Winter Essentials Tour

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Join us as we draw nearer to the end of the year and as Pyongyang enters its beautiful frosty winter season! This is an action packed little tour. We will be visiting Pyongyang, Nampo, and the DMZ in five days. That’s all the essentials covered and more.

This trip offers us a very insightful look into what the country is like, and how it copes in winter. Plus it gives you the chance to be one of the very few tourists in the country at this time.

During our tour in Pyongyang we’ll be visiting Kim Il Sung Square, a local fun fair, exploring the deep Pyongyang Metro, visiting the Mausoleum, the War Museum, the DMZ and much much more!

  • Pyongyang Metro

    Ride the iconic Pyongyang underground system.

  • Grand Monument

    Pay your respects at the Mansudae Grand Monument - the two large bronze statues of the leaders.

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    See the place where both President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il lie in state.

  • See the DMZ

    Visit the DMZ and see the blue huts on the demarcation line between North and South Korea.

  • Visit Sariwon

    Visit the lesser seen North Korean city of Sariwon.

The Itinerary

Beijing – Pyongyang – Kaesong – Sariwon – Pyongyang – Beijing.

Novemeber 23rd

  • Meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm 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.
  • Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the sleeper ride to Pyongyang.

November 24th

  • 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.

November 25th

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.
  • 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!
  • Lunch

Afternoon

  • 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).
  • Mansugyo Beer Bar – a popular bar with the locals..
  • Dinner at the National restaurant with a special musical performance!
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel

November 26th

  • 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

Afternoon

  • Hot pot lunch to warm up!
  • 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.
  • Stop by a local department store – here we can buy local made items and use the local North Korean currency! You can take some home as a souvenir.
  • Mansudae art Studio – The central production facility for all North Korean Artworks. Take a tour and pick up a souvenir. 
  • Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling. Play a game or hang out at the bar!
  • Monument to the Party Foundation – The hammer sickle and brush built in 1995.
  • Dinner and drinks at the Moran Hill restaurant.
  • Overnight in the Sosan Hotel

November 27th

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Last night beers at the Taedonggang Micro Brewery! They have seven different types of beer here.
  • Overnight in Sosan Hotel.

November 28th

Morning

  • Flyers depart Pyongyang at 10:30am on Air Koryo, arrive in Beijing at 11:30am local time.
  • Train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing, arriving in Dandong Railway Station at 16:30 to change train for the overnight to Beijing departing at 18:30.

November 29th

  • Train takers arrive at 9:00 into Beijing main station
  • End of our Spring Festival North Korea tour.

**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.

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  • 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.

winter essentials tour

With train

November 23rd - 29th (Beijing - Beijing)

with flight

Extra €195 one way & €295 return

Standard hotel

4 nights in North Korea

The price

Only €995 + visa €50 all inclusive

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