Xian to Beijing
5 Day tour with all the main highlights from Xi’an to Beijing
*based upon 8 pax private tour
- Explore one of China’s most renowned attractions – the incredible Terracotta Warriors & Terracotta Army;
- Visit a cave dwelling – traditional houses built into the side of mountains that are still home to locals today!
- Walk, Cycle or take a shuttle along Xi’an’s City Wall, which has been protecting Xi’an for the past 600 years;
- Step back and discover the ancient streets of Shuyuanmen Cultural Street;
- Discover Xi’an’s famous Muslim Quarter;
- Explore Beijing’s most renowned attraction – the incredible Great Wall of China at Mutianyu;
- Travel inside the Beijing Olympic Center and its famous ‘Bird’s Nest Stadium’ among other buildings;
- Discover the summer resort for the Imperial family at the Summer Palace;
- Taste a delicious meal of Beijing’s most famous local dishes – Peking Duck;
- Enjoy a Beijing acrobatics show or a Kung Fu show;
- Visit China’s most famous (and one of the world’s largest)public square – Tiananmen Square;
- Go inside the walls and go back in time at Beijing’s Forbidden City;
- Overlook the Forbidden City and Beijing city from the peak of Jingshan Park;
- Cruise the alleyways of Beijing’s famous hutongs in your own private rickshaw;
- Discover the largest Tibetan Temple in Beijing at the Lama Temple;
All times outlined below are approximates as the tour is a private tour, time is flexible & subject to train schedules
- 9:00 am: Meet at your Xi’an Hotel Lobby
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Explore Terracotta Army Museum
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Visit a Traditional Cave Dwelling
- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch (not included in pricing)
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Visit Xi’an City Wall
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Visit Shu Yuanmen Street
- 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Visit Muslim Quarter
- 6:30 pm: Return transfer to Xi’an Hotel
- 8:00 am (flexible): Meet at your Xi’an Hotel Lobby
- 8:30 am – 10:30 am: Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
- 11:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Jingdi Tomb at Hangyangling Museum
- 2:00 pm: Transfer to Xi’an North Railway Station
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Transfer to Xi’an North Railway Station
- 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm: High-Speed Train from Xi’an to Beijing West
- 9:30 pm: Meet at Beijing West Railway Station
- 9:30 pm: Transfer to Beijing Hotel
- 8:00 am (flexible): Meet at your Beijing Hotel Lobby
- 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Transfer to to Mutianyu Great Wall;
- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Explore Great Wall of China;
- 2:00 pm: Lunch at Great Wall (not included in pricing);
- 2:30 pm: Depart Mutianyu Great Wall of China;
- 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Explore Olympic Stadium
- 5:00 pm: Return transfer to Beijing Hotel
- 8:30 am: Meet at your Beijing Hotel Lobby
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Visit Tiananmen Square
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Visit the Forbidden City
- 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Visit Jingshan Park
- 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Visit Old Hutongs via Rickshaw
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Enjoy Chinese Lunch at nearby Restaurant
- 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Visit Lama Temple
- 5:00 pm: Return transfer to your Beijing Hotel
At the conclusion of the tour, we can transfer you to the railway station in Beijing, Beijing Airport (additional fee) or simply back to your Beijing Hotel to conclude the tour.
Xi’an to Beijing
(5-Day Private Tour)
1 x Person = 12,295 CNY per person
2 x Persons = 7,145 CNY per person
3 x Persons = 5,560 CNY per person
4 x Persons = 4,620 CNY per person
5 x Persons = 4,095 CNY per person
6 x Persons = 3,890 CNY per person
7 x Persons = 3,615 CNY per person
8 x Persons = 3,480 CNY per person
PAY 10% DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM TOUR!
- All petrol/gas, van rental, highway tolls, parking fees & driver’s fees throughout entire tour route as above;
- All entrance tickets per the above activities requiring entrance fees;
- High-Speed Train tickets (Xi’an to Beijing – 2nd Class Seats);
- Professional (Fully-licensed) English speaking tour guide;
- For this private tour, no meals are included within the tour pricing but our guide will assist you with options and recommendations based on your preferences;
- Please note, we don’t require ‘x’ amount to be paid by clients on a daily basis to tour guide/driver or force tipping. However, gratuities are greatly appreciated at the conclusion of tour by guide/driver only if service is excellent.
