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Ancient Capitals

6-Day Beijing, Xi'an

Code:P08
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$879based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season

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Ancient Capitals

A glimpse of the oriental nation with 5,000 years' history from its two ancient capitals that witnessed the vicissitudes of over 20 significant dynasties. On this 6-day tour, you will wander in the glorious imperial palaces and gardens, walk on traditional valleys and imposing fortifications, and marvel at the spectacular pottery armies and attendants in royal tombs.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Hike on the best preserved and less crowed Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Unlock the imperial life in the Forbidden City and common people's life in Hutong area.
  • Learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera at a courtyard in Hutong.
  • Be amazed at the 8,000 Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
  • Uncover spectacular clay miniatures in the Hanyangling Mausoleum.
  • Stroll in the bazaar Muslim Quarter and search out local snacks and crafts.

Ancient Capitals

6-Day Beijing, Xi'an

Code:P08
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$879
Tour Highlights
  • Hike on the best preserved and less crowed Mutianyu Great Wall.
  • Unlock the imperial life in the Forbidden City and common people's life in Hutong area.
  • Learn to paint a facial mask of Peking Opera at a courtyard in Hutong.
  • Be amazed at the 8,000 Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
  • Uncover spectacular clay miniatures in the Hanyangling Mausoleum.
  • Stroll in the bazaar Muslim Quarter and search out local snacks and crafts.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport pickup and hotel transfer. Free exploration of the neighborhood.
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, you are greeted by your guide holding your name sign at the exit, and then transferred to the hotel for a good rest.

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Enjoy Hutong rickshaw riding. Paint a facial mask in Peking Opera at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

Today, your tour starts from walking through the Tiananmen Square and sightseeing the nation's most symbolic buildings.

Then move to the Forbidden City, once the imperial palace for 24 emperors, now a world treasure known as the quintessence of China's ancient royal constructions. Appreciate the exquisite palaces, halls, unrivaled antiques and trace back into the glorious history with your guide.

Continue your travel into Hutongs where common people have been living for generations. Take a rickshaw ride into the small alleys to explore the traditional houses and local life. And learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera, a memorable souvenir to bring home.

Day 3
Beijing
Hike on the Mutianyu Great Wall. Have a stopover at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Wander in the Summer Palace.
Breakfast

An eased drive takes you to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the most representative and less crowed section of the Great Wall. Ramble on the mammoth "dragon" that is groveling along mountains to protect the ancient territory for hundreds of years. A Round-trip Cable Car allows more time for hiking and enjoying the splendid vista on the Wall.

On your way back, make a stopover to the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube to snap some great photos.

Then ride to the Summer Palace, the imperial garden, to explore the harmonious world abounding with delicate landscape and architectural masterpieces.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Fascinating view on top of Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4
Beijing-Xi'an by High Speed Train
Pay tribute to the Temple of Heaven.
Breakfast
Luxury: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel Superior: Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

Early in the morning, walk at leisure in the Temple of Heaven and pay tribute to the buildings peculiarly designed for emperors to worship heaven, gods and pray for harvest. Another highlight here is that you will encounter friendly local people practising Tai Chi, playing diabolo, singing opera, etc. and you are more than welcome to join them.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the railway station for a 4.5-hour high-speed train travel to Xi'an. On arrival, your local guide will meet you and transfer you back to your hotel.

Day 5
Xi'an
Admire the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Walk on the City Wall. Visit the Great Mosque and enjoy some free time at the Muslim Quarter.
Breakfast

Ride to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum to savor the huge underground army crafted in the hope of protecting Emperor Qin Shihuang in his afterlife. You will not help exclaiming with wonder after seeing the full-sized clay figures -- none of them has the same facial expression, hair style, uniform, etc.

Drive back to the ancient fortification, the largest and best-preserved City Wall. You could walk or cycle on it to enjoy the panoramic view of the old capital and shoot some photos from the best angles.

Then head to the Great Mosque to admire the bi-cultural building group and enjoy your free time in the bustling Muslim Quarter seeking out the popular specialties.

Terracotta Army
Terracotta soldier in Pit 3, the headquarters of the army
Day 6
Depart from Xi'an
Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Xi'an Museum and the Hanyang Tombs.
Breakfast

Pay a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in the 8th century and know about its architectural miracle.

Then walk to the Xi'an Museum and uncover the Chinese civilization from 3,000 years ago.

On the way to the airport, call at the Hanyang Tombs (Hanyangling Mausoleum), tomb of Emperor Jingdi of Han Dynasty, where you will walk atop the glass walkways and observe the close-at-hand miniature terracotta maids, eunuchs, animals and tools.

Your historic exploration concludes here and you will be escorted to the airport for departure.

Accommodations
BeijingXian
Beijing
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Xian
Luxury

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Luxury
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Beijing

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.

Xian

Wyndham Grand Xi'an South Hotel

No.208, Cien East Road, Qujiang Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China
Wyndham Xi'an Grand South Hotel is located in the city's newly built CBD area, featuring the grand Tang Dynasty's architectural styles with amazing night views and easy access for shopping.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Xian

Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower

No.79 Bei Da Jie, Xincheng, Xi'an, China
Ramada Xi'an Bell Tower boasts great location in the city center with comfortable rooms and good western buffet breakfast, easy to take a walk around to explore local life.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$984 US$1246
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$879 US$1165
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
Discover the wonders of the orient with our experienced team
  • One-on-one exclusive service from a local Chinese Travel Consultant.
  • Private "No-Shopping Tours" at affordable prices.
  • The ability to customize each journey to suit your needs and interests
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides from the areas you are visiting.
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned private vehicles.
  • Exceptional and conveniently located hotels with non-smoking rooms available.
  • Our 24/7 customer service throughout your trip, from planning until the end of the tour.
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