Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
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My tour to see the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace was INCREDIBLE!! The views were stunning and I had so much fun!! This has been on the list for years and I’m so happy I finally was able to do it.
I’m so happy with my decision to experience this through Viator Tours. My tour guide, Becky, truly went above and beyond to make this an unforgettable experience. She was knowledgeable, adventurous, and fun! Not only did she assist me with my tour, but she assisted me with ideas and strategies on how to navigate Beijing (and later Shanghai). I’ve been in the hospitality industry for years, and Becky is genuinely the type of person I would hire. If you’re able to, do yourself a favor and request Becky for your tour!
On top of all this, the authentic lunch that I was taken to was absolutely delicious! I’m still dreaming about it even though I can get Chinese Food most places in NYC. It was just that good.
Francisco R • Submitted 01 Apr 2019
It was easy to book the tour and everything went smoothly from the time we were picked up from our hotel. We really enjoyed our tours of the Great Wall and Summer Palace. I found the guided tour to be very informative and also fun. Our guide, Miko has a wonderful personality and he was very helpful in accommodating our groups special requests, such as fining a vegetarian lunch. We will definitely request him to be our guide the next time we return to the Great Walk. Thanks a million, Miko!”
Tara W • Submitted 25 Feb 2019
My mom and I went to Beijing primarily to see the Great Wall of China. We booked this tour through Viator. We were called at our hotel the night before to confirm the tour. Linda and the driver showed up on time and put us at ease right from the start. Linda went over the itinerary with us and off we went in a very nice car. There was bottled water waiting for us which was a nice touch. The drive was very nice and smooth. Our driver drove very nice and smooth so it was pleasant. Linda told us information and facts about the wall during the ride as well so time went by fast. When we arrived Linda knew the best spots to view the wall from and helped us take plenty of photos and answered all of the questions we had. Really the views looked like post cards. When we were done we shopped at the store at the bottom and picked up a subway sandwich. My mom is a picky eater and we weren't sure if we would like lunch. Well turns out the restaurant Linda picked was absolutely perfect and she already had four different plates of food out when we arrived. All were excellent and my mom skipped eating the subway sandwich so bravo. Our last stop was the Summer Palace. During the drive over Linda told us the interesting story behind it... and the woman who controlled the country for over 40 years. We took our time walking through it and Linda went over the interesting parts while skipping what my mom and I wanted to go past. She was very easy going and willing to answer any and all questions. Basically Linda is awesome and an amazing tour guide and made our adventure great! Thank you!”
Jared S • Submitted 07 Feb 2019
We had such a wonderful time though it’s winter it’s crowded but with the private tour makes everything smooth and no stress at all. Our guide Albert was great and so knowledgeable with almost everything. Thank you so much”
choklengleng • Submitted 04 Jan 2019
We loved our tour and our guide Jimmy! He was able to answer all our questions about the wall and summer palace, but we also learned so much about China overall. We had a great time, everything worked like clockwork, the car was spacious and super comfortable for our family of four. We planned our tour for our third day in Beijing, which was perfect for us - we were ready to get out if the city and see the countryside. The mountains and landscape around the Great Wall were gorgeous.”
suzanne.j.lee • Submitted 31 Dec 2018
This is an excellent tour, and our tour guide was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour. Keep in mind it is a long drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall, but well worth it. Fantastic picture opportunities. Make sure you take the toboggan down. Lot of fun. The Chinese lunch provided with this tour was delicious as well. The Summer Palace is really crowded on weekends, so be aware of this. Very interesting and beautiful grounds. Strongly recommend private tours for these. The crowds are huge, and it allows you to move around easier with a lot more interaction.”
DrWojo • Submitted 03 Dec 2018
Our guide Juliet met us in the lobby of our hotel at 8.30 and we headed off to the wall. Along the way she gave us lots of background on Beijing and China. About 90 minutes later we arrived and made our way up to the cable car. You could go with the ski lifts to the other part of the wall, the choice is yours but as my wife is not keen on heights an enclosed gondola was the way to go for us.
The views on the way up are good but once you arrive at the main event they are fantastic. Even though it was a little hazy and with a number of school groups it seemed a bit busy at first, once you moved past the first tower it quickly became quieter.
Juliet let us decide how long we wanted and I went off to take more photos and see another couple of towers whilst she and my wife waited. Clearly I would have made the big steep ascent but didn’t want them to get bored waiting for me – no really…
We then came back down, met the driver and went to a local restaurant for lunch. Juliet had chosen one from her region in the North of China which meant we were trying things I had never sampled before (since Cantonese is so prevalent in the UK). It was fabulous.
Then it was off to the Summer Palace. This always seemed a bit ambitious to try and do both of these in a day and with bad traffic it did prove to be so as we didn’t arrive until around 4pm. Even so Juliet did a great job of a quick edited highlights tour of the Palace which certainly whet our appetites for a return in the future. You could easily spend hours here.
Then it was back to the car, more traffic and back to the hotel a bit later than planned.
