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Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour
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Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour

By Beijing Layover Tour
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About
We supply a professional driver and a car with licence as well as a professional English speaking licensed tour guide, both of them work for you. We will make sure you can enjoy a safe tour with professional English interpretation both during driving and in attractions, and would not waste your time for parking. Our driver will make sure your luggage is safe while you are not in the car.

Ages 0-90
Duration: 10–12 hours
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: Chinese, English
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  • A licensed English-speaking tour guide and a professional driver with air-conditioning vehicle.
  • Free-bottled mineral water.
  • China life tourist accident/casualty insurance.
  • Entrance tickets to the Great Wall and Forbidden City.
  • Warm coats in winter.
  • Entry/Admission - Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
What's not included
  • Cable cars/toboggan at Great Wall.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides or drivers.
  • Meals. We can take you to have lunch if you have time, please pay the meal cost on your own.


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up from any hotel in Beijing downtown or Beijing train station or capital airport.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 74655P19

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travelers can participate
        • Countries qualified for the 24/144-hour Visa-free Transit in Beijing Capital International Airport: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Macedonia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Republic of Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
        • The 24/144-hour Visa-free Transit only applies to passengers who transit through Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. The destination and place of departure cannot be the same.(e.g Auckland – Beijing – Auckland)
        • As a tour company, if we agree to arrange tour for you that is means your flights information, layover time and your nationality fit the visa free policy requirements. But there are still some other issues might happen that might cause you can not obtain the visa-free or can not get out of the airport. We don’t take any responsibility if you are not able to get visa-free for any reason.
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        Which attractions will I visit with Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour?
        How much is Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour?
        Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour price starts from $180.00. Discover and book Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour on Tripadvisor
        What is the Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour cancellation policy?
        Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour?
        Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour is hosted by Beijing Layover Tour. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Beijing Layover Tour on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Private Guided Tour on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 74655P19

