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    National Day tour with Wonsan and Hamhung extension from Beijing or Vladivostok


     7 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Nampo Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Wonsan Hamhung Masik Pass Ski Resort Pyongyang

    This is an extended version of the National Day SHORT tour. 9 September - is the main National holiday of the DPRK: 71st Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic. Enjoy extensive sightseeing program in the North Korean capital Pyongyang, join in the colorful Mass Dance and attend other National Day festivities including expected Military Parade.
    Inspect Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the strip of land separating North and South Korea and visit main sights in the old Korean capital Kaesong. Travel to the East Coast to Wonsan and Hamhung - DPRK’s major port cities and sea resorts.
    On this tour you will have an optional opportunity to take the PYONGYANG AIR CITY TOUR - a 40 minute trip in the skies aboard an Air Koryo Mi-17 helicopter. You will have an unrivalled bird's-eye view of Pyongyang from the sky and a lot of great photo opportunities. If you would like to add this option to your itinerary please inform us when you book your tour.
    It is also expected that there will be one of its kind Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival - Korean version of German Oktoberfest. During this event you can try locally brewed beer and take part in various contests.

    **ATTENTION! Make sure you book your tour in advance, we have very limited number of seats for this period

     

    ITINERARY

    Info
    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in the DPRK are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    Sep 6 (Fri): Pyongyang

    • Vladivostok departure: flight JS 272 at 12.20 pm, arrival in Pyongyang at 1 pm local time
    • Beijing departure: flight JS 152 at 12 pm from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2, arrival in Pyongyang at 3 pm local time. NOTE! Due to peak season the Beijing departure time might be changed with very short notice. Therefore we strongly advise you to arrive to Beijing at least one day before your departure to Pyongyang
    • Vladivostok group: Transfer to Pyongyang - the capital city of North Korea, lunch, walk on Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture
    • Joining tourists arriving from Beijing
    • Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs' Cemetery - built on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Korean War (1950/53) to commemorate memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland
    • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - unveiled in 2013 by the leader Kim Jong Un after massive renovation this museum explains the origins of the Korean War (1950-53) between South and North. Here you will see the only US ship captured by a foreign country - the spy ship USS Pueblo, as well as American weapons and shot down planes. The museum features amazing displays and excellent dioramas
    • Check-in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suites are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 7 (Sat): Pyongyang Nampo Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Nampo - gateway to Pyongyang on the west coast of Korea, the fourth biggest city in the DPRK
    • En route visit of Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the DPRK’s most famous farm, the birthplace of the famous Chongsanri spirit and Chongsanri farming method
    • West Sea Barrage - built from 1981 to 1986 this 8 km barrage is a source of pride in the DPRK
    • Museum of West Sea Barrage Construction
    • Lunch
    • Kangso Spring Water Factory - one of a few places to see how mineral water is bottled from its beginning to its packaging. After the tour visitors can try locally produced mineral water
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Kwangbok Supermarket - located at one of the biggest city's street it is a popular mall where visitors can exchange money into local Won in order to shop
    • Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square where Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. Opened in August Juche 43 (1954) it is the 30th largest square in the world
    • Taedong Park - a great place a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy a peaceful park and a walk along the Taedong river
    • Pyongyang microbrewery and bar - try several types of locally brewed beer and wide variety of international cuisine (at your own expense)
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 8 (Sun): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum of president Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il. To visit the Mausoleum tourists should follow a strict dress code: no shorts, T-shirts and sandals, no blue jeans and mini-skirts
    • Drive to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, it is one of the most militarized area on our planet
    • Visit Panmunjom - a village where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between the DPR Korea and the United Nation Command. Visit the blue tent-like building located exactly on the borderline between Koreas. You can walk around the conference room and hop from South to North Korea while you are in this building. This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of the DPRK military
    • Transfer to Kaesong - capital of Korea up to the 15th century. Kaesong is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn't been destroyed during the Korean war. It is a home for 12 historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kaesong is considered to be home of Koryo insam (ginseng) and so be prepared to buy some of the best insam in the Far East
    • Walk in Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Lunch at Tongil restaurant - "Tongil" means "Reunification" in Korean, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Kaesong where you will enjoy Traditional Royal Korean Lunch with 12 side-dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Drive to Tomb of King Kongmin - UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the original mausoleum of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty - King Kongmin and his Queen dated back to 14th century
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 9 (Mon): Pyongyang

    DPRK NATIONAL DAY, FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Mansudae Fountain Park - composed of many beautifully designed in shape of dancing women fountains, this park is a place to enjoy jets of water reaching up to 80 meters
    • Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders standing in the center of the composition with two monuments titled "Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle" and "Socialist Construction" on both sides. It was renovated in April 2012 following the passing away of the leader Kim Jong Il and a new statue of Kim Jong Il was added next to Kim Il Sung's
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Juche Tower - at 150m it is the highest stone monument in the world. Take elevator to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Pyongyang (optional, 5 Euro p/p)
    • Lunch
    • Monument to Workers' Party of Korea - opened in Juche 84 (1995) the monument depicts the hammer, sickle and brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. The round belt means the single-hearted unity of the leader, Party and people
    • Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest subways in the world, it was designed to serve as a bomb shelter in case of war. The stations' interiors are stunning with superb lighting and mosaics. This is a great chance to interact with local people and explore several subway stations
    • Arch of Triumph - built in 1982 to commemorate President Kim Il Sung’s role in resisting Japanese rule, it is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world. Each of its 25,500 blocks of finely-dressed white granite represents a day of his life up to that point
    • National Holiday special performance at Korean People Army's Circus - opened in Juche 53 (1964) to host about 1600 spectators
    • Mass Dance - one of the most well known images of North Korea: students of local universities get on the main city's squares and dance dressed in traditional Korean suit
    • Farewell dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival. It was organized first time in 2016 in Pyongyang and since then it is said it will be an annual event in Pyongyang. The festival is held at Pyongyang downtown at Taedong river embankment near Kim Il Sung Square, and it is very popular with locals. The festival is a great opportunity to try many different types of Korean most popular beer Taedonggang. You will have a chance to take part in various contests and socialize with friendly Koreans. Entrance fee (about 2 Euro) and beer are at your own expense
    • Kaeson Youth Funfair - one of the most popular amusement parks and nightspots in Pyongyang, it was recently renovated. This is a great place to observe local people and take pictures with them
    • Expected fireworks on the occasion of the National Day

