We are excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2019! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon, and there are also 10km and 5km races. In addition to the foreign amateur runners, hundreds of local runners and some elite foreign runners will be participating as well.
For the more adventurous traveler, this 7-night tour gets you to the lively city of Pyongsong where you will meet the incredibly talented students at one of the local schools. You will then head deeper into the country to Mt Myohyang – the mountain of sweet fragrance – where you can go hiking to experience the beautiful scenery. You will then tour the infamous International Friendship Exhibition where you can see the gifts given to each leader all housed in a massive mountain cave vault..
You’ll also go south to Kaesong, down to the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their face-off, and tour Pyongyang including the metro system and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum featuring the captured spy ship – the USS Pueblo.
Mandatory Pre-Tour Briefing
All travelers are required to attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow travelers, and pay any outstanding tour fees. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.
For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings - in the morning for those departing by train in the afternoon, and in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day. The exact times of these briefings are TBC.
Train travelers depart Beijing Station at 5:00pm by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure. Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
Overnight Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations.
Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour. The default option is round-trip train travel from Beijing to Pyongyang, and back again. Flight upgrades are available. Expand the below options for more details, and read below regarding visa for China requirements.
We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. We recommend obtaining at least a double-entry Chinese visa for your trip.
Most nationalities will require a visa for China if entering and/or exiting by train.
Over 50 nationalities can obtain a visa-waiver for up to 144 hours when in transit through Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) using direct international flights. Most other nationalities can transit for up to 24 hours.
Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.
Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO KORYO TOURS APPLICATION SYSTEM TO COMPLETE YOUR BOOKING