Beijing Tours 2023/2024
Beijing, the imperial and modern capital of China, is the front door to China's history and China today. It has some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past and its cityscapes showcase modern China's prestige.
Besides designing time-smart classic tours of the must-sees, such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, we also create uniquely delightful experiences that go far beyond rushing around the tourist attractions. Immerse yourself in local traditions and connect with the local people and culture, or even enjoy an insider tour let by a local expert in history, culture, or art.
The following China Highlights tours of Beijing can be tailor-made to your interests.
Beijing Private Tours
These are the classic itineraries for first-time visitors along with specially designed trips with popular themes. They are good choices if you are looking for an all-inclusive Beijing tour package. Any of them can be tailor-made according to your interests and needs.
- Exploration of Beijing's history and culture
- Hutong discovery and traditional food
- Beijing city highlights
- Simatai Great Wall at night and Gubei Water Town
- Special Forbidden City tour for kids
- Traditional hutong and modern Beijing
- Ski at an Olympic resort
- Hot spring experience
- Enjoy Beijing traditions at a New Year fair
- Experience fun activities on ice
- Walk on the less crowded Great Wall section.
- Explore the emperors' lives in the Forbidden City.
Beijing City Day Tours
Here are some suggested itineraries for Beijing day tours, exploring the city highlights. No matter whether you would like to include the top two must-sees of Beijing in one day, prefer a relaxing downtown walking tour, or getting off the beaten path for insights into the culture and lifestyle of Beijing, you will find some great options here.
- See hidden halls of the palace
- Walk on the Mutianyu Great Wall
- Stroll along the Old Alley and Hutong family visit
- Historical and cultural hutong sights
- The most famous Peking roast duck
- Desserts and snacks loved by royalty
- Discover Beijingers' religious beliefs
- Experience the retired life
- Exclusive cultural experiences
- Talk with local history/art experts
Beijing Great Wall Tours
The tours below are recommended for travelers who are interested in Great Wall hiking, camping on the Wall, or visiting the only section open at night.
- The best-preserved ruins of the Great Wall
- The most beautiful restored section
- Amazing scenery in a wild section of the Wall
- The steepest section of the Wall
- Simatai's tastefully-lit Great Wall at night
- Charming Gubei Water Town
- Great Wall sunrise and sunset
- BBQ on the Great Wall and Challenging Hike
Weekend Trips from Beijing
The tours below may give you some short holiday ideas or weekend-getaway-from-Beijing inspiration. From the world-famous Terracotta Amy to the cultural heritage of the Yungang Grottoes to the emperors' mountain resort or even a grassland experience in Inner Mongolia, we are ready to customize your ideal short break.
- The secrets of the Terra-Cotta Amy
- Local food adventure
- Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple
- Pingyao Ancient Town
- Longmen Grottoes
- Shaolin Temple and kung fu
- Chengde Mountain Resort
- Jinshanling Great Wall
Beijing Layover Tours
Why not use your layover time to visit Beijing's classic sights? Below are recommended tours for a Beijing stopover trip from its airports or Tianjin Cruise Port. We are happy to customize a Beijing layover tour according to your exact schedule to ensure you a time-maximizing excursion.
- The top-ranked section of the Wall
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Visit the top must-sees of Beijing
- Enjoy private cruise port transfers
- Visit all the city highlights of Beijing
- Explore the top-ranked section of the Great Wall
China Tours from Beijing
Beijing is a major gateway city to most tourist cities in China. Convenient transportation including flights and bullet trains mean it is very easy to start your China trip from Beijing. See below our most popular China tours from Beijing.
Experience imperial Beijing and discover Xi'an's 2,000-year-old secrets in 6 days. Feel the old traditions.
Travel from China's capital to its prosperous largest city. Feel the contrast of old and new.
Explore China's ancient glory and its modernity with our top itinerary.
- The best choice for first-timers
- Discover the picturesque rural China
- The best choice for panda fans
- Be a panda keeper
- The best choice for nature lovers
- Witness the Hallelujah Mountains
- Top family itinerary
- Experience China's countryside life together
- The best choice for ones who have a Tibet dream
- Pay your respects at the pilgrim's holy palace.
Spotlight Experiences to Enrich Your Beijing Tour
We believe an authentic travel experience goes beyond visiting the must-see attractions. We enable you to immerse yourself in local traditions and life.