- Accommodation, flights, travel insurance and any other person expenses during tour;
Detailed Tour Itinerary:
Pre-Tour – Stay overnight in Xi’an
Arrive into Xi’an the day before your tour is scheduled to begin as the tour commences in the morning. Alternatively, we can also schedule the tour to being from Xi’an Airport or Xi’an Railway Station upon your arrival.
Day 1 – Stay overnight in Xi’an
To begin the tour, our tour guide and driver will meet you at your Xi’an Hotel Lobby. We’d recommend a 9:00 am meeting time but because it’s a private tour, this can be flexible so please advise your preferences. Thereafter, depart for the Terracotta Army, which is located on the outskirts of Xi’an City.
The Terracotta Army Museum, is the Eighth wonder of the world and largest on-site museum in China. It features thousands of Terracotta Warriors and Horses that were made over 2,000 years ago. Visitors are taken aback by the sheer number and size – making this visit a the highlight of many visitors’ trip to China.
Afterwards, you’ll travel to an ancient cave dwelling where you’ll be able to see and visit these traditional homes. Modern farmers still live within these dwellings and most cave dwellings are carved out of the mountains – their homes are easy to keep warm in winter and cool during the summer. Lunch will follow (not included in pricing) and your tour guide can assist you with where to eat/food recommendations based upon your specific preferences.
Following lunch, you will visit and spend time atop Xi’an’s City Wall. This incredible city wall has protected Xi’an from invaders for over 600 years since it was first constructed. The Xi’an City Wall is the best preserved and most complete wall that has survived throughout China’s long history. It stands 12 meters high and 12 – 14 meters wide across the top with 15 – 18 meters width at the base of the wall.
The entire length of the wall is over 13 kilometers around the city and visitors can choose to cycle, walk or even board a golf cart shuttle to sight-see and experience life along Xi’an’s City Wall.
After visiting the Xi’an City Wall, you’ll continue to Shuyuanmen Street – an ancient street in Xi’an, which has now become a painting & calligraphy center. Shuyuanmen Street received its name from the Guanzhong Academy, which was the highest academy in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now, a school occupies its grounds and visitors to Shuyuanmen street feel like they’re back in time to Ancient China!
Following the visit to Shuyuanmen Street, visitors will continueexploring Xi’an with a visit to the Muslim Quarter – a small area of Xi’an particularly renowned for it’s local snacks and souvenirs as well as background. The Muslim Quarter is a great place to visit as the sun goes down! After the Muslim Quarter, you’ll be transferred back to your Xi’an Hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure.
Day 2 – Stay overnight in Beijing
In the morning, your tour guide and driver will meet you at your Xi’an Hotel at 9:00 am (being a private tour meeting time is flexible so please advise if you have other meeting time preferences). Thereafter, you’ll be transferred to the Hangyangling Museum, which is also known as Jingdi’s Tomb.
The Hangyangling Museum is located near Xi’an Airport, approximately 30 kilometers north of Xi’an City. This is a famous burial site for the Emperor Jingdi and his wife, Empress Wangzhi with the tomb dating back over 2,100 years. This is the only underground museum in all of China and a popular place to explore, especially for visitors interested in ancient Chinese history.
After visiting the Hanyangling Museum, you’ll enjoy lunch – similar to the first day, this isn’t included in the tour pricing. Our team can assist you with restaurant or food recommendations, depending upon what you feel like eating.
Following lunch, we’ll travel to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xi’an most famous ancient buildings. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a Tang dynasty buddhism temple with a history dating back over 1,300 years. Aside from the impressive architecture of this pagoda, our guide will also explain some historical facts and famous stories about the pagoda.
In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Xi’an North Railway Station to board a high-speed train to Beijing. The reason we choose high-speed train as opposed to flights is because the trains aren’t delayed by poor weather or air traffic control, which is a common problem in Beijing. It takes just over 5 x hours from Xi’an to Beijing and in total transit, is a quicker option than via planes!
Upon arriving into Beijing, a driver will be awaiting your arrival and thereafter, transfer you to your Beijing Hotel. Depending upon the specific location of your hotel in Beijing will determine the amount of time it takes to arrive. You’d expect to arrive into Beijing at approximately 9:30 pm so we’d recommend taking snacks onto the train whilst there are food and drinks available to purchase. Once you arrive at your Beijing hotel, enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 3 – Stay overnight in Beijing
To begin the first day of the tour, your tour guide and driver will meet you at your Beijing Hotel at 8:00 am (time is flexible based upon your preferences) for the day tour to the Great Wall. We will travel to the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China, which is located in Huairou County (approximately 1.5 – 2 x hours drive from Beijing).
