Tours

Signature Series

Uri Signature Series is comprised of annual and semi-annual tours to North Korea that accommodate up to 18 guests. These DPRK tours are open to the public and are most appropriate for those who wish to travel in a fun and intimate group setting. Tours are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 people and capped at 18 people.

Who can book a North Korea tour with us?
  • Almost anyone who is physically fit to travel, including Americans
  • South Korean passport holders, journalists and photographers should contact us
  • Anyone above 18 years of age; those under 18 are encouraged to join but need permission from a guardian
  • See other guidelines on our FAQs page

For marathon and ski tours, see separate links above.

For more information on booking a tour with us, see How to Travel to North Korea

Prices are in USD. Inquire about RMB payment.

Registration Deadline is two weeks prior to the departure date unless tour is filled earlier.
The DPRK Weekender - Beijing Departure

The DPRK Weekender - Beijing Departure

3 nights, 4 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Beijing

  • July 11-14, 2015
  • July 25-28, 2015
  • August 8-11, 2015
  • September 26-29, 2015
  • October 3-6, 2015
  • November 21-24, 2015
  • Choose your own dates (weekly departure Saturday to Tuesday all year round)
  • Single $1600
  • Double $1400

Kick off your shoes, take the weekend off and join us in Pyongyang for this short-but-sweet tour of one of most fascinating places in the world! In this 3-night weekend tour, be transported to another world as you explore Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka “North Korea”). Visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, a massive 150-meter concrete structure, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and see the newly renovated Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. On the second full day in the DPRK, take a road-trip to the DMZ, the border between the North and South Korea and learn a different perspective of history. Arrive safely back in Beijing in the morning, giving you time to sneak back into the office!

This tour is ideal for the average Beijinger looking for a quick getaway, and/or for those who don’t need much hand-holding while in Beijing. Note: this tour does not include an overnight stay in Beijing, nor transportation to the airport.

Note: With a minimum of 2 travelers, this tour will depart every Saturday to Tuesday all year round at group rates. “Choose your own dates” when you book. This tour can also be scheduled as a private custom tour for those looking for a closed group experience.

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The DPRK Weekender - Shanghai Departure

The DPRK Weekender - Shanghai Departure

3 nights, 3 full days in DPRK

Shanghai → Pyongyang → Nampho → Kaesong/DMZ → Shanghai

  • July 10-12, 2015
  • August 14-16, 2015
  • September 25-27, 2015
  • October 2-4, 2015
  • Choose your own dates (any Friday to Sunday until October 25, 2015)
  • Single $1,600
  • Double $1,400

It’s time to take a long weekend and join us in Pyongyang for this classic 3-night Friday to Sunday tour. Depart Shanghai on late Thursday evening / early Friday morning on Air Koryo, an experience in itself, and head to the historic Koryo Hotel to check in. The following day, visit all of the iconic DPRK monuments like the Tower of Juche Idea, a massive 150-meter concrete structure, take a ride on the Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, and see the newly renovated Fatherland Liberation War Museum alongside the USS Pueblo. Explore the city of Nampho and get a glimpse of factory and farm life in the DPRK. On our last day in the DPRK, we’ll visit the DMZ and see the living division between North and South Korea. Return to Shanghai on Sunday evening, just in time to make it to work on Monday!

This tour does not include an overnight stay in Shanghai, nor transportation to the airport. DPRK visas are handed out at the Pudong airport.

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The 5-Day Standard

The 5-Day Standard

5 nights, 6 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Nampho → Mt. Myohyang → Beijing

  • August 8-13, 2015
  • October 10-15, 2015
  • September 26-October 1, 2015
  • November 14-19, 2015
  • Choose your own dates (Saturday to Thursday all year round)
  • Single $1900
  • Double $1650

In this anytime-of-year classic tour, see all of the major must-see spots of North Korea. See all of the Pyongyang highlights: Mansudae Grand Monument, Tower of Juche Idea and more. Experience aspects of North Korean culture through a visit to a schoolchildren’s palace, a ride on the Pyongyang metro, a visit to the newly re-opened Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo, and a cooperative farm. Take a day trip to Mount Myohyang and hike a popular mountain among locals, enjoying a picnic lunch in between. In Nampho, you’ll check out farm life and see the impressive West Sea Barrage. See the DMZ along the 38th parallel dividing North and South Korea and visit the recently re-opened Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the late leaders lie in state.

Note: With a minimum of 2 travelers, this tour will depart every Saturday to Thursday all year round at group rates. “Choose your own dates” when you book. This tour can also be scheduled as a private custom tour for those looking for a closed group experience.

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Korean War Victory Day - 5 Nighter

Korean War Victory Day - 5 Nighter

5 Nights, 6 Days in DPRK + 1 Night in Beijing

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Mt. Myohyang

  • July 22 - 28, 2015
  • Single $2,150
  • Double $1,850

Take an extraordinary journey into North Korea during this 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War and see a different perspective of this important but “forgotten” war. We’ll recommend reading materials and hold pre-trip discussions so you can brush up on your Korean War history, and then we’ll visit some of the key sites in the North to get a more holistic picture of the war. Starting in Pyongyang, we visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo to get a sense of how the North Koreans view this war and their version of how it went down. Our next stop is at the infamous DMZ where we take you to the front lines at the border between North and South Korea. See the Concrete Wall dividing the Korean peninsula at the 38th parallel. Then travel into the mountains to see ancient Buddhist temples. This July 2014, join us on this adventure and learn about the Korean War in a way never imagined before.

For a longer tour option, see Victory Day Tour - 9-Nighter.

Uri Tours does not endorse a particular political viewpoint or side; rather, we facilitate travel and encourage an open dialogue.

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Korean War Victory Day - 9 Nighter

Korean War Victory Day - 9 Nighter

9 Nights, 10 days in DPRK + 1 Night in Beijing

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Myohyang → Wonsan → Hamhung → Sinchon → Mt. Kuwol

  • July 22 - August 1, 2015
  • Single $2,950
  • Double $2,450

Take an extraordinary journey into North Korea during this 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War, or “Victory Day” as its called in the DPRK, and see a different perspective of this important but “forgotten” war. Travel to the city of Kaesong, where you can witness the division of Korea; meet North Korean military officers at the DMZ; and see the Concrete Wall along the 38th parallel. Then we hit roads less-traveled to visit the eastern port cities of Wonsan and Hamhung.  In Wonsan, we’ll see a city that was hit particularly hard during the Korean War but is now reviving itself as a beach resort area. Then, we’ll travel along the eastern coast to Hamhung, a city that does not see many foreigners, to visit a fertilizer factory, the grand theatre and more! Lastly, we’ll go to the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities—the title speaks for itself. Join us on this longer adventure and learn about the Korean War in a way never imagined before.

This tour is an extension of our 5-Night Victory Day tour, allowing those who want to see more of the DPRK to stay on.

Uri Tours does not endorse a particular political viewpoint or side; rather, we facilitate travel and encourage an open dialogue.

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Liberation Day Weekender

Liberation Day Weekender

3 Nights, 4 Days in DPRK

Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ

  • August 14-17, 2015
  • Single $1650
  • Double $1450

Join us for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s Liberation Day. Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule on August 15, 1945 and this day is widely celebrated in both North and South Korea. On this tour, see how the North Koreans celebrate with lots of dancing in the square, picnics in the park and fireworks in the square. We’ll take you to explore the city of Pyongyang on this historic occasion, as well as take you on a 2 hour drive south to the DMZ to see how geopolitics have played a role in the current division of Korea. This tour is sure to be a comprehensive intro on modern-day DPRK.

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The Pyongyang Un Open Golf Tournament - Shanghai Departure

The Pyongyang Un Open Golf Tournament - Shanghai Departure

3 full days in DPRK

Pyongyang → Pyongyang Golf Course → Nampho

  • August 28-30, 2015
  • Single $2050
  • Double $1850

You can bet that FedEx won’t ship your clubs to this course! Take on your buddies and other die hard adventure golfers over 2 full rounds of exhilarating tournament play at the world’s most exotic 18-hole golf course. You too can challenge Kim Jong Il’s incredible course record of 38 under par! Prizes include the red champions’ jacket (unlike Augusta, we let you keep yours), a Callaway driver and the ultimate bragging rights. Register now for this Un-believable Pyongyang Open Golf Tournament.

You can bring your clubs via Air Koryo or there are Lancefield rentals available at the golf course. Tour price includes all green fees, caddy and cart fees and rentals. Also included are airfare from Shanghai and DPRK visa fees.

