We had an awesome experience with Coco! She and our driver picked us up promptly at 8am and we were whisked off to The Great Wall. After spending time at the wall, we grabbed lunch and then proceeded to the Ming Tombs. We appreciated Coco telling us the history of the sites we visited. Plus we truly enjoyed the story of the Dragon Lady!
This was a fantastic tour, our guide Kelly was lovely and extremely knowledgeable! We went to the Great Wall first, taking the cable car up and down, followed by a meal with Kelly and our driver at a nearby restaurant. Kelly picked some of her favourite dishes and made sure to take into account the dietary requirements of our group. After the meal, we chose to go to the Sacred Way, which was greatly enhanced by Kelly's detailed explanations of the different statues. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Beijing!
We booked this private tour of the Great Wall through Viator and weren't sure what to expect. To say that we were pleased is an understatement! Rita, our guide, picked us up at our hotel along with our driver, Tom. Her english was easily understood and she had a vast knowledge base. She participated at each stop and that was nice as well. Rita even took pictures for us!
I must say that she was highly professional, patient with all of our questions and provided everything just as described on the website.
The folks we travelled to China with did a different tour that was included with our package and were greatly disappointed. When we compared experiences, our paid tour far exceeded theirs and we DID NOT have any selling stops.
We never felt rushed and had more than enough time at each stop. Rita knew when to arrive at each location as not to encounter the crowds. Having the opportunity to ride the tram to the entry point was a benefit though it cost a little more.
The experience of seeing the Wall for the first time was mesmerizing and I highly recommend a private tour experience such as this one.
BTW lunch was included and some of the best Chinese food we've ever had!
This was a wonderful day trip, and Lina, a wonderful guide - friendly, conversational and full of interesting information. Both she and her driver made us feel relaxed and welcome. An early-ish start meant that we beat the worst of the traffic for a quiet time on the wall. We took the steeper route, which was a challenge at first, but throughly worth it although some of the steps are very high, and we noticed that smaller people and children were struggling to climb them, followed by an excellent toboggan ride down! After this, we were driven to a local hot spot, revered for its fish, which we tried - absolutely delicious, and then headed out, through winding mountain path to the Mong Tombs. Again, this was really fascinating, and gave us a much firmer understanding of Chinese heritage. Its also somewhere that western tourists are highly unlikely to make it to, without a guide. On the way back, the team very kindly went out of their way to drop us off a a different location to our start point Friends themed cafe - also ace. Again, this was a pretty amazing day trip. We highly recommend both it, and Lina as a guide.
It was our expectation that a bucket list event like visiting the historical Great Wall of China would be a key highlight of our three week Asia vacation. Well, Viator and our guide Kelly came though with flying colors! Kelly met us in our hotel lobby and lead us to our driver and comfortable private coach. Kelly educated, narrated, and answered all of our questions during our ride to the Wall. Once at the Great Wall, Kelly escorted us up and gave direction on where to meet after our time was up and where to catch the lift back down to our designated rendezvous spot. It was foggy and rainy on the day we went so the sled ride was not an option for us, but that helped make for some great mysterious looking photos. My only recommendation would be to skip the souvenirs and T-shirts at the top of the hill near the Subway sandwich shop as they are much cheaper a few steps away down the hill where you can haggle with the small vendors on the way to your vehicle. The restaurant we stopped at for lunch was nice and the food was good. The Ming Tombs were a tremendous bonus to a great day. The historical lesson that Kelly provided was invaluable and we really appreciated the time she took with us as we value this type of history lesson. Once inside we were amazed at what awaited us. This tour is a must do if you are visiting Beijing and dont hesitate to ask for Kelly. She was engaging with our small group and kept the adventure flowing.
Another great day in Beijing!!! Jily met us at our hotel and off we went on our adventure to The Great Wall! It was a dream of ours to visit this historic site and we were not disappointed! The drive was pleasant with Jily giving us some background info and when we arrived at The Wall she accompanied us up the hill on the ski lifts walked with us to the first part of the Wall and then left us to explore on our own the remainder of the time. We then ascended the hill by taboggen Such a blast!!! It was the perfect combo of guiding us and then leaving us to enjoy with just our family. We then enjoyed a yummy lunch at the foot of the wall and then went on to The Ming Tombs and a Jade Factory both interesting and beautiful!
We would highly recommend Jilyso much fun to be with and a nice variety of things to see and do all made for a full day of fun and adventure!!
WOW is all I can say -- this tour was awesome. Our tour guide was Lotus Lian in Chinese and she was definitely the best part. her English is impeccable, and she gave us so much insight not only the great wall and tombs, but also to live in Beijing and Chinese culture, which was a real added bonus. I will say the Mutianyu section is very steep and is not a particularly easy climb -- don't take any heavy camera bags or items, and wear comfortable tennis shoes. Also take bug spray, as I was stung by a hornet while walking! We did the toboggan down, which was really fun!!. Overall, a GREAT day out - once in a lifetime experience.