Recent Searches
Clear
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Price
US$0
US$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

How to Spend 3 Days in Shanghai

How to Spend 3 Days in Shanghai

With three days to spend in bustling Shanghai, you have time to explore city highlights—old and new—and to get out of town and experience the charm of one of the ancient water towns on the Yangtze River Delta. See below for suggestions on how to best spend your 36 hours in Shanghai.

Day 1: City Overview

Get oriented on your first day in Shanghai, a city of some 24 million people, with a guided sightseeing tour to some of its top attractions, including the Bund, Pudong skyscrapers, French Concession, Yuyuan Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple. Choose a private tour to see the sights most important to you, or if you’d rather explore at your own pace, opt for a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus with stops at locations around the city and narration. End your first day with a dinner cruise along Shanghai’s Huangpu River to see the iconic skyline illuminated at night. Many cruises offer dinner onboard for a complete night out. 

Day 2: History and Culture

Take a deeper dive into Shanghai's history and culture. Depending on your interests, you might spend the morning on a walking tour of neighborhoods such as the Old French Concession, Shanghai Old Town, or the Jewish Quarter. Alternately, you could hop in the saddle to tour the city streets by bike. In the afternoon, visit one of the city’s many excellent museums, such as the Shanghai Museum or Shanghai History Museum, or do some people watching in People’s Square. Wrap up another day of sightseeing with an evening street food tour or bar hop through the Bund and Old French Concession. 

Day 3: Water Villages and Rural Life

After two days in Shanghai, it’s time to escape the modern bustle for a day in rural China. Reconnect with the area's roots as a port town with a day trip to a nearby ancient water village. Tour the gardens of Suzhou—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—explore the canals of Zhujiajiao by boat, or learn why Zhouzhuang is considered the Venice of the East. Alternately, travel to Hangzhou by bullet train for a day touring West Lake. Upon your return to Shanghai, sit back, relax, and watch the gravity-defying stunts of a professional Chinese acrobatic troupe at one of the city’s many theaters.

Read More
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow
Did you know?You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Learn more
Did you know?
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.Learn more

14 Tours and Activities | All Shanghai Tours

Sort by:Featured
Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

star-5
Save time without compromising on experience on this door-to-door private guided tour that covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and key Shanghai highlights. First, explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao by boat and foot, and savor a local lunch. Then, spend the afternoon discovering Shanghai: the 16th-century Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Shanghai Tower. Upgrade to include a Shanghai dinner.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$208.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$208.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

star-3.5
Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$135.00
From
US$135.00
Taking safety measures

Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

star-3.5
Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
More
  • 2 days
From
US$29.50
From
US$29.50

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

star-5
Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a full-day private tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit you and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
More
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$121.50
Price varies by group size
From
US$121.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden

star-4
Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Walk along the Bund and the former French Concession and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$79.00
From
US$79.00
Taking safety measures

Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

Shanghai Circus World: ERA Intersection of Time Acrobatics Show

star-4.5
During your Shanghai sojourn, immerse yourself in the cultural extravagance of an 'ERA Intersection of Time' show at Shanghai Circus World. See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle. Watch China evolve from humble beginnings to the global superpower it is today, and enjoy entertaining live music and elaborate costumes as you experience the family-friendly show.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$70.00
From
US$70.00

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai including West Lake Cruise

star-3.5
Discover the rich cultural tapestry of Hangzhou, a city shrouded in history and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Shanghai. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, gain fascinating insight into China’s most esteemed tea at Meijiawu Tea Village; cruise on the idyllic and inspirational West Lake; and marvel at the alluring architecture of the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Explore the historical highlights and cultural delights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city on this all-inclusive tour, during which lunch, round-trip transportation and entrance fees are complimentary.  
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$169.00
From
US$169.00
Taking safety measures

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

star-4
Experience the incandescent beauty of The Bund, Shanghai’s cosmopolitan cultural district, on an evening tour of the waterfront. Accompanied by an expert guide, see the city’s most significant landmarks under the atmospheric cover of darkness; board an evening cruise boat to watch the city sparkle from the shimmering Huangpu River, then stroll the area to admire the historical Peace Hotel. Hop into a trolley to enjoy spectacular views of Nanjing Road and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$79.00
From
US$79.00
Taking safety measures

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

Private Walking Tour in the Former French Concession

star-5
Stroll through the Shangai's trendy French Concession neighborhood with a private guide on this walking tour. Follow your guide's lead to unearth hidden courtyards, Art Deco buildings, and typical Shanghai street scenes. Highlights include the Lanxin Theater, the Cathay Mansion, the former residence of Dr. Sun-Yat Sen, Fuxing Park, and others. Choice of departure times to fit your schedule.
More
  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$95.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$95.00
Price varies by group size

Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

star-5
Discover a side of Shanghai it takes a local to know on this private foodie walking tour. Explore main streets and back lanes as you snack and slurp on delicacies like soup dumplings, roast duck, and mango pudding—enough for a full meal. Finally, enjoy a Shanghai classic: a Huangpu River cruise.
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$110.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$110.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

Half-Day Bike Tour of Shanghai Old Town with Food Tasting

star-5
China’s biggest city might not seem like the place for a relaxing bike ride, but the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s atmospheric Old Town are ideal for a cycling tour. On this bike tour, explore the Former French Concession, pedal around Fuxing Park, and hop off to visit a Buddhist temple, stroll around a traditional wet market, and re-fuel with coffee and pastries.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$75.83
From
US$75.83

Shanghai Nightlife: Bars in The Bund and Old French Concession

Shanghai Nightlife: Bars in The Bund and Old French Concession

star-5
Calling all revellers, this 4-hour Shanghai evening tour showcases the city’s nightlife hotspots. In a small group limited to 10, you’ll visit ambient bars and a swanky club in the Old French Concession and The Bund (Waitan.) Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or spirits in every bar and conclude your evening at M1NT, a nightclub famed for its shark tank and luxurious decor. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees are included.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$193.34
Price varies by group size
From
US$193.34
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

star-4
Discover the historical heart of Shanghai’s ancient Jewish quarter on a 2-hour tour of the Hongkou District. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the captivating history of Chinese Judaism; visit the verdant splendor of Huoshan Park and browse intriguing exhibitions in the Jewish Refugees Museum (Ohel Moishe Synagogue). Catch a rare glimpse of daily life in a historical local neighborhood and gain fascinating insight into the culture from your passionate guide. This is a private tour just for you and your party.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$131.28
Price varies by group size
From
US$131.28
Price varies by group size

3-Hour Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour

3-Hour Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour

star-5
Shanghai is one of China’s most cutting-edge cities, but it’s also home to a picturesque Old Town. Cover the highlights on this scenic guided walking tour, which covers standout sights like Yu Garden, the bird and flower markets, and traditional architectural landmarks. Escape the tourist track and learn about the city’s enduring crafts and customs.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$96.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$96.00
Price varies by group size


icon_solid_phone
Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785