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    Pyongyang Marathon and Day of Sun COMBINED tour


     10 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Mt.Myohyang Pyongsong Nampo Wonsan 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.
    Take part in Pyongyang International Marathon on April 10, 2022. 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. 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 the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the strip of land separating North and South Korea and enjoy the royal lunch in the Koryo Dynasty capital Kaesong. Discover two major North Korean harbors - Nampo on the West Coast and Wonsan on the East Coast.
    Enjoy a trip to the beautiful Mt.Myohyang where we will stay 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.

    **TRAVEL TO THE DPRK VIA CHINA (Beijing, Dandong)
    Chinese visa is required for most nationalities but VISA EXEMPTION can be made for flight passengers transiting through Beijing on the way to/from Korea.
    **TRAVEL TO THE DPRK VIA RUSSIA (Vladivostok)
    Russian visa is required for most nationalities but thanks to electronic visa introduction it is very easy to apply for and obtain the Russian visa ENTIRELY ONLINE.

     

    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 8 (Fri): Pyongyang

    DEPARTURES FROM VLADIVOSTOK, BEIJING AND DANDONG

      BY FLIGHT FROM VLADIVOSTOK:
      Departure from Vladivostok by Air Koryo flight JS 272 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 at 12.00 pm from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrival in Pyongyang at 15.00 local time

      BY TRAIN FROM BEIJING:
      April 7: departure by domestic train to Dandong city at 17.27 local time from Beijing Main Railway Station. Overnight on the train. April 8: 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 1pm: 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
    • 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 9 (Sat): 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’
    • 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
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • 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
    • Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification - the monument representing the 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
    • 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
    • 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 10 (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 at BBQ Duck Restaurant

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 11 (Mon): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong 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
    • 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 12 (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 13 (Wed): Mt.Myohyang Pyongsong Pyongyang

    • 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%
    • Drive to Pyongsong - Korea's Silicon Valley focusing on leading space researches. Only in 2014 this city was opened for foreign visitors
    • Lunch
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School - named after the mother of Kim Jong Il it is one of the best schools in the DPRK for talented children from the whole country. For some English-language learners in this school you can be the first opportunity to converse with foreign visitors
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 14 (Thu): Pyongyang Nampo Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Kumsusan Palace of Sun - Mausoleum of president Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il. To visit the Mausoleum tourists should be at least 17 years old and follow a strict dress code: no shorts, T-shirts and sandals, no blue jeans and mini-skirts.
    • Drive to Nampo - gateway to Pyongyang on the west coast of Korea, the fourth biggest city in the DPRK
    • Lunch
    • 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
    • Drive back to Pyongyang
    • En route visit of Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the DPRK’s most famous farm, the birthplace of the famous Chongsanri spirit and Chongsanri farming method
    • Arrival in Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 15 (Fri): Pyongyang

    DAY OF SUN

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Moranbong Park - a recreation area where locals have picnics and sing songs during weekends. It is a unique opportunity to socialize with local people
    • Lunch
    • Pyongyang Zoo - the national zoo of the DPRK. Recently renovated, it has over 5,000 wild animals. At the zoo there is a gift animal house in which are kept the animals presented to Korean leaders by zoos from different countries including the Skansen Zoological Garden in Sweden
    • 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 circus or revolutionary opera - enjoy real socialist art (tickets at extra charge)
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Golden Lane Bowling Center - the huge entertainment center, a good chance to mix with locals and watch some stellar displays of local bowling talent and relax after long sightseeing day. There is also a shooting range next door
    • Fireworks are expected on the occasion of the Day of Sun

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 16 (Sat): Pyongyang Wonsan

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kaeson Revolutionary Museum in Wonsan - former Wonsan Railway Station turned into museum
    • Wonsan Agricultural University - the most important agricultural university in the country
    • 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 **
    Apr 17 (Sun): Wonsan Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Drive to Chonsam cooperative farm - "an area of three villages where springs well out" in Korean. You will visit agricultural fields, kindergarten and local store
    • Lunch in Wonsan
    • 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
    • Farewell dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 18 (Mon):

    DEPARTURES FROM PYONGYANG

      BY FLIGHT TO VLADIVOSTOK:
      Departure by Air Koryo flight JS 271 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 at 09.00 am from Pyongyang Sunan Airport. Arrive in Beijing at 10.00 am local time

      BY TRAIN TO BEIJING:
      April 18: 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 19: 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 FLIGHT TRAVELLERS VIA 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 1558€
    • train Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing 1678€
    • flight Vladivostok-Pyongyang-Vladivostok 1698€
    • flight Vladivostok-Pyongyang, train Pyongyang-Beijing 1728€
    • flight Beijing-Pyongyang, train Pyongyang-Beijing or vv 1818€
    • flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing 1898€

    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
    • Hotel accommodation in the DPRK (twin-shared room)
    • Three meals a day (including water and beer). Craft beer in beer bars is at your own expense
    • 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 from/to 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 (8-10 Euros per day in total)

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