2019 North Korea Summer Tour. The application deadline for our
standard North Korea Summer Tour is 8th May 2019.
We will stay at one of the best hotels Pyongyang has to offer; The
Koryo Hotel. Unlike other hotels such as the Sosan
Hotel, Ryanggang, Haebansan, etc, this is not a budget hotel and offers
some of the best hotel facilities in Pyongyang.
Our groups usually have around 10 people or less. We strongly believe
that having small sized groups helps us to get to know our local guides
in Korea personally and have a deeper understanding of the DPRK,
something not feasible with large sized groups.
Our Western staff members go in frequently with
groups to Korea and we know the guides very well.
We believe that having large groups of say over 20 people does not allow travellers to
get to know the guides that well, whereas having smaller sized groups allows
for more interaction and flexibility once in the DPRK.
In the unlikely case of having 19 people, we will divide the group
into two completely separate groups, each with their own guides,
vehicle and driver.
Day 0 - June 10 (Monday) for those entering by train
Those taking the train in meet our KTG staff downtown Beijing for
our pre-tour briefing and will then take the train to Pyongyang, arriving the following day in Pyongyang
Day 1 - June 11 (Tuesday)
Depart from Beijing at 13.05 flight JS 152 Terminal 2, Beijing
Arrive in Pyongyang at 16.05 (Pyongyang time)
Arch of Triumph
- drive through the city centre of Pyongyang ending at this
majesteuse monument which, by the way, is taller than its Parisian
counterpart. As of April 2016 it is possible to go up the Arch of
Triumph (this is optional and has a cost of 3 Euros). This offers great
views of the city centre of Pyongyang including Kim Il Sung Stadium
Brief Walk around the area by the mosaic of President Kim Il Sung
North Korea Summer Tour Welcome Dinner:
KITC Restaurant, Pyongyang
Hotel check-in: Koryo Hotel
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 2 - June 12 (Wednesday)
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel
- we walk around here before heading to Mansu Hill. Families and
friends usually come here for pictures
Monuments - Giant bronze statues of the Leaders Kim Il Sung and
Kim Jong Il. Please note that this is not a tourist area and it is a
very important place for Koreans. We kindly ask people to be respectful
and on their best behaviour here.
Views of Chollima
Statue - representing the policy used by the DPRK government after the Korean
War. The aim of this policy was to reconstruct the country at the speed
of the mythical Chollima Horse
Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum)
- the War museum has been now moved to the building next to where it
used to be. It is usually described by our travellers as the largest
museum they've ever visited. Please check our Youtube video of some of
the US weapons shown in the museum:
US spy ship captured in 1968. The only US vessel in possession of a
foreign country. This is kept in the DPRK as a trophy and proudly shown
to North Koreans and foreigners alike.
Party Foundation Monument - monument consisting of a 50 metre high hammer, sickle and brush
Tower - chance to go up the 150 metre tower (170 metres
including the flame) that offers a panoramic view of Pyongyang
on Pyongyang Metro - the deepest in the world. Take an extended
metro ride with locals and have a chance to experience Pyongyang at its
Kim Il Sung Square
- the heart of DPRK
Bookstore - you will be able to purchase DPRK books published in
English and other languages. DVDs and the Pyongyang Times newspaper are
also sold here.
Drive to Kaesong - we head down the virtually empty
Re-unification highway. As we drive toward Kaesong we will be able to
see the Kaesong Industrial Complex (albeit at a distance) and the train
station that was built with the railtrack that unites North and South
Korea and awaits to be frequently used some day.
Minsok Hotel - traditional Korean courtyard hotel. Quietly
located in the old part of Kaesong. Viewing the giant bronze statue of
Kim Il Sung lit up at night and standing in the horizon from this hotel
is an experience. You will be able to sit and eat on the floor as per
Korean traditional style.
Overnight: Minsok Hotel, Kaesong
Day 3- June 13 (Thursday)
Breakfast: Minsok Hotel
Walk in the old part of town - we will have a brief walk going past the main gate of town in the old area of town leaving from our hotel.
Parallel (DMZ) - one of the
highlights of our North Korea Summer Tour. You will have the chance to
enter the famous blue negotiation rooms where talks between North &
South Korea have taken place. We will also see where the War Armistice
was signed and have tour of Panmunjom.
at Tongil Restaurant (Kaesong) - dishes are served in no less
than 12 small covered bowls per person.
Museum (UNESCO World Heritage site) - the first university of the Korean
peninsula. This building dates back to the 900s when Kaesong was
capital of the Koryo Dynasty
Stamp Shop - just located outside the museum. You can
also purchase souvenirs in Pyongyang if you wish.
to Sariwon City - this
lively city is located in North Hwanghae
Province and is one of the largest in Korea
Model Pavilions - we will see how Koreans
lived in ancient times and check some model pavilions of times past in
up Mount Kyongnam - this walk is not as daunting as it may
takes around 5 to 10 minutes to walk up to the main pavillion where we
will have fabulous views of the whole city of Sariwon and of its
surrounding areas. You can see a short video of the main street we walk
around in Sariwon and of the views from Mount Kyongnam in our video
below (feel free to visit KTG's Youtube
Channel for more videos):
Transfer to Pyongyang
Charters Reunification Monument - consisting of two ladies that
represent the reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Dinner: Pyongyang Number 1 Duck BBQ, Pyongyang
Evening Funfair (optional) - rides cost from 1 to 5 Euros. We
recommend going here to check out the lively atmosphere
Overnight: Koryo Hotel, Pyongyang
Day 4 - June 14
Breakfast: Koryo Hotel
10.25 am train to China - if interested in flying back
please do let us know
Stopover at Sinuiju train station bordering China - customs
procedures will be carried out on the train