Exploring One of the Last Travel Frontiers

Seize the window of opportunity to enter North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) for an unusual weeklong exploration. A country few western travelers have seen since the 1950s, the DPRK encompasses some of the finest landscapes in Asia. Survey its historic sites and modern monuments, admiring some of its UNESCO-listed ancient sites, and exploring the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, one of the last relics of the Cold War. 

11 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    China, DPRK North Korea
  • Cultural Series:
    Beijing to Pyongyang and back

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Prowl the DMZ
    Explore the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, one of the last relics of the Cold War, and see where the 1953 armistice was signed...
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  • Admire some of the ancient Koryo Dynasty sites
    Admire some of the UNESCO-listed ancient sites from the Koryo Dynasty, the namesake of Korea...
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  • Descend into the deepest Metro system in the world
    Descend 360 feet into the deepest Metro stations in the world, decorated with socialist realist murals...
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  • Board a spy ship
    Board the U.S. Navy spy ship, the USS Pueblo, seized in 1968 and still held captive...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 25 years of world travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers whom clients rave about
  • One of a handful of American tour companies with access to the DPRK
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Beijing

In China’s capital, Beijing, hop a pedicab for a tour of the ancient hutongs, or alleyways, and enjoy some free time to explore on your own.


  • Tour by pedicab of the ancient hutongs, for a glimpse of what Beijing was like hundreds of years ago

Days 4-6: Pyongyang • Mt. Myohyang • Pyongyang

Begin your exploration of the DPRK in the capital, Pyongyang, paying your respects to the Great Leader and Eternal President, Kim Il-sung, whose giant statue stands on Mansudae Hill, along with his son, Kim Jong-il. Catch a glimpse of old Pyongyang at the 16th century Taedong Gate and the bronze Pyongyang Bell, cast in 1726 as an early warning system. Learn more about North Korea’s perspective on the war at the “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” and board the U.S. Navy spy ship, the USS Pueblo, seized in 1968. On lush green Mt. Myohyang, visit the 11th century Pohyan Temple with its nine-story Tabo Pagoda. If possible, back in Pyongyang attend a performance of the Arirang Mass Games, an unparalleled spectacle of color and movement featuring the largest number of performers in the world.


  • Arch of Triumph, the tallest triumphal arch in the world, designed to outclass Paris’ Arc de Triomphe
  • Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, originally the residence of Kim Il-sung, now re-purposed it into an elaborate mausoleum for both Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il
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Days 7-9: Nampo • Kaesong • DMZ • Pyongyang

Picnic on Ryongak Hill before touring Nampo’s massive West Sea Barrage. On the way to Kaesong, stop at the lovely national park on Mt. Kuwol and take a walk in Sariwon Folk Street. Visit the 14th century Tomb of King Kongmin, 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, the namesake of Korea. Arrive in Kaesong, the ancient Koryo capital, listed by UNESCO in 2013. Explore the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, entering the Joint Security Area (JSA), the only place where guards from both Koreas face each other. Discover Panmunjom, the abandoned village in the JSA where the 1953 Armistice Agreement was signed. Survey the four houses that straddle the line of demarcation and perhaps peek inside one of them. Back in Pyongyang, enjoy a special farewell-to-the-DPRK dinner.


  • Nampo’s West Sea Barrage, a vast system of dams, locks and sluices that separates the Taedong River from the Yellow Sea
  • UNESCO-listed 14th century Tomb of King Kongmin, whose location and layout were the result of consultations with geomancers and astrologers
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Days 10-11: Pyongyang • Beijing

Catch a flight back to Beijing and take the opportunity to walk to a pedestrian shopping street for some last-minute shopping. Toast your one-of-a-kind experience at a farewell dinner in Beijing.


  • Beijing shopping, debriefing and celebratory farewell Dinner

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 11 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 6-16 Travelers $5,295
  • Plus Internal Air $650
  • Single Supplement $995

2015 Dates

  • July 25-August 4 - Filling Fast!
  • August 8-18 - Filling fast!
  • October 10-20 - (Mass Games not expected this departure)
  • $5,295
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size:

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in a deluxe class hotel in Beijing, and best available hotels elsewhere. 
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 9 dinners. A few meals are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Bottled water at group meals.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with a local escorting Korean guide, and an escorting minder in the DPRK.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation by private coach or van (type of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Combine this trip with additional time in Beijing or a visit to Shanghai or Xi’an. Contact us for details. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program.  Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

Traveling to the DPRK (North Korea) requires careful thought and consideration beforehand on the part of each traveler. We want to ensure that passengers on our tours are well aware of the challenges that can arise, and what can be done to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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