Itinerary – Party Foundation Day Long Tour

October 9-16 2018

Mon 8 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 9 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 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

Thu 11 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


Fri 12 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 13 Oct – PYONGYANG CITY AND DRIVE TO MT. MYOHYANG


AM: Science and Technology Centre
Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages,  Jonsung Revolutionary Site A system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by Korean government’s cabinet during the 1950’sGrand People’s Study House National library and public university in traditional Korean style.
PM: Drive approx. 2 ½ – 3 hour drive north passing rivers valleys and hills to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance.
Overnight: Chongchon Hotel. Mt. Myohyang.

 

Sun 14 Oct – MT MYOHYANG

 

AM: International Friendship Exhibition. Built in 1978, these two huge subterranean halls are filled with gifts to the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, presented to them by people from all over the world, including heads of state, as well as ordinary citizens. Pohyon Buddhist Temple. It was destroyed during the Korean War, but was rebuilt as a working temple, complete with North Korean monks.
PM: Manpok Valley hike in the mountains. Drive to Pyongsong (1.5 hours) – satellite city of Pyongyang.
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong

 

Mon 15 Oct  PYONGSONG PYONGYANG


AM: Statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Local primary school – 
tour of classrooms, demonstration rooms, dance and music halls, and gymnasium. Paeksong Revolutionary Site – Location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war. Return yo Pyongyang

PM: Pyongyang Feature Film Studios (also known as Chollywood – see the sets used in the DPRK’s feature films), Mansudae Art Studio – where paintings, mosaics, statues, etc are made, Drinks in Taedonggang Bar and Microbrewery No 3, Farewell dinner at famous Duck BBQ restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

 

Tue 16 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:
$2,390
DPRK VISA FEE: $75
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday 8th 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. 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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