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Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day

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See the spectacular sights of Beijing according to a personalized itinerary on this full-day private tour of the city. Accompanied by a private and knowledgeable guide, tailor your tour according to which landmarks interest you most; perhaps see the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; venture to the iconic Greet Wall; or admire the exquisite exterior of the Lama Temple. Follow your guide around the narrow alleys and ambient streets of the city to purchase special souvenirs, or sample some sumptuous street food in bustling markets.
  • Customize your own full-day Beijing tour
  • Put together an unforgettable itinerary that will suit your needs
  • You'll get an English-speaking guide for 8-hours
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off
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Professional English-speaking guide for 8 hours
Personalized day tour
Food and drinks
Any transportation fees
Admission tickets

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
A guide will meet you at your hotel located within 4th ring circle highway at a prearranged departure time.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Before your tour, contact your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide and devise your ultimate itinerary according to your interests. Personalize your fascinating full-day depending on what you want to explore and allow your guide to organize the logistics, including transportation and where to sample the finest local delicacies. 

When the day arrives, greet your guide at a pre-arranged location in Beijing and set out on your enriching exploration of the city. Ascend the stone steps of the mind-blowing Great Wall of China; absorb the sacred majesty of the Lama Temple; watch world famous Chinese acrobats perform in the Forbidden City; and feast upon a bounteous banquet of Peking duck in an elegant restaurant. Whatever you want to do, your guide will arrange it in meticulous detail to ensure you conclude the tour with magical memories of your day in Beijing. 

Please note: The tour offers an English-speaking professional guide only. Additional charges such as taxis, subway tickets, entrance tickets, bus fares and food must be purchased at your own expense. 

Please see the Itinerary section below for a list of sites you may want to visit.
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
The Forbidden City was built in 1406, which use to be Chinese Imperial Palace in Ming and Qing Dynasty. With over 180 acres and collection of great halls, you will see antiques and treasures representing all of China's history.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Build in 1415, Tian An Men Square is one of the largest squares in the would, with total size of over 40 hectares. It is the main entrance of the Forbidden City, and has an overview of the communist influences on the country.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Temple of Heaven
Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven was where emperors went to worship heaven for good harvests. It is Chinas largest temple and altar complex, an extraordinary example of religious architecture dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Summer Palace was built in 1750 during Qing Dynasty. It is the largest royal park and being well preserved. You will explore the grounds, the temples and the worlds longest art gallery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Let us help you create your own personalized day in Beijing using public transport with a professional guide and interpreter. If you want to visit the Forbidden City and take in a show with world famous Chinese acrobats, we can arrange it. Care to climb the steps of the Great Wall by day and have an authentic Peking Duck dinner in the evening? Well make it happen. Always wanted to tour the Hutongs by pedicab then visit the exquisite Lama Temple? Well put them both on your itinerary. And you know about the unbelievable shopping in Beijing. Imagine having a personal guide take you where the locals shop, helping you bargain for the best prices on jewelry, handcrafts, antiques, art, fabrics or clothing. And whether you're shopping or sightseeing, well suggest the best places to eat in town. There's a world of cuisine in Beijing, plus all the traditional Chinese styles: Sichuan, Southern, Beijing style, Dim Sum and more. Please note: This tour provides you with a professional English-speaking guide. You will be responsible for additional charges during the day such as taxis, bus fares, subway tickets, admission fees and food.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • You MUST contact tour operator at least 48 hours prior to arrival to arrange your personalized itinerary requirements, sightseeing and things to do.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day.

