• Location: Shanghai Region, China
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 59.00 View price calendar

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Don’t spend your Shanghai stopover inside the airport; maximize your time in China and opt for a private and customizable sightseeing tour instead. This personalized layover tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to tick off The Bund (Waitan), French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time. Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.


  • Private and customizable Shanghai layover tour
  • Escape the airport and spend a stopover sightseeing
  • Tick off The Bund, French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time
  • Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included
  • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide

What You Can Expect

Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour

Local food tasting in Shanghai

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My family and I had a great experience with Alana, Berlin and the company. We were a total of eight people--4 adults and 4 children. I booked this tour through Viator a few months before, knowing that we had an 11.5hr layover in Shanghai and wanted to view as much of the city as possible. I received communication from Alana a few days before the tour. She provided me with the steps on how to receive the transit visa. We had no issues regarding requesting our visa from immigration. Our only concern was that it was a very long line with only one customs officer working. After a long while, we eventually got our visas and followed the exit directions provided to us. Alana also provided us information on where to meet our tour guide, Berlin. She even provided us with a picture of exactly where to meet Berlin. We did not and could not get lost, which was great! Berlin was there to greet us all with our name on an iPad. We exchanged some money and began our tour. We were very surprised to be picked up by a large 19-seat motor coach for our journey. It was clean and spacious with great air conditioning. Since we got out of the airport late and it was lunch time, they started by taking us to Shanghai's financial center to eat. We met Alana there who had showed up to help reserve some seats for our larger group! We had our meal with delicious traditional steamed dumplings and noodle soups. The portions were huge and more than enough for the 8 of us. We continued with a walking tour around the financial district. It was pretty hot since we were there towards the end of July, so Berlin changed the itinerary a bit to customize it to our needs. And with traveling with small children, that was very considerate and much appreciated. We then got to see the Yuyuan bazaar and garden.We stayed for a bit, but it got too hot for all of us, so we went on to drive to the Bund. The Bund was the best part! Beautiful skyline of new Shanghai and a beautiful view of old Shanghai. Berlin was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Afterwards, they dropped us off right to the airport to our terminal. I highly recommend this tour company to anyone who is looking for a stress-free and educational tour of the city. Thanks Alana and Berlin for making it a memorable tour. We will definitely come back to Shanghai and use their service next time!!

Marjorie C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Me, my husband & 12 years old daughter took the layover tour. We had a 10-hr layover in Shanghai. Upon arrival in the immigration area for a transit visa, the officers only look at our connecting flight ticket & did not read our tour details & told us to go to the connecting flight departure area. We left but after 5 minutes we went back to the transit visa area & told them we wanted to apply for the transit visa & showed them our tour details from Viator, and the emails & text messages of Alana (our tour guide). They intently read the documents this time, and approved us for the visa. Alana was very nice, accommodating and knows everything about Shanghai. She even gave us some freebies. Her services are beyond our expectations. I gave her more than 5 stars & greatly recommend her!

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had Snow as our guide. She was informative and very helpful on our tour, she did everything we could on our layover. We saw as much of Shanghai as we could. We saw the skyscrapers, a beautiful garden and had a wonderful lunch. We toured the French area and had a wonderful trip.

Beulah Coeli F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The tour was amazing. Alana is very informative, patient and accommodating if my personal needs like bathroom breaks and meal requests (I wanted to eat authentic dim sum), so she took me to hus really authentic, jampacked eatery and the food was simply divine. She went out of her way to find me a place to shower before my connecting flight, it was a very good, clean spa at Howard Johnson Hotel and she speaks very good English too. Overall, this tour should be patronized by anyone looking at a long layover period in Shanghai. The price is very reasonable, to think that you will be treated like a VIP in this private, personalized tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

My wife and I had a great time on this tour of Shanghai. The driver was very punctual picking us up from the airport and Alana had reached out the night before to give explicit directions making the meet up very easy. The tour itself was awesome. We saw a great mix of old Shanghai as well as new Shanghai. Alana was very insightful and spoke English fluently. She had great activity suggestions but also very flexible to our plans. Alana knew the history of all the sites we visited and helped us pack in a lot in just one day!! For lunch, she brought us to a local dumpling place and it was fantastic! Could not have planned it better. Overall it was a fantastic tour and I would definitely recommend it.

Kevin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Alana was very personable and accommodating throughout the entire tour. She confirmed the day before the tour to make sure we didn't run into any problems at the gate. We were very hungry from the long flight but as soon as we saw Alana she brought us breakfast and my girls said it was the best dumplings ever. The day the was very hot but overall we learned a lot about Shanghai and will definitely refer her other friends and families.

andrew m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Five stars ! We had a wonderful time. Great communication before the tour with lots of helpful information. Alana made our tour arrangements and day in Shanghai great with a personalized tour based on our schedule. We were able to see A LOT of Shanghai in our seven hour layover tour and never felt rushed. Thank you Alana !

Bret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Alana provided us with great information one day in advance of our arrival with critical information about how to get the 24 hour transit visa. We arrived in shanghai with a 10 hr layover. Talking with other travelers they did not think we had time to go on a tour. But when we showed the customs officer our receipt and Alana’s phone number they had no problem processing the transit visa. It was a whirlwind 5 hours but sooo much better than staying in airport for 10 hours. Great day with once a lifetime experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great time while in Shanghai. Snow Had a great time while in Shanghai. Snow took us everywhere we wanted and shared lots of knowledge about the City! If you decide to take this tour, make sure you go to People's park! The city was extremely clean and all the floral was perfectly manicured..

Monne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My wife and I had a long layover and decided to try a tour. Our tour this week was great and well worth the time. Berlin, our guide, was very easy to coordinate with and even shared tips on how the 24 hour transit without visa process works. We landed a little earlier than scheduled and the driver and Berlin were able to get us started on the tour earlier as well. The van transportation was comfortable and easily accommodated us and our luggage. She was very knowledgeable about the history and stories of the locations we visited. She also suggested several "must have" photos and snacks. We would recommend this tour and Berlin specifically to anyone with some time in Shanghai.

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