4-Day Beijing Stopover
Explore the ancient city of Beijing on a highlights tour
Discover the highlights of Beijing on this four day city tour taking in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, historic hutong streets, the Great Wall of China and much more.
As the capital of China, Beijing is an ancient city that hosts many of China’s most famous sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium, Summer Palace and so much more.
As the last of the four great ancient capitals of China, Beijing has been the political centre of the country for the past eight centuries.
The city is known for its ancient palaces, temples, tombs, parks and gardens, and its modern art centres, museums and universities that make it the centre hub of culture within China.
- Accommodation listed in the itinerary (or equivalent)
- 3 Breakfast (B), 2 Lunch (L) 1 Dinner (D)
- Private transfers from airport
- Tour and transfers as per itinerary to train station, hotels and sightseeing spots
- One private English-speaking local guide and one private driver will accompany you on the guided sightseeing tours in each city
- Entrance fees for mentioned sights
- Some tours may be part of a larger tour group on the day.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
- SMALL GROUP travel – no giant tourist buses
- MAXIMUM 16 passengers
- NO forced stopping at souvenir factories
- EXCLUSIVE experiences you won’t find elsewhere
- INCLUDED English speaking tour guide/concierge throughout
- PRIVATE transportation and transfers
- FREE TIME to explore on your own.
BEIJING HIGHLIGHTS FULL ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
Upon landing, your guide will join you to ensure a comfortable transfer from the airport to your hotel in Beijing.
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao – 4 Stars
Day 2: Beijing City Highlights
Your day starts with a tour to Tiananmen Square is one of the oldest and largest city squares in the world, first built in 1651, and large enough to fit 500,000 people into its 100 acres of open space.
Adjacent to the square is the world famous Forbidden City (Closed on Monday, copy of passport required to make reservation), is superbly elegant and in close to pristine condition.
UNESCO declared the Forbidden City as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world. Go on a journey back in time as you walk down its red-walled alleys, through its magnificent courtyards and intricate interiors, and along the serene moat that rings the city with green.
The dirt dug out to build the moat was turned into an artificial hill, called Jingshan Park. The top of the park provides stunning views over the Forbidden City and Beijing, but also a great look into the lives of locals who go to the park every day to socialise.
In the afternoon, we will take you to the spectacular Summer Palace, which sprouts above the lush forest canopy and sits along the serene Kunming Lake. The colourful palace holds China’s largest royal garden, a beautiful promenade along the lake’s shores, and dragon boats you can rent for a leisurely cruise.
We finish the day with a welcome dinner.
Meals: (B, D)
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao
Day 3: A Day Tour to the Great Wall
Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is among the best-preserved and most scenic sections of the Great Wall. Built more than 2,300 years ago, the Mutianyu Great Wall’s pristine parapets line the ridges of soft, sloping hillsides that are blanketed with verdant forests and lined with deep blue streams.
Take it all in, along with a delicious lunch, during a picnic atop one of the wall’s highest watchtowers. A true highlight for any visitor to China.
Meals: (B, L)
Hotel: Novotel Beijing Xinqiao – 4 Stars
Day 4: Departure from Beijing
The Temple of Heaven, constructed in the early 15th Century, is a masterfully landscaped and designed structure that combines imperial Chinese décor with spiritual grandiosity. Spend the morning exploring its opulent, bright and colorful Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, where emperors would pray for healthy harvests.
Then, take an easygoing jaunt through Beijing’s historical hutongs. In these old neighbourhoods, traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow stone-paved alleyways have been transformed from residences, to hubs of culture for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy traditional gourmet snacks, people watch from a cafe, relax on stone benches under willow trees, or search for handicrafts to take home as keepsakes.
After lunch in an authentic hutong family home, ride in a traditional rickshaw to Houhai Lake.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: (B, L)
Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4-Stars)
Novotel Beijing Xinqiao is a 5-minute walk from Beijing Train Station and a 10-minute walk from New World Shopping Mall.
There are a variety of amenities at Novotel Beijing Xinqiao including free Wi-Fi and a spa and wellness centre. The air-conditioned rooms at the hotel are modern and each have a mini bar and bath robes.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking, cancellation fees apply. For a cancellation notice to be effective it must be received in writing. Unless otherwise indicated to you by your respective travel consultant, after confirmation, if you cancel a portion or all of your travel, the terms and conditions in the confirmation documents will apply. Some general aspects that apply to all confirmed bookings include if you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, the supplier is not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund i part or whole can be made. We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurances at the time of booking. The cancellation fees, in addition to any supplier fees, may also be levied by accommodation providers, or third party tour, transport operator fees or other service providers. Your consultant will confirm the terms at time of booking.