The Ancient CapitalsBeijing-Xi'an Tour

Days 5
Destinations 2
Experiences 27

Trip Summary

Family Vacation, Chinese Culture, Gourmet

On this truly eye-opening journey, you will get to know two of China's ancient capitals: Beijing, which has held the title of capital on-and-off since the 11th century BC, and Xi'an, which was the capital during a span of 13 dynasties from around 200 BC to 900 AD.

Your tour in Beijing includes stops at the city's main attractions, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to hike along the ramparts of the Great Wall while taking in stunning views of the surrounding hills.

While in Beijing, you'll enjoy a variety of fun cultural activities too, including a rickshaw ride around the city's famed hutong alleyways and a thrilling acrobatic show.

Next, you will take a high-speed train to Xi'an, where ancient archaeological wonders abound! The highlight of any tour to Xi'an is the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang and his stunning Terracotta Army. You'll get to enjoy other historical gems while in Xi'an as well, including a bike ride on the ancient city walls.

As is the case with all of our guided tours, we will happily customize your itinerary to suit your preferences, so simply let your agent know if you'd like to make any changes.

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  • Tiananmen Square – China's iconic public square
  • Forbidden City – explore the immense palace complex that was home to China's emperors for more than 400 years
  • Jingshan Park – a charming park with panoramic views of the Forbidden City
  • Lunch – at a traditional hutong home
  • Hutong Rickshaw Tour with Local Family Visit – explore Beijing's narrow hutongs from the back of a rickshaw and see how local people live
  • Houhai lake – stroll around this scenic lake and get a glimpse of local life
  • Drum Tower – enjoy bird's-eye views of Beijing's traditional hutong area from the top of this historic building
  • Acrobatic Show at Chaoyang Theater – prepare to be amazed by this popular acrobatic show (seating: rows 1-4)
  • Overnight – Beijing

What's Included

  • One-on-one trip consulting and planning service from one of our experienced travel specialists
  • Domestic transportation as detailed on your itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide (selected/trained by our Western staff)
  • Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle (unlimited bottled water supplied in your vehicle)
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary – no hidden costs or commission-based shopping stops
  • Meals as specified on your itinerary (at quality local restaurants)
  • 24/7 support from your guide and travel specialist while you are on tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights to and from China
  • International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • Tips for your guide and driver


  • We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your schedule and interests. If there is anything you do or don't want to include, simply let your agent know
  • Prices vary according to your date of travel and any special requests you might have. Please ask for a free, bespoke quotation
  • Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food
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