Independent travel

(for independent US tours please click here)

An independent tour is a great way to travel to the country if you don't want to travel as part of a group, or your travel dates don't match our group tour dates. With an independent tour you can choose your dates of travel, methods of entry and exit and also the itinerary can be tailored to suit your requests. As with our group tours, we offer different standards of independent tours for different cost. Independent tours are more expensive than group tours but do offer more flexibilty.

Standard independent tour: This tour is ideal for tourists on a budget. You will stay in a 3* hotel and follow a standard itinerary.

Classic independent tour: You will stay in a 4* deluxe hotel and there are more itinerary options available to you to ensure you have an indepth experience of the DPRK.

Exclusive independent tour: This is for those of you who want to experience the DPRK in the most luxurious way possible. You will fly in on Air Koryo business class (if available), accomodation is in the best rooms in the best hotels that the DPRK has to offer, and the itinerary will allow you to have the most intimate and indepth experience of the DPRK.

COSTS

HOTELS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

FLIGHT & TRAIN INFORMATION

DANDONG OPTION

COSTS (WHAT THE TOUR COST COVERS)

Standard Package - cost in EUR per person

  3 nights (return flight) 4 nights (flight/train) 5 nights (flight/train) 6 nights (flight/train) 7 nights (flight/train)
1 pax 1510 1610 1860 2040 2250
2 pax 1255 1340 1630 1670 1840
3-5 pax 1155 1240 1530 1570 1740
6-9 pax 1050 1090 1270 1380 1510

Classic Package - cost in EUR per person

  3 nights (return flight) 4 nights (flight/train) 5 nights (flight/train) 6 nights (flight/train) 7 nights (flight/train)
1 pax 1570 1690 1960 2170 2410
2 pax 1430 1410 1710 1760 1940
3-5 pax 1325 1310 1610 1660 1840
6-9 pax 1110 1140 1320 1440 1570

Exclusive Package - cost in EUR per person

  3 nights (return flight) 4 nights (return flight) 5 nights (return flight)
1 pax 2670 2910 3180
2 pax 2480 2640 2850
3-5 pax 2375 2540 2750
6-9 pax 2190 2320 2490

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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

Below are some suggested itineraries of varying lengths. Please note that these are fairly flexible so if there is anything not covered that you would like to see then do let us know and we will do our best to cater to your needs. This may, however, slightly alter the cost of the tour. We have also included the Dandong option at the bottom if this page which is a great way to extend your tour.

Also, please note that the days and exit/entry methods can also be changed to fit with your requirements. Again, this may alter the total cost of the tour.

For a brief explanation of the sights and to see a full list of all available attractions please click here.

3 night tour, Sat - Tues

DAY AM PM OVERNIGHT
Sat Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 11:30 departure, 14:25 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, transfer to Yanggakdo Hotel. Check in hotel. Pyongyang
Sun Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetry, Buddhist Temple Mangyongdae Native House, Juche Tower, Monument to Party Foundation, War Victory Monuments, Pyongyang Metro Pyongyang
Mon Drive to Kaesong, Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Return to Pyongyang, Victorious Fatherland Liberaton War Museum, USS Pueblo, walk in the city Pyongyang
Tues JS151 Flight Pyongyang - Beijing 08:15 departure, 09:00 arrival n/a n/a

4 night tour, Sat - Wed/Thurs

DAY AM PM HOTEL
Sat Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 11:30 departure, 14:25 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, transfer to Yanggakdo Hotel. Check in hotel. Pyongyang
Sun Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetry, Buddhist Temple City tour of Pyongyang, including Mangyongdae Native House, Juche Tower, Monument to Party Foundation, War Victory Monuments, Pyongyang Metro, drive to Mt Myohyang Hyangsan Hotel, Mt Myohyang
Mon International Friendship Exhibition (Hall of gifts to DPRK's leaders), Buddhist temple return to Pyongyang, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo Pyongyang
Tues Drive to Kaesong, Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Concrete Wall, return to Pyongyang, Schoolchildren's Palace performance, walk in the city Pyongyang
Weds Depart Pyongyang by train departure at 10:10 Sinuiju (DPRK customs), Cross border into China, Dandong city and on through China train
Thurs 08:34 Train arrives at Beijing Central Station, End of tour n/a n/a

