North East Korea & Pyongyang Tour

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Beijing - Tumen - Hoeryong - Chongjin - Chilbo - Homestay - Pyongyang - Kaesong - Sariwon - Beijing.

June 23 - July 4th, 2021

We will take care of every detail of the North Korea visa application and we'll hand you the physical visa card at the pre-tour meeting in Beijing.

 

We'll also help you with your China visa application by supplying an invitation letter. If you are planning to apply for the 144 hour China transit visa on arrival then we will send you your DPRK visa and flight ticket to Pyongyang so you can apply on arrival in Beijing.

The Itinerary

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June 23rd - Beijing

Morning

  • Meet your Rocky Road guide at 10:00am at a Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. We’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as get to know your fellow travelers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the North Korea.

Afternoon

  • Take the overnight sleeper train at 1:00pm for Tumen in the north east of China.
  • During the journey, your guide will be happy to answer any North Korea based questions you might have and use his Chinese ability to keep you stocked up with supplies for the journey.
  • Overnight on the train.
June 24th - Tumen

Afternoon

  • Arrival in Tumen at 3:00 pm
  • Check into hotel
  • Walk to the Tumen River that separates China and North Korea. This is also a great place to buy cheap local souvenirs.
  • Korean BBQ feast on the street along the river overlooking North Korea.
  • Overnight in Tumen
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June 25th - Namyang / Hoeryong

Morning

  • Up early to drive to the border to go through the very relaxed Chinese customs.
  • Walk the bridge into the DPRK to meet your local guides and some friendly but thorough Korean customs officials.
  • Lunch at Namyang restaurant
  • Drive to Wangjaesan Grand Monument – one of the most spectacular monuments in the DPRK.
  • Drive to Hoeryong city – Population 140,000, This city is famous for White Apricots, Ceramics and beautiful girls! It’s also the birthplace of revolutionary hero – Kim Jong Suk.

Afternoon

  • Visit Hoeryong School Children’s Palace – here we can see classes held where the students practice Taekwondo, music and sports.
  • Check into the Hoeryong Hotel
  • Dinner, drinks and overnight at the hotel – during dinner we’ll  dance and sing with the Korean waitresses!
June 26th - Chongjin

Morning

  • Visit the statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk (Mother of General Kim Jong Il) and her Revolutionary Museum.
  • We’ll pay a very special visit to Kim Ki Song Middle School – they have an English class here full of students learning basic English. We’ll chat to the students and give a quick class.
  • Drive to Chongjin City (2 hours) – Chongjin is North Korea’s third largest city and is most famous for its steelworks industry.

Afternoon

  • Check-into Chongjin Hotel and have lunch
  • Visit the renovated city square and pay respects at the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
  • We’ll walk around the square to visit the newly built E-Library.
  • Visit the Revolutionary Museum of Chongjin
  • Visit the local Kim Chaek Steel Complex Kindergarten for a Children’s Performance
  • Chongjin Foreign Languages school – Here we will have the chance to practice English with the students.
  • Visit the Soviet Martyrs Cemetery – this cemetery was built to commemorate the Russians who landed in Chongjin to help battle the Japanese Aggressors during WW2. The Cemetery has a fantastic view of Chongjin’s port.
  • Stop by the local Namgang spa to have a hot bath (€8 extra)
  • Dinner and drinks at Namgang Restaurant with a performance.
  • Overnight at Chongjin Hotel

June 27th - Chilbosan

Morning

  • Drive to Mt. Chilbo national park (3 hours) stopping along the coastal road for some amazing scenic views
  • Arrive at the entrance to Mt. Chilbo for an explanation of the area using the world’s largest mineral painting map as a guide.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Outer Chilbo hotel.
  • We’ll begin our easy hike through the mountains of Chilbo – this region is the most famous part of North Hamgyong province.
  • We’ll stop by Kaesim Buddhist Temple and meet the local monk here
  • We’ll drive to the homestay village where we’ll be greeted by our families and then taken to our homes.
  • Dinner and overnight at Homestay village.

June 28th - Homestay

Morning

  • We’ll begin another hike, this time up to Tokgol and Gangsonmun areas – these are the highest peaks of the Mt. Chilbo area.
  • Picnic lunch once we reach the top!

Afternoon

  • Jump on a local fisherman’s boat and drive out to see to see the magnificent Mt. Chilbo from afar (€5 extra)
  • Spectate or play volleyball with the locals, help with some light chores or walk around to meet the neighbors!
  • Optional Korean wrestling tournament with the villagers.
  • Bonfire party on the beach with the villagers, singing songs and dancing.
  • Dinner and  overnight at the village – two guests per family.

June 29th - Orang / Pyongyang

Morning

  • Group breakfast at the village
  • Drive to a scenic lake for a picnic lunch (2 hours).

