4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City | La Vacanza Travel

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: China, China, Beijing

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  • 4 hours
  • Beijing
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


What is a better way to have a deep tour of the Forbidden city with your private guide the whole time? Embark on this 4-hour walking tour, you will explore the most famous parts in the Forbidden City. Visit the Tienanmen Square. Walking from the Hall of the Supreme Harmony, where the emperor handled state affairs to The Garden of Mental Cultivation-the emperor's bedroom. This in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Forbidden city's sacred sites. Tour including special skip-the-line access which help you beat the crowds and save time to explore.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Please Note: Tian'anmen Square might close without advance notice due to the government activity, if this happened we will take you walk around the Square and offer commentary)

After picking you up from your hotel in Beijing, head to the Tienanmen Square directly, home to the National Museum of China. Please note this tour including tour guide meet you in the lobby of your hotel, but please pay your own transportation fee(You can choose to use a taxi(at your own expense) or walk to Tian'anmen Square. If there is anything you particularly want to see, feel free to let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the tour can be tailored to the things that interest you the most.

This tour including special skip-the-line access which help you beat the crowds and save time to explore.

Your tour will start from Qianmen (Front Gate), follow your tour guide to walk through Tiananmen Square. Get to know the the stories of the surrounding buildings.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: National Museum Of China, No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

These are buildings you will see from Tian'anmen Square: the National Museum of China, the Great Wall of the People, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall, the Monument of People's Heroes and The Flagpole.

Pass By: Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, China, 北京市东城区天安门W93X+246 邮政编码: 100051

Your tour guide will offer detailed explanation about these sites. Feel free to ask questions if you have.

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Follow your tour guide to pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years.

The Forbidden City was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the middle of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Meridian Gate (Wu Men), The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006 China

Enter the Forbidden City from the South Gate -Meridian Gate. In the Forbidden City you will explore the most important buildings and courtyards.

Stop At: Hall of Union, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Then continue to check out the living quarters in the palace: Hall of Union, Hall Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union and Hall of Earthly Tranquillity.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian), Inside The Palace Museum, Beijing China

Stroll around the courtyards and halls of the Forbidden city with your tour guide, and learn the histories and stories about this massive palace. You will visit these buildings inside the Forbidden City.

Hall of Great Harmony where the emperor handle states affairs.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian), Inside The Palace of Museum, Beijing China

Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony. The Hall of Heavenly Purity, The Hall of Union, The Hall of Earthly Tranquility and the Imperial Garden.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Your tour will ends at the north gate, you can choose to explore more of the Palace on your own, or your tour guide will help you to get taxi to your next destination. (at your own cost)

Duration: 20 minutes

  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square)
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Union
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum

  • Transportation to the Forbidden City
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Additional entrance fee to the museums
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Passport name, number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • The Forbidden City in winter closes at 4:30pm (1st of Nov - 31st of March), in summer at 5:00pm (1st of April -31st of Oct), please arrange your start time accordingly
  • Please Note: When making a booking, please provide the tour operator with your desired pick up time at "special requirement", your tour operator will also contact you just in case
  • Near public transportation
  • The visit to Tiananmen Square is not guaranteed, it might be closed due to the government events.
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick up including hotels within the 4th ring road of Beijing city

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

User's Reviews


29 Nov, 2023

Miko was an excellent guide. He met us at our hotel, helped with setting the address for the taxi, and made a traffic-filled taxi ride a fun introduction to him, his experience in Beijing, and our morning. Even though it was a very cold day, Miko made a great effort to help us take pictures and told detailed stories in various places at the Forbidden City. It may sound mundane, but one of my most vivid experiences was bypassing the 100+-person entrance line because we were with a guide (we probably saved well over half an hour at the pace the line was moving). I also appreciated Miko's interactive style - he wasn't just reading off of a memorized script, but asked interesting questions and included us in understanding the immense scale and grandeur of the structures we were visiting. At the end of the tour, Miko didn't just leave us be. He asked us where we were going and pointed us to the closest place we could get a cab.


24 Nov, 2023

Our recent private tour of the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace was an extraordinary experience that left us with lifelong memories. Anson, our knowledgeable and personable tour guide, along with our punctual and skilled driver, ensured that our day was nothing short of amazing. Anson's expertise and passion for the Great Wall and the Summer Palace were evident from the start. His in-depth knowledge of their history, architecture, and cultural significance added depth to our visit. Anson's explanations were engaging, providing us with a deeper understanding of these iconic landmarks. We were pleasantly surprised by Anson's talent for photography and videography. He took the initiative to capture numerous stunning photos and videos of us, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the experience without worrying about capturing the perfect shot. His skillful eye and attention to detail resulted in beautiful mementos that will forever remind us of this special day. Our driver was punctual and drove with precision, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey between the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. His professionalism and safe driving skills added to the overall enjoyment of the tour, allowing us to relax and focus on the sights and experiences. The Great Wall itself was a marvel to behold. Its imposing structure and breathtaking views took our breath away. Anson expertly guided us through various sections, sharing captivating stories and historical insights along the way. Walking along the ancient wall, we couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the incredible feat of engineering. The Summer Palace, with its serene gardens, picturesque lakes, and intricate architecture, provided a serene contrast to the Great Wall. Anson's guidance allowed us to explore the palace's hidden gems, taking in the beauty of its surroundings and learning about its significance as a former imperial retreat. The tranquility and elegance of the palace left a lasting impression on us. In conclusion, our private tour of the Great Wall and the Summer Palace with Anson and our skilled driver was truly exceptional. Anson's knowledge, friendly demeanor, and talent for capturing memories added an extra layer of enjoyment to the tour. We highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking an immersive and enlightening journey through China's rich history and cultural heritage.


23 Nov, 2023

Sherry was an amazing guide! She is very knowledgeable about the history of the sites and helped to take some photos for us to keep as memories and show our friends and family back home :)


23 Nov, 2023

Vivian gave us the best tour ever! Honestly one of the best guides for anything that I’ve had. She was super well informed on the history and made the tour very fun and engaging. I couldn’t recommend her more!

Lucy E

20 Nov, 2023

I came on this tour with my parents on a short trip to Beijing. I live in China but wanted to show my parents around the forbidden city. Miko gave us an absolutely brilliant tour with lots of information without being overwhelming. He was really fun and friendly, with great English, and we had a great day!

User's Picture Gallery


Excellent morning at the Forbidden City with Miko


A Captivating Journey through History: Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Tour


Amazing guide sherry




Fast entry and informative


Amazing tour with an awesome guide


Easy, factual and a great experience!


Amazing Vivian!


Great tour


Amazing Trip wih Discover Beijing Tour


Informative tour contextualized


Great experience at the forbidden city


Worth the money


Very great tour. Highly recommended


Wonderful and unforgettable tour experience


Very informative and relaxed


Unforgettable amazing tour!


A wonderful tour in the Forbidden city


Excellent, informative tour




Fun and educational


Amazing Forbidden City Tour


5 stars! Book as soon as possible!


Fantastic tour of the Forbidden City


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