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Beijing Pre-trip Extension

The Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1395  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Beijing, China
Depart: Beijing, China
Lodging: 2 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours
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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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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

You are met on arrival at the Beijing airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to rest, relax, or explore on your own. Later, you will gather for a trip briefing with your guide before enjoying a delicious Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Crowne Plaza Wangfujing in Beijing...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. Though the underlying architecture dates from the Ming Dynasty, the original plan for the Great Wall and some of its construction date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). After a short and easy hike on the wall, return to Beijing in mid-afternoon for a visit to the Yong He Gong Tibetan temple (also known as the Lama Temple) and the nearby Temple of Confucius and National Academy, or to Liu Lichang to browse for antiques. Overnight at a 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. Only officials of the royal households were allowed to enter. In 1950, the Forbidden City became a museum and was at last opened to the people of China. Today it is one of the best-preserved palaces in the world, full of rare treasures including pottery, bronzes, wood carvings, paintings, and famous calligraphic works. Later, we drive to the Summer Palace, located in the Western Hills of Beijing. There is plenty of time to explore this tranquil retreat away from the bustling city, and you can practice tai-chi with an instructor. Time permitting, we also visit the Temple of Heaven, a grand 15th century complex of religious buildings. Return to the hotel and join the main group for a trip orientation prior to a Welcome Dinner. Overnight at hotel...BLD

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2014
$1395 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $330

All costs subject to change

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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Two nights accommodations
  • All meals included
  • Services of local guides
  • Touring activities as indicated
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance fees for noted sites and monuments

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, gratuities to staff, transfer agents, drivers, guides, and local airport and transfer agents as noted, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet, 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.