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Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace

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Overview

Get under the skin of Beijing’s highlights, including less-visited parts of the Forbidden City, on a private day trip. Tour Tiananmen Square and the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, viewing the imperial quarters and other areas often missed by visitors. After an imperial–style lunch, ride a small boat to the Summer Palace. Stroll the gardens before enjoying bird's-eye views from the Central Radio and TV Tower, Beijing’s highest building. Lunch, entrance fees, plus pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private full-day Beijing tour with imperial-style lunch and cruise to Summer Palace
  • See Tiananmen Square and view less-visited areas of the Forbidden City, including some imperial quarters
  • Savor an imperial-style lunch at Fangshan, Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant
  • Take a canopied boat cruise to the Summer Palace
  • See Summer Palace highlights including the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Marble Boat
  • Enjoy aerial views from the Central Radio and TV Tower observatory
  • Includes private transport, lunch with drinks, entrance fees, and pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private guide
1 Hour Chartered Boat inside Summer Palace
Imperial Lunch with soft drinks and local beer
Mineral water
Entrance fee
Gratuities (Optional)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guide will meet you in your Beijing hotel lobby

Meet your guide and separate driver at your central Beijing hotel and hop inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle.

Drive to Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest public square and symbolic heart of China. Gaze at the plaza as you hear its history, and enter the 15th-century, UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the former home of China’s Ming and Qing emperors.

While most visitors tour the Forbidden City’s central areas, your guide showcases less-crowded sections. Visit the wall and explore the Watchtower, East Gate, Hall of Clocks and Watches, and Treasure Gallery, filled with precious artifacts.

Plus, tour some areas favored by particular emperors, seeing the garden of the Emperor Qianlong and the bedroom and theater of the infamous 19th-century Dowager Empress Cixi as you learn about their lifestyles.

After an imperial-style lunch at Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant—Fangshan—on an island in Beihai Park, continue to Black Bamboo Park and take a canopied boat cruise to the UNESCO-protected Summer Palace.

Glide by historical sites as you trace a 13th-century imperial waterway, learning how it was commissioned by Kublai Khan and reserved exclusively for the Qing emperors, including Cixi.

On arrival, take a guided tour of the glorious, 18th-century Summer Palace gardens, used as a retreat by China’s later emperors. View the covered, painted Long Corridor walkway and Marble Boat, built by Qianlong to celebrate imperial stability. Ascend Longevity Hill for sweeping views over the garden and take a small boat to Suzhou Street, a quaint canalside shopping street.

Admire the scene here—the itinerary does not include shopping time—before visiting the Central Radio and Television Tower, Beijing’s tallest building.

Ride the lift to the 781-foot (238-meter) high observatory and enjoy the bird’s-eye views before a hotel drop-off concludes your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Meet your private guide at your hotel at 8:30am for the short drive to Tiananmen Square, an urban enclave that has witnessed hundreds of years of Chinese history. Since Chairman Mao first stood in the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Tower) and proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China on 1 October 1949, it has been the symbolic center of China.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
From here, you'll walk to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most tour groups hurry along the central axis of the Forbidden City. Your guide will show you a different and less crowded route. You'll walk on the newly opened, 26-foot (8-meter) wall to get a bird's-eye view of the complex as a whole, enter the Watchtower and the East Gate, and explore the Hall of Clocks and Watches and the Treasure Gallery, home to exquisite artifacts hand-crafted in gold, jewels, and jade. Your guide will introduce you to some of the characters who lived here as you visit their favorite haunts: learn about the Qianlong Emperor, who ruled China for over 80 years, as you visit his garden, and the powerful Dowager Empress Cixi as you see her bedroom and the theater where she watched her favorite Peking Opera.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
After an imperial-style lunch at Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant—Fangshan—on an island in Beihai Park, continue to see Summer Palace. Besides taking a chartered boat for one hour, your guide will also lead you to the living and working quarters of the emperor and empress; the Long Corridor, an elegant covered walkway with 14,000 exquisite pictures; and the Marble Boat, built by Emperor Qianlong as a symbol of imperial stability.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Central Radio and Television Tower (Zhongyang Dianshita)
Drive to the Central Radio and Television Tower, where you'll ride an ear-popping lift to the observation deck, 781 feet (238 meters) high above the city. It is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of Beijing city
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting attraction ticket in advance)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Private tour with no shopping stop
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Wikibeijing

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace.

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