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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 #2 - 20th June

 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. Contact Guidepost Tours for travel to North Korea. (Gpt-Koryo)

SUMMER HOLIDAY TOUR - 1st July

 Why not spend your summer holiday relaxing on a beach in North Korea? This tour will give you the chance to hit the beaches on the east coast at Wonsan and Hamhung (the DPRK’s second largest city) and explore the hiking trails in Mt Kumgang. The weather is beautiful at this time of year – warm during the day but not too hot. This really is a perfect tour for seeing some of the places that are not frequented by tourists. Contact Guidepost Tours for more information on North Korea. (Gpt-Koryo)

VICTORY DAY LONG TOUR - 22nd July

 July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. We will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on Victory Day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, attending a spectacular Mass Dance, and whatever other events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will also get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. You’ll also have the chance to try a petrol clam BBQ whilst in the port city of Nampo on the west coast, and jump in on an English Language class at Kim Jong Suk Middle School when in Pyongsong. Contact Guidepost Tours (Gpt-Koryo)

VICTORY DAY SHORT TOUR - 25th July

 July 27th 1953 was the day the Korean War armistice was signed. This occasion is celebrated in North Korea as ‘Victory Day’ and is a major annual holiday. We will make sure that you’re in Pyongyang on Victory Day to join in the celebrations with the locals picnicking in Moran Park, attending a spectacular Mass Dance, and whatever other events are planned on this day. As well as a city tour of Pyongyang, this tour will also get you down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their decades-old face-off. Contact Guidepost for questions on travelling to North Korea. (Gpt-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). 


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Guidepost Discovery Tours - Travel to North Korea with Koryo

Guidepost Tours and Koryo - specialists in tours to North Korea