North Korea Tours

We have over 5 years experience working with the Korea International Travel Company (KITC) office in Pyongyang. As well as two local guides, all North Korea tours are led by a western English speaking tour leader to get you to and from Beijing.

All tours are confirmed departures. Unsure which tour you should join? Just ask us! We’ll respond instantly. Or check out our North Korea tour FAQs.

Take a look at our North Korea tour program below. Dates don’t work? No worries, we can organise a private tour for you 365 days a year! Click here for North Korean Independent travel.

Tour Itineraries

July - September

Kim jong ilia flower show in Pyongyang.

Liberation Day Tour

Celebrate in Pyongyang then hit the beaches and mountains!

The Ryugyong hotel in North Korea

Pyongyang Bicycle & DMZ Tour

What better way to explore Pyongyang than by bike?!

Pyongyang Cyclist

Grand National Day Tour With Mass Games

Another highlight of the DPRK holiday season!

October - December

Local North Korean guide

Real Deal - Pyongyang & North East

The most comprehensive North Korea tour possible!

Views from a North Korean train on tour with Rocky Road Travel.

Winter Essentials Tour

See North Korea at a time when few people dare to!

The Real Deal Tour

Ever wanted to get a proper glimpse into North Korean life? Then this one is for you. It's our most comprehensive tour ever. It's the real deal!
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2020 Tours

January - March

Grand monument in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Spring Festival Tour

Come and celebrate Lunar New Year in North Korea!

Mass dance during birthday celebrations on a tour of North Korea

Spring Budget Tour

Join us off season in North Korea. We will likely be the only tourists in the country at this time!

April - June

starting line during the Pyongyang Marathon

Pyongyang Marathon Tour

The race of a lifetime with an extended tour option that takes in The President's birthday!

Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

The biggest holiday of the year - the birthday of President Kim Il Sung!

DPRK Clams

Mayday Tour

Join us for one of the most spectacular holidays to celebrate in North Korea - May Day!

At the schoolchildren's palace, Pyongyang, North Korea

Children's Day Budget Bonanza

Sights & events in Pyongyang with optional extensions to the DMZ & Sinuiju!

Pyongyang Football Tour

A one of a kind chance to play football against a North Korean side & see a match in Mayday stadium!

Old Korean town, North Korea

The North East & Pyongyang Tour

Quite simply the ultimate North Korean experience!

July - September

touring a school in North Korea

Pyongyang Language & Study Tour

Learn Korean in North Korea as well as taking in all the sights at a budget price!

Mass dance during Victory Day celebrations during a tour of North Korea

Victory Day Tour

Come celebrate the victory over the Americans in the Korean war!

Air Koryo staff at Pyongyang airport on a North Korea tour

VIP Photography Tour

A guaranteed small & flexible group to get you to the most photogenic spots in North Korea!

Paektusan is a sacred mountain in North Korea

Victory Day & Mt Paektu Tour

Come celebrate the victory over the Americans in the Korean war! Afterwards we'll take our very own chartered flight to the most sacred mountain on the Korean peninsula.

Stay Tuned For Much More!

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North Korea Tours - FAQs

Here's some of our most frequently asked North Korea Tour questions and answers. For any other questions please get in touch by using the contact form below or email info@rockyroadtravel.com

North Korea is very safe despite what you may hear. As long as you follow the rules laid out in our pre-tour information you will be very welcome in North Korea. Even during high tension periods, tourism is never affected and continues as normal.

However it is important to note that they have what amount to extremely strict lèse-majesté laws (our pre tour travel agreement which all tourists must sign before a tour cover these in greater details) and in the event you should contravene those laws the consequences can be severe.

We apply for the visa on your behalf you then just collect it from us at the pre-tour meeting in China. All you need to do is fill out a form and send us a copy of your passport and a passport photo by email. There is a €60 extra cost for this.

All North Korea tours are  “all inclusive”. This means that all tour nights in hotel twin share, all meals and all transport are included via train from Beijing. Two Korean local guides and a western tour organizer. Extra costs are the visa (€60) and optional flights to or from Beijing to Pyongyang.

The only other expected expenditure are tips for the Korean guides and any extra drinks/souvenirs you want to buy on tour.

No – there is no need for any vaccinations when travelling to Northern China and North Korea.

