Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route - Reviews

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Mike D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

The weather was cold but our host made it a great tour with the behind the scenes look at the DMZ. Really expanded our knowledge regarding the dynamics between North and South Korea. Shrek Lee was very knowledgeable.

Bradley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was a great tour -- a much better option than taking a bus and going in a tour group. My wife and I were driven in a luxurious minivan by driver Top and tour guide Shrek. There was third-row seating in the van in case you have more than 2 people. The tour makes five main stops: the Blue House area in Seoul with a discussion of the North Korean infiltration, then Unification Tower with a view of North Korean farmland, then a DMZ miltary base this is the highlight this is why you need to bring your passports, then lunch we had the vegetarian option, which was a yummy tofu-based meal, then the War Memorial in Seoul my wife and I skipped this because we were tired. I appreciated the fact that lunch was ready for us at the moment we got to the restaurant they called ahead. Shrek was nice and gave us insightful information without being overwhelming. The driving was high-quality. Overall, it's a great trip.

Nick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

My wife and I were originally booked into a different tour that included a visit to the JSA, but due to it being closed to visitors for most of the month after we had booked the tour ended up cancelled so we chose this one instead. While we would have liked to have seen the JSA, it probably ended up being a blessing in disguise because we had a great time on this tour. Would definitely recommend!

POSITIVES
- BJ is one of the best tour guides we've ever had the pleasure of traveling with. He was exceptionally personable, very knowledgeable, insightful and has a wonderful sense of humor. He kept us on track, informed and engaged the entire day. Just a cool guy all around and to top it off he cooks a mean duck! He could be giving tours of a junkyard and I'd sign up for it.

- The actual DMZ visit was very interesting and well put together. We were bummed we couldn't get into the JSA as originally planned, but what we did see definitely helped to make up for it. All of the soldiers we encountered were extremely nice and welcoming as well. With all the guns and artillery around it would be easy for visitors to feel intimidated but that wasn't the case at all. Both BJ and the soldiers who were tasked with assisting that portion of the tour did a wonderful job explaining what they do, why they do it and what they hope to achieve.

- Lunch was great! If you've never had Korean BBQ duck you have to try it! Not something you find on the menu in most American KBBQ places so it was really fun to try. Super good!

- The Korean War Memorial Museum was very neat to see. We didn't actually go inside but instead spent a bit of time outside looking at all the tanks, planes, ships and artillery on display. Super cool to see that stuff up close and anyone who is even remotely interested in that stuff should enjoy it.

- This will seem minor to most people, but my wife gets extremely motion sick and it is often a problem in cars during tours. However, the tour car was extremely clean, comfortable and well driven again, props to BJ.

NEGATIVES
- Getting into the JSA seems very hit or miss. It was a miss for us, which was unfortunate. But that is hardly the tour operator's fault so it can't really be held against them. Just keep in mind when booking tours that when they say it may be cancelled, they really mean it!

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

excellent guide was very knowledgable, and gave us a view we would have got no were else

Carl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Our guide led us through a day that was one of the most unique experiences in our lives. As Americans in this time of immature 'saber rattling by American and North Korean heads of state that only raises fear and does not move to peaceful resolution, it was a life changing experience to stand at the DMZ in conversation with South Korean Army officers learning more about this war that after 64 years has not yet ended. We trust that compassion, wisdom and patience will one day end the war and need for a DMZ and bring peace and reunification to the Korean people. I recommend this experience to every American who travels to Korea.Thank you.

Erich G Switzerland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Fantastic experience - great guide

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Simply the best way to visit the DMZ! Shrek offers you a unique chance to experience the DMZ without the bus loads of tourists, actually meet of the Korean soldiers on the front line and hear little known tales about what the North Koreans have been doing and continue to do. The bonus is a great BBQ duck lunch as well. Thanks Shrek for a great day out.

Michal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

It was great expirience. BJ, our guide, has plenty of knowledge about DMZ and korean national and millitary history. We have visited many places including korean war memorial and dmz. We have seen north korea territory, and fence where north korea infiltration commando came to south korea. We've also had great lunch, where we first time ate barbecue duck way koreans do. Thank you BJ.

