Itinerary - Pyongyang Marathon Tour
April 6-11 2017

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Wed 5th April – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

2PM or 4PM or 6PM:
The group assembles in our Beijing office for a mandatory pre-tour briefing, which will last approximately 1 hour and is designed so that you will get the best out of your tour.

Thu 6th April - 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)

OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Fri 7th April - 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: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 8th April - 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. Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Sun 9th April - PYONGYANG MARATHON

AM: This morning we head straight for Kim Il Sung Stadium for the highlight of the tour: the PYONGYANG MARATHON. This is only the third year that the marathon has been open to amateur runners so get your shorts on, limber up, and start running! You can do a 10km run, half marathon or a full marathon. Running through the streets of Pyongyang with hundreds of local runners is guaranteed to be an amazing experience. Those who are not running can either watch from the streets, and cheer on those participating, or – alternatively – attend a local football match inside Kim Il Sung Stadium (where the marathon also starts and finishes).
PM: After the marathon we will head back to the hotel for a shower, change of clothes and lunch. You can then choose whether to spend the afternoon relaxing at Munsu Water Park (Entrance costs EUR 10) OR take an afternoon city tour of Pyongyang. The city tour starts at the Juche Tower, the highest stone monument in the world. Next, a photo stop at the Party Foundation Monument – an iconic sculpture of a hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush which was constructed to celebrate 50 years of Workers’ Party rule. Then we go deep underground for a 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. Last visit of the day is to Mangyongdae Native House – the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Mon 10th April - PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

AM: Mansudae Grand Monuments – the giant bronze statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Foreign Languages Bookshop and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Pyongyang. We stop by Kim Il Sung Square, which is Pyongyang’s largest. This is where the capital’s mass dances take place and the military parades pass through. Next stop is the Grand People’s Study House. Supposedly stocked with over 3 million books, this enormous library/place of study has a great view over Kim Il Sung Square. We will tour the lecture rooms and hopefully get to see a few classes.
PM: Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum is where you can learn the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. The museum’s different rooms explain the origins of the conflict, and include highly impressive dioramas, tanks, planes, and much more. USS Pueblo – an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968. Before dinner we swing by Taedonggang No 3 Micro-Brewery and Bar for a well deserved drink. Farewell dinner is in Pyongyang’s famous Duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

Tue 11th April - 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 Wednesday. End of Tour. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

TOUR COST: $1,890
DPRK VISA FEE: $75
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Wednesday 5th April, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be warm around this time, around 18° C. Raincoat/umbrella advised!
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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