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    Pyongyang Marathon SPECIAL tour from Beijing and TRAIN OUT from Tumangang


     6 nights in the DPRK (including 1 night in Rason), 1 night in Russia
    Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Orang Kyongsong Chongjin Rajin Sonbong Tumangang Khasan Ussuriysk Vladivostok

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    This tour departs from Beijing and it offers an exciting opportunity for AMATEUR runners to take part in the Pyongyang International Marathon which will be held on April 8, 2018 and to see major attractions of the DPRK. Run 10km, half or full marathon in the capital of North Korea with local and foreign amateur and professional runners. The marathon is a major opportunity for foreigners in North Korea to mingle with locals and learn about Korea from the first hands.
    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. After the run enjoy sightseeing program in Pyongyang, enjoy unique Trolley bus ride, visit Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the border with South Korea.
    In order to visit remote northern part of the DPRK, we will take domestic flight to Chongjin - the city of iron, 3rd biggest city in the DPRK, and then drive bus to the very unique 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 check-point. The border crossing over Korean−Russian Friendship Bridge is an amazing experience - you will see how Russians keep the railway link to the Korea literally locked. From this bridge we can clearly see the unique Tri border area. Our tour will end up in Vladivostok, the capital of the Russian Far East.

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

    Apr 6 (Fri): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.00 (noon) from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport. Arrive in Pyongyang at 14.30 local time. Please be advised that the flight schedule is preliminary and due to peak season it may be changed with very short notice. Therefore we strongly advise you to arrive to Beijing at least one day before your departure to Pyongyang
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • 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
    • Check-in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suits are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner at the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 7 (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’
    • 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
    • Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Walk to Pyongyang Railway Station
    • Lunch
    • Munsu Waterpark - the first park of this kind in Pyongyang. It features indoor and outdoor pools, amazing waterslides, saunas, coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiard, massage and a beauty salon. A great place to chat with local people. Those who would like to swim be ready to pay 10 Euro
    • Future Science and Technology Complex - opened in 2016 it is a science center and library built in a shape of atom
    • Mangyongdae Native House - the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung
    • 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 8 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Marathon

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Get ready for start at Kim Il Sung Stadium - originally built in 1926 and last time renovated in April 1982 the stadium is used these days mainly for football matches. Today it is the home of Pyongyang International Marathon. Marathon starts and ends in this stadium. Those who are not running can stay at the stadium and enjoy soccer match (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
    • Trolley bus ride - see the streets of the capital from the iconic worker's transport which is still used only in some other former socialist states! It is a classic vehicle from 1950s which is still in service on the streets of Pyongyang. The route starts at Pyongyang Railway Station and ends at Arch of Triumph with stop at Chollima Monument
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Taedonggang Diplomatic club - the great place to socialize with expats, enjoy local and foreign drinks (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 9 (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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Return back 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
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Pyongyang microbrewery and bar - try several types of locally brewed beer and wide variety of international cuisine (at your own expense)

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 10 (Tue): Pyongyang Orang Kyongsong Chongjin

    • Wake up early and enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the 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 to Orang - a tiny town, home of Chongjin's airport
    • Transfer 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
    • Drive to Kyongsong - a small town on the coast famous for a series of resorts at which you will have a chance to stop by. It is also a well-known ceramic-producing center
    • Enjoy lunch
    • Jipsam Revolutionary site - a historic place where three generals (Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Suk, and young Kim Jong Il) met during the Japanese occupation to talk with fishermen how to defeat the invaders
    • Drive to 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 **
    Apr 11 (Wed): Chongjin Rajin

    RASON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE

    • Early breakfast
    • Pass Chongjin Railway Station , there will be opportunity to take pictures from the bus
    • Drive up the coast to the internal border with Rason Special Economic Zone
    • Enter Rason - Free Economic Zone Rason and arrive in Rajin - the biggest city in Rason
    • Lunch at Korea National Restaurant - the best place to enjoy Korean Noodles & Jongol
    • Walk in Rajin city center - check out Monument of the Sun. The monument was unveiled in April 2015
    • Rajin Golden Triangle Bank - the only place where tourists can exchange their money to Korean Won
    • Daehung Seafood Processing Factory - the largest company in Rason
    • 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 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
    • 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
    Apr 12 (Thu): Rajin Sonbong Tumangang Khasan Ussuriysk

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Drive to Sonbong - second biggest city in Rason
    • Visit 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 nice pavilion next to the Victory Monument to Admiral Li Sun Sin, inventor of the legendary turtle battleship. It is the great observation platform to enjoy view on neighboring Russia and China. 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 your train journey to Ussuriysk

    OVERNIGHT: Azimut Vladivostok Hotel (****)
    Apr 13 (Fri):

    • Arrival in Ussuriysk after midnight, transfer (about 1,5 hr) 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
    • Please note that instead of travelling from Korean border to Vladivostok you may take the train directly from Tumangang to Moscow, at the moment it is the longest non-stop train journey available for tourists - 9412 km ! Departure from Tumangang on April 12 at 15:00, arrival in Moscow on April 19 at 11:13 am. Contact us if you are interested by this option. See samples of our train tours here

     

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • Flights AirKoryo Beijing-Pyongyang-Orang
    • Train Tumangang-Khasan-Ussuriysk, bus Ussuriysk-Vladivostok
    • Hotel accommodation in the DPRK and Vladivostok
    • Three meals a day (except to alcohol) in the DPRK
    • Invitation letter for your Russian visa
    • All transfers and transport during the tour
    • English-speaking guide
    • All entrance fees according to the itinerary

    WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

    • Russian visa fee
    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Transportation from Vladivostok to your home
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing and Vladivostok
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Optional single room supplement (50 Euro per night)
    • Ticket fee for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and a driver (approx 50 Euro total)


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