Itinerary - May Day Long Tour
April 30 - May 6 2017

Arch of Thriumph

Fri 29th April - MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

4PM: The group assembles in our Beijing 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)
Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sun 30th April - PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: 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). Kim Il Sung Square - where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through.
PM: Foreign Languages Bookshop - read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Party Foundation Monument (sculpture of hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush commemorating 50 years of the Workers' Party rule), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Mangyongdae Funfair
OVERNIGHT:
Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Mon 1st May - MAY DAY - PYONGYANG


AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: May Day Stroll from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square. Traditional folk games and funfair in Taesongsan Park. Take a 1970s vintage tram ride through the city. Juche Tower (150m stone monument allowing for stunning views over Pyongyang from the top), 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 west to Nampo (1 hour).
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. Golden Lane Bowling Centre  - where Pyongyangers go for their ten-pin fix, also shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6. 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. Drive to Kaesong (2.5 hours drive south of Pyongyang)
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong

Tue 2nd May - KAESONG & THE DMZ
 

AM: Walk through the old and traditional style streets of 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: Return to Pyongyang (2.5 hrs), 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.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 3rd May - PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. Pyongyang Metro extended ride, which is the deepest subway system in the world. 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. Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace including a 1 hour performance. 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. Drive to West Coast
OVERNIGHT: Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Thu 4th May - NAMPO  

AM: 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. Lamb BBQ lunch at Mt Ryonggak
PM: Return to Pyongyang, Schoolchildren's Palace tour and performance , 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. Drive to Pyongsong
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong 

Fri 5th May - PYONGSONG

AM: Pyongsong Central Square and Statues. 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.
PM: Return to Pyongyang, Science and Technology Center, Evening walk along the new Mirae (Future) Street. Farewell dinner in Pyongyang’s Pizza Restaurant!
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 6th May - DEPARTURE DAY

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 next morning. End of tour.
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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.

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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