Suzhou Mini Group Day Tour from Shanghai $149, 1 to 6 Guests

Master of the Nets Garden, Shantang Street, Tongli Water Town
  • Mini group of only 1 to 6 guests, with the lowest fare but the most attentive service.
  • Take a ride directly from Shanghai to Suzhou, no stop or transfer, making the journey quick and comfortable.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the exquisite and elegant Master of the Nets Garden.
  • Explore Tongli Water Town to experience the unique folk customs of southern China.
  • VIP service for you with unlimited supplies of complimentary bottled water.
  • No shopping stop, no factory stores, and no tea-selling shows. Make sure your valuable time is only spent on the attractions for sightseeing.
Detailed Itinerary
8:00 - 9:00 Hotel Pick-up
Welcome to join in our Shanghai to Suzhou day trip. In the morning, your professional tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in downtown Shanghai at the appointed time, and then we will drive to Suzhou by a clean, comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Located only 100 km (62 miles) west of Shanghai, Suzhou is a cultural and historical garden city built along the water. The winding streets by the canal, ancient bridges, flowing water as well as traditional houses, offer a fantastic landscape to visitors.
9:00 - 12:00 Drive to Suzhou & Visit the Master of the Nets Garden
After a 2-hour ride, we will arrive in Suzhou. The first stop of your Suzhou tour from Shanghai will be the Master of the Nets Garden, a typical Suzhou-style classical landscape garden built in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 AD). This exquisite garden boasts architectural splendor. The layout of pavilions, gateways, windows and various halls enlarges the space visually. The Master of the Nets Garden consists of three parts: east is the residential area, the center is the main garden and the west is the inner garden. You will have enough time to visit the fine garden with your guide.
The exquisite Master of the Nets Garden
The exquisite Master of the Nets Garden
12:00 - 13:30 Sightsee Shantang Street & Free Time for Lunch
Next, we will drive about 20 minutes to the Shantang Street, which is an ancient street built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) by the famous poet Bai Juyi. The street, 3,600 meters (3,937 yards) long, is lined with many traditional architecture, featured restaurants and shops. You will have one hour free time here to explore the street and have lunch at your expense. It is a good opportunity to taste authentic local snacks and specialties, such as osmanthus cake, crabapple cake, dumplings, wontons and noodles. Surely, your guide will be glad to offer recommendations according to your preference.
Take a walk in the old Shantang Street
Take a walk in the old Shantang Street
Explore the street further at your leisurely pace
Explore the street further at your leisurely pace
13:30 - 16:30 Drive to Visit Tongli Water Town
Afterwards, a half hour's drive will take you to the Tongli Town, which is the highlight of your Shanghai to Suzhou day trip. Tongli is a representative ancient water town in south China with a history of more than 1,000 years. The whole town is well preserved and the local people still live in their traditional houses. You will see many living scenes here, such as the locals chat, knit or even cook in the street, women wash clothes by the river, or some people sing Kun opera or Suzhou Pingtan at the roadside. These are indeed very traditional local lifestyles that you have probably never seen before. Moreover, you will take a local sculling boat to tour around the town along the river. Nice photos can be taken while on the boat.

There is also a garden in the town, named the Retreat Garden. No matter where you step in the garden, you will be amazed by its picturesque scenery and delicate garden designs. Your guide will company you to visit the garden and tell you the history and background stories.
Enjoy a pleasant boat trip in Tongli Water Town
Enjoy a pleasant boat trip in Tongli Water Town
Visit the local residential house in the old town
Visit the local residential houses in the ancient town
16:30 - 18:00 Drive back to Shanghai
After finishing the visit in the Tongli Town, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Shanghai. Your Suzhou day tour from Shanghai will draw to an end here. We hope you have enjoyed the day with us.
Tour Price (US$ Per Person)   
Departure: Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun
Adult(>11 years old)$149
Child(3-11 years old)$139
Price Includes
  • Pick-up & drop-off from the hotel
  • Entrance fees as indicated above
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Experienced driver & air conditioned vehicle
  • Unlimited bottles of drinking water for free
Price Excludes
  • Meals, advice freely available
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
Booking Policy
  • Pick-up Service: Shanghai is a large city. To make sure the morning pick-ups run smoothly, we recommend you stay at a hotel in the downtown area, within the Middle Ring Road of the city. There might be an additional transfer fee if your hotel is beyond the pick-up range. If you are not sure about the pick-up issues, your travel consultant is ready to help.
  • Infant Price: for an infant under 3 years old, this tour is free of charge.
  • Confirmation: Upon receiving your booking request, confirmation will be sent within 12 hours.
  • Payment: Full payment is required at least two days prior to the day trip. We accept payment by PayPal, Credit Card, Alipay, Wechat and Bank Transfer.
  • Cancellation: Your payment is fully refundable if you cancel more than 24 hours prior to the trip. Cancellation within 24 hours or any unused portion after the day trip begins is non-refundable.
  • Departures are guaranteed with two persons.
  • Guests under the age of 80 can participate in this mini group tour.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Audrey from SINGAPORE | Nov. 17, 2019 09:37Reply
Booking for 1-day tour from Shanghai
Why does your calendar for booking doesn't scroll to November 2019?
I would like to make booking on line for Suzhou Mini Group Tour from Shanghai - for Nov 26th
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 17, 2019 22:12

Sorry, this Suzhou mini group day tour from Shanghai is not available on Nov 26. If you are interested in our Suzhou tours, we suggest you consider our private tour instead. Pleased do not hesitate to contact us should you need further help. Thank you.
Asked by thomas iwamoto from USA | Aug. 17, 2018 08:47Reply
Is there any way you can do this tour on Monday, October 29, 2018. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Aug. 19, 2018 23:07

Sorry, this Group Day Tour to Zhujiajiao & Huangpu River Night Cruise is not available on October 29, 2018. You are suggested to change your travel date if you would like to join this group tour. Otherwise, we kindly suggest you consider our private tour instead, which is more flexible. Thanks for your attention.
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