Beijing Summer Palace Excursion Reviews

Stately gardens, walking paths and promenades surround pavilions and temples along a massive lake. Built from 1749 to 1764, the palace was twice destroyed in the next century, and made public in 1924.
Enjoyed seeing the sights, but tour guide just led us to a central spot and then left us on our own.
Sail Date: March 2017
Enjoyed seeing the sights, but tour guide just led us to a central spot and then left us on our own. He did not explain the sights or give much information.
Enjoyed seeing the sights, but tour guide just led us to a central spot and then left us on our own. He did not explain the sights or give much information. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Not at all like the palaces in Europe where you see rooms and furniture.
Sail Date: February 2017
Not at all like the palaces in Europe where you see rooms and furniture. More like beautiful, tranquil grounds and gardens. Not overly busy in March. Very enjoyable! We had a private driver and guide.
Not at all like the palaces in Europe where you see rooms and furniture. More like beautiful, tranquil grounds and gardens. Not overly busy in March. Very enjoyable! We had a private driver and guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The palace was very large and detailed.
Sail Date: November 2016
The palace was very large and detailed. There were so many buildings to see. You could see the throne but were not allowed into the building. Lots of walking but definitely worth it.
The palace was very large and detailed. There were so many buildings to see. You could see the throne but were not allowed into the building. Lots of walking but definitely worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Delighful and manageable
Sail Date: October 2016
Delighful and manageable
Delighful and manageable Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Terrible in all aspects
Sail Date: June 2016
Terrible in all aspects
Terrible in all aspects Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great walking tour of Forbidden City and Palace
Sail Date: April 2016
Great walking tour of Forbidden City and Palace
Great walking tour of Forbidden City and Palace Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Great add-on excursion
Sail Date: October 2015
Great add-on excursion
Great add-on excursion Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Loved the boat ride-beautiful place but did not like the restaurant on the way
Sail Date: August 2015
Loved the boat ride-beautiful place but did not like the restaurant on the way
Loved the boat ride-beautiful place but did not like the restaurant on the way Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
I enjoyed the excursion but would have liked to spend more time there.
Sail Date: September 2013
I enjoyed the excursion but would have liked to spend more time there. The weather was very misty but it was great anyway. There is alot to see at this stop so just felt like it was a bit rushed.
I enjoyed the excursion but would have liked to spend more time there. The weather was very misty but it was great anyway. There is alot to see at this stop so just felt like it was a bit rushed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We didn't actually go to any palace, so this was misleading.
Sail Date: July 2013
We didn't actually go to any palace, so this was misleading. However, we viewed it from over the water on a neat little tourist boat we caught which went to a shopping area on the other side of the little lake/pond.
We didn't actually go to any palace, so this was misleading. However, we viewed it from over the water on a neat little tourist boat we caught which went to a shopping area on the other side of the little lake/pond. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises