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Following hotel pickup, your first stop is Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing, and home to sites from the National Museum of China to historic Tiananmen Tower and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.

Next, you'll explore the luxurious Forbidden City, the world’s largest imperial palace, which was home to 24 Chinese emperors between the 15th and the 20th centuries. As you stroll the gardens, halls, and courtyards, your private guide explains how the emperors, their eunuchs, and their concubines lived and ruled.

After a break for lunch at your choice of Chinese restaurant, it’s time to visit the Summer Palace, where China’s imperial households retired to beat the summer heat. The lakes, pavilions and bridges are exquisite at every time of year, but the gardens truly come into their own during spring and summer. The tour concludes with hotel drop-off. 

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Overview

Do full justice to three of Beijing’s must-see sights under the expert tutelage of a private guide on a stress-free tour ideal for first-time visitors. Explore Tiananmen Square, the vast expanse that forms the beating heart of Beijing and dodge the ticket lines at the Forbidden City, home to emperors for around five centuries, with pre-booked admission. Plus, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off make a seamless experience. 

Highlights
  • Explore Tiananmen Square, the beating heart of Beijing past and present
  • Discover the secrets of the Forbidden City, long home to China’s emperors
  • Stroll the lakes, pavilions, bridges and gardens of the Summer Palace
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide, with separate driver
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Relaxed way in a busy city

In Beijing for business and had the weekend free, my guide Amanda was great at getting through the crowds on a very busy and hot day, very much appreciated. Had I been on my own I would have given up. Lunch was at non tourist...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
FANTASTIC TOUR!

Booked this with a group of 4 colleagues to try and get some sight seeing in on a business trip. I would highly recommend. Our tour guide, Eran, was timely, courteous, very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. They went out of their way to pick us...More

Thank NicholeSWatx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
One of the best tours I've ever taken with Jeremy!

Let me just start off by saying I would recommend this man to anybody just wanting to have a fantastic experience in the country that is China. On the first day, we were lovingly greeted by Jeremy. He was on time, excited and enthusiastic to...More

Thank Sophia P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Private tour with Jeremy

Our family conclude our Asia multiple countries tour with Catherine Lu tour and our private tour guide Jeremy. This was our first trip to Beijing and I was very concern about the safety. Jeremy was very attentive and made us feel very safe. Our kids...More

Thank Stacy L
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Yes, you CAN fit it all in!

We have a history buff, a foodie, and two teenagers. We had one day to take in as much of historic Beijing as possible. Fortunately, Steven was our guide. Steven is one of the best guides I have ever had. His knowledge is truly encyclopaedic,...More

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