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Destination: Beijing (Sample Itinerary) (5 days)

Imperial Tours - China

Beijing, China To Beijing, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 May 2018

Destination: Beijing (Sample Itinerary) (5 days)


Day 1
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast

Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, you will be met at the gate by airport VIP staff who will lead you through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Your Imperial Tours guide will then meet you after you have claimed your luggage and passed through customs. The guide will accompany you during the remainder of your stay in Beijing.

Upon transferring to the hotel, you will have the remainder of the evening at leisure.

**Imperial Tours clients get upgraded to a Premier Room based on availability at the time of check-in.

Day 2
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch

Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & Hutong Tour.

During the late '60s while the Western world busied itself with Beatle mania, more than a million teenagers crammed into the world's largest public square thrusting high their Little Red Books and screaming eternal allegiance to the one, the only, Chairman Mao. Forty years later, the Marxist emperor gazes serenely over Tiananmen Square. You will pass under Mao Zedong's iconic portrait and enter the centuries-old geomantic epicenter of the imperial government he came to supplant. Home to 24 emperors, their courts and harems from 1420 to 1924, the Forbidden City is one of the most extensive palaces in the world. As the ultimate seat of power of an influential, sophisticated and wide-ranging empire for five centuries, it is a potent symbol of Chinese authority. And while its eastern and central portions attract millions of tourists from China and round the world, its western portion, known as Zhongnanhai, to this day hosts the executive branch of Chinese government.

Beijing's historic cetner was designed in a grid pattern of alleyways or Hutong. After the Communist revolution, the character of this formerly exclusive enclave radially changed as the masses moved in, often building rickety tin-roofed shacks in the courtyards of palatial homes. This huddled arrangement gave rise to the often romanticized communal street-life that formed the upbringing of many current generations of Beijingers. We track the contradictions of this anomalous development through the rooms of the Hutong Museum. Then we come full circle as we leave the museum to stroll through a recently gentrified Hutong area in which former palaces have been renovated to their former glory to be occupied by the hoi polloi.

Day 3
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch

The Great Wall of China

Contrary to what you may have read, there is not one Great Wall of China, but many. Different scenic sections compete for the attention of the first-time visitor, making it vital to choose the right spot for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. We whisk you far from the tour groups. After a gourmet picnic lunch, there will be plenty of time to walk off the pounds, imbibe the majesty of what the Chinese refer to as the "long wall" or ponder the words from former President Richard Nixon: "This is truly a great wall."

Day 4
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch

Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace

The Temple of Heaven was once the center of a square world where the leader of a Confucianist superpower performed sacred sacrificial rites to a circular heaven. The "noblest example of religious architecture in the whole of China" was the place where the emperor came to mediate on the affairs of God and man. Today the 10 acres of ancient tress surrounding the marble terrace altar serve as a public park, free for pensioners and popular with amateur Peking Opera performers.

For shoppers, the city's largest open-air antique/flea market offers unique souvenir solutions. This is your opportunity to polish your haggling techniques purchasing a genuine handmade Ming dynasty-reproduction chair, browse through bronze statuettes or guess the use of Tibetan curios (all available at a tenth of the price at the hotel gift shop). Those who tire of beads and trinkets can study the faces of vendors who congregate here from the farthest corners of the country bringing their precious cargos of priceless collectibles.

Afterwards, we drive an hour northwest for the breathtaking views and fresh air of the largest imperial garden in China. Rebuilt in 1888 with little other purpose than to provide the Empress Dowager Cixi with a different scene at every step, the more than 3,000 buildings, gardens, lakes and ponds of the Summer Palace revolve around the manmade Kunming Lake.

Day 5
Beijing, China
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Breakfast, Lunch

Traditional Art & Tibetan Buddhist Temple

This morning there will be some free time. You may wish for us to arrange visits to the studios of local craftspeople, such as a kite maker whose ancestors were the kite makers to the Qing Imperial household. Or if you are more interested in contemporary items, a visit to Beijing's art galleries might be more suited to your tastes.

This afternoon, you will visit the Lama Temple, a Tibetan Buddhist temple housed in what was once a princely palace. A sandalwood statue of Maitreya, gifted to the temple by the Seventh Dalai Lama, is on the temples prized religious artifacts. Upon exiting you may be interested to walk through the Confucius Temple. Located next door, this is where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking


Beijing is a city based on ancient traditions with an eye always looking forward into the future. This ageless metropolis offers something to satisfy the tastes of every type of traveller. Climb the iconic Great Wall, gain exclusive access to a private room in the Forbidden City, then stroll through the longest hand painted corridor in the world at the Summer Palace.

About Us

Imperial Tours is exclusively China and exclusively luxury. We specialize in completely customized, creative itineraries to suit traveler's needs, traveling styles and interests. As Westerners based in China for almost 20 years, at Imperial Tours we understand the high end Western traveler and we also know China intimately providing clients unparalleled access to sites, guides and experts across China.

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Terms & Conditions

A planning deposit may be applied.

Should you decide to cancel your place on the tour between the time of deposit and 90 days prior to the tour, you will forfeit USD150 per person, between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will forfeit your deposit, between 60 and 30 days prior to departure, you will forfeit 25% of the tour price, between 30 and 15 days you will forfeit 50% of the tour price, from 14 days or less, you will forfeit 70% of the tour price and from 3 days or less, you will forfeit 100% of the tour price. Should you decide to cancel your place on the tour between the time of deposit and 90 days prior to the tour, you will forfeit USD150 per person, between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will forfeit your deposit, between 60 and 30 days prior to departure, you will forfeit 25% of the tour price, between 30 and 15 days you will forfeit 50% of the tour price, from 14 days or less, you will forfeit 70% of the tour price and from 3 days or less, you will forfeit 100% of the tour price.

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By: dede

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2013

our guide gwen was the best and handles everything- even the unexpected--- she is a credit to imperial tours which did a good job
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Highly Recommended

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

We had a wonderful adventure, with unexpected surprise touches that made it extra meaningful. Of the 7 guides that we had, 5 were excellent!! We were able, within 24 hour notice, to make additions/changes to the schedule, which allowed us to do some things we had not previously realized we would like to have included in the schedule. Hotel accomodations were wonderful and Sam stayed in close touch during our trip to be certain all was moving along smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

The best way to travel in China.

By: D2

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2013

Our experience with Imperial Tours exceeded our expectations. Their model of small groups, great properties, terrific guides and drivers as well as itineraries that include both the must see highlights coupled with some unique/customized experiences results in a great trip. Their followup and accessibility during the trip was also a plus. We will not hesitate to plan another trip to China with Imperial Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Beijing Made Perfect


Reviewed on: 15 Nov 2015

I have never seen a tour company operate with as much concern for their customers as this one. We were met even before immigration at the Beijing airport and escorted through to our English speaking guide. We were given his cell number and the cell of our virtual concierge in Shanghai. We could call either for any problem and use the pre-programmed cell phone provided to us. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and our driver wonderful - he even picked us up for dinner and brought us home so we would not have taxi problems. The tours were fun and informative and we felt "protected" because we had someone who lived there, knew the system and the city, and was able to converse with us about many subjects. It was enlightening, fun, and the way to go. We noted Frommer's Guide did not mention Imperial in its list of guides. They were wrong on many things in Beijing and Hong Kong. Not including Imperial was just another one.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl
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Go with Gwen

By: Putnam Explorer

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Excellent guides with well thought out excursions. Only criticism is the two plus spent at the Shanghai Urban Planning Center. Our guide insisted upon this visit. Good for Nationalist Chinese, but not for westerners who have only 3 days in Shanghai. Would have preferred art galleries or unique local neighborhood/market excursion.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Porter