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DPRK Summer Tour

Group A Dates: August 4 - August 9 2014

Group B Dates: August 4 - August 12 2014

Group C Dates: August 4 - August 14 2014

Group A Price: 895 Euros // Group B Price: 1195 Euros // Group C Price: 1495 Euros

Group D Dates: August 4 – August 16 2014 // Group D Price: 1695 Euros

Join us for our biggest and most exciting summer adventure yet in the DPRK. This is without doubt our most popular tour of the year, with our last three years being fully booked. Not wanting to herd you round like cattle, tour buses are capped at 25, at 26 the tour splits into two! Maximizing everyone’s fun and taking away too much of a group feeling.

For those with the energy this is the perfect time to do an extended tour, with those on group B, C and D visiting the beautiful Nampo and its therapeutic hot spa resort on the west coast, as well as an orphanage, and a tour of one of the lesser visited cities. We’ll also stop by the recently opened Pyongsong city to visit the local schools and museums, but also stopping on the way to enjoy scenic countryside, and some of the smaller towns.

Group C and D will continue over to the other side of the country to the east coast city of Wonsan. Here we’ll enjoy the sun and beautiful beach with the locals, a delicious barbecue picnic, and even a friendly challenge of beach football with the locals.

Our super long spectacular tour for Group D takes us to Mt Myohyang where the astonishing Friendship exhibition is built into the mountain and holds gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from other nations. This is a definite must see for any visit to North Korea.

Itinerary

Monday 4th August

  • Meet your YPT guide at 1:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Beijing City Central Hostel to go through the itinerary, receive visas and tickets etc. (Go past front desk and take the lift to the 3rd floor and go left to the bar area).
  • Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.

Tuesday 5th August

  • Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12.55pm (Check in at counters C11-C15).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 5:30pm to an equally warm welcome.
  • In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
  • Dinner and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.

Wednesday 6th August

Morning

  • 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 to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional extra- you can present flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).
  • Foreign Language Bookshop- with a large selection of books in English and other European Languages as well as other souvenirs followed by a short walk to:
  • Kim Il Sung Square the central square of Pyongyang city and the place where all the action happens.
  • Juche Tower- Monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euro to go to the top).
  • Party Foundation Monument.
  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace- The largest of the schoolchildren’s palaces (extracurricular centres) in the DPRK, we’ll first observe some lessons

Afternoon

  • Lunch in a local Hot Pot restaurant.
  • Pyongyang Metro- ride 5 stops on the famous Pyongyang Underground!
  • Exiting at the Arch of Triumph- the largest Victory Arch in the world, built to celebrate the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung after the Anti-Japanese war.
  • 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!
  • Korean war Monument
  • USS Pueblo- The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.
  • Dinner at the Famous Lamb BBQ restaurant with performance!
  • Visit the Taedonggan No.3 Bar with a variety of microbrews on tap (1.5 euro a pint)
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Thursday 7th August

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The resting place for the President Kim Il Sung and the General Kim Jong Il.
  • Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery- The resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Gold Cup Restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Drive to Kaesong City.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Kaesong Folklore hotel.

Friday 8th August

Morning

  • Panmunjon DMZ Village- see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armstice was signed all in the company of a friendly KPA officer guide (You can also take pictures of soldiers here!)
  • Koryo Museum- the oldest university in Korea and now a converted museum of local history. Also the site of the best propaganda and stamp/postcard shop in the DPRK!

Afternoon

  • 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 it’s kind still standing in the DPRK.
  • Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
  • Dinner at the KITC Restaurant in Mangyongdae
  • Kaeson Youth Park (entry included rides 1.5-3 euro each)
  • Taedonggan Diplomats Club- The only place (excluding hotels and their car parks) where you can party into the small hours.
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Saturday 9th August

Group A Depart:

  • Group A flight members depart at 09.00 am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 09.55 am Beijing time).
  • Group A train members depart at 10.40 am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 09.00am on Sunday the 10th).

Group B, C. D:
Morning

  • National Treasure House- Showcasing gifts given to the leader’s be DPRKoreans, South Koreans and Overseas Koreans.
  • Drive to Nampho City.
  • Chollima Steel Complex- One of the DPRK’s most famous industrial sites- named after the Chollima movement it helped lead.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Hangu harbour hotel.
  • Chongsan Co-operative farm- One of the top co-op farms in the DPRK and a model of the co-op method.
  • Kangso Mineral water factory- Home to the DPRK’s most famous sparkling water- with samples!
  • Nampo Orphanage- If you wish you can bring some infant formula for the infants here, they will really appreciate the donation.
  • Dinner and Overnight at the Ryonggang hot spa hotel- with a mineral spa in each room!

