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Recommended 3 Days Xi'an Itineraries for First-timers

You can sweep all the best highlights in Xi'an city in a leisure way if you have 3 full days to spend in Xi'an. 3 days are also long enough to visit Xi'an with one place of the famous Mount Huashan, Hukou Waterfall or Luoyang, provided that you arrive at Xi'an in the morning. Below are 3 most recommended 3 days Xi'an itineraries:

Terracotta Warriors in Xian
3 Days Classic Xian Tour (Best Highlights Plus Enjoyable Pace)

Xian

This is the most classic Xian itinerary. Our tour guide picks up you at the airport/train station on the 1st day and drop you off on the departing day - worry free vacation! With 3 days, you can enjoy all the best highlights of the ancient capital Xian at an enjoyable pace - contast impression of the life-size warriors of Terracotta Warriors and the mini terracotta figures of human and animals in Hangyangling; enjoy a leisure stroll or biking on the Ancient City Wall...

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Magnificent View of Hukou Waterfall (Shaanxi Side)
3 Days Best Xian City Tour Plus Hukou Waterfall

Xian / Hukou Waterfall / Xian

Xian is a great city to extend a trip to Hukou Waterfall, the largest yellow waterfall in the world. In this tour, you will drive about 4~5 hours northwards from Xian to have a day trip to see the crashing waves and thundering waterfall group of Hukou, rising from 800 cubic meters per second to 1,200. Before the Hukou Waterfall trip, you will have an essential tour in Xian to visit its highlights.

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Xian MakeChinese Dumplings
3 Days Xian Cultural & Culinary Tour

Xian

Xian, used to be the capital of China, has accumulated more than 3,000 years' history and culture. During this tour, you will not only explore the solemn imperial culture, but also go deep to the living of local people - see like local, do like local, and eat like local. The best highlight is the unique visit to a local family and learning to make dumplings in their home.

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West Peak Cableway Hanging over 900 meters above the valley
3 Days Xian Mount Huashan Leisure Tour (Best for Families and Seniors)

Xian / Mount Huashan / Xian

How to visit Xian and hike Mount Huashan in a leisure way? Take our private tour package which has your own private comfortable vehicle, tour guide as well as your own featured itinerary. Our 3 Days Xian Mount Huashan Leisure Tour not only take you to discover the muse-see Terracotta Warriors, but also finds you the most leisure places to visit in Xian, such as the Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, etc. You will also hike the most precipitous in China. To ensure your comfort, we will use the new and scenic West Peak Cable Car to ascend and descend the mountain, which will help you save a lot of time and energy.

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Recommended 2 Days Xi'an Itineraries for First-timers

Is 2 days long enough to visit Xi'an? Yes! If you plan your itinerary well, you can make it to visit most of the best attractions in Xi'an. You’d better take earliest flight or trains to Xi'an if your time is on budget. Below are 2 most recommended 2 days Xi'an itineraries:

The thrilling Plank Road in the Sky on Mount Hua
2 Days Terracotta Warriors Tour with Mount Hua Hiking

Xian / Huashan / Xian

Have watched the videos of the breathtaking hiking at the Plank-road in the Sky on Mount Hua for many times? Don't let your feet be hindered by the timidity. It's time to challenge this exciting hiking to Mount Hua, only about 1 hour's driving from Xian City. During this tour, you will stay a night at the foot of Mount Hua so that you can get into the mountain in the early morning to get rid of crowds. And certainly you won't miss out the Ancient City Wall and Terracotta Warriors in this tour, the two greatest historical sites in Xian.

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Our guests biking on the Ancient City Wall
2 Days Xian City Break (Pick Up from Hotel, Train Station or Airport)

Xian

This trip is ideal for those who have brief 2 days to stay in Xian but want to explore the history and culture of the ancient capital city. It is perfectly designed to cover the Must-see attractions in Xian. You will discover the amazing history behind the Terracotta Warriors and step on top of the Ancient City Wall, feel the invisible heart beats of this ancient city. You can start this tour in the morning from your hotel, or let us pick up you at the airport or train station if you arrive at Xian in the morning.

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Recommended 1 Day Xi'an Itineraries for First-timers

To be honest, one day is too short to have a fantasy tour in Xi'an, but it is still long enough to enjoy a glimpse of the best part of the ancient capital Xi'an. You’d better stay in a hotel which is not too far from the city center area (around the Bell Tower, Ancient City Wall). Below are 2 most recommended Xi'an day tours itineraries:

Enjoy a cycling on the Ancient City Wall of Xian
1 Day Xian Essence Tour

Xian

This Xian Day Tour is suitable for those who are already in Xian and looking for a classic Xian day tour, or those who have a day layover in Xian, or come to Xian from Luoyang, or arrive at Xian in the early morning from Beijing. A short brief day to explore the best highlights of Xian, including a memorable visit to Terracotta Warriors, leisure stroll or biking on the Ancient City Wall, exploring Muslim Quarter and around.

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Longmen: A Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art
1 Day Express Train Tour to Luoyang from Xian

Xian / Luoyang

Have an extra day in Xian? Luoyang, famous for Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple, is one of the greatest place to extend your trip. You can take a fast and comfortable high speed train from Xian to Luoyang, which takes only about 1 hour and 40 minutes to go. In this trip, you will leave Xian by train in the early morning so that you will have more flexible time to visit Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple.

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Xi'an Travel Useful Tips

  • ① Take advantage of Xi'an 72-Hour Transit Visa Free

    - Xi'an applies to the 72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption. Visitor from 53 foreign countries who hold valid travel document & connecting flights to a third country/region can enter Xi'an from Xi'an Xianyang Airport, and stay in Xi'an up to 72 hours without a Chinese Visa. If you have a short layover less than 24 hours, you also don’t have to apply for a visa to visit Xi'an.
  • ② Best Time to Visit Xi'an

    - Generally speaking, you can travel to Xi'an all year around as most of the attractions are located in and near downtown. But the best time to visit is in autumn (mid-September to early November) when it is neither too hot or too cold, and the number of tourists is relatively smaller than the summer time’s. If it is not possible to schedule your Xi'an tour in autumn, March, April and May are also a good choice, for the comfortable temperature.
  • ③ Where to Stay in Xi'an

    - Bell & Drum Towers Area - strongly recommended for first-timers, easy access to Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and popular restaurants. Hotel rates are higher than other areas, but you have a lot of choices of different standards. Xincheng District - not very far from the city center as well as Xi'an’s main attractions, recommended for families as there are shopping center and parks to enjoy a stroll. Yanta Distict – Yanta District is on the south of the city center, also near main attractions, including Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, History Museum, etc. It has many hotels of budget class.

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