After arriving at Mutianyu, we till board a chairlift to the top of the Great Wall where spectacular views overlooking the Great Wall and surroundings await you. The time spent at the Great Wall of China is very flexible and today’s activity’s are less so you can choose to spend more or less time exploring the wall, based upon your preferences.
The Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall near Beijing and less visited than the Badaling Great Wall section. Visitors have the option to take the chairlift to the peak and back to the base or a chairlift to the peak and toboggan to the base.
Once you arrive at the base, choose from a simple lunch (not included) before traveling back to Beijing. Upon arriving back into Beijing, explore the Beijing Olympic Center, which is Bird’s Nest before being transferred back to your Beijing Hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 4 – Stay overnight in Beijing
Today, our tour guide and driver will meet you at your specific Beijing Hotel Lobby at 8:30 am. Meeting time is flexible as it is a private tour so please discuss beforehand if you have a preferred starting time. You’ll commence the tour by being transferred to Tiananmen Square – Beijing’s enormous public square and the world’s largest open square space.
Around Tiananmen Square there are various sights which we will visit and some nice photo opportunities as well. Some of these sights include the Great Hall of People in the West, which is China’s National Congress Hall (also known as China’s ‘White House’).
After exploring Tiananmen Square, we’ll walk across the road to the Forbidden City – the largest and best preserved Imperial Palace in the world. The Forbidden City houses a large number of buildings with inspiring architecture and incredible history.
Following the Forbidden City visit, we’ll keep walking to Jingshan Park, which is a nearby park providing panoramic views overlooking the Forbidden City. It takes approximately 10 x minutes to walk from the base of the hill to its peak but visitors are rewarded with fantastic scenery of the surroundings and Beijing city.
Following the visit to Jingshan Park, travel approximately 15 x minutes to the Old Hutong Area (Houhai Hutongs). The Hutongs in Beijing have a history of over 700 years and whilst a number of these hutong houses have now been restored, many people still live in these areas. The Hutong visit is undertaken by a licensed rickshaw driver, making this a unique and enjoyable experience which is popular by visitors from all over the world.
Please note, some of the rickshaw drivers speak English but it can be limited – although they do know lots of local history. Overall, you’ll spend 1 x hour in and around the hutongs with time on the rickshaw as well as walking.
In the afternoon, we’ll depart the Beijing Hutongs and travel approximately 15 x minutes to a local Chinese Restaurant. Lunch isn’t included in the tour pricing and if you have any specific preferences for restaurants or cuisine type, please let us know and we can arrange accordingly. Following lunch, we’ll travel to the Lama Temple, which is located 20 x minutes away from the scheduled restaurant.
The Lama Temple is a famous Beijing temple, whereby the Gelug school of Buddhism is taught. It’s located in Dongcheng District in central Beijing and is a famous attraction for visitors to explore during their Beijing tour. We’ll spend approximately 1 x hour at the Lama Temple, before you’ll be transferred back to your Beijing Hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 5 – Stay overnight in Beijing/END OF TOUR
Today’s itinerary begins with a meet at your Beijing Hotel followed by a transfer to the Summer Palace. From most hotels in Beijing, it typically takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes to transfer to the Summer Palace, which was a summer resort for the Imperial Family.
Within the Summer Palace complex, there are numerous gardens, mansions, temples, bridges and a large lake, which we will explore during the visit. In addition, you’ll see the famous Seventeen Arches Bridge, Stone Boat, Kunming Lake, Longevity Hill and the Long Corridor.
Thereafter, depending upon whether you’d like to eat lunch or not, we’ll travel to the Hongqiao Market, which is a local market featuring restaurants, cafes and basically anything and everything you can think of to buy at a market! Afterwards, enjoy lunch (not included within tour pricing) at one of the many restaurants/eateries, before traveling to the Temple of Heaven.
The Temple of Heaven was constructed in the 1400s during the Ming Dynasty with multiple renovations of the years throughout the different dynasties. The Temple of Heaven is a major Beijing landmark and enjoyable way to explore during the afternoon. Once you’ve finished visiting, you’ll be transferred back to your Beijing Hotel to conclude the tour. END OF TOUR.