A Glimpse of North Korea 1462 , 5 Days

Explore one of the least known and rarely visited countries in the world on this summer tour!

There is quite simply nowhere on Earth like North Korea. Now on its third hereditary ruler, this nominally communist state has defied all expectations and survived a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet empire. This is your chance to visit the world's most isolated nation, where the internet and much of the 21st century remain unknown, and millions live their lives in the shadow of an all-encompassing personality cult that intrudes on all aspects of daily life. We admire the flamboyant architecture of its socialist capital Pyongyang and stand on the border separating South Korea's peninsula during this fantastic trip through North Korea. This exciting adventure tour offers an unusual insight into the country's political and ideological heritage.

Tour highlights:
Pyongyang – get acquainted with the country's capital and its highligts
Demilitarized zone - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula, at the 38th parallel, that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.
Kumsusan Memorial Palace – the Mausoleum of the Father of all Koreans, President Kim Il-Song


Itinerary:

Day 1: Beijing - Pyongyang
Depart from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.00 (noon) from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrive in Pyongyang at 14.30 local time. Please be advised that the flight schedule is preliminary and due to peak season it may be changed with very short notice. We strongly advise you to arrive to Beijing at least one day before your departure to Pyongyang
Transfer to Pyongyang - the capital city of North Korea and visit Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs' Cemetery - built on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Korean War (1950/53), Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - unveiled in 2013 by the leader Kim Jong Un after massive renovation this museum explains the origins of the Korean War (1950-53) between South and North. 
Dinner and overnight at Yanggakdo International Hotel ****.

Day 2: Pyongyang-Nampo-Pyongyang
Breakfast in the hotel.
On that day you will visit Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the DPRK’s most famous farm, the birthplace of the famous Chongsanri spirit and Chongsanri farming method. West Sea Barrage - built from 1981 to 1986 this 8 km barrage is a source of pride in the DPRK. After lunch you will direct to Kangso Spring Water Factory - one of a few places to see how mineral water is bottled from its beginning to its packaging. Drive back to Pyongyang and visit the Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square where Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. Taedong Park - a great place, just a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square. Pyongyang microbrewery and bar - try several types of locally brewed beer and wide variety of international cuisine (at your own expense).
Dinner and overnight at Yanggakdo International Hotel ****.

Day 3:  Pyongyang-Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)-Kaesong-Pyongyang
Breakfast and visit of Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum of president Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il. Drive to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, it is one of the most militarized area on our planet. Visit Panmunjom - a village where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between the DPR Korea and the United Nation Command. Visit the blue tent-like building located exactly on the borderline between Koreas. You can walk around the conference room and hop from South to North Korea while you are in this building. This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of the DPRK military. Transfer to Kaesong - capital of Korea up to the 15th century. Kaesong is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn't been destroyed during the Korean war. It is a home for 12 historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kaesong is considered to be home of Koryo insam (ginseng) and so be prepared to buy some of the best insam in the Far East. Walk in Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong. Sonjuk Bridge will be the first sight after the lunch - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to Tomb of King Kongmin - UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the original mausoleum of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty - King Kongmin and his Queen dated back to 14th century. Drive back to Pyongyang.
Dinner overnight at Yanggakdo International Hotel ****.

Day 4. Pyongyang
Breakfast in the hotel.
Mansudae Fountain Park - composed of many beautifully designed in shape of dancing women fountains, this park is a place to enjoy jets of water reaching up to 80 meters. Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders standing in the center of the composition with two monuments titled "Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle" and "Socialist Construction" on both sides. Juche Tower - at 150m it is the highest stone monument in the world. Take elevator to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Pyongyang (optional, 5 Euro p/p).
Lunch.
Monument to Workers' Party of Korea - opened in Juche 84 (1995) the monument depicts the hammer, sickle and brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest subways in the world, it was designed to serve as a bomb shelter in case of war. Arch of Triumph - built in 1982 to commemorate President Kim Il Sung’s role in resisting Japanese rule, it is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world. Mass Dance - one of the most well known images of North Korea: students of local universities get on the main city's squares and dance dressed in traditional Korean suit. Farewell dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant.
Expected fireworks on the occasion of the National Day. Overnight at Yanggakdo International Hotel ****.

