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A visit to a variety of important sites with a knowledgeable guide.

Do this tour! Exactly 9.5 hours from Seoul departure point and return, as advertised, which is great. You need that time to see everything and could have used another 30 minutes at the JSA Visitors Center. This tour included 5 to 6 locations that are a must-see for first timers to the DMZ. The guide spoke good enough English and she did a good job explaining the basic history and acronyms of the DMZ boundaries. Customers should do a little reading of the Korean War and following cold war history before going. To get to all the tour locations, there is a lot of bus transport and switching buses involved, which can be tiring, so be rested and hydrated. Not a lot of time at any location, sometimes only 20-30 minutes, but that is actually enough. The infamous conference building, where you step over the border into North Korea, is a cool experience. No feeling of danger. Even though the war isn't over, this seems like a good money-maker attraction for the JSA and North Koreans now.

A deeper experience than just a bus ride to the JSA

I was really glad that we booked this tour with our guide, Shrek. The JSA had recently been closed, and that could be a killer for other tours. But for the Private DMZ Spy Tour, there was still plenty to see. The best part of the tour is the visit to the military outpost, where we really began to understand the dynamics of the DMZ. Shrek was excellent in both his knowledge and communication, so I was able to ask him many questions about North Korea, the 2 countries' relations, and anything else. He was balanced and thoughtful in his responses, which was much better than him just showing a SK bias (as other guides might). The tour also had stops at the presidential palace (where the NK spies tried an ambush in the 70's), the observatory, and it would have included the JSA if it had been open. We also used Shrek's car, so that added a great deal to the trip's convenience and flexibility. Overall, I'm really glad we did the DMZ Spy Tour. It was worth the extra money.

A detailed time program would have been nice to have prior to visit

The guide was fine. Excellent English, useful information. Instead of encouraging us to get something to eat, we would have preferred to have a look around on the bridge and train. We did not have time enough on the different locations, but it felt like we were pushed around. Not interested in the fake station where we had too much time. Completely weird to stop in an amethyst centre.

DMZ Afternoon Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 02/08/2019

Super, and a big thank you to SP, our Special Presenter :-)

Unfortunately the unannounced visit (amethyst or ginseng) at the end is not a good idea at all, when everybody is tired and not interested. It feels like push marketing and negatively affects an otherwise perfect and immaculate experience! Everything else was truly fantastic! Thanks so much :-)

From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/06/2019

Educational and Emotional, a Very Unique Tour Experience

This tour was unlike any tourism opportunity I have ever had. Being able to speak face-to-face with a North Korean defector about his experience while touring the DMZ is an educational and emotional experience. I think any citizen of a free country has a lot to gain from this tour.

Seoul: DMZ Tour With a North Korean Defector Reviewed by Anonymous, 25/09/2019