Itinerary - Liberation Day Long Tour with charter flight to Mt Paekdu

Wed 10th Aug - 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.

Thu 11th August - 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: Drive to Kaesong (an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War - 2.5 hrs drive), Panmunjom/DMZ (where North and South Korea continues their decades old face-off), Koryo Museum (former Confucian college, shows history of the area)
PM: Concrete Wall (South Korean anti-tank barrier deep in the DMZ), return to Pyongyang
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Jonsong Revolutionary Site, preserved system of tunnels used as a wartime base by Kim Il Sung in the 1950s. Koryo Traditional Medicine Clinic, a hospital specialising in traditional Holistic Korean treatments. Pyongyang Zoo which houses animals from domestic cats to elephants!
PM: Stroll from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square. Korean Central Art Gallery which is located on the square. 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 Paradise Microbrewery and Bar.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang



AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), Foreign Languages Bookshop, leisurely stroll through the streets of Pyongyang. On our journey, we walk through the heart of the city, and stop by Kim Il Sung Square. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through.
PM: Tram ride around the city, in some of the classic 1950s vehicles that still ply their trade on the streets of the DPRK capital. Pyongyang Shooting Range which is where DPRK’s Olympic shooters practice with sports weapons, have a try yourself if you like. Pyongyang Feature Film Studios – the Hollywood of the DPRK where some of the most iconic DPRK feature films were shot and produced. Kaeson Youth Funfair for the chance to try out some rides
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang
OVERNIGHT: Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo


AM: DPRK HOLIDAY: Liberation Day
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. This is where most of the country’s paintings, mosaics and statues are made. Pyongyang Metro (extended ride on the world’s deepest underground system)
PM: Moranbong Park
(where locals go to enjoy the holiday), 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), Golden Lane Bowling Centre  - where Pyongyangers go for their ten-pin fix, also has some early 90s arcade games, expected Mass Dance on Kim Il Sung Square, drive to Nampo (1 hour).
OVERNIGHT: Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo

Tue 16th Aug - NAMPO

AM: West Sea Barrage, an 8km-long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea. Chongsan-Ri Co-operative Farm, the DPRK’s most famous farm which was visited a number of times by the President Kim Il Sung. We’ll have a tour of the farm, which will include a visit to a farmer’s house and a Kindergarten. Kangso Mineral Water Factory, where you can see naturally-carbonated water being bottled. Lunch will be a BBQ at Mt Ryonggak. Return yo Pyongyang
PM: 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 to spend in the shop. 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. Drive to Mount Myohyang (2.5 hours),
OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

Wed 17th Aug - MT MYOHYANG

AM: International Friendship Exhibition - a series of enormous subterranean exhibition rooms housing gifts given to the DPRK’s leaders by foreign political figures, notable figures, politicians and organizations. Pohyon Buddhist Temple (historical holy temple that originates from 1042)
PM: After lunch we’ll hike in Manpok Valley. We will take a 1-2 hour walk up and down the mountains, following a trail that passes waterfalls and unusual rocks, all set in a stunning landscape. Return to Pyongyang (2.5 hours).
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 18th Aug - MT PAEKDU

AM: Charter Flight to Mt. Paekdu (1 hr), Drive to Mountain and ascend to the top by funicular railway
(highest peak in Korea), picnic lunch at crater Lake Chon (highest in the world)
PMPaekdusan Secret Camp
(official birthplace of Kim Jong Il), Rimyongsu waterfalls, Samjiyon Town
Pegaebong Hotel, Samjiyon

Fri 19th Aug - SAMJIYON TOWN

AM: Samji Schoolchildren’s Palace, Samjiyon Grand Monument, drive to Pochonbo
(site of significant battle between Korean guerilla army and Japanese forces), picnic lunch at the battle monument
PM: Return to Samjiyon for flight to Pyongyang, Vienna coffee shop
located on Kim Il Sung Square, farewell dinner at the famous Pyongyang Duck BBQ restaurant
Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 20th Aug - 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.


TOUR COST: $2,990
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Wednesday 10th August, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be hot and and humid around this time with possible rain showers, around 20-25° C Raincoat/umbrella advised!
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  1. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  2. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  3. All meals on the tour except on the train out of DPRK – see below
  4. Hotel accommodations in DPRK
  5. All entry fees
  6. Two guides and a driver per group
  7. All transportation in DPRK
  8. 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 to 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