Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, And Forbidden City - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel if your hotel is within the 5th ring road of Beijing city, if your hotel is out of the 5th ring road, you can travel to cit.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This full day tour in Beijing will enable you to experience the most attractive historical sites: Great Wall at Mutianyu, Tiananmen square and the Forbidden city. As you head to the Mutianyu Great Wall, you will make a short stop at the iconic "Birds's Nest" for photos. The entire tour will be set at your preferred pace without any rush. You will have your own guide and private vehicle with no hidden charge and no souvenir shopping stops.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

On this private tour, get to know the places that interest you the most. Your private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am, then begin to head over to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. If time allows while on your way to The Mutianyu Great Wall, you will be able to stop and take photos at the iconic "Bird's Nest". This is the Beijing National stadium, which had hosted many spectacular events, including the famous 2008 Summer Olympics.

Once you arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, youll enjoy a peaceful experience and take time to marvel at this wondrous structure and the surrounding hillsides that look north toward Mongolia. The Great Wall at Mutianyu was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 1644) on the remnants of a Wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). Reconstruction took place under the supervision of Xu Da, one of the founding generals of the Ming Dynasty, who was responsible for building a Wall from Shanhaiguan in the east to as far as Mutianyu.

Stop at a local restaurant in the Huairou district, famous for their chestnuts, mushrooms, and trout. Here, you will have various choices of countryside style of cuisine as your lunch.

Head back to Beijing City to explore Tian'anmen Square, home to the National Museum of China, and the great Monument to the Peoples Heroes. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent 250-acre complex of the Forbidden city. The Forbidden city was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the middle of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Transport by private vehicle

Bottled water

Lunch

Private guide

Entrance fee

Cable car round trip or ski lift up and toboggan ticket

Entry/Admission - Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall

Entry/Admission - Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men)

Exclusions

Additional Museum tickets inside the Forbidden city

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

The day tour is between 8 to 9 hours. If you want to extend the tour, it's 30 USD total for your guide and driver for each additional hour

Infants (1-3 years old) are free, as they do not occupy a seat

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 31-Jul-2019

    Jimmy guided us to the Great Wall (GW), Tian An Men Square (TAMS), and the Forbidden City (FC).
    We, in some masochistic way, just had to visit these places in summer. Well, we decided on a guided tour to get the best out of each attraction with as little time travelling, bumbling around and wasting of time, as possible. Indeed Jimmy from Private Day Tour, knew his stuff. He actually suggested to set off 1/2 hour earlier to beat the heat as well as the crowds. We followed his idea, turned in earlier the night before, met him at 7am. The road trip to the GW was fairly easy, and at the GW, we got onto the ski lift very quickly. We were on the wall, and walked for about 500m or so as Jimmy shared snippets of its history, construction and description. We were under no pressure to walk long distances as he allowed us to rest when we wanted, particularly at the mid-wall battlements in which the shade created a wind tunnel effect, which really helped.
    He next brought us to a local local Beijing noodle restaurant, complete with antique furniture and florescent lighting for our lunch. The lunch was filling and a welcome break. Beijingers eat huge bowls of everything!
    We next took a short ride to TAMS, which would lead to the FC.
    TAMS is a gigantic heat sink. No trees. No shade. Nothing to provide any protection from the harsh summer sun. Jimmy did warn us to bring our sunnies, hats and insisted on hand carrying large bottles of water. Again Jimmy was full of information about the well known site and the buildings surrounding it.
    To us the highlight was the FC. Jimmy tied in the tour with frequent references to Bertolucci's The Last Emperor which made the visit more personal and meaningful as we recognised many of the structures and rooms, which were used in the filming. Of course there was a significance because each location had a purpose to it, eg, the Throne Room in which the Empress Dowager met Puyi for the first time, the various terraces where the young boy Emperor played, and the private quarters of the Empress Dowager.
    The FC is huge, and the large open spaces, again, treeless. Again, Jimmy did not push us beyond what we could bear in terms of pace. We rested when we needed, for as long as we needed.
    There was never a dull moment with Jimmy.
    We had no regrets booking the tour and Jimmy made the trip worth while. He understood and made adjustments to our needs, in particular, in the heat of summer, and we can honestly say that our day was very well spent.Re

  • 01-Apr-2018

    Sally was our tour guide and she did an excellent job. Vegetarian like us she was able to order a feast of dishes for us to try and some special tea she brought from her home town. While lines were long, she chatted with us and never rushed us. The vehicle provided was pristine and our driver great

  • 11-Mar-2018

    GREAT !!! Our tour guide Albert was friendly and informative. Pickup was on time and lunch was at a good restaurant. Time allowed for seeing the wall and Forbidden city was enough. Tiananmen square were closed due to parliament sitting but it was still good to see from across the street.

  • 25-Jan-2018

    We had a very pleasant driver and a kind guide who gave us lots of information about the city and the sights. We toured Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City as well as the Great Wall. We would recommend this enjoyable tour to everyone. We were able to take our time, learn about the history and current events in Beijing along with lunch at a local restaurant.

  • 07-Aug-2017

    We had an amazing day with our tour guide Sally, would recommend her to anyone doing this tour!

  • 25-Jul-2017

    This was excellent with a lovely guide student who navigated us through the Forbidden city crowds. The older mainland Chinese tourists are the most pushy and escitable crowd I've seen for a long time. Anyway, lots of nice stories then a quick pockup at the north end of the city. Drive out to the wall stopping for lunch en route. Even my 13 yr old daughter ate something which was a bonus! The driver dropped us off at the wall and we walked through the modern but nicely done entrance road - souvenirs, snack places etc - to get the bus to the cable car to finally reach the wall. Amazing place and well worth the wait. Then the kart-thing down which was fun and a long traffic jammed ride home. This took so long we skipped the Birds nest and just got dropped off at hotel. Thoroughly recommend.

  • 17-Jul-2017

    Excellent tour! We had a marvellous day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Well worth the money.

  • 25-Apr-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 14-Mar-2017

    We had a great experience on this tour! Our guide Roy and driver Mr. Wong showed up early and were waiting for us in the lobby of our hotels on the day we booked. Roy was amazing, giving us a history lesson on China as we walked through the Forbidden City and on the way to the Great Wall. The car was spacious and modern. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant and had a great meal. Roy asked for our food preference and made sure the food was not too spicy for my friend. The Great Wall was amazing. Roy gave us 2 hours to explore the wall on our own and showed up exactly where to go. Overall it was an amazing day. I highly recommend this tour to others visiting Beijing!

  • 16-Jan-2017

    We had a FABULOUS tour ! The day spent with Bella, our guide, was truly magical. She was absolutely knowledgeable, fun, friendly and professional. Thank you to both her and to our driver he was excellent, but cannot recall his name. Our lunch was great !
    We would definitely recommend this tour !

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