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Tour Overview

On China’s vast and varied land, there are so many places worth visiting. As one of the four great ancient capitals of China, Xian is full of history and culture. On this 7-day private tour, we will arrange a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide and courteous driver to show you around this city. Impressive terracotta warriors, numerous cultural relics, breathtaking mountains, mysterious royal toms, sacred Buddhist temples, and lively food streets are waiting for you in Xian. You can set your own pace without worrying about falling behind or having to wait for other travelers. If you want more information about the tour, please feel free to contact us.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the reconstructed Neolithic houses at the Banpo Museum.
2. Witness the cultural and historical wonders of ancient China at the eighth wonder of the world, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
3. Challenge yourself with a full day of hiking the thrilling trails on Mount Hua.
4. Visit Famen Temple, one of the four most sacred Buddhist sanctuaries in China, where you will see the genuine relics of Sakyamuni.
5. Spend an hour visiting the Qianling Mausoleum, the tomb of China’s first and only female emperor.
6. Walk along the most famous food streets in Xi’an – Yongxingfang & Muslim Quarter to try a variety of local snacks.
7. Discover the top highlights of downtown Xi’an with an insightful guide including the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Ancient City Wall, the Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xian, the ancient capital of the 13 Dynasties! Upon your arrival at Xi'an Airport, our local tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate, displaying a welcome board with your name. A comfortable one-hour drive will take you to your downtown hotel in Xi'an for a brief rest. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

    Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel

  2. In the morning, our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and kick off today's excursion at the Banpo Neolithic Village, a remarkable archaeological site. Dating back to approximately 5,000 to 4,000 B.C., Banpo represents a Neolithic settlement with well-preserved artifacts and structures. As visitors explore the museum, they can witness ancient artifacts, tools, and the remnants of a once-thriving community. The site provides a fascinating glimpse into the daily life, culture, and innovations of an early agricultural society, making it a must-visit destination for those interested in China's rich history and archaeological treasures.

    Banpo Museum in Xian
    Banpo Museum

    In the afternoon, our journey continues to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, situated in the Lintong District of Xian City. This remarkable museum encompasses 3 pits, spanning an impressive 22,780 square meters. Revered as "the Eighth Wonder of the World," this archaeological marvel represents one of the most impactful discoveries of the 20th century. The terracotta warriors and horses on display showcase an extraordinary level of craftsmanship and sculpture, leaving an indelible impression on every visitor. This iconic site is an essential stop for anyone exploring the historical and cultural wonders of China.

    At last, we will drive back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian

  3. Following breakfast, our guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. A scenic 2-hour drive will bring us to Huashan Mountain. Our adventure commences with a cable car ascent to the North Peak, marking the starting point for your hiking exploration. Your guide will provide you with the freedom to wander and discover the mountain's highlights, including Taoist temples, sculptures, and engravings. As you ascend the four peaks, take in the mesmerizing sights.

    Upon reaching the Gold Lock Pass, you can acquire a golden lock, symbolizing wishes for safety and health, and affix it to the iron chains. Witness the breathtaking view of thousands of golden locks adorning the chains. The Middle Peak, or Jade Maiden Peak, offers a captivating supernatural ambiance, especially during sunset. Continue your journey to the East Peak, South Peak, and West Peak, relishing the fresh mountain air. Our guide will reunite with you at the North Peak, and together, you'll descend via cable car to the mountain's base.

    At about 17:00, the driver will wait for you at the exit of the mountain and transfer you back to your hotel.

    Note: We would like to suggest you prepare some food and bottled water for the whole climb. The lunch is on your own since there is no restaurant on the mountain top.

    Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel

    Mount Huashan Xian
    Mount Huashan in January 2023

  4. Begin your day with breakfast, followed by a rendezvous with your tour guide and driver in the hotel lobby. Embark on a journey to Famen Temple, located 10 km north of Fufeng County in Baoji City, and 118 km west of Xian. Renowned as a significant Buddhist temple, Famen Temple houses the authentic relics of Gautama Buddha (Sakyamuni). Revered by eight emperors during the Tang Dynasty, it stands among the four holiest Buddhist sanctuaries in China, attesting to its historical and spiritual importance.

