Juche Tower, the highest stone monument in the world. Next, a photo stop at 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. Then we go deep underground for a ride on the 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. This is a great chance to interact with local people. Last visit of the day is to Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. We’ll then head back to the hotel for a farewell dinner and the Koryo Cup Ceremony where our top three runners in each category are awarded prizes.
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 on Sunday. End of Tour.

TOUR COST: $1,090

PRE-TOUR MEETING: Thursday 4 April, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be warm around this time, around 18° C. Raincoat/umbrella advised!
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  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