Late spring tour
Gain deep insights into the North Korean culture
20. - 27. May - 11.995 DKK
Travel with Above Border to North Korea in the late spring where we will arrange a tour to one of the most isolated countries in the world.
North Korea is a unique country which must be experienced That is why you join us on this tour. We guarantee that you will gain a deeper understanding of a country and a culture way different from your own. On this tour you will discover several cities, interact with locals and even go to the infamous DMZ at the border between South- and North Korea. With our expert knowledge, Above Borders will provide and ensure you will get loads of interesting experiences when traveling with us to North Korea.
Discover one of the most isolated countries of the world
Danish travel leader & Local guides
Danish travel leader & Local guides
An experience for life
Itinerary for the trip
We will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dandong, China. After checking in we will enjoy a dinner at a North Korean restaurant, which is one of the only places in the world where North Koreans work outside of the country.
During the dinner, the tour leader will share his experiences, tips and tricks so you can get as much out of the trip as possible.
The day where we will travel into North Korea
On the train ride from Dandong to Pyongyang you can meet traveling North Koreans, and if you are respectful and friendly, it is a unique opportunity to hear personal stories from the North Koreans everyday life. The day will be concluded over dinner with our North Korean guides and a walk along Changjon Street to Kim Il Sung Square - The famous square in North Korea.
We start the day by going for a ride in the world deepest metro. (100 meters deep) The guides will talk about each station, and we can talk to locals on their way to work.
After the metro ride, we will walk past the Arch of Triumph. It will also be possible to go to the top of the monument. From the top you can see the view of the city and Kim Il Sung Stadium. Then we will go to a local park in the center of Pyongyang and enjoy the warm weather. After lunch, we will take a walk on Changing New Street before we will have a visit to the Tourism University where we will talk to North Korean students. On our way to dinner we will pass by Workers Party monument. This evening we will stay at Sosan Hotel.
Sunday and we start the day by going to Bongsu Church where we will meet a North Korean priest who will talk about religion in North Korea. After visiting this church we will go to the suburbs of Pyongyang. In the suburbs, we will visit a village and pass by a daycare center, a kinder garden and see how they do farming. We will even get to see how the farmers work.
After that, we will head back to Pyongyang, have lunch and go grocery shopping in the local supermarket. In the supermarket, it is possible to use Korean Won and shop local goods alongside North Koreans. Make sure to buy plenty of snacks because we have a long drive ahead of us.
After doing groceries we will go to Kim Il Sung Square, take a walk around the square and go to the foreign bookshop in Pyongyang. Then we will go to Kaesong City. The last city before the border. We will stay at the Minsok folk hotel which is a local Korean inspired hotel.
The day kicks off with a walk on Janam Hill. From the top of the hill, it is possible to get a great view of the old parts of Kaesong. The walk will enable you to discover Kaesong from two different angles and give you great insights into the city.
After the walk, we will go to one of the most intense military areas in the world: DMZ. The area is under constant surveillance by soldiers from both sides. We will get so close to the border, so if you are lucky you will actually be able to stand with a leg in both countries!
Kaesong also has Koryo museum. At the Koryo Museum you will about the Korean culture, and history before the Korean war. At the museum, you will get a better understanding of cultural similarities between North- and South Korea.
Then we will go to Pyongyang. On the way back our guide will tell us about the unification policies and how North Korea believes the countries should be reunified. In Pyongyang we will go to Juche Tower, We recommend that you go to the top of the tower because there is a great view of Pyongyang from the top.
Last full day in Pyongyang and we have a packed schedule.
The first thing on the program is a tour at the victorious Fatherland Liberation War Musuem. At the museum, we will hear about the Korean War from a North Korean perspective and we will most likely enter the USS Pueblo. The USS Pueblo is an American war vessel that was captured in North Korean waters.
The lunch this day will be Pizza at a pizza restaurant. The restaurant was established after North Korea had sent people to Italy to learn how to make proper pizza. So who makes the best pizza then?
After lunch, we will go to the 9th of June High School, where we will have an exchange session with students studying English. You can learn about their everyday lives. We want to understand the local kids, so after visiting the school we will go to the Children Palace. There are two of theses palaces located in Pyongyang dedicated to leisure activities for the kids. A tour around the palace will be concluded with a show.
We will finish of with a dinner with our guides, beer from a local bar and a walk on Future Scientist Street. Back at the hotel it is possible to do bowling, go swimming and lots of other things. You can also chose to have a beer at the rotating rooftop bar on 47th floor of the Yanggakdo Hotel
Last day in North Korea. We say good bye to our guides, and board the train back to Dandong, China. The train ride is the last chance to interact and get to know the North Koreans.
In Dandong we will have a farewell dinner together, and share our experiences. After dinner we go to Hilton Garden Inn and the program is over. The stay at Hilton Garden Inn is also included in the price.
