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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


While on layover at Beijing Capital International Airport, let a personal guide show you the highlights around Beijing. Spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Forbidden City. You'll also visit Tiananmen Square and eat a Chinese lunch. Round-trip airport transport by private vehicle is included on this full-day tour.
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Full-day private layover tour from Beijing airport
  • See the Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City, two World Heritage sites
  • Explore Tiananmen Square on foot
  • Authentic Chinese lunch at a restaurant
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
Meet your personal guide and driver on arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, and settle into the comfort of your private vehicle. You're transferred to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, located about 1 hour away. Spend a few hours exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site with your guide. You'll find this fully restored section less crowded than the Great Wall at Badaling, and the ascent is made easy with an optional round-trip cable car ride, or take the toboggan down (own expense.) 

Once you've worked up an appetite, sit down at a nearby restaurant for a lunch featuring authentic Chinese dishes. Afterward, it's about a 1.75-hour drive back into Beijing, depending on traffic.

The first stop on your city sightseeing is Tiananmen Square. Your guide will show you around the Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall where the revolutionary leader's remains are preserved for posterity. 

From here, it's about a 15-minute walk to the World Heritage–listed Forbidden City, Beijing's centuries-old imperial palace. Learn about the Ming and Qing dynasties that ruled here and spend time among the many entrance halls, private quarters, gardens, and museums. 

Conclude your full-day layover tour with drop-off at the airport in time for your onward flight.


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, Jan 2019

Excellent tour guide and driver, lucky our trip was scheduled on Sunday so we missed the heavy traffic.

, Aug 2018

It was the best way to take advantage of our long stay over in Beijing... in our way to Bangkok. They picked up us at the airport in the morning, we visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before having lunch, and they went to the Great Wall, before returning to the airport. It was worthy although not a cheap tour.

, Jun 2018

Our flight arrived a little late, but our tour guide met us right at arrivals and got us quickly moving on the tour. The drive was very comfortable as she explained as much about the country and city's history as she could in the short ride to Tiananmen Square. With limited time, she was able to fit a lot of information in and we got such great photos from her! At the Forbidden City, she explained so much about the symbolism and culture hidden within the site. The sites at the Great Wall and the sled ride down were so fun. Finally, because of our late arrival, we shared a very delicious local dinner and had some awesome beer from her hometown. Thank you so much for the wonderful tour during our time in China! Highly recommended!

, Jan 2018

This was a really fantastic tour! The airport pickup and drop-off were flawless, and my guide, Lily, was very knowledgeable. Walking the Great Wall was incredible - it is truly a world wonder. Lily also worked really hard to accommodate my food allergies at lunch, and I had an awesome Chinese meal that I'll definitely never forget. The Forbidden City is worth a couple of days in itself and I can't wait to go back to Beijing and explore some more. Thank you, Lily!

, Jan 2018

The tour was great! Our guide Joyce was very helpful and accommodating. We were picked up on time and dropped off with enough time to board our next flight. I highly recommend this tour.

, Dec 2017

Great time on my layover tour in Beijing. I had to wait about an hour for the driver to pick me up at the arrivals area of the airport. Then we headed into town where my guide Lisa provided a tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. She was very informative and provided answers to all of my questions. It was very cold, but still a great time seeing the sights. Lisa helped me haggle with a vendor so I could buy a warm hat since I forgot to bring one.

After this, the three of us drove out near the Great Wall had lunch together at an authentic Chinese restaurant. Food was delicious and warmed us up before the trek up to the Great Wall. We hiked about an hour at the Great Wall. She helped me take pictures and again provided lots of information and answered my questions.

After our Great Wall journey they took me back to PEK airport in time to catch my flight.

I recommend this tour to anyone with about a 12 hour layover in Beijing.

, Nov 2017

Great tour for layover. Everything exceeded our expectations and our tour guide even offered to take us to parts of the Great Wall that were old/unrestored for some fun hiking... of course we took him up on that and had a great time. No wasted time... this tour packs in all you could hope for in one day layover!

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