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Venture to Asia's Forbidden Land: North Korean Historic Tour

Visit one of the most isolated countries on Earth on this tour of one of Communism’s last strongholds, North Korea. Tour the capital city, Pyongyang and admire the unique architecture that reflects so acutely the pride and politics of the people and place. Thanks to the country’s intense isolationist policies, this is one of the last places on Earth that culture has been truly protected and preserved with little influence from the outside world. Step inside and experience the country’s inner workings, heading from Pyongyang, to Orang, Mt Chilbo, Chongjin, and back again. This truly remarkable journey will leave you with new perspective into this reclusive nation. 

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  • Explore the capital of the socialist regime on a tour of Pyongyang and its many stoic tributes to Kim Il Sung
  • Witness patriotism like never before as you are surrounded with omnipresent symbolism and bold images of propaganda throughout your tour
  • Visit a chilling modern day tomb at Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the embalmed body of Kim Il Sung lies in a clear glass sarcophagus
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Day 1

Touch down in Pyongyang Airport, where your guide will be waiting to greet you. Waste no time and begin your sightseeing right away, with a first stop at Mansudae Grand Monument, a chilling tribute to the independence movement under Kim Il Sung against Japanese rule over Korea. Visit the Arch of Triumph and Fountain Park before checking in to the Yanggakdo Hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s “No. 1” restaurant, followed by a restful night.

Day 2
Pyongyang-Mt Chilbo

Today you will transfer by brief flight to Orang, enroute to Mt Chilbo. After arrival, enjoy lunch at Outer Chilbosan Hotel before taking a tour of the mountain range with its fascinating rock formations, impressive vistas and stunning natural scenery, all while learning of the area’s fascinating history and legend. Enjoy dinner and spend the evening in a coastal, homestay village. Interact with local families and get a feel for day-to-day life.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a scenic three-hour journey to Chongjin. Here, you will visit the Chongjin Revolutionary Museum, the city’s central square, and the Steelworks Kindergarten for a tour and performance. Finish off the day with dinner, drinks and a taste of North Korean nightlife at the Fishermen’s Club. Overnight at the Tourist Hotel, Chongjin.

Day 4

Return to Pyongyang today and visit Juche Tower, the world’s second-largest monument at 560 feet. It is said to symbolize self-reliance, nationalism, traditionalism and Marxist-Leninism. Enjoy lunch at Mangyongdae KITC Restaurant before a leisurely stroll around Moranbong Hill and a visit to Mangyongdae Native House, Mansudae Art Studio and a six-station tour of the Pyongyang Metro system. Tonight’s dinner will be a welcome Western dinner of Pizza, with a North Korean twist. Overnight at the Koryo Hotel or Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 5
Pyongyang - Kaesong

After breakfast at your hotel, visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, or Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the resting place of Kim Il Sung’s embalmed body in a glass sarcophagus. Stop at the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery and take part in a customary offering of flowers. The Taesongsan Fruit Farm will be a welcome break from the mostly somber sites of the city. Lunch at Koryo Hotel Restaurant, at the heart of a folk village referred to by many as ‘mini-Pyongyang’ before a scenic drive to Kaesong. Have dinner and spend the night at Minsok Hotel, Kaesong.

Day 6

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel on your tour’s last day. Today you will take a tour of Kaesong, visiting the Koryo Museum, and the city’s central park, named Jannamsan. Walk through the streets of the old city before lunch at Ginseng Restaurant. From here, you’ll return to Pyongyang in time for your departure to Beijing.


Suggested Accommodations

Koryo Hotel, Yanggakdo International Hotel

Koryo Hotel

This large hotel in the center of Pyongyang is easily identified by its two soaring towers connected by an impressive atrium. The Koryo is ideally located within walking distance from the Tower of the Juche Idea and just across the river from Kim Il Sung Square. The rooms, though perhaps a little dated, are clean and well-equipped with soft beds and flat-screen HDTVs with Western news channels, while the bathrooms have hot running water, clean towels and toiletries. The hotel provides everything its guests could want, including a swimming pool with massage center, a well-stocked bookstore and a souvenir shop, which sells everything from stamps to fruit and even traditional Korean dresses. Guests will be kept entertained in any of the four bars on-site, which include a karaoke bar and, on the ground floor, a microbrewery; all the shops, bars and restaurants accept foreign Euros and US Dollars. Perhaps the highlight of this hotel is the revolving restaurant on the top floor of one of its towers, from which visitors can enjoy traditional Korean cuisine, accompanied by stunning views of the great city.


Yanggakdo International Hotel

Opened in 1995 and the second-tallest building in North Korea, the Yanggakdo is currently Pyongyang's only luxury hotel and one of the city's most noticeable landmarks. The hotel has over 1000 rooms as well as a panoramic revolving restaurant on its 47th floor. There are also 4 other restaurants serving Korean, Chinese & Japanese cuisine. Facilities include bowling alley, a pool room, a swimming pool, a barber shop, a casino and a massage club, and the hotel is adjacent to the Pyongyang International Cinema Hall.

Homestay Village, Mt. Chilbo

Homestay Village, Mt. Chilbo

The area around Mt. Chilbo in North Korea is one of the most beautiful regions in the country - while also being home to the country’s only Homestay Village, where a local family welcomes tourists in to sleep, eat and live with them. Guests have the rare opportunity to experience true Korean life, from cooking and enjoying traditional cuisine, hiking the area or playing sports with the kids or simply chatting with their host families. While guests should expect basic accommodation, they will experience exceptional hospitality. 

Chong Jin Tourist Hotel

Chong Jin Tourist Hotel

On a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Chong Jin, the third-largest city in North Korea, guests can enjoy a stay at Chong Jin Tourist Hotel. While this hotel is very basic, offering limited running water within each room, it is in close proximity to a local bathhouse, complete with a traditional Korean sauna. The hotel restaurant serves meals throughout the day and the hotel shop can provide necessary amenities as well as snacks and alcoholic beverages.  

Minsok Folk Hotel

Minsok Folk Hotel

Located in Kaesong, the nearest town to the DMZ, Minsok Folk Hotel is a traditional Korean property in which guests sleep on a heated floor, in classic Korean fashion. Bathroom facilities are basic and electricity can be intermittent, but the hotel boasts beautiful Li Dynasty furniture and a gorgeous location, with a stream running through the grounds.
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