This itinerary includes 6 attractions well worth visiting in Xian including the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell & Drum Tower Square, and Banpo Neolithic Village. You will explore these sites with a knowledgeable and accommodating English-speaking tour guide. After the tour, you will have a new understanding of this amazing place. Pick this tour to get to know real Xian and fall for this ancient capital.
2. Take a walk in the Bell and Drum Tower Square in the heart of Xi’an ancient city before heading to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda to learn about the tales of Monk Xuang Zang.
3. Discover the ruins of an ancient human village of Neolithic Yangshao culture (6,000 years old) in Banpo Museum.
4. Get a glimpse into the legendary history of the construction of the impressive Terracotta Warriors with a fascinating guided tour.
- Day 1: Xian ArrivalShaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell and Drum Tower Square (Lunch)
Arrive in Xian and be warmly welcomed by our English-speaking tour guide at the airport or train station. Begin your journey with a brief orientation, highlighting the significance of Xian as the ancient capital of several Chinese dynasties. Hop on a comfortable van transfer to downtown Xian, passing through the city's modern and historic landmarks. Your guide will share insights into the city's transformation over the centuries.
You will immerse yourself in the rich history of China at the Shaanxi History Museum. Gain a deeper understanding of the country's cultural evolution as you explore artifacts dating back to the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties. Your guide will provide context to the exhibits, offering a narrative that ties together the threads of Chinese history.
After that, indulge in a delightful lunch at a carefully selected local restaurant, savoring regional flavors and specialties.
In the afternoon, explore the spiritual ambiance of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in the 7th century, this pagoda played a crucial role in the translation of Buddhist scriptures. Marvel at the architectural details and learn about the spread of Buddhism in China. Continue the journey to Bell and Drum Tower Square, where your guide will recount the ancient timekeeping practices of Xian. Admire the intricate architecture of the towers and understand their historical role as vital civic and cultural symbols.
Conclude the day with a scenic drive back to your downtown hotel. Your guide may offer suggestions for evening activities, ensuring you make the most of your time in Xian.
Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself
- Day 2: XianTerra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Banpo Neolithic Village, Ancient City Wall (Lunch)
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby, ready for another day of exploration. Begin with a brief overview of the day's itinerary, emphasizing the archaeological and historical significance of the sites you'll visit.
Start the day at Banpo Museum, an archaeological site revealing the Neolithic lifestyle. Your guide will provide insights into the daily lives of ancient inhabitants, connecting the artifacts to broader cultural and societal contexts. Next, venture to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will narrate the fascinating story of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and the purpose of the silent army. Explore the 3 pits and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship, gaining an appreciation for the scale and complexity of this archaeological marvel.
After lunch, return to the downtown area for an afternoon visit to the Ancient City Wall. Your guide will highlight the architectural significance of the wall and explain its role in historical defense strategies. Enjoy breathtaking views of Xian as you traverse the wall on foot or by bike (optional).
After a great time on the City Wall, enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel. You can enjoy an evening at your leisure, exploring Xian's vibrant culinary scene or strolling through the lively streets. Embrace the city's charm as it comes alive in the evening, offering a perfect end to your Xian experience.
Accommodation: Hotel booked by yourself
- Day 3: Xian DepartureXian Airport or Train Station Transfer by Car
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your own pace. Take this time to explore any last-minute attractions, indulge in a relaxing spa session, or savor a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's charming surroundings. Your remaining hours in Xian can be tailored to your preferences.
Then, our driver will pick you up from the hotel according to your flight schedule, providing a comfortable and timely transfer to the airport. Safe travels!
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
- 2 lunches as noted in the itinerary
- Transfer in an air-conditioned car
- Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver
- One bottle of mineral water per person per day
- Personal expenses and optional activities such as bike riding on the City Wall
- Gratuities (recommended)