Walk the Great Wall

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive at anytime during the day and make your way to the hotel.  An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.

·Group Meeting and Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon to explore many old hutong laneways.

·Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Day 3: Huangyaguan Great Wall

Morning visit to the Eastern Qing Tombs on the way to Great Wall where our trek will start at Huangyaguan.

·Eastern Qing Tombs, Huangyaguan Great Wall

Day 4: Gubeikou

Jinshaling Great Wall – Continue to Gubeikou and trek along the Great Wall to Jinshaling.

·Gubeikou to Jinshaling Great Wall

Day 5: Jinshaling - Simatai Great Wall

Trek the Great Wall from Jinshaling to Simatai and overnight in a local village.

·Jinshaling to Simatai Great Wall

Day 6: Mutianyu Great Wall

Continue to Mutianyu and spend the day exploring this part of the Great Wall with its added tourist attractions.

·Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 7: Jiankou Great Wall / Beijing

Start the morning with a trek around the Great Wall at Jiankou before returning back to Beijing.

·Jiankou Great Wall

Day 8: Depart

You are free to depart anytime during the day

Highlights:
Forbidden City, Great Wall Huangyaguan, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Simatai, Mutianyu and Jiankou.

Day 1: Arrive Beijing (D)
Arrival into Beijing from all corners of the world. Own transfer to hotel. An evening group meeting is planned followed by welcome dinner in city restaurant.

Overnight in Dong Fang Hotel.

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Included Activities:
• Group meeting
Meals Included:
• Dinner at local restaurant

Day 2: Beijing (B,L,D)
Optional visit to Temple of Heaven early in the morning to watch local people doing various kinds of morning exercises namely Taichi, Kungfu, playing with swords, dancing and singing etc.
After breakfast in hotel, morning visits to Tiananmen, Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. Afternoon walking tour of Hutong.

Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation:
• 4*hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Included Activities:
• Visits of Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and Hutong.
Meals Included:
•  Buffet breakfast in hotel
•  Lunch and dinner at local restaurant

Day 3: Beijing/Great Wall Huangyaguan (B,L,D)
Transfer to visit East Qing Tomb that is a royal mausoleum to bury half of the royal families for Qing Dynasty, and the other half the royal family were buries in West Qing Tomb located in Yi County. Tour the underground palace of Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Qianlong to learn the luxury life the Manchu ruling class.After that transfer to Huangyaguan and commence hiking on the Great Wall downhill from Taiping Zhai to Huangyaguan. The distance is about 4km and it takes about 3 hours.

Accommodation:
• Huangyaguan Hotel accommodations  (1 night)
Included Activities:
• Visits of East Qing Tombs and Great Wall Huangyaguan.
Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfast in hotel
• Lunch and dinner at local restaurant

Day 4 : Huangyaguan/Gubeikou/Jinshanling  (BLD)
Transferred for 2 hours to Great Wall at Gubeikou.Full day hike to Jinshanling. As you hike along with your guide, you'll see lush vegetation and learn how this part of the wall has crumbled because in the 1950s local farmers took bricks from the wall to build their houses. Pass by a local village and walk around the inner circle of wall, which was the second defense in case the main wall was breached. Continue walking until the late afternoon. Today, you’ll hike 7.5 miles (12 km) for a total of 4-5 hours, and will rest for a 3-4 hours to take in the views and have lunch. Then you will come to a guesthouse in village called Erdaoliang Jinshanling area for accommodation.

Overnight in a guesthouse Jinshanling.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Picnic lunch at the wall
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 5: Jinshanling –Simatai-Erchu-Jinshanling (B, L,D)
In the morning, enjoy a home-cooked breakfast in the guesthouse and then transfer to Simatai and hike for 2-3 hours on the Great Wall. Continue to hike in the afternoon from Erchu to Jinshanling. It will be a full day hike today and total distance is 6 miles. Total ascent will be 890 meters.Overnight in the same guesthouse Jinshanling.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Lunch in local restaurant
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 6: Jinshanling/Mutianyu (BLD)
Visit Wang Jing Tower (Watching Beijing Tower). Atop there is a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains and if visibility is good enough people say you can see Beijing City. Morning hiking distance: 3.88 miles Total ascent: 539 meters Moving time: 1 hour 47 minutes Rest time: 1 hour 29 minutes You will have lunch back at local restaurant and in the afternoon you will be transferred to Great Wall Mutianyu for 2 hours hike. Overnight in local guest house.

Accommodation:
• Local farmer's guest house  (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Lunch in local restaurant
• Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 7:Jiankou/Beijing (BLD)
Morning hiking on the Great Wall Jiankou. Mutianyu section is repaired so that it is easy to climb up and down. However, Jiankou is untouched and steep, settled on the edge of the mountain top. With stunning view, you can tell the difficulty to construct the Wall in the ancient time by Chinese.Hiking distance: approx. 10 km, 6 hours.Late afternoon return to Beijing. Celebration dinner of roast Peking duck at local restaurant.

Overnight in Dong Fang Hotel (4* central)

Accommodation:
• Dong Fang Hotel (1 night)
Transportation: private
Included Activities:
• Entrance to the Great Wall
Meals Included:
• Breakfast at the guest house
• Lunch in local restaurant
• Dinner of Peking duck at local restaurant

Day 8: Depart
Depart at any time during the day.

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

 

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

 

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

 

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

 

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

 

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