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Beijing Extension

The Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1640  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Beijing, China
Depart: Beijing, China
Lodging: 3 nights in hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Walking tours and cultural exploration
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting China. Your visa must be obtained prior to arrival.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

More than 30 emperors have lived and ruled from Beijing, as evidenced by the incredible ancient monuments scattered across this vibrant international city. On guided excursions, visit the remarkable Great Wall, built and maintained from the 5th century BC to the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire, the Summer Palace, a veritable museum of classical Chinese architecture. Also see the Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners for 500 years. Today it is a showcase of the opulence of the Chinese imperial court.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy a trip briefing followed by a Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant...D

Day 2
Beijing / The Great Wall

Join your local Beijing guide this morning for an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, with a picnic lunch. The Mutianyu section is well preserved and a good option for avoiding the crowds along the highly popular Badaling section. After a short and easy hike on the wall, return to Beijing for a visit to the Yong He Gong Tibetan temple and the nearby Temple of Confucius and National Academy, with an optional visit to the Temple of Heaven. Overnight at hotel in Beijing...BLD

Day 3
Forbidden City and Summer Palace

This morning, visit the magnificent Forbidden City. Built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, this great palace complex was the imperial home of 24 emperors of the Ming and later the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. One of the best-preserved palaces in the world, it is full of rare treasures including pottery, bronzes, wood carvings, paintings, and famous calligraphic works. Later, explore the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the Western Hills of Beijing. There is plenty of time to explore this tranquil retreat, with a chance to practice tai-chi with an instructor. Overnight at hotel in Beijing...BL

Day 4
Depart

Transfer to the airport and depart on homeward-bound flight or to other destinations in Asia...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$1640 per person, double occupancy (2 members)
Solo Traveler: $2540
Single supplement: $320

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Activities as indicated and entrance fees for activities listed
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Crowne Plaza Wangfujing

Beijing, China

This modern, 9-story hotel enjoys a great location, just a 15-minute walk from Beijing’s Forbidden City and close to restaurants and high end shopping centers. Relax at its indoor rooftop pool or in the Jacuzzi, or work out in the fitness center. Massages are available.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.