North Korea Extended Easter Tour 2016

North Korea Extended Easter Tour 2016. The application deadline for this tour is February 20 2016. If interested in extending your tour please send us an e-mail stating how long you would like to extend for and if there are any specific places / aspects of the DPRK you would like to see. This is a very comprehensive tour that will allow you see a variety of aspects of the DPRK including a school, farm, hospital, factory and the mining city of Pyongsong which was only opened to tourists in 2013.

Please note that our group departures tend to be small, with an average of less than 10 people. This allows for more rapport with the local guides and flexibility in the DPRK which is simply not possible with large groups and will make this unique trip even more special.

If not a US citizen, you can also join this tour by train.

Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

 

 

 

Day 1 - 24 March (Thursday)

  • Depart from Beijing at 14.00 flight JS 252 Terminal 2, Beijing Capital Airport
  • Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.00 (Pyongyang time)

PM

  • Fountain Park

  • Mansudae Grand Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
    • Hotel check-in: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • North Korea Extended Tour Welcome Dinner: KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    Day 2 - March 25 (Friday)

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • Depart to Kaesong (Panmunjom, the DMZ) - we will have a break on the 2.5 hour drive towards the divisionary line. There are several military check-points on the way and our guides will tell us when we cannot take pictures. Driving on the empty highway is an experience itself!
    • 38th Parallel (DMZ) - chance to enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North & South Korea have taken place. Please note that if these are closed due to the DPRK and South Korea having any negotiation talks (as was the case in 2013) we will still have a close up look to the rooms. A North Korean soldier will hop on our coach and show us aroundDMZ negotiation roomsPanmunjom. They tend to be quite curious about what foreigners think regarding the Korean War and the political situation of Korea. This is a unique chance to interact with a DPRK soldier.

    PM

    • Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong)
    • Koryo Museum (Kaesong) - Kaesong used to be the capital of the Koryo Dynasty.
    • Kaesong Stamp Shop - apart from stamps in all forms and sizes, we can also purchase DPRK postcards (these can be mailed home from our hotel in Pyongyang), artwork, books, etc. Please note that you will also be able to purchase these at different points throughout the trip.
    • Tomb of King Kongmin and his Mongolian wife - dating from the Koryo dynasty, these tombs have undergone little restoration and are therefore almost in their original state. We will see too, on our way there, tombs of their generals.
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Stop by the Reunification Monuments
    • Mangyongdae Native House - Kim Il Sung's Birthplace
    • Dinner: Local restaurant, Pyongyang

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    Childrens Palace in North Korea

    Day 3 - 26 March (Saturday)

    AM

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • Drive to Mount Myohyang - we drive to a truly beautiful and peaceful area of the DPRK
    • International Friendship Exhibition Centre - exposing thousands of presents given to the founder of the country President Kim Il Sung, his son General Kim Jong Il and his wife Kim Jong Suk. There is now too a section for the Leader Kim Jong Un.
    • Pohyon Temple - ancient Buddhist temple 

    PM

    • Lunch: Chongchon Hotel, Mt. Myohyang
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (aka the Korean War Museum) - this was moved in 2013 and is now a huge museum fully explaining the DPRK version of the Korean War with very vivid details. Koreans also come here. The museum has original vehicles and weapons used in the War. The Korean War is very vividly remembered in DPRK
    • USS Pueblo -  This US spy ship is the only US vessel held by a foreign country. It was captured in 1968 and is shown as a trophy to locals and foreign visitors.
    • Dinner: Chongryu Restaurant, Pyongyang 

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    Day 4 - 27 March (Sunday)

    AM

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (where the Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il remain in state). This is a sacred place in the DPRK. You are kindly asked to wear formal clothing. We will brief you before your trip to the DPRK so that you are prepared for your trip.
    • Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery - dedicated to those fallen for the cause of the revolution. Situated on a hill, the views of Pyongyang are spectacular.

