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shaye j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Great fantastic tour I had a private tour in shanghai as I was only one booked for that day. Kimi my tour guide was very pleasant, and very knowlegable. I enjoyed the day, which was VERY long ,tremendously. Day began with pickup at hotel at 530 AM , flight to Xian, and return to my shanghai hotel at midnite. The warriors were highlight of day,or maybe even my entire stay in China. Kudos

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Xian is a fascinating city. The Terra Cotta warriors are stunning and well worth visiting. The highlight of my trip to China. The city of Xian was very beautiful and still has the 13th Century walls intact and a number of other interesting buildings from the 13th Century. A long day but very worthwhile. Air delays into and out of Shanghai Airport make the day even longer

Marilyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

We had trouble working a visit to the warriors in our itinerary so took advantage of this one day trek. It was a very long day and expensive but we would not have missed the opportunity to see the site. It was breathtaking to say the least. Pictures cannot convey the magnitude of the pits. The fact that each warrior is different is mind boggling and the exacting detail of each warrior is truly spectacular. We also were very impressed with the tour of the city walls of XI'an.

Franz H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Our trip to Xian was overwhelming!! The terracotta warriors are absolutely worth to see, even it meant for us to get up at 4 a.m. to be at the airport in time and to come back to the hotel late at night :) The excavations in Xian – they are 3000 years old – are in an incredibly good shape and impressive in many ways. Our friendly and funny guide Chin took a lot of time to explain everything and to made this a day we will not forget. The cherry on the cake was the visit of the old city wall of Xian. We took a bicycle and had a wonderful ride into the sunset on top of the wall. Absolutely recommendable!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

A must see and an easy way to do it if you only have a day. The guides made it easy - from the hotel pick up to the flights to the tour itself - and were very knowledgeable. Not even the constant rain that day took away from the experience.

Pat w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Trip of a lifetime. Great service from driver and previous night's guide. Jennifer was extremely concerned about our arrival at airport and successful navigation of airport. She wrote detailed directions for us and gave us her phone number in case of emergency. Very caring.

Kerin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Sara our guide was fabulous. This was a long trip but the best one we did. The warriors are just awe inspiring. An amazing piece of history. Good driver, good lunch and highly recommend this tour even though it's quite expensive. Well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

I went to Shanghai for a conference and had one day free day to check out some other cities. Xi'an was my first choice because of those Terracotta warriors. The day turned out to be perfect! My guide was very fun and informative. Food was great! Highly recommended if you are on a tight schedule.


4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

Long long day, but the tour of the site was great, I did not realize it was so massive, well worth the trip

Josephine B

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

Great but very short on time to get to airport. Bit stressful! Also we had a factory visit and had no time to visit old walls of X'ian

Graham W

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

A great trip to see an amazing part of China's history. Our guide Sally was outstanding and very accommodating. Would loved to have stayed in this city longer but time was against us. Unfortunately our day ended up being extremely long ( 22hrs) as our departure from Xian back to Shanghai was delayed 4 hrs due to bad weather in Shanghai, certainly no fault of Viator.

Julie S United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2013

Very well organised and a lovely tour guide called Wendy,to show us around. we had time to spare so went walking around all the little stalls that are nearby. the lunch was nice too.


4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

We have just returned for a 10 day holiday in Shanghai and Beijing. The tour was fantastic. Their was only two other people on the tour, very personal and very knowlegeable guide. The only down side was the Length of Time, We were picked up at 0600 and did not return to the hotel until 0030 at night (No Delays) a very long day the tours could be shortened even allowing us to get the 1900 flight instead of the 2130. Overall worth seeing and worth the money. Thanks Viator

Elaine M

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

This was an excellent tour for us because we only had one day. It was a long day but well worth it. If we could have been booked on an earlier return flight it would have been perfect!!!


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

driver pick up got us to airport at boarding time. Risky pick up time, too long at factory decreased time at warriors. flight back slightly delay but 30 minutes looking for driver back to ship could have been better organized.

barrie l slonim s

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2013

I am sorry to say that we were very disappointed. Our trip was mainly a source of transportation; airline and van pick-ups. We expected our guide to narrate and share details about Xi'an, terracotta soldiers and the tour of the wall. We mainly rode in silence unless I asked questions. It was 105 degrees that day and she held her own umbrella and brought no water in the van. I thought we would melt. My husband and I have traveled the world, this was the most unprepared, uninformative and unaccommodating tour we have ever taken. I am only glad we got home safe.

Note from Viator: Note from Viator: Thank you for your review. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during your tour. We have contacted the tour company regarding the guide's service level and have addressed your concern with them. Thank you for helping us ensure the quality of our tours.

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