The Terracotta Warriors and Old City Wall are two landmarks that dominate most Xian visitor itineraries. This full-day private tour takes you to both, with your own personal guide to help you best appreciate their story and secrets. Visit the Terracotta Museum to see the clay warriors, and then walk or cycle (own expense) on Xian’s medieval wall. Private guide and driver, plus lunch, entrance fees, and hotel transfers included.
Start your private tour with a pickup from your hotel in Xian, and settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide and driver.
Then, enjoy the views as you make the roughly 1-hour journey to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, situated outside the city.
Along the way, hear background on this clay-carved army and how it was assembled in around 210 BC to guard China’s first Qin Emperor in the afterlife.
On route, visit a Terracotta warrior miniature factory, where replica sculptures of the warriors are crafted. Watch the skilled craftspeople fashion the terracotta, and perhaps purchase (own expense) some figurines.
Next, continue to the museum, and enjoy a tour to see the age-old army. Gaze over the pits that hold the massed battalions of more than 8,000 life-size warriors and horses, and hear from your guide how the figurines were given individual features, and then painted, assembled, and buried.
After admiring the incredible displays, relax over lunch at a local restaurant before traveling to Xian’s Old City Wall. Built in around 1370, this massive, mostly intact fortification measures about 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) long and 40 feet (12 meters) high, making it the oldest, largest, and best preserved city wall in China.
Admire the wall from below, and climb to the top to stroll along the walkway. Drink in the unobstructed views over Xian’s street markets on one side and skyscrapers on the other, and if you wish, enjoy an optional bike ride (own expense); pedaling along the walkway to see more of the battlements.
After around an hour on the wall, return to street level and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.
Please note: the order of visits during the day may be subject to change depending on weather and traffic conditions.