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    Marathon and Day of Sun COMBINED tour


     7 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    This tour offers a very rare opportunity to combine 2 big events - Pyongyang International Marathon and Day of Sun - one of the DPRK’s most important holidays marking the eternal president Kim Il Sung’s birthday. During this amazing trip you will get acquainted with most of the tourist attractions North Korea has to offer.
    Run Pyongyang International Marathon on its 31st birthday - April 12, 2020. Run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon in the mysterious capital of North Korea together with Korean and foreign professional and amateur runners. Every runner will be rewarded with Marathon official T-shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate.The marathon is also a major opportunity for foreigners in North Korea to mingle with locals and learn about this country from first-hand experience.
    Instead of taking part in the race you may just stay in Kim Il Sung Stadium and watch the marathon and a soccer match between Korean teams.
    See by your own eyes how the capital Pyongyang makes preparations for the Day of Sun festivities. Join the colorful Mass Dance and visit the impressive Flower exhibition.
    Travel to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the strip of land separating North and South Korea and enjoy the royal lunch in the Koryo Dynasty capital Kaesong.
    Discover the beautiful Mt.Myohyang where we will stay for overnight in one of the country’s best hotels - the 5 star Hyangsan Shangrila Hotel.
    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.

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

    Chinese visa is requested for each entry in/exit from China by train. Flight passengers departing from/arriving in Beijing may in most cases use VISA-FREE transit.

     

    ITINERARY

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    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.

    Apr 10 (Fri): Pyongyang

    DEPARTURES FROM VLADIVOSTOK, BEIJING AND DANDONG

      BY FLIGHT FROM VLADIVOSTOK:

      Departure from Vladivostok by Air Koryo flight JS 272 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.20 pm. Arrival in Pyongyang at 13.00 local time

      BY FLIGHT FROM BEIJING:

      Departure from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.00 from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrival in Pyongyang at 15.00 local time

      BY TRAIN FROM BEIJING:

      April 9: departure by domestic train to Dandong city at 17.27 local time from Beijing Main Railway Station. Overnight on the train. April 10: arrival in Dandong at 07.22 am. Departure by international train to Pyongyang at 10.00 am. Arrival in Pyongyang at 18.45 local time

      BY TRAIN FROM DANDONG:

      Departure by international train to Pyongyang at 10.00 am. Arrival in Pyongyang at 18.45 local time

    • Tourists arriving by flight from Vladivostok at 1 pm: Transfer to Pyongyang - lunch, walk on Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture
    • Arrival of tourists by flight from Beijing at 3pm
    • 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
    • Arrivals of remaining tourists by train from Beijing and Dandong at 18.45
    • Dinner
    • NOTE FOR FLIGHT PASSENGERS TRAVELING FROM BEIJING! Due to peak season the Beijing flight 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

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 11 (Sat): Pyongyang

    • 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
    • Chollima Monument - named after a mythical winged horse (Chollima in Korean literally means "thousand-mile horse"). In the period of reconstruction following the Korean War Cholima was the symbol inspiring workers to rebuild their nation at ‘Chollima Speed’
    • Juche Tower - at 150 m 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Lunch
    • Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification - the monument representing desire of Korean people for reunification. It is shaped in form of two Korean women holding Korean peninsula over the Thongil highway from Pyongyang to DMZ
    • Circus performance
    • Kwangbok Supermarket - located at one of the biggest city's street, it is the only place in Pyongyang where visitors can shop in local currency Won and exchange money according to the market exchange rate
    • 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

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 12 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Marathon

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Move to Kim Il Sung Stadium where the marathon starts and finishes, and get ready for the Pyongyang International Marathon - is an annual marathon race contested each April. The International Association of Athletics Federation designates the marathon as a bronze-label event and it registers the records of professional runners.
    • After Marathon Awarding Ceremony move back to the hotel, take shower and change clothes
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • Mangyongdae Native House - the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung
    • 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 ****
    Apr 13 (Mon): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • 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) don't miss the opportunity to buy some of the best insam in the Far East
    • Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • 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)
    • Kaesong Ginseng Processing Factory
    • 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 ****
    Apr 14 (Tue): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Mt.Myohyang - the Mountain of Mysterious Fragrance, one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea. It is a sacred site as, according to legend, it was the home of King Tangun, forefather of the Korean people. In 2009 UNESCO designated Mount Myohyang a world biosphere reserve
    • International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house. On display are gifts received by DPRK's leaders over the years. One building stores the presents given to President Kim Il Sung, while a smaller one holds those given to Leader Kim Jong Il
    • Lunch
    • Pohyon temple - one of the five famous Buddhist temples of Korea, it was built nearly 1,000 years ago
    • Manphok valley - "Manphok" means in Korean "valley of ten thousands falls". Enjoy beautiful hermitages, rocks, caves, falls, and pavilions
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Hyangsan Shangrila Hotel (5*)
    Apr 15 (Wed): Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    Day of Sun

