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North Korea - DPRK

 Korea's history spans over 5000 years. Due to its strategic geographical location, neighbouring China, Japan and Russia, the peninsula has often been the field of battle of foreign powers and as now inextricably enmeshed in the global political climate. Travel broadens the mind and no more so than in North Korea. There are no restrictions for you to visit and the United Nations, European Union and other agencies see tourism as a positive way of engagement. Very few journalists are allowed into North Korea so the amazing experiences you will embrace there are rarely publicised. It is not a country that many people visit, and there is virtually no information available about it. 

Any contact we have with the Korean people has to be beneficial in breaking down barriers, particularly as many people outside Pyongyang have not seen let alone interacted with foreigners. On our tours amazing things happen such as tourists joining in folk celebrations with the Koreans on their day off. Tourists have experienced the most magical times including impromptu football matches with workers, playing with Korean children, being approached by Koreans who practice broken English on them. In the West we portray the Koreans as a very humourless and robotic people, however this stereotype is soon broken if you travel there, they are a very proud people and although their life is a struggle their humour and warmth is unsurpassed.

Information for travellers to North Korea is at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Regular tour groups have a maximum of 19 persons except for Kimchi Budget Tours which are capped at 25. Multiple groups may travel on some itineraries.

Discovery Group Tours in North Korea

KIMCHI TOURS - CHEAP & EASY

NEW BUDGET TOURS

Guidepost Tours are excited to announce the 2015 launch of Kimchi by Koryo: a new line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure.  Look for the Kimchi Logo in our tour list below.

TRAVEL TO THE DPRK - NORTH KOREA INFORMATION

 Information for travelling to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea - DPRK). Guidepost Tours are Australian agents for Koryo Tours who have long been associated with travel to North Korea. Information relates to group tours, independent private touring and trips to special occasions such as the Mass Games and other important celebrations. This information is designed as a guide and every request for travel will be treated individually. Contact Guidepost Tours for more details.

NORTH KOREA - INDEPENDENT TOURING

 An independent tour is a great way to visit North Korea, particularly when travelling with a small group of friends. You can choose your dates of travel, methods of entry and exit, and the itinerary can be tailored to suit your requests. We offer different standards of independent tours. Tours can be as short as 3 days and up to 8 nights or more. Contact Guidepost Tours for suggested itineraries.

BEIJING & CHINA STOPOVERS & SHORT TOURING

 On the way to North Korea why not spend a few days exploring Beijing or some of the outstanding sights of China. Guidepost have some local tour operators based in Beijing who provide excellent day tours and short regional trips. We have listed a selection of the most popular tours here however other options are available. Contact Guidepost Tours for details when packaging your tours to North Korea.

KIMCHI BUDGET TOUR #3 - 29 August 2017

 This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

CHINA NATIONAL DAY TOUR - 30 September 2017

 Why not take a tour to North Korea over the China National Holiday? Our China National Day Tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decadesold face-off. You’ll also have the chance to venture into the beautiful countryside of Mt Myohyang when visiting the International Friendship Exhibition.

CHINA NATIONAL DAY TOUR (from Shanghai) - 2 October 2017

 Come on a short break to DPRK over China National Day! This tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang, covering the must-sees such as the Mansudae Grand Monuments, the mausoleum where Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state as well as the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. Apart from that this tour will get you walking through the streets of East Pyongyang and down the newly constructed Mirae (Future) Street and take you to the lively town of Pyongsong where you’ll be able to jump in on an English class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School.

PARTY FOUNDATION DAY SHORT TOUR - 7 October 2017

 Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit down to the DMZ, and a trip to the  beautiful Mt Myohyang to see the International Friendship Exhibition. Our comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang includes must see sights such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, as well as visiting more local places such as the bustling Kwangbok Supermarket, the only place in Pyongyang where tourists can spend local Won that can be changed at the black market exchange rate.

PARTY FOUNDATION DAY LONG TOUR - 7 October 2017

 Join us in North Korea for the Party Foundation Day Celebrations on October 10th! This tour includes a city tour of Pyongyang, a visit down to the DMZ, and a trip to the beautiful Mt Myohyang to see the International Friendship Exhibition. You'll also get the chance to enjoy a truly Korean hot spa bath at the Dragon River Spa Hotel and visit the West Sea Barrage at Nampo!

KORYO FOUNDER'S EXCLUSIVE TOUR - 17 October 2017

 The most comfortable hotel, business class flights, the best restaurants, the best guides and the most luxurious travel experience possible in North Korea tourism. Accompanied by travel specialist and film and documentary producer Nicholas Bonner, this exclusive tour is the most exclusive and comfortable way to explore the country and hear intimate stories about Bonner's making of three award winning documentaries, a feature film and his personal and entertaining recollection of travel to the country since 1993.

