CHINA & NORTH KOREA 2024

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14 Days
Availability : July 21 to August 3, 2024
Beijing
Max People : 16
Introduction

An incredible journey through the most hidden secrets of China and North Korea. It explores these two territories, distinct and distant from our culture, in a cultural immersion on the other side of History. We will visit Beijing, with its Forbidden City, hutongs and temples , but we will also explore Datong, with the ancient Buddhist caves, UNESCO heritage, before leaving for one of the most closed countries in the world: North Korea. On an entirely overland journey, we’ll experience and witness the iconic Victory Day celebrations, with military parades and mass dances. In addition to Pyongyang, we will explore other cities, such as Kaesong or Sariwon, and visit the Demilitarized Zone to the south. On the way back to China we explore the easternmost part of the Great Wall of China, and visit the hot spring city of Dalian, with its beaches of bioluminescent waters.

  • Yungang Grottoes (UNESCO)
  • Hanging Temple
  • Forbidden City (UNESCO)
  • Great Wall of China on Tiger Mountain (UNESCO)
  • DaLian Bioluminescent Hot Springs & Beaches
  • Mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
  • Koryo Museum in Kaesong (UNESCO)
  • Mount Myohyang (UNESCO)
  • King Kongmin's Tomb (UNESCO)
  • DMZ
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival Beijing

Welcome to Beijing!

Depending on the time of day we will suggest some activities for the day, but the best thing is to take it easy and take the opportunity to recover from a possible jetlag!

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Accommodation: hotel in Beijing
Meals: –

Day 2 : Forbidden City

Today we will visit the Forbidden City, Beijing’s geodesic point, sail through the city’s hutongs and other historical sites.

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Accommodation: hotel in Beijing
Meals: breakfast

Day 3 : Yungang Caves (UNESCO)

We depart early in the morning for Datong. After check-in at the hotel, we’ll visit the famous Yungang Caves, a UNESCO heritage site.

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Accommodation: hotel in Datong
Meals: breakfast

Day 4 : Hanging Temple

After breakfast we will visit the Hanging Temple, and then we have the train back to Beijing.

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Accommodation: hotel in Beijing
Meals: breakfast

Day 5 : Departure to North Korea

In the morning, after checking out of the hotel, we will have our briefing for entry into North Korea. After the briefing we will have the opportunity to have lunch and explore a little more of Beijing, before boarding the train that will take us to Pyongyang.

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Accommodation: Train cabin
Meals: breakfast

Day 6 : Arrival in Pyongyang

Arrival in Pyongyang is scheduled for later in the day. Our transfer will take us to the hotel where we will sleep. Dinner at the hotel.

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Accommodation: hotel in Pyongyang
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 : Victory Day Celebrations

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement. Celebrations are expected in the afternoon, but before that we will still have the opportunity to visit the Great Mansudae Monument, Kumsusan (mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il rest), among others.

Iconic activities such as military parades and mass dances are expected for the celebrations.

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Accommodation: hotel
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 : Pyongyang

Today we will have the whole day still in Pyongyang, where we will visit more places, such as Mangyongdae – the house where President Kim Il Sung was born, the Museum of the Liberation of the Victorious Fatherland and the USS Pueblo.

We will also embark on a little of the daily life in Pyongyang, with subway and tram rides and see the shops. In the evening we will have dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant and taste some local craft beers.

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Accommodation: hotel in Pyongyang
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 : Kaesong

Today we will visit Jonsung, a system of underground tunnels and bunkers used by the officers

Koreans in the 50s, and visit Ryomyong Street, the most futuristic area of Pyongyang. After that we start our trip out of Pyongyang, starting in the city of Nampo, where the Taedong River meets the sea, where we will see the West Sea Dam, so fundamental in irrigation and energy production – one of the greatest feats of engineering in North Korea. We will also visit the Tae’an glass factory.

At the end of the day we arrive at Kaesong, ancient capital at the time of the Koryo Dynasty 918-1392 BC, next to what is now known as the “Demilitarized Zone” – DMZ.

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Accommodation: hotel in Kaesong
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 : Sariwon

We start the day with a tour from the hotel through the historic district of Kaesong. Next, we’ll head to Panmunjom, a village known as the “city of truces”, in the heart of the DMZ. We then visit the Kaesong Koryo Museum (UNESCO), and for lunch we will taste the pansanggi, the well-known royal meal

Korean, while we are contemplated with a Kayagum Performance.

On the way back to Pyongyang we will visit the Pakyon Waterfalls, an agricultural center in Sariwon – the Migok Cooperative. If we have time, we’ll visit a tavern that sells

Makkoli, traditional rice wine. From the top of the hill we will be able to have a panoramic view of Sariwon and the surrounding plains.

Once in Pyongyang we will have dinner on a cruise on the Taedong River, with a performance by one of the biggest live bands in Pyongyang! A big farewell to North Korea 🙂

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Accommodation: hotel in Pyongyang
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 : Departure to Dandong

In the morning we board the train that takes us to Dandong, a border city already in Chinese territory.

Arrival at the end of the afternoon, we check into the hotel and have dinner on our own.

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Accommodation: hotel in Dandong
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 12 : Great Wall of China at Tiger Mountain (UNESCO)

We start the day with a visit to the easternmost part of the Great Wall of China, a segment known as “the Tiger Mountain”. This is followed by a visit to the “Museum of War to Resist the

America and Helping Korea.”

After lunch we will take a boat trip on the Yalu River.

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Accommodation: hotel in Dandong
Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 13 : DaLian Bioluminescent Hot Springs & Beaches

Early in the morning we head to Dalian for the end of our trip. This spa city is one of China’s best-kept secrets, considered internally as the best tourist city for its numerous green areas and beaches with bioluminescent waters. Our hotel has a spa that allows you to relax in a somewhat unexpected setting in China.

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Accommodation: hotel in Dalian
Meals: breakfast

Day 14 : Departure from Dalian

Our adventure is over. Departure back to the country of origin through Dalian International Airport.

See you on the next adventure!

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Accommodation: –
Meals: breakfast

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Included

Included

  • Accommodation12x hotel, 1x train cabin
  • TransportationNational and international trains; Transfers from/to the airport within the travel dates. Boat trips.
  • Food13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners.
  • DrinksWaters and juices included in North Korea. Alcoholic beverages not included.
  • Activitiesall the activities mentioned in the programme.
  • Entrances and special permits for access to protected/restricted areas
  • Local guides
  • Accompaniment throughout the tour by Tânia Neves.

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