Itinerary - March Budget Tour
March 14-18 2017

tour plan Air Koryo

Mon 13th March - MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

4PM: The group assembles in our Beijing office for a pre-tour briefing, which will last approximately 1 hour and is designed so that you will get the best out of your tour.

Tue 14th March - ARRIVAL DAY

AM: Meet together outside the office (time to be confirmed) and head to Beijing Airport T2 for our flight from Beijing to Pyongyang (1.5 hrs), the showcase capital of the DPRK
PM: Meet guides who will accompany you during your stay, Arch of Triumph – similar to the French version (but bigger) , Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

Wed 15th March - PANMUNJOM/DMZ & KAESONG

AM: After an early breakfast we take a 2.5-hour drive south to Kaesong - historical city near the DMZ. Panmunjom/DMZ where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. It is possible to go into one of the huts that straddle the demarcation line and actually cross over into South Korea! This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of (and even with) members of the DPRK military. Kaesong Koryo Museum, a beautiful old Confucian University, to learn about the history of the area. The stamp shop here is excellent too. Lunch is a traditional pansanggi meal – something like Korean tapas. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, you’ll also have the opportunity to sample Korea’s famous delicacy: ‘sweetmeat soup’ (aka dog meat).
PM: After lunch we drive back to Pyongyang and visit the Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. This is a great chance to mix with local people. There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6.
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

Thu 16th March - PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun,where North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - crafted bronze busts of the country’s anti-Japanese heroes. Foreign Languages Bookshop and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Pyongyang. On our journey, we walk through the heart of the city, and stop by Kim Il Sung Square. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through.
PM: Ride on the Pyongyang Metro, which is the deepest subway system in the world. The designs of the main stations are stunning, and particularly notable for their superb lighting and mosaics. This is a great chance to interact with local people, especially if you are prepared to learn some basic greetings in Korean. Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum where you can learn the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. USS Pueblo – an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968. Juche Tower - 150m tall and topped with a flickering red torch, this is the highest stone monument in the world. Party Foundation Monument – aniconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. We then drive 40 mins north of Pyongyang to the town of Pyongsong for our overnight stay
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong

Fri 17th March – PYONGSONG CITY

AM: After an early breakfast drive to Pyongsong, visit Paeksong Revolutionary Site, which is where Kim Il Sung University was moved to in 1952 during the Korean War; Next stop is Pyongsong Taedonggang Clothing Factory – a factory that produces clothes to ship all over the world .
PM: After lunch we have a short drive to Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School (named after the mother of Kim Jong Il). The headmaster here is very welcoming and will take us on a tour of the school, where you can see what middle-school students typically study in the DPRK. Chat to students in their English class! Drive back to Pyongyang. Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung - before stopping off for a well deserved drink at Taedonggang No3 Microbrewery and bar. Farewell dinner is at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 18th March - DEPARTURE DAY

AM: The flight departs Pyongyang at 09:00 and arrives in Beijing at approx 10:00am. The train departs Pyongyang at 10:40am and arrives in Beijing at approx 08:30am on Sunday. End of tour. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

TOUR COST: $1,290
DPRK VISA FEE: $75 (to be paid at the pre-tour meeting)
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday 13th March, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cold, no higher than 10 °C so bring warm clothes.
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Flight Beijing-Pyongyang, plane/train Pyongyang-Beijing
  2. All meals on the tour except on the train out of DPRK – see below
  3. Hotel accommodations in DPRK
  4. All entry fees
  5. Two guides and a driver per group
  6. All transportation in DPRK
  7. Transportation to Beijing airport prior to departure to DPRK.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE (all payments paid in cash) :

  1. Transportation from your country to Beijing and hotel stay in Beijing
  2. Travel insurance (can be purchased at the pre-tour briefing)
  3. Optional single room supplement of $60 per night (must be booked in advance and can be pre-paid in US with credit card)
  4. Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
  5. DPRK visa fee ($75)
  6. Tip for the guides (approx $7/day)
  7. Meals on the train out of DPRK - (bring your own food or eat dinner and lunch in the buffet car approx $10 per person)
  8. Entry tickets for special events (Revolutionary opera, circus , etc).
  9. The lift up the Juche Tower (approx $6)
  10. Meals will have a complimentary beer but you will have to pay for extra drinks above those provided. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements then please inform us beforehand

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