This private, three-day tour gives you plenty of time to take in Beijing's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and The Great Wall of China. And since this is a private tour, please list any special interests you have while booking, from art and architecture to history and culture, so the guide can better prepare for your Beijing experience—with no factory shopping stops.
Day 1: City Discovery (L)
Meet a guide for 8:30am departure from your hotel in Beijing, then start by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas, Tian'anmen Square. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre (101-ha.) complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions, and gardens that served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years.
Pause for a lunch with a local family or in a restaurant, then continue to the Lama Temple, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Afterwards, watch an amazing Chinese acrobatic show and return to your hotel.
Day 2: Beijing Great Wall (L)
Your driver and tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 8:30am for departure to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. More rugged and slightly less crowded than more famous Badaling section of the Wall, more than 96% of Mutianyu is covered with lush trees and orchards.
Stop at a local restaurant for lunch and continue to the Drum Tower to see a drum performance, and take a rickshaw on a trip through local alleyways. Make a photo stop at the Beijing National Stadium then return to your hotel.
Day 3: City Discovery with Peking Duck Dinner (L, D)
The driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:30am; today your exploration begins with the Temple of Heaven, once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual prayer ceremonies. Next, see the pandas in the Beijing Zoo and have lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to the Summer Palace, a well-preserved royal garden that's renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, and is considered one of the most classical gardens in the world. Enjoy a delicious duck dinner at a local restaurant, then finish the evening with drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: This tour doesn't include the accommodation, please book at your own expense.