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    Special tour

    National Day SPECIAL tour with Mt.Paektu and Mt.Chilbo extension


     10 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Wonsan Mt.Kumgang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Mt.Myohyang Samjiyon Mt.Paektu Orang Mt.Chilbo Pyongyang

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • Flights AirKoryo Beijing-Pyongyang-Samjiyon-Orang-Pyongyang-Beijing
    • Hotel accommodation (twin-shared room) 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
    • Optional Pyongyang air tour (180 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Optional single room supplement (40 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 70 Euro total)

    This is once in a year exclusive opportunity to visit 4 celebrated mountains of the DPRK. Mt.Paektu - the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula (2750 m above sea level), with the most striking landscape in the DPRK, and the deepest in the world mountain lake on the summit. It is extremely hardly accessible mountain which we visit only one time the year - most of the year this mountain is covered with snow. Mt.Kumgang - most popular hiking destination, Mt.Chilbo - the only place in the DPRK where you can experience unique home stay in a Korean family, and Mt.Myohyang - to see world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting gifts received by Korean Leaders over the years.
    9 September - is the main National holiday of the DPRK: 70th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Republic. On this occasion there will be amazing Mass Dance and Pyongyang will feature holiday festivities including expected Military Parade. See rarely visited by foreigners ancient relics of Pyongyang and try unique Tram ride around the city. It is also expected that there will be one of its kind Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival - Korean version of German Oktoberfest. During this event you can try locally brewed beer and take part in various contests.

    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: the National Day is very popular with foreign visitors, please book your tour early.

       TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Mt.Paektu - the most beautiful and famous mountain in Korea which we visit only once a year. It is the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula (2750 m above sea level), with the deepest in the world mountain lake on the summit
    • Pyongyang - enjoy festivities on the occasion of the National Day and discover hidden treasures in the center of the capital. Visit Kumsusan Palace of Sun for president Kim Il Sung and for the leader Kim Jong Il
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival
    • Mass Dance - thousands of Korean students gather in one of the main capital squares and dance to celebrate the National Day!
    • Unique Tram ride around the city
    • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - strip of land dividing South and North Korea
    • Homestay Village - the only place in the DPRK to stay in Korean family

     

    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.

    Sep 3 (Mon): 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 Ostrich Farm - a huge farm where you will see how ostriches are raised in the DPRK
    • 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 ****
    Sep 4 (Tue): Pyongyang Wonsan Mt.Kumgang

    • 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
    • Sinpyong Lake - the resting place right half-way between Pyongyang and Wonsan, there is a rest house with bathrooms and refreshments
    • 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
    • Have lunch at Kalmaegi fish restaurant in Wonsan
    • 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
    • Drive to Mt.Kumgang - "diamond mountain" in Korean, it is one of the most famous mountains in Korea. "If I were to die the day after seeing Kumgang, I would have no regrets", said the Chinese Song Dynasty poet Su Shi (1037-1101). Until 2010 Mt.Kumgang had been off-limits to most foreigners visiting North Korea
    • Sijung Beach & Motel - one of a number of tranquil white, sandy beaches in North Korea. Sijung beach is half way between Wonsan and Mt.Kumgang
    • Samil Lagoon - widely known for its crystal-clear water, rocky hills and thick forests. According to legend, a king once visited the lake for a day but was so amazed by its beauty that he stayed there for three days, hence the name Samil (three days)
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Kumgangsan Hotel ****
    Sep 5 (Wed): Mt.Kumgang Wonsan

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Take easy hike along Kuryongyon Course - the most beautiful track in Outer Kumgang, it is about 7 - 8 km walk from Mokran restaurant to Kuryong (Nine Dragon) Waterfalls
    • Enjoy lunch at Mokran Restaurant - famous restaurant at the foot of Mt.Kumgang
    • Drive to Wonsan
    • Chonsam cooperative farm - "an area of three villages where springs well out" in Korean. You will visit agricultural fields, kindergarten and local store
    • Kaeson Revolutionary Museum in Wonsan - former Wonsan Railway Station turned into museum
    • Wonsan Art Gallery
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Tongmyong Hotel **
    Sep 6 (Thu): Wonsan Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 7 (Fri): 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) 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
    • Sonjuk Bridge - a small stone bridge dating back to 1216, UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Enjoy 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 back to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • 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 ****
    Sep 8 (Sat): Pyongyang Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • 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 exhibit 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
    • Enjoy your lunch
    • Drive 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
    • 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
    • Dinner
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival. It was organized first time in 2016 in Pyongyang and since then it is said it will be an annual event in Pyongyang. The festival is held at Pyongyang downtown at Taedong river embankment near Kim Il Sung Square, and it is very popular with locals. The festival is a great opportunity to try many different types of Korean most popular beer Taedonggang. You will have a chance to take part in various contests and socialize with friendly Koreans. Entrance fee (about 2 Euro) and beer are at your own expense

