Itinerary - May Day Long tour

Sat 26th April

AM: Bus from office to airport.
PM: Flight JS252 from Beijing to Pyongyang. 13:00 departure, arrive Pyongyang 16:25, meet your Korean guides who will accompany you during your stay. En route to the hotel stop off at the Arch of Triumph - similar to the French version (but bigger) - commemorates the liberation from Japanese rule.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sun 27th April

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace
(Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), drive to Mt. Ryonggak for scenic views and picnic lunch
PM: Drive to Nampo (1.5 hours), Chonsam-ri co-operative farm (where the Taean work method was developed - they will explain!), Kangso Mineral Water factory, Nampo West Sea Barrage (8km long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea)
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)

Mon 28th April

AM: Return to Pyongyang (1.5 hrs), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Pyongyang Metro (extended ride with the locals on the world's deepest underground system), Kim Il Sung Square (Pyongyang’s largest square in the heart of the city)
PM: drive to Kaesong (an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War - 2.5 hrs), Pakyon waterfalls (popular with locals)
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong (beautiful courtyard hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in traditional Korean style)

Tues 29th April

AM: Panmunjom/DMZ (where North and South Korea continues their decades old face-off), Koryo Museum (former Confucian college, shows history of the area), local park and pavilion
PM: Concrete Wall (South Korean anti-tank barrier deep in the DMZ), Pakyon waterfalls, walking in old Kaesong City, return to Pyongyang in the evening (2.5 hrs)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 30th April

AM: Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured in 1968), 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: Pyongyang Feature Film Studios (also known as Chollywood - see the sets used in the DPRK's feature films), Schoolchildren’s Palace and Performance, Foreign Language Bookshop - read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Paradise Micro-Brewery & bar
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thurs 1st May

AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: May DayMansudae Grand Monument (giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Taesongsan Park
PM: , Moranbong Park (where locals go to enjoy the holiday), expected MASS DANCE in evening, Golden Lane Bowling Centre  - where Pyongyangers go for their ten-pin fix, also has some early 90s arcade games
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Fri 2nd May

AM: Mansudae Art Studio (where paintings, mosaics, statues, etc are made), Korean Revolution Museum (details the history of the DPRK), Museum of Metro Construction (almost as big the metro itself)
PM: Pyongyang National Gift Palace - see gifts given to DPRK’s leaders from Koreans around the world, War Victory Monuments (sculptures of notable events from the war), local Senior Middle School, Kaeson Youth Funfair (the best evening entertainment in the city!)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 3rd May

Plane option
AM
: Flight JS151 departure Pyongyang 09:00AM, arrival Beijing 10:00AM. End of Tour.

Train option (non-US citizens)
AM: Train departs Pyongyang 10:10AM
PM: Cross border at Sinuiju/Dandong
OVERNIGHT: On train

Sun 4th May

AM: Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. 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 25th 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.

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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