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NORTH KOREA


North Korea is arguably the world's most unique travel experience.


The Secret State, The Hermit Kingdom, The Democratic Republic of Korea. Whatever you wish to call it, it is a place like no other, completely shut off from the outside world since 1953.


Head behind the world's last remaining 'iron curtain' to catch a glimpse of what life is like there. Truly one of the most rewarding, bizarre and unique travel adventures you will ever experience.



Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise you to do your own research as well to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.


We arrange monthly group tours which take in everything from National Holidays to the annual North Korean Open Golf Tournament and various other sporting events.

Our Standard North Korea tours start in Beijing. However, we also offer a cheaper option of beginning and ending the tour in Dandong (North East China)

We also arrange individual private North Korea tours at any time throughout the year.  Contact us  for details.

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UPCOMING TOURS

Our current upcoming group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
North Koreatour-open2019-12-302020-01-05NEW YEARS TOUR4895250dynamic10December

2020 TOURS

Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
North Koreatour-open2021-08-122020-08-18LIBERATION DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2019-12-302020-01-05NEW YEARS TOUR4895250dynamic10December
North Koreatour-open2020-01-132020-01-19JANUARY TOUR4795250dynamic10January
North Koreatour-open2020-02-132020-02-19KIM JONG-IL BIRTHDAY TOUR4895250dynamic10February
North Koreatour-open2020-02-132020-02-22KIM JONG-IL BIRTHDAY TOUR WITH SKIING EXTENSION71645250dynamic10February
North Koreatour-open2020-04-102020-04-17MARATHON TOUR51145250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2020-04-132020-04-19KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY TOUR4895250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2020-04-132020-04-22KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY COAST TO COAST TOUR71395250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2020-04-132020-04-23KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2020-05-182020-05-24SPRING TOUR4895250dynamic10May
North Koreatour-open2020-05-182020-05-27SPRING EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10May
North Koreatour-open2020-06-152020-06-21EARLY SUMMER TOUR4895250dynamic10June
North Koreatour-open2020-06-152020-06-24EARLY SUMMER EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10June
North Koreatour-open2020-07-252020-07-31VICTORY DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2020-07-252020-08-03VICTORY DAY EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2020-07-252020-08-06VICTORY DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2020-08-132020-08-19LIBERATION DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2020-08-132020-08-22LIBERATION DAY LONG TOUR71395250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2020-08-132020-08-25LIBERATION DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2020-09-072020-09-13FOUNDING OF THE DPRK TOUR4895250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2020-09-072020-09-16FOUNDING OF THE DPRK EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2020-09-072020-09-19FOUNDING OF THE DPRK EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2020-10-062020-10-12PARTY FOUNDATION DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10October
North Koreatour-open2020-10-062020-10-15PARTY FOUNDATION DAY EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10October
North Koreatour-open2020-10-062020-10-18PARTY FOUNDATION DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250static10October
North Koreatour-open2020-11-162020-11-22EARLY WINTER TOUR4795250dynamic10November
North Koreatour-open2020-11-162020-11-25EARLY WINTER EXTENDED TOUR71295250static10November
North Koreatour-open2020-12-282021-01-03NEW YEARS TOUR4895250dynamic10December
North Koreatour-open2020-12-282021-01-05NEW YEARS EXTENDED TOUR71395250static10December
Trans-Mongolian (Wigan-Pyongyang)tour-closed2020-04-252020-05-24Wigan to Pyongyang Tour303195500static0April
Trans-Mongolian (Atherton-Pyongyang)tour-closed2020-09-122020-10-12Atherton to Pyongyang Tour303245500dynamic0September

