A private tour is a great way to travel to the DPRK (North Korea) if you don’t want to travel as part of a group, your travel dates don't match our group tour dates, or you’d like to travel at your own pace.
For private tours you can choose your own dates of travel, methods of entry/exit, and we can customise your itinerary based on your interests. We can arrange private tours departing from Beijing, Shanghai (coming soon!), certain locations in Northeast China (Shenyang, Dandong or Yanji), or Vladivostok, Russia. Private tour bookings need to be finalised at least a month prior to your departure. This is so there is enough time to arrange your DPRK visa. However, we recommend making arrangements much earlier than that for bookings during peak season (April-October).
Private tour prices depend largely on your point of departure, the number of nights spent in the country, how many travelers are in the group, hotel class, entry-exit methods, and any additional add-ons.
All independent tours are accompanied by two professional Korean guides -- from the Korean International Travel Company (KITC) or affiliated local companies. Our tours are arranged with English-speaking local guides by default.
We can arrange German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Vietnamese, Hungarian, or Bulgarian-speaking guides based on request and availability.
Beijing is the main transit point for travel to the DPRK. As the capital of China, Beijing has a rich cultural heritage and shares historic ties with the Korean peninsula. The Koryo Tours office is also located in Beijing. More info on tours from Beijing>
Shanghai is now increasingly becoming an alternative option to Beijing as the starting point for tours to the DPRK. In 2015, we saw the introduction of semi-regular direct flights between Pyongyang and Shanghai, highlighting the growing importance of the DPRK’s relationship with China. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list for updates on Shanghai-based tours. More info on tours from Shanghai>
Flying into the DPRK from Shenyang, China or Vladivostok, Russia The road to the DPRK via China’s Northeast, or the Russian Far East, is one less travelled, but by no means less fascinating. Once known to the world as ‘Manchuria’, the territory has long been at the cultural crossroads of Chinese, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Mongol, and Manchu cultures in northeast Asia. Two ancient medieval Korean kingdoms, Koguryo and Palhae, once ruled over these lands, and the territory that now comprises the DPRK. More info on tours from the Northeast>