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What people are saying about Summer Palace

Overall rating
4.2 / 5
based on 339 reviews

I booked this tour for my husband's parents and they absolutely loved it. They were picked up from our apartment so they didn't have any stress figuring out how to meet their guide or how to get home. The car was extremely nice and comfortable. I believe their guide's name was Alice. They said the tour and the guide were amazing. She not only gave them a lot of information at the sites they requested (Lama Temple and Olympic Square) but also gave them a lot of information during the car ride about the area and the history of the country that they would have not thought to ask about. They were very impressed and would highly recommend this tour!

We had a small group of tourists during winter so it was a good size to move quickly and explore the highlights of each places. Vik was our guide, fluent in English. The Summer Palace was my favorite and I’m glad that Vik took us to the entrance near the iconic bridge. We were given 1 hour to explore. I would’ve wished it was at least 2 hours coz the land area was so huge. Lunch was good. The coach we used while it’s on time and clean enough, it had a strong smell of cigarette smoke in it. As indicated in the itinerary, there were 2 shopping stops for this tour.

Our guide Yoyo (with cute litte donkey flagpole) was not only great, she was very knowledgefull. History lessons was paired very well. Time was Forbidden as palace was huge with classical cultures while Summer seems beautiful in the lake. Local lunch was nice with its local flavors. Really wish those 2 commercial stops were removed as NONE like it as it really spoil the trip.

Mike was a great guide. We (me and my family) really enjoyed the tour around Summer Palace. Mike provided us with some interesting informations about various spots, guided us around the area and was very helpful during the tour and after. He showed us way back and gave some nice recommendations.

I was lucky to have a great guide that had a lot of patience with me :) She gave me a great understanding of the historical part of the Summer palace, was very interactive during the tour and made me feel like I was visiting with a friend, not with a person that I didn’t know before :)

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