Victory Day Tour

  • July 25th - July 31st / Aug 3rd
  • 995 / 1295
  • 5 / 7 Days
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What's it all about?

This is the celebration to mark the end of the Korean war which resulted in an armistice agreement, signed on July 27th 1953.

During this tour we will be taking part in the celebrations, as well as hanging out with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and joining in the Mass Dance! It’s truly a great time to be in Pyongyang!

Highlights

Victory Day Tour

995 - 1295
  • Group A ► July 25th - 31st (€995)
  • Group B ► July 25th - Aug 3rd (€1295)
  • Flights from Beijing are an extra €225 one way & €325

The Itinerary

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July 25th - Beijing
  • Meet your Rocky Road guide at 2pm at a Beijing Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your North Korean visas and tickets, and meet your fellow travellers. It’s a great opportunity to ask any last questions you may have.
  • The train departs Beijing Central station at 5:25pm. There will be a chance to stock up on supplies for the journey. There’s also a restaurant car on the train.
  • The train is a full sleeper with all bedding and pillows provided
  • Overnight on the train.
July 26th - Dandong / Pyongyang
  • Train group arrive in Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then departs again for Sinuiju at 10:00am.
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 3:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome and transfer directly to the hotel.
  • In the evening your guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
  • Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.
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July 27th - Pyongyang
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Moranbong Restaurant
  • Walk to Moran hill – this park is famous on holidays as local families partake in picnics, dancing and singing. We’ll join in the fun!
  • Special celebratory events (optional: €20) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible to attend. 
  • See the Mass Games (TBC)
  • Expected mass dance for Victory Day, join in or just watch for excellent photography opportunities!
  • Overnight at the Sosan hotel.
July 28th - Kaesong / DMZ
  • Early drive south to Kaesong.
  • 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! We should be the first ones here thus avoiding all the crowds!
  • Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture. There’s also a wonderful stamp and postcard shop here so you can send postcards to your friends and family. Don’t forget to write down the address before you travel!

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)
  • Visit the concrete wall section of the DMZ – this is off the usual tourist route and gives us a glimpse at the wall which was erected by the south side during the 70’s. We can even spy on the South Korean watch towers along the DMZ.
  • Stop by Sariwon city and check out the stunning view point from a hilltop pagoda.
  • Stop at 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.
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Last night beers at the Taedonggang Micro Brewery! They have seven different types of beer here.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

July 29th - Pyongyang

  • 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 resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. It offers great views over the city.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at a Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
  • 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).
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
  • Visit Kwanbok department store. Here we can shop with the locals and have access to the local North Korean currency!
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

July 30th -Pyongyang / Mt Myohyang

Morning – End og Group A

  • Group A Flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 9:55am local time.
  • Group A Train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing, arriving in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on 31st July.

Group B continue onto:

  • 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.
  • Visit Mansudae Art Studio, This is where the country’s most important art work and statues are created. We will also get to meet some of the local artists too.
  • Visit a North Korean Film Studio –  We can tour the film sets and try on some costumes! 
  • Lunch at the Gold restaurant
  • Drive out to the beautiful Mt Myohyang 
  • Arrive in Hyangsan county located within the mountain ranges of Mt. Myohyang. Here we’ll check in and drop our bags off at the Chongchun Hotel.
  • Hike up the scenic mountain range of Mt. Myohyang (3 hours total)
  • Dinner and overnight in Chongchun Hotel

July 31st - Pyongyang

Morning

  • Visit the International Friendship Exhibition – Two large gift houses holding the gifts presented to both Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un from people, governments and institutions all over the world.
  • Pohyon Temple – One of the 5 famous temples of Korea.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Chongchun Hotel
  • Drive back to Pyongyang and stop on the way at Ryongmun Cave – one of the most famous cave complexes in the North Korea.
  • Munsu Water Park. This place has it all – indoor pools, amazing water slides,  cafes, shops, beer bars, table tennis, billiards, massage, you name it. (Extra charge)
  • Dinner at the Potonggang Restaurant
  • Farewell drinks at the Taedonggang #3 Micro Brewery – The best place to get 7 different types of Taedonggang draft beer.
  • Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang. This one has an outdoor pool.

August 1st - Nampo

Morning

  • Drive to Nampo (2 hour) – a major port city located on the West Sea of Korea.
  • Visit the Friendship Glass Factory – the facility produces most of the glass used in the DPRK. This is your chance to see how glass is made!
  • Visit the Chongsan Co-Operative Farm – here we’ll see how a North Korean farm works, visit the local Kindergarten and learn the difference between a state and co-op farm in North Korea.

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Nampo city.
  • Drive to the West Sea Barrage – a big example of socialist construction from the 1980s. The dam was built to control the level of the Taedong River to produce more fertile ground for farming in the entire South West of the country.
  • Drop by the mineral water factory – Home to North Korea’s most famous sparkling water – we’ll see how it’s pumped from the ground, bottled and delivered!
  • Head to the Meari Shooting Range in Pyongyang. It has all sorts of indoor and outdoor shooting games to compete in!
  • Farewell dinner at National Restaurant with performance by the waitresses.
  • Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel.

August 2nd - Departure

  • Group B flyers depart Pyongyang at 9:00am on Air Koryo, arriving in Beijing at 9:55am local time
  • Group B Train members depart at 10:30am for Beijing, arriving in Dandong at 16:30 local Chinese time. We’ll have time to stock up on supplies before our 18:30 onward departure to Beijing.

August 3rd - Beijing

  • Train takers arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.
  • 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

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. We always put an emphasis on visiting real everyday life places such as local cafes, bars and amusement parks, bowling alleys etc. 

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.

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Group A

July 25 - 31st (Beijing - Beijing)

Group B

July 25 - Aug 3rd (Beijing - Beijing)

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Extra €225 one way & €325 return

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Only €995 / 1295 + visa €50

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