The Best BITS of NorthEASTERN Pacific 

North Korea – Vladivostok – Sakhalin

This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis from June through September. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, 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 more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.


Train or plane? The itinerary below envisages the use of the Air Koryo flight for the outward from Beijing. Please get in touch, if you prefer to travel by train either on your way in or on your way out of North Korea.

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, transfer to our hotel of choice (either the Sosan or the Yanggakdo) and first orientation walk around downtown.

  • 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 parades and/or celebrations are going to 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 the 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 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 Pyongyang International Airport for your onward trip to Russia.

  • 2-hour flight to Vladivostok, the legendary Soviet port on the Pacific and the very end of the trans-Siberian railway.

  • Free time in Vladivostok to recover from the surreal time-warp you have just exited from.

  • Dinner and overnight in Vladivostok.

DAY 6/7/8 - 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 9/10/11 - Sakhalin

  • We'll enjoy three full days on the main island of Sakhalin, entirely devoted to its superb nature and fascinating history.

  • During this time you will:

    • Explore in depth 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;

    • Learn about the harsh living conditions that political inmates, banished intellectuals and common criminals alike had to endure while staying at Sakhalin’s katorga (penal colony) through the personal accounts of Anton Chekhov, who visited the island in the late XIX century;

    • Search for amber along the East Coast of the Sea of Okhotsk;

    • Taste fresh caught crabs in the village of Vzmorye;

    • Visit some truly melancholic Soviet remote towns and semi-abandoned settlements such as Dolinsk, Starodubskoye, Tomari, Kholmsk and Chekov;

    • Admire a diverse and breathtaking coastal landscape of lagoons, grottoes and ravines;

    • Travel back to your childhood and go rockpooling locking for bizarre sea inverts;,

    • 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 Russo-Japanese gastronomic pleasures such as giant royal crabs garnished with fresh caviar.

  • Dinners and overnights in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Day 12 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last Sakhalin-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk International Airport for your flight back home or to connect to further destinations in the region such as Kamchatka, Hokkaido or South Korea.

  • End of the tour.

4 to 9 participants: 3190 € per person

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, one-way flight from Vladivostok to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. 

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



Sakhalin and/or Kamchatka