Victory Day & Mt Paektu Tour

  • July 20th - 29th
  • 1495
  • 7 Days
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This is the celebration to mark the end of the Korean war which resulted in an armistice agreement, signed on July 27th 1953.

During this tour we will be taking part in the celebrations, as well as hanging out with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and joining in the Mass Dance! It’s truly a great time to be in Pyongyang!

  • Victory Day Celebrations

    Take in the holiday celebrations and dancing in Pyongyang.

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

    See the place where both President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il lie in state.

  • See the DMZ

    Visit the DMZ and see the blue huts on the demarcation line between North and South Korea.

  • Visit Sariwon

    Visit the lesser seen North Korean city of Sariwon.

  • Spectate the Mass Games

    See the largest show on earth! (Ticket price extra)

  • Mount Paektu

    Visit the famed mount Paektu with our very own chartered aircraft - A Soviet era Antonov 44!

The Itinerary

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain!

Monday July 20th

  • Meet your Rocky Road guide at 1:30pm at a Beijing Hotel near Beijing Railway Station. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive your North Korean visas and tickets, and meet your fellow travellers.
  • Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
  • There will be a chance to stock up on supplies for the journey. There’s also a restaurant car on the train.
  • The train is a full sleeper with all bedding and pillows provided
  • Overnight on the train.

July 21st

  • Train group arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the Korean side
  • Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:00pm (Group will meet at Air Koryo check-in counter).
  • Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
  • Train group arrive at 6:45pm to an equally warm welcome before transferring directly to the hotel.
  • In the evening your guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Sosan Hotel.

July 22nd

Morning

  • Stroll through Mansudae fountain park taking in the Grand Peoples Study House and see the mosaic pictures of the leaders.
  • Visit Mansudae Grand Monument – the two large bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il.
  • Ride the Pyongyang Metro! See three of the stations and Exit to:
  • The Arch of Triumph– This celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the triumphant return of  Kim Il Sung to his home town.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at the Moranbong Chicken Restaurant
  • Visit Moranbong park to dance, party and mingle with the locals as they celebrate the biggest holiday of the year!
  • Kim Il Sung Square – The central square of Pyongyang City and a popular meeting point.
  • Foreign Language Bookshop – right next to the square and the best place for pins, stamps, books and other souvenirs!
  • Dinner at the Duck BBQ restaurant
  • Overnight in the Sosan Hotel.

July 23rd

  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – This is where the Leader’s Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lay in state.
  • Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery – The resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters. It offers great views over the city.

Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum. This incredible museum features dioramas, captured weapons, the Victory Monument, and the USS Pueblo: the only American military vessel captured by another nation.
  • Grand People’s Study House. The center of all learning and it offers the best view over Kim il Sung square!
  • Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace – We’ll tour this school for extra-curricular learning and take in a performance also.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant for Korean bibinbap
  • Drinks and overnight at Sosan hotel

July 24th

Morning

  • Start our drive down to Kaesong city – located only 8km from the DMZ
  • Koryo Museum – Korea’s first university and now a UNESCO museum of history and culture. 
  • The DMZ – tour Panmunjom with a friendly army officer who will give you the look around. You can even take photos with the army here!

Afternoon

  • Lunch in Kaesong City – on the menu will be traditional Korean Pansangi, a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog Soup €5)
  • See the Concrete Wall part of the DMZ – few tourists see this part of the DMZ. We’ll visit a North Korean look out post and spy on South Korean army installations.
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • On the way stopping at Sariwon to walk in the local folklore park and view the city from the hill top pagoda.
  • Dinner at the lamb BBQ restaurant.
  • Overnight at the Sosan Hotel

July 25th

Morning

  • Check out of hotel and jump aboard our very own Rocky Road Travel chartered flight departing Pyongyang Airport and flying north to the small & brand new town of Samjiyon located right on the border with China – for you aviation enthusiasts this is the ultimate old Soviet experience as we fly in a small 44 seater Antonov 24! (1 hour flight time)
  • Arrive in Samjiyon Airport and drive to Mt Paektu – the most famous mountain on the Korean peninsula.
  • Stop an hours hike away from the top of the peak. 
  • Take in the spectacular views from the top of the mountain. If weather permits we can hike down to Heaven Lake that lies in the middle of the volcano.

