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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Group Start Date End Date Price
A October 6th October 12th €995
B October 6th October 14th €1195

 

This year come join us as we take part in all sorts of celebrations happening in Pyongyang for Party Foundation Day holiday including a mass dance, fireworks and any other surprises that are announced during the festivities!

During our tour in Pyongyang we’ll be seeing all the must see sights of the capital such as the Mausoleum where both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, we’ll make our way up to the top of the Juche tower, ride the deep and mysterious Pyongyang Metro, visit the Korean War Museum and much much more.

We’ll also spend a night down in the peaceful Kaesong city. The city is 8km away from the DMZ that separates North and South Korea. Whilst we’re so close to the DMZ we’ll then make our way to Panmumjom (the DMZ site) where we’ll meet our own local Korean People’s Army officer for a detailed tour and history of the site.

Our longer tour will take us up Mt Myohyang, north of Pyongyang, where the very famous International Friendship Exhibition Hall is buried deep into the sacred mountain. This is the place where all the gifts presented to the three leaders of the DPRK are stored and well looked after. We’ll be able to see gifts presented by the US government officials, as well as Dennis Rodman and the Globetrotters! We’ll spend the night up in a hotel by the mountain to enjoy the fresh air and food before returning to Pyongyang and concluding the tour in Beijing.

ITINERARY

Thursday 6th October

  • Meet your YPT guide at 1:00pm at the City Line Hotel on Level 2 located 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.

Friday 7th October

  • 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 (meet the group at Air Koryo check in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:30pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 5:00pm 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.

Saturday 8th October

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.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the KITC restaurant in Mangyongdae district to sample Pyongyang's famous cold noodles or traditional Korean Bibimbap dish
  • 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.
  • Juche Tower- Monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euro to go to the top).
  • Dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant
  • Drinks and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel

Sunday 9th October

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • 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.
Afternoon
  • Lunch at Moran Hill Chicken Restaurant
  • Drive to Kaesong City (2 hours) - this ancient city is only a stone throw away from the DMZ
  • Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
  • On our to Kaesong we'll stop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda, you can also try locally brewed Makkoli in a local bar.
  • Arrive in Kaesong and check into the Kaesong Folklore Hotel
  • Dinner, drinks and overnight at the hotel

Monday 10th October - Party Foundation Day!

Morning

  • Panmunjon DMZ Village- see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armistice 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!
  • 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).
  • Drive back to Pyongyang

Afternoon

  • Party Foundation Monument - this monument marks the 50th anniversary of the Worker's Party of Korea built in 1995
  • Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) - Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any birthday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
  • Participate at Mass Dance ceremony held at the monument. A fantastic unique photo opportunity! Also don’t be shy to jump in and dance with the locals!
  • Dinner at the National restaurant with performance!
  • Watch fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square with the locals!
  • 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 Yanggakdo hotel.

Tuesday 11th October

Morning

  • Group A flight members depart at 08:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
  • Group A train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Wednesday the 12th).

Group B continues on

  • 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.
  • Visit Mansudae Art Studio – the nations most important art work and monuments are created here. This is where we get to meet some of the local artists too.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the New Stamp restaurant
  • Korean Film Studio – where over a thousand films have been produced. Here we'll be able to dress up as characters and explore the backdrops of the film studio
  • Drive out to Mt Myohyang – 2 and a half hours north of Pyongyang
  • Dinner drinks and overnight at Chong Chun Hotel

Wednesday 12th October

Morning

  • Visit the very famous International Friendship Exhibition – two large gifthouses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from people, governments and institutions all over the world. A must see!
  • Pohyon Temple – One of the 5 famous temples of Korea and one of the largest Buddhist temples in the DPRK.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Chong Chun Hotel
  • Ryongmun Cavern – one of the most famous cave complexes in the DPRK the Ryongmun cavern is famous for it’s stalactite and stalagmite formations. Bring a jacket as it gets a little chilly underneath!
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Walk along the Taedong River to see couples walking along the river, old men fishing and children playing in the park. Fun for photo shoots with the locals.
  • Dinner at Dongsong restaurant
  • Kaeson Youth Park (Entry 2 euros, rides 3 to 5 euros extra each depending on how awesome they are).
  • Overnight in Yanggakdo Hotel

Thursday 13th October

Morning

  • Group B flight members depart at 10:00am and arrive in Beijing 11:30am local time.
  • Group B train members depart at 10:10am for Beijing on train K28. (Arriving at 9:00am on Friday the 14th).

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