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Mutianyu Great Wall
          Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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        • 2
          Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
          Stop: 30 minutes
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        • 3
          Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
          Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
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        • Beijing Layover Tour
          1,229
          Beijing, China
          Joined in May 2016
        • lizfM6254JG
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic!
          Our guide, Herbie, was very informative, kind and thoughtful. We will be booking a Great Wall tour for our return layover and hope to get Herbie again.
          Written May 19, 2024
        • Y2862SDericac
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Super easy layover tour with a great tour guide!
          The tour was super effective and we got to see everything we expected, the Great Wall and old Beijing. Our tour guide Lisa was amazing and she picked us up at the airport according to agreement, with a private nice and clean car, and a very experienced driver. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who has a long layover in Beijing!
          Written May 17, 2024
        • keppasi
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great over tour
          Herbie, is an amazing tour guide. Hello zis very polite and helpful and explain everything about the Great Wall. Best way to spend our layover hours in Beijing
          Written May 7, 2024
        • Fearless12918051142
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          excellent trip!
          1)very friendly 2)showed up on time 3)excellent english 4) very helpful with tickets/activities 5)very helpful guide how showed us amazing food too
          Written May 6, 2024
        • 583allies
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing way to spend a day in Beijing!
          I did the Great Wall tour with Herbie during a solo 9-hour layover in Beijing (I was traveling from Toyko to NYC where I live) and I would highly recommend this experience. Herbie met me in the airport holding a sign with my name on it, and he and a driver drove me about 90 minutes to the wall. During the drive, Herbie gave me a super interesting history of China — he really knows his stuff and is such a friendly guide. He spent a few hours with me at the wall, showed me around and told me interesting facts, and took some pictures of me since I was traveling alone. He joined me for most of the tour but also let me have my own moments by myself here and there to explore and take pictures. After the tour, Herbie and the driver got me back to the airport with plenty of time before my flight. This really was an incredible experience and given everything we did, it felt very reasonably priced. If you're on the fence, I would highly recommend doing it!
          Written April 22, 2024
        • K5879VFgiuliab
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          100/100 recommend
          Herbie is our man! He is very knowledgeable and he made our 12 hours layover memorable! It’s not an everyday thing to be in Thailand, China and UK all in the span of 2 days, but he kept our attention up (regardless our 2 hours sleep) and brought us back to the airport just in time for our flight. Thank you Herbie!
          Written April 22, 2024
        • susantJ5319NB
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fascinating layover tours in Beijing. Make use of your waiting time.
          We actually had two separate tours the Great Wall tour outbound on our layover and the Zoo, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City on our return layover. We had Nina on both tours. She was great, really warm and friendly and she introduced us to Beijing very well. We learnt a lot about the history and culture and the fascinating heritage. We also stopped at some very good places to eat that Nina recommended. The organisation of the tour was very smooth. If you have several hours in Beijing consider a layover tour with this company, it's really worth it. We felt like we'd had a multi trip holiday. Thanks Nina and drivers.
          Written April 19, 2024
        • Jet02322950238
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing tour
          We had 14 hours layover in Beijing and booked the tour to the Great Wall and Forbidden City. That was enough time to see everything without stressing. Our guide Herbie was great, he spoke very good english, was friendly and explained everything very interesting. The driver was also very good. They made sure that we are back at the airport in time. Everything was organised very well. Be careful at the airport, there are many other "guides/..." who want to take you on their tour and impersonate as your guide.
          Written April 10, 2024
        • luiscD8143YI
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Herbie’s team!
          We did the tour with Herbie and it was very great! In a 14 hour layover we were able to go to the Great Wall, to have some local Chinese food and to visit in the end the Summer Palace. Herbie made it dynamic, giving us time to enjoy and taking the best group pictures :)
          Written April 9, 2024
        • Alessandradistefano
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Wall of china in 5 hours return from Airport
          What a great experience it was. The guide Herbie waited for me at Starbucks just outside the international arrivals. We both went to the car, driven by Mr. John and I found a very needed bottle of water, considering how hot the day was going to be. Herbie speaks fluent English and he gave me a little background of the Chinese economy, the villages around Beijing and of course about the Wall. We arrived quite early and there were very few people at 8:30am. I walked up the stairs and met him at gate 6. From there we descended toward gate 5, till we arrived to gate 4. From there I walked a bit longer by myself to take pictures and met Herbie back. He took some really good photos of me. I went to the tour by myself as my friend wasn’t allowed to leave the airport for Visa reasons. We walked back to the car part after 1.5 hour. We left the wall at 10:35 and got to the airport at 11:50. With plenty of time to go through security and passport control again. If you have a layover in Beijing, I strongly recommend you to use this company. They’ve been following my updates throughout the entire journey. They provided a professional service. Five star service.
          Written April 7, 2024
        • Navigate63800634139
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Tour with a historical educated guide!
          We had a great time with our guide Herbie! If you looking for someone who explains you all the historic details about the great wall you are perfect with this tour. He explained everything perfectly and easy to understand. He also helps with taking pictures from you and the great wall. All In all it was a good tour. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time in our layover to enjoy it more, so we had to hurry up a little but.
          Written April 7, 2024
        • alistair415
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          So much better than hanging around the airport.
          So glad we did this. From Daniel's excellent communication and organisation to Tony's informative and friendly guiding, everything was great. Tony and his driver looked after us very well, the car was super comfortable and quiet, and we were enchanted by the guided walk with Tony through the Hutong quarter. We only had 9 hours, immigration was slow and the traffic awful, but Tony was very reassuring and promised to get us back in good time for our next flight, which he did. A wonderful experience.
          Written April 5, 2024
        • louiserK2620ZS
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Really good layover
          Lisa was a very nice guide. I had a really great time during my layover in Beijing. It was easy to find her after the immigration and her insight were really interesting !
          Written April 4, 2024
        • pellez2019
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great layover with great guide
          They did an amazing job guiding us via email, so everything was easy. We had a really good time seeing the Great Wall, getting some nice Chinese food and talking with our guide Tony. Tony was very nice and helpful and he made us feel safe and comfortable. Hope to see you again Tony ☺️ All the best Hanna and Pelle
          Written April 1, 2024
        • tomekz2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great day on the Great Wall of China
          Great day made by this driver! He took care of everything and most of the day. This is what we needed and I sincerely recommend it.
          Written March 30, 2024
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        Sarah N
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2024 • Solo
        This tour was just excellent! They pick up at hotel and return, which made it much easy to have the time for the most important things worth seeing in Beijing -- the Great wall of China and Forbidden City. A very knowledgeable tour guide Herbie provides the important historical facts, which gives you much more understanding of these places -- and also listen to your personal wishes during the day! This tour is highly recommended, and you will really get value for money. Thank you!
        Written March 12, 2024
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        januse9
        Brno, Czech Republic59 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2024 • Couples
        I came across the agency by accident. I first corresponded with Daniel, who answered all my questions and arranged everything. We were worried that we wouldn't understand the guide because our English is not at the best level. We booked a private tour, which was recommended to us because the connection we were taking was often delayed - and it was! Herbie was waiting at the airport. We had a cash problem, he helped with everything. In the morning he found out that our English was not the best, he slowed down his talking. We understood him perfectly. A driver came to pick us up and moved us quickly and safely to the big wall where Herbie showed us the best spots, told us all the history and took the most beautiful pictures. At one point I thought he couldn't be a tour guide, but a photographer. He always stopped, thought and took a picture. It always turned out to be an amazing photo. It was very cold outside, and in the car Herbie sensed that we were really too tired, so he stopped talking so we could get some rest. We really appreciate it. He showed us details in the Forbidden City that a visitor without a guide would never notice. On the way back to the airport we wanted to stop at a bakery. He immediately planned the best one along the way. We really appreciate and value Herbie's approach. Also the way he adapted his language so that we could understand him. Herbie - THANK YOU SO MUCH. You made our visit unforgettable.
        Written February 1, 2024
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        Discover627246
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2023 • Couples
        We had a long layover in Beijing, traveling from Madrid to Manila, so we booked a layover tour with this company to visit The Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The experience was so good that we booked again with them, this time visiting the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and the Hutong.

