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Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Full Day Tour

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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


See the Terracotta Warriors and your choice of two other Xian highlights on a private custom tour. After a morning visit to see the UNESCO-listed terracotta army, visit two attractions chosen from the six recommended: Shaanxi or Banpo Museum, Xian City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, or Muslim Street. With no time-consuming shopping stops, this flexible tour includes private transport and downtown Xian hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private Terracotta Warriors and custom Xian sightseeing tour
  • Morning visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum
  • View the ancient clay soldiers and learn about their history
  • Tailor your afternoon to visit two of six recommended attractions
  • Opt to visit the Banpo Museum, Shaanxi Museum, Xian City Wall, or three other sights
  • Lunch and entrance tickets at own expense for maximum flexibility
  • Private air-conditioned transport and downtown hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Admissions

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

We pick up from any downtown Xian hotels or hostels.

What To Expect

Meet your guide and air-conditioned minivan at your downtown Xian hotel.

Discuss the six attractions available to visit after the Terracotta Warriors, and tell your guide your two choices. Since your tour excludes entrance fees and lunch, you can keep your options open until the afternoon. Plus, because there are no time-consuming shopping stops, you can enjoy your time to the fullest.

After the drive to theTerracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, enjoy ample time inside to see the massed ranks of the 3rd-century BC clay soldiers. Learn how they were made and buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and explore the exhibition room showcasing the bronze chariots and other treasures found at the site.

Afterward, break for lunch (own expense) before heading to your chosen afternoon sights.

Maybe head to the Banpo Museum to see the remains of a 6,000-year-old village, or chart the history of Shaanxi province at the Shaanxi Museum (closed on Mondays). Alternatively, opt to visit Xian City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, or bustling Muslim Street – the choice is yours.

After visiting your chosen sights, your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

