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    Pyongyang Marathon 2017 CLASSIC tour
     5 nights in the DPRK
    Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongsong Nampo Pyongyang

    WHAT DOES PRICE COVER?

    • AirKoryo flight Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing
    • Hotel accommodation in the DPRK
    • Three meals a day (except to alcohol)
    • All transfers and transport
    • English-speaking guide
    • All entrance tickets according to the itinerary

    WHAT PRICE DOESN'T COVER?

    • The DPRK visa fee
    • Marathon registration fee (depends on distance)
    • Soccer match ticket (20 Euro)
    • Transportation to/from your home to Beijing
    • Your stopover expenses in Beijing
    • Your expenses for alcohol and souvenirs
    • Optional single room supplement (50 Euro per night)
    • Tickets for occasional events such as circus, the funfair, opera or Juche tower lift
    • Tips for Korean guides and a driver (approx 50 Euro total)

    This tour is an exciting opportunity for AMATEUR runners to take part in the Pyongyang International Marathon which will be held on April 9, 2017 and to see major attractions of the DPRK. Run 10km, half or full marathon in the capital of North Korea with local and foreign amateur and professional runners. The marathon is a major opportunity for foreigners in North Korea to mingle with locals and learn about Korea from the first hands.
    Instead of taking part in the race you may just stay in Kim Il Sung Stadium and watch the marathon and a soccer match between Korean teams. After the run enjoy sightseeing program in Pyongyang, enjoy unique Tram ride around the city, visit Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at the border with South Korea, and explore Korean silicon valley - Pyongsong city! Visit Nampo - the biggest port at the west coast where you will see one of the Juche miracles - West Sea Barrage

    **ATTENTION! Make sure you book your tour in advance, we have very limited number of seats for the marathon period

    Deadline: 8 Mar 2017
       TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    Transport options:

      • AirKoryo Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing (default)
      • Train-out to Beijing (90 Euro surcharge)
      • Train-out to Dandong

     

    ITINERARY

    Info
    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in the DPRK are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    Apr 8 (Sat): Pyongyang

    Arrival in Pyongyang

    • Departure from Beijing by Air Koryo flight JS 152 Beijing-Pyongyang at 12.55 from TERMINAL 2, Beijing Capital Airport . Arrive in Pyongyang at 15.30 local time
    • NOTE: The flight departure time is approximate. Due to high demand of Marathon there will be a lot of tourists and thus the departure time of the flight to Pyongyang can be changed. We strongly advise to arrive in Beijing one day before your departure to Pyongyang
    • Transfer to Pyongyang
    • Stop by Arch of Triumph - built in 1982 to commemorate President Kim Il Sung’s role in resisting Japanese rule, it is the second tallest triumphal arch in the world. Each of its 25,500 blocks of finely-dressed white granite represents a day of his life up to that point
    • Move to the central Pyongyang and observe majestic Mansudae Grand Monument - the huge bronze statues of the leaders standing in the center of the composition with two monuments titled "Anti-Japanese Revolutionary Struggle" and "Socialist Construction" on both sides. It was renovated in April 2012 following the passing away of the leader Kim Jong Il and a new statue of Kim Jong Il was added next to Kim Il Sung's
    • Behind Mansudae Grand Monument you will see Chollima Monument - named after a mythical winged horse (Chollima in Korean literally means "thousand-mile horse"). In the period of reconstruction following the Korean War Cholima was the symbol inspiring workers to rebuild their nation at ‘Chollima Speed’
    • Check-in at the Yanggakdo International Hotel **** - one of the best Pyongyang hotels (first class and deluxe suits are also available at extra charge), it is beautifully located in the middle of Taedong river
    • Dinner at the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 9 (Sun): Pyongyang

