Northeast Asia

The Best of North Pacific in One Comprehensive Journey 

North Korea – Russia – Japan


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.


ITINERARY

All tours to the DPRK start either in Beijing or (rather rarely) in Vladivostok. Our tour service begins from the moment you meet with our partners in Beijing/Vladivostok for the handover of your DPRK visa aka tourist card. Please do not hesitate to contact us, in case you need any kind of assistance in China and/or Russia, such as hotel bookings, visa assistance, guided city tours, private drivers for day-trips out of town et cetera. 

Train or plane? The itinerary below envisages the use of the Air Koryo flight both for the outward and inward trip from/to Beijing. Please get in touch with us, if you prefer to travel by train either on your way in or on your way out of North Korea. Have a look here for an updated schedule of the K27 Beijing-Pyongyang train.

DAY 1 - Beijing Pyongyang

  • Our partners will meet you either at our hotel of choice in Beijing or in front of the Air Koryo Gate at Beijing International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
  • Handover of the visa (DPRK tourist card), down payment and introductory briefing about the country, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in the DPRK.
  • Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang
  • Arrival in Pyongyang and transfer to our hotel of choice (either the Sosan or the Yanggakdo).
  • Orientation walk around Pyongyang.
  • Dinner and overnight in Pyongyang

DAY 2/3 - Pyongyang

  • We'll devote two full days to the exploration of Pyongyang, the brave-new-world capital of this secretive and misunderstood rogue state. 
  • Highlights of your visit will include: Kim Il Sung Square, Grand People’s Study House, Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery, Tower of the Juche Idea, Monument to Party Founding, Pyongyang Metro, Three Revolutions Exhibition, Sci-Tech Complex, Children Palace, State Library, Mansudae Fountain Park, Great Leaders Mausoleum, USS Pueblo Submarine, Soviet Army Obelisk, Victory Arch and plenty of brutalist, modernist and rationalist concrete buildings. 
  • If any special parade and/or celebration will take place during our stay (as it is often the case), we will obviously join the local crowd and enjoy the totalitarian choreographies of the event. 
  • If time allows we'll also drive to the off-the-beaten-path city of Pyongsong to visit the Paeksong Revolutionary Site, where Kim Il Sung University was based during the Korean War
  • Dinner and overnight in Pyongyang.

DAY 4 - Kaesong – DMZ

  • In the morning we'll drive to the Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom (DMZ) located along the mighty 38th Parallel
  • We'll visit the Koryo Museum, also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK.
  • The DMZ is of the tensest places on Earth but the North Korean border post is the only place along this contested frontier where you can actually take photographs (even with soldiers). 
  • We'll then enjoy a city walk around Kaesong old city, have lunch at local restaurant (dog meat soup for around 5 € extra), and visit the Ginseng Processing Factory.
  • In the afternoon we'll drive back to Pyongyang and stop at the world-famous Reunification Monument for some photographic mementos.
  • Dinner and overnight in Pyongyang.

DAY 5 - Pyongyang Vladivostok   

  • After breakfast we'll take care of your transfer to either Pyongyang International Airport for your trip onto Russia.
  • 2-hour flight to Vladivostok, the legendary Soviet port on the Pacific and the very end of the trans-Siberian railway. 
  • Vladivostok sightseeing: mighty bridges, lonely lighthouses, lively markets, sandy beaches and Soviet glory. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Vladivostok

DAY 6 - Soviet Pacific  

  • We'll devote the last day of our trip in the Far East to the Soviet Pacific Coast
  • Travelling east from Vladivostok to Nakhodka and further onto Kozmino along a scenic coastal road and across temperate rainforests, we'll visit crumbling fishing towns, rusty shipwrecks and photogenic bays of crystal-clear waters and thriving benthos. 
  • In the afternoon we'll eventually get back to Vladivostok for some rest and souvenir shopping
  • Dinner and overnight in Vladivostok

DAY 7/8/9/10 - Sakhalin

  • Morning flight to the remote island of Sakhalin where we'll enjoy four days devoted to its superb nature and fascinating history.
  • During this time you will: tour the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, where Soviet shapes blend together with architectural leftovers of the Japanese Empire, admire Japanese Tori gates and Shinto temples scattered all over the island, search for amber along the East Coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, taste fresh caught crabs in the village of Vzmorye, admire a diverse and breathtaking coastal landscape of lagoons, grottoes and ravines, home to rookeries of cranes and sales, lock for bizarre sea inverts, search for medicinal herbs and super-rare edelweiss, look in awe at the rumbling waves of the Great Pacific, have a traditional lunch with archetypically Soviet fishermen, explore Cape Giant and Bird Cape, party through the night with a wild bunch of locals and oil expats in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, fish your own dinner out of the sea and - of course - indulge in exclusive gastronomic pleasure such as royal crabs garnished with fresh caviar. 
  • Dinners and overnights in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

DAY 11/12/13/14 - Hokkaido

  • From Sakhalin we'll move onto the island of Hokkaido, northern Japan, for the final leg of this comprehensive tour of Northeastern Asia.
  • We'll spend four days in Hokkaido, touring the many natural, cultural and historic of this remote corner of the Land of the Rising Sun and especially focussing on weird, unusual and offbeat attractions of the island.
  • Our routes around the island of Hokkaido are flexible and customisable: a detailed Hokkaido-itinerary will be agreed well before departure according to the specific interests of the tour participants. 
  • Overnights in local countryside guesthouses.

Day 15 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last Japanese-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out, we will arrange transfer to Sapporo International Airport.
  • For those wishing to take the train to reach further destinations, we will arrange transport to Sapporo Central Railway Station.  
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 3690 €


The price includes: transport to/from Pyongyang (either by train or by plane), DPRK visa and invitation letter, all services within the DPRK (food, accommodation, transport, guiding, assistance and support around the clock, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary), private transport and accommodation (breakfast included) in Russia and Japan, one-way flight from Vladivostok to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, one-way flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Sapporo. 

The price does not include: all dinners and lunches outside the DPRK, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, Russian visa, insurance.


where the heck am i travelling to?  

BELOW you can see the different stages marked on a map of the DPRK

CLICK HERE FOR SOME NICE PICTURES AND MORE INFO ABOUT NORTH KOREA

POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Sakhalin and/or Kamchatka