Spend a full day exploring the ancient walled city of Xi'an accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide. Learn all about the 'Silk Road' city, one of the most well-protected cities in China, and see the oldest length of its fortified walls. Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque as you explore Xi'an, one of the four capitals of the world’s ancient civilizations and an important capital of ancient China. Your tour includes private vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Xi'an
  • Discover the city's culture and history with your knowledgeable guide
  • Get an overview of Xi'an at the Shaanxi History Museum
  • Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Xi'an, and stop at the Great Mosque
  • Tour Xi'an's ancient city walls, one of the oldest existing walls in China
  • Enjoy a Chinese-style lunch
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, City Wall, Bell Towers

Your full-day tour starts with morning pickup at your hotel and a comfortable drive by private climate-controlled vehicle to reach your first destination, the Shaanxi History Museum. 

Learn about the province's history and culture as your guide takes you through the museum, which features detailed exhibits that date from the time of 2nd-century BC Emperor Qin Shi Huang, Ming Dynasty-era statues and more. Then continue to Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple from the Tang Dynasty in 652 that was built to enshrine sacred statues and religious texts brought from India to China. The seven-story pyramid stands at its center and reaches 210 feet (64 meters) high.

Take a break for an authentic Chinese lunch, then walk off your meal as you check out the oldest section of the city's ancient walls. The walls extend in total nearly nine miles (14km) around the old city, punctuated by gateways and massive towers that guarded against intruders. Then travel over to the Great Mosque. Your guide explains how the mosque's design follows traditional Chinese architectural style. The mosque was built during the Tang Dynasty, and in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, extensive pavilions, platforms and halls were added to the impressive grounds.

After your full-day guided tour, sit back and enjoy a relaxing drive back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day with a great guide.

Nicole A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Lucia was hands-down the BEST tour guide I had in all of Asia. Excellent English and very kind! I had this tour to myself and she always allowed me how much/little time I wanted everywhere. Super knowledgeable and very fun! Highly recommend!

Kevin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Once again Viator is tops. Excellent guide with very good English and knowledge of the places visited. I felt that this tour also was great value for the money. Comfortable transport, excellent restaurant for lunch and no pressure from the guide to hurry. Viator, you tick all the boxes - I was recommended to your site and I am so pleased that I followed through.
Kevin Davis, NZ, June 2014

Howard J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great way to see all Xian, was picked up on time at Hotel by tour guide. Tour Guide spoke great English and went out of her way to make sure we say everything. She also took care of tickets and we were able to go to the front of the lines to get into all the historic spots.

DONALD C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator turned out to be a private tour for my wife and I! Small but nice air conditioned van us + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 2 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was very good with lots to eat.

Stephen W United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

This was a really good tour to take the hassle out of trying to find all of these places on foot or by taxi. It does everything that is missing on the Essential Xi'an Full Day Tour. Make sure you give yourself an extra 3 or 4 hours on one day to cycle around the city wall, though; it's really worth doing!

Ling N

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This was a good tour. Unfortunately it rained the day we went. Remember to pack an umbrella if you go. The ancient City wall was beautiful. The museum was packed because they give free tickets away every day so it was difficulty to see things. The muslim market place was a great place to shop at. Overall -- Good tour.

Donald N

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

I spent a great day travelling around Xi'an with my guide, Lucia. I was the only person on this tour, so I had a lot of time to chat and find out about life in Xi'an. You could probably do this tour by yourself, but to save time organizing tickets and buses etc the Viator trip makes it worthwhile.

Michael P United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2010

Provided a good overview of the city - places to revisit at leisure

Sally B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2014

The tour guide was knowledgeable and polite, and the stops were interesting. However, at the time we visited the Shaanxi History Museum was extremely crowded, and at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda we were taken to an "art gallery" where we felt that there was an expectation to buy something (although we were told that proceeds went to the temple). Furthermore, the included lunch was not very good.

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