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Best of North Korea

5 Days | 4 Nights

From $ 1,180

North Korea
Beijing - Kaesong (DMZ) - Pyongsong - Pyongyang

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This morning, three hours before departure, meet our representative at the Beijing airport then receive the flight ticket and Visa for your North Korea Tour Packages. You will then be travelling to Pyongyang where you will be met by our Asia Senses Tour Guide. Your North Korea Travel has already begun.

Arrive into PYONGYANG, you will be met by our Asia Senses Korean tour guides with a warm welcome, then transferred to the city. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch.

Head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. Stroll through the Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students and an often used backdrop for wedding photos. A visit to these 2 places is a must in all North Korea Tour Packages, where you can get the very nice pictures.

OPTIONAL: If the time permits, have an optional visit to the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrillseekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out. Entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each.

Enjoy our welcome dinner at the local restaurant then overnight at the hotel!

Overnight in Pyongyang.

MEALS
Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
In the morning, enjoy a 2.5 hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic city of KAESONG then will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. Your North Korea Tour Packages are not complete without a visit to this historic place.

At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom Armistice Village, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK in 1953, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army. Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum or Kaesong Koryo Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. It is made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site.

On our return to PYONGYANG, visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). We will then enjoy dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table!

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
If you day coincides Thursday or Sunday, start your North Korea tour this morning with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary. Please note formal dress is required. Men are required collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women required covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes.

NOTE: The Palace is open on Thursday and Sunday; and closed during May - June period.

Afterwards, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during important holiday events. Stroll through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. Then visit the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery - Hilltop cemetery with dozens of bronze busts of those who took part in the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It is customary to present flowers here.

After lunch, head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Nearby, pay a visit to Schoolchildren’s Palace then tour one of Pyongyang’s centres of extracurricular excellence with study rooms for fine arts, dance, sports, and music, then watch a spectacular performance put on by the students.

Drive 1 hour north to PYONGSONG, a satellite city of Pyongyang and centre of scientific research.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongsong.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Wake up in Pyongsong is a new experience few trips to North Korea can bring you. Visit the Pyongsong City Square - central square of Pyongsong City with statues of the DPRK leadership and flanked by the provincial revolutionary museum. Presentation of flowers customary. Head to the Kim Jong Suk Higher Middle School - one of the DPRK’s top middle schools for gifted students, tourists are encouraged to help teach an English class! Near by, the excursion today brings you to the Pyongsong Arts School - local school focusing on talents in the performing and visual arts, where you can see an excellent performance here.

After lunch, visit the Paeksong Revolutionary Site - location of Kim Il Sung University during the Korean war. Tour the old classrooms and hear about how students lived during the war.

Drive back to PYONGYANG, then stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city. (Optional; elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

Visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung, a traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surrounding. Afterwards, pay a visit to Meari Shooting Range and then follow up with a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention.

For dinner, we will have Korean Bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery (Optional; 1-3 USD per draft).

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS

The North Korea Tour Packages wrap up today. Please confirm your preferred exit option upon booking:



Option 1: Train Pyongyang - Shenyang (NO SURCHARGE)
Train departure at 10:25 with scheduled arrival in Dandong on the DPRK-China border the same day at 17:30. After that, our representative will help you with the bullet train to Shenyang. End of our services.



Option 2: Train Pyongyang - Beijing (NO SURCHARGE)
Train departure by international sleeper train to Beijing with scheduled arrival at 10:10 to Beijing Station the day after. End of our services.



Option 3: Flight out (SURCHARGE of USD 200)
You will be transferred by our guides and driver to Pyongyang Sunan International ariport to catch the flight back to your preferred destination.



- Beijing: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (JS151 08:25 - 09:55)
- Shenyang: Wednesday and Saturday (JS155 12:00 -12:10)
- Shanghai: Sunday and Thursday (JS157 22:10 - 23:30)
- Guangzhou: Saturday and Wednesday (JS157 22:30 - 00:00)
- Vladivostok: Monday and Friday (JS271 08:30 - 11:00)

MEALS
Breakfast

Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 1,550
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 1,630
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 1,800
per person
/ person

Tour Price Includes

Tour Price Excludes


When to Go

See estimated monthly temperature and rainfall for this itinerary
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC





Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
1ºC
4mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
0ºC
14mm

Pyongsong
-1ºC
13mm

Pyongyang
-2ºC
12mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
4ºC
5mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
3ºC
16mm

Pyongsong
1ºC
15mm

Pyongyang
1ºC
15mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
11ºC
9mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
9ºC
48mm

Pyongsong
7ºC
28mm

Pyongyang
7ºC
26mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
19ºC
21mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
16ºC
83mm

Pyongsong
16ºC
42mm

Pyongyang
16ºC
36mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
26ºC
32mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
22ºC
79mm

Pyongsong
22ºC
78mm

Pyongyang
22ºC
81mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
30ºC
75mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
25ºC
103mm

Pyongsong
26ºC
97mm

Pyongyang
26ºC
96mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
31ºC
195mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
28ºC
420mm

Pyongsong
28ºC
316mm

Pyongyang
28ºC
306mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
29ºC
192mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
29ºC
279mm

Pyongsong
29ºC
232mm

Pyongyang
29ºC
195mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
25ºC
51mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
24ºC
142mm

Pyongsong
24ºC
119mm

Pyongyang
25ºC
104mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
19ºC
16mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
19ºC
46mm

Pyongsong
18ºC
43mm

Pyongyang
18ºC
40mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
9ºC
7mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
11ºC
46mm

Pyongsong
8ºC
38mm

Pyongyang
9ºC
38mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Beijing
3ºC
3mm

Kaesong (DMZ)
3ºC
29mm

Pyongsong
0ºC
18mm

Pyongyang
0ºC
16mm

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