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    May Day XL tour with Rason extension and Victory Day in Vladivostok


     8 nights in the DPRK (including 2 nights in Rason), 3 nights in Russia
    Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Sariwon Sinchon Orang Kyongsong Chongjin Rajin Pipha Area Sonbong Tumangang Khasan Ussuriysk Vladivostok

    This is one of the most amazing tours we run. Unique opportunity to attend May Day festivities in North Korea and Victory Day in Russia combined in one tour package.
    Come to the DPRK to celebrate May Day and get a chance to join in the festivities with the locals. Travel to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the ancient Korean capital Kaesong, the city of Sariwon and enjoy the beautiful Mt.Myohyang - one of the five celebrated mountains of Korea.
    Domestic flight will bring us to the North-Eastern part of the country rarely visited by tourists. We will visit Chongjin - the city of iron, 3rd biggest city in the DPRK and then drive to a very interesting place in the DPRK - Rason Special Economic Zone.
    After having the tour in Rason we will cross DPRK/Russia border by train via Tumangang/Khasan border point: only 6 passenger trains pass here every month. The border crossing over Korean−Russian Friendship Bridge is an amazing experience - from the Railway bridge we will clearly see the unique Tri border area where Russian, North Korean and Chinese borders come together in one single point.
    Finally we will arrive in the city of Vladivostok - the capital of the Russian Far East. On May 9 in Vladivostok we will take part in big festivities and The Victory Day Military Parade on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Great Patriotic War (WWII) - one of the biggest National holidays in Russia.
    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!** 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. Invitation for Russian visa is included in the tour price. Plese book this tour early, the space on the train between Korea and Russia is very limited.

     

    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 30 (Thu): Pyongyang

    DEPARTURES FROM BEIJING AND DANDONG

      BY FLIGHT FROM BEIJING:

      Departure from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 252 Beijing-Pyongyang at 14.00 from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrival in Pyongyang at 17.00 local time

      BY TRAIN FROM BEIJING:

      April 29: departure by domestic train to Dandong city at 17.27 local time from Beijing Main Railway Station. Overnight on the train. April 30: 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 Beijing at 5pm:
    • 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
    • Arrivals of remaining tourists by train from Beijing and Dandong at 18.45
    • Mirae (Future) Street - opened in 2015, this street features futuristic looking buildings. Korean government allocated apartments at this street to scientists and university teachers
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 ****
    May 1 (Fri): Pyongyang

    May Day in Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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’
    • Enjoy May Day Celebration at Taesongsan Park - "taesong" in Korean means "great fort", it is an amusement park located about 12 kilometers from Pyongyang. You will have a great chance to mingle with Koreans here. Every year May Day festivities are held in this park - singing and dancing performances, folk games and many more
    • Lunch
    • 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)
    • Circus performance (20 Euro) at Pyongyang Circus - one of two main circuses in Pyongyang where you can see fun and entertaining performance
    • 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
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 2 (Sat): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Drive (about 3h) 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
    • Pohyon temple - one of the five famous Buddhist temples of Korea, it was built nearly 1,000 years ago
    • Lunch at Shangrila Hotel
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Taedonggang Diplomatic club - the great place to socialize with expats, enjoy local and foreign drinks (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 3 (Sun): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Sariwon Sinchon Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Nam gate - southern gate of ancient Kaesong wall city
    • 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)
    • Drive to Sariwon - the southern gateway to Pyongyang. With population well above 300,000 Sariwon is one the most densely populated cities of the DPRK and it is famous for its Maccoli - Korean traditional rice wine
    • Sariwon Folk Customs Street - opened in 2007, it is aimed to show traditions and customs of Korean people
    • Drive to Sinchon - located about 30 km from Sariwon it is a quiet provincial city
    • Sinchon Museum of American Crimes - this museum charts the massacre of over 35,300 civilians during the Korean War
    • Drive to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 4 (Mon): Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Lunch
    • June 9th Middle School - New Zealand friendship school, established in Pyongyang on June 9, 1969. We will visit several class rooms and attend a nice music performance prepared by school students.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 flavour. Great opportunity to meet locals
    • Stroll in Ryomyong street - opened in April 2017 it is a new posh district of the capital featuring modern architecture
    • Dinner at BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    May 5 (Tue): Pyongyang Orang Kyongsong Chongjin