KOREAN ARCHITECTURE, ART & DESIGN TOUR - 21 October 2017

 Korea is a visually stunning country; ancient temples and prestige socialist avenues, traditional homes and towering monumental structures, revolutionary artwork and kitsch interiors, architectural futurism and brutalism, and much more besides. This seven-night tour is the most in-depth look at the visual arts of the DPRK to-date and includes on-the-spot lectures by some of the artists and architects responsible for shaping visual North Korea today. We’ll also learn about their inspirations in  history, philosophy, and practicalities- both modern and ancient. This is in addition to visits to some of the most iconic and architecturally significant buildings in the country, many of which are open only for participants on this tour and do not normally admit visitors. As an added treat we have the rare chance to visit an apartment residence in the capital and time to extensively walk the streets of the city, while fitting in the highlights of the country in Pyongyang and Kaesong.

KIMCHI BUDGET TOUR #4 - 14 November 2017

 Kimchi Tours are Koryo's line of basic introductory tours for the frugal traveller in search of adventure. This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off.

WINTER SUPERIOR TOUR - 30 November 2017

 End 2017 in style and join or Winter Superior Tour for a variety of long winter walks through Pyongyang (dress warmly!), high-class dinners at Pyongyang’s best restaurants and nights at DPRK’s deluxe hotels. This tour covers the highlights of Pyongyang including amongst others the mausoleum where Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung lie in state and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and also takes you to the beautiful landscapes of Myohyangsan.

NEW YEARS EVE TOUR - 28 December 2017

 Celebrate in style and spend a memorable New Year in North Korea! Our New Year’s Eve tour includes a comprehensive city tour of Pyongyang as well as getting you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang. It is also possible to add a 2-night skiing extension to this tour- come and join us on the slopes of North Korea’s only ski resort; Masik Pass. Please let your tour manager know should you be interested in adding the ski extension.

KIMCHI BUDGET TOUR #1 - 9 January 2018

 This no-frills alternative to our more advanced tours offers a great way to see a tightly edited package of the country’s most interesting sights, including a city tour of Pyongyang and a visit to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also visit the lively town of Pyongsong, where you can jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School and see a performance by talented young pupils at Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts.

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY MINI BREAK - 15 February 2018

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY SHORT TOUR - 15 February 2018

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY LONG TOUR - 15 February 2018

KIMCHI BUDGET TOUR #2 - 13 March 2018

KIM IL SUNG BIRTHDAY TOUR - 12 April 2018

MAY DAY LONG TOUR - 28 April 2018

MAY DAY SHORT TOUR - 28 April 2018

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY MINI BREAK - 31 May 2018

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY & COAST TOUR - 31 May 2018 - 8 days

KIMCHI BUDGET TOUR #3 - 19 June 2018

DANDONG EXTENSION - optional add on to most tours to North Korea

 Dandong; a fascinating small city on the Chinese side of the Yalu river, facing across to Sinuiju, your point of exit from DPRK after the tour. Instead of returning directly to Beijing we are pleased to offer a one and two-day fully-guided extension to the tour to take in all the sights of Dandong on a special North Korea-themed extension. Formerly only available to those tourists who exit the DPRK by train, this tour is now available to travellers taking part in DPRK tours ending on Saturdays and Wednesdays only. Contact Guidepost Tours for details. (Koryo)

SINUIJU STOPOVER - optional add on to most tours to North Korea

 We are pleased to be the first to announce that it is possible to stay overnight in this rarely-visited city, and that this can be done as an extension to any tour that leaves the country by train – both on group tours and independent. You can now visit Sinuiju and stay overnight either by train from Pyongyang or by travelling in from Dandong, China. Day trips to Sinuiju are also still available from Dandong if you don't want to stay overnight. (Gpt-Koryo)

MASIK PASS SKI RESORT

 Newly opened in January 2013 the first major ski resort in the DPRK; the Masik Pass Ski Resort features 9 main runs and two beginners slopes. It’s been widely reported-on, and surrounded by no-little controversy, but the resort is now open and after Koryo tours were invited on an inspection visit all our tourists are welcome to try it out!  we are offering a two night extension for anyone wanting to take the opportunity to hit the slopes of North Korea; be among the first foreign visitors and stay at the newly opened and very well equipped hotel. (GptKoryo)

PYONGSONG - our new destination

 Koryo Tours is pleased to be able to announce that we have been able to gain access to some interesting sites in the city of Pyongsong, located just 30 minutes drive from Pyongyang, in the DPRK (North Korea). 


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