5 night tour, Sat – Thurs/Fri

DAY AM PM HOTEL
Sat Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 11:30 departure, 14:25 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, transfer to Yanggakdo Hotel. Check in hotel. Pyongyang
Sun Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetry, Buddhist Temple Walk in Moran Hill, Mangyongdae Native House, Pyongyang Metro, drive to Mt Myohyang Hyangsan Hotel, Mt Myohyang
Mon International Friendship Exhibition (Hall of gifts to DPRK's leaders), Buddhist temple return to Pyongyang, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), War Victory Monuments Pyongyang
Tues Drive to Kaesong, Panmunjom/DMZ Concrete Wall, Kaesong Koryo Museum, Tomb of King Kongmin Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong
Weds Return to Pyongyang, Korean Art Gallery, Grand People’s Study House USS Pueblo, Juche Tower, Monument to Party Foundation, Pyongyang Film Studios Pyongyang
Thurs Depart Pyongyang by train departure at 10:10 Sinuiju (DPRK customs), Cross border into China, Dandong city and on through China train
Fri 08:34 Train arrives at Beijing Central Station, End of tour n/a n/a

6 night tour, Thurs – Weds/Thurs

DAY AM PM HOTEL
Thurs n/a Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 14:30 departure, 16:25 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, transfer to Yanggakdo Hotel. Check in hotel. Pyongyang
Fri Korean Art Gallery, Grand People’s Study House, Kim Il Sung Square, USS Pueblo Walk in Moran Hill, Mangyongdae Native House, Pyongyang Metro, drive to Mt Myohyang Hyangsan Hotel, Mt Myohyang
Sat International Friendship Exhibition (Hall of gifts to DPRK's leaders), Buddhist temple return to Pyongyang, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), War Victory Monuments Pyongyang
Sun Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetry Drive to Nampo, West Sea Barrage and Sea Vessel Repair Shop, overnight at Hot Springs Hotel Nampo
Mon Drive through Kuwol Mountains to Kaesong, visit to temple and light walking in the area. Arrive Kaesong late afternoon, Tomb of King Kongmin, check in folk hotel Minsok Folk Hotel, Kaesong
Tues Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum, return to Pyongyang Juche Tower, Monument to Party Foundation, Pyongyang Film Studios, Schoolchildren's Palace tour and performance Pyongyang
Weds Depart Pyongyang by train departure at 10:10 Sinuiju (DPRK customs), Cross border into China, Dandong city and on through China train
Thurs 08:34 Train arrives at Beijing Central Station, End of tour n/a n/a

7 night tour, Sat - Sat/Sun

DAY AM PM HOTEL
Sat Flight Beijing-Pyongyang 11:30 departure, 14:25 arrival. Customs at Pyongyang airport, meet guides, Mansudae Grand Monument, Arch of Triumph, Fountain Park, transfer to Yanggakdo Hotel. Check in hotel. Pyongyang
Sun Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung), Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetry, Buddhist Temple Walk in Moran Hill, Kaeson Funfair, Korean Central Art Gallery, drive to Mt Myohyang Hyangsan Hotel, Mt Myohyang
Mon International Friendship Exhibition (Hall of gifts to DPRK's leaders), Buddhist temple return to Pyongyang, Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), USS Pueblo Pyongyang
Tues Drive to Kaesong, Panmunjom/DMZ, Kaesong Koryo Museum Concrete Wall, return to Pyongyang, Schoolchildren's Palace performance, walk in the city Pyongyang
Weds Mansudae Art Studio, coach to the East Coast via trout farm for lunch, city of Wonsan Walk in the city and local park, local co-operative farm Wonsan
Thurs Kumgang Mountains, the most beautiful in all of Korea, light walking in this area, picnic lunch Songdowon Schoolchildren's camp and beach, swimming if weather permits. Return to Pyongyang Pyongyang
Fri Pyongyang Metro Museum, Pyongyang Film Studios, 3 Revolutions Exhibition Mangyongdae Native House, Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, Monument to Party Foundation, War Victory Monuments Pyongyang
Sat Depart Pyongyang by train departure at 10:10 Sinuiju (DPRK customs), Cross border into China, Dandong city and on through China train
Sun 08:34 Train arrives at Beijing Central Station, End of tour n/a n/a

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HOTELS

PYONGYANG

Exclusive Hotels  

POTONGGANG HOTEL

Highest standard Hotel in DPRK, very comfortable rooms, quiet location by Potong River:

  • Karaoke room
  • Variety of bars and restaurants
  • Shops with imported goods
  • Riverside walk is possible
  • CNN TV
  • rumoured that it will have wireless internet up and running sometime in 2009!

