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Take a private customized tour of Beijing that includes transportation, and have the option to go with a knowledgeable local guide or travel on your own. You'll have a private vehicle with a professional driver, and a customized itinerary planned prior to arrival. A tourist map and itinerary suggestions are included to help you decide how to spend the day. If something captures your attention en route, stop and check it out. The half-day tour can visit top city attractions, while the full-day itinerary allows time to visit the Great Wall and other key sites.


  • Private independent or guided tour of Beijing
  • Create your own customized half-day or full-day tour using a flexible itinerary
  • Set out by private vehicle or make use of a professional guide, depending on your selection
  • See Beijing city attractions or extend the day at the Great Wall
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to create a personalized half-day or full-day tour in Beijing, and your tour operator sets it all up for you ahead of time. Do it with or without a guide — it’s completely up to you!

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What You Can Expect

Beijing Your Way: Private Independent Tour with Optional Guide

Temple of Heaven

Your half- or full-day tour starts with pickup from your hotel. Step into your comfortable private vehicle and set off to see the city’s local attractions and historic sites.

A half-day independent tour takes you to top destinations within Beijing. Visit the Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, or explore the hutongs (old alleyways lined with traditional buildings) on foot or by pedicab. If you’ve selected a full-day independent tour, you can also drive out of the city limits to the Great Wall, where you can climb the steps, marvel at the fortress-like towers and enjoy panoramic views of the scenery.

If you’re touring independently, use your suggested itinerary and tell your driver where you’d like to go. Be sure to confirm your custom itinerary with the tour operator prior to your arrival in Beijing; that way, they can carefully plan your independent excursion for you.

Upgrade for Half or Full-Day Guided Tour:
Go more in depth with informative commentary from an experienced guide. Get help in customizing your tour from your personal guide, who knows how to avoids the crowds at top destinations and can help your tour to proceeds efficiently. Your guide can also suggest the best venues to sample Beijing’s cuisine, take you to where the locals shop and help you bargain for the best prices. It's an opportunity to get insider knowledge on what to do and see with limited time.

After you’ve taken in the sights, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

Sample list of Beijing sites you can choose to visit:
  • Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Summer Palace
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Hutongs
  • Lama Temple
  • Panda Garden
  • Beihai Park
  • Water Cube
  • Birds Nest
  • Silk Market
  • Great Wall at Badaling
  • Great Wall at Mutianyu
Please note: You are responsible for additional charges during the day, such as any admission fees, food or drink, and public transportation costs (such as pedicab or cable car).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I had a limited amount of time in Beijing and wanted to see so many tourist attractions. There wasn't a day tour that specifically covered all the attractions so we hired Chris to give us a private tour. She was extremely knowledgeable and efficient. She offered to take us anywhere and she even offered to give us more hours than what we had paid for. She was very friendly and I would highly recommend hiring Chris to give you a private tour of Beijing.

Chris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Truly sensational day with Jane my private tour guide and Mr Chang our driver. We started at about 10am and headed strait for Tiananmen Square followed by the Forbidden City. Jane's excellent english, expert knowledge and ability to navigate the crowds made it easy to follow the tour and move through the beautiful buildings with ease. On our way to see the Great Wall in the afternoon we stopped at a quaint little restaurant and brass shop which provided a good break from the 90 minute drive. Finally, at The Great Wall, Jane masterfully guided me along the path, explaining historical significance and allowing me to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Simply grand day all around. Things were smooth and easy and although I was tired at the end, I cherish my time on the tour and the sights I was able to see in just one day. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! -Chris Beasley Photography

Joseph P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent! Really went out of the way to help me see two parts of the Great Wall. Guide "Owen" was awesome. Excellent English, a lot of fun and very very knowledgeable about all of China's history and politics. Driver was very good as well. Got us right up to the wall. Wonderful experience!

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