    Dancing with North Koreans in Moran Park, easter tourPM

    • Lunch: Local restaurant, Pyongyang
    • Moranbong Park - where locals gather on holidays and Sundays. Do not be surprised if you are asked to join in any of the dances! With a very limited number of foreigners visiting the DPRK each year, the site of westerners in North Korea is very rare.
    • Walk around Kim Il Sung Square - located in the city centre, this is the places where military parades and mass rallies (those that we usually see on television) are held.
    • Juche Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres including the torch) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang.
    • Workers' Party Foundation Monument - consisting of the Workers' Party of Korea's symbol; a hammer, sickle and brush, all rising 50 metres high in the sky.
    • Golden Lane Bowling Alley - chance to see locals enjoy their leisure time on a late Sunday afternoon. You can feel free to join in!
    • Option: local funfair - this is something we suggest as it allows us to interact with locals and see them have fun. Even if you do not try the rides (which cost 1 to 3 Euros / ride and are a lot of fun), walking among the crowds, exploring the venue, checking out the 1990s style arcades rooms and the burger joint, are all part of the DPRK experience.
    • Dinner: Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    Day 5 - 28 March (Monday)

    North Korean FarmAM

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • Drive to the port city of Nampo City - located on the west coast of North Korea. This is a major port city in North Korea as it connects the country with China by sea.
    • We will drive on the Youth Hero Highway, a highway built by students at the end of 1990s. Some of our local guides actually participated in this project. Being able to speak to them about their personal experiences in the DPRK and views of their country is something that we see as being invaluable and having small groups and an excellent relationship with them (many of the guides are now good friends given our constantly going to the country) helps us achieve this.
    • Chongsan Cooperative Farm - see how Koreans work and live in this model cooperative farm. We will have the chance to visit the kindergarten where the farmers' children go and/or a farmer's home.
    • West Sea Barrage - impressive 8 km long project that separates the West Sea and the Taedong River.

    PM

    • Lunch: Restaurant in Nampo City
    • Drive back to Pyongyang through the city centre of Nampo. We will drive by the port and pass by several Chinese and Korean joint venture warehouses as well as through the main city streets.
    • Grand People's Study House - huge study house with an interesting variety of literature and amazing views of Kim Il Sung Square
    • DPRK Art Studio - wide variety of different forms of Korean art, including North Korean propaganda
    • Dinner: Local restaurant

    Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel, Pyongyang

    Day 6 - 29 March (Tuesday)
     

    AMPyongsong central square, North Korea

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • Depart to the mining city of Pyongsong. This city is known as a Satelite City of Pyongyang given its proximity to the capital of the DPRK. The site of foreigners here is even rarer than that of other areas in the country.
    • Paeksongri Revolutionary Site - place where the Kim Il Sung University was moved to in the Korean War
    • Paeksong Food Factory or Taedonggang Textile Factory - rare chance to see a DPRK factory (please note that a visit to these places depend on their being opened that day to visitors).
    • Pyongsong Central Square - there is a giant bronze statue of a young Kim Il Sung and a history museum with the party symbol in between the slogan "One United People's Heart" (referring to one united country going in the same direction).

    PMPyongsong middle school, North Korea

    • Lunch: Jangsusan Hotel, Pyongsong
    • Pyongsong Number 1 High School, Kim Jong Suk High school. The school's headmaster will show us around the school where we will be able to join in a lesson and interact in English with the students.
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Three Revolutions' Exhibition Centre - see DPRK inventions and the basis of the 3 Revolutions set by President Kim Il Sung
    • Children's Palace - an impressive children's performance will be held
    • Farewell Dinner: Pyongyang City Restaurant

    Day 7 - March 30 (Wednesday)

    AM

    • Breakfast: Yanggakdo Hotel
    • 10.40 am Train to Beijing - please notify us if you would like to exit by plane instead

    PM

    • Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China

    Overnight: train

    Day 8 - March 31 (Thursday)

    Arrive in Beijing at 08:31 am

    End of tour our North Korea Extended Easter Tour

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