A Glimpse of North Korea

A Glimpse of North Korea

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 Farther of all Koreans, President Kim Il-Song


Day 1: Beijing - Dandong
Arrival to Beijing. Domestic flight to Dandong, arrival same day. Transfer to a hotel for an overnight.

Day 2: Dandong
City tour in Dandong. Overnight in Dandong.

Day 3:  Dandong (China) - Pyongyang
Depart from Dandong (China) by the international train Dandong - Pyongyang at 9.35 in the morning. Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.45 on the same day. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Pyongyang - Mt. Myohyang - Pyongyang
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Mt. Myohyang, where we visit the International Friendship Exhibition (exhibition of gifts from foreigners to President Kim Il-Song and the leader Kim Jong-Il) and then the nearby Buddhist temple Pohyon. After lunch drive back to the capital - visit to Pyongyang metro - one of the deepest in the world - and the Arch of Triumph - the second tallest in the world, built in 1982. After dinner the evening continues in Pyongyang microbrewery and bar (at own expense). Overnight in Pyongyang.

Day 5. Pyongyang
Today we explore the capital on foot. We visit the incredible Kumsusan Memorial Palace - the Mausoleum of President Kim Il-Song and for the leader Kim Jong Il (tourists must follow a strict dress code - no shorts, no blue jeans and mini-skirts, no T-shirts and sandals). After that visit to Munsu Waterpark Park and then the Monument to Workers’ Party of Korea. Time to observe the capital from the top of Juche Tower (the price of the elevator is paid on spot, not included – about 5 EUR pp). On the program are as well: Taedong Park and Taedong Gate, Ryonggwang Pavillion – one of the 8 scenic wonders of the western part of Korea, Foreign Language Book Shop, Kim Il Sung Square, Mansudae Fountain Park - where we will see the majestic Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. We will also pass by People's Palace of Culture, Pyongyang Ice Rink and the Railway Station. Overnight in Pyongyang.

Day 6. Pyongyang - Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - Kaesong - Pyongyang
After breakfast drive to DMZ, which serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Visit Panmunjom - a village, where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between Koreas. Continue to Kaesong - the only city in Korea, which has preserved its original historical look as it hasn't been destroyed in the Korean War. Walk in Janamsan Park, located on a hill overlooking the city. After lunch we drive back to Pyongyan with a short photo-break at Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification. In Pyongyang we will visit Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - the museum explains the origins of the Korean War. Time to relax in the Golden Lane Bowling Center. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7. Pyongyang - Nampo - Pyongyang
1-day tour to Nampo - the biggest port on the West coast, where we will see the West Sea Barrage - the 8 km barrage is one of the greatest pride of the country. We will visit as well Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the most famous farm here - and Kangso Spring Water Factory - one of the few places where one can see how mineral water is bottled from the beginning to its packaging. Return to Pyongyang for overnight.

Day 8: Pyongyang - Beijing
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Pyongyang Railway Station and depart by the international train Pyongyang - Beijing.

Day 9:  Beijing - departure
Arrival to Beijing in the morning, transfer to the airport (at your expense, your flight should be after 14:00 h) and departure, or extension in Beijing.

The 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)

The price does not include: ►international flights to/from Beijing ► North Korean visa ►Chinese visa (should be double entry) ►insurance ►additional transfers, possible stay in Beijing ► drinks and meals not mentioned ► tips ► personal expenses ►tickets for local performances, circus, Juche tower lift etc., entrance fees for additional sites ►everything else which is not mentioned in the section "The price includes"

Price of extra services: ► single room supplement: 350 Euro ►visa to North Korea: 60 EUR (+ postal expenses and handling fee) ►supplement for optional flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing by Air Koryo: 300 EUR ►

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.