October 2 - October 5 2017

China National Day Tour (from Shanghai)

3.5 nights
in the DPRK

Escape Shanghai over China National Day and see
the highlights of Pyongyang on many walks through
the city!

From 9,500 RMB per person

Please apply by 8th September, 2017.

China National Day Tour (from Shanghai)

3.5 nights
in the DPRK

Escape Shanghai over China National
Day and see the highlights of Pyongyang
on many walks through the city!

From 9,500 RMB per person

  • Overall

    Come on a short break to DPRK over China National Day! This tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, covering the must-sees such as the Mansudae Grand Monuments, the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Apart from that this tour will get you walking through the streets of East Pyongyang and down the newly constructed Mirae (Future) Street and take you to the lively town of Pyongsong where you’ll be able to jump in on an English class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School.

    Highlights

    • Pyongyang city walks
    • Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders), Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and other Pyongyang highlights
    • Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
    • Ride the Pyongyang Metro and drink in a local beer bar
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. October 1 - Sunday

      Briefing Day

      PM
      • Meet your Koryo Tours tour guide and fellow travelers at Shanghai Pudong Airport for a pre-tour briefing and check-in for your late night flight to Pyongyang. This briefing will last approximately one hour and designed so that you will get the most out of your tour. It will cover travel etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in the DPRK. Have your last minute questions answered and meet your fellow travelers.
    2. October 2 - Monday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang and Pyongyang City Tour

      AM
      • Early morning arrival at Sunan Airport, Pyongyang and transfer to hotel for breakfast and a rest
      • Mansudae Grand Monuments -Enormous bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il overlooking downtown Pyongyang. A presentation of flowers and bow by the group is customary here (5 EUR). Here we will also see the Chollima Monument, or ‘thousand ri (400 km or 250 mile) horse’ -a symbol of speed- commemorating the quick rebuilding of the country in the 1950’s following the Korean War.
      • Walk from Pyongyang's Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square lined with government ministries, museums, and The Grand People’s Study House.
      • Foreign Languages Bookshop -Store selling Korean publications translated into English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. Also pick up DVDs, postcards, and small works of art.

        PM

        • Pyongyang Metro Tour -One of the deepest metro systems in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
        • Mangyongdae Native House -Birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. A traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding.
        • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - Tour this world-class museum led by a local museum guide. Renovated in 2012 and its exhibits of Korean War from the DPRK perspective containing artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and displays of Korean People’s Army Hero Equipment and captures equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to the understanding of the country today and highlight of the trip.
        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).

        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang. Home away from home for most (but not all!) foreign visitors to Pyongyang, this 47-story hotel is located on an island in the middle of the Taedong River and offers great views of the city. Comfortable rooms and comprehensive leisure facilities: swimming pool, spa, billiards, bowling, gift shops, tea houses, beer brewed on-site, and a Chinese-run casino.

      • October 3 - Tuesday

        Pyongsong and Pyongyang

        AM
        • Drive north to Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.  A 45 minute to 1 hour drive.
        • Pyongsong City Square - Central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary.
        • Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - One of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class!
        PM
        • Drive back to Pyongyang for walk in East Pyongyang -A walk on the other side of the river past:
        • The Tower of Juche Idea- Iconic tower dedicated to the DPRK’s guiding philosophy on the Taedong River. Take the elevator to the top for great views of the city (elevator ticket is 5 EUR).
        • Monument to the Party Foundation -Iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals that make up the Worker’s Party of Korea.
        • Taesong Department Store -Local department store in East Pyongyang with domestic and foreign made products. Small bakery inside.

        • Golden Lane Bowling Centre - Where Pyongyang locals go for their ten-pin fix (2.5 EUR per person per game). Also has billiards and arcade games. Non-bowlers can head next door to the Kumrung Leisure Centre for an airgun shooting range (approximately 6 EUR per 20 round cartridge) and some of the best coffee in Pyongyang.


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

      • October 4 - Wednesday

        Kaesong City Tour and DMZ

        AM
        • Drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to Kaesong, historic capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and today located near the Korean Demilitarised Zone. A 2.5 hour drive.
        • Panmunjom Truce Village -Located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly view soldiers from both sides and the demarcation line dividing Korea. On some days it is possible to enter the hut straddling both Koreas and there cross temporarily into the south.
        • Kaesong Koryo Museum - Once the Songgyung Academy, a Confucian school, and now a museum on the Koryo Dynasty exhibiting historical objects, statues, pagodas, and porcelain from that era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
        • Kaesong Korean Stamp Exhibition Hall - Store selling stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more! One of the best postcard collections in the country and friendly staff.
        • Traditional Royal Korean Lunch (pangsanggi) - A meal made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Traditional Korean 'sweet meat soup' is an option here (5 EUR).
        PM
        • Old City Walk and South Gate -A stroll through Kaesong’s historic district lined with homes dating back to the late Ri Dynasty to the city’s historic South Gate.
        • Tomb of King Kongmin- Tomb of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

        • Drive back to Pyongyang with a stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of Reunification, a large stone archway over the highway memorializing joint agreements between north and south. 2.5 hour drive

        • Taedonggang Bar No. 3  - Upscale bar across the street from the Tower of the Juche Idea. There are a variety of beers on tap produced at Pyongyang’s Taedonggang Brewery outside of town (2-2.5 EUR per glass).


        Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.
      • October 5 - Thursday

        Pyongyang City Tour

        AM
        • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun -Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions. Cancellations are rare but possible.
        • Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery -Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.
        PM
        • Kwangbok Department Store -Opportunity to use Korean currency and shop with the citizens of Pyongyang! Try the snack stand on the first floor for some of Pyongyang’s best local eats.
        • Science and Technology Centre -Newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology.
        • Future Street- Walk in the newly built residential district for scientists and academics to view its unique modern architecture.
        • Duck Barbecue Restaurant -South Pyongyang’s famous grilled duck restaurant that has seen many teary-eyed farewells.
        • Transfer to Pyongyang airport for late evening flight back to Shanghai with scheduled arrival at Shanghai Pudong Airport at approx. 11:30pm
    3. Extras

      • Upgrade to your own room

        All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night. This rises to 50 EUR per night if you're on one of our marathon tours due to the shortage of rooms over this period.

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    4. What is / is not included?

      • Included
        Flight Shanghai-Pyongyang-Shanghai
        All meals on the tour
        Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
        A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
        All transportation in the DPRK
        DPRK visa fee and processing
      • Not included
        Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
        Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
        The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR and other optional activities
        Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
        Spending money for souvenirs
    5. Notes

      Please note that this tour schedule is subject to final confirmation from Air Koryo. Your tour manager will be able to give you further info.

      Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ slightly to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.

    Please apply by 8th September, 2017.

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    Chaoyang District. Beijing 100027. P.R China

    中国北京市朝阳区北三里屯南 27 号 (东侧院),
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