Itinerary - May Day Long tour

may day long tour 2015

Mon 27th April

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.

Tue 28th April

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: 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

Wed 29th 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),
PM: Koryo Museum (former Confucian college, shows history of the area), Tomb of King Kongmin (dynastic king of Korea), Return to Pyongyang (2.5 hrs)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 30th 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), Foreign Language Bookshop - read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading
PM: Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured in 1968), Schoolchildren’s Palace and Performance, Kaeson Youth Funfair (the best evening entertainment in the city!)
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong (beautiful courtyard hotel where guests sleep on heated floors in traditional Korean style)

Fri 1st May

AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: May Day Mansudae Grand Monument (giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung), Taesongsan Park where we can take part in the local folk festival,
PM: Moranbong Park (where locals go to enjoy the holiday), expected Mass Dance, drive to Mt, Myohyang (2 hrs)
OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

Sat 2nd May

AM: International Friendship Exhibition (giant subterranean halls of gifts to the DPRK’s leaders), Pohyon Buddhist Temple, picnic in the mountains
PM: Light hike
in the stunning mountains, return to Pyongyang (2 hrs), Paradise Department Store, Micro-Brewery and bar.
OVERNIGHT:
Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sun 3rd May

AM: Pyongyang Metro (extended ride in the world's deepest underground), Museum of Metro Construction (almost as big the metro itself), tram ride around the city.
PM: Grand People’s Study House - stocked with over 3 million books, Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. There is also a shooting range next door. Drive to western city of Nampo (1 hour)
OVERNIGHT: Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Mon 4th May

AM: West Sea Barrage – an 8km-long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea. Kangso Mineral Water Factory – where you can see naturally carbonated water being bottled. Chongsan-Ri Co-operative Farm – the DPRK’s most famous farm. Return to Pyongyang (1 hour)
PM: 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), Mansudae Art Studio (where paintings, mosaics, statues, etc are made), Farewell dinner in Pyongyang’s famous Duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Tue 5th 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 6th 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: Monday 27th 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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