This 17 day overland tour journeys from Beijing to Xi'an through China
Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).
Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'!
There will be a group meeting today at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.
This afternoon we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an.
In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Today we will have a free day to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.
Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an. Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site.
In Yan'an we will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families.
In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests.
Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
We will set off early this morning for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan. We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao.
Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
We will stay for 3 nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City.
In Pingyao we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
This morning we continue to the stunning mountainous area known as Wutai Shan, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major centre of pilgrimage in the country.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
On the following day we will have a full day to explore the area and visit its incredible array of temples and religious sites.
In Wutai Shan we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Today we will drive to the city of Datong. We will have an included visit to the incredible Hanging Monastery en route.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves.
In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
This morning we will drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall.
In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
This morning we will spend some more time exploring the Great Wall of China. We will then continue with a short drive to the city of Chengde.
Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.
On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort.
In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Today we complete our journey to China's chaotic and evocative capital, Beijing!
Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
On the following day we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the
In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Border Information: if leaving in Beijing, you will most likely exit China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Beijing. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Northern Chinese Wanderer
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: ₤1,250
Supplier Tour ID: CHM1/157983
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