Itinerary - Kim Il Sung Birthday Long Tour

Sat 12th April

AM:
Bus from office to Airport
PM:
Departure with Air Koryo flight JS152 Beijing – Pyongyang from PEK, Terminal 2 at 13:00 , arrive in Pyongyang at 16:25.
Meet guides who will accompany you during your stay, Arch of Triumph –similar to the French version (but bigger)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sun 13th April

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), Kim Il Sung Square (Pyongyang’s largest square in the heart of the city)
PM: Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured in 1968), Foreign Languages Bookshop (read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading), drive to Mt. Myohyang (2 hrs) via Ryongmun Caves (underground grottoes)
OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

Mon 14th April

AM: International Friendship Exhibition (giant subterranean halls of gifts to the DPRK’s leaders), Pohyon Buddhist Temple
PM: Brief hike in the mountains (not-too-strenuous walk in this popular picnic and day-tripping spot with the locals), return to Pyongyang (2 hrs), Paradise micro-brewery (try the local brew)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Tues 15th April

AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: 102nd Birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung - Mansudae Grand Monument (giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Pyongyang Metro (extended ride with the locals on the world’s deepest underground system), 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)
PM: Mansudae Grand Monument (giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Fountain Park, Moranbong Park (to mingle with the locals on this most-important of national holidays), Party Foundation Monument (sculpture of hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush commemorating 50 years of the Workers' Party rule), Kimilsungia Festival (exhibition of flowers named after the late leader), Pyongyang Circus performance, evening events including an expected Mass Dance to mark the occasion
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Weds 16th April

AM: Drive to Kaesong (an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War - 2.5 hrs), Panmunjom/DMZ (where North and South Korea continues their decades old face-off), Koryo Museum (former Confucian college, shows history of the area and relics of the ancient city), local park and pavilions
PM: Tomb of King Kongmin (dynastic king of Korea), Concrete Wall (observation post deep in the DMZ where you can view South Korean positions and see the anti-tank barrier which stretches across the peninsular)
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong (beautiful courtyard hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in traditional Korean style)

Thurs 17th April

AM: Drive to Sariwon (city in the centre of the country - approx 2 hrs), Sariwon Folk Village, Sinchon Town, Atrocities Museum (museum detailing alleged massacre in this area during the Korean War), picnic in Sinchon
PM: Drive through Mt. Kuwol (approx 2 hrs) to Nampo, West Sea Barrage (8km long land reclamation project), onwards to the Hot Spa Hotel
OVERNIGHT: Ryonggang Hot Spa, Nampo (complex of guesthouses where each room has a private bath which can be filled with water direct from the hot springs - said to have many medicinal benefits)

Fri 18th April

AM: Return to Pyongyang (1.5 hrs), Pyongyang 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),
PM: Pyongyang Folk Village (newly opened park full of scale models showcases Korea’s heritage from the past to the present day), Pyongyang Metro (extended ride in the world's deepest underground)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 19th April

Plane option
AM: Flight JS251 departure Pyongyang 10:30AM, arrival Beijing 11:30AM. End of Tour.

Train option (non-US citizens)

AM: 10:10 Train departs from Pyongyang for China
PM: Cross border at Sinuiju/Dandong, those visiting Dandong alight here, train continues to Beijing
OVERNIGHT: On train

Sun 20th April

AM: 08:34 Arrival at Beijing Central Railway Station. End of Tour
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TOUR COST: $2,490
DPRK VISA FEE: $75 (to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Friday 12th April, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cold in the morning and evening but warmer during the day, around 15°C so bring layers.
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane 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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