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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.

 

 

NORTH KOREA PRICES:

The base tour price is quoted in Euro for all tours. Additional cost may be incurred for extra nights in Beijing or Pyongyang, variable modes of transport in and out of North Korea or extra's quoted in the itineraries. Total price is converted to Australian Dollars at the time of payment based on currency exchange rates at that date and may include transfer fees to the DPRK up to 5% of the total cost. Contact our consultants for full details.

  

Discovery Group Tours in North Korea

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.

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.

North Korea NEW YEAR'S EVE TOUR: Bring in 2020 in Pyongyang

  28 December 2019 - 5 nights in North Korea for New Year's Eve + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Start off 2020 with the big celebrations in Pyongyang! Round-trip by train or upgrade to flight. From 899 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours, (Koryo)

NORTH KOREA WINTER BUDGET TOUR - January

  7 January 2020 - 4 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang. Our first tour of 2020! Visit Korea in the quiet of winter as the country looks forward to the year ahead. Round-trip by train or upgrade to flight.  From 699 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND TOUR - February

  15 February 2020 - 3 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday on February 16th.  From 749 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tour. (Koryo)

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY SHORT TOUR - February

  15 February 2020 -   5 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday on February 16th.  From 949 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

KIM JONG IL BIRTHDAY LONG TOUR - February

  15 February 2020 - 7 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Join in the celebrations for a quick stop in the DPRK over one of the biggest North Korea holidays – Kim Jong Il’s Birthday on February 16th.  From 1,349 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

NORTH KOREA MARCH BUDGET TOUR

  17 March 2020 - 4 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang. See Korea as it awakens from the cold of winter and welcomes spring. From 775 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

NORTH KOREA BUDGET TOUR - Pyongyang to Vladivostok with unique train across the DPRK

  17 March 2020 - Epic local train journey from Pyongyang to the extreme North - and on to Vladivostok. See Korea as it awakens from the cold of winter and Ridethe rails of North Korea with the locals. From 1,799 EUR per person. After a comprehensive introductory tour to the frequently visited parts of North Korea, we take you on a local train from Pyongyang across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onwards up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country that only a few tourists have ever seen. On this tour, we take you to see the main sites of the capital city Pyongyang, including; a ride on the Pyongyang Metro, Juche Tower, Kim Il Sung Square, and a walk down one of Pyongyang’s newest streets. We will also head out of Pyongyang to go to Pyongysong, the centre of scientific research. and the North-South Korea border DMZ. Here you can be one of the first foreigners to enjoy the recent freedom of being able to step over the demarcation line into the South. We will explore Rason and then cross into Russia by rail and make our way to Vladivostok: capital of the Russian Far East and closed to all foreigners during the USSR years. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

THE KIM IL SUNG BIRTHDAY TOUR - April

  14 April 2020 - 7 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang. Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s biggest national holidays as well as seeing areas of North Korea rarely visited by foreigners. Just like every country, North Korea has much more to offer than just its capital. This week Korea tour package will take you to cities outside of Pyongyang that see even fewer visitors and get yourself even further off the beaten track, whilst you’re at it!  From 1,349 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

THE KIM IL SUNG BIRTHDAY SHORT TOUR - April

  14 April 2020 - 4 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang. Be in Pyongyang for one of North Korea’s biggest national holidays for mass dances and other festivities with the locals! From 999 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

PYONGYANG MARATHON - 5 night tour

 11 April 2020 -  5 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Run the Pyongyang Marathon, visit the DMZ and join in on the celebrations for the Day of the Sun! ***Super Early Bird Discount Pricing!***  From 1,169 EUR per person.Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo) OTHER PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR PYONGYANG MARATHON

PYONGYANG MARATHON - 7 night tour

  10 April 2020 - 7 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Take part in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea, join in Day of the Sun celebrations and explore more of this fascinating country!***Super Early Bird Pricing!*** From 1,394 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

PYONGYANG MARATHON - 10 night ADVENTURE TOUR

  10 April 2020 -  10 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. The Pyongyang Marathon, Day of the Sun celebrations, hikes, and both east & west coasts of Korea – it’s our April Adventure! ***Super Early Bird Discount.  Pricing!*** From 1,574 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours. (Koryo) 

THE MAY DAY & EAST COAST TOUR

  26 April 2020 - 10 nights in North Korea for May Day. Join in the May Day festivities in Pyongyang, see historic Kaesong and the DMZ, Nampo, Pyongsong, Korea's East Coast.  From 1,599 EUR per person. The May Day and East Coast Tour is our ultimate May Day celebration tour. Not only will you be in Pyongyang for the May Day celebrations, but we’ll have an extensive tour throughout North Korea, visiting areas only few ever get to go to in this already off the beaten path country. Contact Guidepost Tours. (Koryo)

LEICA NORTH KOREA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR - May

  23 May 2020 - A special on-tour Leica photographic workshop. Visit North Korea with Jeroen Hanselaer, a Leica-approved instructor, on this special 7-night tour. From 3,449 EUR per person. With special permissions from North Korea, this is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind tour of the DPRK. This photography tour gives us special access to certain sites, extra time at monuments, and a specifically designed itinerary to capture the best North Korea photos, making sure we’re catching the sunset from high up whilst it’s hitting Pyongyang, and visiting rural locations whilst the Koreans are hard at work. All this, whilst being accompanied by a professional Leica approved photography instructor. Contact Guidepost Tours. (Koryo)