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 9 (Sun): Pyongyang

    DPRK NATIONAL DAY, FOUNDATION OF THE REPUBLIC

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 on the pleasure boat in Taedong river
    • 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
    • NEW! Experience 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
    • National Holiday festivities: possible Korean People Army's Circus - opened in Juche 53 (1964) to host about 1600 spectators
    • 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
    • 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
    • Dinner in famous BBQ Duck Restaurant
    • Expected fireworks on the occasion of the National Day

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 10 (Mon): Pyongyang Samjiyon Mt.Paektu Samjiyon

    MT.PAEKTU - THE SACRED HEART OF THE DPRK

    • Breakfast
    • Transfer to the domestic airport and take charter flight to Samjiyon - a beautiful mountain town 1380 m above sea level and is a known ski resort in the DPRK
    • Drive to Mt.Paektu - (Paektusan in Korean) the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula (2750 m above sea level), it is situated in the border between the DPRK and China. Mt.Paektu is known for its fantastic scenery. It is also a sacred place for the Korean Revolution - a legendary birth place of Leader Kim Jong Il. Mt. Paektu belongs to the coldest zone in the DPRK and the weather is prone to sudden changes. The wind on the mountain top is often strong, so warm clothes are needed in all seasons. We recommend you to take with you:
      • waterproof footwear, good for mountain walk
      • raincoat
      • sweather
      • sun glasses (can be even used to protect against the wind mixed with the sand)
      • sun protection cream (the sunshine on the top can be very strong)
    • Take funicular railway to go from the foot of the mountain to the summit (10 Euro p/p for return trip). Because of frequent power cuts sometimes funicular doesn’t work - hike to the top takes around 45 minutes
    • On the summit observe stunning views over the area and of the Chon Crater Lake - the deepest and the highest mountain lake in the World. You can take stairs (free) or cable car (5 Euro p/p one way) down to the lake from the summit
    • Drive along Amnok river and make a short break to view Chongun rock - in Korean this name means "a thousand soldier rock", this rock goes along Amnok/Yalu river separating China and North Korea. It is one of the most scenic landscapes in the DPRK
    • Picnic lunch with a view on China over Amnok/Yalu river
    • Arrive in Korean Guerilla Secret Camp in Mt.Paektu - it is leader Kim Jong Il's Native Home. Korean People's Revolutionary Army HQ was here during the fight against the Japanese occupation
    • Move to Samjiyon and stop by Samjiyon Schoolchildren's Palace - inaugurated in 2006 by the Leader Kim Jong Il it is the center for local youth education. Possible there will be music and dance performance by Samjiyon children
    • Transfer to Rimyongsu village
    • Observe Rimyongsu Waterfalls - beautiful all year around falls, the water flows out from Chon Crater Lake. It never freezes in winter, there are 42 big and small falls flowing from 6m altitude
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Baegebong Hotel **
    Sep 11 (Tue): Samjiyon Orang Mt.Chilbo

    HOMESTAY WITH KOREAN FAMILY

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive back to the airport
    • En route stop by Samjiyon Grand Monument - erected in 1979 on the shore of Lake Samji with Mt.Paektu as background. This huge and impressive monument was built to commemorate President Kim II Sung's revolutionary activity during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle
    • Take charter flight to Orang - a tiny town, home of Chongjin's airport
    • Upon arrival transfer to Mt.Chilbo - 'the Mountain of 7 Treasures', it is one of the most famous scenic spots in the DPRK. Mt Chilbo is put on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • En route open air picnic lunch at mountain waterfalls
    • Drive to Inner Chilbo - the area stretches to the inland region of the Mt.Chilbo. The towering peaks are covered with pine trees viewed like green carpets
    • Arrive in Homestay Village - located at the beautiful sea shore, it is the only place in the DPRK that it is possible for tourists to stay with Korean family - expect basic facilities
    • Enjoy Activities in homestay village - play volleyball or sirim (Korean wrestling) with the villagers or help with some light chores. You may just walk around to meet the neighbors. In the evening there will be bonfire party on the beach with the villagers
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Mt.Chilbo Homestay *
    Sep 12 (Wed): Mt.Chilbo Orang Pyongyang

    • Breakfast
    • Visit Sea Chilbo - mountain range with multiple peaks and rock formations, stunning views and scenery and plenty of interesting stories. There is also a local beach - coast of the East Sea of Korea (known in West as the Sea of Japan). Optional boating (30 RMB per person)
    • Visit Sungson Pavilion - literally means "ascending to heaven", the name refers to a legend about fairies who visited Mt.Chilbo and bathed in the Kuryong Pool, danced and ascended to heaven. The great observation spot to see all rocks in Inner Chilbo
    • Visit Kaesim Buddhist Temple - built in 826 it is situated in the Mt.Pothak, central part of Inner Chilbo
    • Enjoy picnic lunch on the beach
    • Drive to the airport in Orang
    • Take charter flight back to Pyongyang
    • Farewell dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Sep 13 (Thu):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport and depart by Air Koryo flight JS 251Y Pyongyang-Beijing at 10.00 in the morning from Pyongyang Airport. Arrive in Beijing at 11.30 in the morning (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

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