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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:4 days (approx.)

3-Night Best of Beijing Private Tour

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and gain insight into imperial China on this 3-night private tour of Beijing. Your tour takes in key landmarks including the Temple of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Forbidden City, the imperial gardens at the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. See the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and have time to explore the site. Travel by private vehicle with your guide, who can offer customized commentary according to your interests. Have the option to include accommodation if you wish.

Highlights

  • 3-night private tour of imperial Beijing
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating to the 15th-century: the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City
  • Learn about the historical significance of Tiananmen Square as you walk with a knowledgeable guide
  • Admire breathtaking views from the top of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • View art and landscaped gardens at the imperial Summer Palace
  • Stay overnight in a 5-star hotel or arrange your own accommodation (depending on option selected)
  • Airport or railway station pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

3-Night Best of Beijing Private Tour

3-Night Best of Beijing Private Tour

Your tour includes your own private guide and vehicle for comfortable transportation around the busy city and for an excursion to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. You'll also walk with your guide through interesting neighborhoods and key sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City, the gardens of the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and more.

If you choose to include accommodation, you'll stay at the 5-star Regent Beijing Hotel with complimentary breakfasts. The hotel is situated in a prime location near Beijing’s major attractions, and features a stylish interior decor with modern amenities. Or, you can make your own arrangements to stay at the hotel of your choice if you prefer.

Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing in the morning, you’ll be picked up from the railway station or Beijing Capital International Airport. Transfer by private vehicle to your hotel and check in before your afternoon sightseeing begins.

After lunch, your guided tour starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven. Located in the southern section of Beijing, the temple was the center of imperial ceremonial life during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Built more than 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Yongle, and later renovated while Emperor Qianlong ruled, the Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of ancient architecture.

Leaving the temple complex, walk to the famous Hongqiao pearl and clothing market. Known as one of the best places in China to buy pearls, the market stalls also sell clothes, shoes, games and handicrafts.

In the evening, relax in the comfort of your centrally located hotel or venture out on your own to explore Beijing’s nightlife. Your guide will be happy to recommend local establishments for dinner.

Overnight: 5-Star Regent Beijing hotel

Day 2: Beijing (B)
After breakfast, head to nearby Tiananmen Square, known as the world's largest public square. Walk through the historic area with your guide, who will point out notable monuments like the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, located at the southern end. If the monument is open, you'll line up and take a tour inside. (Note: The mausoleum is closed on Mondays.) When you reach the famous Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) at the north end, pass through this entrance to the Forbidden City.

As the imperial residence, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has seen countless battles and reconstruction. Marvel at architecture dating back to the early 15th century as you tour four palatial halls that served as a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for centuries. An extensive collection of artwork and artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties are housed in the Palace Museum.

After leaving the Forbidden City take a short walk through some of Beijing’s narrow streets, known as hutongs, on your way to lunch.

Your final stop is the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world. Explore the grounds with your guide and view a magnificent marble boat, then walk through the world's longest art gallery.

Overnight: 5-Star Regent Beijing hotel

Day 3: Beijing (B)
After fortifying yourself with breakfast, drive to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, located in Huairou County just 43 miles (70 km) northeast of central Beijing. This section of the Great Wall, which connects Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east, includes a 1-mile (2.5-km) stretch where you’ll spend a few hours walking with your guide.

Explore some of the 22 watchtowers dating back to the Ming Dynasty and take in panoramic views of the valley, which extends on both sides of the winding granite wall lined with green trees and flowers. On this private tour of the Great Wall, walk at your own pace with the benefit of your guide’s undivided attention.

Overnight: 5-Star Regent Beijing hotel

Day 4: Beijing (B)
After breakfast you are free to depart at any time. You’ll be transferred back to the airport, train station or another hotel by private vehicle if you decide to extend your stay in Beijing.
From USD $ 239.99

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