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Amazing Great Wall tour with Helen
We did the great wall tour from Jiankou to Mutianyu with Helen.The tour was very well organized from the begining until the end.The treckking through the great wall was amazing and challenging. Helen took very good care of us and took as many stops as we needed to rest, drink water,have a snack or take pictures. She also explained us many things about the great wall and helped us with all our questions. After the long walk Helen took us to a local restaurant where the food was delicious! She managed everything perfectly so could have all the food ready when we got to the restaurant. Very recommended experience!more
May 2023, Marta
I had an amazing two trips on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City with the guide Ivy during my stay in China. She was very helpful and answered all of our questions with an enthusiastic approach. I have nothing to say but to highly recommend the trips they offer on the Great Wall hiking/camping and also the in-depth Forbidden City tour! Thank you Ivy and China Highlights.more
May 2023, Serhat Altay
Amazing First Time to Beijing with China Highlights
Tom, my private tour guide was there when I landed and accompanied me all the way through to sending me off at the airport after check-in at the end of my trip. Zhao the driver, who also did all the driving during my trip, was calm, confident and knowledgeable in taking us around. Both Tom and Zhao were punctual too. The Great Wall of China Hike I wanted to do started in a very remote, unrestored part of the wall. This would not had been possible without Tom problem solving many issues we had on the way up and I could not have done this on my own a a foreigner. It was well worth the effort and probably the highlight of my trip.The remainder of the tour around Tiananmen Square, Forbidden Kingdom and The Temple of Heaven was paired with a detailed commentary by Tom of which I learnt a lot.more
May 2023, Munsie
Beijing - city of surprises
A fantastic guide was waiting for us - Jack, who told all the stories with passion and commitment. He also fulfilled those wishes that were not in the plan. I highly recommend visiting Beijing with this guide.more
May 2023, Joanna i Piotr Kuzebscy
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot…
Liu Yuan was a superb guide and a lot of fun to spend time with during my first visit to Beijing. It was a wonderful intensive three days.more
May 2023, Pam S.
Great weather and a good trip out with Lily!
Many thanks to my guide Lily for customising the trip to make it as efficient and enjoyable as possible. She arranged to start an hour earlier to beat the crowd and I got to enjoy the Great Wall before the crowd streamed in and while the weather was cool. I requested to switch the next attraction to visit from Temple of Heaven to Ming Tomb and she not only accommodated the prompt request, but made all the necessary arrangements even before the trip coordinator managed to reply! Kudos! Our driver was jovial and friendly, always on top of traffic conditions and took detours to beat slow moving traffic. Hassle free day and I wouldn’t have been able to cover the two attractions so easily and comfortably without them!more
May 2023, Meibao
This was our first time traveling to Beijing
This was our first time traveling to China, so we really wanted to experience some of the major historical sights of Beijing together with a tour guide. Our itinerary was very carefully planned out according to our interests and tailored to our needs. First, we went camping on the Great Wall and hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu, and the next day we got an in-depth tour of the Forbidden City as well as a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a taiji experience in the gardens. Our tour guide, Ivy, was truly wonderful in preparing and organizing our personalized itinerary. She is very friendly and knowledgeable, and she was always able and willing to answer all of our questions. Ivy provided us with a truly amazing first visit to China and I would warmly recommend China Highlights for everyone who wishes to travel to China and I would especially recommend Ivy as a tour guide for your trips!more
May 2023, Annalina Wheeler
Tom is the BEST tour guide EVER!
Just had the most AMAZING tour with Tom. He was beyond knowledgeable, so generous with his time and made me feel so at ease which was super important as I am travelling by myself. Thank you Tom for the best day-you have totally made my China trip a fabulous experience, one I will never forget!more
May 2023, SHARRYN HINCHLIFFFE
Superb service and wonderful time in Beijing
Superb service from Jack who were with us for 4 wonderful days in Beijing. Jack was clearly knowledgeable about the history and able to deliver insight information to us about places. He was also kind and accommodating to my mother who has bad knees. Both China Highlights and Jack were flexible about the itinerary to ensure that we enjoy the best of Beijing. We'll definitely use China Highlights' services again for our next trip to China.more
May 2023, Chani
First time booking a trip with China Highlights and was fortunate to have Sunny as my private tour guide. We went to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, then arrived and walked around Gubei Water Town, and then visited the Simatai portion of the Great Wall at night. Was a very enjoyable trip as we were able to see a night time drone show in the sky, ride a private boat through the canals of the Gubei Water Town, and eat a delicious lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Sunny is super knowledgeable when it comes to the history of the Great Wall and took the time to explain various interesting facts and stories which made the trip very meaningful. The driver we had was also a very nice man who was always on time and eager to help. Was an unforgettable experience and would highly recommend Sunny and China Highlights :)more
May 2023, Allen C
Tour to the great wall from the airport
My guide Tom was ver kind and knowlegable, he explained everything to me about the great wall and even went out of his way to help me the next day at Bejings downtown! amazing service!!! thank you so much Tom!more
May 2023, Fer Villasefior
Great tour, fantastic guide!
