Ancient Cities & Panda

PD09: 8 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle

Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Giant Pandas
  • Take a rickshaw through the Hutongs & get a close touch with the original Beijing lifestyle
  • Walk into a local family, learn to cook Chinese food & dine with the hosts in their home
  • See the giant pandas up close in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
From $1419 per person Free Inquiry
Tiananmen SquareOur guests on the Mutianyu Great WallHutong Rickshaw TourTerracotta ArmyLearn to make dumplings at a local homeGiant pandas
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
When you arrive in Beijing Airport, your guide and driver will pick you up on time and escort you to check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
This morning, your Beijing Xi'an Chengdu tour begins with Tiananmen Square and the neighboring Forbidden City, which are exactly in the center of Beijing city. Tiananmen Square is a large city square that can accommodate 1 million people. Monument to the People's Heroes and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao lie in the center of the square. Forbidden City is just to the north of Tiananmen Square. It is the imperial palace complex in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 AD), and one of the world's largest-scaled and best-preserved wooden architecture complex. After that, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch to taste authentic Chinese food.

In the afternoon, we will go to visit the Temple of Heaven built in 1420 AD. The emperors usually worshipped the Heaven and prayed for harvest there. Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests is the symbol and the grandest architecture of Temple of Heaven, which is also a solemn place. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte Lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Our guests on the Mutianyu Great Wall
Our guests on the Mutianyu Great Wall
The highlight of today's Beijing Xi'an Chengdu tour is Mutianyu Great Wall. To save your energy, we will go up and down the wall by cable car. If you prefer to go down by toboggan, we can also arrange it for you. Mutianyu is the longest section of the Great Wall. There are serried watch towers, double-side crenels on the wall, and the vegetation coverage there is very high.

The restaurants near the Great Wall site cannot meet the service standard of TCG, so we do not arrange lunch for you. It is recommended that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and eat some simple fast food for lunch. On the way back to downtown Beijing, we will stop at the Bird's Nest, the National Stadium where the opening ceremony of 2008 Olympic Games was held. You can appreciate the stadium by roadside. Then we will go to a local market and hang out there. 

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, A 4.5-hour high speed train to Xi'an, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
Hutong Rickshaw Tour
Hutong Rickshaw Tour
Today, we are going to visit Summer Palace, China's best preserved imperial garden built with beautiful Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake and other views. Afterwards, we will have a rickshaw ride tour in Hutongs. There are many famous local snack restaurants. You can enjoy your own lunch according to your taste, and the guide will be ready for recommendations anytime.

Then your guide will send you to Beijing West Railway Station to take the high speed train, taking 4.5 hours to Xi'an. Upon arrival, your local guide will pick you up at the exit of Xi'an North Railway Station, and then escort you to the hotel for check-in.

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Provincial History Museum. (B)
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army
Your Beijing Xi'an Chengdu tour in Xi'an will start with Terracotta Army, a wonder of the world built in Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, who was also the first emperor in Chinese history. There are three big pits with tens of thousands of terracotta warriors, horses and chariots, which is quite grand, solemn and magnificent.

Lunch is left for your own arrangement, but your guide will be glad to recommend some proper restaurants for you. After that, we will return to downtown Xi'an to visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum

Located in Da Ci'en Temple, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652 AD in Tang Dynasty to store the Buddhist texts taken from ancient India by Buddhist monk Xuanzang. It is the best-known pagoda in China. Shaanxi History Museum is not far away from Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a national museum collecting more than 1.7 million pieces of priceless relics, including bronze wares, pottery, gold and silver wares, murals of Tang Dynasty tombs, and so on. 

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Xi'an - Chengdu
Observe local life in the park, Xi'an City Wall, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, A 4-hour high-speed train to Chengdu, Train station to hotel transfer. (B+L)
Learn to make dumplings at a local home
Learn to make dumplings at a local home
After breakfast, you will be guided to visit Xi'an City Wall Park, which is a good place to learn about the life of the locals. They do their morning exercise there, like Tai Chi, dance, sword play, etc. Then follow the guide to go up to Xi'an City Wall, China's largest scaled and best preserved ancient city wall in existence nowadays. Riding bicycle on the city wall is a popular activity. If you are interested, you may experience it at your own expense.

After that, your guide will take you to a local family, where you can enjoy the a la cate home-made lunch well prepared by the hostess. After lunch, your guide will help you board the 4-hour high speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, your tour guide in Chengdu will pick you up and assist you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 7 Chengdu
Giant Panda Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Broad and Narrow Alleys. (B)
Giant pandas
Giant pandas
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the first stop of your trip in Chengdu. We will spend the whole morning there to have a close contact with lovely pandas, watching them eating and playing, and learning their living habits. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Jinsha Site Museum and the Wide and Narrow Alley. Jinsha Site Museum displays the relics unearthed from Jinsha Site about 2,600-3,200 years ago and shows the development of ancient civilizations in Sichuan. Wide and Narrow Alley is a commercial pedestrian block in Chengdu with many ancient style architectures. Fairs, music festivals and other many cultural activities are often held there. You can also find delicious food there.

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Departure from Chengdu
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Your Beijing Xi'an Chengdu tours come to the end today. We will escort you to the airport for your homebound flight according to your flight schedule.

In addition to pandas, Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei near Chengdu are also worth visiting. Two more days are needed for these places. If you want to visit, please contact your travel consultant to arrange. Thank you!

Meal: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
Xi'anWyndham Grand Xi'an South Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1829 $1646$1649 $1484$1459 $1313
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$1599 $1439$1419 $1277$1239 $1115
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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