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We highly recommend these tours. Our guide Michael and driver picked us up on time and returned us safely to our hotel. Both The Great Wall and the Summer Palace are a must see in Beijing and we loved every moment. We had an excellent lunch at a family Chinese restaurant and the food was plentiful and excellent.
Fabulous day tour - picked up from the hotel at 8.30 then back for 5.30. Becky was an excellent guide and very informative.
Private car to the Great Wall, stayed for 1.5 hours then on to an excellent lunch in a local chinese restaurant, then on to the summer palace in Beijing.
Highly recommended and informative day out.
As many other reviewers have mentioned, of all the many day trips to the wall advertised I would recommend this one. Why? Because it's value for money as half the price of some other similar tours. And when you have a family group it makes a big difference that it is 100 pp instead of 200 pp. WE had the guide Roy and he was great. Very knowledgeable. It was very cold and smoggy in Beijing in the first week of January, so we were worried that visibility would be poor on the Wall. Thankfully, we left the smog behind and it was a perfectly clear, blue sky day on the Wall with hardly any other tourists! We had the Wall to ourselves and no queues. Roy let us decide how long we wanted to walk on the Wall and minded all our coats as walked it was a lot hotter than we thought once walking!. We chose the 'less steep' direction heading left at the top of the chairlift, but glad we did that as it was still quite up and down enough and the view is the same. Lots of photo opps. BTW Toboggan coming down was not a great experience for the two smaller in height members of our group, as the design of toboggan is such that smaller people can't push the speed stick forward enough and then the toboggan slows down... problem for people behind. If the ride attendants spaced the toboggans out it would not have been a problem but they dont'... Roy says it happens all the time and there is a big backlog. Anyway, probably would just catch the chairlift down again or recommend that to shorter people! . Lunch in local village was delicious and Roy ordered great food for us. Summer Palace was very good - just strolled through it all, which was fine for our group. The frozen lake was very beautiful. Gardens winter- barren but with less crowds, that's a good trade-off. Could have stopped off at the Birds Nest, but we weren't interested in that, so didn't would not recommend. All in all a wonderful lifetime experience. I Also used the same tour company to book my airport transfers at 300RMB with a 7 seater van. Very good service and communication! So that's a bonus.
The guide 小李）and driver （小王）were very knowledgeable and helpful! My wife and I enjoyed ourselves very much despite the less than desirable air quality at the sights we visited. We learnt a bit great deal and had fun too.
Amazing tour! The private car was comfortable and pick-up dropp-of were smooth. Mutianyu was not crowded and the ski-lift to climb up and the sliding carts to go down were a lot of fun! Our guide was knowledgeable and a very sweet person! The lunch was at a local little restaurant and it was pretty good. She took us through the crowds of the Summer Palace and was patient with our desire to climb every possible tower to take photos! She took many photos for us as well. This was a wonderful decision and a wonderful tour!
This is a fantastic day! Our tour guide Alice and the Private Driver were lovely. Alice was very informative and we could see she genuinely cared to make our day perfect. The Mutianyu part of the Great Wall is well worth the drive - less crowded. Extremely satisfied with the day!
Great tour- good value for the money. Clean car, professional service. Our guide Roy was incredible. So knowledgeable! The history lesson alone in the first 30 minute son the car ride was terrific. Highly recommend you request Roy as possible, and Mr. Sun our driver, was so kind and helpful, too. Hopefully you do this trip when the tobagen ride is open at the Great Wall - looks like so much fun. Unfortunately, we went during winter so it was closed. But I can't say enough positive accolades about the tour.
What do you say about this tour.... Awesome!!!! Our tour guide Bella and our driver were awesome... Proud of their country and the history of the Chinese people. The wall was incredible and the toboggan ride down was a blast. The history behind the wall and then lunch at a local restaurant was excellent the food was locally grown and you could taste the freshness. The Summer Palace was amazing and we ended at a Tea House for a tea ceremony. Truthfully, our daughter wanted to go more than us but it was great and a lot of fun.... Great people, great time and 5 stars!!!!
We could not have been luckier to have such a great, unique, private tour to The Great Wall and Summer Palace. Evelyn our tour guide and driver was amazing! They made the trip-sweet, full of information and hospitable. We would definitely choose Viator tours for our next trips. Thank you so much for a wonderful crew!!
Very happy with this tour.
Bella our tour guide was available the night before to confirm our booking, arrived slightly before time to collect us at the hotel, and made sure everything ran as clockwork. I'd happily book another tour. A very very good experience.