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Remote Mountain Hiking Tour - National Day

Remote Mountain Hiking Tour - National Day

12 Nights, 13 Days in the DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kumgang → Wonsan → Paekdu → Chilbo → Chongjin → Hoeryong → DMZ → Beijing

  • August 29 - September 10, 2015
  • Single $5,199
  • Double $4,599

Our Remote Mountain Tour gives you a DPRK experience unlike any other. Whether you are a returning traveler or a DPRK newbie looking for more than your average tour, this is the tour for you! In this comprehensive 14 day tour, we start in the capital city of Pyongyang. Then we’ll make our way East through Wonsan and the spectacular Kumgang Mountains for an unparalleled hiking experience. For aviation enthusiasts, we’ll be flying on the classic Antonov-24 to two of the most breathtaking mountains in all of Korea, Paekdusan and Chilbosan! Then we make a special visit to Chongjin and Hoeryong, two forgotten cities that are starting to open up to tourists. Tour the DMZ to experience first-hand the living conflict in the Korean peninsula. And on top of all of that, you’ll have the chance to participate in the local festivities during National Day, the day the country was founded. Join us for this great trek across the DPRK and make friends and memories that you will treasure for a long time to come.

The Paekdu excursion requires a minimum of 5 people in order to run. If we do not make the minimum, we will substitute with a hiking trip to the Myohyang Mountains.

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North Korea Bicycle Tour - Spring and National Day Editions

North Korea Bicycle Tour - Spring and National Day Editions

7 Nights, 8 Days in the DPRK

Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Nampho → Masik → Wonsan → Hamhung → Pyongyang

  • September 7-14, 2015
  • Single $2,595
  • Double $2,195

Our North Korea Bike Tour is unlike any tour ever offered in the DPRK! We’ll cycle west for 12 km on the Road of Youth Heroes and tackle 30 km of beautiful, winding roads leading from Chonnae County to the picturesque Ulim Waterfalls. We’ll supplement these treks with leisurely rides like our 12 km city ride through the streets of Pyongyang! or a morning ride along city center in Wonsan. On top of that, we’ll provide as many opportunities as possible for you to experience North Korean people and culture, whether it’s beach volleyball at the Majon Pleasure Ground or mixing with locals at the Golden Lanes Bowling Alley. Join us on this magnificent journey and prepare yourself to meet wonderful people and broaden your world perspective.

Our Fall Edition of the North Korea Bike Tour falls on DPRK’s National Day - September 9, 1948 was when the country was founded. In addition to cycling, expect to take part in mass dances in the park, see fireworks and quite possibly even see a military parade! If you can’t wait until the fall, our Spring Edition tour is promised to be uniquely exciting.

Experience level: some cycling experience required. Most terrain will be flat, but there will be long uphill routes. If any portion of the route is too strenuous, cyclists will have an option to ride in the bus.

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Mount Paektu Weekend Getaway - Shanghai Departure

Mount Paektu Weekend Getaway - Shanghai Departure

3 full days in DPRK

Shanghai → Pyongyang → Paekdu → DMZ → Shanghai

  • September 25-27, 2015
  • Single $1900
  • Double $1650

This short getaway takes you outside of Pyongyang and up to the highest, most majestic peak in all of east Asia, Mount Paektu! Standing tall at 2,744 m (9,003 ft) high, this mountain range is a sacred place for all Koreans and has been known as the birthplace of Korea for centuries starting from the legendary King Tangun, founding father of Korea. Arrive into Pyongyang very early on Friday morning. On the first day, see the highlights of Pyongyang, take a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, see the “US spy ship” (aka USS Pueblo), test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range and enjoy DPRK craft beer. On the second day, take a short charter flight to Mount Paekdu where we’ll climb to the peak and look down onto Lake Chon, the deepest crater lake in the world. On the third day, travel to the DMZ to witness the living conflict at the North-South Korea border. This tour is ideal for both the returning DPRK enthusiast and the everyday traveler looking to see as much of North Korea’s rugged natural beauty as possible. Flights from Shanghai and DPRK visa fees all included.

This tour requires a minimum of 15 people to run.

