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.

Who can book a North Korea tour with us?
  • Almost anyone who is physically fit for active travel, including Americans, except South Korean passport holders, journalists and photojournalists
  • Anyone above 18 years of age; those under 18 need parental permission
  • See other guidelines on our FAQs page

What does the tour include?
  • Our tours are deluxe accommodation tours. We choose the highest possible accommodations on all of our packages. In Pyongyang, our guests stay at the Koryo Hotel. Our longer tours include an overnight at the Hyangsan Hotel, the Masikryong Hotel and the Majon Hotel, the top luxury hotels in the country.
  • All listed tour prices include round-trip flights and DPRK visa fees.
  • We take credit card payment in USD (no additional transaction fees) and accept RMB payment via wechat pay or bank transfer. Inquire about RMB payment.

EARLY BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO GUARANTEE SPOT Early booking is highly recommended to secure seating. Deadline is 2-4 weeks prior to the departure date unless filled earlier.
The DPRK Weekender - Beijing Departure

The DPRK Weekender - Beijing Departure

3 nights, 4 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Beijing

  • June 11-14, 2016
  • July 9-12, 2016
  • August 27-30, 2016
  • September 17-20, 2016
  • October 1-4, 2016
  • November 12-15, 2016
  • December 10-13, 2016
  • 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, a perfect weekend getaway.

Note: This tour can be scheduled as a private tour any Saturday to Tuesday all year round. See Private Tours for private rates.

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The DPRK Weekender - Shanghai Departure

The DPRK Weekender - Shanghai Departure

3 nights, 3 full days in DPRK

Shanghai → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Shanghai

  • May 20-22, 2016
  • June 10-12, 2016
  • June 17-19, 2016
  • July 8-10, 2016
  • August 26-28, 2016
  • September 9-11, 2016
  • October 7-9, 2016
  • Single $1,600
  • Double $1,400

PLEASE NOTE: EARLY BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AS THERE ARE VERY LIMITED SEATS ON FLIGHT

It’s time to take a long weekend and join us in Pyongyang for this classic 3-night Thursday to Sunday tour. Depart Shanghai on late Thursday evening 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. 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!

Note: This tour can be scheduled as a private tour on any Thursday to Sunday from April to October (subject to availability of seats on flight). See Private Tours for private rates.

Early booking highly recommended as seats on flight are limited and not guaranteed.

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The 5-Day Standard

The 5-Day Standard

5 nights, 6 days in DPRK

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

  • May 21-26, 2016
  • June 11-16, 2016
  • July 9-14, 2016
  • August 13-18, 2016
  • October 1-6, 2016
  • November 12-17, 2016
  • 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 the fragrant mountains, enjoying a picnic lunch in between. 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: This tour can be scheduled as a private tour any Saturday to Thursday all year round. See Private Tours for rates.

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The 7-Night Classic - Beijing Departure

The 7-Night Classic - Beijing Departure

7 Nights, 8 Days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Mt. Myohyang → Masikryong → Wonsan → Beijing

  • April 23-30, 2016 - CLOSED
  • May 21-28, 2016
  • June 11-18, 2016
  • October 1-8, 2016
  • Single $2450
  • Double $2050

In this comprehensive 7 night classic tour, you’ll see everything from the grand monuments of Pyongyang to the rugged mountains and pristine beaches of the east coast. All the while traveling through the remote countryside and taking in the raw beauty of Korea. We start this tour with a look at the ancient history of Korea to present day division in one fascinating trip through the city of Kaesong. In Pyongyang, visit the famous mausoleum of the late leaders at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. Ride the Pyongyang metro, see the USS Pueblo and now, sip coffee on the full service ferry, Mujigae, on the Taedong River as you pass the Juche Tower. End the trip with a journey all the way east to the city of Wonsan for a dose of local life and fresh seafood on the pier. This will be one life-changing week.

Note: This tour can be scheduled as a private tour any Saturday to Saturday from March to November. See Private Tours for rates.

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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

  • May 19-26, 2016
  • September 8-15, 2016
  • Single $2,600
  • Double $2,200

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. Giant road bicycles supplied.

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North Korea Surf Camp and Expedition

North Korea Surf Camp and Expedition

7 Nights, 8 Days in DPRK

Pyongyang → Hamhung → Majon

  • May 20-26, 2016
  • August 19-25, 2016
  • September 30 - October 6, 2016
  • Single $2700
  • Double $2200

We are serving up a totally new surf destination for all you surf fans: NORTH KOREA! We’ve assembled an expert team of surfers to track and analyze the weather patterns for over a year and we’re happy to report that the pristine beaches and rocky outcrops of the Hamhung and Sijung area on the east coast receive a fair amount of swell from a 90 degrees easterly window. We’re now offering YOU a chance to surf these virgin waves through a DPRK surf exploration camp led by ISA Course Presenter and current coach of the Chinese National Surf Team, Nik Zanella - AND - North Korea expert, and Uri Tours Founder and CEO, Andrea Lee. The first part of the expedition will include analyzing surf weather patterns in the DPRK and identifying ideal surf spots, using data that Nik and his team have compiled over the past year. The second part of the expedition will be a surf camp that will include an in-class exploration seminar, on-the-spot guidance (on surf, that is) as well as practical surf lessons. This will be a great chance also to mingle with the first local surfers. We’ve received the proper permissions to invite North Koreans who want to learn to surf to participate in this inaugural surf camp. We’re stoked to introduce them to the awesomeness of surf. When we’re not surfing, participants will get an unparalleled travel experience while we visit the iconic sites in Pyongyang and drive cross-country through remote parts of the countryside to get to the coast. This is bound to mark the epochal opening of DPRK to the art of wave riding. We’re inviting surfers of all levels to join us in this incredible and historical surf expedition and to be a part of bringing surf to North Korea!!

