• Tour code: 41501P6
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Delve into Beijing’s imperial highlights, including skip-the-line access to the Palace Museum (Forbidden City), on this private 8-hour tour. Visit Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen Gate Tower, and enjoy fast-track entry to the Palace Museum to tour its must-sees and other, lesser-known treasures. Explore royal Jingshan Park, ride a boat around Beihai Park, and enjoy lunch at the Royal Icehouse Restaurant, where ice was housed for China’s emperors. Central hotel pickup and drop-off included.


  • Private 8-hour imperial Beijing tour including lunch at the Royal Icehouse Restaurant
  • Visit Tiananmen Square and enjoy views from the Tiananmen Gate Tower
  • Skip the line at the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) for a 3-hour guided tour
  • Explore the highlights and lesser-known museums inside the palace
  • Visit the royal gardens of Jingshan Park and ride a boat around Beihai Park
  • Lunch at the Royal Icehouse, a restaurant inside an imperial-era ice-storage house
  • Private guiding, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Skip-the-Line Imperial Beijing Private VIP City Tour Including Lunch at Royal Icehouse Restaurant

Hutong Icehouse restaurant

After pickup from your central Beijing hotel, travel by private vehicle to Tiananmen Square. On route, learn about this public square — the world’s largest — and its buildings, including Tiananmen Gate, the entrance to the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

Take an orientation stroll and ascend 67 steps up the Tiananmen Gate Tower for panoramas over the square. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the main lines to the Palace Museum for a 3-hour tour.

This walled, 15th-century compound features 800 buildings and courtyards, and was home to 24 of China’s emperors. Tour the highlights and explore some areas missed by visitors, including the Treasure and Instruments Galleries, as you uncover their intriguing history.

Next, explore the royal gardens of Jingshan Park, admiring bird’s-eye views of the Palace Museum from their hilltop Wanchun Pavilion.

Then, head for the Royal Icehouse for lunch. Located in an old hutong residential area, this history-steeped restaurant occupies a former royal icehouse — where ice was kept cool for imperial use during summer.

Following a traditional lunch in a private courtyard here, enjoy a shared boat ride around Beihai Park, one of China’s oldest imperial gardens. Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off.

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