Amazing company and tour guide
I had a 7 hour layover in Beijing and I was dying to see the Great Wall, even if just for a little while. I was in contact with Tony for over a month! He was so kind, honest, and patient with me and all of the questions that I had about the tour. I was nervous about not being able to make it back in time for my flight but he reassured me that the area he suggested I go to would get me back in more than enough time. He was right! The area that we went to was so beautiful and there were no other tourists. It was perfect for photos and just to enjoy it without all the fuss. My tour guide Michael was just as awesome. He brought me water and even a jacket since he was not sure if I had one or not. That jacket came in handy seeing as how it is very cold in December. I was overall extremely impressed with this tour. If you are wondering whether or not you should do your tour with this company, stop worrying and book it! They will treat you amazing.
—-Jennette Venturanza visited in December 2015
Worth the price and worth the time with this company
I had researched a number of companies as I was able to craft a 24 hour layover in my trip intinerary – I wish I had done 48 hours since the Chinese government gives travelers 72 hour visa. Regardless – I felt ver comfortable when I got off the plane and there was Tony waiting with my name on a sign. He was in short – FANTASTIC. We drove in a nice Buick to the Wall right away since I had arrived around 1 PM Beijing time. Tony paid for all tickets to the wall and to me seemed more than a tour guide…..but acted like a friend showing me around the town. After the Great Wall, Tony drove me to downtown Beijing – we walked through the town to the gate of the Forbidden City and saw Tiananmen Square. We went through an alley off the “beaten path” that was something right out of a movie with all kind of Chinese food and merchandise vendors….that was really cool. Tony took me to an authentic local noodle restaurant and bought me dinner. If I can figure out a way to ever get back to Beijing…..I am calling this company and requesting Tony again!
—-Chuck Simikian visited in November2015
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with superb, friendly guides
I had a 9 hour layover on what was my first trip to Beijing. Am extremely happy to have booked a private tour (was traveling alone) of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with Beijing Airport Layover Tours. The whole experience could not have been easier or any more enjoyable. Thank goodness I decided not to stay in the Beijing airport for nine hours! It can get cold inside the building and … it’s an airport.
Getting the 72 hour visa was a matter of filling out an arrival card and sharing my return ticket with a specially designated desk at immigration. There was no line so I had my visa in less than a minute and was on my way.
Instead, I was met at baggage claim by Tony. His English was perfect and very enjoyable to talk to / get a sense of the city. I arrived early in the morning so we hit rush hour and the drive to downtown took 90 minutes.
Tony dropped me off at the square where I was met door-side by Michael. Michael is a professional tour guide. Again, very pleasant, superb English and a knowledge of related history that I only scratched the surface of. Any question I had he knew the answer. He took me on a 2-3 hour walk through the Square and the Palace. He explained everything, helped me with tickets, shepherding me through a few security checkpoints. Nothing felt rushed and we toured at my pace.
As we exited the Palace, we walked a few blocks and Tony picked us up on the street and we returned to the airport. Tony never left the car so I left my backpack in the car.
Only advice is to grab some food if you can before the tour. I recall seeing only one food stand in the palace area, but I didn’t buy anything.
So, just an amazing experience. I will absolutely travel with them next time I have a layover in Beijing. In fact on a subsequent trip to the region I’ll try and book a trip that allows me to do a layover so I can see the Great Wall.
Michael and Tony, thanks again for a wonderful, albeit brief, introduction to your city!
—-Mark Fithian visited in November 2015
14hrs in Beijing…. why not
Me and my friend had a long layover in Beijing and wanted to see the great wall while we were there. However our layover was at night from 6PM to 9AM so we thought we wouldn’t be able to go let alone see anything and make it to our flight on time. But lucky enough for us Tony arranged everything he picked us up from the airport at 3AM drove us to a section and after hiking up for about 15 mins we reached the Wall but it was still pitched dark and we couldn’t see much but after about a half hour the sun started coming up and our view was spectacular. We got to see sunrise on the great wall which was pretty amazing. After everything was done he drove us back to our airport and we arrived by 7AM plenty of time for our flight.
Thanks a lot for Tony for making this happen.
—-Jesus Acevedo visited in October 2015
Private tour of the Great Wall with Tony on our layover
We had a 10 hour layover in Beijing while traveling to Thailand for our honeymoon. Finding Tony on Tripadvisor was a tremendously fortunate discovery.
