Itinerary - November Budget Tour 2015

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Mon 16th Nov - 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.

Tue 17th Oct - 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: Flight JS152 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, Mansudae Grand Monument (giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il)
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 18th Nov - PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Foreign Language Bookshop -
read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Kim Il Sung Square (Pyongyang’s largest square in the heart of the city), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured in 1968),
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
(Korean War Museum)
PM: Mansudae Art Studio (
where paintings, mosaics, statues, etc are made), Pyongyang Metro (extended ride), 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), Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung)
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 19th Nov - PYONGYANG & PYONGSONG

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), drive 40 mins north to the town of Pyongsong.
PM: Pyongsong Central Square, Pyongsong Taedonggang Clothing Factory - that produces clothes to ship all over the world. Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School (named after the mother of Kim Jong Il). Return to Pyongyang.
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

Fri 20th Nov - PANMUNJOM/DMZ & KAESONG

AM: Drive to Kaesong (2.5 hrs) - an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War, visit the Panmunjom/DMZ - boundary between North and South Korea,
Koryo Museum
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preserved Confucian museum in the old part of town, stamp shop
PM: Return to Pyongyang, Pyongyang Feature Film Studios (aka North Korea’s version of Hollywood), , Paradise Micro-Brewery & bar, farewell dinner in Pyongyang’s famous duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Ryanggang Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 21st Nov - DEPARTURE DAY

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

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

Sun 22nd Nov

AM: Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. End of tour.
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TOUR COST: $1,190
DPRK VISA FEE: $75
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday 16th November, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cold during the day and even colder at night. Bring warm clothes. No higher than 10°C.
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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