Afternoon

  • Picnic Lunch
  • Drive to Orang Airport and board a domestic Air Koryo flight at 3:00 pm to Pyongyang – here we’ll say goodbye to our North Hamgyong Korean guides!
  • Arriving in Pyongyang at 3:50 pm to be greeted by our new local Pyongyang guides.
  • Kim Il Sung Square – The central square of Pyongyang City and a popular meeting point.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop – right next to the square and the best place for pins, stamps, books and other souvenirs!
  • Dinner and drinks at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in the Sosan Hotel
June 30th - Pyongyang

Morning

  • Stroll through Mansudae fountain park taking in the Grand Peoples Study House and see the mosaic pictures of the leaders.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Grand People’s Study House. This is the main library and learning center for adult students. This huge building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over the Kim Il Sung Square.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in a local Korean restaurant
  • Ride the Pyongyang Metro! See three of the stations and Exit to:
  • The Arch of Triumph – This celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the triumphant return of  Kim Il Sung to his home town.
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. This incredible museum features dioramas, captured weapons, the Victory Monument, and the USS Pueblo: the only American military vessel captured by another nation.
  • Juche Tower – the tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the Juche Ideology. Central to the teachings of the DPRK (optional extra €5 to go to the top).
  • Stop by Taedonggang Brewery #3 for 7 different types of micro-brewed beers, juices or coffee!
  • Dinner at the National restaurant with a grand performance!
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

July 1st - Pyongyang

Morning

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
  • Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery – the final resting place of the greatest anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. Also offers greats views of the city.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Gold  Restaurant.
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Stop by the Party Foundation Monument – this monument is 50 meters high and displays the socialist hammer, sickle and writing brush.
  • Visit Gold Lane Bowling Alley to compete in a bowling game with our guides €2.50 per game.
  • Dinner at the Moran Hill Restaurant
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

July 2nd - Kaesong

Morning

  • Hit the road for the 3.5 hour drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
  • Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture. 
  • The DMZ – tour Panmunjom with a friendly army officer who will give you the look around. You can even take photos with the army here!

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Kaesong City – on the menu will be traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup €5)
  • Stop by Sariwon to view the city from the mountain top pagoda.
  • Try locally brewed Makkoli in a local tea house.
  • Stop by the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification that stands over the Thongil (reunification) Highway.
  • Back to Pyongyang in time for dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

July 3rd - Departure

Morning

  • Flight takers depart at 9:00am for Beijing on Air Koryo arriving at 9:55am local Beijing time.
  • Train takers depart at 10:25am for the overnight train to Beijing.

July 4th - Beijing

  • Train arrives in Beijing at 9am local time. End of Tour.
What else?
Inclusions
Exclusions
  • Hotels in Korea

    Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra €40 per night).

  • Train travel

    Return train in and out from Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Contact us if you want to join the tour from the border town of Dandong.

  • All Meals

    Three meals per day in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary. (food on the train in & out not supplied).

  • Guides

    Korean guides in North Korea and a western guide all the way from Beijing to guide you through border customs & immigration.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned bus and driver.

  • Flights

    Optional extra flight from Beijing to Pyongyang or Pyongyang to Beijing. (Conditions apply, more info below)

  • Extra purchases

    All meals are included (unless otherwise stated) with water and some beer. Any extra drinks or souvenirs that you buy are extra cost.

  • Visa

    We arrange the DPRK visa for you at a cost of €50.

  • Tips

    Tips are expected for your Korean local guides and driver. Normally this is calculated at €10 per day. For example, on a 5 day tour the total tip expected is €50. All tips go directly to both guides & driver.

  • Events

    Sometimes special events pop up on when we are on tour and we may decide to attend. It's up to you whether or not to attend but usually these are extra cost. Examples include the circus or a music concert.

Tour Notes

We will take care of every detail of the North Korea visa application as well as getting you to Pyongyang and back from Beijing. We’ll also help you with your China visa application by supplying an invitation letter. If you are planning to apply for the 144 hour China transit visa on arrival then we will send you your DPRK visa and flight ticket to Pyongyang so you can apply on arrival in Beijing.

You’ll be in the experienced hands of our expert English speaking North Korean guides and Rocky Road Travel guide. Your itinerary may change slightly but we will always go above and beyond with added extras to the itinerary such as visits to local cafes, bars and amusement parks.

Before & after each tour we will add you to dedicated email and social media groups so you can share photos easily with your travel mates. Let us know if you want to opt out of this.

To book simply get in touch below to start the conversation today.

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By Train

June 23 - July 4th, 2021

optional flight

Pyongyang - Beijing (€195)

standard hotel

9 nights in North Korea

The price

Only €1695 + visa €50 all inclusive

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