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Absolutely unacceptable. From the...
Jeannette R
, Nov 2017
Absolutely unacceptable. From the moment Gale contacted me, she was trying to rip me off. Rude, had a bad tone with me the entire conversation. She tried to sell me a private car via “a friend” for $1k USD. The hotel was offering for 800yen ($125usd). She has snide remarks when I asked anything.
I would not recommend this tour to...
David L
, Nov 2017
I would not recommend this tour to others frankly. First, Unlike other tours.. you have to contact your guide first.. however.. our operator Hangtantour could not recieve my emails, calls.. and even Viator's customers service team couldn't reach them. We wanted to cancel the tour.. but Viator said that there was nothing that they could do. It was when we arrived at the hotel at beijing when we got the call. Very dissapointing and unconvinient. Also, our guide, Carolin.. was nice and fun but didn't possess any real tour knowledge. Rather than i certificated guide.. i think they just send beijing locals.. to have a good trip. Also she forced us in to some souviner shops in the forbidden city and other places which we didn't know want to buy. We did have a Fun time.. but did not have Fun Tour.. it was okay.. but we really wanted to hear about the history and other things that we couldn't get out from our guide book. It was mostly about just friend talks.. or chit chatting all the time. I would recommend to go on a group tour or a professional tour.. rather than this tour.
great guide. very professional and...
, Nov 2017
great guide. very professional and knowledgeable. we enjoyed every minute of this tour.
Fantastic deal overall. We were able...
, Nov 2017
Fantastic deal overall. We were able to see and do everything on our list. We definitely would not have been able to do everything with a traditional tour. Would highly recommend!
We again arranged this individual...
Lady in Pink
, Nov 2017
We again arranged this individual tour thru Viator and fortunately we got William from our first tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, etc. They way it works for individual tour, William met us at the hotel and we told him what we had already seen and what did he recommend. You pay his way as well as yours to the attractions or restaurants. We told him what we had already seen and said we wanted to see the Pandas. He took us to the zoo by subway. Again William was informative, was patient with us with our questions and an overall joy to be with. He was a wealth of information and proud to explain about his country's history and accomplishments. After the zoo we went to the old Beijing where he booked us a rickshaw ride while he narrated on a rental bike from the street. We entered a house of one of the inhabitants who was so proud to show how he lived. He obtained tickets for us for the Circus which was colorful and amazing. He stayed with us the whole time and ensured we enjoyed ourselves and returned us to our hotel. It was a wonderful experience traveling through the different modes of transport with no worries. We met many folks who just wanted to take their photo with Americans. I would highly recommend Viator's individual tour if you can get William.
The tour was supposed to be...
Felipe C
, Oct 2017
The tour was supposed to be customized but despite the fact I sent several emails to the email register during our booking, I received response the night before the tour. So for that reason we did not have time to plan the activities we wanted to enjoy. The guide was very good but since we failed to plan the entire tour she could not give us the best services she wanted for the lack of planning. I think wendy has answer more prompt the messages so clients can plan much better the activities they want to do. I think the more critical factor here was the delay when we contacted the tour company and from there everything was destined to not comply with our expectations. I wont recommend this tour unless the company answers the messages with promptness before the tour starts, not a night before, as it was advertised 48 hours before, but this condition was not met for the tour operator.
gail was wonderful, customized...
, Oct 2017
gail was wonderful, customized everything to our needs...
We packed a lot into the day and our...
Emma P
, Aug 2017
We packed a lot into the day and our guide Gale was lovely. Her English was good and being able to customise the trip so we saw exactly what we wanted was perfect
It was the worth experience ever...
Dmitri K
, Aug 2017
It was the worth experience ever. When we payed for tour we got an email address of the tour operator. We payed 3 days in advance It was a fake. The email didn't exist. It was bouncing back!!!. Unfortunately we didn't have time to investigate as we were in Moscow and our time was limited. We hopped to contact our guide from airport by phone. In airport we got SMS from Michele What you want to do? We replay that we want him to meet us at 10am in our hotel. He replay that he want to book a car for 2000rnb to drive us around. We wanted to have a walk as our hotel was just 10 min walk from Forbidden City. At 11 am he still was at home telling us that to get to our hotel for him is 2 hours. He didn't want to do the job. He just wanted us to pay for car what we didn't want. So after 1 our of unpleasant communication we told him that we are not required his service. We have a day on our own. The Beijing is not a city that you can see on your own. We have just 3 days and 1 was destroyed by Michele. Very very unpleasant experience. I would not recommended it to anyone.
Our tour guide was great. Started...
, Aug 2017
Our tour guide was great. Started out seeing the pandas at the zoo than traveled to summer Palace. Her English was easy to understand.and gave us history on the Summer palace. Unfortunately my husband became ill and we had to go back early to the hotel. She was very kind to my husband and very caring. would highly recommend, Linda

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