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
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
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