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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Between 6am and 1pm
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    After booking this tour, the meeting point and time will send by email.
    Airports
    Capital Airport, Shunyi, Beijing 101300 China
  • Return Details :
    Beijing International Airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Make the most of your Beijing layover and visa-free entry with this 8-hour private tour of the city's essential sights. Walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu, visit Tiananmen square, and explore the Forbidden city. Tour includes entrance fees, personal guide, lunch, and private, climate-controlled vehicle.

Highlights

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Step back in time on a history tour

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

Lunch included

Vegetarian meal option available

All entrance fees included

Airport transfer

Know More about this tour

On arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, you'll see your driver and tour guide holding a card with your name: they'll help you with your bags as you hop into the climate-controlled vehicle. It takes about an hour to drive to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Wall.

Less crowded than the Great Wall at Badaling, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is famous for its beautiful surroundings, with forest-clad hills and fresh mountain air. Enjoy a couple of hours hiking along the fully restored wall with your guide. Cable car up and toboggan to slide down would bringbe more interesting for your trip.

Enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a nearby restaurant before driving into the city. The journey takes around an hour and 40 minutes, traffic depending.

Your first stop will be the world's largest city square: Tiananmen square. Your guide will show you the Great Hall of the People, China's answer to the Capitol, the gigantic National Museum of China, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, where the revolutionary leader's remains are preserved for posterity.

From here, it's about a 15-minute walk to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden city, Beijing's imperial palace and home to almost 600 years of history. Between 1420 and 1912 no fewer than 24 emperors, both Ming and Qing, ruled from here. You'll spend a couple of hours here with your guide, discovering highlights from entrance halls to private quarters, gardens, and museums.

At the end of your tour, your driver and guide will drop you back at the airport in good time for your onward flight.

Please note: the Forbidden city is closed on Monday. On this day, you'll visit the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, the emperors' lakeside summer retreat, instead.

Inclusions

Cable car or toboggan to the Great Wall

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Authentic local Lunch

Private guide

Round way airport transfers

Private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Exclusions

Gratuities

Souvenirs

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting your Forbidden City entrance ticket in advance)

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

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

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable shoes

The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. On these days, you'll visit the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, the emperors' lakeside summer retreat, instead.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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  • 21-Jan-2020

    We had a wonderful time with our guide Lena. From the beginning to the end, everything was perfect ; excellent english speaking guide, very well organized and punctual tour. We highly recommend this day trip during a long layover!

  • 17-Jan-2020

    We had a great day! I was interested in this kind of tour as we had a 13 hour layover and knew this would be the easiest way to see the most! Linda's driver met us inside the airport and took us to meet Linda. She was great!! The most convenient door to door tour! Highly recommend if you are looking for a day trip from the airport.

  • 16-Jan-2020

    We had a great day! I was interested in this kind of tour as we had a 13 hour layover and knew this would be the easiest way to see the most! Linda's driver met us inside the airport and took us to meet Linda. She was great!! The most convenient door to door tour! Highly recommend if you are looking for a day trip from the airport.

  • 15-Jan-2020

    The tour was amazing! Linda Su was so helpful and knowledgeable! From the time we were picked up until the end it was great! The driver Xie was also very nice and greeted us in the airport. We were surprised at how cold it was, however Linda Su provided us with jackets! Definitely would recommend taking a day trip with them:)

  • 12-Jan-2020

    I tagged on a couple of days to a business trip and flew over to Beijing from Hong Kong. I booked this trip for the Sunday, as I had the whole day free. The main attraction I wanted to visit was the Great Wall, so this trip ticked all the boxes. I had Jeffery as my tour guide and he was great. I was picked up from my hotel, and didn’t have the worry of language/ trying to find transport or not knowing where to go. We went to the square first and then the forbidden city which was great. Afterwards we stopped off for lunch- and ate traditional Chinese food and tea. We then made our way to the Great Wall. It was great to have the time to look around, get lots of photos and soak up the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend - easy to get from place to place, Jeffery had great knowledge on the places and was really friendly. An all round great day. Thanks :)

  • 11-Jan-2020

    Thank you to our tour guide Jerry and our driver Mr. Xie for showing us such a wonderful time during our short layover in Beijing! They were all one could hope for: prompt, considerate, and kind. Jerry was very informative and gave us a solid background and history on all the sights we saw. He was patient with our questions and also made us laugh! We appreciate how accommodating he and Xie were with the schedule and our needs. We have already recommended them to our some of our friends. Thank you again Jerry and Xie. We hope to be back in Beijing again sometime.

  • 10-Jan-2020

    Great way to spend a layover in Beijing. We had no issues doing the 144 hour visa-free transit as Americans (other than the airport check-in at home taking a few minutes longer than usual). There was a counter right after getting off the plane to show your onward ticket before going through customs. You need to be coming from an approved country and going to a different country. The tickets don't have to be from the same airline. Everything was already paid for in advance and someone picked us up at our hotel at 7 am before driving to Tienanmen square which took about an hour during rush hour. We walked along Tienanmen square and through part of the Forbidden City with our tour guide, Lisa, before being picked up at the other end and driving to the Great Wall. We stayed there for a couple hours before doing the toboggan down (unfortunately stuck behind someone doing about 1 km/h) and driving back to the airport hotel. Overall, Lisa is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide and I don't see how you could pack much more in to a one day layover. If you have the choice, I'd do it in the winter over the summer. Everything seemed much less busy and the dryness made it feel actually not that cold.

  • 04-Jan-2020

    We arrived in Bejing airport and we had a long transit waiting for our flight. So we decided to move on and realized an experience outside. I looked for some different offers but I prefered this, the one with private Layover for a tour Of: Mutianyu Great Wall- Tiananmen Square- Forbidden CIty. Our car brought us from the arrivals in the airport and than we visited the sites. We also included a tipical Chinese lunch, that was delicious and based on vegetables, chicken and traditional souces. Jeffery, and also the driver, were perfect guides for us. Jeffery told us the history about the square, the royal palace anche we also spoke about the China nowdays. He was so cute and kindless. The Great Wall was something extraordinary!

  • 02-Jan-2020

    This is an amazing layover tour with an excellent tourguide. Thank you very much Linda for giving us brief and clear information about the places we visited.

  • 16-Dec-2019

    Sherry is absolutely the best guide ever. The two days we spent with her were the highlight of our China-Japan trip. She speaks excellent English, is very knowledgeable and has a fantastic sense of humour. What a lovely person. You could not be in better hands. Apologies for the delay in posting this.

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