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Ryongmun Caves - a stunning series of grottoes and subterranean caves formed 480 million years ago by limestone erosion. Its average temperature is 11°C and humidity 80%
    • Arrival in Pyongyang
    • Lunch
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Flower exhibition - a show mainly dedicated to Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia, two flowers named after Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Every year there are about 30,000 flowers presented by Army forces, commissions and ministries of the cabinet and national institutions, foreign friends and overseas compatriots
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 16 (Thu): 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
    • Pyongyang Embroidery Institute - this is where most Korean embroideries are made. It is named after Kim Jong Suk, mother of the leader Kim Jong Il. It is a great opportunity to buy hand made embroidery at very reasonable price
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Lunch
    • Korean Film studio - DPRK's version of Hollywood. The leader Kim Il Sung liked to be here and give on spot guidance to movie directors. You will see European, Japanese and South Korean villages set for movie production
    • Grand People’s Study House - located at the Kim Il Sung Square it is one of the most famous buildings in Pyongyang. It was built in a traditional Korean style over a period of 21 months and opened in April of 1982 to honor Kim Il Sung’s 70th birthday
    • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace - recently renovated center for local children's extra curricular education. The palace was opened in 1989 and it features striking post-modern piece of design. In 2016 it was re-opened after massive reconstruction and now it is one of the most striking building in the country. After excursion you will have a chance to enjoy amazing children’s performance
    • Mansugyo Beer bar - a new beer bar in Pyongyang where you can try all types of famous Taedonggang beer including black beer with chocolate and coffee flower
    • Farewell dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 17 (Fri):

    DEPARTURES FROM PYONGYANG

      BY FLIGHT TO VLADIVOSTOK:

      Departure by Air Koryo flight JS 271 Pyongyang-Vladivostok at 08.30 am from Pyongyang Sunan Airport. Arrival in Vladivostok at 11.00 am local time

      BY FLIGHT TO BEIJING:

      Departure by Air Koryo flight JS 151 Pyongyang-Beijing at 09.00 am from Pyongyang Sunan Airport. Arrive in Beijing at 10.00 am local time

      BY TRAIN TO BEIJING:

      April 17: departure by international train to Dandong at 10.25 am local time from Pyongyang Railway Station. Arrival in Dandong at 16.23 local time. Departure by domestic train to Beijing at 18.31.Overnight on the train. April 18: arrival in Beijing Main Railway Station at 08.38 am.

      BY TRAIN TO DANDONG:

      Departure by international train to Dandong at 10.25 am local time from Pyongyang Railway Station. Arrival in Dandong at 16.23 local time.

    • NOTE FOR TRAVELLERS BY FLIGHT TO BEIJING: Please be advised that the flight schedule can be changed with very short notice. It is NOT recommended to book your flight from Beijing to the next destination on the same day. If you still have to leave Beijing on the same day please do not plan to leave before 9 pm.

    Tour prices for different transport options:

    • train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong 1258€
    • train Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing 1378€
    • flight Vladivostok-Pyongyang-Vladivostok 1398€
    • flight Vladivostok-Pyongyang, train Pyongyang-Beijing 1428€
    • flight Beijing-Pyongyang, train Pyongyang-Beijing eller vv 1518€
    • flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing 1598€

    INCLUDED:

    • Return transport from Beijing, Dandong or Vladivostok according to the chosen transport option above. Train: hard-sleeper class, train change in Dandong. Flight: Economy Class
    • DPRK tour confirmation for Chinese visa or letter of invitation for Russian visa
    • Hotel accommodation in the DPRK (twin-shared room)
    • Three meals a day (including water and beer)
    • All transfers and transport during the tour
    • English-speaking guide (guides in other languages can be booked on request)
    • All entrance fees according to the itinerary
    • Marathon official T-shirt, finisher's medal and race certificate

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • The DPRK visa fee (from 30 to 80 Euro depending on the place of visa issuance)
    • Marathon race fee: 50 USD for 5 km, 70 USD for 10 km, 100 USD for 21 km and 150 USD for 42 km (to be paid in cash USD before the race, damaged and old banknotes won't be accepted)
    • Soccer match ticket (20 Euro for those who don't run the Marathon)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing, Dandong or Vladivostok
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing, Dandong 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
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro p/p, min 8 persons)
    • Tips for Korean guides and driver (10-15 Euros per day in total)

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