Unique Experiences:
  • Visit one of the world’s most isolated nations during a special period of the year.
  • Run the Pyongyang marathon along its main streets or cheer alongside the locals.
  • Travel from Beijing to to Pyongyang by train and enjoy the countryside scenery along the way.
  • Visit all the highlights in both Pyongyang and Kaesong

Shared Group Experience – Expect to travel with max. 35 English-speaking people.

Trip Length: 7 Day(s) 6 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Fixed departure day from Beijing: 6 April 2019
Travel Season:

North Korea has four seasons: summer, spring, autumn, and winter. The best season for travelling to North Korea is from March to May and from Sep to Oct. Winter is from Dec to Feb, spring is from March to May, summer is from Jun to Aug and autumn is from Sep to Nov.

Type of Transportation: Round-trip night trains between Beijing and Dandong in hard sleeper berth  Round-trip day trains between Dandong and Pyongyang Full day vehicle service in North Korea
Type of Accommodation: Yanggakdo Hotel
Physical Rate: 2/5
Child Policy:

This tour is NOT recommended for: Children below 12 years of age.

Included in Price:

Meals: 4 x Breakfast, 5 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner 
Accommodation: 2 x Nights on the Train, 4 x Nights at Pyongyang Yanggakdo Hotel 
Entrance Fee(s): All the Sightseeing Spots Mentioned in the Itinerary, North Korea Tourist Visa
Transport: Overnight Train of Beijing-Dandong-Beijing in Hard Sleeper Berth, Daytime Train of Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong in Hard Sleeper Berth, Full Vehicle Service in DPRK
Others/Activities: English-Speaking Tour Guide Services According to Itinerary.

Excluded from Price:
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory), medical & emergency evacuation 
  • China visa fee 
  • Tips to local guide and driver (suggested tipping standard: 5EURO YUAN/per guest per day)  
  • Any Service in Beijing, but ticket delivery service 
  • Marathon Registration fee: 150 EURO per person 
  • (apply to all the spectators and runners, pay locally in cash) 
  • Marathon Runner:
- Full Marathon: 150 USD per person
- Half Marathon: 80 USD per person 
- 5 km Marathon: 70 USD per person  
(apply to all the runners, pay locally in cash) 
  • Optional programs.
  • All other expenses not stated as included in the above


    Locations Visited:
    Dandong City in China, Panmunjom, Armistice Hall, DMZ, Kaesong, Koryo History Museum, Tomb of King Wang Gwon, Pyongyang, Tower of Juche Idea, Pyongyang Metro, The Mansudae Monument, Grand People’s Study Hall, Korean War Museum, Sinuiju 
    Start City:
    End City:


    Day 1: (6th of April) Beijing to Dandong by Overnight Train  
    You need to get to Beijing Railway Station and board the train to Dandong, the China's border city to the Democratic People's of Korea on your own.

    Accommodation: Overnight on Hard Sleeper Berth Train, #K27 (Departure at 17:27 pm, arrival at 7:22 am +1 day)
    Note: Please provide your hotel name and address upon booking procedure, in order for us to deliver the train ticket in advance.

    Day 2: (7th of April) Dandong to Pyongyang – Go by Train Through North Korea  
    Your train will arrive in Dandong Train Station at 7:22 am, where you will be met by your guide and your group fellows. Together at the same station, you will board the train to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Crossing the Sino - DPRK Friendship Bridge over the Yalu River to enter DPRK, then stop at Sinuiju on the North Korean side to get custom clearance. This procedure might take 2 - 3 hours, which you will have to wait on the train. Then we continue the journey through the North Korean countryside to Pyongyang. This train journey is a great opportunity for you to enjoy the countryside scenery and intermingle with the locals both on the train and on the bustling platforms where the train stops.
    You will reach Pyongyang in time for dinner at Yanggakdo Hotel and the rest of the evening is left free for you to spend in the hotel grounds.

