Beijing & the Great Wall of China

October 2018 • 6 Days • Approx $1950

New Traveler Discount: $100**

This Mini-Adventure explores Beijing, with visits to the Summer Palace Gardens, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and walks upon both the restored and unrestored portions of the Great Wall.

Xi’an Imperial City Extension

October 2018 • 3 Days • Price TBA

Xi’an was the capital of China long before Beijing. This extension takes in the Xi’an area, with visits to the Terracotta Warriors, a walk along Xi’an’s famed city walls, a stop at the Tang Dynasty Dumpling Dinner and Show, and more!

**NEW Traveler Discount: New Travelers receive $100 off our Mini-Adventures!

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this 2018 tour! If 25 Early Birds are received for this departure, we’ll add it to our official 2018 Schedule. An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

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China is home to nearly a quarter of the world population and boasts a length and breadth of history rivaling any of the world’s great civilizations. Along with a juxtaposition of ancient traditions and mysterious customs, the Chinese have harnessed relentless practicality and one of the planet’s most disciplined work ethics to rise to the top of world economies in less than 50 years!

Highlights:

  • The mysterious Forbidden City ‒ hundreds of rooms and pavilions in the middle of the Middle Kingdom
  • Tiananmen Square – largest square in the world and home to the mausoleum of revered leader Mao Zedong
  • The Great Wall of China ‒ which we also access by driving north away from the crowds of Beijing in search of an authentic experience on an unrestored section of the Wall

Xi’an Imperial City Extension

Travelers are highly encouraged to join us in Xi’an for the optional extension. The Terracotta Warriors alone are worth the extra time! What many travelers do not realize, however, is that Xi’an was the capital of China long before Beijing. The area has been home to dozens of dynasties over China’s long and complicated history. Activities include a walk along Xi’an’s famed city walls with bird’s-eye views of this historic city and a relaxing evening at the Tang Dynasty Dumpling Dinner and Show, a stunning presentation of music and dance from China’s Golden Age.

We are developing this new itinerary! More details will be available shortly.

Beijing & Great Wall

Including:

  • All land travel
  • Superior tourist-class (3-star) or better hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Cultural & historical expertise of our local guide throughout
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • Tips for guides/coach drivers and group meals

Activities/Visits to:

  • Summer Palace Gardens – Beijing
  • Tiananmen Square – Beijing
  • Forbidden City – Beijing
  • Restored Great Wall – Jinshanling
  • Unrestored Great Wall – Gubeikou

Xi’an Imperial City Extension

Including:

  • All land travel
  • Roundtrip airfare from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Superior tourist-class (3-star) or better hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Cultural & historical expertise of our local guide throughout
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • Tips for guides/coach drivers and group meals

Activities/Visits to:

  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi’an City Wall Walk
  • Tang Dynasty Dumpling Dinner and Show

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class (3 star) hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

Not Included. The start and finish point for this tour is our hotel in Beijing.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

YOUR GUIDES

WAI Guide Dan Friesen

Dan Friesen has been guiding tours for over 20 years on all 7 continents. He has hiked the Great Wall of China, hobnobbed with penguins in Antarctica, felt the spray of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, yodeled from the heights of the Swiss Alps, and walked the ruins of majestic Machu Picchu. Dan will be accompanied by an assistant on the Beijing & the Great Wall tour.

China National Guide Fong TaiFong Tai has worked with Walking Adventures on other occasions and we look forward to joining him in China once more! Fong offers a wealth of experience as a guide along with personal insight into the history and culture of China. Fong looks forward to sharing the sights of Beijing, the Great Wall, and Xi’an with you in 2018!

Itinerary

We are developing this new itinerary! More details will be available shortly.

More Details

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.

First Time Traveler Savings

In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $100 credit on our Mini-Adventures!

Check out more details on Traveler Savings.

Group Travel Credit

Start a Group of 5 or more to receive a discount on this Adventure!

Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.

How is airfare arranged?

The official start and finish point for this tour is the airport in Beijing. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this itinerary has been finalized.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system, which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain.  The explanation for this system is presented below.

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.

We look forward to sharing Beijing & the Great Wall with you in 2018!