Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), both UNESCO World Heritage sites, on a full-day private tour from Beijing. The Great Wall of China is one of the most popular attractions in China, yet the Mutianyu section attracts fewer visitors, which means you get a less crowded experience of this world-famous landmark. Then learn about the history of the majestic Summer Palace as you stroll through its lavish gardens, sprinkled with temples and other eye-catching features. Includes guide, lunch, entrance fees, Great Wall cable car ticket, private vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Private full-day tour of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and Summer Palace, from Beijing
Visit two World Heritage-listed sites near Beijing
Spend time at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, away from the crowds
Take a cable car, or ski lift and toboggan at the Great Wall
Admire the classical gardens and temples of the Summer Palace
Includes knowledgeable guide, lunch, private transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off
Our guide Juliet met us in the lobby of our hotel at 8.30 and we headed off to the wall. Along the way she gave us lots of background on Beijing and China. About 90 minutes later we arrived and made our way up to the cable car. You could go with the ski lifts to the other part of the wall, the choice is yours but as my wife is not keen on heights an enclosed gondola was the way to go for us.
The views on the way up are good but once you arrive at the main event they are fantastic. Even though it was a little hazy and with a number of school groups it seemed a bit busy at first, once you moved past the first tower it quickly became quieter.
Juliet let us decide how long we wanted and I went off to take more photos and see another couple of towers whilst she and my wife waited. Clearly I would have made the big steep ascent but didn’t want them to get bored waiting for me – no really…
We then came back down, met the driver and went to a local restaurant for lunch. Juliet had chosen one from her region in the North of China which meant we were trying things I had never sampled before (since Cantonese is so prevalent in the UK). It was fabulous.
Then it was off to the Summer Palace. This always seemed a bit ambitious to try and do both of these in a day and with bad traffic it did prove to be so as we didn’t arrive until around 4pm. Even so Juliet did a great job of a quick edited highlights tour of the Palace which certainly whet our appetites for a return in the future. You could easily spend hours here.
Then it was back to the car, more traffic and back to the hotel a bit later than planned.
It was a great day, Juliet was an excellent guide and our driver was charming and very calm in difficult traffic and he kept the car impeccably clean.
I’d definitely recommend it but just be aware that I suspect even if traffic is good then the Summer Palace is only going to be a quick visit if you want to focus on the wall (which if you are choosing this tour is the right balance).
This trip was great for myself my cousin and my mother who is in her 80's. The ride up the ski lift was the perfect way for us to get up to the top to walk on and view the wall. Our guide Julia was wonderful and patient with our slow progress when it was necessary. We saw so much more than the people who we met on our group tour a few days later. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has some difficulty in climbing stairs.
Such a great day! Miko, our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure we never had to wait in long lines, was entertaining with his funny jokes, and provided a lot of good history throughout the trip.
Perfect tour! We all really enjoyed the day, learnt a lot and seen some amazing sights! Cactus, our tour guide was excellent, she made us all feel at ease and gave us some really interesting information. If you can only pick one tour, choose this one and ask for Cactus!
This Tour has been absolutely perfect! Our guide, Jimmy managed to make us see the Great Wall with not so many people and we had plenty of time to enjoy the view and all the fantastic stories he was explaining us on the history. The car driver was a great driver and we the car very comfortable. We had an amazing Chinese lunch with lots pf great food and we finished the tour with a visit of Summer palace where Jimmy has also explained us lots of history and fun facts. I definitely recommend this tour and Jimmy who has been kind and friendly to us, he is also an expert to avoid crowd and make you see tourist place in a different way. Thank you Jimmy and driver for this great day !
Lucy from Discovery Tours was simply amazing. She is so knowledgeable of the culture and history of China that we spoke the whole time we were traveling to and from sights. 1st stop was Great Wall, what an amazing Once in a lifetime experience and Lucy knew so much about the site that it was informative the entire way. We took the ski lift up, which was great because youll need your cardio for walking the actual wall. After the Wall we went for an authentic Chinese lunch, and I loved Lucys lunch choices, and the table was covered with food - too much for us to eat.... At lunch Lucy bought me my first locally brewed beer and it was delicious. After lunch we headed to the Summer Palace, what a grand place and Lucy knew all the facts about the Dragon Lady. I highly recommend this tour and Lucy from Discovery Tours
We really enjoyed the tour. Visiting the Great Wall was one great way to appreciate the history of ancient China civilisation. Our guide, Miko was very knowledgable about the great wall and the palace. We learned a lot about the history of both places. He was also very funny and took very good care of us. His English also very good.
Well this was definitely a bucket list excursion for all of us. Ever since I was small, The Great Wall has been a place to visit. Our tour guide Miko was the ideal guide for this amazing journey! Our private tour began at the hotel where Miko and his driver picked us up and drove us about an hour and a half to Mutianyu. The drive was so beautiful and I loved the village before we got to the Great Wall. Miko gave us a brief and informative history of the Wall and then the adventure began.
We rode the chairlift up and the MUST DO Toboggan down the hill. Lunch afterwards was my favorite meal at a very local restaurant that was locally owned. The food was delicious!
All three of us agreed that this was our favorite day in China!! Many thanks to Miko for checking this great day off my bucket list and GO LAKERS!! Miko is a huge Kobe Bryant and Laker fan. Made the trip even more enjoyable!!
I travelled with my wife, our 8 year old, 6 year old and 4.5 year old.
Linda, our tour guide, spoke clear English.
She was very apologetic for being 10 minutes late at pick up due to unforeseen traffic related reason. I could relate to that as I am very familiar with traffic problems in large metros.
We immediately started our travel to Mutianyu in her 7 passenger Buick van which was air conditioned and clean enough from inside.
In less than 2 hours we were outside the great wall.
There was a long 1hr40min wait in the line. Luckily it was warm with over cast. So the sun did not bother us. Linda said the best time to visit with an aim to beat the heat would be in April. This can be a tip for families with small kids as continuos sun exposure will exhaust while doing a nearly 2 hour wait.
Be prepared for it.
Took the ski slope style rope line to the great wall which as expected completely blew us away. Kids were going nuts.
Right before entry into the waiting line there was a fairly clean rest room which Linda appropriately pointed out.
By the time we took 1300 steps back to base, it was lunch time. I politely explained that we had not developed the taste for Chinese cuisine and cannot eat pork. Linda called the boss and agreed to let us eat at the subway or a burger joint right outside the great wall base as long as it was within a budget of RMB 200.
After we had ordered, Linda pleasantly surprised us by saying that though we were over budget, we need not to pay. :
We got on the van to the Summer palace.
This was at the other edge of the city and it took 1 hour to get there.
The place has architecture I had never seen before so we were all very pleased. Again amenities such as rest rooms for families were available.
We finished it in 1 hour.
Linda said good bye and instructed the driver to drop us back at the hotel near terminal 3 of the airport.
They like to pick there customers from within the down town area. I requested for an exception. They agreed to pick us from Terminal 3 hilton hotel loooong way form down town and to drop us back for an extra charge of USD100. I happily pain as it saved be an additional journey of more than an hour form hotel to pick up spot.
In the end i tipped Linda and the very pleasant driver does not speak english USD 20 each.
Very pleased. Good job guys for taking care of our family of 5.