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70th Party Foundation Day - Essential 4 Nights

70th Party Foundation Day - Essential 4 Nights

4 nights, 5 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang→ Kaesong → DMZ

  • October 7 - 12, 2015
  • Single $1,950
  • Double $1,650

Get ready for a true celebration as the DPRK celebrates the 70th Anniversary of its Party Foundation Day on October 10. We’re expecting to see celebrations in the street, a military parade and a possible return of the record-breaking Mass Games in some form. Join locals at the Moranbong Park where people take the day off to rest and relax with family and friends. See all of the Pyongyang highlights: Mansudae Grand Monument, Tower of Juche Idea, Party Foundation Monument and more. See daily life on a special 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang metro and enjoy a drink at Korean Microbreweries. Finally, cross to the other side at the DMZ, the only place where you can be both in North and South Korea at the same time. Want to see more of the country? See the 7-Night Classic Tour and the 14-Night Ultimate Tour.

Update: Military Parade and Mass Demonstrations Confirmed for October Foundation Day

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70th Party Foundation Day: Classic 7 Nights with Cycling Option

70th Party Foundation Day: Classic 7 Nights with Cycling Option

7 Nights, 8 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Nampho → Pyongyang Bike Tour → Mt. Myohyang → Beijing

  • October 8 - 15, 2015
  • Single $2,250
  • Double $1950

This October 10, 2015 is guaranteed to be the biggest event of the year in North Korea as the country marks the 70th Anniversary of its Party Foundation Day. We’re expecting to see celebrations in the street and a military parade, what the DPRK is famous for. This tour gives you everything that the 4-Night Essential Tour offers—a visit to the DMZ, a special 5-stop Pyongyang metro tour—but it also adds a private boat cruise on the Taedong River to where the river meets the West Sea, an exclusive Pyongyang Bike Tour and a hike up the fragrant mountains of Myohyangsan. This tour is not to be missed. Want to see more? See the 14-Night Ultimate Tour.

Update: Military Parade and Mass Demonstrations Confirmed for October Foundation Day

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70th Party Foundation Day: Ultimate 14-nights with Cycling and Paekdu Addition

70th Party Foundation Day: Ultimate 14-nights with Cycling and Paekdu Addition

14 nights, 15 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Nampho → PY Bike → Mt. Myohyang → Wonsan → Mt Kumgang → Hamhung → Paekdu → Beijing

  • October 8-22, 2015
  • Single $4,775
  • Double $3,875

This ULTIMATE 14-night action-packed, eye-opening journey across North Korea will change your life. This October 10, 2015, North Korea marks the 70th Anniversary of its Party Foundation Day and huge celebrations are promised. We’re expecting to see celebrations in the street, a military parade and a return of the record-breaking Mass Games in some form. This tour gives you everything that the 7-Night Classic Tour offers - private boat cruise to the West Sea, an exclusive Pyongyang Bike Tour - but also adds an extraodinary journey east to Wonsan and the Kumgang Mountains and an overnight in the second largest city of the country, Hamhung. This tour ends where it all began, at the mystical Mount Paekdu, said to the be birthplace of Korea.

Update: Military Parade and Mass Demonstrations Confirmed for October Foundation Day

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New Year’s in North Korea

New Year’s in North Korea

4 nights, 5 days in DPRK

Beijing → Kaesong/DMZ → Pyongyang

  • December 28, 2015 - January 2, 2016
  • Single $1900
  • Double $1600

Ring in the New Year with the Pyongyang Bell in North Korea! We’ve got the perfect New Year’s Eve lineup for you! We’ll be staying at the historic Koryo Hotel, a popular hotel for locals and foreigners alike that is located in central Pyongyang. We’ll spend the morning of New Year’s Eve with a visit to the DMZ before returning to Pyongyang for an awesome night of beer, Korean soju and karaoke. There will be fireworks over the Taedong River and, at midnight, we’ll count down the seconds to the ringing of the Pyongyang Bell, which is North Korea’s traditional way of welcoming the new year. On New Year’s Day, we’ll continue the North Korean style celebrations by eating songpyeon, a traditional half-moon sized rice cake. We’ll also get to enjoy the indoor facilities of the brand new Munsu Water Park, shoot a rifle at the newly renovated Meari Shooting Range and ride horses at the new Mirim Horseback Riding Club. Join us this New Year’s Eve for an experience you will not forget!

