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Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

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    What to Expect
    Meet your personal guide and driver on arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, and settle into the comfort of your private vehicle. You're transferred to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, located about 1 hour away. Spend a few hours exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site with your guide. You'll find this fully restored section less crowded than the Great Wall at Badaling, and the ascent is made easy with an optional round-trip cable car ride, or take the toboggan down (own expense.) 

    Once you've worked up an appetite, sit down at a nearby restaurant for a lunch featuring authentic Chinese dishes. Afterward, it's about a 1.75-hour drive back into Beijing, depending on traffic.

    The first stop on your city sightseeing is Tiananmen Square. Your guide will show you around the Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and 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 World Heritage–listed Forbidden City, Beijing's centuries-old imperial palace. Learn about the Ming and Qing dynasties that ruled here and spend time among the many entrance halls, private quarters, gardens, and museums. 

    Conclude your full-day layover tour with drop-off at the airport in time for your onward flight.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Beijing International Airport
    Departure Time
    Between 6am and 1pm
    Return Details
    Beijing International Airport
    • 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 - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenirs
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    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.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews lily's tours hour layover some great photos would highly recommend this tour entire tour every step of the way local lunch tiananmen square long layover chinese food beijing airport take pictures an excellent guide toboggan ride fantastic tour summer palace arrivals
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Because the Great Wall is outside of the city, we felt a tour was the best way to go about seeing it (and it was our honeymoon so we were able to splash out!). We really enjoyed this tour, Sally was super knowledgable and willing...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank KEMtravelreview
    Reviewed 11 September 2019 via mobile

    We had only a day and a half in Beijing and wanted to maximise what we could see and do in such a short space of time. The private tour of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was...More

    Thank Milena_Radoycheva
    Reviewed 1 September 2019

    This tour was AMAZING! I really enjoyed that everything was included within the price for the tour. The only money I needed was for souvenirs. My arrival went very smoothly as my driver was waiting for me with a sign that had my name on...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank TravelBeauty91
    Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

    We are a young couple who have been to lots of different countries and attractions. We always do them on our own and work our way around the public transport system. But we decided to go for a private tour on this occasion, and I’m...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank happycampers23
    Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

    This journay was wonderfull. Thank you so much Sally. The lunch and the walk on the walls very great. I really recommend this visit. Thank you Sally.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Yamina A
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