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Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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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. 
  • 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
What to Expect
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 a 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Your centrally located hotel in Beijing
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Your centrally located hotel in Beijing
  • Professional guide
  • Private car and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please make sure to provide your full name and passport number for entrance tickets purchase to Forbidden City in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We booked this tour and personalized it to include the hutongs and a cricket show. Our guide, Connie was friendly, informative and helpful. After our tour ended, she personally brought us to a local restaurant and helped us order local dishes. She also helped us make
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Joyce was an outstanding guide, a delightful lady who shared with us her vast knowledge of the sites visited - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. The layering of historical facts and stories provided a wonderful insight into Beijing and the fascinating history
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My guide Connie arrived punctually. She is knowledgeable and provided informative background and history to the various sites visited. As I was keen to take photographs, she was able to show me some of the good photo taking angles and compositions. Had an enjoyable time!
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Had the most amazing private tour in Beijing! Showed up early and car was beautiful. Mr. Han was a great driver and our guide Lena spoke great English and was super informative. Great Company! Would definitely book again!
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We had a great time touring Beijing with Justin. He was very informative and was able to get us in ahead of most of the crowds, gave us a lot of information for our stay in Beijing. Had a great lunch as well. We are going to look him up next time we are back.
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Key Details
  • Catherine Lu Tours
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Spanish
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