Itinerary - Party Foundation Day Long Tour 2015



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 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: 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.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: 2.5-hour drive south to Kaesong, 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. Kaesong Koryo Museum, a beautiful old Confucian University, to learn about the history of the area.
PM: Tomb of King Kongmin, the twin-domed tomb of the 31st King of the Koryo Dynasty (AD 918-1392) and his wife. 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.
OVERNIGHT: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong


– On October 10th – the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party there will be a massive military parade in Pyongyang, something that features in the news very often, but happens in real life very infrequently. As we have done in previous years we’ll get you to the best spots around town to see the men and materiel of the Korean People’s Army as they wind their way around town, cheered on by thousands of locals. You can interact with the paraders and the crowds and get some amazing up-close pictures too – don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity – everyone who joins this tour can be there for North Korea’s famous military parade on Oct 10th!

AM: DPRK HOLIDAY - 70th anniversary of Party Foundation Day After breakfast return to Pyongyang, Foreign Languages Bookshop, stroll through the streets of Pyongyang to Kim Il Sung Square, where the capital’s mass dances and the military parades take place Juche Tower - (150m stone monument allowing for stunning views over Pyongyang from the top).
PM: Picnic lunch with the locals in Moranbong Park, located in the centre of Pyongyang. This is a favourite place for locals and during the holiday periods it is not unusual to come across a group of Koreans dancing. Make sure to learn basic Korean (the guides can help with this) to meet and greet people, and you might even get the opportunity to join in. Walk along the Taedong River in the city centre, before stopping off at the 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. Mass Dance - university students dressed in their finest to dance together
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace - Mausoleum where President Kim Il Sung lies in state, Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - bronze busts of the Koreans who died fighting the Japanese occupation, Pyongyang Metro (extended ride in the world's deepest underground)
PM: Mangyongdae Native House - birthplace of the DPRK founder Kim Il Sung. Drive to Nampo (1 hour). Chongsan-Ri Co-operative Farm, the DPRK’s most famous farm, Kangso Mineral Water Factory, where you can see naturally-carbonated water being bottled. West Sea Barrage, an 8km-long dam separating the Taedong river from the West Sea of Korea.
OVERNIGHT: Dragon River Hot Spa Hotel, Nampo


AM: This morning we drive back to Pyongyang and head to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, which is 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.
PM: Mansudae Art Studio, where most of the country’s paintings, mosaics and statues are made. Tram ride around the city. Party Founding Museum, one of the very few public buildings in Pyongyang which survived the Korean War, Walk around Arch of Triumph to Pyongyang GrandTheatre.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Grand People’s Study House, the enormous library with a great view over Kim Il Sung Square. Railway Museum - where you will see an enormous, colourful panorama depicting the construction of the DPRK’s railway network. Jonsong Revolutionary Site, a system of tunnels used as a wartime base for the KPA and their commander Kim Il Sung.
PM: Drive to Mt Myohyang (2 hours), Hike in Manpok Valley, 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.
OVERNIGHT: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang

Wed 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: Return to Pyongyang via Ryongmun Caves, a stunning series of grottoes and subterranean caves. Party Foundation Monument, aniconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush, which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. Paradise Micro-Brewery and Bar and farewell dinner in Pyongyang’s famous Duck BBQ Restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 15th Oct - DEPARTURE DAY

Plane option
AM: Flight JS151 departure Pyongyang 10:30AM, arrival Beijing 11:30AM. End of Tour.

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

Fri 16th Oct

AM: Train arrives Beijing 08:34AM. End of tour.

TOUR COST: $2,290
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Wednesday 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