North Korean Tour 2013 Summary – Dates, Details, Prices

Pyongyang's metro claims to be the deepest in the world.  We got to mix it with the locals while traveling on their metro system.
Pyongyang’s metro claims to be the deepest in the world. We got to mix it with the locals while traveling on their metro system.

Our 2013 tour to North Korea will give you about as much of North Korea as most people are likely to want – an appropriate balance between ‘too much/too long’ on the one hand, and ‘too little’ on the other hand.  We don’t promise you’ll leave the country as a newly anointed expert on the country and its people, but you’ll for sure have had your preconceived notions greatly challenged and possibly greatly changed, and you’ll have an appreciation for the country and its people that will be very different to your expectations prior to arriving.

The 35 of us who went to North Korea in 2012 uniformly found it to be an amazing, and yes, even an enjoyable experience, and we’re all delighted to have gone.  Come with us in 2013 and you’ll hopefully feel the same way, too.


You need to arrive into Beijing no later than the morning of Friday 6 September.  We suggest that you should arrive on Thursday 5th or sooner, which may require you to leave the US the previous day, Wednesday 4 September, (or earlier).

You will return to Beijing about mid-day on Thursday 12 September.  We suggest you stay that night in Beijing, and fly on, either home or anywhere else, on Friday 13 September (or later).

Here’s a planning calendar to help you better understand the dates for the tour and the pre and post tour options.

 Planning Calendar

Day/DateS Korea Pre-Tour optionBeijing Pre and Post Tour
N Korea Main Tour
You can fly earlier to spend
more time in S Korea if you wish
Sun 1 SepFly to Korea from US today to
arrive in Seoul on Monday
Mon 2 SepArrive Seoul, overnight at hotel
Tue 3 SepSeoul city sights, night 2You can fly earlier to spend
more time in Beijing if you wish
Wed 4 SepDMZ day tour, night 3We recommend you fly to Beijing
from US today to arrive on Thursday (if you’re not doing the South
Korean option)
Thu 5 Sepfly to BeijingArrive Beijing, overnight at hotel
Fri 6 SepBeijing tour, briefing for
, dinner, overnight at hotel
(Briefing in Beijing)
Sat 7 Septransfer to airport, fly to N
Fly from Beijing to Pyongyang, Day 1 of the North
Korean tour
Sun 8 SepDay 2
Mon 9 SepDay 3
Tue 10 SepDay 4
Wed 11 SepDay 5
Thu 12 Separrive Beijing, transfer to hotelfly back to Beijing
Fri 13 Sepend of Beijing post tour option
(or extend longer)

 Summary Details

(Please visit our other pages for additional information)

The main North Korean tour includes your airfare from Beijing to Pyongyang and return, plus all your accommodation, touring and meals in North Korea from when you arrive on Saturday 7 September until when you depart on Thursday 12 September, plus all applicable taxes.

It does not include the Mass Games – we need to buy those tickets and pay for them with cash in Pyongyang, and it also doesn’t include tips to guides.  It also doesn’t include, of course, personal expenses or drinks, and there may be other optional activities in the tour (eg a visit to a Fun Fair, upgraded meal options) that are also offered while we are in North Korea, all at (reasonable) extra costs.


The main tour is $2495 per person, based on sharing a twin room.  If you are traveling alone (and a lot of people did so in 2012, even married people leaving their spouses behind), we can either help see if any other tour members would like to share with you, or you can choose to pay a single supplement of $345.

There are some optional upgrades available.

If you wanted to upgrade your hotel from a standard twin room to an upgraded room, with either a twin or double bed and slightly more space, then this would be an extra $250 per person (or $500 for a single).  (There are also larger ‘double suites’ with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large common living area that might make sense for families or two couples traveling together.)

If you wished to upgrade your flights from coach to business class, this would be an extra $330 per person.

You can learn more about the tour here, see a detailed daily itinerary, understand the pre and post tour options, and register for the tour here.  Or return back to the main North Korean tour page here.

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top
Scroll to Top

Free Weekly Emailed Newsletter

Usually weekly, since 2001, we publish a roundup of travel and travel related technology developments, and often a feature article too.

You’ll stay up to date with the latest and greatest (and cautioned about the worst) developments.  You’ll get information to help you choose and become a better informed traveler and consumer, how to best use new technologies, and at times, will learn of things that might entertain, amuse, annoy or even outrage you.

We’re very politically incorrect and love to point out the unrebutted hypocrisies and unfairnesses out there.

This is all entirely free (but you’re welcome to voluntarily contribute!), and should you wish to, easy to cancel.

We’re not about to spam you any which way and as you can see, we don’t ask for any information except your email address and how often you want to receive our newsletters.

Newsletter Signup - Welcome!

Thanks for choosing to receive our newsletters.  We hope you’ll enjoy them and become a long-term reader, and maybe on occasion, add comments and thoughts of your own to the newsletters and articles we publish.

We’ll send you a confirmation email some time in the next few days to confirm your email address, and when you reply to that, you’ll then be on the list.

All the very best for now, and welcome to the growing “Travel Insider family”.