This is one of our most exciting trips of the year as we’re spicing up our annual North Korean Grand National Day tour! We’ll not only be heading into Pyongyang for the massive national day celebrations marking North Korea’s Independence, we’ll then take you well off the beaten track by boarding an Air Koryo domestic flight to the far north east of the DPRK to the third largest city, Chongjin. You’ll explore the largely rural province of North Hamgyong and spend two evenings with a North Korean homestay family within the spectacular Chilbo mountain range.
During your stay in Pyongyang, you’ll be catching all the must see sights of the capital such as Kim Il Sung Square, exploring the deep mysterious Pyongyang Metro, visiting the Mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state, the Korean War Museum, the Juche Tower, Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace and much more.
On National Day we’ll be taking part in every facet of the celebration process including spectating and partaking in the mass dance event involving over 3,000 university students, possible parades, fireworks and numerous other celebrations in Pyongyang.
Once the celebrations are over in Pyongyang, you’ll board our Air Koryo flight to Orang county located in the northeast. You’ll spend an evening in Chongjin city – the capital of North Hamgyong province and most famous in the country as the industrial and fishing leading city. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the recently renovated square, the revolutionary museum that holds history on the battle for liberation against the Japanese during WWII and stop by a local kindergarten where the workers of the Kim Chaek steelworks factory send their children to study.
Your next destination is Mt Chilbo, famous for its incredible nature of both land and sea. Here we’ll indulge in the only homestay available in the country for two nights. This one of a kind experience will lead us to spend your time eating, drinking, playing sports and exchanging photos with your North Korean home stay family. We’ll also take advantage of this mountainous region and go for gentle hikes along the peaks for spectacular views.
After a farewell with your Korean family, we’ll make one last stop in the province to Gyongsong, a small city most famous for its mineral spa waters and revolutionary sites. We’ll then continue onto Orang Airport to board our return flight back to Pyongyang. This concludes our adventure and rare sights of the rural northeast of the DPRK.
No trip to North Korea is complete without visiting Panmunjom Village (the DMZ) and going further off the DMZ tourist path to view the secretive and controversial concrete wall.
The Mass Games, the world’s largest performance with over 100,000 performers is expected to take place during this tour! Now is your chance to watch this grand spectacular performance. Tickets are on-top of the tour cost and are paid in cash during your tour in Pyongyang. We highly recommend securing your spot on tour early as we expect spaces to fill up very quickly.
Ticket costs for Mass Games below:
Original Price (Per Person)
|3rd Class||€100 / 800RMB|
|2nd Class||€300 / 2,300RMB|
|1st Class||€500 / 3800RMB|
|VIP||€800 / 6000RMB|
Don’t waste this perfect opportunity to explore a part of Korea that’s mostly forgotten by tourists while also joining us for all the festivities!
Monday 6th September
Tuesday 7th September
Wednesday 8th September
Thursday 9th September – National Day holiday
Friday 10th September
Saturday 11th September – North Korean home stay
Sunday 12th September – North Korean home stay
Monday 13th September
Tuesday 14th September
Wednesday 15th September
Thursday 16th September
Friday 17th September
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• Return Air Koryo domestic flights
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides.
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).
• Beijing/Pyongyang Flights.
• Extra drinks and souvenirs.
• Cost of visas.
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary.
• Cost of Mass Games ticket
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.