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ARIRANG Tours FOR JOURNALISTS

(ARIRANG FESTIVAL, Pyongyang, 14 August - 20 OCTOBER 2006)

 CANCELLED on 29 July 2006

 

Unfortunately the grand gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" has just been cancelled by the North Korean side for this year.

 

The official reasons named by the NK tourism authorities are the recent torrential rains and the planned joint military drill "Ulji-Focuss Lens" which will be performed by the US and S.Korean military forces with the participation of nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier Enterprise and other battleships from the late August to early September 2006. Without the "Arirang" Mass Games the visits by US passport-holders and professional journalists to North Korea will not be permitted.

 

It has been officially announced that "Ariang" will be played next year (2007) from the 15th April to the early May and from the 15th August to the mid-October to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth (15th April) and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (25th April).

 

We invite professional journalists, writers, filmmakers and other representatives of media organisations to join our Special Tours to North Korea in 2007. During the Arirang Festival (15 April - 10 May and 15 August - 15 October 2007), everyone, including US- and Israel-passport holders, will be able to visit the country. 

You will see the largest cities of North Korea (Pyongyang and Kaesong) and the truce village of P'anmunjom in the DMZ, interview local people and collect material for your future publications. Many of your colleagues have travelled with us last year and found this experience most rewarding (see the report on Special Tour for Arirang Mass Games, October 2005).

The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be responsible for all formalities and visa procedures, travel to and from Pyongyang, and sightseeing tours in the DPRK. They guarantee your safety and satisfaction during your trip.

We shall meet you at the airport of Shenyang, PRC, and organize your transportation to a 5-star Shenyang Hotel. After collecting the tour fee, we shall process your visa and issue you with the Air Koryo ticket. While you are in Shenyang, we shall also offer you three meals and a city tour.

 

 Dates  

 

Program One:  3 nights / 4 days ALL CANCELLED (16-19 AUG; 23-26 AUG; 30 AUG-2 SEP; 6-9 SEP; 13-16 SEP; 20-23 SEP; 27-30 SEP; 4-7 OCT; 11-14 OCT; 18-21 OCT) ALL trips in 2006 are CANCELLED

Program Two: 4 nights / 5 Days ALL CANCELLED (12-16 AUG; 19-23 AUG; 26-30 AUG; 2-6 SEP; 9-13 SEP; 16-20 SEP; 23-27 SEP; 30 SEP-4 OCT; 7-11 OCT; 14-18 OCT ALL trips in 2006 are CANCELLED

 

                  Program One ( 3 nights / 4 days)                 

                 Program Two ( 4 nights /5 days)                  

Day 1 (Wednesday)
a.m. Meeting at designated Shenyang hotel in Shenyang, China
Our bus will take you to Shenyang Taoxian Airport
3:00pm Departure from Shenyang by Air Koryo.
5:00pm Arrival in Pyongyang

Hotel Check-in, Dinner, Free Time

Day 1 (Saturday)
a.m. Meeting at designated Shenyang hotel in Shenyang, China
Our bus will take you to Shenyang Taoxian Airport
3:00pm Departure from Shenyang by Air Koryo.
5:00pm Arrival in Pyongyang

Hotel Check-in, Dinner, Free Time

Day 2 (Thursday)
a.m. Visits to Korean traditional city of Kaesong,

Panmunjom, DMZ
p.m. Visit to Koryo Dynasty Museum,

Return to Pyongyang, Dinner, Free Time

Day 2 (Sunday)
a.m. Visits to Korean traditional city of Kaesong,

Panmunjom, DMZ
p.m. Visit to Koryo Dynasty Museum,

Return to Pyongyang, Dinner, Free Time

Day 3 (Friday)

a.m. Pyongyang city tour, Peoples’ Palace of Education, the Party Foundation Monument, Juche Tower (optional elevation)
p.m. Kim Ilsung’s birthplace in Mangyongdae, Pyongyang Metro, Kim Ilsung Square.
Evening: Arirang Mass Game Performance (Booking is required)

Day 3 (Monday)

a.m. Pyongyang city tour, Peoples’ Palace of Education, the Party Foundation Monument, Juche Tower (optional elevation)
p.m. Kim Ilsung’s birthplace in Mangyungdae, Pyongyang Metro, Kim Ilsung Square.
Evening: Arirang Mass Game Performance (Booking is required)

Day 4 (Saturday)
a.m. Shopping in Pyongyang city

12:30pm Departure from Pyongyang Airport 

1:15pm. Arrival in Shenyang Airport
Y
ou may transfer to a connecting flight for your final destination or you may stay in Shenyang overnight.

Day 4 (Tuesday)
a.m. Excursion to Myohyangsan Mt., International Friendship Exhibition, Buddhist Temple of Pohyun

p.m. Pyongyang city tour, Arch of Triumph, Tower of Friendship, Children’s Palace and School, children’s artistic performance.

Dinner, Free Time

Day 5 (Wednesday)

 

a.m. Shopping in Pyongyang city
12:30pm Departure from Pyongyang Airport 

1:15pm. Arrival in Shenyang Airport
Y
ou may transfer to a connecting flight for your final destination

or you may stay in Shenyang overnight.

 

 

 Price and payment

 

 Program 1 (3 nights / 4 days)

 Program 2 (4 nights / 5 days)

 Euro 1,550 per person.

 Euro 1,950 per person.

 

Payments for the tour will be accepted in cash in Shenyang one day before departure, during the orientation meeting prior to DPRK visa issuance. 

 

 Conditions

 

INCLUDED

- One night accommodation in Senyang (5-star Shenyang Hotel), 3 meals, and city tour excusion.

- DPRK consular fee

- Return airplane ticket (Shenyang/Pyongyang/Shenyang) with Air Koryo;
- Accommodation in Pyongyang (5-star hotel "Koryo" or "Yanggakdo");
- All excursions in North Korea: trips to Kaesong, DMZ, Panmunjom, entrance fees for all sight-seeing spots.

- A day trip to Myohyangsan (Program Two ONLY),
- 3 meals a day, local transportation, and English-speaking guides;

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Airport tax in Pyongyang (Euro 11);
- Alcoholic drinks and beverages, tips for guides and drivers.

- Seat tickets for the Arirang Mass Games show (to be purchased separately according to the booking class).

 

There are four kinds of Arirang Mass Games show seats available for booking:
Box seat - 240 Euro,
First Class seat - 120 Euro,
2nd Class Seat - 80 Euro.
3rd Class Seat - 40 Euro.

Payment for the seats will be accepted in Shenyang in cash one day before the departure, along with the rest of your tour fee.

 

 Stopover in Shenyang:

 

Upon your arrival in the Shenyang Taoxian Airport, we shall pick you up (a van or bus will be offered for more than 5 persons) and take you to a 5-star hotel in Shenyang city. You can also go to the Shenyang Hotel independently (please inform us about your decision beforehand). A room in the hotel will be booked for your name.

 

During your stay in Shenyang, we shall provide you with full service including the sightseeing program, 3 meals a day, visa issuing procedures and ticketing, and transfer to/from Shenyang Taoxian Airport on the day of departure.

 

 Application procedure

 

- Please contact us by e-mail stating the dates when you wish to visit the DPRK (for dates and programs, see above).

- In the same e-mail, please provide your personal information as follows:

 

1) Name as in passport:
2) Sex:
3) Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
4) Citizenship:
5) Passport number: 
6) Current occupation with employer's address and telephone number:
7) Home address, home and mobile telephone numbers, and e-mail address:
8) Ethnicity:
This information will be kept in strict confidentiality and used ONLY for the DPRK visa
application.

 

- Some 24 hours prior to your planned departure to North Korea, please come to Shenyang, China and bring:

 

1) Your valid passport,

2) The photocopy of your passport's first page,

3) Four (4) passport-size photographs (good quality, colour, 3cm x 4cm), and

4) Tour Fee according to the Program requested + payment for Arirang Mass Games show seats 

 

 

 Important dates and Deadlines 

 

- The deadline for booking a tour is 15 days prior to departure.

 

- While you are waiting for your DPRK visa approval, please do apply for a double-entry PRC visa at the nearest Chinese Embassy or the General Consulate of China in your country.

 

- We shall inform you of your DPRK visa approval at least 5-7 days ahead of your scheduled trip to Shenyang, China.

 

- To have enough time for visas and tickets to be issued, please arrive in Shenyang at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure to North Korea.

 

- Your application for visa issuance must be submitted to the General Consulate of DPRK in Shenyang at least one day before the departure. Our representative in Shenyang will collect your tour fee and arrange your visa at the DPRK General Consulate. You won’t have to spend time waiting in the line to obtain your visa.



 Dangerous goods

 
For safety reasons, dangerous goods, such as flammable solids or liquids, explosive, radioactive materials, and toxic substances, is not allowed in the checked or hand-luggage.

 

 

 Articles allowed to be brought into the DPRK by foreign journalists

Due to intensified security measures, passengers flying to and from the DPRK are prohibited from carrying any kind of harmful items in their checked or hand-luggage.

 

The following items are permitted:
- Photo Camera,

- Video camera,

- PDA,

- CD Player,

- MP3,

- Laptop(notebook)
 

Other articles may be inspected by custom authorities.

 

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