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Experience the holy Mt. Paektu

Welcome to summer in the Democratic People’s Republic! Visit North Korea in the middle of the hot season and experience celebrations around the key holiday of Victory Day. Celebrate with the locals in the park or watch the special parades in the city. During this tour you will visit all the highlights of North Korea, such as the DMZ and the Korean War Museum. Moreover, during the tour you will also take a domestic flight to the famous Mt. Paektu! This is the holy mountain for all Koreans. The great leader Kim-Jong Il is said to have been born here. In short: a tour full of unforgettable experiences in the most beautiful season of the year!

General info

Start dateThursday 21 July 2022
End dateSaturday 30 July 2022
Days8 days / 7 nights
Price€ 1,545
IncludingAccommodation
Transportation on the ground
Local guide
Train in + out
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 45 per night)
Insurance
Food on the train
Visa
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
Additional events
Flight Beijing <-> Pyongyang
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Itinerary

Thursday 21 July – Beijing

  • Getting to know your guide in Beijing.
  • 5:25 p.m. departure by overnight train to Pyongyang.

Friday 22 July – Pyongyang

  • 7:00 a.m. arrival border China / North Korea (Dandong / Sinuiju).
  • For those choosing to fly – 12:55 p.m. flight departure from Beijing, arrival 3:30 p.m. in Pyongyang.
  • 6:45 p.m. train passengers arrive in Pyongyang.
  • Guided tour of the hotel and introduction to your Korean guides.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Saturday 23 July – Pyongyang – Mt. Paektu

  • Highlight: Flight to Samjiyon with an Antonov 24 plane.
  • Drive to Mt. Paektu.
  • Highlight: Lake Chon, the lake on the border with China.
  • Picnic at Mt. Paektu.
  • Walk down (optional cable car € 2.50).
  • Mt. Paektu Secret Base Camp, the birthplace of Kim Jong Il and the place where the anti-Japanese revolution began.
  • Rimyongsu Waterfall.
  • Chongbong Bivouac, this is where the army stayed during the anti-Japanese revolution. There is also a statue of Kim Il Sung.
  • Overnight stay at the Begabong Hotel.

Sunday 24 July – Pyongyang – Mt. Paektu

  • Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum, learn more about the revolution in this region.
  • Samjiyon Grand Monument, here you will find several revolutionary statues.
  • View of Lake Sami.
  • Flight back to Pyongyang.
  • Taedong #3 Beer Cafe.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Monday 25 July – Pyongyang – Sari Won – Kaesong

  • Morning walk from the Grand Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop, the place to buy books and other souvenirs about North Korea.
  • Mansudae Fountain Park.
  • Highlight: Mansudae Grand Monument, the great bronze statues of the leaders.
  • Korean War Museum, during the tour you will learn more about the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War.
  • USS Pueblo, the American spy ship captured during the war.
  • Party Foundation Monument, the famous building with the hammer, sickle and calligraphy brush.
  • Kwangbok Supermarket, a local market where you can pay with the local currency.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Tuesday 26 July – Pyongyang – Kaesong / DMZ – Sariwon

  • Drive to Kaesong, near the border with South Korea.
  • Highlight: Panmunjon DMZ, the border with South Korea.
  • Koryo Museum, a UNESCO site.
  • Thongil Restaurant, where you can optionally eat dog soup.
  • Visit to the concrete wall on the border.
  • Ride to Sariwon.
  • Folkcustom Park, here you have a beautiful view over Sariwon.
  • Try the local drink makkoli (optional).
  • Drive to Pyongyang.
  • Monument of the Three Charters of National Reunification, an imposing structure across the highway.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Wednesday 27 July – Pyongyang – VICTORY DAY

  • Grand People’s Study House, Pyongyang’s main library.
  • Juche Tower (€ 5 to the top), tower in honour of the Juche ideology.
  • Arch of Triumph, a similar triumphal arch as in Paris.
  • Ride the Pyongyang Metro.
  • Picnic at Mt. Ryangak, where there is a nice view over the city.
  • Highlight: Special festivities, these are often announced at the last minute, but most of the time they are: a parade, circus performances, a classical concert and/or probably some other surprises. (optional: approx. € 20)
  • Join in/or watch from the sidelines with a mass dance performance with local students.
  • Mansugyo Beer Cafe.
  • Watching fireworks at Kim Il Sung Square. (t.b.c.)
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Thursday 28 July – Pyongyang

  • Highlight: Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, this is the mausoleum of the great leaders.
  • Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery, many important soldiers are buried here.
  • Mansudae Art Studio, this is where the local propaganda is made.
  • Jangchon Cooperative Vegetable Farm, see how they grow vegetables and how a North Korean farm operates.
  • Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill, the largest textile factory in Pyongyang.
  • Overnight stay at the Sosan Hotel.

Friday 29 July – Pyongyang – Beijing

  • 10:30 a.m. flight takers depart from Pyongyang (arrival 11:30 a.m. in Beijing).
  • 10:10 a.m. train takers depart from Pyongyang via Dandong to Beijing.

Saturday 30 July – Beijing

  • 9:00 a.m. arrival in Beijing by train, end of tour.

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