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Xi'an Day Trip Terracotta Warriors and City from Chengdu by train and flight

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Chengdu, China
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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See all of Xi’an’s alluring attractions on a private round-trip tour from Chengdu. Take to the skies in order to visit all of the region’s historical highlights on a tight time frame. Immerse yourself in the ancient majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed terracotta warrior site and ascend the Xi’an Wall for panoramic vistas of the stunning city. Appreciate the Islamic-inspired architecture of the Muslim Quarter and pleasure your palate with regional delicacies during a lavish lunch. Enjoy the convenience of private round-trip transportation from Xi’an airport on this exhilarating excursion.
  • Private Xi’an full-day tour from Chengdu by air
  • Catch a plane from Chengdu to Xi’an on a morning flight and return in the evening
  • Marvel at Emperor Qin's mausoleum and the terra-cotta army at a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See panoramic views of the city as you walk along the Xi'an City Wall and peer up at ancient gate towers
  • Discover architecture and food on a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter
  • Learn about the history of this fascinating city from your knowledgeable private guide
  • Lunch and round-trip private transfer from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport included
Make your own way to Chengdu Shangliu International Airport to board your short flight to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. On arrival, disembark your plane and greet your private guide to begin the journey to your first significant site, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the terracotta warriors. 

Listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the cultural wonder then feel your excitement heighten as you draw closer to the legendary landmark. Descend to the subterranean chambers of Emperor Qin’s mausoleum and marvel at the ordered rows of more than 7,000 life-sized clay figures.

Next, return to your private vehicle and continue your cultural enrichment at Xi’an’s Wall. Ascend the steep steps of the south gate and absorb panoramic vistas of the surrounding scenery from the vertiginous walkway. Marvel at alluring architecture and the impressive features of the ancient fortification, then walk to the Muslim quarter to relish the Islamic-inspired architecture. 

See the impressive Drum Tower and enjoy the enticing aromas of food cooking on traditional stalls before revitalizing with a lunch inspired by delicious local specialties. Tantalize your taste buds with dishes such as succulent dumplings and yang rou pao mo (mutton stew topped with crumbled pancake).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
Pick up from Chengdu hotel to Bullet Train Station to Xi’an. Your guide will meets you at the Xi'an Train Station then jump in a private vehicle to set off for your first point of interest: the UNESCO World Heritage site of the terracotta warriors. On the 1- to 1.5-hour drive to this world-renowned museum, you’ll learn about the significance of its vast display of life-size clay figures that were buried during the 3rd century BC to protect China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. When you arrive, step inside the underground chambers of Emperor Qin's mausoleum, which features the terracotta army. Your guide and the onsite exhibits reveal the ruler’s elaborate plan for the nearly 250,000-square-foot underground tomb, guarded by more than 7,000 life-sized clay figures and horses.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
After your museum tour, drive back to Xi’an and continue your sightseeing at Xi’an’s Wall. If you’d like, climb the steps from the south gate until you reach the top of the ancient wall, where you can stroll along the walkway with your guide. Admire views of the city below, and marvel at the incredible architecture of the gates and towers on each side of the fortification.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Muslim Quarter
Then walk to the Muslim Quarter to discover evidence of Islamic influences in the architecture of surrounding buildings, such as the Drum Tower, and in the dishes served at nearby food stalls. Amble past neighborhood alleys and the bustling market, and stop at a restaurant to enjoy a lunch of local specialties, including yang rou pao mo (crumbled fried pancake soaked in mutton stew), cold rice noodles and jiaozi (dumplings). If there’s time you can visit the Great Mosque, one of China’s oldest and most renowned mosques, founded in 742 AD. Learn about its Chinese architectural style and the Hui people who brought Islam to China centuries ago. In the evening, you’ll be transferred by private vehicle to the Xi’an airport for you return flight to Chengdu, finding your own way back to your hotel from there.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included

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A busy fun Day
Rick D
, Sep 2019
When picked up at our hotel, we were given paperwork with all the information we would need. (It was nice to have a number to call if there were any questions.) Our guide was Jenny and she filled us in on the history of Xi'an as we drove to the Terra Cotta Warriors. It was incredible to see, but be prepared to squeeze in among crowds. We even got to meet one of the farmers that found the warriors and wrote a book. After lunch we drove around the city wall and explored the area. We had to pay extra, but ended the long day with a massage.
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This was an excellent tour although...
emerykf
, Oct 2016
This was an excellent tour although pretty long since flying adds extra hours at each end of the trip, meaning that there wasn't quite enough time for all the things we would have liked to linger over. The Terracotta Warriors are amazing of course, and the lunch at the Museum was fun since we could see noodles being made. Our guide Coffee took us first to see the archaeologists in action which was a fabulous opportunity for us! Our City Wall visit was short for lack of time and lack of visibility on that day, but that was fine. Coffee was full of information at both stops about the military details and that enhanced both stops. It might be helpful to read up a bit on the Warriors though to be sure you have the background since you might not get enough info from your guide depending on your interests. Our final stop at the Muslim Quarter was too rushed because I'd spent so much time enjoying the Warriors the main reason for my trip, so my own fault but I wish we'd had more time there. What an amazing place!! We were there close to dinner time so the place was packed with people enjoying the ambiance and food! If you want enough time to really enjoy all these locations, and the ones we missed, I'd suggest you take a couple days instead. But if you only have one short day as we did, this packs in a lot of the highlights!
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The trip from Vhengdu to Cian was...
Glynis S
, Jun 2016
The trip from Vhengdu to Cian was superb. The taxi arrived early to take us to the airport and gave us our e tickets. I think this information should have been given to us prior the this as I was worried we wouldn't get the the airport. We were met in Xian by an excellent guide called Rosa and her driver. Rosa's knowledge was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the Terracotta Warriors, City Wall and My slim Street. Our flight back was good and the driver was there to meet us on arrival as arranged. We would recommend Viator and will book with them again.
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A very busy day, started at 0530...
BA pwd
, Jun 2015
A very busy day, started at 0530 drive to airport and ended at 2200 returning to the hotel in Chengdu but thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the long day. We had our own guide and driver she was great, learnt the fascinating history of the Emperor Xin, the Terracotta warriors story etc. Excellent experience. Good local lunch. Overall, excellent trip and well organised - for one of those, just have to, trips!
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Excellent tour, it was a very early...
Susan M
, Oct 2014
Excellent tour, it was a very early start and was organised through Samtours. We booked 2 tours through this company with Viator but needed details for our visas and Sam was very helpful so we ended up using his company for the whole week. We were picked up from the airport when we arrived in Chengdu and driven to our hotel. We did this tour and had an excellent guide called Rosa who organised a wheelchair for me at The Terracotta Warriors Museum and took lots of photos of my daughter and me. We also used Samtours to do a chengdu City tour including a visit to the panda garden, to do a volunteer day at the Woolong Panda Centre, to visit the Lehsan Giant Buddha, The Chinese Opera and the irrigation system and mountain.Samtours also took us back to the airport when we returned home. We had the same driver all week Mr Cheung who was an excellent driver and we always felt safe with him even though Chengdu is very busy. We had excellent tour guides all week. I would like t say a big thank you to Sam, Mr Cheung, Lilleth, Andy, Rosa, and Carol for looking after us and giving us excelent memories of China

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