#PYT3: 8 Days, 7 Nights Ancient Cities Tour - Beijing - Xi'an - Pingyao - Beijing Tour
Day 1: Beijing Airport Pickup
We will pick you up from the Beijing airport upon your arrival in Beijing and transfer you to your 4-star hotel. You can have the rest of the day to rest from your trip to Beijing, or we can take you out for a Beijing Duck or traditional Chinese hotpot dinner or even an extra evening show if you would like (not included in the tour cost below).
Day 2: Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Temple of Heaven - The Summer Palace
Your personal English-speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the must-see sites in Beijing. We will also treat you to a nice traditional Chinese lunch during your tour before taking you back to your hotel in the evening.
Day 3: The Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs - The Ming Tombs - Juyongguan Great Wall of China - Evening Show
Today you will have the opportunity to visit the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs, a statue-lined roadway leading to the final resting places of 13 of the 16 Chinese emperors who ruled during the Ming Dynasty. After visiting one of the tombs, journey on to the Juyongguan Great Wall, a steep and beautiful section of the Wall not far from the Ming Tombs. That evening, take in one of the famous Beijing evening shows - your choice of the Acrobatics, Kung Fu or Peking Opera shows.
Day 4: Morning Flight to Xi'an - Big Wild Goose Pagoda - Terracotta Warriors
Your tour guide will pick you up early in the morning for your flight to Xi'an, where your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up by private vehicle for your tour of this historical ancient capital city of China. First, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist temple with a history of almost 1,400 years. After a nice lunch of the local Xi'an cuisine, spend the afternoon with the legendary Terracotta Warriors, one of the most spectacular archeological findings ever uncovered.
Day 5: Xi'an Provincial History Museum - Xi'an City Wall - Grand Mosque - Flight to Taiyuan - Pingyao
Today you can continue your exploration of this ancient city with a visit to the impressive Xi'an Provincial History Museum. Xi'an’s status as one of the most important cities throughout China’s history is reflected in some of the fantastic exhibits in this important museum. Afterwards, visit the Xi'an city wall, one of the few remaining complete city walls in China. That afternoon, visit the Grand Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Xi'an, which was first built during the Tang Dynasty (685 - 762 A.D.) After your day of exploring, your tour guide will help you transfer to the Xi'an airport for your flight to Taiyuan, where your English-speaking tour guide will greet you at the airport to transfer you on to Pingyao and help you check into your 4-star hotel.
Day 6: Taiyuan - Pingyao - Ancient City Wall - Rishengchang Exchange Shop - Mingqing Street
This morning, your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up to explore Pingyao, one of the most well-preserved cities in all of China, including its intact city wall and surviving Ming and Qing Dynasty homes. Begin your visit by climbing the city wall for a great overview of the old city, then visit the first bank in China, Rishengchang, and the old commercial district on Mingqing Street. That evening, check into your 4-star hotel with time to walk around and enjoy the ambiance of an ancient Chinese city.
Day 7: Qiao Family Compound - Shuanglin Temple - Flight to Beijing
This morning we will leave Pingyao to visit the Qiao Family Compound, an incredible and well-preserved home that was built by one of the most wealthy families in China in 1756 during the Qing Dynasty. Afterwards, visit the Shuanglin Temple, with its thousands of intriguing clay statues before traveling on to Taiyuan for your flight back to Beijing. You will be met at the Beijing airport and transferred by private vehicle to your 4-star hotel for the night.
Day 8: Depart Beijing
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel by private vehicle to transfer you to the Beijing airport in time for your departing flight.
Cost: 1 person: 10505 CNY / US$1757; 2 - 5 people: 6466 CNY / US$1081; 6 - 9 people: 5629 CNY / US$941 per person; 10+ people: 5213 CNY / US$872 per person. Cost includes 4-star hotel accommodations, your personal English-speaking tour guide, private ground transportation, all entrance tickets to sites mentioned in the itinerary, lunch each day. Does not include flights (although we can book these for you, please contact us for an up-to-date quotation) or customary tips for tour guide and driver.
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