The early start was hard...however SO Worth it! A 2 hour bus ride, we got to The Great Wall before all the crowds and the heat kicked in. We definately had enough time to see everything.Sofia our guide was great! She also helped with advise on other sights to visit. Wear comfy shoes and sunscreen!
It was great fun, great execise and amazing local food. Even if you only have one day in Beijing, rather skip other things than seeing this monument, man-made and with a long history.
Thank you to guide Vivienne, she did her best, shot fotos of all groupmembers and provided us with a lot of information.
Was a wonderful experience! The tour lets you go at your own pace as difficult a hike as you want! A Must!
Excellent tour. Great guide with lots of historical detail on the Wall. We arrived early and were able to take great photos of the wall without too many people around. You MUST take the toboggan down!
Excellent tour. Our guide Vivian was very knowledgeable and engaging. The transportation to the wall was good, the wall itself is a must do if you visit China, and the lunch was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Leaving the city early to beat the crowds is very smart. Very good value on this tour.
This tour departs early, which was great so that their were no crowds and at times we were virtually alone between guard houses or with just one or two other people walking along the wall. Love that the group was small 4 people total, though one person did not show, so really only three people total.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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!
The Great Wall walk was breathtaking with magnificent views and Tracey was a great tour guide. Certainly one tour not to miss!
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.
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
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!
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!!
Vivian was a great tour guide. Got to the wall very early and beat the crowds. Recommend.