Chinese National Day October Holiday is one of the best times not to be in China, and coincidentally one of the best times to be in North Korea, with less tourists and great weather!
This tour will show you all the must see and do activities around Pyongyang city such as visiting the Mausoleum where President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il lay in state, riding the famous deep Pyongyang Metro, touring the recently renovated Korean War museum and visiting the DMZ!
Our longer tour will take you out of Pyongyang city to a port town called Nampo. Here we’ll be able to see both the industrial and agricultural sides of the DPRK. We’ll also stay at a very relaxing spa resort with a private mineral hot spa in each room as well as trying North Korea’s famous petrol BBQ clams!
During your tour, we’ve been given special access to a Russian Mil Mi-17 helicopter to take for a whirl around Pyongyang city for a unique aerial tour of the capital.
We’ll swoop around the iconic, 105-story Ryugyong Hotel, do a low flyby of the Taedong River passing the Juche Tower, have a great glimpse of May Day Stadium – the world’s largest stadium, and explore the many districts sprawling across the city for fantastic and unique photography opportunities. This joyride is completely optional and is €250 per person on top of the tour costs. If you are interested please let us know while booking.
This proves to be one of our more popular tours, so it is good to book early to secure your spot.
Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Zhong Gu Hotel near Beijing Railway Station found here. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as a great chance to meet your fellow travellers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.
Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Tuesday 1st October
Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:30am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:55pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome.
Dinner at a local Korean restaurant on Ryomyong Street.
Check in and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
Wednesday 2nd October
Walk through Mansudae fountain park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.
Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking the city. (Optional extra- you can present flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to stop 6! Exiting to:
The Arch of Triumph- The largest Victory Arch on the planet- it celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the return of the general Kim Il Sung to his home city.
Lunch at the KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae District – here you can have the chance to sample Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle dish or the Korean traditional Bibimbap amongst other dishes.
Visit the recently renovated Korean War Museum – let the expert local guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks etc, and captured American equipment!
USS Pueblo – The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
Foreign Language Bookshop- Shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign Languages, followed by a brisk walk to:
Kim Il Sung Square – the grand central square of Pyongyang where the military parades are held
Dinner at the Korean Hot Pot restaurant
Overnight in the Sosan hotel
Thursday 3rd October
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
Grand People’s study House- Library and academic centre for adult learners, this grand building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over the central Square
Helicopter Joyride option – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Mil Mi-17 to take on a joyride for a 40 minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city. (250 euros)
Lunch at the Moran Hill Chicken restaurant.
Juche Tower- The tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Monument to the Party Foundation – built in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worker’s party
Stop by the local department store – here we can buy local made items and use the local DPRK Won currency!
Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace- The largest of the schoolchildren’s palaces (extracurricular centres) in the DPRK, we’ll first observe some lessons then watch the amazing performance
Dinner at the National Restaurant with a performance by the friendly waitresses
Spectate the Mass Games – The world’s largest performance is happening again! Ticket prices can be viewed here. Tickets can be purchased and reserved whilst on tour in North Korea.
Overnight at the Sosan hotel.
Friday 4th October
Up nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum- Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ- See one of the tensest places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City- try your hand at traditional Korean Pansangi- a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog soup 5 euro, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 30 euro- can be split between several).
Tomb of King Kongmin- the only original tomb of its kind still standing in the DPRK.
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
Try locally brewed Makkoli in the local tea house
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
Get back to Pyongyang for dinner at the famous Duck BBQ
Kaeson Youth Park (entry 2 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
Taedonggan Diplomat’s club. There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats
Overnight at the Sosan hotel.
Saturday 5th October
Group A flight members depart at 9:00am and arrive in Beijing 9:55am local time.
Group A train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28 (Arriving Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Sunday the 6th).
Group B continues on:
Mangyongdae Native house – Birthplace and former home of the President Kim Il Sung.
Korean National Treasure House- Gift Exhibition Hall for gifts presented to the leaders from Koreans domestically, in the south and abroad.
A gentle hike up Mt Ryangak for a spectacular view of Pyongyang city
Picnic lunch on top of Mt Ryangak
Drive to Nampo city (1 and a half hour drive) – a port city located on the west coast of the Korean peninsula. A fantastic opportunity to see country life as we pass many rural villages on the way
Chongsan Co-operative farm – One of the top co-op farms in the DPRK and a model of the co-op method.
Dinner and overnight at the Ryonggang spa resort with a mineral spa bath in each room! We can also do a clam BBQ which is optional for those who are interested in a uniquely DPRK experience
Sunday 6th October
West Sea Barrage- An astounding example of socialist construction, the barrage was built to keep the salty water of the west sea from rendering parts of the Taedonggang river and surrounding farmland useless, as well as to tame the local sea.
Chollima Steel Complex- One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites- named after the Chollima movement it helped lead.
Kangso Mineral water factory- Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water- with samples!
Drive back to Pyongyang
Lunch at the Hangu harbour hotel
Visit the Meari shooting range for your chance to fire a gun in the DPRK! Pistols, rifles and an automatic rifle (50 US cents per bullet)
Munsu Water Park- With Indoor and outdoor pools and amazing waterslides, the park also features plenty for those who don’t want to swim, including a Haemaji coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards massage or a beauty salon (various services extra charge, swimming and access to the gym, table tennis and billiards is 10 euro)
Walk along the new Future Scientist Street – fun for people watching/photography
Stop by the local Mansugyo bar for cold refreshments and a chance to mingle with Koreans at the bar
Dinner at Potonggang Restaurant
Overnight and drinks at Sosan Hotel
Monday 7th October
Group B flight members depart at 9:00am and arrive in Beijing 9:55am local time.
Group B train members depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28.
Tuesday 8th October
Train arrives in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am