Understandable. We offer independent tours, as well as group tours. Check out the tours page or get in touch for more details. We do, however, feel that group travel is most enjoyable for North Korea. It may get a little lonely if you’re spending your entire trip with just you and your Korean guides. Independents however are great for those with special interests, families & friends, return visitors or those who are definitely sure they’d rather be on their own.

Of course you can! For the most part, you are only unable to take pictures of military zones (aside from the D.M.Z), check points, or close up of soldiers.

It’s also suggested and courteous, to ask locals if you can take their picture. Other than these, or whatever else your guides deem unsuitable, snap away! Another thing to be aware of is that we usually will not go back to the hotel during the day, if you plan to use your camera a lot you may want to bring your charger with you.

No. You must be accompanied by a guide at all times, but this kind of adds to the mysticism of the country. Whilst staying in any given hotel feel free to explore around the hotel and to invite your Korean guides for a drink. If you see a place outside you’d like to visit you can ask your Rocky Road guide or if you’re travelling as an independent tourist you may ask your Korean guides, but please understand if the answer is no, it can’t be done.

Definitely not. Travelling to North Korea doesn’t restrict you from any future travel to other countries especially to South Korea or the U.S. If you are travelling to South Korea directly before or after a tour with us to North Korea it is absolutely fine.

Euro or Chinese Yuan (RMB) are the best currencies, personally we recommend RMB as it is much easier to get change for. In some areas USD are preferred, especially on the East Coast, but we will advise you before the tour if USD will be useful. Prices are usually set in euros and RMB. Credit cards (including American Express), PayPal, Alipay, etc are not accepted in the DPRK, nor are their ATM’s available so it’s best to bring more than you’ll need just in case. Further, getting change can sometimes be difficult so we recommend bringing small denominations. If you are exchanging money before your trip in your home country – request small denominations.

YES! You need to tip your guides. If you want to get what you’ve paid for and then some, a tip goes a long way, as it does in any tipping culture. We strongly recommend bringing a gift for your North Korean guides and driver. This is something much appreciated by the local guides and your chance to make a difference to their lives, with 100% of your gifts and tips going directly to your guides and their families. We suggest spending around 10 EUR.

The DPRK has very limited access to foreign products, so it is a good idea to use your imagination: local specialties from your home country, beauty products (Japanese are preferred but not necessary), carton of cigarettes (Camel, along with some Japanese brands such as Seven Stars, are the most popular – the Koreans prefer Western/Japanese cigarettes to Chinese ones).

Practical gift ideas such as medicine including painkillers, vitamins or cold and flu tablets are appreciated. Or, think outside the box: a nice scarf, small bicycle repair kit, razors (for men and women), electric toothbrush, chocolates, etc. Gifts will be shared between guides, the driver and also with their partners/ families, so do not worry about giving ‘male’ and ‘female’ gifts.

We also strongly recommend giving an entrance gift when you first arrive at the hotel, and have a ‘sit down’ with your guides. This gives them a taste of what’s to come when you leave, and you will be very accommodated throughout your holiday. In general you are not required to tip service staff, though it has become accepted in Pyongyang but not expected. If you feel service staff have made a special effort you can quietly give them a tip if you wish. Keep in mind, that as in any service industry, the guides rely greatly on their tips, so be as generous as you like.

These devices are completely fine to bring into the DPRK. As a tourist you are unable to purchase a local simcard but you are able to make international phone calls (yes, this also includes USA) or send emails out from certain hotels around the country. Satellite phones are illegal to bring inside North Korea.

The restaurants we visit caters for all vegetarians, vegans and other unique dietary requirements out there. We do recommend bringing in some snacks you prefer from home just in case you get the munchies on the road and can’t find anything suitable at the time.

The average group size is about 10 people. If in the unlikely event the number goes over 24 people then the group is split in two with two guides and two buses.

We have 5 years experience of operating in North Korea. All tours have been meticulously researched & perfected over time.

Our in country partners & contacts guarantee us unparalleled access to several places way off the beaten track. All group tours are led by both a local and western tour leader.

We don’t run tours in dangerous places. All itineraries are planned with our local partners expertise. On top of that we are based in Germany so all bank transfers are safe and secure in the EU.

Pay up to a 30% deposit to secure your place on the tour. The remaining amount is due at the pre-tour meeting in Beijing meaning you don’t need to pay a lump sum in advance.