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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

VANESSA A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I can warmly recommend this tour. I had a very early appointment at 7 am so we arrived at nearly 8:15 am at the Mutyanu section of the Great Wall. It was really great, quite little people only at this time of the day.
I was alone with my guide, Vivian, and with the driver. Vivian was interesting and friendly and I learned lots of things with her. The drived us safely and the car was clean. At the end of the visit, we were in a chinese restaurant for local people. So, real and excellent chinese food not for tourists.

lucia d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Excellent hours at the Great Wall. I would have liked more details of the history of China but the tour was perfect with a lot of time to walk around the wall and take excellent pictures. The guide was very nice and took us only two people to a simple yet delicious local restaurant!! Highly recommended.

Ricardo P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Trip started on time. We have arrived on our destination quite early, so we haven't found many tourist. The guide was really nice, either explaining the history of and behind the Great Wall, either discussing several subjects about China. An excellent cultural and social experience!

tommy5zz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Excellent Trip! Kevin did a great job keeping us informed and entertained.

Richard S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Our tour of the Great Wall at Mutianyu was absolutely remarkable. Our tour guide Jerry was very good and couldn't be more accommodating. At first, we were not too keen on the very early departure time of 7AM because let's face it, nobody wants to get up early when on vacation. However, in the end, we appreciated it because we were able to enjoy, and I mean ENJOY, the Great Wall sans the hordes of tourists just check out the pics.

The wall at Mutianyu, being a tad farther away from Beijing than Badaling, is a perfect choice for people who want to avoid the throngs of tourists who descend on the more popular with Disney like atmosphere Badaling section of the wall. Upon arrival at the park, we took the cable car CNY 100 roundtrip to ascend up the mountain which was a very convenient and practical way to get up there because it allowed us more time to spend at the wall instead of climbing up the mountain.

Walking on the wall was just surreal. Also, because we were there during the cherry blossom season, the blooms just made it more picturesque. We started at tower 14 and walked all the way to tower 21 which is the endpoint where tourists are allowed. CAUTION!!! To fully enjoy the view from the top of tower 21 which also happens to be the highest point where tourists can go, one must be relatively fit to climb the steep and unforgiving last 500 steps up. Otherwise, take your time with plenty of rest periods and you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the wall, the mountains and the valley below once you get to the top.

We were a little apprehensive about the lunch prior to it because of previous experiences. However, the lunch that was provided actually tasted good. To add icing on the cake, this tour DID NOT include a stop at factories or stores or markets that tend to predominate and sabotage great experiences.

Overall, I highly recommend this tour.

Meghan Michelle United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was amazing!!!! Jerry is a great guide, and went the extra mile to make sure the trip was perfect for us! I would definitely recommend this tour in particular because it takes you farther away from Beijing so this section of the wall is less crowded. You also get an early start so when you arrive you are almost the only people on the wall!! If I ever go back to China, I would hire Jerry to conduct every tour for me!

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