On the last day of our trip there is not much planned other than saying goodbye to each other. But if you still are adventurous, you can explore the broken bridge that goes halfway across the river to North Korea. If you want to travel further around China we will gladly assist you on what to do or what to see.
Due to the general tourism in North Korea, the program can be subject to change. Prior and during the trip there will be minor adjustments, but we will do everything we can to keep you updated. In case something is canceled, we will find an alternative activity.
Tour leader - Jonas Bang Andersen
When you travel with Above Borders we will always send a tour leader to join the group tour. This is our guarantee to ensure:
Unique knowledge of the destination
Security and flexibility
On this tour, your tour leader is Jonas Bang Andersen
Jonas has in a age of 26 years, lived in 3 different countries, visited 15 countries split in 3 different continents and acted as a tour leader since 2015. When Jonas travel, he believed the best way to real understand and learn about another countries culture is to talk and interact with the local people. Only in this way, we can ensure that you will get close to, and thereby learn and understand, the destination. Therefore he always tries to meet and talk with as many locals he can, when he goes traveling.
When Jonas is your leader leader, you are guaranteed unique local knowledge, a lot of personal anecdotes and a entertaining tour.
The price for our late spring tour to North Korea is 11.995 DKK. . Below you can see what is included in the price and what is not.
Visa for North Korea
Transport from China to North Korea and back
Transport in North Korea
Al accommodation in China (2 nights) and in North Korea (5 nights)
All meals in China and North Korea
Two North Korean guides and one North Korean driver
Danish, English and German speaking tour leader - Jonas
Al entrance to museums etc.
Transport from Denmark (or anywhere else) to China
Extra meals, snacks and souvenirs
Extra activities, e.g. going to the top of Juche Tower
Double Entry Visa to China
Above Borders is a member of the danish travel gurantee fond (Memebershipnummer: 2943) which is your gureantee that we follow danish legislation for group traveling. We will always be available in case you have any questions and ensure you will be send material which will prepare you for our tour so that you can benefit most possible from every moment.
Ofte stillede spørgsmål
No! As long as you follow the rules, then North Korea is one of the safest countries in the world to travel in. On our tours nothing ever happened to anyone, and nobody has anything stolen. We will af course make sure that every participant on our tours is fully informed about the rules, both before and during the tour.
No! We are followed by our North Korean guides and we can not go to other cities than what is already on the itinerary, but there is a reason for why we have chosen these cities and planned the itinerary the way we have: It is to get the best possible outcome from those days we have as we are there.
We will be talking to North Korean and you are welcome to ask what you want. We will be driving in the subway as the local does everyday. So no, not everything is fake, but we will follow an planned itinerary.
We have choosen to arrange the tour without pre booked flights. This is to give you flexibility, so that you can choose from where and to you want to travel. It can be that you might want a few extra days in China before our tour, or maybe you want to visit another destination after. We will for sure assist with your planning and will also inform which flight we will book.
An exact amount for the tour is hard to predefine, as it depends on many different parameters. To give you an overview after all, you find below find an list with extra cost besides the actual price for the tour:
- Flight ticket 3-5.000 Dkr.
- Train from Beijing to Dandong 450 Dkr.
- Visa for China 995 Dkr.
- Pocket money 1-2000 Dkr.
First of all you will be asked to pay deposit of 2.500 Dkr - further instruction will be given when you have registered for one of our planned programmes.
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"Above Borders has really arranged a brilliant tour. Everything was carefully planned and the timeline was held - there was even added extra experiences at the itinerary during the days we where there. It was really cool experiencing a country which is that closed to the outside world and you really gets to create your own opinion to all the stories you hear about the country. It was in any case an real eye opener for me. A tour to North Korea can in any case be recommend!"
“Incredible amazing experience which showed North Korea from a whole new angle which at the same time starts makes your mind wonder about a world far away from my own life in Denmark. The tour was really well planned with a lot of exciting experiences, good food and interaction with the local north koreans. An experience for life!”
“An amazing tour I would gladly recommend! The tour was really well organized and every detail was carefully planned, so that the particpants could enjoy the itinerary to the fullest. It was an experience for life and I hope I can revisit the country another time."
"Amazing tour, and I would love to go again. Great hotel with everything the heart desires, great food, a lot of new amazing experiences and new acquaintances. We had the sweetest guides which made sure that nothing missed and made sure we were in good and safe hands!"
"The platinum-star has been secured through a five star review. A very beautiful tour, with extra ordinary experiences and a very humorous and engaged tour leader Jonas. I would fore sure recommend a tour - if you plan to stay more days in China than planned, the skip Dandong and settle with only the one day/night in Dandong as the itinerary suggests."
Yes! Your passport will not get stamped and it will therefore not affect any of your tours you might have after. You will get a separate visa for North Korea, which will be handed our on departure. Furthermore it is not a problem if you have any to USA before.