Our Story

Rocky Road Travel is a Berlin based travel company that provides a gateway to some of the world’s least visited and misunderstood countries. We specialise in trips to North Korea, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Socotra & Pakistan amongst others.

Our Mission

To open the curtain and shed light on some of the world’s most stigmatized places. Places that are often described as dangerous and inaccessible, we will go beyond the rhetoric and show you the true side to these countries.

We do so by promoting a sustainable way of travelling. We have a climate positive workforce & only work with small local partners in each country. We are aiming to offset all carbon emissions to make our tours climate positive. See our partnership with Ecologi for more info.

Our Tours

Our tours are small groups that start and finish in the same country and are always run by a local and western English speaking guides.

Our dates are chosen with specific events in mind so that you’re sure to be in the country during the best time of the year.

We only offer destinations that we have personally conducted research trips. All tours are tried and tested.

All itineraries are designed with safety as a priority as well as an emphasis on genuine local interaction. Every tour is a guaranteed departure.

Shane Horan, founder of Rocky Road Travel receiving the pin of North Korean leaders

Irish born Shane has over 10 years experience in the travel industry and has specialized in lesser visited destinations for half of that time. He holds a MA in International Relations with a focus on so-called “rogue states”. He has led tours into North Korea over 50 times gaining incredible access to the country over that time. He is also a widely published photographer and blogger.  

“Rocky Road was created for the purpose of going beyond the rhetoric and showing others the true picture. I can’t wait to show you the different side of these countries I have experienced and fallen in love with dozens of times.”

  • 5 star review  Shane, the founder of Rocky Road Travel, was my guide in North Korea. The trip was smoothly run with a great itinerary. That you have even heard of the tour firm shows that you stand out as someone adventurous and well travelled - consequently you will be in for a real treat with the firm's adventures - not only because of the destinations, but also because of the self selecting group of like minded companions you will meet. I'm already looking to book my next year's trip with Rocky Road.

    thumb Michael Holder

    5 star review  Excellent tour company with an amazing selection of tours to choose from. Highly recommended !

    thumb Philippe LE GAL
  • 5 star review  The tour was absolutely complete! The tour guides were really friendly and professional. The payment and booking process was very simple. Worth it 101% 🙂 Thank you for the unique experience Rocky Road!!

    thumb Adriana Villalba - VozArte

    5 star review  Huge thanks to all at Rocky Road for organising my private tour to Eritrea last year. It was smooth throughout. Special thanks to Shane who responded to my requests super fast!

    thumb Liz Wilson
  • 5 star review  Great service, everything worked out perfectly. I would definitely recommend for swift communication and helpful advice

    thumb michael dwane

    5 star review  Rocky Road Travel efficiently organised in record time my private short notice trip to Somaliland. The local guide was reliable and professional. I enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot about the country.

    thumb Georgios Chalaftris
  • 5 star review  I ran the 2018 Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea and Rocky Road Travel made it happen. Once in a life time expierence. Trip had it all, hotels, brewerys, stadiums and more. Fantastic tour highly recommended to all. Shout out to Miss KIM for making it unforgettable.

    thumb Daragh Horan

    5 star review  Very well organized private tour to southern Iraq. Communication was clear from the start and the trip was just what we wanted.

    thumb andy Lennon
  • 5 star review  Victory day tour 2019 was incredibly fun. Good experience from start to finish, seamless booking & payment process. friendly staff and amazing guides in North Korea! Definitely an eye opening experience that we wont forget.

    thumb Phil Jordan

    5 star review  Very professional and responsive with emails. Highly recommended!

    thumb J M
Rocky road travel founder Shane Horan at the DMZ
North Korea
Rocky Road Travel begin their first trip to North Korea in June 2014. Shane Horan's visit took him inside the Northern line of the Demilitarized zone.
Performance at a school in Chongjin, visited on one of our North Hamgyong Tours
North Hamgyong
Regular trips to North Korea are followed up tours to the remote North Hamgyong province in the North East of the country. Rocky Road Travel become one of the first companies to offer regular tours of this lesser visited region.
Visiting a Baghdad market on our Iraq tours
After having conducted multiple tours to Northern Iraqi Kurdistan since 2016, Rocky Road Travel conducted a highly successful research trip to Southern Iraq in March 2018. Regular tours to Baghdad & Beyond soon followed suit.
Meeting at the Yemen embassy in Oman to organise socotra tours
Rocky Road Travel founder Shane meets with officials at the embassy of Yemen in Muscat Oman. The green light is given to conduct tours to the incredible Island of Socotra.
Shane Horan, founder of Rocky Road Travel receiving the pin of North Korean leaders
Rocky Road Travel is given recognition for their efforts towards promoting North Korean tourism and engagement with the outside world. This grants Rocky Road unprecedented access and trust within the Korea International Travel Company.
2014 - DMZ, Korea.
2015 - Chongjin, North Korea.
2018 - Baghdad, Iraq.
2018 - Embassy of Yemen, Oman.
2019 - Pyongyang, North Korea.