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For more than 25 years now, Korea Reisedienst – the travel service for Korea - has been successfully engaged in organising travel to the DPRK (North Korea) – a truly out-of-the-ordinary destination! Over this long period of time, we have not only been pioneers in the development of tourism in North Korea, but have also been, as we remain to this day, “first in the field” when it comes to discovering new things in the DPRK that depart from the run-of-the-mill pattern of tourist programmes. Our customers benefit from our close contacts with numerous North Korean institutions. Visitors from all parts of Europe and America have travelled to the DPRK with us and have returned completely satisfied with the experience; many of them have become regular customers who return to North Korea with us again and again. As you read the following portrait of this beautiful country, you should be prepared for some surprises...

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is one of the few remaining blank spaces on international tourism’s map of the world. Visitors find in it a country that looks back with pride on its 5,000 years of history. Its enchanting landscapes, predominantly made up of bizarrely shaped mountains, picturesque valleys and rectangular rice fields, are scattered with artistically interesting and exemplarily restored royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Thanks to the short distances that need to be covered, the high standard of the motorways and the low volume of traffic, the most important sights are easy to get to. Every tour begins and ends in the capital Pyongyang with its monumental architecture, the showcase for modern socialist Korea. As there is no mass tourism, visitors are still received everywhere by friendly people who put enormous effort into making guests from abroad feel welcome. 



News and Prices for 2017

  • 16th February
    75th birthday of the country's late leader, Kim Jong Il - large-scale mass events

  • 5th March
    "The Day of the Peasant" - traditional dancing and festivities in the villages

  • 15th April
    105th birthday of President Kim Il Sung (15 April 1912 - 8 July 1994) - the most important public holiday:

    preparations for the vast mass events have been going on for several years already

    Geburtstag

  • 25th April
    85th Anniversary of the Korean People's Army foundation Day

  • 1st May
    International Workers Day - May Day Festival

  • 1st June
    "International Day of the Child" - big celebrations in kindergartens

  • 27th July
    Public holiday commemorating the 64th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War

  • 15th August
    72nd Anniversary of Liberation Day from Japanese Colony (1945)

  • 5th September
    "Day of Education" - an opportunity to take a look inside schools and universities

  • 9th September
    DPRK Foundation Day (1948) - celebrating 69th Anniversary of Republic Foundation Day of the DPRK

  • 10th October
    72nd Anniversary of Korean Workers’ Party Foundation Day (1945)

  • Arirang
    "Arirang Festival" - mass gymnastics in the "May Day Stadium" with more than 150,000 participants. In 2014 Arirang Festival did not take place - so it is not sure that in 2015 the Arirang Festival will be held.

On all public holidays there is a wide-ranging programme of cultural events, e.g. exhibitions, concerts, soirées (dancing with local people in the evening) and displays of artistry.

Opening up of new regions to tourism:

With Korea Reisedienst you can now discover regions of North Korea that have hither to been closed to tourists:

  • Hamhung, the country's second-biggest city with its monumental architecture

  • romantic scenery drive in wonderful mountain areas north of Hamhung over several passes up to an altitude of 2.200 m full of untouched and unspoiled nature

  • The superb Majon bathing beach

  • The Chilbo Mountains (UNESCO World Natural Heritage, Biosphere Reserve) with their breathtaking mountain scenery. Exclusive for Korea-Reisedienst: an extensive excursion to the Sea Chilbo, with opportunities for bathing

  • The industrial city of Chongjin, close to the Russian and Chinese borders

  • The city of "Sciencist and Academics" Pyongchon, beautiful located in a hillside sceenery north of Pyongyang

  • After a break of many years it is now again possible to visit the legendary Kumgang Mountains; with Korea Reisedienst you can get to know all parts of the Kumgang and ramble through the Inner, Outer or Sea Kumgang areas (more strenuous mountain tours can also be arranged on request)

  • The charming scenery of the Haeju Region, directly adjacent to the Demilitarised Zone

  • Extraordinary tour in the huge Korean People's Army Equipment Museum with several very impressive military exhibits (tanks, guns, aircrafts, war ship models and small visitor train around the exhibtion ground)

  • Taking trolley bus and tram in Pyongyang

  • Playing football at the Pyongyang International Football School

  • Visit of the elite sports university for Taekwondo

  • Beer Festival from 12th August – 9th September

  • Funny fairground rides in the new amusement parks in Pyongyang and Kaesong

  • Concentrating sightseeing "by walking" in Pyongyang

  • Visits of factories

New: Sports Activities in North Korea– now for foreigners possible – use our experiences and consulting the koreans in this kind of tourism:

  • Marathon in Pyongyang on 9th April

  • Bicycle tours in Pyongyang, Kaesong, Nampo, Wonsan and in mountain area near Ullim Cascade

  • Surfing on the beach of Majon near the city of Hamhung

  • Skiing at newly opened ski resort Massikryong (November – March)

  • Riding

  • Rollerskating on the skating course near the Daedong River

  • Skating – even in summer – in the great Skating Hall

  • Bowling in Pyongyang

  • Shooting at the shooting range near the Daedong-River

  • Swimming in public bath (50 m pool)

Prices on request – depend from kind and duration of activity

Six new themed tours (each lasting 6 days / 5 nights) -
exclusively bookable with Korea Reisedienst only

  • Special tour to have first hand experience riding different public transport systems: full and detailed visit of Pyongyang Underground Network, going by Tatra and korean made trams and explore Pyongyang by trolley bus, also detailed and extensive visits of National Railway Museum with a lot of korean prototypes (among others steam locomotives and big eletric engines) and the famous Museum of Metro.