It was a great day, Juliet was an excellent guide and our driver was charming and very calm in difficult traffic and he kept the car impeccably clean.
I’d definitely recommend it but just be aware that I suspect even if traffic is good then the Summer Palace is only going to be a quick visit if you want to focus on the wall (which if you are choosing this tour is the right balance).”
Graham C • Submitted 16 Nov 2018
This trip was great for myself my cousin and my mother who is in her 80's. The ride up the ski lift was the perfect way for us to get up to the top to walk on and view the wall. Our guide Julia was wonderful and patient with our slow progress when it was necessary. We saw so much more than the people who we met on our group tour a few days later. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has some difficulty in climbing stairs.”
Donna • Submitted 08 Nov 2018
Such a great day! Miko, our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure we never had to wait in long lines, was entertaining with his funny jokes, and provided a lot of good history throughout the trip.”
crossmancouple • Submitted 09 Sep 2018
Perfect tour! We all really enjoyed the day, learnt a lot and seen some amazing sights! Cactus, our tour guide was excellent, she made us all feel at ease and gave us some really interesting information. If you can only pick one tour, choose this one and ask for Cactus!”
Stephen H • Submitted 01 Sep 2018
This Tour has been absolutely perfect! Our guide, Jimmy managed to make us see the Great Wall with not so many people and we had plenty of time to enjoy the view and all the fantastic stories he was explaining us on the history. The car driver was a great driver and we the car very comfortable. We had an amazing Chinese lunch with lots pf great food and we finished the tour with a visit of Summer palace where Jimmy has also explained us lots of history and fun facts. I definitely recommend this tour and Jimmy who has been kind and friendly to us, he is also an expert to avoid crowd and make you see tourist place in a different way. Thank you Jimmy and driver for this great day !”
Sophie B • Submitted 20 Aug 2018
Lucy from Discovery Tours was simply amazing. She is so knowledgeable of the culture and history of China that we spoke the whole time we were traveling to and from sights. 1st stop was Great Wall, what an amazing Once in a lifetime experience and Lucy knew so much about the site that it was informative the entire way. We took the ski lift up, which was great because youll need your cardio for walking the actual wall. After the Wall we went for an authentic Chinese lunch, and I loved Lucys lunch choices, and the table was covered with food - too much for us to eat.... At lunch Lucy bought me my first locally brewed beer and it was delicious. After lunch we headed to the Summer Palace, what a grand place and Lucy knew all the facts about the Dragon Lady. I highly recommend this tour and Lucy from Discovery Tours”
Gary L • Submitted 12 Aug 2018
We really enjoyed the tour. Visiting the Great Wall was one great way to appreciate the history of ancient China civilisation. Our guide, Miko was very knowledgable about the great wall and the palace. We learned a lot about the history of both places. He was also very funny and took very good care of us. His English also very good.”
kasempak • Submitted 07 Jul 2018
Our tour guide Albert was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and personable. We had a great time. Would definitely recommend any tour with Albert as the guide.”
Kevin H • Submitted 06 Jul 2018
Well this was definitely a bucket list excursion for all of us. Ever since I was small, The Great Wall has been a place to visit. Our tour guide Miko was the ideal guide for this amazing journey! Our private tour began at the hotel where Miko and his driver picked us up and drove us about an hour and a half to Mutianyu. The drive was so beautiful and I loved the village before we got to the Great Wall. Miko gave us a brief and informative history of the Wall and then the adventure began.
We rode the chairlift up and the MUST DO Toboggan down the hill. Lunch afterwards was my favorite meal at a very local restaurant that was locally owned. The food was delicious!
All three of us agreed that this was our favorite day in China!! Many thanks to Miko for checking this great day off my bucket list and GO LAKERS!! Miko is a huge Kobe Bryant and Laker fan. Made the trip even more enjoyable!!”
fun5mama • Submitted 02 Jul 2018
I travelled with my wife, our 8 year old, 6 year old and 4.5 year old.
Linda, our tour guide, spoke clear English.
She was very apologetic for being 10 minutes late at pick up due to unforeseen traffic related reason. I could relate to that as I am very familiar with traffic problems in large metros.
We immediately started our travel to Mutianyu in her 7 passenger Buick van which was air conditioned and clean enough from inside.
In less than 2 hours we were outside the great wall.
There was a long 1hr40min wait in the line. Luckily it was warm with over cast. So the sun did not bother us. Linda said the best time to visit with an aim to beat the heat would be in April. This can be a tip for families with small kids as continuos sun exposure will exhaust while doing a nearly 2 hour wait.
Be prepared for it.
Took the ski slope style rope line to the great wall which as expected completely blew us away. Kids were going nuts.
Right before entry into the waiting line there was a fairly clean rest room which Linda appropriately pointed out.
By the time we took 1300 steps back to base, it was lunch time. I politely explained that we had not developed the taste for Chinese cuisine and cannot eat pork. Linda called the boss and agreed to let us eat at the subway or a burger joint right outside the great wall base as long as it was within a budget of RMB 200.
