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This was one of the highlights of our trip! Cindy was absolutely amazing and showed us a fantastic day. I can not recommend this tour enough. Thanks for making our trip memorable, Cindy!
This was truly a highlight of the trip and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience both these amazing venues. Our driver's car was very clean and comfortable and I always felt completely safe in the somewhat crazy Beijing traffic. Roy was our wonderful, thoughtful and amazingly considerate guide. It was just the two of us on the tour, my sister and I, and he was really helpful in letting us take it all in at our own pace, given that my asthma was playing up and I was having trouble with some of the climbing at the wall. He wove some wonderful historical details around the trip which made things really come alive- but what was also fascinating were his stories of what it is like to live as a young man trying to make his way in China for himself and his wife and new daughter. He took care with lunch to order a selection of dishes reflecting tastes in different regions- all were absolutely delicious and there wasn't another westerner in sight! And he didn't laugh when this 62-year-old expressed a desire to toboggan down the wall at Mutianyu- which actually ranks now as another highlight of the trip. I could not recommend this experience more highly.
This was a highlight of our trip. Tina our guide was not only well informed, she was laid back and relaxed. Both the Great Wall and the Summer Palace are massive and one could spend a day at each, yet unlike other tour guides, Tina put no time constraints on us, and suggested we move at our own pace. Plus the restaurant she chose for lunch was authentic and delicious. There were two reasons we chose this tour over the others - 1: Mutianyu the access point to the wall was not crowded and the views were fantastic. And 2: it was a small group. Most of the reviews said they were the only people on the tour, and that was true for us as well. We were the only 2 on the tour, so Tina customized it to our needs. 100 satisfied and 5 STARS - Jeff, Tampa Florida USA
Booked a day tour to Great Wall and Summer Palace which ended up being a private tour which was great. Our tour guide Albert and driver were great. very accomodating and Albert spoke English well. Were not overbearing and allowed alot of time for ourselves. Provided great Chinese history
Amazing tour! It actually ended up as a private tour because no one else booked it that day. Totally fine by me and my friend because we were able to go on our own pace. Our guide Bella, picked us up at our hotel lobby and then we were off to The Wall. Our driver was great. Didn't catch his name but he's the guy with the pink hair. I felt safe in his car. I was a bit worried after witnessing how the locals drive in Beijing.
I highly recommend visiting the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. It is a bit further further away but less crowded. Bella gave us plenty of history about the wall and gave us options to explore the wall on our own. We opted to go the harder route which is just very steep. We managed to snap some photos of the wall without any other visible visitors. We took the chair lift up and the toboggan down. I definitely recommend the toboggan down. It's pretty fun if you don't get stuck behind someone going a slower pace. Then we taken to a local village for lunch. She asked if we had any preferences on what we wanted to eat and wouldn't eat. It was delicious. After lunch, we headed to the Summer Palace. Such a beautiful palace! It was a bit crowded and really hot, so we didn't stay for a really long time.
If you're thinking about booking this tour, just do it.
Great tour! The tour was well-organized and Alice, our guide, made it very interesting with her historical insights. The Mutianyu section of the Wall is beautifully restored, and situated in breath-taking scenery. We were there for just about the perfect length of time.
The Summer Palace wasn't initially on our list of must see in Beijing but we are very glad that we visited it. It is spectacular and easier to visit than the Forbidden City. Again, we were there just about the perfect length of time.
This tour requires a fair amount of walking, but because it's a small group, there is some flexibility.
Roy our guide was great, we ended up with a private tour and were able to go at our own pace. It was very hot and humid but the hike on the Great Wall was still amazing ! I recommend the ski lift up and toboggan down, it adds some fun.
Fantastic tour. My husband and I ended up being the only ones on the tour that day. We got a phone call from our tour guide the night before confirming pick up location and time. We got picked up from the hotel lobby. Car was a lovely large town car, fully air conditioned, roomy and comfortable. We had a driver and an English speaking tour guide for the entire eight hours. We drove the 90 minutes or so to the Wall. We were asked whether we would like cable car or chairlift up and toboggan down. We chose chairlift up and tobaggan down. We would have chosen cable car if we realised that the cable car took you far higher up the wall, but our choice was still good. Our tour guide came with us through ticket pick up, shuttle to the base, up the chairlift, got us on the wall and advised us we could spend 60-90 minutes on the wall - up to us. We spent 60 mins which was enough to take great photos and walk up a couple of towers and back. Amazing! We got the toboggan down and it was far easier than I imagined. We then were taken to a village to a restaurant and had a lovely lunch that tour guide, Jack had pre-arranged. It was very nice lunch in a clean restaurant. We then drove to the Summer Palace gardens and Jack again took us through the entire garden at a pace that suited us. After tour we were dropped back to our hotel. A fabulous day with great service and how lucky were we to have entire tour to ourselves.
Tour was as advertised with no forced shopping. Pick up and drop off were without surprises. Roy provided a good history lesson on the drive to the Great Wall. The lunch seemed to be authentic, as advertised, with a mix of locals and other tours.
If you are riding the bobsled down from the Great Wall, a piece of advice: let the person in the sled in front of you get WAY ahead before you start. Bobsled traffic backs up behind the weakest link. I had to ride the brake for virtually the entire ride, thereby removing most of the fun.
This tour was hosted by Becky a fantastic guide from Discover Beijing Tours. My daughter and I were picked up from our hotel by Becky and a driver in a nice car because we were the only two on this tour, which is a credit to this company as they could have cancelled the tour but instead focused on great customer service. Throughout the trip to the Great Wall Becky gave us details of the tour followed by the history of the Great Wall. Upon arrival Becky organised tickets to take the chairlift up and to toboggan down as it would save us time, which was an excellent recommendation by Becky. To experience one of the greatest human feats on earth was fantastic although it was very steep with a lot of steps and it is a better experience if you have a reasonable level of fitness. After the wall Becky took us to a local restaurant for lunch where the food was excellent. We then went to the Summer Palace which is beautiful and has has a great history story behind it. Becky recommended that we take the boat rip across the lake which offered great views of the palace and surrounds. On the way back to the city we stopped for a photo opportunity of the Olympic Games site while Becky pointed out many buildings and city sites. Our driver was excellent and we felt safe the whole trip. I recommend Becky and Discover Beijing Tours.
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