Days
4
Price from
$675AUD

See the Terracotta Warriors and discover the imperial artefacts of Xi'an

This short adventure in Xi’an, China’s fortified imperial heartland for two millennia, is a riveting journey back through time. With its legendary city walls, as well as 20th-century discoveries such as the Terracotta Warriors, this old Silk Road terminus is a lesson in ancient history, a fascinating story of modern-day serendipity and an astounding visual feast all in one.

Independent Experiences
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
This trip will be discontinued in 2017. For other great Independent Experiences in the region, see PCBJX Beijing Experience or PCGWX Great Wall Experience.


Start
Xi'an, China
Finish
Xi'an, China
Country
China
Style
Peregrine
Code
PCXAX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • China does not do things on a small scale – discover the epic size of its ancient history when you come face-to-face with, and uncover the fascinating story of, the Terracotta Warriors

  • Xi’an imposing city walls are the most complete in China – explore the length of its defences and history with an expert local guide

  • Xi’an’s Silk Road history means it has an exciting mixture of cultures – wander the city’s vibrant Muslim Quarter and China’s oldest mosque

  • Enjoy spectacular views over the city from the historic Drum Tower, filled with intricately decorated drums to keep time and warn of emergencies

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an ‘independent’ tour. You’ll have a Peregrine guide for each Experience (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group tour, so it is just you and/or your booking party. You’ll never be left totally alone though – you will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office.

  • It’s up to you if you dine with your guide in the evening – they’re available if you want some extra company.

  • This Independent Experience is perfect for those that only have limited time and want to take in the best that Xi’an has to offer.

  • You can link together our 'Independent Experiences' to create a trip of your own choosing – we also have them in Beijing, Shanghai and a special Great Wall experience.

Itinerary

Ni hao! Welcome to Xi'an, China. Once the imperial centre of China for 2,000 years, Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi Province and the largest city in northwest China; a vibrant, modern city dotted with many interesting historical sites and is a great place to explore. A Xi'an airport or train station arrival transfer is included, please provide your flight/train details at the time of booking, or no later than 14 days prior to travel. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Your local guide will meet and greet you at the hotel upon your arrival. The rest of today is free for you to explore the city. Perhaps visit the night markets and try many of the tantalising local specialties such as pao mo (lamb broth that you break flat bread into), hand pulled noodles, hot pot and barbecue.
Accommodation
  • Union Alliance Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today, join your leader on a walking tour to uncover what was once the start of the ancient trading route of the Silk Road. Visit the Bell and Drum Towers, the former built (according to legend) to restrain the dragons that were causing earthquakes, the latter is (unsurprisingly) full of drums, once used to mark time and warn in emergencies. The city also has a wonderful Muslim Quarter, and you’ll wander the narrow streets of quaint shops, lively markets, groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in cafes, and visit the Great Mosque. One of the oldest and most important in China, the mosque features an unusual blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture, the mosque is still in use today and serves as a place of worship for Xi’an’s large Muslim population, made up predominantly of the Hui minority. Although non-Muslims are not allowed within the main hall itself, a visit during one of the five daily prayer times adds another dimension of spirituality, no matter what your religion. You’ll also see the City Walls and Gates, the most complete in China, running over 13 kilometres around the city. Maybe cycle around them for a unique way to experience and see the city.
Accommodation
  • Union Alliance Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Xi'an - Great Mosque
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll journey out in to the countryside surrounding Xi’an (approximately 1 hour) to the site that made the city world famous – the Terracotta Warriors. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered by farmers digging a well in 1976 after being buried for 2,000 years. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots (once all individually painted) were commissioned by the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi as part of his mausoleum, after he ascended to the throne in 264 BC. Archaeologists have located around 600 different pits, but most have still not undergone the painstaking process of excavation. Three main pits are open for you to view, where over 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. Return to Xi’an for you final evening in the city. The mix of cultures in the city’s history is especially found in its food options, so tonight why not discover the noodle, dumpling, street snack, kebab and flatbread options that line the city streets.
Accommodation
  • Union Alliance Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Xi'an experience comes to and end this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Notes: A departure transfer is included but must be organised prior to departure.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Xi'an - Great Mosque
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included.
2. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
3. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local offices can be reached on: +861064067328
4. China visa supporting documents will be provided by Peregrine.
5. This is an ‘independent’ tour. You’ll have a Peregrine guide for each Experience (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group tour, so it is just you (and your travelling companions if you booked with a friend). You will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office. It’s up to you if you dine with your guide in the evening – they’re available if you wish.

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