The Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace

Overview

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

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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...BLD

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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...BL

Day 4
Depart

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

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1195  
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

Visa Requirements

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