This luxury walk combines the captivating sights of Beijing, one of the world's great cities, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private helicopter flight over the Great Wall. You'll explore Beijing's past, present and future and see how these are forced together in the crowded neighbourhoods and streets of the city.
Your escorted adventure starts from Tiananmen Square, where you can take in the full weight of its historical and cultural significance. Enter the Forbidden City and delve into China's cultural treasures. The largest ancient palatial structure in the world was home to 24 emperors for almost 500 years from Qing Dynasty to Ming Dynasty. Consisting of 980 surviving buildings and 8,886 chambers over 720,000sqm, the Forbidden City is a 'city within a city', which you can image will be a long and interesting walk.
You'll then experience a different vibe by wandering through Beijing's antiquated and interwoven hutongs, walking through the popular imperial neighbourhoods around Houhai Lake, and be spoilt with Fine French dining in a 600-year-old temple courtyard.
Your Great Wall experience will start with a grand heli flight. Then you'll hike with your guide on the 2,000 year old Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at an ancient tower to enjoy a gourmet picnic while looking at the wall snake across the verdant hills.
The tour will also provide you with the opportunity to engage with the local Chinese culture. Practice tai chi with a master in the Temple of Heaven built in 1420 for the emperors to make sacrificial ceremonies and pray for harvests. Also learn how to make dumplings listen to the interesting stories of your local host who has been living her whole life in the Hutong area.
Throughout the trip, you'll stay at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Beijing, one of Beijing's most gorgeous hotels. Outside it has impeccable glamor, while inside it whispers a boutique elegance inside, It artfully blends rich Chinese tradition and modern sophistication in the prestigious heart of Beijing's imperial district.
You'll have an experienced English speaking local guide with all the insider knowledge throughout the tour.
Take the tour of a lifetime to Beijing, and let us to show you the best of the figurative heart of the Middle Kingdom that is Beijing.