MAGADAN & ABANDONED RUSSIA EPIC TOUR - July

   15 July 2020 - Abandoned Russia. Epic trip at the edge of the world. Magadan - Yakutia and all kinds of madness in between! From 6,800 USD per person.  For fans of adventure, history, the obscure, and the evocative — this is the experience of a lifetime! See remote settlements, people living all kinds of lives across the region, abandoned gulags, abandoned towns and cities, stunning landscapes, enormous diamond pits, and so much more.  We have been running the particular tour every second year since 2010 and it is now in its 5th incarnation — and better than ever! The remote edges of Russia can be a harsh and unforgiving place, with long journeys, gruelling roads, and other logistical issues. However, the rewards of amazing landscapes, incredible people, and some unsettling and tragic-yet-compelling history having been lived and left in this area more than make up for it.  Contact Guidepost Tours for reservations. (Gpt-Koryo)

SUMMER HOLIDAY TOUR IN NORTH KOREA - July

 4 July 2020 - 7 nights in North Korea + Beijing-Pyongyang travel time. Discover North Korea’s rarely visited East coast from the industrial centre of Hamhung to the hiking trails of Mt. Kumgang. A summer adventure in North Korea! This tour will also include Pyongyang, Kaesong & DMZ. From 1,249 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

VICTORY DAY SHORT TOUR - 5 nights in North Korea - July

 25 July 2019 - 5 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang.  Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances and other festivities! This tour will also travel to Kaesong and the DMZ and Pyongsong.  From 975 EUR per person.  Contact Guidepost Tours (Koryo)

THE VICTORY DAY LONG TOUR - 7 nights in North Korea - July

 23 July 2020 -  7 nights in North Korea + travel time between Beijing and Pyongyang. Experience one of North Korea’s most important national holidays that will see mass dances and other festivities! Pyongyang - Kaesong - the DMZ - Nampo - Pyongsong. rom 1,249 EUR per person. Contact Guidepost Discovery Tours. (Koryo)

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). 

Information for travellers to North Korea (DPRK)

TRAVELLING TO NORTH KOREA

JOINING A GROUP TOUR OR INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

OUR TOUR OPERATOR IN NORTH KOREA

THE MASSED GAMES & SPECIAL EVENTS

 Developed over decades, there is nothing else like it. The North Korea Mass Games involve up to 100,000 performers in massive synchronised displays of gymnastics and dance. In 2019, the North Korean Mass Games returns with performances at the massive May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. 

PROJECT & VOLUNTEER GROUPS, SCHOOLS & SPORTS

PYONGYANG

 Pyongyang is the ‘Capital of the Revolution’ and the largest city of the DPRK. Located in the heart of the Taedong River Valley, the city’s name literally means ‘flat’ or ‘peaceful’ land. 

DANDONG

 Dandong, formerly known as Andong, is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Liaoning province, People's Republic of China. It is the largest Chinese border city, facing Sinuiju, North Korea across the Yalu River, which demarcates the Sino-North Korean border.

KAESONG & THE DMZ

 The old capital of the medieval Koryo Dynasty, Kaesong is known for its numerous historic relics and medicinal insam (ginseng). Once a great mercantile centre on the land and sea Silk Roads, ‘Kaesong’ literally means ‘open walls’. 

THE NORTHWEST - PYONGSONG, MT MYOHYANG, HOECHANG, ANJU, SINUIJU, UIJU & TONGRIM

 The old ‘Peking Road’ to China reaches north from Pyongyang to the Amnok (Yalu) River through river valleys and mountains hiding limestone caves, walled towns, mountain fortresses, and serene temples.

THE NORTH - MOUNT PAEKDU & SAMJIYON

 Tradition says that the Korean people originated from the wilderness around volcanic Mt. Paekdu – a charming folk story of a tiger and bear undergoing a garlic-involved ritual here that led to the creation of the first Koreans can be explained by your guides. At 2,750m, Mt. Paekdu is the peninsula’s highest peak, a massive sleeping volcano topped with the beautiful Lake Chon (Heaven Lake), the lake formed from one of the largest eruptions in recorded human history. The region is also closely associated with the guerilla struggle to liberate Korea from Japanese colonial rule and thus has great spiritual, historic, and revolutionary significance for the Korean people. 

THE SOUTHWEST - NAMPO, SARIWON & HAEJU

 The Southwest is a microcosm of the DPRK. The lower Taedong River Valley is the cradle of local civilization and has a diverse variety of historic sites, including the first of the DPRK’s main UNESCO World Heritage sites - the complex of Koguryo Tombs dating to the 5-7th centuries. Long northern Korea’s agricultural heartland, the region today is home to representative examples of the DPRK’s flagship industrial base. 

THE NORTH EAST - CHONGJIN, MT CHILBO, KYONGSONG, HOERYONG, & RASON

 The Northeast is the most remote and least visited region of the DPRK open to foreign tourists. The last area incorporated into the Korean realm, this has traditionally been a frontier for exiles, brigands, and revolutionaries. Heavily industrialized during the Japanese colonial era, Communist idea took early root among the region’s many workers and peasants. The region remains a key part of the DPRK economy, especially with the addition of the Rason Special Economic Zone. 

THE EAST COAST - WONSAN, MT KUMGANG, HAMHUNG

 There is another Korean saying that over the mountains there are mountains. Head east from Pyongyang, and go over enough mountains and one eventually finds Korea’s scenic eastern seaboard. The East Coast rewards visitors with clean beaches backed by spectacular highlands, including the famous Mt. Kumgang. It is also home to the DPRK’s second largest city, Hamhung, and the major port city of Wonsan. 

ISOLATED RUSSIA - KADYKCHAM & MAGADAN


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