May 13 - May 18/19 2017

Cycling Tour - Spring Edition

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Experience North Korea on two wheels. Bike through Pyongyang, the East Coast,
and the countryside!

This tour has the option of a two-night extension.


From 1,750 EUR per person

Please apply by 21st April, 2017.

Cycling Tour - Spring Edition

5 nights in the
DPRK + 1 on the
train

Experience North Korea on two wheels. Bike through
Pyongyang, the East Coast, and the countryside!

This
tour has the option of a two-night extension.



From 1,750 EUR per person

  • Overall

    Join the locals on Pyongyang’s cycling lanes, enjoy the country’s beautifully scenic countryside on two wheels, get some rest at one of the country’s best hotels and catch some fresh seaside air on the east coast. Experience the DPRK from a completely different angle (the saddle) - We’ll be spending time in Pyongyang and heading through Chonnae and Masik Pass to Wonsan on the east coast.

    For those wanting to cover more Pyongyang highlights this tour can be extended for 2 nights to visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum as well as Kaesong and the DMZ (the border to South Korea) - please contact us for more information.

    Highlights

    • Pyongyang City Cyling!
    • Countryside Cycling in Chonnae
    • Over-night in the deluxe Masikryong Resort and cycling in the area
    • Cycling in the coastal city of Wonsan
  • Itinerary

    Briefing Day
    1. May 12 — Friday

      Briefing Day

      AM

      • Recommended latest arrival in Beijing.

      PM

      • 16:00: Our group assembles for a mandatory pre-tour group briefing at the Koryo Tours office in Beijing. 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. Please be punctual - you can come early, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of Korean art.

      Overnight: Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour. Contact us for recommendations near our office!

    2. May 13 — Saturday

      Arrival day in Pyongyang

      AM

      • Free bus from the Koryo Tours office to Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2. Exact time TBC at the pre-tour briefing. Alternatively meet the group at the Air Koryo check-in counter.

      PM

      • Flight departure from Beijing on Air Koryo JS 152 at 12:55. A 1.5 hour flight with basic lunch (no vegetarian option).
      • Arrival to Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport (FNJ) at 15:25. DPRK immigration and customs, meet your Korean guides, and transfer to the city.
      • 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.

      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.

    3. May 14 — Sunday

      Pyongyang City

      AM

      • Pyongyang Metro Tour - One of the deepest metro systems in the world with artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
      • 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.

      PM

      • CITY CYCLING! - We will start our cycle tour at the department store to ride along Pyongyang’s impressively wide Kwangbok (Liberation) Street and down Chongchun (Sports) Street, passing a series of different gymnasiums. Our route will also lead us along Mirae (Future) Street and its science-themed architecture. We’ll then cycle along the Taedong River which we’ll cross over to reach the Tower of the Juche Idea.
      • Tower of the 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).
      • We will then cycle on to reach our final destination: Munsu Water Park - We’ll relax after our day of cycling in this outdoor and indoor water park with water slides, lap pools, and hot tubs. Bar, coffee shop, and shops for non-swimmers (Entry fee 2 EUR; swimming fee- 10 EUR with suit rental; tennis- 5 EUR).

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    4. May 15 — Monday

      Chonnae County

      AM

      • Mansudae Fountain Park -The historic centre of Pyongyang popular with local citizens afterschool and on weekends. Flanked by examples of ancient, socialist, and modern architecture.
      • Mansudae Grand Monument -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.
      • Drive east across the width of the peninsula to Masik Pass Ski Resort -The DPRK’s largest ski resort. Opened in 2013, Masik Pass features a deluxe hotel situated in beautifully scenic surroundings. A 4 hour drive.
      • Ullim Waterfall - Hidden amongst the mountains on the road to Wonsan, ‘Echo’ Waterfall is a scenic stopover to enjoy lunch, stretch your legs, or go for a dip in the pool beneath.

      PM

      • COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING! – We will hop on our bikes for a beautiful countryside cycle through Chonnae county. A 25k cycle through stunning landscapes and mountains (prepare for some up-hills) will give you a completely different insight in the country’s natural beauties and countryside life.

      Overnight: Masik Ryong Hotel, a deluxe hotel located in Masik Pass Ski Resort. This hotel was newly opened in 2013 and offers very comfortable rooms as well as leisure facilities: swimming pool, massage, billiards, coffee shops and more.  One of the best hotels in the country!

    5. May 16 — Tuesday

      Masik Pass and Wonsan

      AM

      • CYCLING AT MASIK! – This morning we’ll be cycling up Masik Pass (approx. 20k in total – very steep) for a fantastic view over the ski area.! Newly opened in January 2013 the first major ski resort in the DPRK; the Masik Pass Resort is also open during the summer for keen hikers and bikers such as ourselves. If the cycling here is too strenuous for you, you can spend the morning at your leisure, relaxing at the resort.
      • After lunch in Masikryong we will drive to Wonsan – A major port city on Korea’s East Sea. A friendly and relaxing stop and one of the DPRK’s two ‘Hero Cities’ for the strategic role the city and its populace played on the frontlines in the Korean War. Now the focus of investment projects in the DPRK.
      PM
      •  Wonsan Agricultural University -The DPRK’s premier agricultural university set among beautiful hillside scenery. Tour the grounds and the neo-Romanesque teaching hall, originally built by Germans living in the area in the early 20th century.
      • Wonsan City Centre and Docks - Central square and ship terminal in downtown Wonsan. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry/cargo ship which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here. 
      • Kangwon Province Art Gallery - Small art exhibition selling artwork by local artists.
      • Jangdok Island and Lighthouse -Take a stroll on the breakwater to a small island in the middle of Wonsan harbor (1 EUR/USD entry fee).