    Suggested programs (on your own expense): Have a couple of beer at the hotel's microbrewery, enjoy the incredible vistas of Pyongyang from the revolving bar on the top floor, go bowling, swimming, and singing at karaoke! 

    Meal: Package Lunch on the train, Dinner  
    Accommodation: Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel  
    NOTE: Upon arrival in Dandong at 7:22 am, you need to go the EXIT of train station to meet your local guide who will be holding a sign with your name. That is where you will meet all group fellows, get your DPRK’s tourist visa (the visa is on a separate paper) and receive a brief introduction about the upcoming DPRK trip. The train to Pyongyang will depart at 10:00 am. 

    Day 3: (8th of April) Marathon Day!  
    Enjoy your breakfast that is served at the hotel restaurant. After breakfast, you will be met with your local guide and driver at the hotel and get transferred to the venue for the Marathon (everybody must go). Spend the morning as runner or spectator. 
    Your lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant, then we'll explore the capital in the afternoon.
    You'll finish your day with dinner and drinks at a local bar, then transfer back together with the group to the hotel.
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  
    Accommodation: Overnight at  Yanggakdo Hotel 
    Note: Marathon Registration Fee = pay locally in cash 150 EURO per person, this apply to all the spectators and runners.
    Marathon Runner pays locally in cash - Full Marathon = 150 USD per person, Half Marathon = 80 USD per person, 5 Km Marathon = 70 USD per person, the fee applies to all the runners.

    Day 4: (9th of April) Pyongyang – Panmunjom – Kaesong – Pyongyang   

    After breakfast, we'll head to Panmunjom for 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'll be given the detail by North Korean military personnel to explain the history of the site before heading over to visit the DMZ or Military Demarcation line, the area that Bill Clinton described as "One of the most dangerous places in the world". You might have (depending on the circumstances) the opportunity 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. We'll go for lunch befor returing to Pyongyang in the afternoon to view the Tower of Juche Idea. Then we will arrange you to experience the Pyongyang Metro, the world's deepest metro lines at the average of 100 meters underground. We'll be visiting the Mansudae Monument and view the newly constructed giant bronze statue of Kim Jong Il, now stood next to his father.

    This evening, we will enjoy the Duck BBQ at the best restaurant in Pyongyang. After meal, the tourist souvenir shop next door is the ideal place to buy some DPRK souvenir, such as books, CDs, DVDs, stamps, pin badges and propaganda artworks. After you finished dinner and bit of shopping, you will be taken back to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel
    Note: Evening Optional Programs (The organized activity outside of the hotel ground, this will be on your own expense and available depending on the circumstance): go with the guide to the local funfair, see the orchestra performance, circus or bar.

    Day 5: (10th of  April) Pyongyang City Tour  

    After breakfast, we take a full day tour of Pyongyang. We begin at the Grand People's Study House, where we can stand in on an English lesson. You will meet the Great philosopher, who will answer questions on any subject. We'll also visit the library, computer room and music rooms.

    We move on to the Korean War Museum, where the shot-down US warplanes and captured weapons including the USS Pueblo - the only US navy ship in captivity anywhere in the world are displayed.

    Afterwards, we will have a farewell dinner in a Pyongyang restaurant before returning back to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight at Yanggakdo Hotel.

    Day 6: (11th of  April) Leave North Korea behind and head back to China!

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Pyongyang Train Station. You will board the day train back to Dandong City, where you will connect with the overnight train back to Beijing with the guide assisting for the train ticket and train connection at Dadong Train Station.

    Meals: Breakfast, Packed lunch on the train
    Accommodation: Overnight in Hard Sleeper Berth Train (train no.K28, departing from Dadong at 6:31 pm). 

    Day 7: (12th of April) Arriving back to Beijing  

    You will arrive back in Beijing at Beijing Railway Station at around 8:40 am.

    Your trip ends here, you can continue exploring your next destination on your own.

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