• Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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The winding canals, historical buildings, and classic gardens of Suzhou earned the city its nickname as the "Venice of the East." Tour Suzhou's must-see sites and hidden enclaves from Shanghai on this private 9-hour tour, which includes transportation on a bullet train, a customizable itinerary, and optional upgrades to include lunch, entrance fees, and more.


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  • Private day trip from Shanghai to Suzhou
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitor
  • 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

What You Can Expect

Private Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai

Bullet Train

Customer Reviews

Robin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

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 place to the other with ease, and no time-pressure at all. She even helped us to get back and forth from our hotel, since we were staying over one night after the tour. She answered all of our many questions, helped the boys while shopping in a well-known and popular athletic brand store that we passed in our travels, and took us to a nice place for a wonderful lunch. Beautiful gardens and lovely historic architecture to see everywhere! Despite the intense heat that day, she was cool and co-ordinated. We will definitely book another tour with her to another city soon!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A fabulous all day tour of Suzhou!
My family and I were met at our hotel in Shanghai's Bund District by a spry and super upbeat tour guide named Lily. She and a wonderful driver whisked us away in a very clean and comfortable passenger van. Upon arrival into Suzhou, we began with a tour of sprawling and enchanting garden. Lily was half full of information and her delivery was more old friend than jaded tour guide. We then had lunch in a bustling food district that was as interesting as any part of the tour. The food choices were immense and we let Lily choose an authentic table service restaurant for my family. The conversation was pleasant and educational. The tour continued at a pace we were able to dictate and Lily remained informative and always warm hearted.
I would highly recommend this tour.

Kathryn E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

My sister and I wanted to see our Great Grandfathers statue and building which he helped found at Suzhou Univ. Sunny, of Sunny Tours, was wonderful in trying to help my sister and me find out information about Suzhou University but getting a phone number was short of impossible. She assigned Fei Fei as our tour guide and this lovely lady was amazing. She was persistent in trying to get a phone number but ran into the same walls of disconnected numbers, wrong numbers, or fax numbers. She convinced a security guard to allow us to enter the Univ grounds and helped find locations such as Anderson Hall, found a Historical Museum with additional information, and as were were leaving we ran into the Assistant to the President and Fei Fei explained to her who we were and why we were there. Without her help we may have not been allowed onto the grounds at all. We later had a yummy lunch and took a canal boat ride that was very enjoyable.

Jesper A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We had a great experience on our personal tour with Lily. The process was very smooth from pick up to drop off. Lily had a lot of great insight into the history of the area and we also really enjoyed having lunch with her and learning a lot more about life in China. The gardens, pagoda and water tours were very interesting to see. I fully recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour is a must! The tour guide, Sunny, was not only very knowledgeable, but also very friendly and engaging. Without a doubt Sunny made the day a memorable occasion. Her English is excellent.The day includes a number of separate sightseeing activities, but is done at a relaxed pace that enables the tourist to get good knowledge of what they are visiting.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

My husband and I both want to give a testimonial to Lily who was an amazing guide; prompt, professional, charming and informative. This was our first trip to China and booking a tour with Lily on day 2 really helped us get oriented. Great tour in Suzhou + Lily does other tours as well. Super trip!

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Sunny was an absolute delight. She was so friendly and knowledgeable- we would highly recommend taking any tour you can with Sunny!

Bianca Claudine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Having this tour was the best decision that we made in our trip to China. The entire process was very pleasant, since the first contact with Sunny, that gave us some valuable information to prepare us for the tour, to the whole day that we spent with Lily. Suzhou's Humble Administrators garden is our favorite part but having Lily's inputs on the cultural background, having the opportunity to learn from her about China, Chinese community is by far the most enriched experience that we brought home. Also, the local restaurant was amazing, we had the best meal in the entire trip and, as a bonus, Lily also explained how to use the subway, which was very helpful on our remaining days in Shanghai. My husband and I not only recommend you to do this tour but also that you do it at the beginning of your trip, it'll make a huge difference on your understanding of the things that you see.

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

On our third trip to China for business, my husband and I booked a day trip to Suzhou before our tradeshow and looked forward to experiencing a fun day. We were NOT disappointed! Our guide, Lily, was phenomenal! This well educated young lady was humourous, energetic + personable. Highly recommended!

Candice W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I really enjoyed many aspects of the tour and I highly recommend it . Our tour guide Lily was terrific she had a great sense of fun and humor and was very knowledgable. She met us at the hotel and we drove to train station. She picked up tickets we didn't really do anything it was all quite hassle free. Train was amazing clean timely and fast. We first went to the garden in Suzhou, perhaps the most lovely garden that I have seen. Very classic with large bonsai garden. Next we went to silk factory and I was prepared for the tourist oversell push but wasn't really that way at all , it is a smaller more traditional factory and therefore not too commercial. We also had a great vegetarian meal perhaps one of the best I have ever had . Beautiful preparation. We also took ride back through the canals through the back into town to board the train. Very nice day filled with way to see the quiet areas around Shanghai where the locals go. We were very pleased with the tour and our tour guide. While I feel very safe in China it can be overwhelming when you are not accompanied with a someone who speaks Chinese especially as mass transport areas. Lilly our guide was just a wonderful guide and very attentive .

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