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 10 (Tue): Pyongyang Wonsan

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Wonsan - port city and naval base on the westernmost shore of the East Korean Sea. There are a lot of beautiful beaches around Wonsan making it a touristic Mekka of the DPRK
    • Stop at Sinpyong Lake - the resting place right half-way between Pyongyang and Wonsan, there is a rest house with bathrooms and refreshments
    • Wonsan central square - located in the city's heart it features recently renovated monuments to the leaders. A few minutes walk from the central square there is a harbor where you can see local people fishing. The Mangyongbong-92 ferry which once shuttled Koreans living in Japan back and forth across the East Sea of Korea is moored here
    • Lunch at Kalmaegi fish restaurant in Wonsan
    • Wonsan Agricultural University - the most important agricultural university in the country
    • Kaeson Revolutionary Museum in Wonsan - former Wonsan Railway Station turned into museum
    • Dinner
    • Walk along the breakwater to the lighthouse to enjoy the fantastic view of Wonsan from the seaside and to see locals fishing and cooking seafood.

    OVERNIGHT: Tongmyong Hotel **
    Sep 11 (Wed): Wonsan Hamhung

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Move to Hamhung - second largest city, one of the major industrial centers and a port city with some beautiful coastline. It was closed to tourists until 2010. The city was heavily destroyed (80-90%) during the Korean War
    • Hungnam Fertilizer Factory - the largest chemical plant in the Far East. The plant was founded during Japanese occupation in 1927, and then it was destroyed during Korean War but in the 50th it was rebuilt. Nowadays the plant has 7,300 workers, among which 35% are women
    • House of Li Song Gye - former army general and the first king of the Li Dynasty. The Li Dynasty succeeded the Koryo Dynasty in 1392 after Koryo had come to an end after almost 500 years of rule
    • Lunch
    • Tonghungsan park - Hamhung's central park with the bronze statue of the leaders erected at the foot of the mountain. With many old beautiful pavilions and restaurants, Tonghungsan park a favorite place for locals to spend a holiday day
    • Hamhung Grand Theatre - the largest building in the city and the biggest theater in the DPRK
    • Transfer to Majon beach - beautiful 50-100 m wide white sandy beach 25 km southeast of Hamhung. The name Majon derives from the hemp which used to be planted a lot in old days
    • Check-in at Majon Luxury Hotel located on the sandy beach of the East Sea of Korea

    OVERNIGHT: Majon Deluxe Hotel *****
    Sep 12 (Thu): Hamhung Wonsan Masik Pass Ski Resort Wonsan Pyongyang

    • Drive to Wonsan and visit Songdowon International Children's Union Camp - perfect place for schoolchildren between April and October not only from Korea but from other countries as well. It is situated right on the coast and boasts white, sandy beaches
    • Walk in Songdowon Park
    • Lunch at Masik Pass Ski Resort - newly opened world class ski resort with deluxe hotel located 40min away from Wonsan. In summer time it is a perfect place for a night or lunch stop
    • Visit Ulim Waterfall - one of the famous waterfalls in Korea, it was discovered by Korean soldiers in 2001. The waterfall falls from 45m making thunderous sound echo as far as four kilometers around. That is why the waterfall is called "Ullim" or "echo" in Korean
    • Drive to Pyongyang
    • Tomb of King Tongmyong - the royal tomb of Tongmyong (58-19 BC), the founder of the ancient Koguryo dynasty. It was included into UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004
    • Arrival in Pyongyang
    • Mirae (Future) Street - it is opened in 2015 street featuring futuristic looking buildings. Korean government allocated residential buildings at this street to teachers of local universities
    • Farewell dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 13 (Fri):

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Transfer to the airport
    • Vladivostok departure: by flight JS 271 to Vladivostok at 08.30 am, arrival in Vladivostok at 11.00 am
    • Beijing departure: by flight JS 151 at 09.00 am, arrival in Beijing at 10.00 am (Terminal 2 Beijing Capital Airport)
    • NOTE FOR TRAVELLERS VIA BEIJING: Please be advised that the flight schedule can be changed with very short notice. Therefore we strongly advise not to book your flight from Beijing to the next destination earlier than next day

     

    INCLUDED:

    • Air Koryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing or Vladivostok-Pyongyang-Vladivostok
    • Hotel accommodation (twin-shared room)
    • Three meals a day (including water and beer)
    • All transfers and transport
    • English-speaking guide (guides in other languages can be booked on request)
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing or Vladivostok
    • Optional single room supplement (40 Euro per night)
    • Your private expenses
    • Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus, funfairs, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and driver (10-15 Euros per day)

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