After being picked up from your central Beijing hotel, meet your guide and small group of up to 15 people in time for an 8am departure. The first stop of the day is Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, with space for up to one million people. As you stroll around the grand square, learn more about its importance throughout history and hear about the many significant political events that have taken place in the square.
Continue to the Forbidden City, once the epicenter of the Imperial City and the largest ancient palace complex in the world. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the palatial buildings and cultural relics that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.
After lunch (own expense), enjoy views over the Forbidden City from Jingshan Hill, then spend the rest of the afternoon at the Summer Palace. Explore the magnificent 18th-century Imperial gardens both with and without your guide, pausing to admire the palatial buildings and pavilions and pose for photos beside the pretty lakes and bridges.
Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel around 4pm.