    After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Qianling Mausoleum, a Tang Dynasty tomb complex located in Qian County. Constructed in 684, this mausoleum serves as the final resting place for members of the royal Li family, notably Emperor Gaozong and his wife, Empress Wu Zetian, the sole governing empress in China's history. Spend an insightful hour exploring the rich history within the Qianling Mausoleum before proceeding to the Tomb of Princess Yong Tai. Concluding this captivating tour, we'll safely transport you back to your hotel, ensuring a fulfilling and informative day.

    Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel

    Famen Temple near Xi'an
    Famen Temple near Xi'an

  5. Meet the friendly tour guide and driver at your hotel lobby. Ensure you have comfortable shoes and your camera ready. Begin your journey at the majestic Ancient City Wall, a structure with a storied history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Stretching over 8 miles in length, this well-preserved fortification is not only a testament to ancient military architecture but also provides a fascinating glimpse into Xi'an's past. Learn about the strategic significance of the wall as you embark on a journey through time. Optionally, embrace the unique experience of cycling on top of the wall, taking in panoramic views of the city. Then, immerse yourself in the culinary paradise of Yongxingfang Food Street, the second most famous food street in Xian, where you can savor a variety of local delicacies, each bursting with unique flavors.

    Relish a delicious local lunch at a restaurant, sampling Xi'an's renowned flavors and specialties.

    In the afternoon, take a leisurely walk to the Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square, marveling at the grandeur of these historic landmarks from a distance. Capture the perfect photos against the backdrop of these cultural gems. Conclude the day with a stroll through the vibrant Muslim Quarter. Witness the bustling markets, indulge in delicious snacks, and explore an array of captivating souvenirs. Let the lively atmosphere and rich cultural diversity leave an unforgettable impression.

    After the visit, your guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel.

    If energy permits, consider exploring one of Xi'an's lively night markets on your own. Discover the vibrant nightlife, with vendors offering an array of snacks, crafts, and entertainment.

    Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel

    Xian City Wall Bike Riding
    Bike Riding on the Xian City Wall

  6. Begin your day with a warm welcome as our tour guide and driver pick you up from your hotel lobby in the morning. Get ready for a day of exploration and cultural immersion. Embark on a scenic drive to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a splendid relic from the Tang Dynasty. Marvel at the intricate architecture and immerse yourself in the historical ambiance as you explore the surrounding garden. Admire the serene surroundings and soak in the spiritual essence of this ancient Buddhist pagoda. Then, take a stroll through the beautiful garden and delve into the Xian Museum. Discover delicate relics that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Xian and the Tang Dynasty. Let the museum's exhibits transport you back in time.

    In the afternoon, venture to the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Witness the dynamic scene as locals, especially elders, engage in various exercises. Capture the vibrant energy and perhaps join in the activities for a truly immersive experience. Continue your journey to the Tang West Market, a modern shopping haven built upon the historical West Market of the Tang Dynasty. Explore the bustling market, reminiscent of the ancient trading place that once facilitated the exchange of goods from Western countries. Engage in contemporary retail therapy while appreciating the fusion of the old and the new.

    Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda
    Small Wild Goose Pagoda

    Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at a local eatery, savoring the flavors of Xi'an. Choose from a variety of local dishes and specialties to complete your culinary adventure. Depending on your energy levels, consider an optional evening activity. Whether it's a stroll through a vibrant neighborhood or a relaxing cultural performance, enhance your Xi'an experience in the evening.

    Accommodation: 4-Satr Hotel

  7. Begin your day with a leisurely morning, allowing you to rest, enjoy a late breakfast, and savor your last moments in Xi'an. If time permits and you have a late flight, consider exploring nearby attractions or strolling through the local neighborhood for any last-minute discoveries. Capture a few more memories to cherish from your visit to Xi'an.

    Our dedicated driver will pick you up from the hotel, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free transfer to the airport. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you reminisce about the highlights of your trip.

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1164 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price includes

  • 4 Chinese-style lunches
  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Six-night hotel in Xian with breakfast
  • Transfer in the air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Personal expenses and optional activities such as bike riding on the City Wall
  • Tips are highly appreciated but not requested

 

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