Itinerary - November Budget Tour
November 14-18 2017

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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 Nov - 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 - Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. 
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang


AM: Drive to Kaesong (2.5 hrs) - an historical city near the DMZ which avoided being destroyed in the Korean War, visit the Panmunjom/DMZ - boundary between North and South Korea, Kaesong Koryo Museum - preserved Confucian museum in the old part of town, stamp shop
PM: Return to Pyongyang, Golden Lane Bowling Centre, where Pyongyang’s residents go for their ten-pin fix. There is also a shooting range next door where you can fire 20 rounds for $6.
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang


Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery (bronze busts of anti-Japanese heroes), Foreign Language Bookshop - read up on what you are seeing here and buy your gifts and night time reading, Kim Il Sung Square (Pyongyang’s largest square in the heart of the city).
Pyongyang Metro (extended ride), Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo (US spy ship captured in 1968), Drive 40 mins north of Pyongyang to the town of Pyongsong for our overnight stay.
OVERNIGHT: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong


AM: After an early breakfast we head out to Paeksong Revolutionary Site, which is where Kim Il Sung University was moved to in 1952 during the Korean War; a hidden academic base! 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. Before lunch stop by for a quick look at the Central Square and Statues.
PM: Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts (including performance) - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, see an excellent performance there. Return to Pyongyang. On arrival we will visit Juche Tower (150m stone monument allowing for stunning views over Pyongyang from the top), Party Foundation Monument (sculpture of hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush commemorating 50 years of the Workers' Party rule). 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. Our farewell dinner will be in Pyongyang’s famous duck BBQ restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel, Pyongyang

Sat 18th Nov - DEPARTURE DAY

AM: The flight departs Pyongyang at 08:30 and arrives in Beijing at approx 10:00am. The train departs Pyongyang at 10:10am and arrives in Beijing at approx 08:40am the following morning.

TOUR COST: $1,290
PRE-TOUR MEETING: Monday 13th November, 4PM, at our office in Beijing
EXPECTED WEATHER: It will be cold during the day and even colder at night. Bring warm clothes. No higher than 10°C.
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.


  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