2021 TOURS

Our current 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


TOUR DATESTOUR NAMETotal NightsPRICE
North Koreatour-open2021-01-112021-01-17JANUARY TOUR4795250dynamic10January
North Koreatour-open2021-02-142021-02-20KIM JONG-IL BIRTHDAY TOUR4895250dynamic10February
North Koreatour-open2021-02-142021-02-23KIM JONG-IL BIRTHDAY TOUR WITH SKIING EXTENSION71645250dynamic10February
North Koreatour-open2021-04-122021-04-18KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY TOUR4895250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2021-04-122021-04-21KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY COAST TO COAST TOUR71395250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2021-04-122021-04-22KIM IL-SUNG BIRTHDAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10April
North Koreatour-open2021-05-172021-05-23SPRING TOUR4895250dynamic10May
North Koreatour-open2021-05-172021-05-26SPRING EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10May
North Koreatour-open2021-06-142021-06-20EARLY SUMMER TOUR4895250dynamic10June
North Koreatour-open2021-07-252021-08-03VICTORY DAY EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2021-06-142021-06-23EARLY SUMMER EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10June
North Koreatour-open2021-07-252021-07-31VICTORY DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2021-07-252021-08-06VICTORY DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10July
North Koreatour-open2021-08-122020-08-18LIBERATION DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2021-08-122021-08-21LIBERATION DAY LONG TOUR71395250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2021-08-122021-08-24LIBERATION DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10August
North Koreatour-open2021-09-062021-09-12FOUNDING OF THE DPRK TOUR4895250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2021-09-062021-09-15FOUNDING OF THE DPRK EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2021-09-062021-09-18FOUNDING OF THE DPRK EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250dynamic10September
North Koreatour-open2021-10-072021-10-13PARTY FOUNDATION DAY TOUR4895250dynamic10October
North Koreatour-open2021-10-072021-10-16PARTY FOUNDATION DAY EXTENDED TOUR71395250dynamic10October
North Koreatour-open2021-10-072021-10-19PARTY FOUNDATION DAY EXTRA LONG TOUR101925250static10October
North Koreatour-open2021-11-152021-11-21EARLY WINTER TOUR4795250dynamic10November
North Koreatour-open2021-11-152021-11-24EARLY WINTER EXTENDED TOUR71295250static10November
North Koreatour-open2021-12-272022-01-02NEW YEARS TOUR4895250dynamic10December
North Koreatour-open2021-12-272022-01-04NEW YEARS EXTENDED TOUR7895250static10December
North Koreatour-open2020-12-282021-01-03NEW YEARS TOUR4895250dynamic10December
North Koreatour-open2020-12-282021-01-05NEW YEARS EXTENDED TOUR71395250static10December

TOUR ITINERARY

You can find below an example of the standard itinerary that can be booked as a private tour any time of year. For details of longer tours please email us.


Day 1 - Depart Beijing


The group will meet at Beijing Railway Station at 15:30 to collect tickets prior to boarding the 17:25 train to Dandong. Relax in the restaurant car before returning to your cabins to sleep overnight.


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Day 2 - Journey to Pyongyang


Arrive in Dandong at 7:15. We have a couple of hours break to get breakfast before returning to the train station for the 10:00 train to Pyongyang. The train departs and 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 at 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!


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Day 3 - Mount Myohang/Pyongyang


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 returning to the hotel in the evening.


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Day 4 - Panmunjom/Kaesong/Pyongyang


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'. We will view the blue huts straddling the border and have the chance to photograph from a distance (occasionally we are allowed to enter inside). Afterwards we drive to Kaesong to visit the Koryo History Museum before a traditional Kaesong lunch. We then return 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 one of the best restaurants in Pyongyang, the Duck BBQ 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, circus or bar.


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Day 5 - Full Day Tour of Pyongyang


After breakfast we take a full day tour of Pyongyang. We begin at the Kumsunsan Memorial Palace, also known as "Palace of the Sun". This is one of the most revered sites in North Korea, being the resting place of the bodies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. See many of the personal belongings and items of both former leaders; everything from Kim Jong Il's Mac to his yacht! Finally we get to see both leaders lying in state in their glass coffins. We then head for lunch by Kim Il Sung square before visiting the Grand People's Study House. In here we can stand in on English lessons, visit 'the great philosopher' who answers questions on any subject, and also visit the library, computer and music rooms. We later move on to the Korean War museum where as well as shot down US planes and captured weapons we can also climb aboard the USS Pueblo - the only US navy ship in captivity anywhere in the world. Afterwards we will have a farewell dinner in a Pyongyang restaurant before returning to the hotel.


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Day 6 - Journey Back to China


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 before departing to Beijing at 18:30.


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Day 7 - Tour Ends


Arrive in Beijing at 8:30


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DETAILS

Includes:

- All accomodation (twin rooms)
- All meals
- All ground transport during tours
- All entry fees and permits
- English speaking local guides
- Lupine guide accompanying 
- Visa support


Excludes:

- International flights
- Visas (China and DPRK)
- Airport transfers
- Personal expenses and optional extra tours
- Single supplement rooms