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Uncover the secrets of North Korea
Travel is all about eye and mind opening experiences, and there are few more so than a trip to North Korea. Take the unique chance to uncover this mysterious country for yourself and discover that behind the communist propaganda and Soviet-style architecture lies a country full of beautiful landscapes and a whole host of incredible sights and experiences. This journey begins and ends in Beijing, and in between you’ll Travel around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its capital of Pyongyang and surrounding sights like Pyongsong and the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Visit a range of monuments and museums dedicated to the leaders of the country, and learn about the history of this truly fascinating place thanks to the North Korean guides who will join you on this journey.
North Korea is a country that’s shrouded in mystery and doesn’t open its borders widely to the rest of the world. This is a unique foreign travel experience that allows you access to this fascinating country.
Even though the media usually depicts North Korea as a concrete state with communist flags everywhere, there are parts of the country that are bursting with picturesque landscapes and waterfalls. North of Pyongyang is a spectacular region to explore.
The overnight train journey from Pyongyang to Beijing is the perfect way to see the guarded landscape of North Korea, as well as rubbing shoulders with the locals.
A visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea is an eye-opening part of this trip. Learn about the history of the Korean War and the on-going tension between the two countries.
This trip adheres to some of North Korea’s strict rules and traditions, so it’s important to be open-minded and respectful. This is a great way to embrace a culture that’s not easily accessible to the rest of the world.
Contact with local people is possible, it’s allowed and is legal - both for you to talk to locals and for them to talk to you. Although, it can prove difficult for several reasons: the main one being the language barrier (foreign languages are not widely spoken in DPRK). Other reasons include the fact that people are generally very wary of foreigners and are also shy, conservative and careful of drawing unwanted attention. You’re free to attempt a dialogue with a local, but don’t be surprised if they’re not interested in talking to you. However, it can be extremely rewarding when you do manage to make some human contact. Your guides will also help make it possible.
There’s a long, overnight train ride back to Beijing, which can take around 14 hours. Even though you won’t be staying in first class, the beds are still comfortable with sheets provided. This is an ideal opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals and learn more about the area.
Tourists are not allowed to travel around freely. At all times, other than in the hotel, you’ll be accompanied by two guides and a driver regardless of how many people there are in your group. Please remember this is not a policy set by the travel company, but by higher powers and the rules are inflexible.
1. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in North Korea before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. US citizens can book this trip, however they are restricted from using the overnight train service from Pyongyang to Beijing. US Citizens must exit North Korea by plane only. If you or your client are of US Citizenship please get in contact with Intrepid and we can discuss the options with you.
4. A double entry Chinese Visa is required for this trip.
5. A North Korean Visa will be organised for you and is included in the trip cost. You will need to send us a copy of your passport and recent passport photo and by completing the Application form and Journalist Form given to you by your booking agent. The visas are issued separate to the passports and passports are not stamped at any time. The tour leader and guides retain possession of the visas at all times during the trip. We don’t require your actual passport for the visa at any time.
6. Please note the group are required to buy bouquets of flowers at certain monuments during the trip, approx. cost of a bouquet of flowers is 8 Euros, which can be split between the group
7. You will be required to wear formal business attire/smart casual on some visits to monuments. Please ensure you bring the necessary clothing.
8. This trip requires a minimum of 10 travellers to run.
Our North Korea Highlights trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Organizing a trip to North Korea would be daunting at the best of times, but Intrepid arranged a flawless adventure, even as a third of the participants cancelled out at the last minute because of the rising tensions with America. N Korea detonated a hydrogen blast the week before we entered and fired a missile over Japan the day we returned, but Intrepid ensured that our 6 days in N Korea were free of anxiety or stress.
Review submitted 02 Oct 2017