MORANBONG HOTEL

Pyongyang’s only Boutique hotel, quiet but central setting:

  • only 12 rooms each with DVD player, guaranteed peaceful time
  • comprehensive sauna, pool, fitness centre
  • Karaoke rooms built into a cave
  • Popular hangout with western diplomats and NGO staff based in Pyongyang
Classic Hotels  

YANGGAKDO HOTEL

47 stories tall and built in 1995. This is Pyongyang’s main deluxe hotel which is situated on Yanggak Island in the Taedong River:

  • Micro-brewery
  • Swimming pool, sauna, massage
  • Pitch’n’putt golf course with driving range
  • Bowling
  • Karaoke
  • Billiards
  • Revolving restaurant
  • Bookshop
  • IDD
  • Nightclub
  • Casino
  • Chance to walk outside the hotel
  • BBC TV news channel

KORYO HOTEL

Built in 1985, this is Pyongyang’s other deluxe Hotel which is located near the railway station in the city centre:

  • Lobby bar and coffee shop. Beer brewed on site
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Karaoke
  • Billiards
  • Revolving restaurant
  • bookshop
  • IDD
  • BBC TV news channel
Standard Hotels
(these do not have 24 hours hot water)
 

SOSAN HOTEL

Located in the Sports Village in west Pyongyang, a first class hotel:
  • Swimming pool and sauna
  • Golf driving range
  • Several bars
  • Billiard room
  • Karaoke
  • Pleasant hotel grounds
  • View of the sports village

CHANGWANGSAN HOTEL

Centrally located first class hotel:

  • large swimming pool with skylight
  • Karaoke rooms
  • German coffee shop
  • Several small bars
  • Walking distance to some attractions
 

HAEBANGSAN HOTEL

Centrally located first class hotel

  • Billiard room
  • Karaoke room
  • Bar
  • Walking distance to some attractions

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FLIGHTS & TRAIN TIMETABLE

FLIGHTS are with the DPRK national carrier Air Koryo. Air China also started a service in April 2008 which increases travel options. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether or not the service will continue in 2009 Please note that use of Air China will increase the tour cost - please ask for more details.

Economy and business class available on Air Koryo – economy and first class on Air China.
Note: local time shown (North Korea is one hour ahead of China).

Beijing (PEK) – Pyongyang (FNJ) Pyongyang (FNJ) – Beijing (PEK)
day carrier flight no. time day carrier flight no. time
Mon Air China CA121 13:40 – 16:20 Mon Air China CA122 17:20-18:05
Tues Air Koryo JS152 11:55-14:25 Tues Air Koryo JS151 08:55-09:30
Wed Air China CA121 13:40 – 16:20 Wed Air China CA122 17:20-18:05
Thurs Air Koryo JS252 14:00-16:30 Thurs Air Koryo JS251 10:10-11:30
Fri Air China CA121 13:40 – 16:20 Fri Air China CA122 17:20-18:05
Sat Air Koryo JS152 11:55-14:25 Sat Air Koryo JS151 08:55-09:30

TRAINS depart every Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Beijing to Pyongyang – depart 17:25 arrive 19:30 next day (this can be delayed)
Pyongyang to Beijing – depart 10:10 arrive Beijing 08:23 next day (can take up to 1 hour to get out of station and into a taxi/subway)
Standard soft sleeper cabins four bunks. No Smoking in carriage.

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DANDONG EXTENSION

For those tours which exit by train, there is the option of disembarking at Dandong (the Chinese border city with the DPRK) and spending 24 hours there before continuing back to Beijing. The cost of this is as follows and for more information about the option please click here

Cost in EUROS per person (WHAT THE TOUR COST COVERS)

  1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6+ pax Single supplement
Hongyuan Hotel (Standard tours) 190 160 140 120 25
Zhonglian Hotel (Classic & Exclusive tours) 220 190 180 160 50

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