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Private Day Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall provided by Catherine Lu Tours

Private Day Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall

Private Day Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
8–9 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    8–9 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 37561P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • English-speaking tour guide service fee
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver
  • Gas, toll & parking lot fees
  • Lunch at the local Chinese restaurant
  • Round Trip cable car or chair lift up and toboggan down the wall
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
Exclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Gratuity to the guide and driver
  • Personal Costs
Duration
8–9 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For the lunch, you will be taken to the authentic Chinese local restaurant catering for the locals or at the western-style subway restaurant (2 options). And the lunch has its budget
  • Please offer all passport number and name for Forbidden City tickets booking and bring passport or passport copy during the tour
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant (1-3 years old) are free providing they do not occupy a seat
  • Extra fee is requested after 8 hours tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • English-speaking tour guide service fee
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver
  • Gas, toll & parking lot fees
  • Lunch at the local Chinese restaurant
  • Round Trip cable car or chair lift up and toboggan down the wall
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
Exclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Gratuity to the guide and driver
  • Personal Costs
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8–9 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For the lunch, you will be taken to the authentic Chinese local restaurant catering for the locals or at the western-style subway restaurant (2 options). And the lunch has its budget
  • Please offer all passport number and name for Forbidden City tickets booking and bring passport or passport copy during the tour
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant (1-3 years old) are free providing they do not occupy a seat
  • Extra fee is requested after 8 hours tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Mutianyu Great Wall
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Sheri F
California27 contributions
Dec 2019
This full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall did not disappoint. We appreciated the advance communications from Jenna and found the day to be very well organized. Our lovely guide, Jenny, was very accommodating and personable. Despite the snowy weather, the driver safely navigated the trip, and we explored and enjoyed all of the sites. Walking the Great Wall in the snow was mesmerizing and beautiful!
Written January 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JohnDuran52
Bangkok, Thailand83 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This was an eight (8) hour tour from our hotel to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and then 1.5-2 hour drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The driver and Lena, our guide, arrived early and were ready to go. Lena was open to discussion on all topics of interest and historically informative. We loved our trip.

All elements of the booking, payment, and contact numbers for the guide etc. were handled efficiently prior to the trip. Superb service.
Written September 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Emily
2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This tour exceeded our expectations and was an unforgettable experience. Our guide, Jenny, was a very lovely host and knowledgeable about the sights we saw. She made the day very personal! We stopped at had lunch at a local restaurant which was the best food we had in China! We chose the chair lift and toboggan combo which was an awesome experience and would 100% recommend!
Written December 23, 2019
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Marcelo C
Sao Paulo, SP6 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I had one fantastic Beijing Private Tour! The super friendly and knowledgeable tour guide Joyce met us at the hotel, exactly at the time scheduled, and took us on a comfortable private car to the most interesting places in Beijing like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then we went to the Great Wall, stopping for lunch in a familiar local typical restaurant. Her suggestions for food made this lunch one of the best in China. The Great Walls are absolutely gorgeous! We are very picky about recommending things, but Catherine Tours is a serious company that respects their clients, not pushing additional places, tours or stores. It worth it!
Written December 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Christina G
Ayase, Japan68 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
My husband, 1 year old daughter and I had an absolutely wonderful time in Beijing with Jeremy. I contacted Catherine Lu Tours after we decided to make an extended layover in Beijing so we could see the sights! They put together a fantastic itinerary including airport transfers and made suggestions to save us money in the process. They also made a car seat available at the last minute when we decided not to travel with one. Our drivers were excellent and friendly (mostly Chinese speaking).

Our guide for the city and Great Wall was Jeremy. He was wonderful! We got to see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Summer Palace on the first day. He was perfect in offering information, asking questions and letting us look around at our own pace. He was super flexible and considerate of myself and my daughter. FYI there is a nursing/baby change room inside Forbidden City! We took a break there and he patiently waited outside. On the second day, we went to the Great Wall. Upon arriving our daughter had an epic meltdown. He took us back to a spot out of the wind where we could recoup and get her settled with a snack and warm her up. With a better mood, we started over. He was so easy going and kept a positive attitude. He took amazing pictures of our family as well!

Lunch on both days was absolutely delicious. He made the family style entree selections. There was plenty of food and it was all very tasty, included in the tour budget!

Jeremy went above and beyond for us. From taking extra care during the trip for our daughter, taking us and our luggage into the airport and offering to stay with us until our bags were checked in and he even gave our daughter a little panda stuffed animal which was a hand-me-down from his son. We thought that was really sweet to share with us!

This tour was worth every penny!
Written November 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

akaschnei
Eugene, OR2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
My brother and I went on a Beijing Private Tour with Joyce and it was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and it was convenient that we could jump the line since she purchased all tickets in advance. The private van was very clean and they provided water for us. Lunch was delicious at a local restaurant near the Great Wall. This is my second tour with Catherine Lu Tours and I will choose them again and again!
Written November 17, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bronazebra
Slovakia2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
We spend very amazing day with our guide Connie. She was very kind, perfect organisation. She knows a lot about area. Safe driving in very comfy car. Tasty local food. Beautiful sunny time on Great Wall, funny ride on tobbogan. I highly recommend this tour. Connie also arranged taxi to the airport for us from hotel. Thank you very much
Written November 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ken F
2 contributions
Nov 2019
My guide from Catherine Lu Tours, Jenny, was very good. Very knowledgable, engaging, and helped ensure a wonderful experience. The pre-tour prep information was also very good. Clear instructions and kept me up-to-date of any changes prior to the tour.
Written November 3, 2019
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Reg Val F
Banksia Beach, Australia43 contributions
Oct 2019
Out Tour Guide Jeffrey was fabulous and made sure we maximised our day out with him. Tiananmen Square was busy as the big parade had been there only days before and it was Sunday. Not much to see here, some large signage from the parade.
Forbidden City- bigger and much better than what I had imagined. Its magnificent! So much to see and take in. Its also funny as there were people there that had never seen a white person and so we became a curiosity to them. Don't be put off by people touching you or wanting to have their picture taken with you. Walking through this place is fascinating, about two kilometres from gate to gate. There's just so much to see and do so make sure you take your time and see it all.
From here it is a one and a half hour car journey to Mutianyu Great Wall. It in itself is an experience because you get to see the countryside. It's quite a walk from the entry point to the Gondola ride that was to take us up to the wall high in the hills. The wall is magnificent and it really makes you ponder how they built such a large and imposing wall over the tops of mountains, and for thousands of kilometres. Again, take your time and take it all in. It can be daunting and really challenging because of the steep steps and uneven surface. But boy, is it imposing. It is truly magnificent so soak it all up.
Jeffrey, thank you for making our day out in Beijing such a fabulous time.
Written November 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ywidjaja
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
Oct 2019
First off, the tour company is very professional! Communication is top-notch. They sent us our tour reminder ahead of our trip to Beijing.

Lena was our tour guide for three days. She was not only resourceful but also accommodating to our schedule in the morning as we are not morning people and wanted to start a bit later - 8:30-9:00 am-ish. She also introduced us to delicious local delicacies and restaurants, one of which (Da Wan Ju) we actually went back on our own.

We highly recommend this private tour for all first-timers in Beijing, which will save you a lot of time organizing and managing your travel esp. when you travel with old parents or small children. Traffic in Beijing is pretty bad, and taxis (since rideshare is almost non-accessible for non-Chinese citizens) are hard to find. Also, beware of taxi drivers who often refuse to drive by the meter.
Written October 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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