Most people think that this can’t be done, but we’re doing it anyway. YPT is combining a tour to Vietnam, China, North Korea and Russia, and we’re going to be visiting the mausoleums of all the ultimate leaders – Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin!
In three weeks of action-packed communist history, local rural adventure, train rides and stunning scenery, this is not just the Ultimate Leaders Tour, but maybe YPT’s ultimate tour!
We start in Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon – before heading up the coast to Nha Trang and Hue before ending our Vietnam leg in Hanoi. A night train takes us into China’s southwestern Guangxi province where we’ll be hitting up Xingping and Yangshuo, one of the most picturesque parts of the country famed for being on the back of the 20 RMB note.
After seeing the main sights in Beijing we’ll be taking the train to Pyongyang, travelling past the ‘Broken Bridge’ bombed by the US during the Korean War. In Pyongyang, we’ll see even more captured US military hardware, even the USS Pueblo, climb the Juche Tower and have a quick drink in one of Pyongyang’s microbreweries.
Then we head via Beijing all the way to Moscow, where we finish with a dose of Lenin in Red Square, a quick hello inside the Kremlin and the infamous Soviet Statues Graveyard, a fitting place to end the Ultimate Leaders Tour.
|1: Uncle Ho’s Vietnam to South West China
|2: Chairman Mao Zedong, President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il
|3: From Tiananmen Square to Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum
This tour is divided into three groups, you can join any or all groups and there are discounts for ALL return Pioneers!
Group 1: Uncle Ho’s Vietnam to South West China Monday 12th October – Ho Chi Minh City
Monday 12th October – Ho Chi Minh City
Tuesday 13th October – Ho Chi Minh City
Wednesday 14th October – Nha Trang
Thursday 15th October – Nha Trang
Friday 16th October – Hue
Saturday 17th October – The DMZ
Sunday 18th October – Hanoi
Monday 19th October – Hanoi
End of Group A
Tuesday 20th October – Nanning and Xingping
Wednesday 21st October – Yangshuo
Group 2 – Chairman Mao, President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il
Thursday 22nd October – Yangshuo-Beijing
Friday 23rd October – Beijing
Saturday 24th October – Dandong-Pyongyang
Sunday 25th October – Pyongyang
Monday 26th October – Pyongyang-Dandong
Group 3: From Tiananmen Square to Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum
Tuesday 27th October – Beijing
Wednesday 28th October – Train
Thursday 29th October – Train
Friday 30th October – Train
Saturday 31st October – Train
Sunday 1st November – Train
Monday 2nd November – Moscow
Tuesday 3rd November – Moscow
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• All transport to complete tour
• Accommodation on a twin share basis
• All entrance fees unless otherwise specified
• Guide fees
• All meals in China and North Korea (except on train)
• Transport to and from the tour
• Visas if required (YPT can provide visa support)
• Single Supplement (€30/€40 per night)
• Food on the trains, dinners (except in North Korea) and drinks
• Personal spending
• Tips for the Local Guides
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.