The name of the tour says it all. This is the real deal. This entire tour includes the rural northeast of the DPRK which is way off the usual tourist trail and combining the must-see sights of Pyongyang and the DMZ with a connecting domestic flight, something that is certainly a unique experience in North Korea.
Our journey first starts in Beijing where you’ll board our overnight sleeper train to Tumen, a border town of China that lays directly across the Tumen River from the DPRK, only a stone’s throw away. Once arriving we’ll have time to explore this strange town and spend the evening at a local hotel.
The following morning we’ll go through Chinese immigration and become one of the very few western tourists to walk across a bridge into North Korea which was first opened by YPT back in 2012. Here we’ll be met by our friendly local Korean guides and head directly to Wangjaesan Grand Monument, one of the most impressive in the country and a must-see for any fan of grand socialist monuments.
We’ll then make our way to Hoeryong city, a beautiful town famous within the country for ceramics, apricots, and the hometown of Kim Jong Suk (Kim Jong Il’s mother). Other highlights include Kim Ki Song middle school where we’ll involve ourselves in an English class; most of these students have most likely never seen a westerner before.
Next on our agenda will be the infamous Chongjin industrial city, the capital of North Hamgyong province, where we’ll be able to visit a local kindergarten where the workers of the Kim Chaek steelworks factory send their children to study. You’ll also explore the recently renovated square centred in North Korea’s third largest city and the revolutionary museum that holds history on the battle for liberation against the Japanese during WWII.
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 homestay family. We’ll also take advantage of this mountainous region and go for gentle hikes along the peaks for spectacular views. After saying goodbye to our Korean families, we’ll make our way to Orang Airport to board one of the very few domestic flights to Pyongyang city. This concludes our adventure and rare sights of the rural northeast of the DPRK.
Once arriving in Pyongyang, we’ll dig deep into the must-see sights of the capital. We’ll be visiting the Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the Korean War Museum, riding the deep and mystifying Pyongyang Metro, drinking at the local microbreweries, Kim Il Sung Square and much much more. And of course, no trip to North Korea is ever complete without a day visit to the DMZ to see where both North and South Korea separate their land.
And there you have it! All the must-see sights of the DPRK in one very convenient and not to be missed package and one one of our most extensive and rewarding DPRK travel experiences. Be sure to make the most out of your journey by joining our Ordos-Kangbashi Chinese Ghost City tour before our Real Deal tour starts.
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 tour cost and is 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:
|Ticket Class||Original Price (Per Person)|
|3rd Class||€100 / 800RMB|
|2nd Class||€300 / 2,300RMB|
|1st Class||€500 / 3800RMB|
|VIP||€800 / 6000RMB|
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Wednesday 27th October – Korean homestay
Thursday 28th October – Korean homestay
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Sunday 31st October
Monday 1st November
Tuesday 2nd November
Wednesday 3rd November
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Overnight sleeper train to Tumen and back from Pyongyang to Beijing
• Domestic flight from Orang to Pyongyang
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated)
• Pyongyang to Beijing flight
• Extra drinks and souvenirs
• Cost of visas
• Tips for Korean guides and the driver.
• Additional events not listed in the itinerary
• Mass Games Ticket
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