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Private Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai

  • A customizable sightseeing excursion to Suzhou, "Venice of the East"
  • Travel from Shanghai on an iconic bullet train
  • Groups over 4 have the option of private transfer from Shanghai
Private Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai
From US$80.00
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Round Trip Fast Train tickets plus local taxi (for 1-3 pax);Private Car Service (for 4pax or more),entrance fee to the garden, boat ride, tasty local lunch and private guide service are all inclusive.
Guide and Public Transfer
Round trip Fast Train tickets, local taxi fare and private guide service are inclusive. (lunch and entrance fees are at your own cost).
Guide and Private Transfer
Private Car Service between Shanghai to Suzhou. Private guide service is inclusive.(lunch and entrance fees are at your own cost).

Suzhou is one of China’s scenic water towns, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed gardens and a picturesque network of canals. During this action-packed and fully customizable excursion from Shanghai, you’ll hop a bullet train to discover the one-of-a-kind charms of China’s “Venice of the East,” including ancient streets and charming old waterways. Upgrade to include lunch and entrance fees for a more in-depth adventure.

What to Expect

As one of China’s picturesque water towns, canal-lined Suzhou earns its nickname as the “Venice of the East.” During this action-packed guided excursion departing from Shanghai, you’ll hop aboard an iconic bullet train and be whisked away to discover the narrow lanes and classical gardens in the charming, old-world city, once a famous destination for Chinese artists and poets in search of inspiration.

Your adventure begins with a comfortable hotel pickup in Shanghai. Groups of four and under will head for a high-speed train, while larger groups will have the option of private transfer for added convenience.

Once in Suzhou, you’ll be treated to a tailor-made tour, packed with customizable stops suited to your interests. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed gardens, which recreate Chinese landscapes in miniature and date as early as the 11th century. You’ll see 150 varieties of Bonsai tree. Opt for a boat trip down the historic canals for a first-hand peek at everyday life in the ancient town. With flexible itineraries, you’ll also have the option of visiting a 13th-century Buddhist temple or a silk factory, and can upgrade to enjoy an included lunch.

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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Outstanding Experience

We loved the day tour to Suzhou from Shanghai. Rita was our guide. She was so pleasant and friendly. It was a joy to spend the day with her. She was extremely knowledgeable and she shared the history of each attraction we visited. We highly...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago
Beautiful gardens with fabulous old architecture, and lots of wonderful history.

Our tour guide, Sunny, certainly lives up to her name! She was a fantastic guide, with a great personality, and had SO much information to share. Sunny definitely knows the ins and out of the city of Suzhou, and helped us get around from one...More

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fantastic guide, worthwhile day trip

We really enjoyed our time with Lily in Suzhou! She is well organized, very informed, has a great command of English and is super easy to be around. She was also very willing to help us with the logistics of our trip like picking up...More

1  Thank tracybechtel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome time, highly recommend

We spent the day with Lily visiting Suzhou. Lily was fantastic, not only was she was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and was able to manage the transportation logistics, she had a great personality and definitely kept us engaged. The trip included a visit...More

1  Thank YC777
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Guide was great, tour was not time-managed well

The trip was good but not great for the price paid. More importantly, I feel like we didn’t see the “best of Suzhou” on the one day we had, which was the real loss. Our guide, Lily had a lovely personality, her language skills were...More

2  Thank triedandtruetraveler
ShanghaiToursbysunny, General Manager at Sunny Tours Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear Clients, Thank you for taking time to review our Suzhou day trip from Shanghai and shared with us your valuable feedbacks! We are so sorry to hear that our tour did not meet your expectations and we would also like to share our thoughts...More

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Response from Haidee F | Reviewed this property |
We had no problem Write to the company and check Communication was excellent
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Response from Alex G | Reviewed this property |
Hi Flavia, Couldn’t recommend Sunny’s Tours highly enough. Rita was our guide, can’t speak for the other guides, but you’ll see more, understand more and absolutely no hassles - Go Sunny, Go Rita, have great day