From the initial email correspondence to the airport pick up the communication was clear, honest and prompt. Tony was very informative as a guide throughout our drive to the Great Wall as well as during our 2 hour climb/hike. I had done a little research on the sections of the wall that my wife and I would enjoy seeing. We wanted to avoid crowds and see sections of the wall that may not be completely in tact. Tony understood exactly what we wanted, while also considering the limited amount of time we had. His recommendation was to visit Huanghuacheng. It was perfect! He treated us like old friends and made sure we were comfortable the entire trip.
Given the fact that no public transportation is available to take tourists to the wall, this was certainly a justified travel expense.
On our return trip we felt brave enough to take the train to the Forbidden City on our own. This was slightly due to the fact that our first experience with Tony made us feel safe, comfortable and welcomed as guests in the extraordinary city of Beijing.
—-Travis Ahlswede visited in September 2015
Our family visited Beijing on 10/25/14. Our boys wanted to walk on the Great Wall. As we planned our trip, I contacted several tour companies to see if they could fit us into a 4 hour window. Only Beijing Airport Layover Tours always responded promptly, addressed my multiple questions/concerns and assured us they could get us back to BCIA 2-hours before our flight. The organization and easy communication we had with Mr. Tony Liu was matched by the professionalism and knowledge of our tour guide, Shane. He shared a lot with us about Beijing, its history, its present and the Great Wall. He spoke very good English and kept us on track to ensure a timely departure for the airport.
It was a big help to us that we did an early tour. We were picked up at our hotel around 6:40am and arrived at the Wall right at 8:00am. Also, at first we were not going to take the cable car. In hindsight, I am glad we did. It allowed us to have about 30 extra minutes on the wall. The whole tour was perfectly timed, because the crowds were coming in as we were leaving (around 10:00am). Our only regret is that we could not also do a Forbidden City tour. If we ever come back we will definitely email Mr. Liu again!
—-Maik visited on Oct 25, 2014
Recently, it was our good fortune to experience an extraordinary and memorable Beijing Capitol Airport to Great Wall guided tour. Our travel itinerary included an early morning arrival and nine hour transit layover at Beijing airport. How could we best use this unplanned opportunity? Based on positive customer endorsements, we made arrangements for a guided tour with Beijing Travel Agency (BTA). It was convenient to secure our temporary, free, transit visa from China Immigrations upon arrival at the airport. At the appointed place and time, we met Mr. Tony Liu in the arrival hall. We were promptly ushered to a private, clean, late-model sedan and within minutes we were avoiding traffic and off to our tour on the storied Great Wall. There is either a choice of walking to the Great Wall from the parking garage or, after a short walk, taking a gondola or chair lift to the wall. On the occasion of my first visit to the Great Wall
walking was the only option. In the essence of time we took the chair lift to the wall and consequently were able to spend more quality time on the wall enjoying the magnificent panoramic vistas and our guide, Tony’s, excellent historical perspective. After more than sufficient picture taking opportunity between watch towers on the wall we returned to our car. As our morning tour was ending the overcrowded tour buses were beginning to arrive. After our wonderful crowd-free experience, we arrived back at the airport international departure hall with ample time for the simple immigration formalities. BTA’s professional and trustworthy tour services are highly commendable. Our gentlemanly guide was formally educated, spoke excellent English, and was an extremely knowledgeable and very congenial host. Although our interest was in visiting the Great Wall, BTA will arrange a Beijing guided tour itinerary tailored to the specific interests and time of the visitors. If your future travel plans include a transit layover at Beijing Capitol Airport, don’t miss the opportunity to add unexpected value to your travel experience. Call or write Tony Liu at Beijing Travel Agency. Like us, you will be delighted you did.
—-Jeff visited on Oct 16, 2014
I used Beijing Airport Transportation for the Great Wall tour and found them to be very professional and courteous for the entire trip. A real wonderful experience and would us them again for my next trip to China.
—-David visited on Aug 29,2014
This tour was tops. Had a layover in Beijing for 7 hours and though other companies said it was not long enough, Beijing airport transportation tour company proved them wrong and accepted the challenge.
The wall is awesome! The tour guide was so friends and a champ (Michael), up there with the best things I have seen, and beats waiting in the airport.
Hell, Michael even lent me his phone to call my parents in Aus… FROM THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA!!
—-Brad from Aus visited on Aug 8, 2014
I liked the trip to the Great wall. Tony was a good guide and safe driver. The Great Wall was so amazing to see with many nice views.
