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Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

Beijing, China
Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Do full justice to three of Beijing’s must-see sights with a privately guided city sightseeing trip. Check out Tiananmen Square, the immense square at the heart of the city, and explore the highlights of the Forbidden Palace and the Summer Palace on guided walking tours. Lunch, entrance fees, private transport with a guide and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off all included.
  • Private tour of Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace
  • Stroll around vast Tianmenan Square, the world’s largest public space
  • Explore the Forbidden Palace, the seat of China’s emperors for 500 years
  • Stroll around the lakes, pavilions, and gardens of the Summer Palace
  • Transport by private vehicle including hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees included
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, with a separate driver
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Professional guide
Private car and driver
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
Entrance Tickets to the Sights

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin your private tour with hotel pickup in central Beijing. Then, set off by private vehicle with your guide and a driver.

Stop first at Tiananmen Square, considered the heart of Beijing. Marvel at the square, the world's largest public space, and take in the sights around it, including the National Museum of China, and Monument to the People’s Heroes. Capture photos of the sights, and then check out the Tiananmen Rostrum fronted by the famous portrait of Chairman Mao.

Next, head inside the magnificent Forbidden City, the world’s largest imperial palace, and the seat of 24 Chinese emperors from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Take a walking tour of the main halls and courtyards as you learn about the emperors who lived and ruled from this secret world.

Afterward, take your pick from the Chinese restaurants recommended by your guide, and relax over lunch, before paying a visit to the idyllic Summer Palace, the summer retreat of China’s imperial families.

Stroll around the exquisite lakes, pavilions, bridges, and gardens as you learn how the park was used as a playground and office by the emperors from 1750 on. Your tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
After picking you up from your centrally located hotel in Beijing around 8:30am, you will start your day trip by visiting Tian'anmen Square, the world’s largest public square. Explore the sites around the square with opportunities to take some amazing pictures.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Then you will spend a couple of hours wandering around the magnificent Forbidden City which is an amazing example of Imperial architecture, and you will learn about the history and stories of the palace. Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and Gu Gong in Chinese, lies at the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
14:00 Head to Summer Palace and visit the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. It ranked amongst the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1998. 16:00 Drive back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please make sure to provide your full name and passport number for entrance tickets purchase to Forbidden City in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Catherine Lu Tours
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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Amazing Place
Geoff B
, Oct 2019
Although we had seen many photos, the size of these attractions was something to behold. We also visited on a major Chinese holiday and I have never seen so many people in one place at one time - it was simply a sea of people. Our guide was great - navigating through the throngs as well as anyone could possibly do. Having a car and driver separate from the guide was a Godsend - we never could have gotten anywhere without them. I would recommend going private - you see and learn so much more, it is worth the cost.
This is the best way to see the area...
, Oct 2018
This is the best way to see the area and our guide was just fabulous. Tiananmen square was closed but as we had been here before we weren't concerned.
Myself and two children absolutely...
Louise O
, Oct 2017
Myself and two children absolutely loved this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and personable that we thoroughly enjoyed the day and we learnt more than we could have ever imagined. I don't think a visit to these historic sites would be the same without a tour guide explaining everything to you. I would highly recommend this tour.
Robert is my favorite! An incredible...
Chelsea C
, Aug 2017
Robert is my favorite! An incredible guide and genuine person. I had the opportunity to have Robert as my guide before, so I reserved this tour when my family came to visit me in Beijing. I was overjoyed to watch Robert teach my family. He is very knowledgeable and accommodating. Strongly recommend!
Our guide Cindy, whom we had for 2...
, Aug 2017
Our guide Cindy, whom we had for 2 separate tours, was amazing. Her knowledge, and ability to explain in excellent English what we were looking at made the tour more special. If taking this tour, beware there is a lot of walking, we covered about 9.5 Km. however it is worth it. It is mind blowing the history contained in this tour, and Cindy knew it all, especially fascinating was her story on the Dragon Empress. Drivers and cars were excellent, as was Cindy's choice of restaurants for lunch we let her order, because everything on the menu was in Chinese and it was excellent. If you want a top rate personal tour, with a friendly courteous and knowledgeable guide, Catherine Lu's tours are at the top of the list.
We had a great guide who was very...
Willy G
, Aug 2017
We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English and took us to some of the sights off the beaten track - avoiding the crowds and seeing lots of interesting places along the way - a lot of walking but but we went at our pace and saw everything we wanted to see and lots more - thank you
We had a wonderful day in Beijing...
Anne P
, Apr 2017
We had a wonderful day in Beijing with Susan. She arrived right on time at our hotel with a car and excellent driver. Susan was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and responsive. We enjoyed everything that we did together and learned a great deal about this beautiful city. I highly recommend this tour and Susan as a guide.
I really enjoyed this tour! Robert...
Chelsea C
, Mar 2017
I really enjoyed this tour! Robert was amazing, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I learned a lot about each place we passed, he explained everything very well. He was also very patient with us taking pictures, and he is also very good photographer! The tour bus was clean, spacious and comfortable. The driver, William, picked us up and dropped us off right where we needed to be. Overall a very worthwhile tour! I strongly recommend.
The car/driver/guide were great...
, Feb 2017
The car/driver/guide were great. They met us at the hotel at the agreed time. They booked tickets in advance, and knew how to avoid some lines. They took us to an affordable and decent local restaurant for lunch. The only down sides could not be helped -- the end of January is cold and Lunar New Year is crowded. Joyce is a friendly and attentive guide who met our needs -- sped up/slowed down as we wanted and was knowledgable about the sites. Would recommend the private tour, especially for a family. It was a nice way to see the major sites without managing any local logistics yourself.
This was the only private your we...
, Nov 2016
This was the only private your we did so it costs us 140 each. To have a guide and driver for us all day was worth it. We also went to a local restaurant where the food was great. Excellent guide, driver, and experience.

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