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During this tour, we’ll be hitting up all the must-see sights of Pyongyang, Kaesong DMZ, Mount Myohyang. We will be also taking part in any available DPRK celebrations, as well as hanging out and drinking with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and joining in the Mass Dance.
We’ve combined this unique DPRK holiday with a very exciting trip up to Mt Paektu, a path well off the beaten track in the far north east of Korea. Whilst we’re exploring the north east region we’ll stop by Secret Base Camp where Kim Jong Il was born, early revolutionary camp sites where the Koreans began to stage their attack against the Japanese and to stay overnight in the quiet, gorgeous town of Samjiyon.
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DAY 01: BEIJING – FLY TO PYONGYANG
Meet our guide at the Beijing Airport then receive the North Korean Visa and flight ticket for your North Korea Tour Packages. After that, we will provide you with assistance with the boarding the plane to Pyongyang. Your trip to North Korea has already begun.
Arrive in 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.
Enjoy our welcome dinner at the local restaurant then overnight at the hotel in Pyongyang.
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.
Visit Revolutionary Martyry’s Cemetery, the resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within. 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 in relaxed manner 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 Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!
OPTIONAL: Helicopter ride – we’ll drive to Pyongyang Airport for a VIP lunch (included) and board a Mil Mi-17 to take on a joyride for a 40-minute aerial tour of Pyongyang city.
After lunch, visit Moranbong Hill to dance, party and mingle with the locals as they celebrated the biggest holiday of the year! Then 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. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line.
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). We will also have a photo stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals.
Expected mass dance for important days/events (such as Victory Day, National Day, Liberation Day, Foundation Day, etc...). Join in or just watch for fantastic photography opportunities! Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar to join the locals for refreshments. For dinner, we will have Korean Bibimbap in local restaurant.
In the morning, we will drive to Pyongyang Sunan International Airport where we will take our 8:00 AM chartered flight to SAMJIYON near the very famous Mt Paektu. For plane enthusiasts, this is the ultimate experience as we fly in a small 44 seater Antonov 24!
From there, we travel to Mount Paektu, the highest mountain (2750 m) of the Changbai and Paektudaegan ranges. It is also the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and in northeastern China. It is regarded as the origin point of the first Korean kingdom and is sacred in both North and South Korea. We will hike or take the incline railway for 2.5 euros to the top (1 hour hiking).
Mount Paektu was formed by volcanic eruption towards the third period of the Cenozoic Era and the crater Lake Chon in the center is one of the deepest (and surely most beautiful!) mountain lakes in the world. If weather permits we can hike down to Lake Chon which measures about 384 meters in depth.
We will then have a high-altitude picnic lunch before hiking to the Paektusan Secret Camp, headquarters of the anti- Japanese revolutionary struggle and the birthplace of General Kim Jong Il. We will see some preserved items from his early years, Jong-Il Peak and other odes to the camps revolutionary history such as monuments and famous slogan trees. Afterwards, we will visit Samjiyon Schoolchildren’s Palace, an extra-curricular facility for children to learn performance arts and sports.
Dinner and overnight at the Paegaebong Hotel, where we can enjoy amazing sky views, and true tranquillity. Usually our groups sit outside at night drinking and talking with the Korean guides.
Start the day with a visit to the powerful Rimyongsu Waterfall created from the waters of Lake Chon flowing out from the ground-water zone and through the cliff. We will then visit the Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum which is displayed materials on the final attack for Korea's liberation army in the Musan area.
Then we visit the Samjiyon Grand Monument, a massive bronze monument (19.7 m) of a young Kim Il-Sung. This is the second-largest monument to Kim Il-Sung in North Korea. The impressive monument is standing on the shore of Samji Lake with Mount Paektu as background.
Have lunch at Paegaebong Hotel. After a short break, we will head back to the Samjiyon Airport for the flight back to Pyongyang. Upon arrival, visit Taedonggang Micro Brewery to sample some of the 7 beers they have available! Soft drinks, juices, and snacks are also available. Dinner in local restaurant.
In the morning, enjoy a 2.5 hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the 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 package is 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, another UNESCO site in Kaesong.
On our return to Pyongyang, we will take a quick stop at the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification. After wards, visit the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace. Apart from seeing the children's performance we can walk around their lessons and see them practice extra-curricular activities such as calligraphy, taekwondo and playing Korean traditional instruments.
Enjoy dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table!
This morning we venture north of Pyongyang into countryside to visit the picturesque MOUNT MYOHYANG (Myohyangsan). This will be a 2 hour drive filled with beautiful scenery, providing a great look at what life is like outside of the capital.
On arrival, we will visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex containing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. There’s even a basketball signed by Michael Jordan presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the mountain view and fresh air while sipping organic mountain root tea.
We will then visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple, founded under the Koryo Dynasty and remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks.
After lunch, we drive back to Pyongyang then will visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). There is a chance to stop at the Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. If your energy allows, visit Science and Technology Centre, a newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.
For farewell dinner, we will visit South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats or have Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a local restaurant.
The Mount Paektu Tour By Charter Flight wraps 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. End of our services.
Option 3: Flight out (SURCHARGE of USD 60) 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)
Group Tour Dates
Mount Paektu Tour By Charter Flight
Dep - Jul 26 Arr - Aug 01
Mount Paektu Tour By Charter Flight
Tour Price Includes
FREE North Korean Visa
Flight Beijing - Pyongyang
International train Pyongyang - Beijing or Pyongyang Dandong - Shenyang (with transit in Dandong)
6 nights in DPRK
Shared charter flight between Pyongyang and Samjiyon
All meals on the tour
A complimentary beer and water for each meals
Transportation in North Korea
Two local English Speaking Korean guides
FREE bottled drinking water
FREE transfer from hotel in Pyongyang to train station/airport
Tour Price Excludes
Helicopter Ride in Pyongyang
Surcharge for the flight on departure day from Pyongyang
Travel and medical insurances
Tips for the local Korean guides and driver
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, souvenirs...)
Other flights not indicated
When to Go
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