Book a morning tour. Then, after pickup from your central Beijing hotel or meeting place, begin your 4.5-hour coach tour, seeing as many as 30 landmarks, hopping out to walk around the sights, and charting the city's transformation from the past to the present-day.
Start with a stroll along pedestrianized Wangfujing, the city's best-known shopping street. Then, drive into Beijing’s historical heart as your guide shares stories and vintage photos of famous landmarks, showing how some have disappeared while others have been maintained.
Drive along Wenjin Street and stroll from Jingshan Park to the Beihai Royal Garden. Admire these beautiful imperial parks, and wander around Beihai to see its picturesque lake and pavilions.
From here, take a drive to see the Desheng Gate, Chongwen Gate, the Ancient Observatory and Qianmen Gate, together with the Bell and Drum Towers and Tiananmen Square.
Then, hop out at the Dashilan quarter and wander through narrow hutong lanes for a taste of old Beijing. Observe the locals and absorb the old-school atmosphere before heading to the tree-lined former embassy area of the Legation Quarter.
Your tour then finishes with a drop-off in the city center, leaving you to continue exploring independently.