The DPRK weekend getaway
Live (or travelling) in China? The DPRK Weekend Getaway is perfect for you.
- We believe this is the most competitive North Korea budget tour
- The best expert introduction to DPRK history & culture
- Quick, personalized customer service
- Experience North Korea and China by train —-a wonderful way to soak in the country-side in a relaxing way
- All-inclusive, hassle-free pricing while in DPRK
- The Weekend Getaway runs with 6+ people
- Book at least a month before tour departure in order to process visa
“With Tongil Tours, our whole North Korean experience was a great balance of fun and education.”
—Cez Krol, Dalang, Guangdong, China
“This was the trip of a lifetime. I knew it would be fascinating to visit North Korea, but actually going was a thousand times better than i expected it to be.”
“It was superbly organised and the trip was an experience I will never forget.”
—Oliver Murrell, Sydney, Australia
We will try to beat any price
Tongil Tours will try to beat any price for any open, published tour of same length, similar itinerary, and same transportation scheme. It’s easy: just send us the links of similar tours to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Best Price Request” and we will be in touch!
Booking is as easy as 1-2-3!
Fill Out Information Form, Wire Deposit
As soon as you hit the BOOK button below, you’ll be taken to our information form. Fill it out, upload your documents, and wire your deposit.
Order Chinese Visa and tickets to Beijing
If you are not in China, as soon as you receive confirmation on your booking, order your Chinese visa & plane ticket to Beijing. If you are already in China, you can relax!
We Take Care of the Rest!
From this point forward, we take care of the rest as you study North Korean society and history with our reading list and continue to prepare for this exciting trip!
DPRK Weekend Getaway 2017 Dates
All weekend getaways are FRIDAY-SUNDAY
(THURSDAY-MONDAY with Beijing overnight train extension.)
**NOTE: The DPRK Weekend Getaway runs with a minimum of six people**
SEPT 8-10 (Holiday: SEPT 9, National Day)
> DEC 29- JAN 1 | New Year’s Edition*
(*Special New Year’s Eve Budget edition, +1 day, +99 EUR)
> FEB 16-18 | Kim Jong-il BD, FEB 16
> APR 13-15 | Kim Il-sung BD, APR 15
> MAY 18-20
(depart Dandong on Friday)
with Beijing Extension
(depart Beijing on Thursday)
THURSDAY ITINERARY FOR BEIJING EXTENSION TRAVELLERS:
4PM – Meet Tongil Tours staff at Beijing Railway Station
5:30PM – Train departs. Dinner and drinks on train. Overnight aboard the train (soft sleeper bunks). Continental breakfast on train (included)
7AM – Arrival in Dandong, transfer to Dandong-Pyongyang international train and meet fellow travellers who are in Dandong.
Day 1 – Friday – Depart Dandong
FOR DANDONG DEPARTURES
7AM – Meet Tongil Tours staff and fellow travellers joining group from Beijing extension train at Dandong Railway Station. Pre-briefing, plus DPRK visas and train tickets.
10AM- China exit procedures in Dandong, followed by DPRK entry procedures in Sinuiju.
5PM- Meet our Korean guides at Pyongyang Railway Station.
- Kim Il Sung Square – stroll around, take photos
- Local micro-brewery for local beer (€2/pint)
- Overnight in Chongnyon Hotel
Day 2 – Saturday – Pyongyang
AM – Breakfast in the hotel
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun
- Moran Hill Park
- Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il-sung)
- Pyongyang Metro
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation Musuem (Korean War)
- USS Pueblo, US spy ship
- Juche Tower, optional elevator to top for great view: (€5)
- Stroll along Taedong River (weather permitting)
- Local micro-brewery for local beer (€2/pint)
- Overnight in Chongnyon Hotel
Day 3 – Sunday – Depart for Dandong
AM – Breakfast at hotel
- Arch of Triumph
10AM – Departure from Pyongyang Station.
5PM – Arrival in Dandong Station
(tour officially closes for Dandong only travellers)
CONTINUED ITINERARY FOR BEIJING EXTENSION TRAVELLERS:
Upon arrival in Dandong at 5pm Sunday, you will transfer to your Dandong-Bejing overnight train, on which you will have dinner, as well as breakfast the following morning before arrival in Beijing.