    Pyongyang International Marathon

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Move to Kim Il Sung Stadium - originally built in 1926 and last time renovated in April 1982 it is used mainly for football matches, and it hosted the mass games until the 1990s. Today it is the home of Pyongyang International Marathon and Mass Gymnastic Show where the marathon starts and finishes, and get ready for the Pyongyang International Marathon - is an annual marathon race contested each April. The International Association of Athletics Federation designates the marathon as a bronze-label event and it registers the records of professional runners. This will be the third year that the marathon will be open to amateur runners so don’t loose your chance and join a 10km run, half or a full marathon. Those who are not running can stay at the stadium and enjoy soccer match (20 Euro extra charge) between Korean teams or watch and cheer marathoners from the streets
    • After Marathon Awarding Ceremony move back to the hotel, take shower and change clothes
    • Enjoy Lunch
    • Relax at Munsu Waterpark - the first park of this kind in Pyongyang. It features indoor and outdoor pools, amazing waterslides, coffee shop, a beer bar, table tennis, billiards massage and a beauty salon. A great place to chat with local people. Entrance 3 Euro, those who would like to swim be ready to pay 10 Euro
    • Visit Mangyongdae Native House - the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung
    • Enjoy unique Tram ride around the city - a ride from Mangyongdae Native House to Pyongyang Railway Station with a stop at Pyongyang Circus. The tram system was built after the end of the Korean War and it is still the main means of transportation for working population to get to work and back home
    • Dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants
    • Play bowling with locals in Golden Lane Bowling Center - the huge entertainment center, a good chance to mix with locals and watch some stellar displays of local bowling talent and relax after long sightseeing day. There is also a shooting range next door

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 10 (Mon): Pyongyang Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Kaesong Pyongyang

    • Drive (about 2h) to Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea, it is one of the most militarized area on our planet
    • Visit Panmunjom - a village where in 1953 Armistice Talks were held between the DPR Korea and the United Nation Command. Visit the blue tent-like building located exactly on the borderline between Koreas. You can walk around the conference room and hop from South to North Korea while you are in this building. This is one of the few places where you can take pictures of the DPRK military
    • Move to Kaesong - capital of Korea up to the 15th century. Kaesong is the only city in Korea which has preserved its original historical make up as it hasn't been destroyed during the Korean war. It is a home for 12 historic sites from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kaesong is considered to be home of Koryo insam (ginseng) and so be prepared to buy some of the best insam in the Far East
    • Walk in Janamsan Park - located on a hill overlooking the city it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the old Kaesong
    • Enjoy lunch at Tongil restaurant - "Tongil" means "Reunification" in Korean, it is one of the most famous restaurants in Kaesong where you can experience royal meal with multiple side-dishes. For anyone wanting to supplement their lunch, there will be an opportunity to sample Korea’s famous ginseng chicken soup (at extra charge)
    • Move back (about 2h) to Pyongyang. On the way back you will make a short photo-stop at Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification - the monument representing desire of Korean people for reunification. It is shaped in form of two Korean women holding Korean peninsula over the Thongil highway from Pyongyang to DMZ
    • Learn history of Korean war in one of the finest museums of the DPRK Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum - unveiled in 2013 by the leader Kim Jong Un after massive renovation this museum explains the origins of the Korean War (1950-53) between South and North. Here you will see the only US ship captured by a foreign country - the spy ship USS Pueblo, as well as American weapons and shot down planes. The museum features amazing displays and excellent dioramas
    • Stop by Monument to Workers' Party of Korea - opened in Juche 84 (1995) the monument depicts the hammer, sickle and brush seized by a worker, a farmer and an intellectual. The round belt means the single-hearted unity of the leader, Party and people
    • Observe Pyongyang from the top of Juche Tower - at 150m it is the highest stone monument in the world. Take elevator to the top of the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Pyongyang (optional, 5 Euro p/p)
    • Go deep underground and ride Pyongyang Metro - one of the deepest subways in the world, it was designed to serve as a bomb shelter in case of war. The stations' interiors are stunning with superb lighting and mosaics. This is a great chance to interact with local people and explore several subway stations
    • Have dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 11 (Tue): Pyongyang Pyongsong Nampo

