Beijing & the Great Wall of China
- Experience iconic China on this 10-night guided group holiday to Beijing & the Great Wall of China.
- Stay either 7 or 8 nights, depending on your flight arrangements, at a 5-star hotel in Beijing.
- Enjoy a full day tour of Beijing’s Forbidden City & the famous Tiananmen Square.
- Visit one of the wonders of the world on a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China.
- Explore must-see attractions like the Imperial Summer Palace & the Beijing Zoo’s world-famous Pandas.
- Discover iconic sites like the Lama Temple & the Temple of Heaven on a full day tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to Beijing & Great Wall of China
Travel with us on this trip of a lifetime to China. This holiday will show you the best of what incredible Beijing has to offer. On our travels, we will discover architecture from imperial dynasties, visit Buddhist temples and experience the city of Beijing and the famous Great Wall of China. In Beijing, we’ll explore its 14th century ancient city of the elite, stand where General Mao rallied his troops and stroll along the impressive Sacred Way, the burial place of Ming Dynasty emperors. You will also visit the Great Wall of China and have an opportunity to walk along a section of this incredible Wonder of the World. Combining ancient traditions, fascinating culture and centuries of history, this is a holiday that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Please Note: Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
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Travel to China
Depart for Beijing
Depart for Beijing and begin this trip of a lifetime.
Arrive in Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel.
In the evening there will be an opportunity to join your fellow travellers for your evening meal.
Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City
Full Day Excursion to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Qianmen Street
Kick start your holiday with a full day excursion to Tiananmen Square and the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City. Though it was a gathering place in the imperial days, Tiananmen Square was Chairman Mao's creation, and major rallies took place here during the Cultural Revolution. This vast square is home to many important buildings and monuments, so don't forget your camera! Off limits to most of the world for 500 years, the Forbidden City is the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and stepping into this magnificent palace is like stepping back in time. The old world of beautiful concubines and emperors, eunuchs and conspicuous wealth still hovers around the lush gardens, courtyards, pavilions and the great halls of the palace. Finish your day with a stroll down Qianmen Street, Beijing's favourite shopping district.
The Great Wall of China
Explore The Great Wall, Jade Factory & Sacred Way
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, a Jade Factory and the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs. The ‘pièce de résistance’ of this holiday, the Great Wall, dates back to the 7th century BC in certain sections, and is more than 20,000 miles long. Snaking along lush mountains, this wall was employed by Emperor Qin to protect the first unified kingdom of China. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a Jade Factory, where you will see jewellery and sculptures with jade stones being carved, before finishing your day at the Sacred Way. Home to the Ming Dynasty Tombs, thirteen emperors are buried here, and you will begin this tour by walking through a magnificent gateway.
Free Time in Beijing
You will have a free day for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions for places to see and things to do.
Full Day Guided Tour of the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo & Olympic Village
Enjoy a full day excursion to see the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo and the Olympic Village. Featuring extensive gardens, the Summer Palace is a magnificent building perched on the edge of a lake, and was once the holiday destination of choice for emperors and dowager empresses. You will also enjoy a visit to Beijing Zoo to see an impressive collection of animals, including the famous pandas, before continuing to the park that hosted the 2008 Olympics.
Free Time in Beijing
A free day in Beijing. Take advantage of your hotel's leisure facilities and enjoy some more sightseeing, at your own pace.
Lama Temple & Temple of Heaven
Guided Tour of the Lama Temple & Hutong Rickshaw Ride
In the morning you will take a trip to the Lama or Yonghe Temple, which is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a 26 metre tall wooden statue of the Maitreya Buddha and unique bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages. After you will be taken on a rickshaw tour of an old town hutong area, which contains narrow streets and ornate houses and gardens.
Visit Sanlitun Village & Temple of Heaven
After lunch you will have time for shopping at the Sanlitun Village shopping centre, which is a huge complex of shops and restaurants. After you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a complex of religious buildings symbolising the relationship between earth and heaven. Originally, it functioned as a vast stage for solemn rites and rituals. All of the buildings in the park, including the Round Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, represent conversations between the gods and mortals.
At Leisure & Return Home
At Leisure in Beijing
Enjoy a final day at leisure in Beijing. Your guide can advise on activities and further sightseeing in the city.
Transfer with guide assistance to Beijing Airport and check in for your flight home. Note: For flights with a night time departure from Beijing, a late check out and evening meal will be provided on departure day.
Arrive home from your holiday of a lifetime.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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