For travelers who would like to make the most of their trip to Asia, we offer this optional extension to Beijing and Xi’an, two of China’s most historically rich cities. Visit some of China’s legendary cultural and artistic treasures, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the incredible Terracotta Army of Xi’an. In addition to visiting these unforgettable sights, there will be opportunities to explore the historic neighborhoods of Beijing and Xi’an and discover China’s traditional architecture, renowned cuisine, and vibrant culture.
Day 1 Welcome to Beijing
After settling in, visit Yonge Lamasery before enjoying a welcome dinner at a fine restaurant near Houhai.
Day 2 Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City
Set off in the morning to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world, followed by a tour of the Forbidden City, which for 500 years was the Imperial Palace for Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors.
Later, explore the city’s traditional neighborhoods, called hutongs, labyrinths of narrow alleyways. A walk through these narrow alleys offers a glimpse of Beijing’s past and illustrates the dramatic changes that have taken place in China in the last few decades. In the late afternoon, take a stroll in Ritan Park before heading for dinner to the “Ghost Street,” so called because its Mandarin name, gui jie, is pronounced the same way as the word for “ghost,” also gui. “Ghost Street” is lined with bustling eateries and red lanterns, offering a festive and lively nighttime atmosphere. Step into a renovated siheyuan at Hua Jia Yi Yuan, a popular restaurant serving modern Beijing cuisine
Day 3 Great Wall / Xi’an
Take a cable car up or climb to the highest peak, where we see a dozen watchtowers snake off in each direction. Depending on your interests, either take a cable car back, or enjoy an exhilarating toboggan ride downhill, or take a leisurely walk along the great wall back to the foot of the wall.
Fly to the city of Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province. Formerly known as Changan, Xi’an was the ancient capital of 11 dynasties, including the Tang Dynasty that ruled between 618 and 907, a period known as China’s “Golden Age.”
Day 4 Xi’an
Drive to the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum. Enjoy exclusive access to get a closer look at these life-sized warriors.
In the afternoon visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which since opening in 1991 has earned a reputation as one of China’s foremost historical museums, and learn about the treasures unearthed in Xi’an dating back more than 1,000 years ago, to when the city was the capital of China.
Day 5 Beijing | Departure
Fly to Beijing and connect to your onward flight.
Trip Dates & Pricing
$2,995 per person/double occupancy
Single Supplement: $500
Internal Flight: $675 (subject to change by airline)