Hit the streets of Pyongyang for the 2021 Pyongyang Marathon with over 50,000 people cheering you on as you cross the finish line for that Olympic finish you’ve only ever daydreamed about.
Then ease into your North Korean adventure with visits to the industrial city of Nampo on the west coast to tour local industries, before heading north to Pyongsong where it’s time for school and you’ll have the opportunity to assist students with their English class.
Returning to Pyongyang it’s time to explore the capital in-depth including the Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured US spy ship USS Pueblo, shopping with locals at Kwangbok Supermarket, and delving underground to ride on the Pyongyang’s Metro. Just a few of many highlights!
It will then be time to limber up and get your game face on for Taekwondo class - Korea’s national martial art. Class will be at Pyongyang’s Taekwondo Arena on Sports Street, the national Taekwondo training academy. A great opportunity for some exercise with a local flavour!
You will be in Pyongyang for The Day of the Sun – the birthday of Eternal President Kim Il Sung – one of the most important dates in the North Korean calendar. For this we can expect a day of merriment for the locals as they enjoy their day off celebrating with picnics in parks, participating in mass dancing events, and then gathering together at Kim Il Sung Square to watch the incredible fireworks display at night.
Following this you’ll then head south to Kaesong and the DMZ, where North and South Korea continue their face-off.
We will then move things up a gear and head over to the beautiful east coast of Korea. Tour the port city of Wonsan including a schoolchildren’s camp and the country’s largest agricultural university. Heading south it's time to go hiking in the Mt Kumgang mountain range – so beautiful it’s also known as the diamond mountain of Korea.
The tour then heads north to Hamhung which is North Korea’s second biggest city, and then further into the countryside to get to the famous Pujon Highlands and its stone river. A location well off the beaten track and very rarely visited by foreigners!
All marathon tour participants 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 your remaining fees. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.
Please pay close attention to the date and times of briefings in the itinerary below.
10:00 | Train Departure - your briefing will be held at this time in Beijing
14:00 / 16:00 / 18:00 | Flight Departure - briefings will be held in the afternoon on this day in Beijing at these times, you only need to attend one briefing (exact times offered to be confirmed)
17:00 - Train travelers depart Beijing Station 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.
Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near out office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
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, funfair or impromptu city walk.
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.
Extend your tour with one or all these great tour extensions to the border cities of Sinuiju in North Korea or Dandong in China.
We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+60 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 using direct international flights to and/or from Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX). 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 YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO KORYO TOURS APPLICATION SYSTEM TO COMPLETE YOUR BOOKING