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Xian - Best Tours & Trips 2019

The capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, Xian is an essential stop on any China tour, especially for history buffs. Most famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian has sometimes been called the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Visit ancient temples, museums, and enjoy a vibrant food scene.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Xian Trip Reviews

29 Xian Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 24
Great 4
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Fantastic

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

They took very good care of me as I was a woman traveling alone, never once did I worry about a thing. It was extraordinary. I am using them again to go to Japan.

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Operator Alexander + Roberts

In general, it was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our guide in Beijing was the best. My husband likes to ask questions and she always had a great answer and very knowledgeable in history.
Jen, Vice President of Operations at Myths and Mountains, provided reminder emails and also answered all our questions. My husband liked the pre-trip phone call too. We loved touring the Mogao Caves. It was better than anticipated! Second highlight were the Terracotta Warriors.

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Operator Myths and Mountains

The China sampler tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The China sampler was a wonderful trip. We had never ventured to the orient and the China Sampler was a good introduction to Chinese culture. We liked all the places we visited in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai,and Sozhou. The hotels were very nice and comfortable. Out guides Hou and Lilly were very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. All the extra excursions were well worth the time and expense. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone.

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Operator SmarTours

Clearly the best for sure!!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Amazing from start to stop. Very professional. Our guides were excellent. Arrived early and willing to do whatever it took to please us. His knowledge of the history and building was first class. I highly recommend this tour company to anyone! Clearly the best for sure!!

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Operator Bravo Asia Tours

This tour was exceptional

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very well organised and highly recommended. Our tour guide, Vincent, was brilliant and deserves a big thank you.

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Operator World Expeditions

Hike and Bike China was, for the most part, a wonderful trip

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

The guide (Gary) was superb, the hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge was excellent, bicycling and hiking in local villages was fun and interesting. The food and accommodations were terrific. There could be improvements made with more hiking and bicycling in remote areas vs. big cities. Overall, I was very happy with the trip and certainly recommend it.

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Xian Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, Xian is an essential stop on any China tour, especially for history buffs. Most famous for the Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian has sometimes been called the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Visit ancient temples, museums, and enjoy a vibrant food scene. 

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