Two-Day Xi'an Panoramic Tour

- skip the line at the Terra Cotta Warriors, biking on the City Wall, walking into the long history of ancient China, digest the traditional Chinese culture

From the amazing Terra-cotta Warriors and the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang to the large Han Yang Ling Mausoleum of Emperor Jindi of Han Dynasty and his Empress, from the local life of Xi’an citizens to Chinese traditional culture and arts, from street snacks to selected Xi’an local’s favorite dishes, in these two days exploration you’ll have a panoramic view of this imperial city of Xi’an on its glorious history, traditional culture, authentic food and the real life of the people that would never be discovered by a typical tourist.

Tour Highlights

Make full use of your time to deeply discover all the top highlights and charm of the city in two days: from the world famous Terra-cotta Warriors to the Hanyang Mausoleum, from the large official Shaanxi Historical Museum to the featured private museum of Tangbo Art Museum, from the street snacks to the selected local dishes.

Maximum your travel experience: Skip the lines as VIP guests, no tourist shopping, equipped with telescope and FM headset to make sure you can see and hear clearly.

With our expert guide, you’ll discover the vivid stories and history behind the historical relics that few people have ever heard of.


Guide, Driver, Vehicle, and Customer Service Support

Guide: better than a normal licensed tour guide; friendly and helpful with fluent English

Driver: reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience

Vehicle: Air-conditioned business car (max: 7 seats) with GPS facilities, free in-car Wi-Fi, big windows, and ample space (at least one vacant seat guaranteed)

China Highlights Xi'an Office: English-speaking backup support — We are very happy to hear your voice

Professional product team analysis on every part of the trip to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.


Tour Map

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

One-day VIP Xi’an Terracotta Warriors and City Discovery (City Wall & Muslim Street) Tour

Visit Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang in the morning, having lunch at a local farmer’s house and then walking, biking, or taking an Eco-Car to visit Xi’an Ancient City Wall, visit Xi’an's Most Famous Food Street — Muslim Street. Today you'll discover the most highlights of Xi'an!

>> See the detailed itinerary for day 1

Day 1 of Xi'an Tour

Day 2

Visit Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Hanyangling Mausoleum and Tangbo Art Museum

Xi’an has more than Terra Cotta Warriors! In this day, you’ll be marveled by the various treasures of ancient China in Shaanxi History Museum,you’ll witness the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where the famous Monk Xuanzang (also names Tang Monk in the famous book of The journey to the West) used to keep his Buddhist books. After that you’ll visit the Han Yang Ling Mausoleum where the emperor Jingdi of Han dynasty and his empress buried with lots of valuable funeral objects. At last you’ll visit a small private museum of Tangbo Art Museum where you could see the various local arts and you’ll have chance to have a Chinese calligraphy class to knows a little bit of Chinese traditional art and culture. Please see the detailed itinerary for day 2 below.

Day 2 of Xi'an Tour

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Hotel pick-up Shaanxi History Museum

The same as your previous day, your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time and pick you up to our first destination: Shaanxi History Museum. As Shaanxi is a very important area in both ancient and modern China and it had been the capital place of more than 13 dynasties. Therefore the local culture and arts of Shaanxi would be a window or a typical representative of traditional Chinese culture and art. And in this museum it has exhibited more than 370,000 historical relics which has vividly displayed the traditional culture and arts of ancient China from Neolithic Period to modern society and is the first large-scale modern museum in China.

Good to know:

  • We have booked your tickets on-line in advance so that you don’t have to queue (usually people have to queue for more than half an hour) for the limited free tickets.
  • Your guide will show you the most valuable exhibits and the history behind those exhibits. Your guide would be very willing and open to answer your questions about the exhibits.
  • It would be very crowded in high seasons. In order to maximum your travel experiences, we have prepared a FM headset to escape from the noise so that you can hear your guide clearly.