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Pyongsong - Korea's Silicon Valley focusing on leading space researches. Only in 2014 this city was opened for foreign visitors
    • Drop by Pyongsong Central Square
    • Visit Paeksong Revolutionary Site - the place to which Kim Il Sung University was moved during the Korean War
    • Pyongsong Food Factory - socialist enterprise producing everything from popcorn to beer and soju (Korean rice wine)
    • Kim Jong Suk Middle School - named after the mother of Kim Jong Il it is one of the best schools in the DPRK for talented children from the whole country. For some English-language learners in this school you can be the first opportunity to converse with foreign visitors
    • Lunch in Pyongsong Jangsusan Hotel
    • Drive to Nampo - gateway to Pyongyang on the west coast of Korea, the fourth biggest city in the DPRK
    • Observe West Sea Barrage - built from 1981 to 1986 this 8 km barrage is a source of pride in the DPRK, visit of the Museum of West Sea Barrage Construction
    • Check in The Ryonggang Hot Spring Hotel *** - or “Dragon River Hot Spa Resort” consists of seven villas each with 4 neatly decorated appatments equipped with its own private hot spring tub. The salty water comes directly from the waterbed beneath the ground and has countless health benefits. It is the richest in mineral matters among the spas of Korea
    • Dinner in the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: The Ryonggang Hot Spring Hotel ***
    Apr 12 (Wed): Nampo Pyongyang

    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Inspect Kangso Spring Water Factory - one of a few places to see how mineral water is bottled from its beginning to its packaging. After the tour visitors can try locally produced mineral water
    • Visit Chongsanri Cooperative Farm - the DPRK’s most famous farm, the birthplace of the famous Chongsanri spirit and Chongsanri farming method
    • Move Back to Pyongyang
    • Enjoy picnic lunch in Ryongak Hill - called "Dragon Hill" (Ryongak in Korean) it is a rocky peak in Pyongyang's suburbs. At 292 m Tae peak is the highest giving splendid views on the city. It is a popular hiking and BBQ destination for the capital inhabitants
    • Shopping in Kwangbok Supermarket - located at one of the biggest city's street it is a popular mall where visitors can exchange money into local Won in order to shop
    • Drop by Korea Fine Art Gallery - houses a great number of precious ancient works, and works created during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle
    • Enjoy a walking tour of the Pyongyang center. Start at Kim Il Sung Square - Pyongyang’s central square where Korea’s massive military parades normally take place. Opened in August Juche 43 (1954) it is the 30th largest square in the world
    • Walk to Pyongyang Foreign Language Book Shop - the popular shop where you can buy propaganda posters, books and other souvenirs
    • Taedong Park - a great place a few minutes away from Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy a peceful park and a walk along the Taedong river
    • Pyongyang Bell - national treasure, it was rung to announce invasions, natural disasters, New Year's Day and other major events. The current bell was cast in 1726 during the Ri dynasty to replace an earlier one that was destroyed by fire in 1714
    • Taedong Gate - built in the mid-6th century, it is the east gate of the inner castle of the Walled City of Pyongyang (Pyongyang Castle, Koguryo dynasty) situated on the bank of River Taedong
    • Ryonggwang Pavillion - one of the 8 scenic wonders of western part of Korea
    • Pyongyang Gift Exhibition - an impressive exhibition of gifts to great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il from overseas Koreans. It is a branch of International Friendship Exhibition in Mt.Myohyang
    • Dinner in one of Pyongyang’s restaurants

    OVERNIGHT: Yanggakdo International Hotel ****
    Apr 13 (Thu):

    • After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport and departure by Air Koryo flight JS 251Y Pyongyang-Beijing at 10.00 in the morning from Pyongyang Airport . Arrive in Beijing at 11.30 in the morning (local time)

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