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Private Day Trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace with English-Speaking Driver

Beijing, China
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Take self-guided tours of the Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace on a private day trip from Beijing, including round-trip private transport with a driver. Stroll independently on the restored, Ming-era Mutianyu wall, absorbing its history and mountain scenery. Refuel with a dumpling lunch (own expense), and then visit the Summer Palace, exploring the lakeside pavilions, temples, and gardens at leisure. Your trip includes a flexible itinerary and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 8-hour self-guided trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and the Summer Palace from Beijing
  • Visit the restored Mutianyu wall (own expense), famous for its mountain scenery
  • Walk the ramparts independently and soak in the views
  • Explore the Summer Palace, the summer retreat of China’s later emperors
  • Tour the gardens, lakes, bridges, and pavilions at leisure
  • Chinese dumpling lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant
  • Private transport with a driver, flexible itinerary, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
Meet your driver at your central Beijing hotel, and make the roughly 1.5-hour journey to the Mutianyu Great Wall by private, air-conditioned vehicle. On route, tell your driver if there’s something you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary is flexible.

Renowned for its gorgeous scenery, Mutianyu was built in the 6th century before reconstruction during the Ming dynasty (1368 -1644). It was restored in the 1980s, with handrails added to some steep sections.

On arrival, let your driver advise on purchasing tickets (own expense): choosing a round-trip cable car ride to the wall, or to take the chairlift and return via the downhill toboggan run.

Then, enjoy two to three hours on the wall independently. Admire the battlements set against the magnificent backdrop of the wall weaving into the distance.

Afterward, refuel with a dumpling lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant before visiting Beijing’s Summer Palace — the summertime retreat of China’s later emperors.

Enjoy ample time to stroll independently around the gardens, pavilions, bridges, and temples, all framing Kunming Lake. Visit the teahouses and shops, and see highlights like the Marble Boat and Long Corridor.

Your day trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Mutianyu Great Wall
Your friendly driver will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00am in the morning, and head up to beautiful Mutianyu Great Wall (1.5 hour drive). This section of the Wall is fully restored, there are hand rails to help you up on the very steep parts and the views are spectacular. You will have your choice of taking a cable car (own expense) or chair lift up and spend 2-3 hours hiking on the Wall. Then you have the option of taking a toboggan ride back down or simply return the way you came.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
After lunch at a local restaurant (at your own cost), continue your tour to Summer Palace (1.5 hour driving time). It was once a summer retreat for emperors, this 716-acre park is still a retreat for the tourists, who can relax here or stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and huge lake, stopping occasionally at a shop or tea-house. Much-loved summer retreat of the Imperial families, the lovely landscaped gardens, halls, pavilions and corridors are set around the Kunming lake as well as the rivers in natural harmony. You will be driving back to your Beijing hotel after the Summer Palace visit.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free


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Unimpressed, traffic was heavy but...
Andrew K
, Oct 2017
Unimpressed, traffic was heavy but there was no need for the driver to get agitated and get out of his car shouting in Chinese. Put us on edge for the rest of the trip. When we got to the wall we were told it was 40RMB each to get the bus or the same price for him to park the car. That was not mentioned in the info pack but we paid it anyway. We did have free time at the wall and that was fine. When we returned to meet the driver he did acknowledge us, but was playing cards. So I suggested we got a beer and waited until his hand finished. I didn't want to upset him. On exiting the parking area he had our 80RMB ready to pay the car park charges but was waived through without paying, we did not get our money back. On returning to Beijing I was very surprised to see our hotel and he just dropped us there. After previously seeing what he was like in traffic I did not feel able to approach him and request to be taken to the summer palace as per our itinerary. Very disappointed as we only had 2 days in Beijing. It is possible this is not the sort of tour you might get and we were unlucky. Oh and he did not speak a single word other than to organise our tickets.
Our Driver Kevin was great! He was...
Jay P
, Feb 2016
Our Driver Kevin was great! He was very informative and gave us good tips about Beijing etc. Our driver was very flexible with the itinerary for the day. He made time to stop at the bird's nest for us on our way back to the city. really recommended!!

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