7AM – Arrive in Beijing Station
(tour officially closes for Beijing extension travellers)
NOTE ABOUT THE ITINERARY: Upon arrival in Pyongyang, as with all travel to the DPRK, availability of activities on the above itinerary are subject to seasonal availability, last minute changes on the DPRK side, and many other factors. 95% of the time the itinerary above will run, but some activities may not be on some itineraries and will be replaced with comparable substitutes. Changes in itinerary are sometimes last minute, and determined in the moment, solely by our DPRK guides. Although we do our best to make sure that the itinerary is kept, Tongil Tours will not be held responsible for changes in the itinerary that are beyond our control, and all travellers to the DPRK should maintain an attitude of flexibility at all times.
IMPORTANT: US Passport Holders
Unfortunately, US passport holders are not allowed to take the train to Pyongyang, at this time. Also, for all other travelers, please make sure you have a Chinese re-entry visa, because there is not enough time on the DPRK Weekend Getaway to apply and receive a Chinese visa in Pyongyang. Also note that the 72-hour visa is not valid for train use.
Included / Not Included
Before departure, we will send out a pre-departure email with general information
to note for the trip such as what to pack, and other important information.
Optional reading list
With all of our tours, we send our participants an optional reading list (consisting
mostly of items either free for view on the internet, or that will be shared with participants)
to assist travellers in contextualising their North Korea travel experience.
This is sent to travellers after a booking has been finalised.
Optional academic briefing
As specialists in educational tourism to the DPRK, we firmly believe in delivering an experience that is not only fun, but also allows travellers to learn a little about the country. We can arrange for academic experts in North Korean studies to conduct a 90 minute academic seminar over Skype. Contact us for more information.
Included in the tour fee:
Round trip train ticket from Dandong, China to Pyongyang
Twin room lodging and accommodation in the DPRK (single room surcharge- €40 euro per night, also payable in AUD, USD, or RMB)
Three meals a day in the DPRK (excluding optional meals in out of pocket restaurants)
All transportation in the DPRK
Local English-speaking DPRK guides
Korean-speaking Western academic guide from Tongil Tours
Most admission fees
Not included in the tour fee:
Round-trip airfare/transport to Beijing from home country
Beijing hotel accommodations
DPRK visa services — complete management and convenient delivery at time of tour departure from either Dandong or Beijing. No need to send passport ahead of time, either. (€50)
Chinese visa fees and processing (if necessary)
Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
Gifts, souvenirs, snacks, hotel services, miscellaneous purchases
Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer and bottled water includedwith most meals)
Not included in BEIJING EXTENSION:
Meals, snacks, and water on train: Thursday night/Friday Morning; Sunday night/Monday morning
(We recommend that you stock up with your favorite snacks and water before departure in Beijing. The train provides boiling water service for cup noodles. There will be various snacks, meals, drinks, and water available for purchase on train, although more expensive than purchasing at train station. For Thursday dinner, you may head to the cafe car at which you can order chinese dishes, beer, and wine.)
Out of pocket expenses
These expenses are not included in the tour fee. It will be necessary to bring a little extra in cash – either Chinese yuan, Euros, or US dollars, into North Korea to pay for these expenses on the day. Prices are listed in euros, but may also be payed in USD or RMB. Note that prices are subject to change.
NOTE: As with all travel within the DPRK, activities are available or not available at any given time depending on seasons and other factors. This is just a list of possible activities, and some activities below may not be on your itinerary.
Kaeson Youth Funfair ticket, €20 euro. Entry without going on the rides, €5 euro
Tips for the guides and driver (in total from each traveller), €5 euro per night stayed
Juche Tower elevator ticket (for those wishing to see the view at the top), €5 euro
Micro-brewed beer (a pint) – €2 euro approx.
Possibility for a visit to a café, Italian, hamburger, or other special restaurant – €7-
€14 euro approx.
Ryongmun Caves entry, €4 euro
Skate park fee (for those wishing to skate) – €4 euro. Includes skate rental
Ice skating fee (for those wishing to ice skate) – €4 euro. Includes skate rental