Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


Make the most of your Beijing layover and visa-free entry with this 8-hour private tour of the city's essential sights. Three UNESCO sites in one day layover tour. Walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu, visit Tiananmen Square, and explore the Forbidden City. Tour includes entrance fees, personal guide, lunch, and private, climate-controlled vehicle.

What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Authentic local Lunch

Cable car or toboggan to the Great Wall

Private guide

Private vehicle

Round way airport transfers

What's Not Included



Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting your Forbidden City entrance ticket in advance)
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. On these days, you'll visit the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, the emperors' lakeside summer retreat, instead.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Mutianyu Great Wall
On arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, you'll see your driver and tour guide holding a card with your name: they'll help you with your bags as you hop into the climate-controlled vehicle. It takes about an hour to drive to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Wall.

Less crowded than the Great Wall at Badaling, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is famous for its beautiful surroundings, with forest-clad hills and fresh mountain air. Enjoy a couple of hours hiking along the fully restored wall with your guide. Cable car up and toboggan to slide down would bring be more interesting for your trip.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a nearby restaurant before driving into the city. The journey takes around an hour and 40 minutes, traffic depending.

Your first stop will be the world's largest city square: Tiananmen Square. Your guide will show you the Great Hall of the People, China's answer to the Capitol, the gigantic National Museum of China, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, where the revolutionary leader's remains are preserved for posterity.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Great Hall of the People (Renmin Dahuitang)
Pass by

• Admission Ticket Free

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
Pass by

• Admission Ticket Free

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
From here, it's about a 15-minute walk to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, Beijing's imperial palace and home to almost 600 years of history. Between 1420 and 1912 no fewer than 24 emperors, both Ming and Qing, ruled from here. You'll spend a couple of hours here with your guide, discovering highlights from entrance halls to private quarters, gardens, and museums.

At the end of your tour, your driver and guide will drop you back at the airport in good time for your onward flight.

Please note: the Forbidden City is closed on Monday. On this day, you'll visit the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace and Great Wall day tour instead. The Summer Palace was emperors' lakeside summer retreat.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
Pass by

• Admission Ticket Free

The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Pass by

• Admission Ticket Free


Best possible layover in Beijing!
GabrielleLF, 21-01-2020
We had a wonderful time with our guide Lena. From the beginning to the end, everything was perfect ; excellent english speaking guide, very well organized and punctual tour.

We highly recommend this day trip during a long layover!
Easy Airport Tour!
Hannah_H, 16-01-2020
We had a great day! I was interested in this kind of tour as we had a 13 hour layover and knew this would be the easiest way to see the most! Linda's driver met us inside the airport and took us to meet Linda. She was great!! The most convenient door to door tour! Highly recommend if you are looking for a day trip from the airport.
Beijing day tour
C4573SPemilym, 15-01-2020
The tour was amazing! Linda Su was so helpful and knowledgeable! From the time we were picked up until the end it was great! The driver Xie was also very nice and greeted us in the airport. We were surprised at how cold it was, however Linda Su provided us with jackets! Definitely would recommend taking a day trip with them:)
Great day. Lots of photos and memories.
W9953KZlaurenc, 12-01-2020
I tagged on a couple of days to a business trip and flew over to Beijing from Hong Kong. I booked this trip for the Sunday, as I had the whole day free. The main attraction I wanted to visit was the Great Wall, so this trip ticked all the boxes. I had Jeffery as my tour guide and he was great. I was picked up from my hotel, and didn’t have the worry of language/ trying to find transport or not knowing where to go. We went to the square first and then the forbidden city which was great. Afterwards we stopped off for lunch- and ate traditional Chinese food and tea. We then made our way to the Great Wall. It was great to have the time to look around, get lots of photos and soak up the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend - easy to get from place to place, Jeffery had great knowledge on the places and was really friendly. An all round great day. Thanks :)
A Wonderful Tour
francisrD6104ZB, 11-01-2020
Thank you to our tour guide Jerry and our driver Mr. Xie for showing us such a wonderful time during our short layover in Beijing! They were all one could hope for: prompt, considerate, and kind. Jerry was very informative and gave us a solid background and history on all the sights we saw. He was patient with our questions and also made us laugh! We appreciate how accommodating he and Xie were with the schedule and our needs. We have already recommended them to our some of our friends. Thank you again Jerry and Xie. We hope to be back in Beijing again sometime.

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