        The make everything really easy for you, so that you can make the best out of your time. Pick up in the airport (we arrived earlier than expected and they were able to begin the tour earlier), comfortable car and excellent guide.

        In both cases we had Herbie as our tour. He spoke great English and gave us lots of interesting information about the landmarks, Chinese history and culture. Also, he took great pictures of the trip!

        I fully recommend this experience.
        Written December 14, 2023
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        Christina
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2023 • Couples
        The booking was very easy and Daniel helped with any upcoming question. Our guide was Herbie with whom we had an super informativ trip. We had a private car with driver and first drove to the Great Wall, afterwards we had lunch on the way to the City where we spent the rest of the time exploring the Forbidden City. Herbie knows every detail and also made some super cool pictures from us - thank you again for this amazing experience.
        Written December 12, 2023
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        Weronika M
        Warsaw, Poland4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2023 • Solo
        Great tour. It was a great pleasure to have Harbie as my guide. Not only very knowledgeable about the places we visited but also knows the best picture spots and can be your best photographer. Everything went as planned. Full confirmation of the tour prior to the date, pick up at the airport without any details. Smooth transfer between destinations in the private car. Very recommended. As a solo female traveler I felt very safe during the trip.
        Written October 14, 2023
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        Tammy T
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020 • Friends
        Our tour guide Ms. Alice was very nice, helpful and knowledgeable about the tour that we did. We were glad that we booked this tour during our layover in Beijing.
        Written January 25, 2020
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        Raymond
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        On our 15 hour layover in Beijing we visited the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It was made possible by Beijing Layover Tour.

        I booked the tour about a week in advance after thoroughly researching the internet. They were responsive and answered any questions I had. We had our three year old son with us, I requested to have lunch on our tour which they more than gladly accommodated.

        After reading many reviews and how great he is I requested Herbie to be our tour guide. It took us a while to get out of immigration, he was patiently waiting for us at Starbucks our meeting place. He was amazing!! Communication was never an issue with him. He was very informative we learned a lot of new information about China and the sites that we visited. He was very engaging and very cheerful, it feels like a family member showing us around. Our son really like him that during the tour he refers to him as “Uncle Herbie”. At the Great Wall Herbie was looking after him and carried him a few times while going up and down the stairs.

        Our drive Mr. Fong was terrific, he might not speak English but he was always smiling. He was prompt and helpful. He made sure that we are safe and had plenty of time to get back to the airport even with traffic.

        Beijing Layover Tour might be more expensive than the rest but they are well worth it. They are safe and has integrity. They have no hidden or additional charges. Email confirmation has everything that you will need to pay for. I highly recommend this company. I can’t wait tell anyone in the states to use their service when visiting Beijing.

        Request the duo of Herbie and Mr Fong and you will not be disappoint. We had a great time in Beijing!!

        Thank you Beijing Layover Tour and a very special Thanks to Herbie “Uncle Herbie” and Mr Fong.
        Written December 28, 2019
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        Corina a
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2019 • Solo
        My Guide Nancy and Mr Lee were great. A smooth pick up from the airport, I learned so much in such a short time about Beijing and Chinese history. I was able to see the big sites of the city and make it back to the airport with time to spare. They could not have been nicer and more informative!! Would recommend to anyone with a long layover, worth the money.
        Written November 14, 2019
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        Ray H
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019 • Family
        Absolutely the best possible experience we could have hoped for. Herbie was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He made certain that we had a fun time while learning the history of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Our driver Mr. Lee was the best at safely getting us around heavy traffic to our destinations. The tour guide is a pretty important person when you are halfway around the world from home. We were lucky to have the number one team of Herbie and Mr. Lee to take us on a tour of a lifetime. Herbie Herbie!!
        Written October 4, 2019
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        KerriCon
        Newmarket, Canada1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2019
        I had originally booked a layover tour in February, but my flight plan changed and I was no longer flying through Beijing. I cancelled that tour with no issues, so when I decided to go to Beijing in September, I didn't hesitate to contact them again.

        I was travelling with a friend and we didn't want to do full days, so they accommodated us with 4-6 hour days. Herbie (and Mr. Shi) met us at the hotel by 8:30 each morning without issue. Herbie was a great guide providing loads of interesting information during the tour and picking great spots for lunch each day. Amazing food at very inexpensive prices. Being a private tour, we were free to modify times to suit our priorities. I would highly recommend this company.
        Written September 18, 2019
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