This tour was fantastic! I loved hearing about the history of the Forbidden City and admiring the views at the Great Wall. William was a fantastic tour guide. We were a group of families with several young children, and he was very accommodating and flexible with timing and arrangements. I totally recommend this tour and William as a guide!more
May 2023, Ryan Corless
Four excellent sightseeing days in Beijing
We had wonderful four days in Beijing. The entire trip was tailored exactly to our wishes. From experiencing local food, to exploring the major sites of the city up to hiking the great wall of China. Additionally, we had two amazing guides Ina and Fan taking care of all the tickets and coordination required. Also, they could not only tell us everything about the sights we visited and give us an insight to local customs and traditions, but they did so in perfect German. The chauffeur service from Mr Chang was also excellent, getting us from A to B without any hazzle. The past couple of days were one of the most carefree trips we have had so far.more
May 2023, Katha
Great tour from William
Great tour organized by China highlights, our tour guide was William - his knowledge was impressive, his English was great and he was always on time. We did the four day tour including the wall and forbidden city - would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an English tour guide.more
Apr 2023, Lawrence
Beijing 2 day private tour
The tour itself was great, private driver to and from, my guide Ivy was great English speaking guide. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country. Was a great time exploring the Great Wall of china and then my second day did a city tour (forbidden city, hutong tour, summer palace). Felt extremely safe, and was confident having an English guide. Thank you china highlights. (Provide them what you want and they’ll make it happen). Prices are reasonable as I looked at a few places but for private tour, my own schedule, and confidence of getting around safely you can’t go wrong.more
Apr 2023, Mark
Everything was to the vest standard, the history all very well explained by the Tour Guide in Beijing, Ivy. Really enjoyed it, and appreciated the time.more
Apr 2023, Jonathan
Amazing Beijing Experience
I had an amazing time in Beijing and glad Tom was my tour guide. He went above and beyond and I’m truly grateful. Tom did all that he could to ensure my stay in Beijing for two days was pleasant and thanks to him, I say that it was. The driver was also nice and courteous, I called him Jon. The company is blessed to have a good tour guide like Tom on their team so if you are planning to come down to Beijing, make sure you ask for Tom. Thank you Christy and Kimmy for replying all my emails with questions that I had.more
Apr 2023, Pedro V
We had a great experience with China Highlights and Roger was highly efficient and helpful planning our itinerary exactly how we needed.more
Apr 2023, Brenda Sarmanho
Excellent service and tour guide!!
Excellent service and communication from the travel agent Roger Li and amazing tour and experience of Great Wall of China from our tour guide Amber. Highly recommended!more
Apr 2023, Evangelos Athanasopoulos
Maggie was such a tremendous help for…
Maggie was such a tremendous help for our recent Beijing trip. Very prompt and helpful in helping us plan and adjust/amend to our requests.more
Apr 2023, Hi
Beijing Tour FAQs
1. How Much Does a Tour of Beijing Cost?
The cost of a tour of Beijing depends a lot on the travel dates and the hotel you choose. Normally, a 4-day Beijing tour with a private car and a personal guide is about 600 USD per person in the low season, based on a group of 2 people and a 4-star hotel. The cost for a top Beijing day tour starts from around 120 USD per person. Please see the recommended Beijing tour packages below for reference:
2. When is the Best Time to Visit Beijing?
Beijing is visitable all year round. However, the best time is autumn, when the temperature and weather is most comfortable. It is mostly dry and the air quality is some of the best all year. Beijing's fall is one of 'The Top 4 Charms of China' along with Shanghai by night, foggy Chongqing, and rainy Guilin. Please see our recommended Beijing tours for autumn and this winter:
3. What are the Top Things to Do in Beijing?
As the capital of China for more than 800 years, Beijing is best known for having the finest remnants of China's imperial past and being a China culture hub.
Our local experts have journeyed to every corner of the city and uncovered the most enjoyable and discovery-filled things to do in Beijing:
4. Which Section of the Great Wall Should I Choose to Visit?
It depends what you're interested in… There are nine sections of the Great Wall near Beijing City. The most recommended section for foreign visitors is the Mutianyu section. It is less crowded than Badaling's Great Wall, which is extremely popular with Chinese tourists. The Jinshanling section and the Jiankou section are recommended for hiking tours. For camping experience, Jiankou and Huanghuacheng are great options. The Simatai section is the only one open at night... and beautifully lit.
5.What are the Best China Tours from Beijing?
It is a good idea to start your China tour from Beijing if you are a first-time visitor. You will get a very representative impression of China in Beijing. Plus, it is convenient to travel to most other destinations from Beijing. Here are the four most-chosen and best options in general: