Our private tours allow you to build a bespoke itinerary, and are a great way to travel to the DPRK if you want to have a more personal experience, fix your own dates, travel at your own pace, or explore specific aspects of this fascinating, unique and complex country.
With over 40 full days of possible sightseeing, and hundreds of sights — ranging from grand monuments and exhibitions of an industrial power to secluded landscapes and pristine natural beauty — there is much to see and do away from the usual routes.
Sign up for a first-hand experience of Korea’s ancient past and modern revolutionary history, its unique architecture and socialist art, its traditional customs and modern culture, and much more.
New locations and activities become available each year, and our private tours team will be able to advise on the latest options that best fit your particular interests.
Once on tour you will be on your own, or with the group that you put together, and without a Koryo staff member. You will, however, still be accompanied by two Korean tour guides — even if you are a party of one — as per the current rules and regulations of tourism to the DPRK.
Private tours need to be finalised at least one month before departure. However, we recommend making arrangements much earlier than that during peak season (April to October).
Prices depend upon length of stay, number of travellers, hotel class, and so on, but please note that the bespoke nature of this service means it’s obviously more expensive than joining a group tour.
So why choose a private tour?
— Group tours run on fixed dates, with pre-set itineraries, and you have to move with the group at all times. Private tours offer you much more flexibility in terms of when to travel, how long you stay, what you see and do, who you’re with, and how fast you go each day.
— Not only are you able to fully customise your own itinerary based on specific interests and requests, but you get to so with the direct input and advice from a DPRK travel industry expert, whose knowledge of the trip you are about to undertake is second to none.
— You can have your private tour go from Beijing, Shanghai, certain places in Northeast China (Shenyang, Dandong or Yanji), or even Vladivostok in Russia. Nearly all of our group tours start in Beijing.
— The Korean guides for all our group and private tours speak English as a default. But, should you request it, we can also arrange for you to be joined by guides that speak German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Vietnamese, Hungarian, or Bulgarian.
Next steps for arranging a private tour
If you think a private tour is for you then the next step is to fill out the form above to start the consultation process with our in-house experts. Feel free to look at the group tours for inspiration, or download our brochure (below) for more information on possible destinations and activities.
If you just want to get going then simply fill out the basic form — below — and one of our DPRK travel consultants will get back to you within one full working day. If you have a strong idea of what you're after then there are more detailed sections for you to fill out as you see fit.
As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Our consultants are waiting to work with you to create your perfect tour, and walk you through the booking process.