Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Shanghai on a private half-day tour. Available morning, afternoon, and night, it’s the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick two or three attractions, perhaps the Bund, a Huangpu River cruise, a temple, a skyscraper, or a market, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense: upgrade to include a private car.
Get to the heart of Shanghai with personalized insights from a private guide
Customize your tour to suit your unique interests
Choose between morning, afternoon, and evening tours to suit your schedule
Your guide will accompany you from your hotel: upgrade for a private car
Private transfer (only if Tour with Private Car Tour Option is selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All Entrance fees
Transportation (if Tour Only Option is selected)
Food and drinks
Airport pickup and drop-off service
Departure & Return
Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai
Returns to original departure point
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please wear comfortable walking shoes
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
For the Pudong airport layover travelers, please meet up either at Maglev Train Longyang Rd Station ( You can easily take Maglev train from Pudong airport to Longyang Rd Station in 7 minutes ), Or Pudong airport with extra pick-up charges applied.
If hotel is located at outskirt of Shanghai, please meet up either at Fairmont Peace Hotel ( the concierge area ) or your hotel with extra pick-up charges applied.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
It was great! The tour guide Penny was very knowledgeable, agreeable, speak well English and very nice person. She could accommodate all of us (3 generations from 17 to 77 years old group). It was so interesting that I recommended this tour to other friends visiting Shanghai. The flexibility that offer the private tour was a perfect format for us. It’s a condensed history of Shanghai, interactive mode. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
Our tour guide through the French Concession, Penny, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. She started by asking our preferences on touring, such as spending more or less time in museums, and accommodated those preferences. She was flexible on times. Her English was outstanding and she was patient in answering all of our questions. In addition, Kelly, who coordinated the tour for us, was very helpful in recommending additional tours. I highly recommend Melody Tours for your next visit to Shanghai.
Ping (kelly) was a great guide. She was very flexible and accommodating for our (not so organised) group of 6. She met us promptly at our requested address. Ping immediately started giving us information, an excellent trait in a guide. Whenever there was a moment to talk, she would be telling us something about where we were going or where we had been. Almost didn't need to ask any questions! We moulded a tour using her experience and some sites that we specifically wanted to see. The tour was seamless from start to finish. The tour moved logically from location to location, removing unnecessary drive time/walking time between destinations making our 4 hours as efficient as possible. Ping had a deep knowledge of every location we visited, even with the sites that we had asked her to add on! She also provided her perspectives on the history of sites which proved to be invaluable, especially at the propaganda museum. She was friendly and open to questions throughout and I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Shanghai. We had an excellent and productive time.
Had an amazing tour with PENNY! She is the perfect host, super knowledgeable about her city, warm and very personable. She was able to answer all my questions and more in perfect English. We visited an over a century old French Park and witnessed a Taiji master practicing, felt so calm and peaceful by just watching him play. We also visited the famous Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden through which l learned so much about the different religions in China. And Penny was able to point out those small details and explained the profound meanings behind them for which l surely would miss travelling on my own. We finished up with a delicious Chinese meal of her recommendation which clearly was very popular among the locals. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting this great city.
This tour was great as you can tailor it to your tastes and decide where you want to go in the city. You also can ask the guide to choose the best sites to visit, which is what we did. Penny was an amazing guide, as she is so personable and knowledgeable about Shanghai. She even took us to a great dumpling place in the French Quarter which was delicious! I recommend this tour in the private car highly.
Penny from Shanghai Melody through Viator is a 5 star guide! She is so very knowledgeable, friendly, creative and flexible. Met us and took us on a private custom combined walking, taxi tour of many sights in the French concession and was an expert historian and very fun. So good in fact that I booked an additional half day to see sights she recommended; and old 1700s private home/library not open to the public, Confucius temple, and Peace Hotel to name a few.
You cant go wrong with private, customized tour with Kelly! She contacted me directly to ask about my preferences so I really felt she wanted to ensure my tour was exactly what I wanted. We started at the Bund, with Kelly sharing the history of this historical area. We toured the Fairmont Peace Hotel where Kelly showed me the obvious Art Deco touches and how some things were hidden during the Cultural Revolution. Next, we walked through the Yu Garden with its 500 year history. Last, we walked through some streets of Old Shanghai with a special treat of visiting the owner of one the oldest homes in Shanghai. It was a hot day and Kelly made sure I had water and restroom stops as needed. Kellys pace and knowledge of the sights we visited was impressive. I highly recommend.
Kelly was an excellent, very accommodating and personable tour guide. She took lots of lovely photos for me. She is very knowledgeable about the culture, food and must-see places to visit. This is my first time to travel in Shanghai and Kelly made sure I had the best time given I was only there for a few days. This tour is new on Viator and what makes it really good is that it is highly customised to your needs. You get to choose what you want to do and where you want to go. Kelly really gave good recommendations. I also booked Kelly for a dinner tour the following 2 nights since I wanted to try some of the best restaurants in Xintiandi and the Bund. You can easily arrange this with Kelly for a reasonable price. It was a very pleasant experience to visit Shanghai.
I highly recommend this tour! Kelly is one of the best tour guides I have had and she will definitely make your visit really worthwhile.