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    Budget tour
    Pyongyang Marathon 2017 BUDGET tour
     3 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • Train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong (hard sleeper)
    • Budget hotel accommodation in the DPRK
    • Three meals a day (except to alcohol) in the DPRK
    • All transfers and transport during the tour
    • English-speaking guide
    • All entrance fees according to the itinerary

    WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Marathon registration fee (depends on distance)
    • Soccer match ticket (20 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Optional single room supplement (50 Euro per night)
    • Tickets for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and a driver (approx 50 Euro total)

    This is an exciting BUDGET opportunity for AMATEUR runners to take part in the Pyongyang International Marathon which will be held on April 9, 2017: run 10km, half or full marathon in the capital of North Korea together with Korean and foreign professional and amateur runners. The marathon is a major opportunity for foreigners in North Korea to mingle with locals and learn about Korea from the first hands.
    This tour departs from and returns to DANDONG (China) by TRAIN. This is a perfect opportunity for budget travellers!

    **ATTENTION! Make sure you book your tour in advance, this tour is limited to 30 people

    Deadline: 8 Mar 2017
       TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Pyongyang International Marathon - if you are an amateur or professional runner join in the race, or just stay in Kim Il Sung Stadium and enjoy the soccer game between local teams.
    • Pyongyang - socialist capital of the DPRK. NEW! Enjoy unique Tram ride around the city
    • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - divides South and North Korea, it is one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet
    • Kaesong - ancient capital of Korea until up to the 15th century. It is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it wasn't destroyed during the Korean war

    Transport options:

      • Train Dandong-Pyongyang-Dandong (default)

     

    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.

    Apr 8 (Sat):

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Dandong (China) by the international train Dandong - Pyongyang at 9.35 in the morning. Arrive in Pyongyang at 17.45 on the same day
    • Check-in at the Sosan Hotel *** - located near sport Pyongyang vilage, this hotel was recenly renovated and now it offers one of the best facilities in the capital
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Sosan Hotel ***
    Apr 9 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Marathon

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Move to Kim Il Sung Stadium - originally built in 1926 and last time renovated in April 1982 it is used mainly for football matches, and it hosted the mass games until the 1990s. Today it is the home of Pyongyang International Marathon and Mass Gymnastic Show 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. This will be the third year that the marathon will be open to amateur runners so don’t loose your chance and join a 10km run, half or a full marathon. Those who are not running can stay at the stadium and enjoy soccer match (20 Euro extra charge) between Korean teams or watch and cheer marathoners from the streets
    • After Marathon Awarding Ceremony move back to the hotel, take shower and change clothes
    • Enjoy Lunch
    • Relax at Munsu Waterpark - the first park of this kind in Pyongyang. It features indoor and outdoor pools, amazing waterslides, coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards massage and a beauty salon. A great place to chat with local people. Entrance 3 Euro, those who would like to swim be ready to pay 10 Euro
    • Visit Mangyongdae Native House - the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung
    • Enjoy unique Tram ride around the city - a ride from Mangyongdae Native House to Pyongyang Railway Station with a stop at Pyongyang Circus. The tram system was built after the end of the Korean War and it is still the main means of transportation for working population to get to work and back home
    • Dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants
    • Play bowling with locals in 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

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 10 (Mon): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Drive (about 2h) 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
    • Move 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
    • Enjoy lunch at Tongil restaurant - "Tongil" means "Reunification" in Korean, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Kaesong where you can experience royal meal with multiple side-dishes. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Move back (about 2h) to Pyongyang. On the way back you will make a short photo-stop at 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
    • Learn history of Korean war in one of the finest museums of the DPRK 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
    • Stop by 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
    • Observe Pyongyang from the top of 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)
    • Go deep underground and ride 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
    • Have dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 11 (Tue):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Pyongyang Railway Station and depart by the international train Pyongyang - Dandong at 10.40 in the morning. Arrive in Dandong at 16.23 on the same day

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