Discovering Xi'an

Explore Xi'an with this 3-day tour which introduces you to its glorious imperial past. Be mesmerised by the Terracotta Army, visit the enchanting Muslim Quarter and engross yourself in tai chi.

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The capital of Shaanxi province and the imperial capital for eleven dynasties, Xi'an is suffused with history and culture. 

The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang (221 B.C.), united seven states into one country and ruled the unified empire from Xi'an. The city remained the imperial capital for eleven dynasties and the city also marked the beginning of the Silk Road. Since the early Tang dynasty, Xi'an has had great impact on Chinese culture and is a cultural melting pot located in the centre of the country between the eastern and western provinces of China. 

With wide streets and plenty of bike lanes, cycling in Xi'an is an enjoyable way of seeing the city. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Xi'an. Visit the Grand Mosque and the Muslim Quarter.Meals: L D

Upon arrival, our guide and driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in downtown to check in, we'll spend the afternoon visiting one of Xi'an's oldest neighbourhood and visit one of the most impressive and largest mosques in China.

The mosque was built during the Tang dynasty (742 A.D.) and has since been renovated and enlarged many times to its present size of more than 13.000m². Tucked away in the Muslim Quarter, we'll have ample opportunity of exploring the bazaar after dinner at a local restaurant.. Wandering around the lively streets and alleyways of the Muslim Quarter is the perfect way of ending the day. Be enticed by fresh spices and local delicacies, pick up gifts to bring home or just soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the evening stroll.

Day 2: Explore a traditional medicine market and the Terracotta Army.Meals: B L D

After breakfast we'll visit a large medicine market for traditional Chinese medicine. Farmers from far and near come to this market to sell dried roots and plants used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Next stop is the impressive Terracotta Army on the outskirts of Xi’an. In 1974, a Chinese farmer accidentally found some of the terracotta soldiers when digging a well. Since 1974, archaeologists have dug out thousands of terracotta soldiers, horses and chariots and the excavations are still on-going more than 30 years after the first finds. The army was built and covered with soil to accompany and protect the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in the after world.

After dinner we will go to a local theatre to watch a performance unique to Xi’an, the Tang Dynasty Show, a reproduction of the shows the emperors enjoyed during imperial times.

Day 3: Tai chi in a nearby park and a bike ride on the city wall. Farewell Xi'an.Meals: B L

Before breakfast, we'll visit a nearby park for a lesson in tai chi. It's best to practise on a light stomach so we'll have breakfast after our tai chi lesson.

After breakfast we will go for a walk or bike ride on Xi’an’s impressive city wall that encircles the old city centre of Xi’an. Biking on the wall is a great way of covering a lot of ground and enjoying the views atop the ancient fortification. After the city wall, we'll head to the airport or train station.

* Onward flight from Xi'an is not included in the price. We are happy to help if you need a flight to another destination in China.

Additional information

A child is defined as 12 years or younger and below 1.20m in height.

Included
  • Pick up and drop off service at hotel, airport or train station
  • Professional local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transportation according to the programme with car, coach or bus depending on group size
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary B = Breakfast. L = Lunch D = Dinner. Breakfast is usually international breakfast buffet combined with local Chinese breakfast. Lunch consists of local Chinese dishes including meat and vegetables. Sometimes lunch is a western-style sandwich if the weather or programme so requires. Dinner is specialised Chinese meals from many different regions in China.
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages (soft drinks or local beer) within a reasonable limit (2-3 glasses)
  • English map of Xi'an
  • 24hr on-call service in case of emergencies 
Excluded
  • Anything not in “Included” list above
  • Any flights or transportation besides those mentioned in the "Included" list above
  • Phone calls or other personal expenses
  • Tips - We recommend that the guide receives 2 USD per person per day and 1 USD per person per day for the driver

We reserve the right to make improvements and changes to the itinerary due to local circumstances or events outside our control. 

Type of vehicles used:

For transfers between destinations we use modern and comfortable vehicles that have air conditioning.

Level of ability required:

This tour does not include any strenuous activity so no particular level of ability is required, however please be prepared for some walking. If you have any concerns or questions regarding disability access, please contact us in advance.

Food and dietary information:

If you have any particular dietary preferences or requirements, please make these clear when you make your booking. Most types of diet can be catered for. We will eat at local restaurants. It’s not a problem to maintain a vegetarian diet in China.

Health and vaccinations:

In general, tourists do not need any vaccinations. Malaria vaccinations are not necessary in most parts of China. However, we advise you to consult with your doctor before travelling. For more information about health and vaccinations, please look at this website.

Baggage and what to bring:

Baggage
For domestic travel by air, the baggage allowance is 20kg (44lbs) per person. Since we do not provide tours with international air travel, please check your airline's website for luggage weight limits.

Adaptors
Flat two pin outlets are used in China. European round two pin outlets can also be used but don't fit perfectly. A plug adaptor can be purchased in most electronic stores.

Visa requirements:

Most tourists need a visa to China. For more information regarding visa applications, look at this website.

Cancellations:

If you need to cancel
We understand that your travel plans sometimes change and we try to be as flexible as possible. However as we have to book accommodation at hotels we are also bound by their cancellation policies. In general, the following rules will apply when cancelling a tour you have booked:

- If cancelling more than 45 days before commencement of our services there is no cancellation fee and we will refund 100% of your money

- If cancelling within 45 to 31 days before commencement of our services: 20 % of the total booking value will be levied

- If cancelling within 30 to 15 days before commencement of our services: 60 % of the total booking value will be levied

- We are unable to offer a refund if cancelling less than two weeks before commencement of our services

For full details of our cancellation terms, please see our general Terms and Conditions.

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