Classic Xi'an to Beijing Adventure

  • China

Visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, See thousands of Buddha statues at the Yungang Grottoes, Enjoy an included calligraphy class, Explore the ancient city of Pingyao

To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this eight-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience: Datong’s Hanging Monastery, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, even a calligraphy class, to name just a few.

was €8798 days from €709

(€88.63 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
Travel Style
Service Level
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12.
Train, private vehicle.
Hotels (6 nights), sleep train (1 night).
4 breakfasts
  • Hands-On: Calligraphy Class, Pingyao
  • Forbidden City visit
  • Great Wall Mutianyu excursion
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    • Hanging Monastery visit
    • Yungang Grottoes visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Classic Xi'an to Beijing Adventure itinerary
  • Day 1Xi’an

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


    Guanzhong Hotel

  • Day 2Xi’an / Pingyao

    Discover Xi'an with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to Pingyao.

    Local train

    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

    free time

    Head out and explore Xi'an.

  • Day 3Pingyao

    Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time.

    Calligraphy Class

    Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation.

    free time

    Get out and discover this historic city.

    Optional Activities:

    • Chinese Painting Lesson

      Visit a former teacher and learn how to paint traditional Chinese calligraphy -- it's truly an art form. He'll teach you about the different strokes and characters used in this ancient art.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 4Pingyao / Datong

    Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.

    Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city.

    Local train

    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

    free time

    Take a final free morning to enjoy Pingyao.


    Hongqi Hotel

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 5Datong

    Set eyes on the gorgeous Hanging Monastery and visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues. Later, board an overnight train to Beijing.

    The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

    Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China.

    Opt to check out Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas".

    Yungang Grottoes Visit

    Enjoy a guided visit to the Yungang Grottoes, a spectacular sight just 16km (9.9 mi) from the city of Datong. There are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining here.

    Hanging Temple Visit

    Check out the Hanging Monastery located outside Datong and over 1,500 years old -- it is one of China's most famous sights. The building has elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Wooden beams placed in holes chiseled in the cliff face hold up this massive structure, measuring over 50m (164 ft) tall.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Datong / Beijing

    Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.

    Forbidden City Tour

    Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    free time

    Get outside and explore this metropolis.


    Hong Li Yuan Plaza

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7Beijing

    Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.

    Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


    Hong Li Yuan Plaza

    Optional Activities:

    • Beijing Acrobatics Performance

      Show will begin at 19:30.

      Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks, like plate-spinning, contortion, foot-juggling, and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.

    • Kung Fu Show - Beijing

      Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.

    • Cable Car at Great Wall

      The cable car ride is about 5 minutes ride up to tower 14, from where you may walk to the highest point of Mutianyu Great Wall at Tower 23. The walk from ticket check to tower 10 is about 30 minutes.The cable car ride is a good option if you are hoping to save energy to challenge the Tower 23. Return ticket is recommended as you may spend more time on the wall.

    • Toboggan at Great Wall

      Toboggan Station is at Tower 6. The return ticket include a cable car up to Tower 6 and the Toboggan.

      After your hike on the Great Wall, opt to take a Toboggan ride back down instead of the cable car!

    • Factory 798 Art & Galleries

      Explore the modern art district of Beijing! Named after 798 factory which was built in 1950's, now an exhibition centre of Chinese culture and art, also the world - famous culture and creative industries centralized area. This is a place to not miss while in Beijing!

  • Day 8Beijing

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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