Expedition - Pyongyang Marathon, North Korea

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Not just for the marathoners among us, this journey into the heart of secretive North Korea comes with a whole slew of incredible sights and experiences. This journey begins and ends in Beijing, and the marathon takes place early on, leaving a week to get under the skin of this isolated nation. Travel around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its capi...


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Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
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    • Visit the eye-opening demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the border of North and South Korea
    • Run the incredible Pyongyang marathon, cheer from the sidelines or take in a football match while runners compete
    • Discover delicious Korean cuisine
    • Take in the sights at the abandoned village of Panmunjom
    • Explore a Confucian university from the Koryo period
    • Journey to the Paeksong Revolutionary site
    • See the USS Pueblo, a US intelligence vessel still in commission following its capture in 1968

What's this trip about?

    Not just for the marathoners among us, this journey into the heart of secretive North Korea comes with a whole slew of incredible sights and experiences. This journey begins and ends in Beijing, and the marathon takes place early on, leaving a week to get under the skin of this isolated nation. Travel around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its capital of Pyongyang and surrounding sights like Pyongsong and the demilitarised zone (DMZ). Visit a range of monuments and museums dedicated to the leaders of the country and learn about the history of this truly fascinating place thanks to the North Korean guide who will join you on this journey.


Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 14 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide


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  • China

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Day 1 Beijing

Touch down in China’s massive capital city. Get your bearings and get acquainted with your group in the afternoon. Perhaps head out to sample some tasty street food for dinner.

Day 2 Beijing to Pyongyang

Enjoy a free morning before hopping on a plane to fly to Pyongyang and into North Korea. Your guides – who will accompany you for the duration of your time here – will meet you at the airport, and your experience here begins with a visit to the Mansudae Grand Monument. Afterwards stop by the Arch of Triumph and then take the afternoon for sightseeing. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant.

Day 3 Pyongyang

Leave the city behind this morning and head to the coniferous green hills of Mount Myohyang. Visit the beautiful Buddhist Pyohon Temple and enjoy a visit to the International Friendship Exhibition as well. Take in the beautiful scenery of this picturesque spot before heading back to Pyongyang in the afternoon. Enjoy a group dinner in the evening.

Day 4 Pyongyang

Limber up – today is the Pyongyang Marathon. Of course, if you’re a non-runner there’s still plenty for you to do on this trip so you’ll either participate in the event or watch a football match that is played while the runners compete. Enjoy lunch after the marathon ...

Day 5 Pyongyang

Head out for a jam-packed day of sightseeing. After breakfast Visit the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery and pay your respects before cooking lunch at the Chongryu Hotpot Restaurant. Enjoy a tour with a knowledgeable guide at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Mu...

Day 6 Pyongyang

Drive to the city of Pyongsong today and explore the Paeksong Revolutionary site, the Pyongsong Textiles Factory and the local Ponghak Brewery. Drive to Kaesong to overnight.

Day 7 Pyongyang

The strip of land designating the demilitarised zone (DMZ) is, despite its name, actually the heaviest militarised border in the world. Visit this fascinating spot and then stop by the abandoned village of Panmunjom. Then, drop into the Koryo Museum to see an amazing Confucian university with over 1,000 artefacts from the Koryo period. Enjoy a traditional lunch before heading back to Pyongyang.

Day 8 Pyongyang to Beijing

Enjoy your last morning in North Korea before heading back to Chinese territory. Board an overnight train to Beijing in the afternoon.

Day 9 Beijing

Your North Korea marathon adventure concludes upon arrival in Beijing – but you could always stay a few extra days to take in as much of this thriving city as you like.

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  • Beijing Railway Station 北京火车站(北京站)
  • No. A13 Mao Jia Wan Hutong Dongcheng District
  • 北京市东城区毛家湾胡同甲13
  • Beijing
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