What are Join In tours? "Join in Tours" are group tours. It means you will join others for this tour which can be a wonderful way to make new friends and also, lower the costs. If you are interested in a private tour, there are many options available on the website.
What you can expect from this tour? Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel around 7:00 a.m. Pick up times are usually between 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning, but might change according to your hotel location or traffic. Please make sure you fill in the correct hotel name and details when booking the tour. A final notice for pick up time will be either sent to the email address you provided when booked the tour, or by phone call, a day before your tour. Please make sure to check the voice message at your hotel room as well.
First, you'll visit the home of the ancient emperors, The Forbidden City. You will get to walk around in the pavilions and houses that only government officials and the emperor's family were allowed to enter in ancient times. Then you will visit the Temple of Heaven. This temple, no longer active, was the shrine used only by the Emperor, to pray for good harvests. This ornate temple became one of the most well-known landmarks of Beijing.
After this visit you will enjoy local lunch near the temple and from there, drive to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was the getaway for the emperors during the heat of summer. You will visit the site where the last emperor renounced his reign in 1912 and modern China was born. If you'd like, you will also have the option to take the Kunming lake boat around the palaces (Not included in the pricing).
At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.