Discover the spirit of Beijing through the lives of its emperors. This is the perfect trip for first-time-to-Beijing visitors who want a cultural insight into the city’s history and traditions.
Feel the might of China’s emperors at the Forbidden City. Walk along the Great Wall that protected their empire; relax at the emperors’ summer residence, the Summer Palace; take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where their subjects lived, and savor the local flavor of Beijing roast duck, the most famous imperial cuisine dish.
This 4-day private Beijing tour covers all the highlights of Beijing. Our private tours let you travel at your own flexible pace with no rush. With no strangers to consider, we can concentrate on fulfilling your wishes. Enjoy your time to the utmost.
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Your private guide will meet and greet you at the arrival hall of the airport or at the train station’s exit. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel, where your guide will help you check-in.
Day 2 The Forbidden City, Hutongs Tour, and Beijing Roast Duck
breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. You will first visit Tian’anmen Square.
To help you learn more about Tian’anmen Square, your guide will give you an interesting introduction to the history and architecture as well as anecdotes about the square. Enjoy your time walking around and take some great photos.
Then walk through Tian’anmen, as emperors did, to the highlight of the day, the Forbidden City. Marvel at the splendid architecture, and feel the majesty of the emperor’s imperial stronghold. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties from 1420 to 1912.
You don’t need to wait in a line for the tickets, as we book them in advance. You will enter like an emperor directly through the Meridian Gate. There’ll be plenty of time to take photos.
Your tour guide will help you go beyond the tourist route to explore 12 carefully-selected places in the Forbidden City, while other group tours only visit six spots briefly. He/she will help you unfold the secrets of this imperial palace through the lives of the emperors, empresses, and concubines. The stories about them will make the Forbidden City come alive for you.
Have a rest. Enjoy some delicious local food for lunch at a restaurant loved by the locals.
After lunch, go to the old hutong area with your guide and take a rickshaw ride through the 300-year-old hutongs.
A visit to a local family, whose ancestors have lived in the hutongs for generations, offers a local perspective on the area’s history and is a highlight for most visitors.
Enjoy an authentic Beijing roast duck dinner in a time-honored brand restaurant — Quanjude. Feel the tradition of the city through its food.
Day 3 The Great Wall at Mutianyu and Temple of Heaven Tour
breakfast and lunch
Visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning. Marvel at the spectacular architecture and get a glimpse of local life.
After exploring the main buildings, your private guide will show you an area in the park where you will see the local people do their morning exercises: tai chi, dancing, etc.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Your guide will be happy to help you order food.
In the afternoon, you’ll hike the Great Wall at Mutianyu. This section is ranked top among all parts of the Great Wall on TripAdvisor due to its picturesque scenery and beautifully restored architecture.
In order to allow more time for you at the Wall, we will arrange round-trip cable car rides(you can also choose to walk down) to ascend and descend the Great Wall, instead of spending about 40 minutes climbing the steps.
Your expert guide will walk with you on “the most beautiful part of the Great Wall”, between Mutianyu’s 14th and 23rd watchtowers. He/she will introduce the key aspects, answer your questions, and help you take excellent Great Wall photos.
Take in the spectacular scenery for about 2 hours (2–3 kilometers). You will have some free time to walk around and explore any areas that interest you. Enjoy walking at your own paceand our private tour flexibility. It is possible to stay longer on the Wall or finish earlier as you wish.
Day 4The Summer Palace and Departure from Beijing
Today you will have a relaxing time at the Summer Palace. It was an imperial garden where the emperors used to enjoy themselves.
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful and peaceful scenery of the top traditional garden in China.
Then you will relax on a dragon boat on the peaceful lake. Appreciate the artistically-landscaped lakeside views from your boat. (The boat trip is not available in winter as the lake is often frozen).
Enjoy lunch at an attractive traditional restaurant.
Then your private guide and car will transfer you to the airport (or train/bus station according to your arrangements). He/she will handle your luggage and accompany you to the correct check-in desk for your departure.
No 103, Yabaoli, Chaoyang Distirct, Beijing, China
Mon - Sun 9.00 - 20.00