Afternoon

  • Picnic lunch on top of the peak!
  • We’ll head back down the mountain and head to Mt Paektu secret base camp – the centre of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and reported birthplace of General Kim Jong Il.
  • Visit Rimyongsu Waterfall 
  • Explore Chongbong – This is where the main force of the KPA camped. It features the headquarters, kitchen, barracks, and a statue of President Kim Il Sung.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Begabong hotel. The hotel is most famous for its BBQ’d potatoes! We’ll enjoy a night around the bonfire.

July 26th

Morning

  • Visit Samjiyon Revolutionary Museum and learn more about the town.
  • Head to Samjiyon Grand Monument by the stunning Lake Samji.

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Begabong Hotel
  • Board our own chartered flight back to Pyongyang
  • Visit Taedonggang Micro Brewery #3 to sample some of the 7 brews they have available! Soft drinks, coffee, juices, and snacks are also available
  • Dinner and drinks at Dongsong restaurant
  • Overnight at the Chongnyon Hotel to experience another hotel in Pyongyang! This hotel was built for the World Youth Games back in 1989 and has Pyongyang’s only outdoor swimming pool!

July 27th - Victory day!

  • Visit the Mansudae Art Studio. This is where all the statues are made and we’ll have a chance to meet artists working on their next masterpiece.
  • The Juche tower (€5 extra to go all the way to the top) Amazing views over Pyongyang!
  • Special celebratory events (optional: €20) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible to attend. 
  • Gentle hike on Mt Ryangak and enjoy a BBQ picnic lunch
  • Expected mass dance for Victory Day, join in or just watch for excellent photography opportunities!
  • Drop into the Mangsugyo beer bar for a pint or three! Lots of local and cheap beers, coffee’s and tea’s available.
  • Dinner at the National Restaurant with performance
  • See the Mass Games (TBC)
  • Fireworks display (TBC)
  • Overnight at the Sosan hotel.

July 28th

  • Flight group depart at 10:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 11:30am local Beijing time).
  • Train takers depart at 10:25am for Beijing on train K28. 

July 29th

  • Train takers arrive at Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am.

**We will take care of every detail of the North Korea visa application as well as getting you to Pyongyang and back from Beijing. We’ll also help you with your China visa application by supplying an invitation letter. If you are planning to apply for the 144 hour China transit visa on arrival then we will send you your DPRK visa and flight ticket to Pyongyang so you can apply on arrival in Beijing.

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  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions

  • Hotels in Korea

    Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).

  • Train travel

    Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing.

  • All Meals

    All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.

  • Guides

    Korean guide in Pyongyang and a western guide all the way from China.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned bus and driver.

  • Flights

    Optional extra flight from Beijing to Pyongyang or Pyongyang to Beijing. (Conditions apply, please inquire when booking)

  • Extra purchases

    All meals are included (unless otherwise stated) with water and some beer. Any extra drinks or souvenirs that you buy are extra cost.

  • Visa

    We arrange the DPRK visa for you at a cost of €50.

  • Tips

    Tips are expected for your Korean local guides and driver. Normally this is calculated at €10 per day. For example, on a 5 day tour the total tip is expected is €50.

  • Events

    Sometimes special events pop up on when we are on tour and we may decide to attend. It's up to you whether or not to attend but usually these are extra cost. Examples include the circus or a music concert.

Victory & Mt Paektu tour

With train

July 20 - 29th, 2020

flight option

€195 one way & €295 return

Standard hotel

7 nights in North Korea

The price

Only €1495 + visa €50 all inclusive

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