For maximum flexibility, we arrange to visit if you choose to visit this site

3 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

For maximum flexibility, we arrange to visit if you choose to visit this site

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Admissions add up to US$17.00 to US$42.00 per person based on sites of your choosing.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Summers and winters should be avoided and the times when schools are on holidays, unless if you are ok with extreme weather, long ques and huge crowds.
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Awesome Army
Julie C, Nov 2019
I only had one day in Xi'an and I needed a punctual English speaking guide who could get me to see the Warriors and the highlights of Xi'an in one day without any stress and leave me feeling like I hadnt missed anything. This trip fulfilled all of my expectations and Linda our lovely guide, gave us more than we hoped for. Linda and her driver picked us up at the hotel on time and before we drove off, she wanted to know exactly what time we had before we had to be at the train station for our evening journey to Beijing so that she could help us to plan our day and get the most out of it with the added bonus of negotiating a drop off at the station. We then drove straight to the Warriors site. Linda helped us to buy the tickets and then navigated us around the site in the best way to avoid queues and supplying us with information that we wouldnt have had if we had tried to do it on our own. She even took us to the best view points for amazing photographs and pointed out things like the finest details in the warriors such as their palm lines, the ear holes, finger nails and intricate braided hairstyles. As we left the site we asked if we could drive back via a route where we could also see the burial mound and where we could take a photo of it and the driver willingly obliged. We also asked if we could get some lunch somewhere and she took us to a great little local restaurant where had the most delicious noodles and dumplings I have ever tasted. I can honestly say it was the best mean l of our holiday and cost just £5 per head for all of the food and drink. After lunch she managed to squeeze in a trip the the City Wall, the drum and bell tower and a drive past the Wild Goose Pagoda, all of the while teaching us about the history and culture of Xi'an and helping us to get the most out of our single day. I couldnt thank Linda enough for making our day the best that it could be.
Really nice tour
Clemens S, Oct 2019
Our guide Linda was very knowledgeable and kind. She took a lot of time to show us everything and explain important sights of Xian. Highly recommended
Amazing experience made easy by local guide
nigel_p, Aug 2019
Pick up at hotel confirmed prior to tour.Transport was comfortable and .Guide Kai was a joy and made the tour so easy as August is rammed everywhere.His knowledge realy added to the experience.. Had a very good lunch in a nice restaurant before visiting the Wild goose Pagoda in the afternoon. Guide Kai tried hard to tailor tour to exactly what we wanted mindful of the extreme heat at the time of our visit..
Terracotta Warrior Day trip
dshshsg, Jul 2019
A very well organized tour and our tour guide Eddie was fluent in English and gave us an educational knowledge of Xi'an and also the Qin Dynasty and the Terracotta Warriors! I give 5 stars to his Tour company and him!! Thank yo.
Excellent guide
Alma E, Jun 2019
Excellent guide, Eddie was very knowledgeable and great communicator. We highly enjoyed the day trip
Great tour!
mTan66, May 2019
Im giving it a 4 instead of a 5 because i googled mr. Yang who supposedly discovered the terracotta and the man looks different. He also does not look like a man in his 60s despite of what we were told. also, we were toured by a different guy in the big goose pagoda and in the end they ushered us into a 'supposed' chinese calligraphy class and then heavily encouraged us to make a purchase of a chinese painting. I say heavily, because we declined at first saying we didnt like any and then the guide urged us to look again and made several suggestions, adding in how the other couple with us had bought something. eddie, our real guide was informative though and very friendly. He was also relaxed and professional and came on time. The van wan was comfortable and the driving was excellent. Everything else in the tour was definitely A-grade except for those 2 things i mentioned.
brian_o, Dec 2018
Customised tour at very reasonable rates .... pick from & drop back to train station. Guide was very attentive, knowledgable & keen to make sure we enjoyed our visit. Xian is full of history but the Terracotta Army is incredible to behold.
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Loved the Terracotta Warriors
todd_j, Dec 2018
Our experience in Xian was very enjoyable. We were there specifically to see the Terracotta Soldiers. We took a sleeper train from Beijing to Xian and Sonny- our guide- pick us up at the train station, driving directly to the sight. We were delighted that at this time a year it is not crowded so we were able to take our time and truly enjoy this incredible finding. Sonny was delightful and very knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour without hesitation!
The best way to experience the Terra cotta Warriors
Henry_M, Oct 2018
Our guide, Agnes, was fantastic. She guided us, in clear English, from the drive to the Warriors through the post adventure meal. Smart, well planned and interesting tour. Having a guide dramatically improved our trip. Could not be happier with the experience.
Uneventful and kind of boring tour...
Suzana_J, Aug 2018
Uneventful and kind of boring tour. Our guide had a poor mastery of English and often was just on his phone. Of course Terracotta Warriors is a site that should be seen, however it was not impressive and the guide was boring and not interested to actually do his job. It seemed what ever we asked him he had an attitude in answering the question. He was more interested in being on his phone than doing his job - POOR JOB!
Response from Host, Aug 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. We are so sorry that you had a bad experience with us. We completed our investigation and agree that your complaint is legitimate and you are eligible for a refund. We have authorized Viator to provide you with an immediate refund. Please accept our sincere apology and feel free to keep in touch. Kind Regards, Mason
