Private Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Suzhou
Image by Viator

Information from Viator

Tour description

This private day trip to Suzhou offers you a great opportunity to explore the water way city by taking the most convenient transportation - fast train (bullet train) for group within 3 people. If your group is bigger than 3 people, you will be offered business van transportation service from Shanghai.Your professional guide will give you a good overview about the city so that you will have a better understanding about the history of the local gardens sites as well as the culture in the area.

Your professional guide will pick up you at the hotel at 9 a.m. and then take you to the train station for the high speed train. About 30 minutes later, you will arrive at the beautiful garden city of Suzhou where your day adventure starts. First, visit one of the four most famous gardens in China -The Humble Administrator’s garden ,the largest garden in Suzhou with typical southern east Ming Dynasty classic garden, including special Taihu lake rock-hills, delicate pavilions, lush flowers and trees, ponds, and 150 different Bonsai trees. After that take a walk or rickshaw along the old canal section on the historical Pingjiang Road.Then, you will have lunch at an authentic local restaurant.After lunch activities depend on your interests. You will have option of visiting the 13th century Buddhist temple with classic garden complex in Suzhou, or you can choose to visit a silk factory located in the old Japanese Concession where you will learn how famous Chinese silk is produced from the little silk worm to the garments.Continue to the “No.1 ancient street,” and you can take a boat trip along the canal. By cruising on the old waterways, you will see the typical southeast old houses built along the canals, women washing clothes, old men playing cards, and children playing around. This offers you the true experience of all the sights, sounds, and scents of Suzhou.At the end of the cruise, you will have a look at the famous leaning pagoda on the Tiger Hill, regarded as the second leaning pagoda after the Leaning Tower of Pisa.Then transfer back to the train station in Suzhou and back to Shanghai.Note: 1. If you have travelers between 1 to 3 pax ,we have different packages available ( Public transfer which includes the fast train experience with local taxi/cabs or Privae transfer which has NON fast train experiences , instead you will travel by private car during the whole day from Shanghai). If you do not like the local taxi /cabs traveling around , please book the options of private transfer directly. 2.For groups with 4 people or more, instead of taking the fast train, you will be provided with a private transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou directly. 

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in downtown Shanghai area only
  • Transportation: based on the your chosen tour option (see details upon booking)

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to the garden (about $15 USD if option is not selected)
  • Lunch, food and drinks (if option is not selected)
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off for locations outside of the downtown Shanghai areas (such as Jiading, Songjiang, Qingpu ,Jinqiao, Chuansha in Pudong areas, if your hotel is not in the downtown your guide will give you the instruction to meet at the downtown point)


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included