Beijing Tianjin City Tour Excursion Reviews

Tianjin, China (for Beijing).
Tianjin, China (for Beijing). There may be a high-speed train from Beijing to Tianjin city, but it seemed that the Windstar embarkation transfers were by three-hour bus from Beijing. Those of us taking the back-to-back cruises that ... Read More
Tianjin, China (for Beijing). There may be a high-speed train from Beijing to Tianjin city, but it seemed that the Windstar embarkation transfers were by three-hour bus from Beijing. Those of us taking the back-to-back cruises that bookend in Tianjin, did NOT have the option to visit Beijing. (We had previously been, on a Viking Yangtze River trip.) Tianjin city was still an hour by bus from the ship. It seemed wise to get off, but with nothing to do within many miles (and new passengers boarding from 1 PM to 5PM), we paid for Windstar's Tianjin tour. Much of our visit was free time on the "Ancient culture street scenic area pedestrian", which was neither ancient nor cultural! We did manage to find a more remote local flea market area where used books, stamps, old bank notes, army insignia, and the like were browsed by a mainly male audience. Many of the escalators (on the "Ancient street!") were broken, but the frequent public restrooms were perfectly satisfactory. Most of the merchandise was regional snacks and sweets prepared under questionable conditions, plus a vast array of (opinion!) fake jade, porcelain, and mineral specimens. This was better than sitting in our cabins while the ship was cleaned, but not a memorable outing. There was a misunderstanding about lunch being included, although I could see there was no time for it, or need to include it. (That's because the ship had lunch from 1-5 for new passenger arrivals. Everyone on the tour got a $50 credit back to their account, although I would not have filed a complaint.) Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
"Scenic" drive not scenic and was past power station and empty flats .
"Scenic" drive not scenic and was past power station and empty flats . Guide gave very little information and place not worth visiting
"Scenic" drive not scenic and was past power station and empty flats . Guide gave very little information and place not worth visiting Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
This tour was difficult due to the severe air pollution.
This tour was difficult due to the severe air pollution. It is hard to pay attention when you are having trouble breathing. The tour itself was satisfactory and the guide was good. The included lunch was OK as well. On our second day we ... Read More
This tour was difficult due to the severe air pollution. It is hard to pay attention when you are having trouble breathing. The tour itself was satisfactory and the guide was good. The included lunch was OK as well. On our second day we took an independent tour in Beijing visiting both the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. We did not visit Tianimin Square as planned on the itinerary. Our guide was most intent on getting finished with our group. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises