Itinerary - Party Foundation Day Long Tour 2016



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.

Sat 8th 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: Meet guides who will accompany you during your stay, Arch of Triumph – similar to the French version (but bigger)
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


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). Foreign Languages Bookshop and take a 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: Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Trolley bus ride around the city, in some of the classic 1950s vehicles that still ply their trade on the streets of the DPRK capital. Pyongyang Feature Film Studios – the Hollywood of the DPRK where some of the most iconic DPRK feature films were shot and produced. Pyongyang Shooting Range which is where DPRK’s Olympic shooters practice with sports weapons, have a try yourself if you like.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Today is the 71st anniversary of Party Foundation
. Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Juche Tower. At 150m, and topped with a flickering red torch, this is the highest stone monument in the world. Party Foundation Monument – an iconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. Pyongyang Metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. The designs of the main stations are stunning, and particularly notable for their superb lighting and mosaics.
Ppicnic lunch with the locals in Moranbong Park, located in the centre of Pyongyang. Expect Mass Dance taking place. University students dress in their finest and gather together in various public spots around Pyongyang to dance together. We’ll round off the celebrations with a drink in a local bar driving south to the historic city of Kaesong to check into our hotel before dinner.
: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong


AM: Walk from the hotel though the old streets of Kaesong up to Janam Hill for views over 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. 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:We’ll then drive out to the Concrete Wall, an observation post deep in the DMZ where you can view South Korean positions and see the anti-tank barrier that stretches across the peninsular. We’ll make our way back to Pyongyang in time for dinner in a local restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: 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. Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. This is where most of the country’s paintings, mosaics and statues are made. We will also have a guided tour of the Party Founding Museum before lunch.
PM: 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. Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6. We then drive 40 mins north of Pyongyang to the town of Pyongsong for our overnight stay.
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong

Thu 13th Oct - PYONGSONG

AM: 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. Central Square and Statues before lunch.
PM:After lunch we have a short drive to 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. We will drive to Mt Myohyang, the Mountain of Mysterious Fragrance, two hours north of Pyongyang.
OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

Fri 14th Oct - 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 organizationsthous. Thousand-year-old Pohyon Buddhist Temple - destroyed during the Korean War, but was rebuilt as a working temple, complete with North Korean monks.
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. We head back to Pyongyang and stop off for a well deserved drink at Taedonggang No3 Microbrewery and bar before our farewell dinner which will be in Pyongyang’s famous duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 15th Oct - DEPARTURE DAY

AM: The flight
departs Pyongyang at 08:30 and arrives in Beijing at approx 10:00am. The train departs Pyongyang at 10:10am and arrives in Beijing at approx 08:30am next morning.


TOUR COST: $2,290
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Friday 7th October, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cool in the mornings and evenings but warm during the day, around 20°C.
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  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. Mass Games ticket (from $100)
  7. Tip for the guides (approx $7/day)
  8. Meals on the train out of DPRK - (bring your own food or eat dinner and lunch in the buffet car approx $10 per person)
  9. Entry tickets for special events (Revolutionary opera, circus , etc).
  10. The lift up the Juche Tower (approx $6)
  11. 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