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From China to North & South Korea

Beijing, Pyongyang, Kaesong & Seoul

Best time to travel
Mar - Jun / Sep - Nov
Perfect for
Intrepid Travellers
Ideal Length
11 nights

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Pyongyang and home from Incheon.
  • All private transfers.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in Beijing, Pyongyang, Kaesong and Seoul.
  • Witness some of China's great sights as you walk through the Forbidden City and visit the Great Wall of China.
  • In North Korea, see the sights of the Kim Dynasty and take a trip into the DMZ.
  • In Seoul, see how ancient sights and ultra-modern lifestyle over the course of a day with your local guide.
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Introduction

Have you ever wanted to explore both North and South Korea? We have just the itinerary for you. This wonderful 11 night suggested itinerary offers a glimpse of the world’s most isolated nation, North Korea, where the internet and much of the 21st century remain relatively unknown, and millions live their lives in the shadow of an all-encompassing personality cult. In this suggested itinerary, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will chaperone you every step of the way. This fascinating journey allows you to take in all the key sights of the Kim Dynasty in Pyongyang. Witness the sites of the Kim Dynasty and take a trip into the DMZ. You’ll also visit Seoul and Beijing. This itinerary is packed full of unique experiences, ideal for those who are looking for their next adventure.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Beijing.

On arrival, your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next three nights.

During your time in Beijing, we have included a privately guided tour.

-To really experience Beijing, you need to get out onto the streets. Your guide will take you to the city’s famous Hutongs, summer palace, the temple of heaven and more. You may also wish to relax in one of Beijing’s many parks. Jingshan Park, overlooking the Forbidden City, is a pleasure garden that offers a spectacular view of Beijing.

Forbidden City Beijing China
We have included a private guide to take you out to the Great Wall of China.

Spanning over 6,000 kilometres and of course to the labyrinth that makes up the Forbidden City sitting alongside the monumental Tiananmen Square.

The Great Wall of China
It’s time to leave Beijing behind and depart for Pyongyang

Your driver and guide will be waiting to take you to your accommodation where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Pyongyang
Get to know Pyongyang city on a guided tour.

Journey through the city’s subway, a rare opportunity to share the Pyongyangese daily life. Get off at the station at Arc of Triumph for shopping in one of the state owned boutiques. Then, depart for Mansudae Hill and its huge statues of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il before reaching Kim Il Sung Square. In the afternoon, visit the new Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

Pyongyang Statues
Today, you’ll visit the Korean Fine Arts’ Museum exhibiting realistic-Socialists’ works.

With you guide, visit Kwangbop Buddhist Temple and Revolution Martyrs’ cemetery. In the afternoon, journey to Kaesong, once the capital of the Koryo Dynasty and today listed World Heritage by UNESCO. We’ve also arranged a traditional Korean cooking class for you.

Buddhist Temple North Korea
Transfer to discover the ancient city of Kaesong, a World Heritage by UNESCO.

You’ll spend two nights in this historic city. Continue to walk from the hotel through the city centre of Kaesong towards the South Gate. Then, depart to visit the DMZ where the armistice talk’s began. In the afternoon, visit the Anhwa Temple, the Pagoda of Seven Floors, the Songjuk Bridge and the Tomb of King Kongmin.

City North Korea
Transfer from Kaesong back to Pyongyang.

Your driver will take you to your accommodation where you’ll stay overnight. Walk from the hotel through the city centre of Kaesong towards the South Gate. Then, journey to visit the DMZ where the armistice talks began. Visit Koryo History museum located within the walls of the very first university in Korea.

Monument Pyongyang
Named the Bamboo Wall, DMZ is under a highly secured area and is one of the last remains of the Cold War.

Created on the 23rd of March 1953, this zone saw, for the first time within 50 years, a train crossing from South to North on the 17th of May 2007.

DMZ Korea
In the afternoon, visit the authentic Royal tomb of King Kongmin and his wife dating from the 14th century.

This tomb rich of sculptures and covered with Granite also has a superb view of the surrounding hills. Return to Pyongyang by road.

North Korea Scenery
Privately transfer to the airport for your flight toward Beijing, then a connecting flight to Seoul.

On arrival, your driver will welcome you and will take you to your accommodation in Seoul where you’ll spend your final three nights.

Seoul
Today is dedicated to South Korea capital exploration.

Spend a day with a private guide and driver exploring the city’s standout sights. You’ll start with the architectural jewel of Gyeongbokgung Palace, stop for street food at Namdaemun Market, and explore Bukchon Hanok (a village of traditional Korean houses) and the lively area of Insa-dong.

Jagalchi Market, South Korea
It's time to leave Korea behind, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Rosewood Beijing

Rosewood Beijing

Located in the bustling Chaoyang District of Beijing, this 283-room hotel offers breath-taking views of the city and its impressive skyscrapers.

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Yanggakdo Hotel

Yanggakdo Hotel

With 47 floors and 1001 bedrooms, Yanggakdo International Hotel is considered one of the largest hotels in Korea. It is located on Yanggak Island along the Taedong River.

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The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

The luxury Four Seasons brand brings its exceptional hospitality to Seoul’s vibrant district of Gwanghwamun. The hotel is housed in a contemporary high rise building.

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What people are saying

“We recently travelled to Barcelona and Mallorca with the expert help of Oroko and will never book a holiday any other way again! The staff were so friendly and knowledgable and made the process of booking extremely easy. The travel pack was very impressive with our luggage tags, complimentary treats for the airport, and comprehensive guide to both areas with recommended restaurants which didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t speak highly enough of our experience with this company and would highly recommend to friends.”

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