Meet your personal driver at Beijing International Airport and travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to the Mutianyu section of China’s Great Wall.
On route, hear snippets about Mutianyu from your driver. Dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), this beautifully restored segment snakes across wooded mountains, making it one of the most scenic sections. It’s also famous for the 23 densely spaced watchtowers stretched along its 1.8-mile (3-kilometer) expanse.
After roughly 75 minutes, arrive and follow your driver on foot to the wall entrance. Then, opt to travel up and down from the ramparts by cable car or to ride the cable car up and toboggan run down (both own expense).
On the ramparts, enjoy time to explore independently. Stroll the wide battlements, stopping to view the watchtowers and parapets along the way, and absorb the far-reaching mountain views.
After about two hours, descend and travel on to a local Chinese restaurant. Savor traditional dishes like kung pao chicken (spicy chicken stir-fry), and if you wish, use the restaurant WiFi to share photos via your mobile.
Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at Beijing airport where your driver will help you find your flight check-in counter.