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Experience all that Xi’an has to offer on a full-day trip to Xi’an from Beijing by air. Take a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed terracotta warriors, followed by sightseeing in the Old City of Xi’an. See Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient city wall and the Muslim Quarter, stopping for lunch at one of the city's top restaurants. Includes round-trip air travel from Beijing, transport by private vehicle in Xi-an, a knowledgeable guide, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private tour of Xi’an including round-trip flight from Beijing
  • Visit the world-famous terracotta army, one of China’s premier UNESCO listings
  • Explore highlights of Xi’an’s Old City: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient city wall and the Muslim Quarter
  • Savor tasty Chinese dumplings with lunch at the renowned Da Fa Chang restaurant
  • Enjoy the personalized service of a private guide who caters to your interests
  • Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle, including airport transfers

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This all-inclusive, one-day tour includes the Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an landmarks, and a top local lunch.
From Beijing, start with an early morning transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight. Your expert local guide meets you when you land at the Xi’an airport and takes you to your first stop in a comfortable, private vehicle. Feel free to share any special interests you might have so that your guide can customize the commentary.

As you head out of town to see the world-famous terracotta warriors, your guide explains the region’s rich history. Learn about the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, who commanded that the terracotta army be made during his reign. Admire some of the estimated 8,000 life-size soldiers and horses that were buried in Qin Shihuang’s tomb to protect him in the afterlife — a testament to his power, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The main vault is the most impressive, with figures arranged in typical battle formation. Eleven columns of terracotta officers and soldiers stand ready for one last battle, wielding spears, swords and horse-drawn chariots. Have the option to peruse the adjacent museum as well.

Take a break for lunch at one of Xian’s most renowned restaurants, choosing from an array of delectable regional dishes. Then continue your tour of Xi’an in the afternoon. In the Old City, stop at the ancient city wall, first constructed in the 2nd century BC, then rebuilt in AD 1370 during the Ming Dynasty. Next, see the Muslim Quarter followed by the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple from the Tang Dynasty that was built in 652. The seven-story central pyramid remains an iconic sight in Xi'an.

After visiting the pagoda, your guide returns you to Xi'an airport to catch your flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, you are transferred back to your hotel for the night.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Sep 2018

Fantastic day trip to see the Terracotta warriors and our guide Lily was excellent, very knowledgeable and with terrific English. Having your own personal guide and moving at your own pace really enhances the experience. We also really enjoyed our time in Xi'an, walking on the Wall plus seeing the muslim quarter markets, pagoda and an impressive array of dumplings for lunch.

It's a very long day, and not cheap, but well worth the expense if you can't spare the time for an overnight trip from Beijing and need to fly. Having transport waiting on each end made life easier.

, Apr 2018

It was a long day hotel pickup at 5am--return around 10:30pm but WELL worth it. I would probably recommend 2 days in Xi'an if your itinerary allows, but if not, this is a great alternative. Our tour guide, Ivy, was exceptional. She met us at the airport in Xi'an you are accompanied to the airport in Beijing and through security by another guide, in our case, Mr. Cheong, also very good, and then picked up by them after your evening flight lands in Beijing, Ivy explained the itinerary to us, first, the city wall of Xi'an, then the Muslim Quarter, then lunch delicious dumplings, The Goose Pagoda and finally the Terracotta soldiers. The city of Xi'an, particularly the Muslim Quarter was very interesting and there seemed to be a lot of other things to see there, so if your travel allows, spend more time.
Ivy was incredibly knowledgable and allowed us time to browse in the shops. She gave excellent advice for avoiding aggressive vendors. I was actually surprised that this is a private tour, which is great and allows additional flexibility. Highly recommended!

, Feb 2018

Perfect tour! CeCe was an incredible guide and I couldn't recommend the tour more. Although it made for along day, it was full of fascinating history and culture. We obviously came to see the warriors but the lunch was delicious, the wild goose pagoda was beautiful, the muslim quarter and city wall were a fantastic add to this trip. It was the perfect trip. Oh and the planes were amazing! I loved flying in a Dreamliner.

, Jan 2018

This trip was well worth the 19 hours it took to and from our hotel. Our guide in Xi'an Sissy was terrific and flexible. The only problem we had was communicating with the guide responsible getting us to and from the airport. The tour shows 15 hours, but it really takes 19. It is worth it for all the things you see.

