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Tour Code: sh-29

Departure Date: Daily

Features: Private Tour Guide     Private Car & Driver     Authentic Local Restaurants


Take the overnight bullet train from Shanghai to Xian to explore this ancient imperial city, the terracotta warriors and the city wall. It will leave you with unforgettable memories.


  • Visit The Terracotta Warriors and Horses - one of must-see China's wonders
  • Shadow Play in the Gao Courtyard - a local show you cannot see elsewhere
  • Ancient City Wall - the most famous city wall in China
  • Muslim Street - a quater full of vatility and nice local food
  • Shaanxi History Museum - a good starter to know Chinese history


Day 1Shanghai to Overnight Train by Train No. D306 (Shanghai Railway Station - Xian Bei (north) Railway Station) Dep 22:50 - Arr 10:02

Get packed for your Xi'an tour and be sure to get to the train station 1 hour prior to departure.

Good to know
If you need pickup service from your downtown hotel in Shanghai to the train station, please leave a message when making the inquiry. The travel advisor will be happy to arrange it for you. The sevice includes a private driver and an English-speaking guide. Extra fee is needed.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels:
Day 2Xian

You will arrive at Xi'an in the morning and our guide is waiting to pick you up and show you the best of historical Xi'an.

Terra Cotta Warriors and horses is the most important site in your tour. You will see life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations in pits. The warriors, horses, treasures and sacrificial objects were a form of funerary art buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210–209 BC to protect the emperor after his life.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will have the opportunity to make replicates of Terra Cotta Army at a pottery factory. An extra fee of 80 Yuan apply (cash payment) if taking this program.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular Local Restaurant
  • Hotels: Wyndham Grand Xian South   |  Grand Noble Hotel    |  Titan Times Hotel Xian 
Day 3Xian to Overnight Train by Train No. D308 (Xian Bei (north) Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station) Dep 19:44 - Arr 06:26

Today is a full day city tour and we will first visit Shaanxi History Museum. The museum is the one of most comprehensive museums if China that contains a collection of 370,000 precious relics including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects unearthed in Shaanxi Province.

Take a walk on the ancient City Wall afterwards. The City Wall was a military defense first built in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that surrounds the square inner city.

Get a local taste at Muslim Quarters after lunch. The Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City. You will find the streets are packed with Muslim food stores, restaurants, and souvenirs and the owners are all Muslims. Gao Courtyard is a gem on Muslim Courtyard. It is an old Qing Dynasty house complex. A traditional puppet show is a great highlight.

Later afternoon, it is time to say goodbye to Xi'an and our guide will transfer you to the train station to catch the overnight train back to Shanghai.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular Local Restaurant
  • Hotels:
Day 4Shanghai

After the about-10-hour overnight train, you will get to the railway station in Shanghai. The tour ends.

Good to know
If you want to be picked up and transfered to your hotel/address/airport in Shanghai, just leave a message when making the inquiry. The travel advisor will arrange the service for you, including a private guide and a private driver. Extra fee is needed.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
  • Hotels:

Price Per Person in US Dollars

We use different hotels for different tour classes while the itinerary is the same. Deluxe Class is usually staying at a 5-star hotel, Superior Class at a 4-star hotel and Tourist Class at a 3-star level hotel. The prices for one person are based on sharing twin hotel rooms with another guest. A supplement is necessary if you want to book single rooms. And the prices may rise during national holidays, such as the National Day (September 30th to October 6th) and Chinese New Year (late January or early February)

Dec.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /
Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

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What’s included?

  • Entrance fees to attractions Listed above
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour, except on a Yangtze cruise ship
  • Authentic local meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Service charge & government taxes
  • Travel insurance

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We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained (not over 4 years) and always very clean. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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