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Mystic Beijing and North Korea 11 Days


$4,299.00 $3,999.00

Tour Highlights:

In Beijing:

  • Discover the secret of Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Stroll in the gorgeous Summer Palace

In North Korea:

  • Ride on the world’s deepest metro, visit the Juche Tower and other Pyongyang highlights
  • Panmunjom and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – the demarcation line between North and South Korea
  • Walk through ancient Kaesong city, the capital of Ancient Koryo Dynasty
  • Chance to interact with local people

This ultimate “bucket list” tour to Beijing and North Korea offers you a unique opportunity to discover the ancient wonders of Beijing and uncover the mystery of the most isolated nation, North Korea (DPRK).

Beijing, with a long and rich history, has remained as China’s capital for over 600 years, serving Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and now the People’s Republic of China. A visit to Beijing offers you a great experience walking through the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of Ming and Qing Dynasty. You can also stroll around in the gorgeous Summer Palace, the biggest royal garden in China.

North Korea (DPRK) is regarded as the most mystic and isolated nation in the world. Ancient Korea’s history spans over 5000 years, and because of its geographical location, the Korean Peninsula has been very unique through its long history. This tour to North Korea offers you an once-in-a-lifetime experience to uncover the veil of this mysterious nation, as well as a glimpse into the unique history of Korea.

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Departure Dates

2020 Price Per Person Single Supplement
20 Feb* 11 Jun 10 Sep* From $4,299
$3,999
$599
19 Mar 09 Jul** 15 Oct
16 Apr** 13 Aug 12 Nov
14 May
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = School Holiday Surcharge: $400

Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne to Beijing with a full service Chinese /Asian carrier (E.g. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines, or similar) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Beijing to Pyongyang (Air China, if not available, Air Koryo)
  • North Korea (DPRK)’s Single Entry Visa#
  • 9 nights 4 to 5-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
    • Baggage limit: 1 piece 20kg per person
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tipping: $100
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Xi’an 3 Day Tour Extension from $590

Xi’an was the capital of China for eleven dynasties, over a period of more than 2,000 years. Now the city is famed for the ‘Terracotta Army’ of Qin Shi Huang – the first ruler to unify the lands that became modern China. Take in one of the wonders of the ancient world with two nights in Xi’an.

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Yangtze River Cruise 4/5 Days from $1050

Yichang, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Chongqing

A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauty of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang , Wu, and Xiling, while exploring historical relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

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Hong Kong Stopover 4 Days 3 Nights from $399

The Stopover package will be self-guided and must be purchased with Cathay Pacific or Qantas Airways flight upgrade (additional charge applies).

Once a sleepy fishing village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodle soup in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such as grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

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Singapore Stopover 3 Days 2 Nights from $399

The Stopover package will be self-guided and must be purchased with Singapore Airlines flight upgrade (additional charge applies).

In an enviable location at the heart of Southeast Asia and on major shipping lanes of the global economy, Singapore is a huge draw for shoppers, business people, and foodies, and provides a true bridge between East and West. Once a haven for pirates, Singapore – the Lion City – became a first-world country in just one generation. One of the Asian ‘Tiger Economies’ of the 1980s and ’90s (along with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), Singapore is a regional centre for technological development, finance, and international trade.

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Optional ProgramsOptional Extension

Get to know Beijing and North Korea better with our list of in-depth excursions recommended to add another dimension to your total experience! They can be prepaid in Australia more than 2 months prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival on tour. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the prices.

Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Old Beijing Hotpot Dinner $50
Pyongyang Juche Tower Observation Deck $10
Pyongyang Picnic Lunch in Ryongak-San $35
Pyongyang Circus Show $45

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Please note: The accommodation listed may be subject to change but will remain of a similar standard. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities and may not be centrally located. Double bedded rooms may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Pyongyang Koryo Hotel or similar
Beijing Wansi Hotel or similar
Fly to Beijing. On arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to hotel.
Note: Some flights may depart the day before.
Beijing Forbidden City
Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
forbidden-city

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).

Optional Program:
The Golden Mask Dynasty ($75 per person) – An original Chinese musical drama which tells a mythical fairy tale-like story of war, royal banquets and romance. The large-scale production includes more than 200 performances and features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, and lighting and acoustics, representing a soul-stirring and romantic ‘great love and harmony’ legend.

Great Wall

Today, tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage. Later, you can join an optional Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), and cap off the day by enjoying an authentic Old Beijing Hotpot Dinner (at your own expense).

Optional Programs:
Hutong Life Tour ($70 per person) – Hutong is the Chinese name for the ancient alleys and narrow lanes originally built in the Yuen dynasty, where neighbourhoods are made up of traditional courtyard-style homes. Explore the Hutong district during this guided tour to explore the real life of local people – learn about tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, and cricket fighting. Alternatively, climb up Bell Tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of old Beijing.

Note 1: There is only time available for one option (Hutong Life Tour or Bell Tower). Your tour guide will advise which one is available and suitable based on the day’s schedule. Bell Tower requires climbing stairs.

Note 2: Based on government policy, the number of rickshaws have been significantly reduced and adjustments to the Hutong Life Tour optional have been made to accommodate this change.

Old Beijing Hotpot Dinner ($50 per person) – Old Beijing Hotpot is a traditional Beijing style hotpot. Differing from other hotpots have different soup bases, Old Beijing Hotpot uses pure water with shallot, ginger, wolfberry and etc. as its soup base and served in a copper pot. (Menu includes lamb, beef, mushrooms, vegetables and noodles. Vegetarian option available.)

Summer Palace
Enjoy the morning at leisure (time permitting) before you transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Pyongyang. On arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Pyongyang

After breakfast, you will be transferred to experience the Pyongyang Metro (6 stops), which is the deepest metro system in the world. The designs of the main stations are stunning, and particularly notable for their superb lighting and mosaics. Then you will visit the Arch of Triumph. This massive archway is commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Head to Juche Tower. This is the highest stone monument in the world, built in 1982 standing 150 metres tall, and there is a flickering red torch on the top of the tower. You can choose to visit the Juche Tower Observation Deck (at your own expense). Follow by a visit to the Party Foundation Monument, the iconic structure featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which make up the emblem of the Worker’s Party of Korea and represent workers, farmers, and intellectuals. Later you can upgrade to an optional Picnic Lunch in Ryongak-San (at your own expense). After lunch, you will visit Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung. Next, visit Pyongyang Shooting Range, where DPRK’s Olympic shooters practice with sports weapons (you may try shooting if you like, safety regulations apply). Then, you will have a Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace tour and performance. This is the first schoolchildren’s palace in the DPRK and centre of extracurricular excellence.

Optional Programs:
Juche Tower Observation Deck ($10 per person) – enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over Pyongyang city and Taedong River on the top of Juche Tower (payable on site, RMB 50 or equivalent, only RMB, USD and EUR are accepted on site).
Picnic Lunch in Ryongak-San ($35 per person) – an upgrade optional for your lunch. You can enjoy the overlook of Pyongyang city view on the peak of Ryongak-San.

party foundation monument
After breakfast travel to Kaesong, the home to the famous longevity elixir Kaesong Koryo Insam, which is the best ginseng in Far East Asia. Then visit the Panmunjom (DMZ village), located in the middle of the 4 km wide Demilitarised Zone, and Panmunjom is the site of the signing of the 1953 armistice at the end of the Korean War. This is the only location where visitors can directly photograph soldiers from both sides. Then visit the Kaesong Koryo Museum and Stamp shop, and have a Traditional Korean Royal Set Lunch, serving 11 dishes in small brass bowls. After lunch, you will have a guided walking tour through the ancient Kaesong city. Kaesong was the capital of Koryo Dynasty (918-1392). It was regarded as the ‘Open City’ or ‘Open Gate’, and a major land and seaport along the ancient Silk Road. Proceed to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tomb of King Kongmin, who is the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty, a talented statesman and prolific painter, and his Mongolian wife set at the end of a picturesque valley. Then transfer back to Pyongyang.
kaesong

Today you will visit the Cooperative Farm, a vegetable supply base located at the outskirts of Pyongyang city. You can also visit the large greenhouse and farmers’ homes. Then you will proceed to the Foreign Languages Bookshop, where you can buy books and stamps published in North Korea. Then visit the Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang’s central square surrounded by government ministries, museums, The Grand People’s Study House, and Korea’s National Library. Next, visit Kwangbok Supermarket, where you can exchange your money into Korean Won and purchase souvenirs. Then visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and learn about the history of the Korean War from the North Korean perspective. The museum contains different showrooms to explain the origins of the conflict, and include highly impressive dioramas, tanks, planes, and much more. You can also go on board the USS Pueblo, an American spy ship captured by the DPRK navy in 1968. In the evening, you can watch a circus show (at your own expense). Then enjoy a Farewell Dinner. At night, you will walk along the Mirae (Future) Street.