, Dec 2017

Awesome Experience!!! Terracotta warriors spectacular! Must see!!!Tour guide Eric exceptional!!! Also included was a tour of Xi'an. Lunch at dumpling place was delicious. Totally recommend.

, Oct 2017

We had limited time in China and therefore we chose this one day trip to Xian. The trip more than fulfilled our expectations with its visits to the ancient city with it Muslim quarters and the Terracotta Warriors museum. The Terracotta Warriors is alone worth the trip and definitely something you have to see when visiting China in addition to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Our guide was great with good knowledge of the history of the sights and also sharing information of China in general. All the logistics was excellent, pickup and delivery to our hotel, tickets and check in at the airports. We started from the hotel at 8 AM an was back at 11:30 PM. I would recommend to use 2 days if you have the time, but if not, this trip is perfect.

, Sep 2017

Let me begin by saying that my tour guide, Lily, was absolutely wonderful and I was so pleased with the sites we visited. Lily had a broad depth of experience in leading this tour and answered every question competently and with wonderful command of the English language. First the positive things. We began the tour with a visit to the Xi'an city wall and walked some distance on it. That was a delightful experience. This was followed by a visit to the Muslim quarter and a sampling of the sites and smells of this unique shopping and dining area. The lunch as a special and renowned dumpling restaurant was amazing. My only regret was having to eat alone rather that with the tour guide, Lily and the driver. I felt uncomfortable in the restaurant sitting at a table by myself while the guide sat with the driver at another table. But by far the most amazing experience were the Terra Cotta Warriors. This ranks among the top ten sites I have visited around the world and the reason I visited Xi'an.

But now for my regrets and reason for only giving this tour a three star. When I booked this tour it was quite expensive--about 800. It was confirmed and the arrangements were made. But then I was notified by the Company that if I wanted to take the tour I had to come up with an additional 200 in cash and pay the Beijing guide who basically met me at the hotel and took me to the airport. I believe that if a tour is booked and confirmed at a certain price, companies should not be allowed to charge an additional fee and want if paid in cash. There seems to be something strange about this practice. I kept the e-mail from the company telling me to bring the 200 and give it to the Beijing guide at pick-up time. Viator needs to look into this practice. I paid the money because visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors was at the top of my list of things to visit in China.

The second thing that was disturbing was that the tour requires that flying from Beijing to Xi'an and back. The return flight was at 8:30 p.m. but the tour ended about 5 p.m. with a drop off at the airport. Since there was no luggage and a person could basically walk on the plane, arrival at the airport at 6:30 or 7 would have been plenty of time instead of sitting for more than 3 hours in the airport with nothing to do. That additional hour or hour and a half could have been spent visiting the excellent museum and displays at the Terra Cotta Warriors site but instead I was rushed right past the museum. So I thought there were at least a couple of wasted hours on this tour siting in waiting rooms.

As I said the tour is costly--with the 200 it was 1000 for the day trip. And the trip was worth it and Lily was a great guide! But if a person is paying that much money, he or she would like to feel like they are getting the most out of the experience and not just sitting and waiting for hours.

, Aug 2017

We had a great one day tour hitting the highlights of Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors! Our guide Sally was wonderful! Terrific English, extremely knowledgeable,and a delight to spend the day with. The logistics were easy with an early pick up at the hotel with a guide who helped acquire boarding passes in the airport and directed us to security, Sally met us at the airport in Xi'an and at the end of the day similarly navigated the airport to get boarding passes back to Beijing and directed us to security. It was a very long day but totally worth it to see Xi'an. One of my favorite days in an overall amazing week in China!

, May 2017

Great tour. It did exactly what I needed it to -- brought me from Beijing to the Terracotta Warriors and back in one day. The Warriors are awe-inspiring and worth the visit.

It is a very very long day pick up at 5am and back to my hotel at 2:30am but that was due to a delayed return flight -- I was due back at midnight. The tour includes the Warriors, a visit to the Palace of Thanksgiving, a trip to the City Walls and a museum stop. I wouldn't have minded cutting off the city wall and the museum at the end to catch an earlier flight home as I was primarily interested in the Terracotta Warriors. Still, great day with an interesting guide.

, May 2017

It was worth every penny. To actually see the Terracotta Warriors and so the beauty of them was great. The flights and pickup were easy. They contacted us about a week before our trip to China to see if we needed anything or had any requests.

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