Forbidden City (only available for purchase prior to trip departure date**)
Turn back time to the days of China’s great emperors on a 4-hour optional tour of Beijing’s historical showpiece: the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City. Located on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s vast capital, this gargantuan walled palace was the residence and political base of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
Your tour takes you around the highlights of this huge complex, made up of hundreds of buildings, including upturned-roof pavilions, squares, gateways, terraces, bridges, galleries, gardens and halls. As you stroll and explore, learn the story and secrets behind the main buildings, ornate architecture, artefacts and treasures, and gain fascinating insight into the lives, wealth, courts and power of the rulers who lived here. A must-do for any visitor to Beijing. Your afternoon tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Beijing hotel.
** This optional tour is only available for purchase prior to your trip departure. You may add it to your reservation up to 7 days prior to your trip departure date. A valid passport is required for entry to the Forbidden Palace. You will be denied entry if your passport on entry does not match the passport on file for your reservation, and your ticket will be non-refundable.**