Mini Group: Daily VIP Xian Terracotta Warriors and City Discovery Tour

  • 8 hours
  • Every day
  • Group tour



Enjoy a level of service that comes close to a private tour in a group of no more than six people. Start at the iconic Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, with a deep dive into the world of Qin Shi Huang. Enjoy Xian cuisine at a local restaurant before returning to the city to explore its majestic City Wall. Finally, head to the city’s street food epicenter, the Muslim Quarter. 


  • Soak up Xian’s signature sights in a group of no more than 6 people.
  • Tour the terracotta army, Xian City Wall, and Muslim Quarter. 
  • Discover Xian cuisine over lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Take it easy with door-to-door transfers and guiding.


7:30 - 9:00, Hotel Pickup and Transfer to the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby at an appointed time. He or she will hold a sign with Trippest Logo and your name on it. Hotel pick-up and drop-off services are available within the third ring road of Xi’an. For the further distance, an extra cost may apply for transfer which you’ll be notified by your travel operator.

It is approx 50 minutes to drive from downtown Xi’an to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. You will acquire rich background information about the city from your well-educated, expert guide. Being prepared with a little knowledge about the Terracotta Army beforehand is highly recommended for a perfect trip if you don’t just want to see lots of similar-looking stone statues. 

9:00 - 12:00, Visit the Terracotta Warriors.

Your exploration of the Terracotta Army site begins. Please follow your guide to discover the amazing terracotta warriors that were buried for more than 2,000 years and to hear interesting stories about China's first emperor — Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BC).

There are three pits in the museum. Our recommended visiting sequence is Pit 1 – Pit 2 – Pit 3 – Bronze Chariot Pit – the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang as you will follow historical clues that lead from general to detailed information.

Pit 1 is the largest of the pits and it is estimated to house around 6,000 figures as well as a great quantity of bronze weaponry. You will be shocked by the large scale of the figures lining up, and will feel as if you have been taken back to the Qin Dynasty when the army of soldiers was waiting to go out to battle.

Pit 2 is not as large as Pit 1. It is estimated that the terracotta warriors and horses in this pit amount to 1,300 figures. However, the great variety makes it top-rated among all three pits.

Pit 3 is the smallest one with only 72 terracotta warriors and horses. It is believed that it served as the headquarters for the army, directing the warriors in Pit 1 and Pit 2.

The Bronze Chariot Pit exhibits two painted bronze chariots in a large scale. As burial objects, the bronze chariots represent Emperor Qin Shi Huang's vehicles. Crowned as "the King of Bronze Ware", the bronze chariots are the earliest, largest, and best-preserved bronze artifacts in the world.

12:00 - 13:30, Have Lunch at a Local Restaurant.

We have selected a local restaurant near the Terracotta Warriors Museum. There, you can experience the most authentic Xi’an local food.

You’ll have the chance to taste the local people’s favorite food, such as Rou Jia Mo (肉夹馍, we also call it a Chinese hamburger), Yang Rou Pao Mo (羊肉泡馍, pita bread soaked in lamb soup; your guide will show you how to break the bread into small pieces), noodles, and dumplings.

Please let us know your food preferences at the time of booking, such as a vegetarian diet, Muslim food, gluten-free food, etc. so that we can make preparations in advance.

13:30 - 17:00, Drive Back to Xi'an Ancient City Wall (East Gate).

After lunch, return to Xi’an for the next destination, Xi’an Ancient City Wall. A nap might be necessary for you to feel refreshed during a 50-minute driving back.

Xi'an Ancient City Wall was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1370–1378 AD) and is the largest and the best-maintained ancient city wall in China. It is shaped like a rectangle with a total length of 13.74 kilometers. The downtown part of Xi'an City is centered within this ancient city wall. There are four major gates (the north gate, the east gate, the south gate, and the west gate) of this city wall. Your visit will start from East Gate (Chang Le Gate).

We highly recommend you to take the eco-car running on the city wall (your guide will buy the tickets for you). This runs from East Gate – North Gate – West Gate – South Gate and you will meet your guide and the other tour members at South Gate at about 4:30pm (the Bicycle Service Station). But in summer, it is very hot on the wall, so we suggest you to ride the essential part of the City Wall from East Gate to South Gate only, which is about 3.5 kilometers.

17:00 - 18:00, Visit Xi'an's Most Famous Food Street — Muslim Street.

The Muslim quarters lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi'an. The 500 meters long avenue paved by blues tones are dotted with many unique stall, souvenir shop, café and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. You’ll see lots of featured foods and snacks. You can try some if you’d like to.

18:00 -18:30, Drive Back to Your Hotel or Stay in Muslim Street and Explore the City by Yourself.

Please make sure to reserve at least 3 hours if you want to catch an onward flight or 2 hours if you want to catch an onward train. Please book the transfer with us in advance and tell us your flight (or train) number and departure time.

Know before you book

What's included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop off services are available within the 3rd Ring Zone of Xi'an City. 
  • English-speaking tour guide service.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Lunch at a Xi'an local restaurant. 
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
  • Entry/Admission - Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), including Bike or Eco-Car rental fee on the wall.

What's excluded?

  • Tipping of hiking guide/driver recommended on good service on a 2:1 ratio separately (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person).
  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Xi'an Airport or Xi'an Bei North Station transfer.
  • Personal expenses.

What do I need to bring?

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • You must bring a valid passport when on the tour.
  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time.

What need to note?

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Passport information is required for entrance ticket, please forward each individual traveler's full name and passport number at the time of booking.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We try to meet individual requirement but can NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • You will receive details about the tour guide and pickup in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also call you through hotel or leave a message for you about the exact pickup time the night before tour.
  • Hotel pickup and drop off services are available within the 3rd Ring Zone of Xi'an City.
  • This tour will have a maximum of 6 travelers. If your booking has more than 6 people, all of you will be upgraded to a private tour group without other participants.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate.

What if my hotel is outside the pickup area?

If your hotel is outside the free pick-up area which should be within 3rd Zone in Xi'an, you can meet your guide at Bell Tower Hotel (Add: 110 South Street, Beilin District, Xi'an) at around 8:00 am. On the day before your tour date, you will receive a text message and an email about the pickup information. 

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
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