Terracotta site visit
Badar_K, Aug 2018
3 stars not because of the tour guide who was more than professional and pleasant and 3 stars not because of the actual visit to the site to physically see and marvel this very unique history... 3 star basically because of bad timing and bad weather. Summers and winters should be avoided and the times when schools are on holidays... unless if you are ok with extreme weather, long ques and huge crowds. Facilities at site and management is commendable and due credit goes to the Chinese authorities. There is abundance of souvenirs but unfortunately most lack quality. Would have definitely given 5 stars only if I would have visited the site in autumn or Spring.
Our Guide Lisa - was great. She...
Bryan B, Jul 2018
Our Guide Lisa - was great. She taught us so much information about Xi'an and she was very good about letting us go our own pace throughout the day. The Warriors were amazing to see and her information regarding the army formation and the discovery as very valuable. She went to lunch with us and helped us order the traditional Xi'An Biang Biang noodles. Then we decided to choose only one other site do to our children being tired. We chose to visit and ride bikes around the Xi'An City Wall. We love riding bikes so this was a great way for us to see the city. Thanks Lisa for a great day!
Once in a Lifetime Trip!
David B, Jul 2018
The guide arranged by Viator was enthusiastic and very well informed on the Terra Cotta Warriors as well as the Muslim Market and Banpo Museum. Each of the tours we took with Viator went well and the tour begins as soon as you seat yourself in the car for the ride to the tour site. The site itself was all it's made out to be and everything we expected.
Just Ok
Virginia_C, Jul 2018
I would recommend that Viator put in the description of how much everything cost. It is hard when everything is cash only and you need to plan on how much to have on hand when you are out and about for that day. You have to wait in line and pay for the tickets to terracotta warriors, cash for lunch, and cash for anything else you decided to do that afternoon. I think the tour should be a little more expensive and Viator should include pre purchased tickets for the terracotta warriors. The tour itself was okay, not the best but the site made up for what the tour was lacking.
This tour was absolutely perfect...
Marisa_J, Jun 2018
This tour was absolutely perfect! Our party of 6 truly enjoyed the private coach ride, and the agenda for the day was ideal. Linda, our tour guide, was excellent. She was very informative and engaging. She was with us every step of the way, and yet allowed us some private time to enjoy the sights. Linda always answered all our questions, whether related to the sites or just about the general culture. The Terracotta Warriors were impressive to say the least. Afterward, we had a wonderful lunch, and Linda was very helpful to us. She helped us order some amazing items we would have never thought of. Afterward, we visited the fort and finished off the day at the Muslim Snack Street. Oh my was that delicious. It was definitely an enjoyable and informative day, thank you Linda!
My husband and I enjoyed a great day...
Marianna_J, May 2018
My husband and I enjoyed a great day tour of Xi'an with our guide Coco. Her assistance and input at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum was invaluable in helping us negotiate our way through the crowds and take advantage of views from the best vantage points. She also took some great photos for us. We continued to benefit from Coco's advice and support regarding our optional activities and when we expressed an interest, she also ensured we were introduced to only genuine jade items and in particular those originating from the immediate region. Thanks for a great tour and great guide!
Fantastic tour and very...
Anna_P, Apr 2018
Fantastic tour and very knowledgeable tour giude Grace who adapted the tour to shut our needs. The tour was well organised and went smoothly, we also had a trip to a Muslim Quarter and Xian city Wall, both unforgettable experiences! Highly recommend this tour!
I can't say enough great things...
Shirlee W, Mar 2018
I can't say enough great things about our private customized tour! Our guide, Lisa, was so experienced and knowledgeable about every aspect of our day. We started out with our ride in the van, learning about the city of Xi'an and the history of the Emperor Qin. Once to the site, Lisa was invaluable in helping us to purchase our tickets, even loaning us the cash we needed since we didn't know we couldn't use our credit cards or WeChat. Lisa was terrific at giving us information to note and appreciate the warriors. She also had a great sense of the logistics and how to move us through the crowds at the site, not an easy task for six of us ranging from 26 to 76 years of age! With the input from Lisa, our choices for the afternoon were visiting a silk factory and the Banpo village. At the factory, I enjoyed learning about how silk is made and seeing the threads woven into cloth. Now the Banpo village...this is where Lisa really was outstanding. We had actually run out of our 8-hour time frame, but she was so passionate about history and was willing to take us to the museum where we went through the museum as the staff turned out the lights after us. This 6,000 year-old village came alive to us as Lisa told us stories of the discovery and pointed out features of the site. I was deeply touched to think about the people so long ago living in organized cooperative communities, taking care of their children and burying their dead. Lisa is an extremely talented guide and a wonderful person. Thank you for sharing the day with us, Lisa!
Our guide was great and it was the...
Glen_S, Mar 2018
Our guide was great and it was the easiest way to get there and around. She helped us all the way through tickets etc and knew a lot about the Warriors etc. A very good full day excursion. Our driver was also masterful in handling the chaotic traffic of Xian.
Highly recommended and the trip to...
azizan hawa, Dec 2017
Highly recommended and the trip to the terracotta museum was the main reason of our trip to Xian. The museum was indeed awesome. Our guide Agnes was wonderful she is very knowledgeable and of great help. She went the extra mile to help us even after the trip


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