• 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

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 .

Ranganathan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great one day trip and enjoy history

Ray M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a private trip to Suzhou on the 26th Oct and it was fantastic. The professionalism of the guide Lily was excellent from contacting us the day before to clarify what time we would be picked up at hotel .... I can honestly say that for all the trips I have done whilst abroad this was the best - and this was down to Lily - she was so well organised ... Her English is excellent with a good sense of humour .... Her knowledge on the area gave us an excellent insight into Suzhou ... Our lunch was excellent thanks to lily taking her time to find out our likes and dislikes with the food .... She explained everything along the way .... I would highly recommend this trip and on any future trips we do on return to Shanghai .... We will ask for Lily .... She made our trip and our day ..... Many happy memories... Please pass on our thanks to Lily ... Thankyou

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This trip was great and our tour guide, Sunny, was excellent! We particularly loved the Humble Administrator's Garden and the tour of a working silk factory. The boat trip down the canal to see the old water city houses was peaceful and fascinating. Very worthwhile day spent in Suzhou.

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

My guide was Lily. She planned the trip in great detail. We took a train, and in the Suzhou Lily very efficiently organized taxi transport, flexibly adjusting to the plan of the trip. Lily knew a lot about the places we visited, and talked a lot about Chinese customs and traditions. Lily invited me to a local restaurant and I had the opportunity to try local delicacies. I highly recommend this type of tour of the Shanghai area.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was a really great day trip out of Shanghai! Sunny was a fantastic guide; very organized, knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks you so much for a day well-spent!

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