The DPRK Weekender - Beijing Departure
3 nights, 4 days in DPRK
Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong/DMZ → Beijing
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.
*NOW running every Saturday to Tuesday all year round at group rates. Click “Choose your own dates” at checkout and let us know which Saturday to Tuesday you want in the notes section.
Day 1: Depart for Pyongyang
10am: Meet us at Terminal 2, Air Koryo counter E, of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in (flight times to be confirmed but usually Air Koryo flights depart at 1pm). We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time. Fly to Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK and home to many of the country’s most famous cultural sites. Our Korean tour guides will be holding a sign and will greet you at the airport. Your overnight stay will be at the Koryo Hotel. En route to hotel, stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arc. Then visit the Mansudae Grand Monument. This important site is famous for its large, bronze statutes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Visitors are sometimes asked to follow local custom by bowing and laying flowers. Check into the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. Optional evening activity: Kaeson Youth Amusement Park, a popular DPRK amusement park. (Meals: L on flight, D)
Day 2: Pyongyang City Tour
AM: Start the morning off at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the late leaders lie in state (closed in May and June; formal dress required). Then take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during large holiday events. Stop in at the Foreign Languages Bookshop to pick up your favorite DPRK trinkets and publications and continue your Pyongyang city tour on foot along the Taedong River Promenade.
PM: After lunch, visit the Mangyongdae Native House, birthplace of Kim Il Sung. Then travel into the ground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world. We’ll learn about the Juche philosophy that serves as the national ideology at the Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift up 150-meters to the top, you’ll have an opportunity to take in a panorama view of the entire Pyongyang city. Stop at the Party Foundation Monument. Then have the option to see the famous Pyongyang circus! (This is an optional event and entrance fee is 20 Euros paid at the door.) Take a walk through the city and in the afternoon, take part in local recreation at the skate park or the Meari shooting range. Overnight at the Koryo Hotel. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3: DMZ
AM: Take a morning drive to the city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that oft gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses. Learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates) at the Koryo History Musuem, a UNESCO site. Pick up some of the best postcards in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.
PM: Enjoy Pansanggi, the traditional Kaesong cuisine for lunch. Stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. Return to Pyongyang and visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). Enjoy a last taste of Korean cuisine bibimbapand local beer at the Taedonggang Microbrewery (optional). (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 4: Farewell
Morning departure to Beijing. Estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time. Please reserve any connecting flights departing after 1pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in. (Meals: B)
This itinerary is subject to change at any time.
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- 3 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
- Meals as specified
- Coach transportation in DPRK
- Two local English-speaking Korean guides
- One local driver
- Admission fees (except those listed below)
- Private sedan transportation from Beijing International Airport to hotel (approximately $75)
- Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
- Beijing hotel accommodations
- Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
- Travel and medical insurance
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)
- Extra a la carte items incurred during meals
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
Excluded Entrance Fees for Optional Events
Entrance fees are priced in Euros but RMB and USD accepted.
- Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros
- Pyongyang circus (if playing): 20 Euros
- Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
- Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each