Two starkly different yet fascinating countries. This 16-day holiday combines both North and South Korea including the highlights of both and reveals how geographically and historically similar yet socially different these two Korea’s are.
- Visit the worlds most isolated nation resplendent with mosaics and statues of its leaders
- Travel over one of North Koreas national holidays and experience mass celebrations
- Take in a music, dance or circus performance – the people of North Korea learn a range of skills from an early age
- Learn about the history and separation of these two countries with a visit to the DMZ
- Escape the cities of South Korea and explore dramatic mountains and lush national parks
- Discover the buzzing city of Seoul where ancient and modern sit side by side
Fly from Beijing into the capital city of Pyongyang, your base for the next five nights. Almost entirely built from scratch following the Korean War, North Korea's largest city is full of statues and monuments in homage to their leaders including the Mansudae Grand Monument, a bronze statue which all visitors to the country are expected to pay a floral tribute.
A ride on the Pyongyang metro offers the chance to glimpse the everyday lives of the locals, however at all times during your visit to North Korea you will be accompanied by your official guides. Your itinerary schedule will be fixed with little flexibility or spontaneity allowed although good relations with your guides can lead to rewarding additional experiences. Mingling with the locals, can be difficult but is positively encouraged in certain situations, such as a visit to Moranbong Park, a favoured picnic spot.
Travel out of the city for a day excursion to the mountains, rivers and magical scenery of Mt. Myohyang, a wonderful place to do some walking. Also home to the Friendship Museum where thousands of gifts presented to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il from various world leaders are exhibited. The gifts range from a crocodile skin briefcase from Fidel Castro to full size railway carriages from Mao and Stalin!
The Demilitarized Zone or DMZ at Panmunjom is essentially the buffer zone between North and South Korea. Offering a true insight into the conflict between these two countries, a visit to this border is fascinating but tense. Surrounded by barbed wire fences and armed guards it is possible to enter one of the huts that straddle the border, where negotiations between the two countries took place. One is starkly aware of the tensions that still very much exist.
It is possible to visit the DMZ from both North and South Korea.
Return to Beijing before flying into the city of Busan in South Korea. The differences from North Korea will be immediately apparent, from the busy roads to the contemporary hotels, modern technology and of course, the freedom to stroll out of your hotel as and when you wish.
The southern beachfront city of Busan is the country’s second largest city and is a bustling spot to spend a few nights. Over seven days travel overland between Busan and the capital of Seoul. Journey to Pyeongchang, soon to be host of the 2018 winter Olympics, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hahoe Folk Village and Mt. Seoraksan National Park, home to dramatic mountains and rock formations, dense forests, hot springs and diverse wildlife.
Spend three nights in Seoul, a wonderful city where traditional wooden houses sit alongside sparkling skyscrapers. Visit the World Heritage listed Changdeokgung Palace with its beautiful gardens and Gwangjiang Market, the city’s largest food alley as well as many other sites.
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