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    Special tour

    National Day CLASSIC tour from Shanghai


     6 nights in the DPRK
    Nampo Pyongyang Wonsan Mt.Kumgang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Mt.Myohyang Pyongyang

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Mass Games expected. Mass Games is the biggest show on Earth - in 2007 they were recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest gymnastics display.
    • 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
    • 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
    • Expected Taedonggang Beer Festival - this is Korean version of German Oktoberfest beer festival
    • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - inspect one of the most heavily militarized places on the planet. This strip of land divides South and North Korea
    • Enjoy two out of five celebrated mountains of Korea - Mt.Kumgang (“Diamond Mountain”) and Mt.Myohyang with International Friendship Exhibition - the world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting gifts received by Korean leaders over the years
    • Nampo - one of the biggest Korean ports

    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. Visit 2 celebrated mountains: Mt.Kumgang - most popular hiking destination, and Mt.Myohyang - to see world's biggest treasure-house exhibiting gifts received by Korean leaders over the years.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.

     

    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): Nampo Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Depart from Shanghai by Air Koryo JS 158 Shanghai-Pyongyang, departure at 0.30am from Shanghai. Arrival at 03.20am in Pyongyang. 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 Shanghai at least one day before your departure to Pyongyang
    • Transfer to Nampo - gateway to Pyongyang on the west coast of Korea, the fourth biggest city in the DPRK
    • Breakfast
    • 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
    • Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the DPRK’s most famous farm, the birthplace of the famous Chongsanri spirit and Chongsanri farming method
    • Kangso Spring Water Factory - one of a few places to see how mineral water is bottled from its beginning to its packaging. After the tour visitors can try locally produced mineral water
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • 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
    • Lunch
    • Rest in the hotel
    • Korean Revolution Museum - composed of 90 rooms this museum shows anti-Japanese revolutionary armed struggle, democratic revolution and first period of transition to socialism, Fatherland Liberation War and the building of socialism
    • Walk in Changjon street - famous new district opened in 2012 near Mansudae Grand Monument. It is also called "New Dubai" for its modern high-rise buildings
    • 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
    • Dinner

    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):

    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
    • 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
    • Transfer to the airport and departure by Air Koryo JS 157 Pyongyang-Shanghai, departure at 9.40pm from Pyongyang. Arrival at 11.30pm in Shanghai

     

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • Flights AirKoryo Shanghai-Pyongyang-Shanghai
    • 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 Shanghai
    • Your stopover expenses in Shanghai
    • 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)

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