Hoa Julia Vo T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This was such an awesome experience. Shrek was amazing, extremely knowledgable, and really went above and beyond as a tour guide! It felt like we were on an adventure with an old friend--such was the degree of comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. We got to see a lot of exclusive things and learn so much about Korea and its culture on a personal level. Shrek even made sure that we got to our flight on time and was simply incredible the whole way through. When visiting any country, it's so rewarding to learn about their history as well, so every penny was worth the experience we got from this tour. We even took home a business card to recommend this to our friends in Australia!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

The car was comfortable and the driver was professional.

lflorea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This experience was great! BJ was the best guide ever. He know so many things and he knew how to make our trip wonderfull!

Suzshi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

My 11 year old son and I had such a great time learning about the DMZ and this invasion route. It was due to our amazing guide B.J. who was not only a gracious host, but also so well informed. He made the experience fun and meaningful, and we even learned about other aspects of Korean life and history. It was even better than I had expected, and would highly recommend this to everyone!

Martin I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

One day before the tour started I got an email that it was cancelled because of military operations. I was disappointed and asked if there was any option to get another tour and what I got was awesome! Shrek the guide took me to several unique places and told me so much about Korean history. Because he served in the US army he knew many details about the todays defense tactics which was highly interesting. Shrek, thank you again for this tour! Anyone else: Go for it!

Nhon T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This trip was so amazing, but most memorial part of it is our tour guide, BJ. If you need a knowledgeable safe drive, considerate, then you should request to have him as your tour guide. Beside, the lunch was so good too.

Ronald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

The pick up was on time. The driver had my name on an iPad screen so we found each other easily. We picked up a group from another hotel. They had left the same conference as I did so we made friends easily. The guide, Brian was friendly and so everyone was comfortable early on. The War Memorial was amazing. Wish I had more time there. We had to leave Seoul early to get to the several stops along the DMZ. We visited a look out to see a North Korean village, had a duck lunch at a South Korean village diner. It may have been odd if I didn't feel comfortable with the rest of the group as it was a self serve family style meal. We went to a military outpost and had an insightful interaction with a young training officer who explained the day to day operations guarding a section of border. We finally visited an area where the North Korean commandos entered to try to assassinate the South Korean leader. The last bit was a bit staged. This tour does not actually enter tunnels, but that should be obvious from the preview when you book. Great day and good value for money.

Wendell S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

We loved t. Shrek was great and we learned so much about the Korean war and post war events.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

I had a very good tour. My tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke English well.

jean pierre l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Lee is extremely knowledgeable and organises a full day a little bit outside what the typical tourists would do. We had the pleasure to be able to speak to a soldier which was very interesting. Lee also speaks very good English which is a clear plus. We had a fabulous time! And I would definitely recommend the tour. It is worth every penny of it.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

When I took the tour, I happened to be the only one signed up for that particular day. Regardless, Shrek showed up early, picked me up from my hostel, and gave and excellent tour. It is a very personal tour, Shrek is extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. For my particular time in Korea, the JSA was closed to tourists and I was a bit worried I wouldn't get the full experience, but on this tour we were still able to enter the DMZ, speak to soldiers, and see the actual routes used by North Korean spys. To top it all off, the lunch was authentic Korean BBQ at a local place and not touristy at all. I highly recommend this tour.

David W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

It was.great to.see and.be up close.to.the.actual sms.zone. we.Sat in the war briefing room and likes over the sms zone. We could see at a distance one of their gun positions pointing towards north Korea. Lunch was great. Very topical Korean. It was truly a great tour worth every dollar. A must to.do.

TimLinger United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Personalized service. Great tour guides. Organized

Maureen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

okychong

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2018

A very interesting tour. Worthwhile to go

Keith D

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

Excellent tour and good guide - thank you

Helenewe

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2016

Disappointing. This is advertised as a DMZ tour and yet you never go to the DMZ. Also, our guide did not have a good command of English. We were disappointed.

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