Republic Foundation Day Tour (with Mt. Paektu) – 16 Days

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Traveltime: 5. September - 20. September 2019
Travel duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
 

If you travel alone and don’t book a single room, you will share a double room with another participant of the group.
The visa fee of EUR 50 is not included in the tour fee and has to be paid in cash during the pre-tour meeting in Beijing on the day before the tour.

Total:


Day 0 (Wednesday, 4th September)
14:00h (2pm) – Obligatory pre-tour meeting of the group in Beijing’s Yi Beiping Beijing Story Restaurant (PDF). Handover and payment of your North Korean visa. Pre-tour briefing. Complementary Chinese-Korean Dinner (1 meal per person is included in the tour fee, extra drinks have to be paid individually). Train passengers take the night train to Pyongyang departing Beijing Railway Station at 17:25h.

 


Day 1 (Thursday, 5th September)
14:00h (2.00pm) – Departure for flight passengers to Pyongyang with Air Koryo from Beijing Capital International Airport (Terminal 2), 16:30h (4.30pm) Arrival in Pyongyang, Transfer from the airport into the city centre, Arch of Triumph (built in 1982 to commemorate the return of President Kim Il Sung to Pyongyang after the end of the Korean War), Orientation walk in the city centre, Kim Il Sung Square, Vienna Coffee House, Dinner at a local Restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 2 (Friday, 6th September)
Breakfast, Fountain Park, Mansudae Grand Monuments (giant bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il)*, Chollima Statue, Lunch at a local restaurant, Ride on the Pyongyang Metro (the world’s deepest metro system), Pyongyang Film Studios, Dinner at a local restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 3 (Saturday, 7th September)
Breakfast, 3 Revolutions Exhibition, Mangyongdae Native House (Birthplace of President Kim Il Sung), Lunch at a local restaurant, Tower of the Juche Idea (built in 1982 to mark the 70th birthdays of President Kim Il Sung), Monument to Party Founding (built in 1996 to honour the Worker’s Party of Korea), Dinner at Pyongyang Duck Barbecue Restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 4 (Sunday, 8th September)
Breakfast, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (Mausoleum of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il)*, Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery*, Lunch at a local restaurant, Kwangbop Temple (Buddhist temple of the Koguryo period, destroyed by US bombs in the Korean War, rebuilt in 1990), Pyongyang Gold Lane Bowling Alley (a small fee applies on the spot to those who want to bowl), Dinner at a local restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 5 (Monday, 9th September)
Republic Foundation Day – 71st anniversary of the DPRK’s founding
Breakfast, Drive to the Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, City walk in Kaesong, Koryo Museum, Korean Stamp Shop, Lunch at Tongil Restaurant (you can pre-order Dog Meat Soup for around EUR 5), Drive back to Pyongyang, Reunification Monument (built in 2001 to commemorate the efforts of President Kim Il Sung for the Korean Reunification), Celebrations in the city centre, Dinner at a local restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 6 (Tuesday, 10th September)
Breakfast, Walk through the newly built Mirae Scientist Street, Lunch at a local restaurant, 3:30 pm domestic flight to Samjiyon (Mt. Paektu), Visit to the Grand Monument in Samjiyon, Dinner and overnight at the Begebong Hotel (hot water may only be available in the morning and evening)

 


Day 7 (Wednesday, 11th September)
Breakfast, Drive to the foot of the Paektu mountain, Hike (about 30 minutes) to Janggun Peak (the ascent to the peak is by train or by bus, for which usually requires a ticket fee of 5-10 EUR per person), Scenic view of Lake Chonji, picnic lunch, Paektusan Secret Camp (birthplace of General Kim Jong Il), Rimyongsu Waterfall, Walk through Samjiyon (optional), Dinner and overnight at Begebong Hotel (hot water may only be available in the morning and evening)

 


Day 8 (Thursday, 12th September)
Breakfast, 10:00 am domestic flight to Orang (Chongjin), Lunch at Foreign Sailors Club, Visit to Susongchon Food Factory, Visit Steelworkers’ Kindergarden (includes a musical performance by the children), Chongjin Foreign Language Institute (if you wish, you can have English conversations with the foreign language students), Dinner and overnight at Chonmasan Hotel (hot water may only be available in the morning and evening)
 
 


Day 9 (Friday, 13th September)
Breakfast, Chongjin local bus ride, Drive to Yombujin, Lunch at Kyongsong Tourist Hotel, 3:00 pm Domestic flight to Hamhung (Sondok), Drive to Hamhung city (North Korea’s second largest city), Lunch at local restaurant, Hungnam Fertilizer Complex, Beach visit, Dinner and beach bungalow accommodation (hot water may only be available in the morning and evening)

 


Day 10 (Saturday, 14th September)
Breakfast, Sightseeing tour of Hamhung (including the former “Wilhelm Pieck Street” built with the help of GDR workers, Tonghung Hill, Kumchon Pavilion), Lunch at a local restaurant, Drive along the east coast to the port city of Wonsan, Sightseeing in Wonsan, Beach visit in Wonsan, Dinner at a local restaurant, Overnight at Tongmyong Hotel

 


Day 11 (Sunday, 15th September)
Breakfast, Drive along the east coast to Mt. Kumgang, Lunch at a local restaurant, Chongsokjong rock formations, Dinner and overnight at Oikumgang Hotel

 


Day 12 (Monday, 16th September)
Breakfast, Hike in Mt. Kumgang, Singye Temple (6th century Buddhist temple, destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 2004), Kuryong Waterfall, Lunch at a local restaurant, Samil Lagoon, Dinner and overnight at Oikumgang Hotel

 


Day 13 (Tuesday, 17th September)
Breakfast, Drive along the east coast to Wonsan, Visit to the Songdowon International School Children’s Camp, Lunch at a local restaurant, Return to Pyongyang, Masikryong Ski Resort (tour of facilities), Dinner at a local restaurant, Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 14 (Wednesday, 18th September)
Breakfast, Drive to Pyongsong, Paeksong Revolutionary Site (Kim Il Sung University hideaway during the Korean War), Lunch at local restaurant, Drive to Myohyang Mountain, Ryongmun Cavern (huge underground stalactite cave), Dinner and Overnight at Chongchon Hotel
 
 


Day 15 (Thursday, 19th September)
Breakfast, Pohyon Buddhist Temple (11th Century Temple), International Friendship Exhibition (exhibition with gifts for President Kim Il Sung, General Kim Jong Il and Chairman Kim Jong Un presented by foreign statesmen and people), Lunch at Chongchon Hotel, Drive to Pyongyang, Dinner at a local restaurant , Overnight at Koryo Hotel

 


Day 16 (Friday, 20th September)
Breakfast, departure

 


*Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery and Mansudae Grand Monuments are no ordinary tourist places anymore, making it increasingly difficult for tourists to visit these sites. It is impossible to know beforehand whether the group will be able to see those places. Therefore, please keep in mind that a visit is intended, however cannot be guaranteed. If visits are impossible, other sites will be included instead.