    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to Pyongyang airport
    • Depart from Pyongyang by Air Koryo domestic flight Pyongyang-Orang at 09.00 in the morning. Arrive in Orang at 10.20
    • Arrive in Orang - a tiny town, home of Chongjin's airport,
    • Drive to Yombun Revolutionary site - located 4 km from Kyongsong, it is called "yonbunjin" after being the first place on the East Coast where a new way to get salt was discovered. It is a collection of memorial spots where President Kim Il Sung talked with the fishermen calling them to build a new country
    • Arrival in Chongjin - "city of iron", the DPRK’s third largest city, a large industrial hub on the North East coast. It is estimated to have a 24% share of the DPRK's foreign trade
    • Chongjin central square - the main city square featuring renovated in Sep 2014 monument to the Korean leaders
    • Chongjin Electronic Library - a place in possession of more than 300 computers connected to Pyongyang. Quite often here schoolchildren take a test exam coordinated from the capital
    • Lunch
    • Chongjin steelworks kindergarten - here you will see a musical and dance performance by the local children. You may prepare some candies, food or pens to give to children after the show
    • Chongjin liberation tower - monuments to the Soviet soldiers fallen in the battles for the city’s liberation from Japanese forces. The monument is located on the mountain which is the highest point of the whole area, and thus you will have a great view of the city and nearby Chongjin port. Pay a visit to nearby Korean People's Army Martyrs' Cemetery - the cemetery of Korean soldiers who fought for the city's liberation in August 1945
    • Enjoy view on Chongjin port - one of the country's main harbors
    • Susongchon General Foodstuff Factory - recently opened to foreign visitors, this factory is located outside of the city at the source of natutal mineral water which is used in production of various breads and traditional spirits
    • Dinner
    • Seaman's Club - restaurant, bar, karaoke, gym and sauna at Chongjin city center. You can try some incredible Cold Noodles (Nae-Meng). It is actually one of the few places in the DPRK where foreigners and locals can mingle

    OVERNIGHT: Chongjin Hotel **
    May 6 (Wed): Chongjin Rajin Pipha Area Rajin

    RASON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE

    • Early breakfast
    • Drive to RASON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE
    • Arrival in Rajin - the biggest city in Rason
    • Drive to Mt.Sahyang - a mountain from where you can enjoy bird's eye view on Rajin Bay and main Rason cities, enjoy fantastic view on Rajin Bay
    • Lunch in Rajin
    • Rajin city market - the only market in North Korea where tourists are allowed to visit and use local DPR Korean Won as well as other hard currencies to buy various local products
    • Drive to Pipha Area - an island known for its stunning scenery, fishing, and boating. Sightseeing on boat (optional, 100RMB per person. If weather is favorable you will see seals - it is the only Seals Nature Reservation site in DPRK)
    • Emperor Hotel & Casino - 5* hotel where wealthy Chinese come to gamble. It is owned by Hong Kong investors and it is one of the best hotels in the DPRK
    • Move back to Rajin
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Piphagak Hotel ** or similar
    May 7 (Thu): Rajin

    • Breakfast
    • Rajin Foreign Language School - a great chance to interact with local young people learning English
    • Rajin city center - check out Monument of the Sun. The monument was unveiled in April 2015
    • Rajin City Port - a place of active Chinese and Russian investments, a home for the DPRK passenger cruise ship as well as occasional Russian cruises
    • Rajin Golden Triangle Bank - the only place where tourists can exchange their money to Korean Won
    • Shoes Factory
    • Lunch
    • Daehung Seafood Processing Factory - the largest company in Rason
    • Rajin Textile Factory - one of the biggest textile factories in Rason where revolutionary music is played in order to keep upbeat mood of the workers
    • Hae’an Rajin Beach Park - a recently renovated seaside/beach park, one of the most popular places in the city
    • Czech draft beer bar
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Piphagak Hotel ** or similar
    May 8 (Fri): Rajin Sonbong Tumangang Khasan Ussuriysk

    • Breakfast
    • Drive to Sonbong - second biggest city in Rason
    • Sonbong Revolutionary Site - the place where the mother Kim Jong Suk with the 3 year old leader Kim Jong Il returned back to Korea after the end of World War II
    • Drive to Tuman river border area - the chance to observe China and Russia across Tuman river. From Sonbong the road initially goes along beautiful coast of the East Sea of Korea and then it turns North, and passes through a system of blue lakes, one of which - Manpo lake - has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it supports populations of various birds such as swan geese, oriental storks, and cranes
    • Arrival in Tumangang - Korean town at the border with Russia
    • Visit Korean−Russian Friendship House - located in Tumangang, it is a museum dedicated to the history of Russia-Korea relations
    • Move to Sungjon pavillion - located on a hill dominating the area, it is a traditional style pavilion next to the Victory Monument to Admiral Li Sun Sin, inventor of the legendary turtle battleship. This pavillion represents a fantastic observation platform to enjoy a breathtaking view on Tri border area. Enjoy picnic and the great view on Tri border area - a unique place where 3 borders (China, DPRK and Russia) meet each other and Korean−Russian Friendship Bridge - a railway bridge, the only land connection between Russia and the DPRK. The DPRK/Russia border is only 17 km long and it is the shortest border Russia has with any of its neighboring countries
    • Transfer to Tumangang Railway Station . At 15.00 local time take train (sleeper class) to Russia
    • Be ready for one of the major highlights of the trip - crossing the DPRK/Russia border via the Korean−Russian Friendship Bridge from which the Tri border area is just 135m away
    • Arrival in Khasan - small Russian town at border with the DPRK. After immigration formalities you will have about 1h to shop for your dinner (there is no any restaurant carriage on the train)
    • Continue by train to Ussuriysk
    • If you think to visit Victory parade in Vladivostok next day it would be advisable to have a good rest on the train as you may need to wake up early in order to secure good observation spot in the parade

