Day 1: Beijing -- Xian
In the evening, you’ll be picked up from your Beijing hotel and taken to the train station for an overnight train ride to Xi’an. You’ll be treated to the Soft Sleeper accommodation, which features comfortable, spacious living spaces with soft bunk beds. Overnight: Soft Sleeper accommodation aboard train to Xi'an
Day 2: Xian (B,L,D)
Your train will arrive in Xi’an in the morning, and you’ll be taken to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, your second day begins with a fascinating tour of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the Terracotta Army (or the Terracotta Warriors and Horses). This amazing archaeological site features a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Your guide will explain that these figures are buried with the emperor to protect him in his afterlife. At midday, have lunch and then return to Xi’an in the afternoon for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. Explore the interior with your guide and learn how this religious site's purpose was to house Buddha figurines that were brought to China from India. Enjoy an evening tour of the Muslim quarter. Pass shops selling various kinds of local Shaanxi produce, arts and crafts, and stop by a local restaurant carefully chosen by your guide to enjoy a dinner of Muslim specialties. Overnight: 4-Star Hotel in Xi’an or similar
Day 3: Xian -- Beijing (B, )
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be taken on a morning tour of the Ancient City Wall, a wall stretching around the entire city that was erected in the 14th century by Ming Dynasty rulers. Observe gates, tunnels, watch towers and battlements and learn about the significance of these structures from your guide. Next, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, one of the first large state museums with modern facilities in China. Browse interesting cultural and historical relics – the museum displays more than 300,000 items – including murals, paintings, pottery and coins, as well as bronze, gold and silver objects. Enjoy your last lunch and then relax on the ride to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Beijing. When you arrive, you'll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel.
Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.
Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:
- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency
- Copy of Flight tickets
- Hotel booking confirmation
- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document)
In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.
Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.
Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
What to Expect on Tour
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
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