A TRIP TO THE WORLD'S MOST SECRETIVE COUTNTRY
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is totally unknown to tourists since only a few thousands of people visit it each year. Being one of them is a unique opportunity to have a better understanding of this mysterious country. The daily life is a distinct discovery along with its incredible natural landscapes – this is the ultimate RASK Undiscovered destination!
DAY 1: PYONYANG
Upon arrival, welcome by the local guide at Pyongyang airport and check-in at the hotel. Note: Rooms are available from 2pm. Enjoy a day at leisure in the capital then, in the evening, transfer for a delicious traditional dinner, a Korean barbecue. Overnight in Pyongyang.
DAY 2: PYONYANG – KAESONG
After breakfast, morning is dedicated to Pyongyang city. Depart through the city’s subway a rare opportunity to share the Pyongyangese daily life. Get off at the station at Arc of Triumph for shopping in one of the state owned boutiques. Then, depart for Mansudae Hill and its huge statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il before reaching Kim Il Sung Square. Visit Mansudae art studio exhibiting quality works: paintings, embroideries, ceramics, wood carvings, mosaics, sculptures, etc. Finally visit the Grand Library protecting nearly 30 million of books. In the afternoon depart to Kaesong, once the capital of the Koryo Dynasty and today listed World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit the authentic Royal tomb of King Kongmin and his wife dating from 14th century. This tomb rich of sculptures and covered with Granite also has a superb view of the surrounding hills. Cooking demonstration in the evening, including preparation of rice cakes and kimchi. Overnight in a traditional Korean house in Kaesong.
DAY 3: KAESONG – PYONYANG
After breakfast, walk from the hotel through the city center of Kaesong towards the South Gate. Then, depart to visit the DMZ where the armistice talks began. Visit Koryo History museum located within the walls of the very first university in Korea. Also named the “Bamboo Wall”, DMZ is under highly secured area and is one of the last remains of the Cold War. Created on the 23rd of March 1953, this zone saw, for the first time within 50 years, a train crossing from South to North on the 17th of May 2007. Despite the intense situation, the atmosphere remains surprisingly relaxed. In the afternoon, return to Pyongyang by road and check-in at hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Pyongyang.
DAY 4: PYONGYANG – MOUNT MYOHYANG
At the death of his father in 1994, Kim Jong Il transformed the former Presidential Palace into a Mausoleum. Since his death in 2011, General Kim Jong Il remains at the side of his father. It becomes one of the largest mausoleums in the world. Then visit Kwangbop Buddhist Temple and Revolution Martyrs’ cemetery. In the afternoon, depart by road (approximately 1h30) towards Myohyang, meaning “mysterious perfume mountain”, a beautiful green area in the beautiful countryside of North of Korea. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel and time at leisure. Overnight at Mount Myohyang. Note: Kim Il Sung President mausoleum is only opened in the morning on Thursdays and Sundays.
DAY 5: MOUNT MYOHYANG – PYONGYANG
After breakfast, visit the International Friendship Exhibition. It displays various gifts presented to President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il by political, economic and military personalities, public worldwide. Then visit Pohyon Buddhist temple, one of the five biggest of the country, and home of one of the rare Tripitaka Koreana copy. The Buddhist canon consists in more than 80,000 leaflets and whose printing plates, listed World Heritage Treasure, are at Haeinsa temple in South Korea. Depart early afternoon to Pyongyang. Entertainment on arrival at Pyongyang’s circus. World renowned, this circus has repeatedly received the Golden Clown of Monte Carlo Festival. Very popular in the country, the circus offers a quality show illustrating Korean traditions. Overnight in Pyongyang.
DAY 6: PYONGYANG – WONSAN
After breakfast, depart early in the morning by road to Wonsan (approximately 4h30), port of the East Sea, the city is an important educational center since there are no less than 10 universities. The road passes through the impressive Sinpyong valley and many tunnels built under the mountain. On the way, stop at a lookout to enjoy a panoramic view over the beautiful landscape. In the afternoon, resume the drive towards t he south and check-in at hotel upon arrival. Visit the railway station where one can see an old steam train. Depart for the visit of a cooperative farm, fundamental base to the agricultural economy of the country, which can include up to several hundred families. The day ends by a stroll on the pier. Overnight in Wonsan.
DAY 7: WONSAN – MOUNTS KUMGANG
After breakfast, morning drive to the South along the coastline to reach Mount Kumgang, region dotted with ancient temples and waterfalls in a breathtaking landscape. In the afternoon, visit the Buddhist temple built in the 7th century and located at the park’s entrance. The temple was once one of the most important Zen monasteries. Then, short hike to reach Samil Lake located in a granite landscape with unusal shapes. Check-in at hotel at the end of the day. Overnight in Mounts Kumgang.
DAY 8: MOUNTS KUMGANG
After breakfast, the day is dedicated to a walk to explore Mounts Kumgang. While walking the path crosses gorgeous lush and beautiful landscapes. The rumor goes that anyone with a pure heart will have the chance to see the animals leaving in the region. Stop at the nine-dragon waterfall before climbing about 300 meters to the basins of eight tales and their superb panorama. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and time at leisure. Overnight in Mounts Kumgang.
DAY 9: MOUNTS KUMGANG – PYONGYANG
After breakfast, depart by road towards Pyongyang. On the way, stop for the visit of Tongmyong tomb, a stone mound where King Jumong remains since his death in the fourth century, the king was the founder of Koguryo Kingdom. Listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the site also includes vassals’ tombs and Jongrun Buddhist temple. Arrival late afternoon and check-in at hotel. Overnight in Pyongyang.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, time is at leisure at the hotel. Note: Rooms shall be released by 12pm (noon). Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for the departure the flight.
- Accommodation in a shared double or twin room at selected hotels.
- Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per the program.
- English speaking guide except during time at leisure and his assistant.
- Entry fees for all sightseeing tours as mentioned on the program.
- Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Visa for North Korea.
- International flights and airport taxes.
- Meals not mentioned.
- Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.