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From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

1. From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

Discover the history of the Great Wall on this guided day trip from Berlin. Travel aboard an airconditioned van. Visit Tiananmen Square and have an authentic Chinese lunch. Choose between a tour with or without a roundtrip cable car ride that allows you to get to the wall faster with stunning views. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Bejing in the morning and drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Your guide will provide you with lots of interesting information. At the Great Wall, you can either hike on your own or take a cable car to the highest point. Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at a restaurant near the Ming Tombs. After lunch, marvel at Tiananmen Square before continuing to the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world and the last stop on this tour. Spend some time exploring this vast complex before being transferred back to your hotel. During the day, you'll have the opportunity to visit jade factor stores and get a foot massage in a Chinese medicine shop.

From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

2. From Beijing: Badaling Great Wall & Ming Tomb Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel, located within the second ring road of Beijing, between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. On your way to the Great Wall, travel to the Ming Tombs 55 miles away from downtown requiring about an hour of driving. The thirteen Ming Tombs are the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with a 600-year history. The tour of the Ming Tombs takes about an hour and finishes up at 10:45. Before lunch at 11:30, you will have 45 minutes for a short visit to the Jade Gallery. Jade carving is an important and famous blend of the excellent skills in carving and Chinese traditional cultures. Have a traditional Chinese lunch at the restaurant inside the Jade Gallery. After lunch, travel to the entrance at Juyonguan of the Badaling Great Wall. There you will have 1.5-hours to hike and take in the appeal of this ancient location which is also where the first emperor of Beijing, Emperor Yongle, and his Empress Xu are buried. On the way back to your hotel, experience the Chinese tea ceremony and culture at a tea house and then transfer back to your hotel within Second Ring Road of Beijing.

Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Small-Group Tour with Lunch

3. Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Beijing city center and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van to the northeast Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Benefit from the services of a local guide and enjoy a tasty lunch before you decide whether to take the chairlift or brave the long hike of around 4,000 steps to reach the ramparts. Get stunning views of the surrounding forest from the top. Take a closer look at the restored brickwork and watchtowers that helped protect the imperial city and tombs from invasion. Enjoy 3 hours to explore at your own pace. Then, brave the single-rider toboggan ride back down to the foothills and experience this legendary attraction from a different perspective.

From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

4. From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Tianjin International Cruise Port to Beijing - Tiananmen - Forbidden City (L) Once the cruise ship docks in Tianjin International Cruise Port, your private guide will welcome you at the exit of the arrival hall, assist you with your luggage, then begin the 2.5-hour journey to Beijing. On the way, your guide will keep you entertained with fun facts and trivia about the city and its countless sights. Once arrival in Beijing, your tour will start from the Temple of Heaven. The magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for full harvests.  Then, you will stop at a local restaurant for a traditional Chinese lunch. Afterwards, you will explore the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City area. Spend about 2 to 3-hours to explore the palace and learn the detailed history and stories with your knowledgeable tour guide. After that, your will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.  Day 2: Summer Palace - Great Wall - Tianjin International Cruise Port (L) Check out of your hotel in the morning to begin your tour. Your first stop will be the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing. With a concentration of the best of ancient buildings as well as styles of gardening, it is a virtual museum of traditional Chinese gardening. Then after about a 1-hour drive to the Great Wall at the Mutianyu section, stop at the local village for a delicous Chinese lunch. Then, set off on a 30 minute journey along the scenic mountains and villages to the Great Wall as your guide explains the stories and histories of the the Great Wall. Have plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding mountains and ride in a cable car or ski lift with toboggan at your discretion. Your shore excursion will then conclude back at Tianjin International Port in time for your cruise departure. The journey back will take approximately 3.5-hours. Your tour guide and driver will ensure your timely return back to the ship at Tianjin International Cruise Port.

From Tianjin Xingang Port: Private 2-Day Beijing Tour

5. From Tianjin Xingang Port: Private 2-Day Beijing Tour

See the Great Wall of China and discover the most important sights of the Forbidden City, with a stop at Tiananmen Square. Learn about the history and architecture of the areas you visit from your local expert guide. Day 1: Pick-up service from Tianjin Port, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City(L) Your Beijing English-speaking guide will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting in the lobby of Tianjin Port at 08:00. After 2.5-hours of driving, you will visit Tiananmen Square to observe monuments created from Mao's influence on China's modern history. From there, proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace with 600 years of history in the world. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for approximately 2-hours. Then, you will have a chance to visit a Silk Museum and learn about traditional silk culture. After having a short stop, have a typical Chinese lunch for about 40 minutes in a local restaurant. Later, go back to your hotel. Day 2: Great Wall and the Summer Palace(L) On the second day, you will experience China's No.1 highlight attraction, the Badaling Great Wall through Juyongguan entrance side. This is the less crowded and quieter part of the Great Wall. After your visit, enjoy a Chinese lunch at the authentic Jade Gallery Restaurant, then you can also experience interesting ancient Chinese Jade culture there, later on visit the most impressive and beautiful Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. Stay for about 1.5-hours before you leave to enjoy an amazing Chinese tea ceremony at a local tea house. Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Please note the hotel is not provided.

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My guide is as Sabrina and she was great! I think that the guide is very important in a tour and can make the difference between amazing and ok :) Even though I traveled some, I felt like the entire group was one team! The tour was excellent length for winter time (but cold outside than I am used to). Probably in the summer is worth taking one full day in the wall for tracking.

Leon, went above amd beyond with these tour. I been in many different ones around the world...& front first hand this one has been a great experience i have the chance I would repeat the same tour again. Gracias leon for your patience with my group.

WOOOW! starting from the tour guide Emma - the group- ending with the dropping was wow. Its so beautiful trip, lunch was very good, they took cared of everything, Lovely! Worth the money and the time.

Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.

Bob was great!! He was very nice and did a nice job!!