Take self-guided tours of the Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace on a private day trip from Beijing, including round-trip private transport with a driver. Stroll independently on the restored, Ming-era Mutianyu wall, absorbing its history and mountain scenery. Refuel with a dumpling lunch (own expense), and then visit the Summer Palace, exploring the lakeside pavilions, temples, and gardens at leisure. Your trip includes a flexible itinerary and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off.
Private 8-hour self-guided trip to Mutianyu Great Wall and the Summer Palace from Beijing
Visit the restored Mutianyu wall (own expense), famous for its mountain scenery
Walk the ramparts independently and soak in the views
Explore the Summer Palace, the summer retreat of China’s later emperors
Tour the gardens, lakes, bridges, and pavilions at leisure
Chinese dumpling lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant
Private transport with a driver, flexible itinerary, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
Meet your driver at your central Beijing hotel, and make the roughly 1.5-hour journey to the Mutianyu Great Wall by private, air-conditioned vehicle. On route, tell your driver if there’s something you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary is flexible. Renowned for its gorgeous scenery, Mutianyu was built in the 6th century before reconstruction during the Ming dynasty (1368 -1644). It was restored in the 1980s, with handrails added to some steep sections. On arrival, let your driver advise on purchasing tickets (own expense): choosing a round-trip cable car ride to the wall, or to take the chairlift and return via the downhill toboggan run. Then, enjoy two to three hours on the wall independently. Admire the battlements set against the magnificent backdrop of the wall weaving into the distance. Afterward, refuel with a dumpling lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant before visiting Beijing’s Summer Palace — the summertime retreat of China’s later emperors. Enjoy ample time to stroll independently around the gardens, pavilions, bridges, and temples, all framing Kunming Lake. Visit the teahouses and shops, and see highlights like the Marble Boat and Long Corridor. Your day trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Mar 2016
Our Driver Kevin was great! He was very informative and gave us good tips about Beijing etc. Our driver was very flexible with the itinerary for the day. He made time to stop at the bird's nest for us on our way back to the city. really recommended!!