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“Summer Palace and The Great Wall”

Stretch-A-Leg Travel-Day Tour
Ranked #83 of 410 Tours in Beijing
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Owner description: Stretch-a-leg Travel specializes in historical walking tours in Beijing, hiking at the wild Great Wall and original villages around Beijing, and trips to unique destinations around China.We combine Chinese history, knowledge, and the culture expertise of locals with a commitment to international levels of professionalism and customer service.
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We had an a amazing day tour through the Summer Palace and The Great Wall in a group of 4. From the moment we sat on the tour bus our Stretch-a-leg guide Tony was excellent. Throughout the day we learnt about the history of Beijing, Summer Palace and The Great Wall. Tony was able to answer all our questions and chose a great route through both sites. I definitely recommend Stretch-a-leg for your tour, they bring the historical sites alive and give so much insight that you leave feeling a sense of deeper understanding of what you have seen.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We did a walking tour through Hutong, Quianmen and visited extraordinary buildings that were designed by famous architects. It was a great experience with Tony as a fabulous guide. Very flexibel and perfect organized. We have the feeling we saw the real China, not only the typical tourist sights. We can recommend Tony very deeply.

2  Thank Corinna2013
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We went to Beijing in May, right around May 1st and that turned out to be super lucky because May 1st is a national 3 day holiday and the air quality was fantastic. In any event we had HENRY from Stretch a Leg as our guide for 3 days, and everyday was fantastic. Stretch a leg will customize your itinerary to meet your interests. The best day of all was when Henry took us to the great wall of China. We paid Henry for the tour, but we did not need to pay any entrance fee. We drove about 90 minutes to this area and we hiked for 5 hours. The first hour is straight up to get to the wall. We did not see another human being the whole day we were walking, just huge stretches of this breath taking wall. We loved every minute and the interesting thing was that in our minds, the wall would have been a smooth walk, but it was truly a hike. Trees have grown on the wall and overturned stones and the whole thing not only was historically dazzling but was also a fun and challenging hike. This is just a fantastic way to see the wall for anyone who likes to enjoy things quietly, no souvenirs, no concessions, no stands, no amenities, no other people, just the wall--miles and miles of the wall.

2  Thank Jenvincent
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My brother and I spent 4 days in Beijing with Tony for several days, and Katrina for the remainder. We have used private guides throughout the world for travels, but these 2 were the best we have had. So knowledgeable and eager to please. They accommodated our wishes, never imposing an agenda, and always open to our inquiries and last minute change of plans.
Highly recommend Stretch a Leg!

1  Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

After reading about stretch-a-leg, we decided to skip doing a tour for our China trip and travel independently except for Beijing, where guides were really handy. (You need one for a wild wall tour, and we didn't have much time in the city so it really helped having a guide, both for efficiency and information on the historical sites.) We had 2 full days in Beijing, so Henry took us to the wall on day 1, and Tony took us around the city on day 2. Both guides, and both days, were fantastic. It was really hot (about 93F) on the wild wall hike and we're a bit out of shape (and ate way too much at breakfast!), so we were pretty slow on the hike. (Once you get up on the wall, you get a nice cooling breeze and there are lots of shady spots, so the heat is greatest on the way up.) But Henry was really patient and never made us feel the least bit rushed. A very pleasant and informative companion/guide on our hike. One of our group lived in Beijing for 2 years and had been to the touristy parts of the wall maybe a dozen times, and she LOVED this hike. It certainly was a highlight of the trip for us--didn't see another soul on the whole hike, and pictures really don't do it justice. (It looks more overgrown in photos than it seemed at the time, and the overgrown bits were really cool in their own right.) Our 12-year-old daughter loved it too, and had no trouble with it. I very highly recommend this hike. It is strenuous, but even those of us who don't exercise managed it and loved it. Those who work out regularly shouldn't find it difficult at all.

Day 2, Beijing tour with Tony, centered on Tiananmen Sq and Forbidden City and environs, incl "money street", trad pharmacy and other cool stuff, followed by hutong tour with home visit. Really interesting and enjoyable, and Tony is really charming and knowledgeable, and handled last-minute requests seamlessly and gave us helpful advice on restaurants and other stops later in our trip. Yang, our email contact beforehand, was also really helpful. Overall, everyone was extremely professional and friendly--even the fussiest traveler should be happy with these guys (or if not, there's no pleasing them). I'm also really impressed with the way Tony runs the operation and keeps the size small and high quality--I'm sure he could easily rake it in by expanding it a lot.

Finally, the cost: all I can say is their price seemed to be about the same as the large tour operations were charging for a private tour. At least, I'm pretty sure what we paid for hotel, air, and guides in Beijing was less than we'd have paid even a non-premium tour operator to give us a much less satisfying experience, with shopping stops etc (which we didn't get with this outfit). And we got better hotel than the tours offered (Double Happiness). Air and hotel within China were easy to book ourselves, no need to pay someone else to do it unless you really don't have time. Plus, you get to support a really cool small business.

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