Itinerary - May Day Long Tour 2016

may day long tour 2016

Fri 29th April - TOUR BRIEFING

4PM: The group assembles in the 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 30th 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)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: May Day 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). Taesongsan Park where we can take part in the local folk festival, join in the games of tug of war and have a go on some local funfair rides!
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. 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. Kaeson Youth Funfair, where you can try out the rides if you’refeeling brave enough!
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. Pyongyang Metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. Stroll from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through. 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. Ttrolley bus ride around the city, in some of the classic 1950s vehicles that still ply their trade on the streets of the DPRK capital. Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace including a 1 hour performance. 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 south to the historic city of Kaesong and check into our hotel before dinner.
: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong (beautiful courtyard hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in traditional Korean style)

Tue 3rd May - KAESONG & THE DMZ 

AM: This morning we’ll walk from the hotel though the old streets of Kaesong up to Janam Hill for views over 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: We’ll then 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. Return to Pyongyang (2.5 hrs)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 4th May - NAMPO  

AM: Jonsong Revolutionary Site, a preserved system of tunnels used as a wartime base by Kim Il Sung in the 1950s. We’ll also visit the Three Revolution’s Exhibition, where there are various exhibition halls showing the achievements from the Technological, Cultural and Ideological revolutions. Pyongyang Feature Film Studios – the Hollywood of the DPRK where some of the most iconic DPRK feature films were shot and produced. Lunch will be a BBQ at Mt Ryonggak. Drive to West Coast.
PM: Chongsan-Ri Co-operative Farm, the DPRK’s most famous farm which was visited a number of times by the President Kim Il Sung. Kangso Mineral Water Factory, where you can see naturally-carbonated water being bottled. On the way to our hotel we go to the West Sea Barrage, an 8km-long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea. We then head for our overnight stop, the Dragon River Hot Spa guesthouse. This is a complex of chalets where each room has a private bath which can be filled with water direct from the hot springs, which is said to have many medicinal benefits.
OVERNIGHT: Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Thu 5th May - PYONGSONG

AM: Drive back to Pyongyang and visit the Museum of Metro Construction: almost as big as the metro itself, this huge exhibition is mainly dedicated to showing the involvement of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in the construction of the capital’s subway system.
PM: After lunch we drive 40 mins north to the town of Pyongsong and stop off at the central square for some photos. We visit Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School (named after the mother of Kim Jong Il). The headmaster here is very welcoming and will take us on a tour of the school, where you can see what middle-school students typically study in the DPRK. Paeksong Revolutionary Site, which is where Kim Il Sung University was moved to in 1952 during the Korean War - a hidden academic base! Pyongsong Taedonggang Clothing Factory, a factory that produces clothes to ship all over the world.
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong 


AM: Pyongsong Foodstuff’s Factory, where you can see a variety of snacks and drinks being produced and packaged. Return to Pyongyang and visit Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.
PM: Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6. 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


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.
TOUR COST: $2,290
DPRK VISA FEE: $75 (to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Friday 29th April, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be chilly in the mornings and evenings but warmer during the day, around 18°C so bring layers.
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