(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli company Tarbutu announced Sunday that it is adding North Korea to its list of destinations, the first time an Israeli travel agency has offered organized tours to the East Asian rogue state.
Tarbutu is the sole operator in Israel for the trips, and will handle the visa application process with North Korean authorities.
Israelis have previously been allowed into North Korea only through Chinese tourism companies, and only about 100 Israelis have gone on such trips. Tarbutu's initiative was made possible after it joined forces with a North Korean tourism company operating under the auspices of the Korean International Sports Travel Company, a state-owned tourism agency.
Tarbutu announced dates for four organized tours in April to May 2017. The tours will include sightseeing at important landmarks and regions, including the large monuments in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.
"North Korea is undoubtedly one of the most interesting countries on earth," Tarbutu program manager Haim Peres told Israel Hayom. "It is an isolated state that is cut off from the rest of the world, including its neighbors."