Sunday 10th August

Morning

  • 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 Taedonggan river and surrounding farmland useless as well as to tame the local sea.
  • Nampo beach- for swimming and beach sports with the locals!

Afternoon

  • Picnic Lunch at the beach then back to Pyongyang.
  • Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley (Optional extra 2.5 euro to bowl)
  • Rakwon Department Store
  • Rakwon Beer Bar- home of some of the cheapest draft pints in Pyongyang (.5 euro each!)
  • Dinner at the Pyongyang Pizza Restaurant. (extra charge usually 7-10 euro each)
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Monday 11th August

Morning

  • Drive to Newly Opened Pyongsong City!
  • Paeksonri Revolutionary Site- The wartime location of Kim Il Sung University.
  • Paeksonri Foodstuffs factory- This factory produces a wide variety of goods, largely from Corn.
  • The central Square of Pyongsong City and Statue of the President Kim Il Sung

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Jangsusan Hotel
  • Kim Jong Suk Middle School Number 1- Here you can meet English students and even teach an impromptu class if you like.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Dinner at the Famous Duck BBQ Restaurant
  • Karaoke and overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

Tuesday 12th August
Group B Depart:

  • Group B flight members depart at 09.00 am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 09.55 am Beijing time).
  • Group B train members depart at 10.40 am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 09.00am on Sunday the 13th).

Group C, D:
Morning

  • Pyongyang Maternity Hospital- The top Maternity hospital in the DPRK.
  • Pyongyang Number 1 Middle School (with performance!)

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the original KITC Restaurant.
  • Drive to Wonsan City (4.5 hours including a rest/scenic stop).
  • Walk out to Chok islet along the pier, where the locals will be enjoying BBQ and plenty of Soju.
  • Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant in the city.
  • Overnight at the Tongmyong hotel.

Wednesday 13th August
Monring

  • Walk around the central square and near the port in the city.
  • Visit the former Railway Station Revolutionary site
  • Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp- Summer camp for children both in the DPRK and for international guests.
  • Wonsan University of Agriculture- one of the top agricultural universities in the DPRK.
  • Wonsan People’s park.
  • Lunch at the Tongmyong hotel.

Afternoon

  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
  • Ulim Waterfall- one of the most famous waterfalls in the DPRK also a good spot for our picnic lunch.
  • Tomb of King Tongmyong
  • Dinner at the New KITC restaurant in the Mangyongdae area.
  • Rungna Island Funfair (entry 2 euro rides 1.5-3 euro each)
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.

Thursday 14th August – Liberation Day

Group C Depart:

  • Group C flight members depart at 09.00 am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 09.55 am Beijing time).
  • Group C train members depart at 10.40 am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 09.00am on Friday the 15th).

Group D:
Morning

  • Drive out to Mt Myohyang (2.5 hours).
  • Visit the International Friendship Exhibition- Two large gifthouses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
  • Pohyon Temple- One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Hyangsan Hotel.
  • Street Walk around Hyangsan town.
  • Ryongmun Cavern- One of the most famous cave complexes in the DPRK the Ryongmun cavern is famous for it’s stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang.
  • Dinner in a city restaurant.
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.

Friday the 15th August – Liberation Day
Morning

  • Mansudae Art Studio- Home of the DPRK’s top artists and where all the monumental structures and statues are built/designed.
  • Korean Film Studio- The main film production centre of the DPRK.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Moran Hill Chicken Restaurant
  • Trip Highlight! Join the locals at Moran Hill to celebrate Liberation Day.
  • Mangyongdae Native house- Birthplace and former home of the President Kim Il Sung.
  • Expected Mass dance.
  • Expected Fireworks Display.
  • Dinner at the Okryugwan one of the most famous restaurants in the DPRK (extra charge).
  • Overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.

Saturday 16th August
Group D Depart:

  • Group D flight members depart at 09.00 am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 09.55 am Beijing time).
  • Group D train members depart at 10.40 am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 09.00am on Sunday the 17th).

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