—-Jens visited on Aug 7, 2014
The trip was so nice, highly recommended!
—-Hannah visited on Aug 5, 2014
A Good Layover Trip!
We visited the wall at Mutianyu with Beijing Airport Transportation Tours and our guide Alex was fabulous, very friendly and knowledgeable, and never rushed us. Our flight arrived on time and saw our tour guide with our names in his hands. The wall is fantastic, especially when you stop to consider the history behind it. It was not crowded at all and the vendors did not bother us in any way at all as others have mentioned. After the wall we went straight back to the airport. The tour was about 4 hours total and was a good layover trip in Beijing.
—-Eva & husband visited on July 12, 2014
Tiananmen Square is not originally planned in our itinerary but this company made our short time possible to see it. The security on the square was high and the people even gave us funny looks implying the silliness of foreigners touring the site. I still remember the images from the 90s and just found it hard to believe that we were there. The most interesting part was the fact that my friend and I had two separate Chinese couple insist on having pictures taken with us. Our guide explained that most visitors were from other parts of the country and don’t see Westerners. This tour was fantastic!
—-Anna.b.w visited on July 10, 2014
Easy, professional, and fun way to see the Great Wall on a layover
We had a great time on our 7-hours layover.I was worried it wouldn’t be enough time to get there and back but Shane made it possible. He was a professional and courteous and gave us a lot of good information. Everything went without a hitch – he was standing waiting for us with a sign when we left customs and quickly got us to his car. He spoke perfect English. We had enough time to walk part of the wall and then he took us to a great lunch place. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone with a layover! Totally worth it.
—-Kristen Howerton/ Visited on June 23, 2014
We had a fantastic experience on our tour! Yao proved to be a very adept & knowledgeable guide who not only educated us about the history of the great wall but also about the recent changes that Chinese society has undergone. He was able to accommodate the physical needs of all our family members, guiding less capable bodies along less taxing portions of the wall. Warm, friendly & always willing to answer questions, Yao gave us an ideal introduction to China.
Yao is extraordinary intelligent, very informative and amazingly caring. We would love to have been friends if we lived in China. We would recommend him highly.
—-Michael Givner and family/ Visited on June 13, 2014
The fabulous great wall wall telling us dozens of stories of how ancient Chinese defend their homeland, and how hard the labors work at that time. If you are in Beijing or going there, you can’t miss it!
—-John Cawley /England/visited in May 2014
Very pleased with the service we received from this tour company. They arranged this short tour for us and also a transfer back to the airport. The tours were very good and our guide, Michael, spoke good English, was courteous and very informative.
From the time of our initial inquiry, the company was extremely helpful, answering queries very promptly: an excellent service.
—-Colin A Somers .Visited in March 2014
We arrived into Beijing at 12:30pm and spent the night at an airport hotel before heading into the city the next day. Rather than waste the afternoon we decided to try to squeeze in a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. I’d read that the Great Wall was a good “layover” trip from the airport, and indeed it is ideal for someone with a long-ish layover but it also good for shaving some time off the trip to and from the Great Wall (it would take at least another hour or so if leaving from a hotel in the city). We got our bags and made it through customs fairly quickly and ended up at the great Wall by 3:00 – not time for a soul-changing hike but plenty of time for us, including a cable car up to the Wall and a toboggan slide back down, which was surprisingly fun.
Gary and Beijing Airport Transportation tour company lived up to their reputation. They replied to our emails almost immediately and everything was just as promised – the driver was at the airport to meet us, watched our bags and then dropped us off at the hotel – and reasonably priced.
Seeing the Great Wall from the airport on our arrival day turned out to be a great decision and freed up a day for other sites. Please note that if our plane had been late or there had been other delays the decision might not have seemed so smart… Our plane arrived at 12:30 and the Great Wall closed at 5:00 pm. We were lucky and that window of time was perfect, but it would be best to allow yourself more time if possible – certainly no less.
It is always great when a tour company does what it promises (airport pickup, bags stored safely, no surprise trips to souvenir shops, etc.) and we highly recommend Beijing Airport Transportation tours.
—-Sally & Jenny /Visited in Feb 2014
—-DT family/visited in Feb 2014
breathtaking view! beautiful, an absolute Must for anyone visiting. Absolutely made our short stay complete.
—-Benjamin. France/visited in Jan 2014