  • Medical treatment according to traditional Korean methods and visits to a number of thermal springs / bathing and health resorts

  • Architectural tour, covering the most beautiful buildings of the old and the new Korea

  • Education in North Korea, with visits to educational facilities

  • Religious life, with contact to various individual religious communities

  • Mountain tours, birds watching, cycling tours, orienteering and opportunities to play golf (see under "Sport")

Events / Specials / Charter flights (Prices on request)

  • 9th April International Marathon in Pyongyang

  • 16th - 17th August Charterflight to Mount Paektu and to Hamhung

  • 7th - 8th September Special train ride by chartertrain from Pyongyang to Mount Mjohjang (dinner and overnight in mountain hotel)

  • 11th - 14th September Charterflight to Mount Paektu and to the huge heavy industrial and harbour city Chongjin, drive to Hoeryong (Revolutionary Museum), visit of Rajin and Rason-Sonbong (special economic zone), continuing to Kyongsong and flight via Hamhung to Pyongyang.

  • 18th April, 2nd May, 28th July, 17th August, 12th September, 11th OctoberExclusive and unique train ride from Pyongyang to Mount Myohyangsan with dinner in restaurant coach.

Daily flight over Pyongyang (50 minutes, only by good weather conditions)

  • By Antonov-24 (40 seats)

  • By helicopter Mil-17 (10 seats)

  • By light airplane (4 or 2 seats)

Dates and prices for a group with more than 10 persons
from - to Beijing International Airport or train station:

Thu. 13th – Thu. 20th (8 days / 7 overnights)
on 15th April 105th birthday of President Kim Il Sung
1.550,00 €

Mo. 14th – Sa. 19th August (6 days / 5 overnights)
72nd Anniversary of Liberation Day from Japanese Colony (1945)
1.330,00 €

Thu. 07th – Thu. 14th September (8 days / 7 overnights)
Foundation Day (1948) - celebrating 69th Anniversary of the DPRK
1.550,00 €

Mo. 9th – Sa. 14th October (6 days / 5 overnights)
72nd Anniversary of Korean Workers’ Party Foundation Day (1945)
1.330,00 €

Single room per peson and overnight: 40,00 €

By all group tours: A prolongation at individual guest is possible!

Prices include:

  • Air ticket Beijing – Pyongyang - Beijing by Air Koryo
  • Overnights in a double room
  • Full board
  • Travel costs
  • Admission tickets
  • Sightseeing visits
  • a korean tourguide who speaks your language (french, english, spanish, russian, japanese)

By all group tours: A prolongation at individual guest is possible!

It is possible to travel from Beijing to Pyongyang by train (journey lasting around 24 hours). Train ride is becoming more and more popular and we kindly ask our customers for early reservation.

The handling fee (20 Euro) for the train ticket is to be paid direct to our partner in Beijing when he is handing over the tickets to you.

Pupils and students get a reduction.

From the beginning of November to the end of March we offer special prices for all tours.

Visa

We can smooth and fast arrange the visa in your country if the DPRK has a embassy in your country or in the embassy of DPRK in Beijing.

We arrange tours for US Citizens (US passholders) and for Koreans with foreign passports

 

Individual tours from/to Beijing

These tour prices are for guests who would like to travel as an individual tourist - prices are per person: Prices

* in single room (single room supplement included)
** in double bed room
single room supplement: 40,00 € per overnight / person

Prices include:

  • Air ticket Beijing – Pyongyang - Beijing by Air Koryo
  • Overnights in a double room in 4* hotels
  • Full board
  • Travel costs
  • Admission tickets
  • Sightseeing visits
  • a korean tourguide who speaks your language (french, english, spanish, russian, japanese)

For a small supplement it is possible to travel back to Beijing by train (journey lasting around 24 hours).

Tours for individual travellers are possible at any time

For our customers: "Stop-over" in Beijing

If you like we organize for you an interesting stay in Beijng (hotel accommodation and sightseeing program)
before or after your North Korea tour.

Time Table Air Koryo

AirKoryo

Flight from and to Beijing

From 1st. November to 30th March: on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (Regular)

From 1st. April to 29th. October: on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Train connection

Train-connection

It is possible to travel from Beijing to Pyongyang by train (journey lasting around 24 hours). Train ride is becoming more and more popular and we kindly ask our customers for early reservation.

The handling fee (20 Euro) for the train ticket is to be paid direct to our partner in Beijing when he is handing over the train tickets to you.

 

 

 

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