Shaanxi History Museum

Painted Female Figure

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

After visiting the museum we’ll come to a 9-floor Buddhism Tower called the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The tower along with a temple called Temple of Great Maternal Grace was built by the Emperor Li Zhi of Tang Dynasty to memorize his mother Empress Wende. After the temple was built, Li Zhi invited the famous Monk Xuan Zang (known as Tang Monk in the famous book of The Journey to the West) as the honored master here in the temple.

Master Xuan Zang lived here and had brought lots of Buddhism sutras from India. He translated the Buddhism text here and had brought the religion of Buddhism from Indian to China. Here you can climb up to the top of the pagoda where you can have a bird view of the ancient city of Xi’an.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Master Xuanzang

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Have lunch at China Folk’s Restaurant

We will have our lunch at a selected local restaurant called China Folk’s Restaurant (百姓厨房) near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where most local people liked. You will have chance to taste the most featured Shaanxi local food. And if you are lucky, you may have chance to watch the local Qin Opera while having lunch.

China Folk's Restaurant

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Visit Hanyangling Mausoleum

After lunch, we will drive to the Hanyangling Mausoleum. It takes about 40 minutes to drive there so that you can have a short snap in the car. This museum has an underground exhibition hall so that people can see the results of the archeological digs in the big mausoleum complex of Emperor Jingdi (also named Liu Qi, 188 to 141 BC) of the Han Dynasty, his wife, officials, dynastic clan members, and commoners. There is also a graveyard for slaves who built the complex. The underground hall was opened in 2006. The archeological dig site only covers a small area, but the whole burial complex is immense. It covers a total area of about 10 square kilometers or 4 square miles.

Good to know:

  • You will have chance to watch a Holographic movie about the history of the Emperor Jingdi and his empress. Usually it is Chinese version and it would be difficult to understand for English-speaking visitors. As our VIP guests, we will negotiate with the museum manager for an English version movie for you.

Hanyangling Mausoleum

Watch a holographic movie about the history of the Emperor Jingdi and his empress

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visit Tangbo Art Museum

At last, we will visit a very small but featured private art museum called Tangbo Art Museum which possesses a collection of Shaanxi folk arts and representative ancient paintings exhibited in historical sequence.

Here you’ll have chance to learn Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Tea Ceremony or Chinese Paper-cutting hand by hand which I believe it would defiantly be a highlight of the day.

Tangbo Art Museum

Learn Chinese Calligraphy

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Transfer back to hotel

Your guide and driver will transfer you back to the hotel, making a perfect end to your Xi'an panoramic tour with China Highlights.

Tour Price (USD/ person)

Options Adults (age>12) Children (age 2-12) Infants (age <2)
Shoulder Season* $189 $159 free
Peak Season* $189 $159 free

* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 01/Jan/2017 - 03/Jan/2017, 27/Jan/2017 - 03/Feb/2017, 30/Apr/2017 - 02/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 07/Oct/2017. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

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Price Includes:

  • Entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary.
  • Transport between hotel and attractions in the itinerary.
  • Bike or e-bike rental on the City Wall.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • English-speaking tour guide service.

Price Excludes:

  • China visa and personal expenses
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person for them). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Hotels.
  • Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Xi'an Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

About 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that China Highlights does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy. more details

Hotel pick-up and drop-off area

The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the downtown of Xi'an. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.


What Makes Us Different

We offer a deeper exploration into the culture and history and a better experience.

We have prepared FM headsets and telescopes for our customers to make sure you can hear and watch clearly in the terracotta warriors while other groups are struggling and get lost in the crowds.

Travel your own way

Experience the real local life and culture of Xi'an people.

You will taste the local food and culture in a local way while other groups have to go to the tourist restaurant and eat the food just for tourists.

Experience the real local life

There are no shop stops, no long lines and waits, and no time-wasting activities.

We never take our customers to the tourist shops while other groups have to waste their time and money on the over-priced souvenirs.

No waiting, no time-wasting.

from $189 USD P/P

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