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Enjoy an exceptional full-day tour to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, complete with a gourmet picnic inside an ancient tower — a Viator Exclusive that cannot be booked anywhere else. With a small group limited to 10 people, follow your guide up the Great Wall while hearing insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your lunch features tasty local dishes and sparkling wine that you enjoy while gazing at the views. Upon your return to Beijing, have the option to get dropped off at the amazing 798 Art Zone.


  • Full-day Mutianyu Great Wall tour with local delicacies and sparkling wine
  • Walk off-the-beaten track and picnic on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on this Viator Exclusive
  • See stunning scenery and learn fascinating history with your professional guide
  • If you’d like, be dropped off in the Art District 798 (Dashanzi Art District) to explore art museums, galleries and boutique shops
  • Round-trip hotel transport from Beijing included
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Great Wall at Mutianyu Tour with Picnic and Wine

Viator Exclusive: Gourmet Picnic at Mutianyu Great Wall Tour

Your day starts with hotel pickup in Beijing followed by a drive of approximately 1-hour drive to reach the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

The World Heritage-listed Great Wall was constructed more than 2,500 years ago to protect the Chinese from fierce northern tribes. Considered one of the greatest engineering feats in human history, the vast wall wall extends over mountains and plateaus, deserts and grasslands, stretching an astounding 5,550 miles (8,850 km) across China.
During this exclusive experience, you'll get away from the crowds by visiting the Mutianyu section, an authentic part of the wall that has not been fully restored except for safety precautions. On a nearly-empty part of the monumental walkway, take an easy hike suited to varying fitness levels, with stopping frequently to take photos and rest along the way.

All along the Great Wall, imposing stone watchtowers stand tall above the landscape. Sit down for your lovely picnic lunch inside one of these well-preserved watchtowers — an exclusive experience that’s only available with this tour. Sip chilled sparkling wine paired with popular local dishes as you enjoy views over the countryside. (See sample menu under Itinerary below.)
Your guide shares the history of this masterpiece and describes how the Great Wall outposts controlled the borders and regulated traffic along the Silk Road. When you have finished your lunch at and tour at Mutianyu, your guide returns you to your Beijing hotel where your tour ends. 
Another option is to ask your guide to drop you off at 798 Art Zone, located in northwest Beijing. The enormous 1950s factory has been transformed into an arts center, with galleries, studios, museums, boutiques, cafés and bars. Take a look around and enjoy a drink or dinner at a local restaurant before making your own way back to Beijing.


Picnic Sample Menu (subject to change based on seasonal availability):
First Course (On the Wall):
Tasty local appetizers accompanied by chilled sparkling wine

Second Course(Off the Wall, local restaurant):
Barbecued fish
Black Pepper Beef
Stir-Fried Bean Curd with Minced Pork and Chili Sauce
Winter Melon Spare Rib Soup
Fried Seasonal Vegetables

DrinksWhite or oolong tea Chilled sparkling wine

Customer Reviews

Stephen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a great experience with our guide, Rockie, on a picture perfect spring day. Rockie was knowledgeable and friendly and took us on a fun adventure to a watch tower ruins where we enjoyed champagne and snacks. We rode the cable car up and recommend doing that, as the steps and walk along the Great Wall are challenging and it gives you more time on the wall. We did the tobaggan slide down and that was fun too. Only hiccup was the horrible traffic we encountered, but it was a Saturday, so lots a people were on the road.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The day started off cold and rainy, but turned out to be a great day. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The driver was also very good. It was a fantastic experience.

Marvin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were completely satisfied with our hiking tour at the Mutianyu Great Wall. Our tour guide - Rockie - was knowledgeable, friendly, and knew how to keep us informed, but also allow us to feel completely unstructured. The day just moved along. Our driver was extremely efficient, and knew how to best get us through Beijing traffic.
I'm glad we selected the hiking with picnic. There was not pressure, no shopping, and the picnic snack was a great break while on the Wall. We had lunch at a local restaurant after leaving the Wall.
This was my second trip to China, and first to Beijing. The Mutianyu Great Wall is incredible! I never dreamed I would be walking the Great Wall, there it was. The facilities at the base - the greeting center - were new, clean, and pleasant. They fit the surroundings. The wall offered incredible views.
I highly recommend this tour.

Jody A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We ended up being the only ones on the tour. Awesome experience and the champagne was a nice touch! Our tour guide was super knowledgeable and very patient as we took hundreds of photos.

Jason V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was the highlight of our visit to Beijing. Our guide, Judy, was amazing. Very informative and friendly. The Wall is simply breathtaking and the picnic on the Wall was really special. Other tourists were jealous! Highly recommended!!

Leonard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide, Daniel Wang, was the best. He knew everything from the history of the wall to the cost of living differences between Beijing and the US. We went all the way to the infamous tower 23 (which is a very steep hike at the end). The champagne picnic was a nice snack (yes, try the yak jerky!) and the lunch at the garden restaurant was delicious. And after it all, Daniel gave us valuable info on some of the things we were planning to do with the rest of our trip and left us his card to call him if we had any troubles. Daniel Wang truly covered it all and then some. Thank you, Daniel and Viator


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent tour, our guide Daniel was extremely knowledgeable and well versed. Daniel provided a very nice picnic inside the wall and after the tour we had a fantastic lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Megan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was freeing to let the tour guide handle the logistical hootenanny while I was able to simply enjoy the rustic beauty of this magnificent structure. Our tour guide was friendly, professional, and timely. She balanced well our need to have privacy at times, but her company was enjoyable nonetheless. She shared a lot of history with us about the Great Wall - some bits more unnerving than others! (I won't ruin the surprise) ;-). The only areas that could be improved were largely out of our tour guide's hands, such as traffic and the general zoo that is overcrowded China. LOVED the picnic. Be sure to bring walking shoes and extra water.

Mark R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My family of five took this tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The service was fantastic. I corresponded with the company prior to our trip (through Viator) in order to advise them that my family included three parents in their 70's with mobility issues. The company also confirmed our tour in advance and provided a contact name and phone number just in case. They showed up promptly at our hotel on time with a clean van, a nice driver, and an energetic tour guide (Jimmy). The guide took good care of us and was especially attentive to our parents. The day we went it was 110-degrees on the wall, but Jimmy took good care of us. The guide provided us with a picnic (snacks) and champagne in the shade...other visitors passing by were jealous! We saw so many wonderful things in China, but our tour to Mutianyu was the highlight.

Brenda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was amazing in Winter with Snow on the wall and very few people around. Tom was a wonderful host and he carried our snacks and drinks all the way to a high turret. Tom was very patient and caring and will be planning another trip again with my sister and hope we get Tom again. A great experience and well worth doing.

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