Be among the first to peek into another world: the unchanged Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Seasoned travelers know how difficult it is to find truly untraveled places to explore in our modern world, and the importance of seizing an opportunity to be among the first to experience a new destination before tourism’s influence alters its character. North Korea—officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea— is just such a place. Mostly closed to the outside world for more than a half century, this secretive and largely unchanged land has only begun to welcome foreign visitors. It’s a veritable time capsule that promises visitors a real glimpse into the past as well as rare insight into the modern reality of this last intact remnant of the Cold War. And true to our heritage of exploring new and unknown lands, MTS is among the first to embrace this wonderful opportunity to learn about and engage with the people of North Korea.
North Korea brings a whole new meaning to the word ‘unique’ in travel. Many of you are exceedingly well-traveled—and we can assure you that nothing you have ever experienced elsewhere will prepare you for this. You are going to be stunned, surprised, perplexed, and overwhelmed. Unlike other companies’ itineraries, our journey ventures beyond the easier destinations of Pyongyang, Panmunjom, and the legendary DMZ to more far-flung areas of the country, like Mount Paekdu near the Chinese border and the beautiful Kumgangsan. In these remote places we’ll get a broader view of the country and its people, and have the opportunity for rare moments of exchange with locals. We’ll also visit Chongjin, North Korea’s second largest city, and in doing so add our names to the tiny list of Westerners who have ever set foot there!
As with many countries around the globe, North Korea places great value on preserving its traditions, customs, and national character. We will therefore endeavor to fit into the culture as much as possible, further enhancing the authenticity of our experience. We’ll be aided by our local guides—all native North Koreans—who will not only be our keys to understanding North Korean culture but will also make sure we blend as seamlessly as possible into it. Our guests are encouraged to bring family photos to share with our guides, as they will share their own family stories with us. Our picture of North Korean culture is rounded out by a visit to a kindergarten for steelworkers’ children. We will also have seats at the astoundingly spectacular Arirang Mass Games (if they are scheduled in 2013) where 100,000 performers dressed in a rainbow of brilliant colors perform in a perfectly choreographed expression of national pride and unity.
MTS has always believed in the power of ecologically- and culturally-sensitive adventure travel to change lives, alter perceptions, and aid countries and peoples in their transition to more exchange with the outside world. So we are extraordinarily excited to be able to offer this unique and truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain insight into the intriguing, amazing, and sometimes perplexing land that is North Korea.
- Get a glimpse into the past as well as a rare insight into the modern reality of this last intact remnant of the Cold War
- Visit notable places like Panmunjom and Pyongyang as well as journey farther afield to remote areas like Mount Paekdu (September departure) and Kumgangsan (April departure)
- Enjoy informal opportunities to interact with locals at plazas, fairs, and other outings
- Come away feeling changed by the extraordinary experience of traveling to the unparalleled DPRK
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Beijing End Location: BeijingDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Fly to Beijing
Arrive in Beijing.
NOTE: This entire trip occurs below 6,000 feet elevation.
Day 2 : Beijing to Pyongyang
Fly to Pyongyang.
Day 3 : Pyongyang
Tour Pyongyang, including the Grand People's Study House, Kim Il Sung Square, Moran Park, and Pyongyang Folk Village. In the afternoon visit a secondary school as well as Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, to gain insight into public facilities in the DPRK.
Day 4 : Drive to Mount Myohyang
Drive two hours to Mount Myohyang.
Day 5 : Mount Myohyang to Pyongyang
We explore Mount Myohyang in the morning and then return to Pyongyang in the afternoon.
Day 6 : Pyongyang
Tour public areas of Pyongyang as today is a public holiday.
Day 7 : Pyongyang to Mount Paekdu
Charter flight to Mount Paekdu.
Day 8 : Mount Paekdu to Chongjin
Flight to Orang Airport and transfer to Chongjin.
Day 9 : Chongjin to Pyongyang
Return to the Orang Airport for our return flight to Pyongyang.
Day 10 : Pyongyang to Panmunjom/DMZ
Our final day takes us to Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ.
Day 11 : Pyongyang to Beijing
Return flight to Beijing and onwards.
DATES: Best time to go: April, September Departures: Sep 3 - 13, 2014 Apr 22, 2015 - May 2, 2015 Sep 2 - 12, 2015
$800 single supplement
$5,495 (9-10 members)
$800 single supplement
Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double accommodations.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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