Private Day Tour: Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace in Beijing

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Beijing, Beijing

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Love gardens? Experience the majesty of imperial Chinese landscaping and horticulture on this 8-hour private garden tour. You'll visit the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its predecessor, the Old Summer Palace, discover the gardens' fascinating history, and enjoy a restaurant lunch. All entrance fees, private tour guide and transfer service are all inclusive.

What's Included

Bottled water

Entrance fee

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Professional guide

Transport by private vehicle

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 90

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Your all-inclusive private day tour begins at 9:00am, and your professional guide and personal driver will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop is the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved of the surviving imperial gardens, around 40 minutes' drive from downtown Beijing.

First built in 1750 AD, during the time of the Qing dynasty Emperor Qianlong, and largely destroyed during the war of 1860, the Summer Palace centers on the expansive Kunming Lake and towering Longevity Hill.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Hall of Benevolence and Longevity
Your guide will escort you around the grounds, providing an insight not only into Chinese landscape architecture but into the lives of the imperial family who enjoyed their leisure there.

You will visit Important buildings such as: The hall of Benevolence and Longevity, The Hall of Happiness and Longevity and more.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Long Corridor at the Summer Palace
Walk along the World's longest corridor and enjoy different paintings on the ceiling.

• Admission Ticket Free

Kunming Lake
In summer time, you will enjoy the dragon boat cruise along the lake

• Admission Ticket Free

Qingyan Stone Boat
Your tour will ends at Qingyan Marble Boat.

• Admission Ticket Free

Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)
You'll break for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy Chinese specialties before driving 20 minutes or so to the Old Summer Palace.

Celebrated for its spectacular collection of gardens, architecture, and art, this was once known as the 'Garden of Gardens'  - its destruction in 1860 was a huge loss to the world. A harmonious blend of typical Chinese scenery with some western architectural features, the vast majority of what remained of the garden was damaged in the 1980s.

Your guide will lead you through this landscape of crumbling walls and ruins and describe its former grandeur.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Niaochao National Stadium
Driving pass by the National Stadium and Watercube, then you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

• Admission Ticket Free

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