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Vibeke L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

A great day! The Great Wall is compulsory when in Beijing. The lunch was good. We loved our local guide Kevin who spoke perfect English. He even took us to a silk-market after the tour, which meant that he had to work 2 hours more than required. He booked a restaurant for us in the evening and called in to ensure that we were doing fine. Fantastic service!

Jenny C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

The tour was fantastic. We got the the wall early, before other tours got there resulting in us having a nearly empty wall experience for the first portion of the tour. We had flexibility to take time to do what we wanted on the wall and it didn't feel at all rushed.

Rory M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Great experience. The early start was well worth it as we were one of the few people on the wall for the first couple hours of being there. The lunch spot we went to was also very good. Obviously no frills but very tasty and a nice way to end all the walking.

dft

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Walking on the Great Wall is an amazing experience, one that my son and I will never forget. We enjoyed our guide, Kevin, but he and his driver's role were primarily to get us from Beijing to the Great Wall. He provided some interesting commentary on the way, but when we got to the wall, we were really on our own. Walking on the wall is quite challenging physically--not only does it do up and down with the topography, the so-called restored section we were on was extremely tricky to navigate--rough, uneven steps, etc. Take the chair lift up to the wall and the toboggan down--both fun and a little scary, but that added to the experience.

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

My experience was incredible. I was in Beijing for a couple of days on business, with one free day. This tour is perfect for a single person or couple looking for a very personal memory. Kevin, my guide, was exceptional and went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable, knew where to go on the wall and generally had a worry free experience. were quick to respond to my email and communications pre-tour.

I was the only person on the tour, and the benefit of leaving early 7am pick-up from Sunworld was that I was literally the only person on the wall, asides from the maintenance crew, for the first hour of my visit. Breathtaking. I recommend walking out to Tower 1, then walking past the No Admittance sign to the first un-renovated tower. Take a seat, and soak in the peace for a very spiritual experience.

The lunch post-tour was great, very local and tasty. Kevin does all the ordering so no need to worry if you can't speak the language. He also organized a taxi to T Square, and came along for the ride, to make sure I was safe and dropped off at the correct point. Such a great guy. Very thoughtful, knowledgable about the wall and Beijing and a very caring human.

Kevin was very flexible with the tour time as well. I felt I only needed two hours on the wall he gives you three so was able to head back into Beijing early and tick Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City of my list. All before 4pm. You are probably best to take the cable car up to the wall and the toboggan down an additional 100 Yuan to make the most of the time you have.

Overall my experience was 5/5 and I thoroughly recommend this tour, tour company, guide and driver!

Jhoffman92130

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Excellent tour for a once in a lifetime experience

Melissa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Amazing day visiting the Great Wall! Winter is spectacular there (but very cold!) and not crowded in the least. Kevin was an outstanding tour guide and very knowledgable. Highly recommend this tour!

sarah_

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

I had the best time at the Great Wall of China with Dennis as my guide. I was lucky as I was the only traveller. Dennis gave me plenty of information about the Wall and China and answered all of my questions. We arrived at 9am and were greeted by a winter wonderland. The Great Wall covered in snow was breathtaking. I am glad we left Beijing that early because we were almost the only people on the Wall for about three hours. I had plenty of time to take pictures and to discover everything. The lunch at a local restaurant was also very good. As the description says there are no shopping stops. Thank you for such an amazing once in a lifetime experience.

E T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Dennis was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable and considerate. Highly recommend this trip - I'm not a morning person, but it was worth getting up early for!!

Jonas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This is a fun exciting and must do thing. You will be one with history and be able to see and walk the Wall. It is a bit challenging but you probably need the exercise - take the toboggan down - fun and not scary at all. Only negative is that the tour starts early and a simple sandwich or something would have made a great difference. Lunch was very interesting and good on the local restaurant. Guide great!

Rosalyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The Great Wall walk was breathtaking with magnificent views and Tracey was a great tour guide. Certainly one tour not to miss!

Louise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Fantastic day! Of course the wall was amazing, as expected. I loved the flexibility to go off on my own at the wall. My calf muscles were in agony the next day from all the walking on the wall .... it was unexpectedly steep and challenging! Our guide, Kevin, was amazing! He was so friendly and helpful. I was chatting to him on the bus on the way back about wanting to see an acrobat show. He actually took the time to take me and a couple of others to the theatre, bought us good tickets, got us upgraded and then waited for us until the show was over.

CAROLYN G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Awesoke your arriving at wall before the big bus loads came in! Lunch was great looking up at the wall! The chair lifts up and taken the toboggan down was the best way to get up and down the wall! Loved it and highly recommend it! We are are family of 3 including. 5 year old daughter

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great price for what it included! The transport from Beijing to the Wall was roughly 2 hrs each way. I spent about 2 hrs hiking the Great Wall and it was absolutely amazing! Beautiful views around and just an amazing feat to visit one of the Ancient Great Wonders of the World. Viator tour also included a family-style lunch at a nice restaurant at the bottom of the mountain where we the buses park. Overall, highly recommend this trip!

Harris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent trip, great guide

Janaith P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Our tour guide Vivian was amazing and the tour was perfect. We arrived at the Great Wall very early and got to spend about 3 hrs visiting Vivian's recommendations. The hike was a bit challenging but the view was worth it! We also visited a local restaurant with delicious food! Highly recommend!!

Rudy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Vivian was a great tour guide. Got to the wall very early and beat the crowds. Recommend.

Frank R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Good organization. Informative. Knowledgeable guide. Safe driver. I am glad I chose that tour.

Felix H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

no hidden shopping stops, great tour guide, part of the great wall with not to many tourists, lunch was o.k.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

My day on the wall was tremendous. I was the only one on the tour so ended up having my own personal guide. It was fun and informative form start to finish

Anne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

great experience, guide vivienne very helpful, highly recommended.

Jack L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Beautiful. Well worth the trip

Rich.baich

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Our best tour guide yet - this is a must event when in Beijing.

martine_gmajdalani

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

One of the best things we did ! the tour guide she was amazin, and she sat with us at lunch, the small group was very nice and the wall was mainly empty ! amazin day !

Ivan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

tour guide friendly, informative and experienced

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