Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

From Wigan. to North Korea

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

From Wigan. to North Korea

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ADVENTURE-SEEKERS will soon be able to take a trip from Wigan all the way to North Korea.

But organisers of the trip jokingly say people can miss out Wigan if they're worried about security.

Lupine Travel, based in the town, specialise in organised trips to obscure destinations such as Iraq, Siberia and Chernobyl.

And their newest trip will see people go all the way from Greater Manchester to the capital of the secretive communist nation entirely by rail.

Taking exactly a month, the unique trip which departs from Wigan's North Western station will see them enjoy a pie barm lunch on the train before arriving in London to continue the journey, which will see travellers pass through over a dozen countries.

It will cover over 5,000 miles and will include stops in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow, Irkutsk in Siberia, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Beijing, Dandong, also in China, and then Pyongyang.

If done in full it will set you back £3,195.

People can book sections of the trip independently, and the organisers jokingly say: "For example, if you wish to avoid Wigan for security reasons you can instead start in London."

The trip will have a communist history theme, starting with a visit to Karl Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery in London, and will also visit Lenin's Mausoleum and Stalin's grave in Moscow.

It will take in the Ural Mountains and the Great Wall of China while passing along the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

While in Beijing travellers will get a tour to the Great Wall and Forbidden City, as well as a visit to Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

They will spend four nights in North Korea and will see the sights in Pyongyang, visiting the Demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the border with South Korea, as well as travelling over to Mount Myohyang before taking the overnight train back to Beijing from Chinese border city Dandong. …

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