Day 5. Pyongyang - Beijing
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport and depart by Air Koryo flight JS 151 Pyongyang-Beijing at 8.30 in the morning from Pyongyang Airport. Arrive in Beijing at 09.55 in the morning (local time). Please be advised that the flight schedule can be changed with very short notice. Therefore we strongly advise not to book your flight from Beijing to the next destination earlier than next day.

End of the tour.

 

Practical information: ►One should be properly dressed when visiting places considered to be holly ► Please note that from time to time the itineraries may be slightly changed, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You are not allowed to go out on your own, especially in the evenings unless it is specified in your program in advance. You will be part of an international group. ► Cell phones are allowed in North Korea since 1st January 2013. However there is no International Roaming and you have to buy a local SIM card (about 120 USD) ►You can also bring professional camera, laptop or tablet. However a customs officer might decide to check them and ask you to delete photos or files. ►Bring EUR, USD or Chinese RMB in cash - preferably in small bills. Credit cards cannot be used ►GPS devices and radio equipment are not allowed. ►You can bring some small presents/souvenirs for the Korean guides and local children. Men appreciate cigarettes (most Korean men smoke) and women like inexpensive cosmetics. Children like chocolate, ball-point pens

Visa: ►All tourists need visa to North Korea. Depending on your nationality and when you book the tour we can apply for your visa in advance in Sweden. We will need your passport, a colourful passport size photo (45 mm x 35 mm) and a filled application form, sent by Registered or Express mail. The fee for the visa itself is 60 EUR, plus the poastal expenses. Another option is to apply for your North Korean visa in China and you will pick it up upon arrival to Beijing one day prior to the departure to North Korea. The visa is issued as a separate document called Tourist card, on which all stamps will be put. ►As of January 1, 2013, citizens of 45 countries do not need to apply for a visa to China if they: 1. traveling in transit via Beijing to third countries (eg North Korea) from Beijing Capital Airport, 2. have confirmed onward flights out of Beijing to a third country (eg North Korea and your next destination after North Korea) within 72 hours after arrival in Beijing, 3. do not leave Beijing during these 72 hours. Visa-free transit is not applicable if you arrive or leave China by train or any other mode of transport than air. If you plan to stay for more days in China or you don't need arrive/leave by plance then you need a visa - please, contact your local embassy for more information. ►After you confirm booking the tour, please, send to us by e-mail colourful scanned copy of your passport, scanned copy of your photo, scanned copy of your employment certificate, scanned copy of the signed agreement with photo and video usage policy - we will send you all document forms/templates after you book your tour. 

 


Price Includes:
Flight ticket Beijing - Dandong
2-night accommodation in a double room at standard hotel in Dandong with breakfast
City tour in Dandong with English speaking local guide and transfers in Dandong
Train ticket Dandong - Pyongyang - Beijing
Accommodation in a double room at Standart hotel in North Korea with full board
All ground transportation (acc. to program) in North Korea
English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees in North Korea (acc. to program)
English speaking tour leader from Penguin (at min. 8 persons)

Not Included:
The DPRK visa fee
Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
Your stopover expenses in Beijing
Optional single room supplement (40 Euro per night)
Your private expenses
Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus,funfairs,opera or Juche tower lift
Tips for Korean guides and driver (10-15 Euros per day)


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A Glimpse of North Korea (Rated 4.79 / 5 Based on 267 Reviews.)
Price
1462 EUR
Duration
5 Days
Single Supplement
192 EUR
Status
Open for booking
The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Penguin Travel reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in the DPRK are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Penguin Travel be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
8-12 persons
Reservation System Code
NORTH KOREA
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