This tour departs from Shanghai.

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Korean War Victory Day - 5 Nighter

Korean War Victory Day - 5 Nighter

5 Nights, 6 Days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Nampho → Kaesong → DMZ → Beijing

  • July 23 - 28, 2016
  • Single $1900
  • Double $1,650

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. Brush up on your Korean War history, and then 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. The trip culminates with mass dances with locals to celebrate their victory in the Korean War. 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.

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Korean War Victory Day - 9 Nighter

Korean War Victory Day - 9 Nighter

9 Nights, 10 days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Nampho → Kaesong → DMZ → Wonsan → Hamhung → Myohyang → Beijing

  • July 23 - August 1, 2016
  • Single $2,950
  • Double $2,450

Take an extraordinary journey into North Korea during this 63rd 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. 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 cooperative farm, hidden beaches, the grand theatre and more! Join us on this longer adventure and learn about the Korean War in a way never imagined before.

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Liberation Day Weekender

Liberation Day Weekender

3 Nights, 4 Days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Beijing

  • August 13-16, 2016
  • Single $1600
  • Double $1400

Join us for the 71st 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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National Day Tour - Classic 4 Nights

National Day Tour - Classic 4 Nights

4 Nights, 5 Days in the DPRK

Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ

  • September 8, 2016
  • Single $1700
  • Double $1450

September 9th is National Day, the founding day of the DPRK in 1948. Every year the celebration is no less spectacular as the year prior. Join us on this special day to see how the North Koreans celebrate this important day.

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New Year’s in North Korea 5-Nights

New Year’s in North Korea 5-Nights

5 Nights, 6 Days in DPRK

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

  • December 29, 2016 - January 3, 2017
  • Single $1900
  • Double $1650

Ring in the New Year in North Korea at the Kim Il Sung Square with thousands of Pyongyangites! When you arrive, join up with the NYE group in Pyongyang for an awesome night of Korean beer. 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 morning, see how locals celebrate the New Year with a special visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the late leaders lie in state.  We’ll continue the North Korean style celebrations by eating songpyeon, a traditional half-moon sized rice cake and visiting a local family. Then travel to the DMZ where you can be among the few to say that you’ve been in both North and South Korea at the same time. Lastly, we’ll go to the Myohyang Mountains, take in the snowy mountainscape, visit the Pohyon Temple, one of the most well-known temples during the Koryo Dynasty, and the International Friendship Exhibition, an impressive national treasure house that stores all of the gifts given to the Kim leaders over time. Join us this New Year’s Eve for an experience you will not forget!

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Ski North Korea Long Tour - Beijing Departure

Ski North Korea Long Tour - Beijing Departure

7 Nights, 8 Days in the DPRK

Pyongyang → Wonsan → Masik Pass Ski Resort → Kaesong/DMZ

  • Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017
  • Jan 28 - Feb 4, 2017
  • Feb 18 - 25, 2017
  • Single $2450
  • Double $2050

This is your chance to see all of the grand monuments of Pyongyang, the DMZ and the Masik Pass Ski Resort, in one adventure-packed tour! Sign up to be one of the first to run the virgin slopes of the DPRK!

For the New Year’s edition of this tour, we’ll ring in the new year with fireworks in the Kim Il Sung Square before heading to the ski slopes.

  • Masik Pass highest elevation: 1360 m (4461 ft) above sea level
  • There are 10 runs for all levels, but no off-piste skiing
  • GONDOLA INSTALLED - now takes 10 mins to the peak
  • More information on the resort HERE
  • If you are bringing your own skis, it will cost 20RMB per additional kg to check them on Air Koryo for the Beijing - Pyongyang route, and 4 Euros per additional kg for the Pyongyang - Beijing route

This itinerary can be booked as a private tour anytime from December to the end of March. See private tour rates.

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Ski North Korea Short Tour - Beijing Departure

Ski North Korea Short Tour - Beijing Departure

5 Nights, 6 Days in the DPRK

Pyongyang → Wonsan → Masik Pass Ski Resort

  • Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 5, 2017
  • January 14 - 19, 2017
  • February 11 - 16, 2017
  • Single $1,900
  • Double $1,650

In this short 5 night trip, see all of the grand monuments of Pyongyang and ski at the Masik Pass Ski Resort! Sign up to be one of the first to run the virgin slopes of the DPRK!

For the New Year’s edition of this tour, we’ll ring in the new year with fireworks in the Kim Il Sung Square before heading to the ski slopes.

  • Masik Pass highest elevation: 1360 m (4461 ft) above sea level
  • There are 10 runs for all levels, but no off-piste skiing
  • GONDOLA INSTALLED - now takes 10 mins to the peak
  • More information on the resort HERE
  • If you are bringing your own skis, it will cost 20RMB per additional kg to check them on Air Koryo for the Beijing - Pyongyang route, and 4 Euros per additional kg for the Pyongyang - Beijing route

This itinerary can be booked as a private tour anytime from December to the end of March. See private tour rates.

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Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour

4 Nights, 5 Days in DPRK

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ

  • February 14 - 18, 2017
  • Single $1,700
  • Double $1,450

Travel to North Korea to witness the 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 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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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 13 - 18, 2017
  • Single $1,900
  • Double $1,650

This 5-night DPRK tour is uniquely timed to visit the DPRK during the 105th 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.

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