      Overnight: Dongmyong Hotel -Waterfront hotel with stunning seaside views of Wonsan Harbor. Limited hours of hot water, bar, billiards, ping-pong, barber shop, beauty salon, dry-sauna, and indoor seawater swimming pool.

    6. May 17 — Wednesday

      Wonsan

      AM

      • CYCLING IN WONSAN! – We’ll start the morning being the first Koryo group to cycle through Wonsan. A leisurely cycle will take us from our hotel along the coast to Songdowon.
      • Songdowon park and beach – We will spend some time strolling through Songdowon Park and going for a swim at the beach (weather permitting).
      •  Songdowon International Schoolchildren’s Camp - A classic socialist summer camp where Korean and international children can spend two weeks learning socialist values and teamwork. Tour the recently renovated dormitories, aquarium, bird house, gymnasium, and more!

      PM

      • Drive west back to Pyongyang, stopping at scenic spots along the way. A 4 hour drive.
      • Kaeson Funfair -We’ll take on the rides of Pyongyang’s newest funfair with the locals: pirate ship, vominator, rollercoaster, bumper cars, arcades, and more. Tickets purchased on the spot (2 EUR entry, 2-7 EUR for rides).
      • Mansugyo Beer Bar- A new standing bar serving seven type of local beer (0.50 -1 EUR per beer). Popular with locals after work and on weekends!

      Overnight: Yanggakdo International Hotel, Pyongyang.

    7. May 18 — Thursday

      Departure day for the non-extenders / More Pyongyang sites for those who extend


      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 252 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Friday May 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.

      OR

      OPTIONAL EXTENSION Day 1 (+340 EUR - please ensure to select this extra when submitting your application)

      AM

      • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - World-class museum exhibiting the DPRK perspective of the Korean War with artifacts, documents, photos, and lifelike dioramas. The exterior grounds house the War Victory Monument and captured equipment from the US military, including the USS Pueblo. Central to understanding the country today.
      • Pyongyang Feature Film Studios - Tour the home of 'Cholliwood', the DPRK's domestic film industry, with large scale sets used in movie production.

      PM

      • 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.

      Overnight: Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong




    8. May 19 — Friday

      Optional Extension Day 2 - Kaesong

      AM

      • Panmunjom Armistice Village and DMZ - The site of the signing of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and demarcation line between north and south. On some days it is possible to visit the hut straddling the line, where negotiations between both sides once took place. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.
      • 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

      • 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 (2.5 hour drive) 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.
      • Golden Lanes 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



    9. May 20 - Saturday


      Departure Day from Pyongyang and Return to Beijing by flight or train. Please indicate your preferred exit method upon booking.

      AM

      • Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo JS 252 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55. There is a 50 EUR surcharge for flight return.

      OR                                              

      • Train departure by international sleeper train at 10:10 with scheduled arrival to Beijing Station on Sunday May 19 at 08:30. We typically book soft sleeper (four beds per cabin) for the return journey. Please note that in some rare instances, soft sleeper tickets may sell out and we will book hard sleeper (six beds per cabin) instead.
  • Extras

    • Return by plane not train

      All our tours enter the DPRK by plane. But the default setting upon your return is the 24-hour international train from Pyongyang to Beijing. For an extra 50 EUR you can opt for the plane back instead. The flight takes around 90 minutes.

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    • 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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    • Visit the DPRK border town of Sinuiju

      If you are heading back to Beijing by train then this option lets you get off at Sinuiju, just before the border with China, and spend an extra 24 hours in the DPRK seeing the sites of North Pyongan province. It’s a great opportunity to see a rarely explored part of the country. You will then continue on through to Beijing.

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    • Visit Dandong — the Chinese gateway to the DPRK

      Instead of immediately returning to Beijing when your tour ends you can take some extra time to visit this fascinating border city, which directly faces the DPRK town of Sinuiju, but lies on the Chinese side of the Yalu River. We offer both one-night and two-night fully guided extensions that take in all the sights of Dandong, with a special North Korea theme. Please note: US citizens cannot take the train out of the DPRK, but can do this extension by flying from Pyongyang to Shenyang (China), and we will get you to Dandong from there.

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    • Cycling tour — special 2-night extension

      For those wanting to cover more Pyongyang highlights, and other DPRK extras, this tour can be extended by 2 nights. You will visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as Kaesong and the DMZ (the border with South Korea), amongst other things. Please see Days 6-8 in the 'Itinerary' section of this tour for more details.

  • What is / is not included?

    • Included
      Flight Beijing – Pyongyang
      Train Pyongyang – Beijing
      All meals on the tour apart from the meals on the train back to Beijing
      Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
      A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
      All transportation in the DPRK
    • Not included
      DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
      Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
      Optional single room supplement of 40 EUR per night
      Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 10-15 EUR per day)
      Optional activities such as the lift up the Juche Tower (5 EUR) or a visit to the funfair (approx. 2 EUR entrance fee per person)
      Entry tickets for special events if applicable – for example Pyongyang Circus (approx. 20 EUR per person)
      Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
      Spending money for souvenirs
      SINUIJU EXTENSION: RMB 50 for the bus across the bridge to Dandong to be paid on the spot to the local guides
  • Notes

    One of the highlights in our tour calendar this trip needs 8 to run and is limited to 15 pax so book early to avoid disappointment.

    We will provide Giant Hunter 2.0 mens bicycles for this tour. Please let us know upon application should you wish to bring your own bicycle to the DPRK.

    Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ 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 21st April, 2017.

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