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Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

3 Nights, 4 Days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ

  • February 15 - 18, 2016
  • Single $1,400
  • Double $1,250

Travel to North Korea to witness the 103rd birthday celebration of General Kim Jong Il. You’ll have the rare opportunity to really mix it up with the locals during the public dances, parades and other festivities that mark this important DPRK holiday! And for those of you who are truly interested in DPRK history and culture, you can’t miss the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the late General Kim Jong Il lies in state. Of course, we’ll be heading outside of the city as well, where we’ll relish the picturesque winterscapes of the DPRK. Grab your coat and join us on this brisk February adventure!

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Budget Tour: Spring Break in North Korea!

Budget Tour: Spring Break in North Korea!

5 nights, 6 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Nampho → Kaesong → DMZ

  • March 5 - 10, 2016
  • Single $1500
  • Double $1250

This spring break, step outside of the box and venture into one of the most fascinating countries in the world, North Korea! This will be a spring break like you’ve never experienced before. We’ll take you on a cultural trip of a lifetime from exploring the capital city of Pyongyang, to a road-trip to Nampho, sleeping on traditional heated floors in the historic city of Kaesong, and seeing the DMZ from the North Korean side! Even learn a few words of (North) Korean.

At this discounted price, this tour is designed with students in mind, but open to the general adventurous and academic traveler.

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Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour - 5-Nighter

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour - 5-Nighter

5 Nights, 6 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Mt. Myohyang → Nampho → Kaesong → DMZ

  • April 14 - 19, 2016
  • Single $1,900
  • Double $1,650

This 5-night DPRK tour is uniquely timed to visit the DPRK during the 104th birthday anniversary celebration of the late DPRK President, Kim Il Sung. A major holiday in the DPRK, tour participants will have a first-hand chance to participate in festivities and public dances with locals. This is a time of the year that is perfect for visitors, as the weather warms and locals are gearing up for the holiday festivities. In this classic tour, see all of the Pyongyang highlights while still managing to travel outside of the capital to the western port city of Nampho and the must-see De-Militarized Zone between North and South Korea. The tour begins with a night in Beijing with a traditional Peking Duck dinner and an overnight stay near the Sanlitun Village.

If you want to see more of the DPRK, join our 10-night Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour!

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Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour - 10-Nighter

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour - 10-Nighter

10 nights, 11 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Mt. Myohyang → Nampho → Wonsan → Mt. Kumgang → Hamhung

  • April 14 - 24, 2016
  • Single $3,150
  • Double $2,595

Get ready for an action-packed 10 nights in the DPR of Korea! If you’re looking for a vacation that comes with bragging rights, you’ve found it! Start your adventure by joining the Pyongyang Marathon Long Tour (you can choose to run or just be a spectator). Then hit up all of the Pyongyang highlights, traveling to the mystical mountains of Myohyang, seeing the DMZ from the North Korean side and participating in the holiday festivities! Once the 5-nighters depart, the 10-nighters will continue on for an East Coast swing to the far-less traveled coastal cities of Wonsan and Hamhung and a coveted overnight trip to Mount Kumgang (known as the “Diamond Mountains”). End our trip with a Pyongyang city Bike Tour, as we ride along the Taedong River and take in local life on the busy Kwangbok Street!

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Beer, Fishing, Boats and Guns Tour

Beer, Fishing, Boats and Guns Tour

7 Nights, 8 Days in DPRK

Pyongyang → Nampho → Wonsan → Kaesong → DMZ

  • June 21- 28, 2016
  • Single $2,450
  • Double $2,050

In this brand new North Korean Adventure, we’ll see all of imperial Pyongyang and also partake in some of the city’s most stimulating extracurricular activities! The internet is buzzing about the DPRK’s quality beers, and we’ll sample DPRK beer from some of the city’s top microbreweries, including the Rakwon Paradise Microbrewery, the Taedonggang Craft Brewery and, of course, the Yanggakdo Hotel Microbrewery. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to fish on the Taedong River, where you’ll have a choice of just taking in the scenery or fishing along the riverbank. You can even take out a small rowboat out on the river. We’ll also make a stop at the popular Pyongyang Gun Range, where you can do a bit of target practice and even bag a pheasant, which you can give away or have your hotel prepare! After our Pyongyang adventures, we’ll get out of the city and take a road trip to Wonsan, enjoy the hot springs at Nampho and, of course, the DMZ. This trip is a must for anyone looking for a truly unique experience in the DPRK!

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