After we had ordered, Linda pleasantly surprised us by saying that though we were over budget, we need not to pay. :
We got on the van to the Summer palace.
This was at the other edge of the city and it took 1 hour to get there.
The place has architecture I had never seen before so we were all very pleased. Again amenities such as rest rooms for families were available.
We finished it in 1 hour.
Linda said good bye and instructed the driver to drop us back at the hotel near terminal 3 of the airport.
They like to pick there customers from within the down town area. I requested for an exception. They agreed to pick us from Terminal 3 hilton hotel loooong way form down town and to drop us back for an extra charge of USD100. I happily pain as it saved be an additional journey of more than an hour form hotel to pick up spot.
In the end i tipped Linda and the very pleasant driver does not speak english USD 20 each.
Very pleased. Good job guys for taking care of our family of 5.”
Shahzeb M • Submitted 29 Jun 2018
We booked a family-friendly trip through Viator with Discover Beijing Tours.
We were matched with Albert, our guide, and a driver. Albert was an outstanding guide, his english was excellent, and our driver was safe got us to our tour locations as quickly as possible despite some typical Beijing traffic.
Of course, the wall and the summer palace were excellent sites to visit and good for the whole family. Don't miss the toboggan ride down after trekking up and down the wall!
Our 7 year old and 13 year old had lots of questions--and Albert was very courteous and knowledgeable... he told us some great stories and history of the part of the wall that we visited and a great description of the history of the summer palace and Dragon Lady.
If you are doing this tour... definitely request Albert. He made the trip well worth the expense.
One last thing... the van they used was great and had seat belts for everyone!”
paul_estabrooks • Submitted 10 Jun 2018
Excellent tour and a awesome tour guide Jimmy. Read about both the popular places on the wall to visit and really enjoyed this one. Not crowded at all. Would recommend this tour.”
dopeys3 • Submitted 26 May 2018
This tour was excellent, and I highly recommend it. Our tour guide, Alice, was extremely knowledgeable. As we drove through the city, Alice pointed out key sights in the city itself. She told us how long it would take us to get to the Great Wall and then gave us an impressive history of the Wall and how it came into being. She took care of getting our tickets and guiding us to the cable cars that took us up to the Great Wall itself. Once there, she gave us details about the nature of the Wall itself. Then she gave us an hour to explore the Wall by ourselves. We took the cable car down and happened to catch the car that commemorated Michelle Obama's visit. We had plenty of time to shop for souvenirs before we moved on to a local restaurant, where we had a fine lunch. After lunch, we drove to the Summer Palace, and once again Alice proved herself extremely knowledgeable. After an exciting day, we were returned to our hotel. My daughter and I were so glad that we had taken this particular tour, and we were very grateful for Alice's guidance throughout the day.”
Susan Love B • Submitted 03 May 2018
Linda was an excellent tour guide with fantastic English skills. She was very patient and knowledgeable, even with my older parents seeing China for the first time. I highly recommend Linda and this tour!”
Gregory H • Submitted 02 May 2018
I had a great tour with my guide Lucy, who was very informative! Was picked up on-time and had a great time at the Wall and Summer palace. Lunch was also very good. It was a shame I didn't have the time to split these to different days, but as I only had a limited time for myself this was the best tour I could've imagined.”
Anonymous • Submitted 30 Apr 2018
We were fortunate to have Jenny as our tour guide. She was excellent. Very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She worked hard to help with a special request I had and helped us arrange a great tour at the last minute.”
migcordoba • Submitted 13 Apr 2018
Susan was sooooo good! She called the day before to confirm the trip, met us on time and was terrific in every way. She gave us choices for our tour, and she led the way sliding down the sleds off the wall to bottom of the chair lift. She ordered a great lunch and was a fun and friendly host for the meal. She adjusted our last stop to the Buddhist Temple our choice and was a wealth of information. She made our first day in Beijing a day to remember.”
John H • Submitted 10 Apr 2018
This is a fantastic tour for a small group that wants personalized service. The tour began with our guide Albert and driver Mr. Wong picking us up from our hotel in Beijing. We were a group of 7 people and were provided with a mini-bus. The vehicle was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned. We were also provided with bottled water supplies were replenished throughout the day. As we drove away from the city centre, Albert gave us about 30 minutes of introduction, explanation of the day, and some history of Beijing. The journey to the Great Wall took about an hour. When we got there we were given the choice of a gondola ride up/down or a chair lift up and luge sled down. We chose the chair lift and luge. After the Great Wall we went to a local small town restaurant for lunch. Albert asked if we had any food preferences we said no seafood and we were provided with soft drinks and a variety of chicken, pork, and vegetable dishes. After lunch we traveled back to the Summer Palace in Beijing. At all locations Albert was able to get our passes and tickets quickly and efficiently. We experienced front-of-the-line service. After the tour we asked Albert and Mr. Wong if we could be dropped off somewhere else in the Beijing city centre for a dinner reservation. They happily complied. Albert even walked us to our restaurant. He was an amazing tour guide and this tour is worth every penny!”
Jeffrey T • Submitted 09 Apr 2018