Come join us as we host one of our most adventurous tours of the year. We’ve specifically designed this tour to give you the best opportunity to not only explore the less visited sights of the east coast but to also grant you a glimpse of everyday life in the DPRK. This tour will also cover the celebrations that’ll take place for their National Day that’ll include mass dancing and fireworks!
The tour will first take you to Hamhung city, the second largest city of the DPRK. Here we’ll explore the east coast’s largest fertiliser factory and some of the heritage sights surrounding the outskirts. During our visit to Hamhung we’ll stay at the Majon resort with a gorgeous beach located at the foot of our own private villas.
Onwards we’ll drop down to Wonsan city, the most famous beach city of North Korea. Here we’ll be able to mingle with the locals on the beach, play beach sports, swim and try some of our favourite soft-serve ice cream in the country.
Once we return back to Pyongyang we’ll visit the Korean War Museum, the Mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, the Juche tower, Kim Il Sung Square and an incredibly unique visit of almost the entire Pyongyang Metro. We’ll explore 13 out of the 16 mysterious metro stations that are spread 100 metres underground the city on both Line 1 and 2! We’ve organised this the day prior to the National Day celebrations which will provide us busy shots of the Pyongyang life underground. Finally to make your Unseen DPRK Tour more complete we’ll also visit the infamous DMZ where we’ll be able to take photos of the soldiers!
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.
During our overnight stays in Pyongyang we’ll be staying at the lavish and super deluxe Koryo Hotel.
So come join us as we show you one of the most in-depth tours into the DPRK!
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 3rd September
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 12:30pm (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 Koryo Hotel.
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.
Wednesday 4th September
Check out and drive to Hamhung city – this city has only recently been opened to foreigners and is the DPRK’s second largest city and a centre of industry on the east coast of the peninsula.
On the way we’ll stop at Sinphyong Lagoon for refreshments and photos.
Picnic lunch at Ulim Waterfall – one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the DPRK.
Visit the Tongbong Co-operative farm – here we’ll see how farmers out in the rural areas work with their latest machinery, visit a family’s home and join the nursery school for classes. Here’s a great chance to bring something nice for the children such as candy, stationary or toys.
Visit the Statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il in the grand square of Hamhung city.
Walk to the pagoda on the hill to overlook the main strip.
Dinner, drinks and overnight at the Majon Resort – here we’ll have our own private beach with other recreational facilities such as billiards and karaoke.
Thursday 5th September
Hungnam Fertilizer Factory – one of the key factories for the agricultural sector, this factory produces much needed fertilizer for the entire east coast
Visit the Hamhung Grand Theatre (exterior) – the largest theatre in the DPRK
Ancient home of Ri Song Gye – founder of the Ri Dynasty
Lunch at Hamhung hotel
Drive down to Wonsan City – the best beach city in DPRKorea! 2.5 hours driving.
Trip highlight! – Swim at Wonsan beach and hang out with the locals!
Walk along the pier to Chok Islet where the locals will be fishing, drinking and enjoying BBQ – we’ll have the chance to eat some locally caught seafood on the pier! Optional 5 euros extra.
Dinner at the famous Wonsan seafood restaurant, a local highlight.
Drinks and overnight in Tongmyong hotel which overlooks the gorgeous bay.
Friday 6th September
Walk around the central square and near the port in the city and see the DPRK Mangyongbong-92 cruise ship with an explanation.
Visit the former Railway Station Revolutionary site where an old Japanese built steam engine rests.
Songdowan International Children’s Union Camp- This recently renovated summer camp was designed for children both in the DPRK and for international guests. It holds a small water park, dormitories, aquatic centre, aviary, track ‘n field and much more.
Lunch at a local Wonsan restaurant to sample some famous local dishes.
Drive back to Pyongyang (5 hours) stopping along the way for refreshments.
Stop by the Tomb of King Tongmyong – the founder of the ancient Goguryeo kingdom.
Dinner at the famous Duck BBQ restaurant in Reunification District.
Drinks and overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
Saturday 7th September
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.
Visit the newly renovated Pyongyang Metro Museum for a detailed insight to the most mysterious metro in the world
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
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 Moranbong Chicken Restaurant.
Trip specialty – explore 13 out of the 16 underground Pyongyang Metro stations of both Line 1 and 2. Tourists visiting Pyongyang rarely have this insight and will be a perfect opportunity to snap some rare shots!
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.
Workers Party Foundation Monument – built in 1995 to signify the 50th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea
Visit Taedonggang Brewery #3 for coffee and local draft beers.
Dinner at Ji Ha Restaurant
Overnight at Koryo Hotel.
Sunday 8th September
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun- The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
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).
Lunch at local hot pot restaurant
Begin drive down to Kaesong city – located only 8km away from the DMZ
On the way stopping at 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.
Check into Korean Folklore Hotel in Kaesong
Dinner, drinks and overnight at hotel
Monday 9th September – National Day
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).
Head back to Pyongyang city
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a circus performance, red orchestra, or possibly some other surprises.
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic DPRK monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
Dinner at a local restaurant to try the famous Pyongyang cold noodles or Korean Bibimbap with a special performance from the waitresses
To be confirmed: We’ll gather in Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks amongst the locals to celebrate today’s event.
Visit Kaeson Funfair – entry 2 euros and ride are 3 – 5 euros.
Drinks and overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel to experience a new hotel in Pyongyang
Tuesday 10th September
Flight members depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo and arrive in Beijing 9:55am.
Train members depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing and enjoy the peaceful countryside of both the DPRK and China.
Wednesday 11th September
Train members arrive 9:00am in Beijing Railway Station.
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated)