6 Sep 2017 – In view of the recent developments at North Korea and in line with MFA’s travel advisory, we will be suspending all tours to North Korea until further notice.
Better known as a rogue state with heavy state control on her people, it is no surprise that North Korea only see a few thousand tourists a year. Those who did so see a rather different picture from that portrayed in the mass media. Why do the people appear so happy or is there something else going on? Visit mysterious North Korea today and decide for yourself.
Our fixed date tours include classic North Korea itineraries as well as speciality tours to less-visited parts of North Korea. Take your pick!
2017 NORTH KOREA FIXED DATE TOURS
|Description||Start Date||End Date|
|January Budget Tour||January 9th||January 15th|
|January Ultra Budget Tour||January 10th||January 12th|
|Spring Festival Tour||January 25th||February 1st|
|Spring Festival Ultra Budget Tour||January 26th||January 28th|
|General Kim Jong Il Birthday Tour||February 13th||February 19th|
|St. Patrick’s Day Tour||March 13th||March 19th|
|St. Patrick’s Day Ultra Budget Tour||March 16th||March 18th|
|Rason March Essentials Tour||March 16th||March 20th|
|Pyongyang Marathon Tour||April 7th||April 14th|
|Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung 105th Birthday Tour||April 7th||April 18th|
|Pyongyang Marathon Express Tour||April 7th||April 10th|
|Pyongyang Marathon Ultra Budget Tour||April 8th||April 10th|
|Kim Il Sung 105th Birthday Tour||April 12th||April 18th/21st/23rd|
|Military Foundation Day 85th Anniversary Mini Break Tour||April 23rd||April 28th|
|May Day Tour||April 28th||May 3rd/7th/9th|
|May Day Ultra Budget Tour||April 30th||May 2nd|
|Farming Volunteer Program||May 21st||May 28th|
|Children’s Day Tour||May 29th||June 4th|
|All Koreas Part 1: Pyongyang Tour||June 7th||June 13th|
|All Koreas Part 2: DPRK Extreme North East & Rason Tour||June 11th||June 20th|
|All Koreas Part 3: DPRK Borderlands Tour||June 21st||June 27th|
|June Ultra Budget Tour||June 16th||June 18th|
|Sino-Korean Political Interest Tour||June 19th||June 25th|
|Pyongyang City Bicycle & DMZ Tour||July 3rd||July 9th|
|DPRK Scuba Diving Tour||July 6th||July 13th|
|Victory Day Tour||July 24th||July 29th/August 1st|
|Victory Day & Mt. Paektu Tour||July 24th||August 1st|
|Victory Day Ultra Budget Tour||July 26th||July 28th|
|DPRK Summer Tour||July 30th||August 5th/9th/11th|
|Rason Trade Fair Tour||August 6th||August 11th|
|Liberation Day Tour||August 13th||August 19th/20th|
|Liberation Day Ultra Budget Tour||August 14th||August 16th|
|DPRK Youth Day Mini Break Tour||August 25th||August 30th|
|DPRK Photography & Entire Pyongyang Metro Tour||September 3rd||September 12th|
|Grand National Day Tour||September 6th||September 12th|
|Grand National Day & North East Tour||September 6th||September 17th|
|Mid-September Mini Break Tour||September 18th||September 23rd|
|Chinese National Day Tour||October 2nd||October 8th/10th|
|Chinese National Day Ultra Budget Tour||October 3rd||October 5th|
|Party Foundation Day Tour||October 8th||October 14th/17th|
|Party Foundation Day Ultra Budget Tour||October 9th||October 11th|
|The Real Deal Tour: DPRK||October 18th||October 29th|
|Winter Ultra Budget Tour and Sinuiju Extension||November 11th||November 13th/14th/15th|
|DPRK Winter Essential Tour||November 20th||November 26th|
|Christmas in Pyongyang & DMZ Tour||December 24th||December 26th/27th|
|New Year’s Party Tour||December 27th||January 3rd|
- All local land transfers including airport transfers (in North Korea)
- All accommodations
- English/Mandarin speaking North Korean guides and western guide
- All Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in North Korea
- Train tickets for entry and exit from/to Beijing/Pyongyang unless otherwise stated
- Upgrade to flight in/out can be arranged starting from SGD 160 for Air Koryo (one way) or SGD 270 for Air China (one way) – Prices are subjected to changes
- Prices are based on twin sharing basis, there is a single supplement surcharge of SGD 80 / night for single rooms. For solo travelers, if you are willing to share the room with another member of your tour group (of the same sex), you do not need to pay for single supplement.
- Return international air ticket
- Travel insurance
- North Korean VISA (We will help you arrange the VISA and you only need to send us your personal particulars and a soft copy of your passport. Cost of the VISA is SGD 100. Getting a VISA will not be a problem unless you are a journalist.)
- Meals on trains and in China
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
Need more information on North Korea? Read through our North Korea frequently asked questions (FAQ) and get them answered!
For visitors who prefers to form their own tour groups, we can also arrange North Korea independent tours.
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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