This was a fabulous trip. Our tour guide, William, really took the time to make it a special experience. We had crazy weather with snow so our plans were deterred and our return flight to Shanghai was cancelled. We felt no stress and William and the tour company took care of everything. Even down to him running around the airport and staying with us until we were completely set on our new flight. He asked us what was a must so we did get The Great Wall and it was magnificent covering in snow. Despite low temperatures we had an awesome experience and would highly rec this tour if you only have one day to get to The Great Wall Don't miss it!
A long day but well worthwhile. The Forbidden City, Tiamen Square and the Great Wall all live up to the high expectation I had. Thee guide was excellent - Friendly , informative and professional. Air delays into and out of Shanghai mar the tour.
I booked this tour for my 15 year old daughter and me not really knowing what to expect. However, from the Lobby call to the pre-processed airport checkin we were surprised how smoothly everything went. The meeting at Beijing continued the flow and we were continually surprised and delighted the day ahead. The history of Beijing combined with the hospitality if our English speaking guide and his capable driver made this one of the most memorable days of our trip. If you love history and want to make the most if a wonderful day out we certainly recommend this tour. A fantastic day that will stay in our memories for a long time to come.
If you only have a day, take this tour! We were very lucky with the weather and our guide was really fantastic. Be prepared to walk, we covered a lot of territory in one day. The only weak point was lunch at the Jade shop. If you're a foodie, this is disappointing. However, I'll bet you can get your guide to go to a more interesting stop for lunch if you have an adventurous appetite.
It was AMAZING to see so much of Beijing in such a short time! My guide was very professional and friendly. I've learnt so much about Chinese culture and local life from him. Everything went smoothly and I highly recommend this trip!
It was well worth doing and Jason was an excellent guide and so was his driver.
Excellent organization. Great guide and driver. Pick up from hotel on time. Superb itinerary. Highly recommend.
It was amazing to see all the top attractions in Beijing in one day and back to Shanghai at night. It was super organized and one of the best experiences I've ever had around the world. I mean, what a brilliant idea! btw the lunch was superb as well!
Great tour, started a little early. Delivered as promised airfare, airport driver, tiananmen square, forbidden palace and great wall all by a knowledgeable english speaking tour guide. Only other complaint is the standard tour of a jade factory and silk factory. Really just a slightly pressured sales trip after the tour which only lasts five minutes.
My tour went well. The tour guide and driver were nice people and made the day interesting android ex me with a great insight into every day life in Beijing. The Great Wall was amazing and I recommend that every one does the climb for as far as they can. It is truly a magnificent piece of Architecture and history. The slide cars were a fun way to come back down the Mountain. I will use viatoura again when I travel.
The trip was perfect for my needs. I only had a day, and I didn't want to leave China without seeing the Great Wall. Transportation was convenient: A driver picked me up from the hotel, had my printed plane ticket, then the tour guide and driver for the day picked me up from the airport, and the same driver picked me up at the airport at the end of the day. The tour guide was very nice and easy to understand. I enjoyed the Forbidden City and the Great Wall the most. I was also shown a tea shop, jade shop, and silk shop which were good to see, but also encouraged buying and haggling a bit... I didn't mind much, but by the end of the day, I was tired and just wanted to go back to the airport (I was the only person on the tour). I recommend this tour if you're on a tight schedule, but it would be more fun with someone else too.
First, the good parts- we really enjoyed visiting the Great Wall- this part is definitely worth doing.. The Forbidden City was also interesting. The guide and driver tried very hard to get us everywhere quickly, despite the terrible traffic in Beijing (including a quick stop at Tienanmen Square) and the guide gave us lots of information. The pick-ups and drop-offs went smoothly. However, it was a very long day. It would have been better to put us on an earlier return flight to Shanghai. In order to save time, we could suggest cutting out the trip to the Chinese Medicine Clinic in the afternoon, under the guise of getting a "free" foot massage! This was an unexpected consultation with a doctor and his translator who wanted us to spend thousands of dollars on medicines and they were not impressed when we did not buy their recommended treatments. We did not set out to go to a doctor's appointment on our holiday- the whole experience was quite unpleasant and we felt ambushed. The "free" foot massage was not complimentary either as we were pressured into leaving a tip. At lunch, we were given the "opportunity" to buy jade but this was more low-key at least. Overall, it was interesting but tiring and a bit stressful -between the long hours ( nearly 18 hours from pick-up to drop-off), the sales pitch and the seemingly never-ending traffic gridlock of Beijing. It would have been nice to have water available on board the bus as it was a long time between lunch and further opportunities to eat and drink (i.e.at the airport, several hours later)..
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For an EXPENSIVE private tour, you are not treated well. For starters you are picked up at 4:30 in the morning. No time for breakfast, nor is anything open. The drivers or tour guides do not provide you with water, which you can not take on the plane. They are also put off by the suggestion that as tour guides, especially in the hot summer, they should have had some water. Second, they really do not treat this as a private tour. For starters they had miscommunication from the tour company that we did not want to go to the Great Wall. I have no idea where they got that from, but after a while of straightening it out they got us to it. We were rushed through the Forbidden City. Did not have a chance to look at anything. Also, early in the tour we told them that we were not shoppers but was still forced to go to a jade factory and a tea house. These are like any other tour shopping stops except when there are only two on the tour, the sell gets much more aggressive. The delicious Chinese lunch as described by the tour was in the jade factory and it was pretty much a general tso's chicken like we get in America. Then we were just dropped off at the Great Wall and that was it. Why couldn't we have gone to the Temple of Heaven instead of the two shopping tours? Why was our return flight not until 9:30pm and forced to stay at the dingy Beijing airport for an excessive amount of time? SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR!!!