- Private 2-day Beijing tour by air from Shanghai by air
- Take a guided walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
- View the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Olympic stadiums
- Visit the Ming Dynasty Temple of Heaven
- Enjoy a Peking duck dinner for an authentic taste of Beijing culture
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and the historically significant Tiananmen Square
- Airfare and overnight accommodation in a 4-star hotel included
What You Can Expect
After being picked up from your Shanghai hotel, you’ll be driven to Shanghai airport for your flight to Beijing. Your private tour guide and driver will be waiting for you when you land in Beijing, taking you to your first stop, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China.
Mutianyu is one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, with its Ming Dynasty turreted watchtowers and walls intact. You’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding forest from this ancient section of wall, which is also older and less busy than other sections.
After your amazing visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the drive through Beijing’s outskirts takes you to the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Arriving in Beijing, visit the immense grounds of the Temple of Heaven. Beijing’s principal temple, it was built in the 1400s by the Ming Emperor Yong Le, who also built the Forbidden City. At the complex you can admire the circular, triple-gabled Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the circular Mound Altar, with its marble dragons.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Peking roast duck dinner, the famous dish that’s been prepared in Beijing (formerly called Peking) since imperial times. Afterward, you'll be driven to your Beijing hotel for a great night's sleep in your deluxe suite.
Overnight: 4-star Dongfang Hotel in Beijing
Day 2: Tiananmen Square – Forbidden City – Shanghai (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, visit Tiananmen square and enter the mysterious world of the Forbidden City, built for the emperors in the Ming Dynasty. The huge complex is home to the Palace Museum and nearly 1,000 buildings with 10,000 rooms, and is made up of a succession of courts, towers, gates and lakes.
**Please be advised that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead.
If booking the one-way flight option, your tour will conclude here. If booking the round-trip option, you’ll be driven to Beijing airport to catch your flight back to Shanghai. On landing, you’ll be met by your private driver who will return you to your Shanghai hotel.
After taking a cruise that ended in Shanghai, I wanted to visit Beijing since I was so close the city. The tour/tour company was exceptional. We were in communication with the company for a week in advance via email and they addressed all of my concerns. We were picked up at our hotel for our early flight and the driver made sure we had our boarding passes and ready to start the tour. We had the BEST tour guide, Cristina Guo Shi Qing, who was careful in meeting the needs of two elderly tourists. She allowed us to make some minor changes and was understanding if we need extra breaks. She was extremely knowledgeable about the sites and provide us with lots of historical and cultural information. I would definitely suggest this tour if you have a limited time in the city. My only regret is we did not have more time.
We loved Robert as our guide! He was very knowledgable and interesting! Easy to talk to. We loved the order of the trip, the Great Wall first and Beijing second. Our hotel was very nice though it could use some updating. The location was superb! It was a great value!