The itinerary of our standard tour is below, you can also find links to our Group Tours.
Our standard North Korea tours start in Dandong, situated in North East China. However, we also offer travel to and from Beijing.
This is the 4 day tour itinerary. For details of the longer tours please email us.
Our upcoming current group tours are as follows:
13th-16th April 2014: Kim Il Sung birthday tour £699 (€820)
26th-29th June 2014: Four day tour £699 (€820)
16th-19th July 2014: Four day tour £699 (€820)
26th-29th July 2014: DPRK 4th Annual Amateur Golf Open £789 (€949)
13th-16th August 2014: Liberation Day Tour £699 (€820)
8th-11th September 2014: 66th Anniversary of the founding of the DPRK tour £699 (€820)
22nd-25th October 2014: 4 day tour £699 (€820)
Free day in Dandong whilst we process your visa. We recommend you take a boat trip along the Yalu River to get your first taste of North Korea - looking over from the other side. We can also arrange a full day tour of Dandong and the Tiger Mountain Great wall on request.
We will meet outside Dandong train station at 9am ready to board the train into North Korea. We cross the Yalu river on the Sino-Korea Friendship bridge over to Sinuiju. The train stops at North Korean customs where we will remain for around 2 hours before continuing the journey to Pyongyang. View the Korean countryside and workers in the fields through the train windows throughout your journey to the capital. Packed lunch provided on the train. The journey is a great chance to mix with locals on the train and also stand on the bustling platforms while the train stops at each town along the way. We reach Pyongyang in time for dinner before later heading to the Yanggakdo hotel. Evening spent at leisure around the hotel grounds. Check out the hotel's microbrewery or head up to the revolving bar on the top floor with incredible vistas of Pyongyang. There's also the chance to go bowling, play pool or perform on karaoke!
After breakfast we are driven to Mount Myohang to explore one of the most beautiful areas in the Korean peninsula. On arrival we visit the International Friendship Exhibition Hall, a huge complex consisting of over 100,000 gifts given by various world leaders and figures to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Including the extravagant sight of two trains given to Kim Il Sung by Chairman Mao and Joseph Stalin! After visiting the exhibit highlights we are taken onto the balcony of the exhibition hall to view the breathtaking scenery of the area. We leave the exhibition hall and drive to nearby Pohyon Temple. The temple dates from the 11th Century and the founding of the Koryo Dynasty. It is one of the few remaining Buddhist temples in North Korea. The local guide will give you a tour of the site and introduce you the the temple's monks. After lunch in Myohang-ch'on we return to Pyongyang and visit the Arch of Triumph and Mangyongdae Native House. Afterwards we will visit the Youth palace to watch a special performance by local children. We will go for a traditional Korean meal before; depending on the time of year we will either return to the hotel to spend the night at leisure or head to the national stadium to view the Mass Games or 'Arirang' a huge event held in the national stadium consisting of more than 150,000 performers.
After breakfast we head to Panmunjom, the 'truce village' that straddles the North/South Korean border and visit the Armistice Hall, where the truce was signed at the end of the Korean war. We are given talks by North Korean military personnel explaining the history of the site before heading over to visit the DMZ or Military Demarcation line; an area that Bill Clinton described as 'one of the most dangerous places in the world'. If there are no tourists on the Southern side then we will have the chance to go inside the blue buildings which straddle the border. Once inside you can walk freely across the North and South border. Afterwards we drive to Kaesong to visit the Koryo History Museum and the Tomb of King Wang Gwon. Afterwards we will go for lunch before returning to Pyongyang in the afternoon to view the Tower of Juche Idea, take a trip on the Pyongyang Metro and visit the Mansudae Monument and view the newly constructed giant bronze statue of Kim Jong Il now stood next to his father. We will then visit the best restaurant in Pyongyang, the Duck BBQ restaurant before returning to the hotel where you will have the chance to shop at the export store. Buy anything from books, CDs and DVDs to stamps, pin badges and propaganda artwork. Depending on what activities are available at the time of the tour, we also offer the option of spending the evening outside the hotel, visiting either the funfair, orchestra, or even football match.
After breakfast we will return to the train station for our journey back to Sinuiju and out of North Korea. Lunch is provided on the train. Arrive back in Dandong at 16.30. Alternatively, we also offer the chance to stay an extra day and take an extended tour of Pyongyang. Depending on your choices we have the options of visiting places as varied as the Pyongyang Film Studio, Circus, Shooting range, USS Pueblo, Korea War Museum and the chance to eat in a fast food restaurant! Other days can also be added, visiting other cities such as Nampo or Wonsan.
* Tours are subject to change.
Some aspects of the tour might be altered slightly depending on the guides/weather/time of year.
Some guides will offer extra places to visit, depending on how much they like you!
Our budget priced North Korean tours allow you to enter the country by train, thus enabling you to view true North Korean village life as you pass through the countryside.
However, for anyone who would prefer to travel by air, we can arrange flights by Air Koryo or Air China on request.