North Korea Bicycle Tour - Spring and National Day Editions
7 Nights, 8 Days in the DPRK
Pyongyang → Kaesong → DMZ → Nampho → Masik → Wonsan → Hamhung → Pyongyang
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.
Max participants: 9
Day 1: Depart for North Korea!
AM: Meet us at the Beijing Capital International Airport. We’ll hand out the DPRK visas then. We’ll fly to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city and home to some of the country’s most revered cultural landmarks. Local DPRK tour guides will meet us at Sunan International Airport.
PM: On the way to central Pyongyang, we’ll stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch, and the Mansudae Grand Monuments known for its large bronze statues of the DPRK leaders. We’ll then proceed to the historic Koryo Hotel. Optional evening event at the Kaesong Youth Amusement Park.
Day 2: Pyongyang City Tour and DPRK National Day (for Fall Edition)
AM: This morning, we’ll begin at the Manyongdae Native House, the birthplace of Kim Il Sung. Afterwards, we’ll take a ride on the Pyongyang Metro and rub shoulders with local commuters going about their daily activities. See the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and USS Pueblo.
PM: After lunch, stock up on souvenirs at the Foreign Languages Bookshop and take in the sights at the Kim Il Sung Square. Take a 5 km bike ride along the Taedong River from the Yanngak Bridge to the Taedong Gate. Enjoy a children’s performance at the Schoolchildren’s Palace. For dinner, enjoy Korean “jongol” (hotpot). Finish the night at the Rakwon Microbrewery (can’t beat $1 drafts).
For DPRK National Day tours, we’ll join in on mass dances, watch fireworks in the square and may even have the chance to see a military parade!
Day 3: Kaesong and the DMZ
AM: Enjoy a morning drive through the countryside to Kaesong, the former capital of the Koryo Dynasty and pre-war intellectual seat of the entire Korean Peninsula. We’ll continue to Panmunjom and the DMZ, where we will be given a tour by a North Korean military officer. We will see where the armistice was signed, and take a trip to the border between the North and the South. Afterwards, head to the Koryo History Museum, Sonjuk Bridge and the local Stamp Shop. Then drive to the city of Nampho. Enjoy the evening at the Ryonggang Spa House where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a genuine DPRK clam bake with your driver and local guides, challenge fellow travelers to table tennis or billiards and take one of the Ryonggang’s famous hot mineral baths in the comfort of your own private villa.
Day 4: Cycling in Nampho & Masik Pass
AM: This morning, we’ll visit the West Sea Barrage, an incredible system of water locks and dams that regulates the flow of sea water into the Taedong River. At the Chongsanri Cooperative Farm, learn about DPRK’s system of collective farming. Take a 12km bike ride on the Road of Youth Heroes back to Pyongyang.
PM: After a quick lunch, we’ll hit the road again and travel cross country about 4 hours east. Rest at the Sinpyong Tea House where you can enjoy the mountain view and 5 berries tea. Check into the Masikryong Hotel, considered the best hotel in the country and enjoy the facilities. Overnight in Masik.
Day 5: Cycling in Wonsan and Beach in Hamhung
This morning, get ready to continue our east coast journey. We’ll start off with a drive to the city of Wonsan and hit the revolutionary sites. We’ll cycle from the Tongmyong Hotel to the Songdowon Beach to have lunch with a view. Then pack up for a fascinating ride through the countryside to Hamhung, North Korea’s second largest city and one of the country’s industrial centers. We’ll observe one of the DPRK’s model farming communities at the Tongbong Cooperative Farm. Visit several Hamhung mainstays, including the Mount Tonghung Revolutionary Site, the Hamhung Grand Theatre and the Old Royal Palace. In the evening, take a dip at the Majon Pleasure Ground, Hamhung’s biggest beach locations. Clam and crab BBQ is optional and paid separately on site. Overnight at the Majon Hotel.
Day 6: Ulim Waterfalls, Return to Pyongyang
AM: After an early morning departure from Hamhung, we’ll cycle a dazzling 30 km route from Chonnae County to the Ulim Waterfalls. Once we arrive, we’ll take in the local scenery over a relaxing afternoon picnic.
PM: We’ll continue our journey back to Pyongyang with a stop at the original Tomb of King Tongmyong (UNESCO site). Tonight, we’ll enjoy drinks, laughter and memories of our spectacular bike tour over a dinner and drinks at the the Taedonggang Microbrewery. Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.
Day 7: Pyongyang Bike Tour cont’d
Back in the capital, take in a panoramic view of Pyongyang as well as learn about the DPRK’s philosophy atop the Tower of Juche Idea. Pick up local art at the Mansudae Art Studio, the premier gallery and studio for fine art in the country. Continue our tour on bicycle as we cycle 8km from the Sports Village to the busy Kwangbok Street.
After lunch, we’ll visit Moran Hill where most Pyongyangers go to relax and picnic. You’ll see artists who have set up shop, kids playing sports, or people come out to dance during big holidays (like National Day)! You’ll have the option of watching the Pyongyang circus or a theatre performance (subject to confirmation). Test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range. Relax with locals at the Golden Lane Bowling Alley. For your last dinner in the country, enjoy Korean dolsot bibimbap (mixed vegetables and rice in a hot stone bowl).
Day 8: Bon Voyage!
Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time, although flight times are subject to final confirmation. Please reserve connecting flights departing after 2pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in.
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- 7 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
- 3 meals per day
- Coach transportation in DPRK
- Two local DPRK guides
- One local driver
- Admission fees (except those listed below)
- Bike rental fees (let us know if you wish to bring your own bike, excess baggage fees apply. See HERE)
- Private sedan transportation from Beijing International Airport to hotel (approximately $75)
- Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
- Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
- Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
Special Entrance Fees for Optional Events
(Some entrance fees are priced in Euros. We strongly recommend to bring exact change in Euros to pay at the door; USD is accepted, but may be subject to an unfavorable exchange rate)
- Pyongyang circus: 20 Euros
- Pyongyang symphony: 30 Euros
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum & Pueblo: 10 Euros (new entrance fee due to re-opening and renovation of museum)
- Extra a la carte items incurred during meals (i.e., dog meat soup, Kaesong chicken soup, wine at the pizza/pasta restaurant, specialty restaurants such as the Okryu cold noodle restaurant and the Taedonggang Boat, all roughly $5-10)
- Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each, elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros)
- Optional clam bakes (about 5 Euros)
- Entry into the Jangdok Islet (1 Euro)
- Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)