    OVERNIGHT: Azimut Vladivostok Hotel (****)
    May 9 (Sat): Ussuriysk Vladivostok

    • Arrival in Ussuriysk after midnight and transfer (1.5h) to Vladivostok - the largest city in the Russian Far East with a population of about 800,000 people. Established as a key naval and military base on the Pacific, Vladivostok became the eastern terminus of the World's longest Trans Siberian Railway. Until 1992, Vladivostok was closed for foreigners, being one of the top secret military zones. Today it is one of the most important regional centers in Russia and the largest port city in the Russian Far East
    • Check in at Azimut Vladivostok Hotel (****) - convenient and modern hotel facing Pacific Ocean
    • Rest in the hotel
    • At 10.00 am The Victory Day Military Parade - to commemorate the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945, the Victory Day Parade will start at 10.00 in the morning. The parade will be held on the main city square which is 10 min walk from our hotel. Early birds who want to attend the parade together with the tour leader should arrive in the square well in advance to secure a good observation spot
    • After the parade inspect the central square to see Monument to the Fighters for the Soviet Power in the Far East , and Monument to the military glory of Vladivostok
    • Lunch
    • Tsesarevich Nicholas Memorial Arch - the Arch was built to commemorate visit to Vladivostok of Tsesarevich Nicolas in 1891
    • S56 Submarine
    • World War II Monument with eternal flame
    • Tsesarevich Embankment
    • Golden Horn Bridge
    • Take part in local festivities in the city streets
    • Dinner at local Russian restaurant at your own expense
    • Performance of the popular Russian artists at the main city square on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Great Patriotic War (WWII)
    • Festive fireworks and street parties with locals celebrating the Victory Day

    OVERNIGHT: Azimut Vladivostok Hotel (****)
    May 10 (Sun): Vladivostok

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • We will start the city sightseeing tour at 10.00 in the morning: Vladivostok Railway Station and the monument marking the end of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The Railway Station is connected to the Sea Passenger and Cargo port from which you can enjoy beautiful view on the Golden Horn Bay. Visit Lenin Monument - popular meeting spot in front of Vladivostok Railway Station, pass by Yul Brynner's family house - the place where he was born in 1921
    • Drive to Eagle's Nest - the scenic point to enjoy the fabulous view on the Vladivostok city and the Golden Bridge over the Golden Horn Bay
    • Drive to the Russky Island - once a top-secret military base served as the naval shield for Vladivostok. Only in 1995, after losing much of its defensive significance it became open for civilian visitors. In 2012 the island was connected by a bridge with the rest of Vladivostok
    • Russky Island Bridge - the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, with a 1104 m long central span
    • Far East University campus - the biggest Russian university in the Far East, after the APEC summit in Vladivostok (in September 2012) it moved to Russky Island , from which you can have a stunning view on Golden Horn Bay and Russky Island Bridge
    • Lunch at Novik Country Club - located in shore of the Novik Bay
    • Voroshilovskaya Battery - located on the territory of the former military base, it is just one of such batteries located on Russky Island, that served to protect Vladivostok against possible military invasions from Japan. Admire this outstanding structure erected over 80 years ago, its complex mechanisms, rational organization and efficient functioning
    • Return to Vladivostok
    • Free time
    • Optional: in the evening Vladivostok Opera (Russian ballet or opera performance), tickets at your own expense
    • Dinner at local restaurant (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Azimut Vladivostok Hotel (****)
    May 11 (Mon):

    • Breakfast
    • Departure to Beijing or any other destination of your choice (flight not included). If you want to travel from Vladivostok to Europe it might be more convenient to fly via Moscow instead of Beijing. We can help you to find a suitable option
    • End of the tour

    Tour prices for different transport options:

    • train Dandong-Pyongyang, train Tumangang-Ussuriisk 1998€
    • train Beijing-Pyongyang, train Tumangang-Ussuriisk 2058€
    • flight Beijing-Pyongyang, train Tumangang-Ussuriisk 2198€

    INCLUDED:

    • Flight or train Beijing-Pyongyang or Dandong-Pyongyang, flight Pyongyang-Orang, train Tumangang-Ussuriysk, transfer Ussuriysk-Vladivostok.
    • Rason Entry Permit
    • Invitation letter for Russian visa
    • Twin-share hotel accommodation in the DPRK and Russia
    • Three meals a day in the DPRK (including water and beer.Beer is not included in Rason)
    • Meals in Russia according to the itinerary
    • All transfers and transport during the tour (except transfer on departure day from Vladivostok)
    • English-speaking guide (guides in other languages can be booked on request)
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    NOT INCLUDED:

    • DPRK visa fee
    • Russian visa fee
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • Transportation to Beijing or Dandong from your home and from Vladivostok to your next destination
    • 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 (8-10 Euros per day)

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