Optional Programs:
Circus show ($45 per person) – Enjoy a one-hour circus show performed by professional acrobats of DPRK.

mirae street
Transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Beijing. Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel. A complimentary guided tour may be available on this day subject to flight itinerary and cannot be guaranteed. Please see below the complimentary tour itinerary:
 
Visit Grand People’s Study House, the national study place of DPRK. You can see the typical architectural style of DPRK’s. You can also overlook the Kim Il Sung Square and other important governmental buildings surrounding. Then visit the Mansudae Art Studio, the DPRK’s centre of artistic excellence. It is where most of the country’s paintings, mosaics and statues are made. You may also have a chance to visit several different workshops here and see the artists at work. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport and fly back to Beijing. Note: Mansudae Art Studio might be closed on some days, you will instead visit the Pyongyang Embroidery Institute.
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Enjoy the morning at leisure (time permitting) before you transfer to the airport for your flights home via connecting cities.
Note: Your departure transfer will be a hotel-airport shuttle transfer. Your tour guide will assist you the night before.
We hope you had a safe and pleasant trip and we look forward to seeing you again.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $590

Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Together with Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xi’an is among the four major civilisation capitals of the ancient world.

Highlights:

  • Terracotta Army
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class airfares to Xi’an
  • All transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Special Banquet)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • All airline or flight related upgrades defined in the Price Guide of the core tour incur an additional $200
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions

Accommodation:

  • Titan Times Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
Fly to Xi’an. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
Note: Some flights may depart the day before
Xian - China Golden Triangle
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
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After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is not only the most complete city wall to survive in China, but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening.
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Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $1050

Relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River and discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a life time. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and the amazing natural beauty of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu and Xiling, while exploring the historical relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes including the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, a peculiar site that contains statues of demons and ghosts that roam the afterworld; the fun of drifting through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations, and monkeys and goats along its banks; and the wonder of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam.

A Yangtze River cruise is a visual delight, full of pleasant surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered. The images will stay with you long after you have returned home.

Ship: Luxury 5 Star – Yangtze Gold Series or similar

Inclusions:

  • 4 nights standard cabin (twin share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Economy class domestic flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (on board)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $50
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $750
  • Yangtze Cruise VIP Package: from $150
  • Rooms are twin occupancy only, double and triple share are not available on the cruise
  • Cruise ship used is dependent on availability and is subject to change
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions
Fly to the port city of Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. After dinner, we board the cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and onboard activities.
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Arr/Dept Events
19:00-20:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
24:00 Departs Yichang
Today, your cruise enters the Xiling Gorge. Named for Mount Xiling, this is the longest of the Three Gorges. In fact, Xiling Gorge comprises four smaller gorges with rather poetic names; Precious Sword, Horse Lung & Ox Liver, Soundless Bell, and Shadow Play.
Arr/Dept Events
08:00 Briefing on the cruise
08:00-09:00 Passing the Xiling Gorge (East Part)
09:00-11:00 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam Site
11:00-13:00 Shore excursion: Visit Ba and Tujia ethnic minorities of the Three Gorges. Experience a charming reenactment of traditional life ways in a peaceful hillside village setting (optional)
13:30-15:30 Passing the Three Gorges Dam
16:00 Sail through 5-stage shiplock
18:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
20:00 Evening entertainment
Populated since at least the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), this once-wild tributary to the Yangtze has calmed since the construction of the Tree Gorges Dam. This charming gorge and the surrounding forest park are named for Shen Nong, the mythical ‘Divine Farmer’, who is said to have taught the ancient Chinese the secrets of agriculture, herbal medicine, the solar calendar, and brewing tea.
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Breakfast
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion: Shennong Stream
13:30-17:00 Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
10:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
14:00-16:00 Lectures
18:00 Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing at 9am. Transfer to Chongqing Airport for your flight home via connecting cities.
Arrive home.