MCNK North Korea

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

A rare glimpse at an enigmatic country; Pyongyang city tour; International Friendship Exhibition; Kaesong and the De-militarized zone (DMZ)

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner (mostly at local restaurants). All meals in the DPRK are provided and inclusive on the tour and are fair but not cordon bleu. Most of the meals will feature traditional Korean food, inc: 'Naengmyon' (cold noodles); 'Bulgogi' (barbecued meat which you cook yourself); 'Kimchi' (pickled cabbage). Local beer and, on occasion, Ginseng wine are available at meal times.

Vegetarians can be catered for although it cannot be guaranteed that utensils used to touch food will not have touched meat, or that cooking oil does not contain animal fats.

All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. One Mass Games ticket.* Gratuities for restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

* There are rumours that the Mass Games will be discontinued from 2015 onward. As soon as their occurance or cancellation is confirmed we will amend our itinerary.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional' (ie second Mass Games ticket). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas.

Approximately $70 North Korean visa fee will be added to your invoice (we process this visa for you - no need to send away your passport). You will need to acquire a double entry visa for China on your own.

Seasonality and Weather

Autumn tours can expect moderate humidity and warm temperatures ranging from 12-25 C (53-78 F). Rain showers can occur at any time, though their likelihood decreases the later we get later into the fall.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Transport throughout the DPRK will be by private air-conditioned bus. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are large with steps and uneven surfaces. Travel to DPRK requires a certain conduct of behaviour that places restrictions on photography, communication with locals, and independent movement. You must be prepared to follow these rules and to be monitored for your compliance.

Accommodation

The hotel we use in Pyongyang is the deluxe class Yanggakdo Hotel. It is western 3 star (Chinese 4 star) equivalent and equipped with bars, restaurants, shops, swimming pool, bowling, casino, and other entertainment facilities (including Karaoke of course). The hotel has reliable electricity, heating, air conditioning, hot water, and now have foreign TV channels including BBC World and Japanese and Chinese TV.

The hotels we use outside of Pyongyang are less well developed and have temperamental supplies of electricity and hot water, however there are some spectacular hotels in other places in DPRK such as the traditional Korean style Minsok (Folk) Hotel in Kaesong and the Pyramidal Hyangsan Hotel near Mount Myohyang.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local guides at various locations. Official escort / guide throughout DPRK.

Group Size

10-21 plus Tour Leader