Great guide, very knowledgable, friendly and punctual. Very recommended for a day trip!
Our family of 5 took this tour in late June and got a great guide, Bella! She was friendly and informative - she paced the tour, coordinated well with driver for pickup and drop off, communicated well and took us to a great lunch place. Bella was awesome and we had a good time. Thanks Bella!!!
Roy was a great tour guide, and Mr. Lu driver was also very good.
Eva was great!! Very friendly, knowledgeable and organised. If I was recommending this to anyone I would suggest maybe just doing the Great Wall alone in a day. It's a pretty big day especially if you're not fit. Not impossible by any means, but after the Wall we were all exhausted and requested the short version of the Summer Palace, which is obviously not ideal. Overall all a BRILLIANT day and highly recommend this tour AND Eva!!
We did the Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace tour with our very friendly and competent guide Chris. The combination of the Great Wall with the Summer Palace turned out to be a good mix for us as first time visitors to China. On our way to the Summer Palace we had an excellent lunch in a local restaurant. Everything was very convenient and professionally organized. I call this value for money!
Sharon and Wang were awesome! Sharon ordered us a great lunch and everything was very easy: from pickup to drop-off. The only problem we ran into is that Sharon got a little distracted toward the end when she took us through the Summer Palace. Definitely 5/5 experience!
Our guide, Sharon, actually came earlier to start the tour as it was a holiday and traffic might be bad. took a ski lift up the Great Wall and toboggan down which was interesting as we never expected to see rides there. Sharon was very knowledgeable and made the trip easy. The day was extremely smoggy so views were not optimal especially at the Summer Palace, which was also very crowded. Would recommend skipping the Summer Palace unless you know its going to have perfectly clear weather.
Excellent. arrived on time and very knowledgeable. Very friendly and a really enjoyable day
The private tour for my family of four was the way to go. Sally did a great job. My favorite part of our trip to China was our time at the Great Wall. I would have liked to have been there for the whole day. We walked as much as we could and it was not very crowded, so that was nice for photos. The toboggan ride down was fun too. We had a good lunch at a local restaurant. I have to eat gluten free and Sally did a good job of ordering so I could try everything. The Summer Palace was beautiful. It was nice to have a guide to share the meaning of everything. Pickup and drop off at our hotel made life easier.
Eva was only great. Wall and Summer Palace visits were highlights of our 2 weeks in China. Restaurant Eva selected for lunch was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Five stars all the way
Our guide Galen was wonderful. He really took his time to explain everything and made the day wonderful - including he and Mr Wong finding the most amazing local restaurant for lunch. I would recommend this tour
If you are in Beijing and want to have a great experience without having to wait for a busload of fellow tourists, this might be the tour for you. My wife and I had a fantastic day. Our guide was highly knowledgeable, informative, helpful and funny. Not to mention genuine, which was rather refreshing during our stay in China.
You will see some fantastic, historical locations, hear great stories and have a good lunch. In the meantime you will not have to buy anything.
I can only recommend this tour, you won't regret signing up!
Christina gave us a wonderful experience on the Great Wall and Summer Palace. Her English was excellent and her lively, outgoing personality was greatly appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and would highly recommend her to anyone! The sites we visited were fantastic!
Thanks for a memorable experience.
Excellent tour and guide and driver. We were able to arrange a train station pickup for one of our party and wait for a shower, for an extra cost which we were gladly willing to pay.
This part of the Wall is quite rugged and I would not recommend it for the weak. Lots of stairs even after the ski lift up to the wall. The toboggan ride down was a blast!!
There is an option of taking the ski lift down again or the gondola both ways.
Our guide gave us historical insight into the wall and the Summer palace. I could not imagine going to the Summer palace without a guide to explain the history and significance of the buildings we saw. It would not be the same.
I would highly recommend this tour for adventuresome people and this tour operator.
Our guide, Yelu, spoke fluent English, being an English major in university. She was happy to allow us to spend as much time as we liked at various places. Lots of pictures were taken.
It was nice to be able to phone the tour operator prior to the day to arrange for the train pickup and ask questions. Viator sent the contact information in order to do that.
Lovely day - Great Wall and Summer Palace
We had a sunny day at Mutianyu, if a bit smoggy. The Wall was awesome you could feel the history of the place. Alice, our guide, was really nice and she was a mine of information.
She and the driver took us for lunch to a restaurant where local Chinese were eating. The food was very good and it felt like an authentic experience.
The Summer Palace was quite crowded. It's worth a short visit in our view.
A very enjoyable and memorable experience. We would recommend it.
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