My wife and I absolutely loved our tour! We hiked from the unrestored part of the wall Jiankou to the most restored Mutianyu. I think this is absolutely the best way to see the wall.The tour makes this possible. The unrestored part would probably be impossible to find without a tour guide. The tour is totally worth just that! Not having to worry about driving, finding an untouched part of the wall, and the knowledge of our guide was totally worth it. James our driver and our guide Oliver were incredible and paced things perfectly for us. They also took us out for a local meal after the hike which was great!
This is the best way to see the great wall. Period.
Warning: the first part of the hike up to the wall is difficult about an hour but afterwards it becomes an incredible hike with amazing views--it's totally worth it!
I really do not do very many tours and I thought a personal tour might be a little uncomfortable, but I was pleasantly suprised. Peter was our tour guide, he made this experience more than just a tourist accomplishment. Peter is very knowledgeable about the great wall and Chinese history, I felt like I gained incredible insight into Chinese traditions and culture by having him there. He was very respectful and thoughtful and it was nice to have someone there to take pictures. At the end of it all he took us to a restaurant that he himself likes, and the food was great. This was a great experience and I highly recommend it.