Enjoy an exceptional full-day tour to the Great Wall of China with a picnic break on an ancient tower. Follow your guide up the Mutianyu section while hearing insightful commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and sparkling wine while gazing at the views. After climbing back down, get dropped off at your hotel or the amazing 798 Art Zone.
Your day starts with hotel pickup in Beijing city centre followed by a drive of approximately 1-hour to reach the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. This UNESCO World Heritage architectural wonder was constructed more then 2,500 years ago to protect the Chinese from fierce northern tribes. On a nearly-empty part of the wall, take an easy walk with frequent stops for photo opportunities and rest along the way. All along the Great Wall, imposing stone watchtowers stand tall above the landscape. Sit down for a picnic break inside one of these well-preserved watchtowers — an exclusive experience that’s only available with this tour. Sip on chilled sparkling wine paired with popular local snacks as you enjoy views over the countryside. (See sample menu under Itinerary below.)Your guide will share the history of this masterpiece and describe how the Great Wall outposts controlled the borders and regulated traffic during the time of the Silk Road. When you have finished your great wall trip, your guide will return you to your Beijing hotel where your tour ends OR you have the choice to get dropped off at the 798 Art Zone.The 798 Art Zone, located in northwest Beijing is an enormous 1950s factory that has been transformed into an arts center, with galleries, studios, museums, boutiques, cafés and bars. Take a look around on your own expense and enjoy a drink or dinner at a local restaurant before making your own way back to your hotel.Note : Wall Picnic (subject to change based on seasonal availability):Menu • Local appetizers accompanied by chilled sparkling wine • Choice of Country Chicken Wrap OR Smoked trout & cream cheese on date bread OR Sesame seeds cake & ham with mustard OR grilled vegetables on baguette • Chips & fresh salsa • Belgian Chocolate brownie • Orange JuicePlease note when booking if you would like the Vegetarian operation.