Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai | La Vacanza Travel

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Destination: China, Shanghai Region, Shanghai

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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Shanghai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This private day trip from Shanghai will allow you to see the typical south-east (Jiang’nan) style water-way city Suzhou and the No.1 water town Zhouzhuang or Tongli with about 900 years history. Enjoy a great city and water village overview as well as the local culture from your professional guide. Since this exclusive private tour is just made for you and your party, you can enjoy the travel journey at your own pace. Take this wonderful opportunity to discovery the beauty of the "Oriental Venice".

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Humble Administrator's Garden, No.178 Northeast Road, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001 China

Your local great guide and the driver will pick up at your Shanghai hotel at your preferred time. Hop on to the comfortable, air-conditioned MPV van and enjoy the nice ride to Suzhou. On the way, spend few mins to discuss with your guide and choose the sites to visit in Suzhou. Follow is the recommended itinerary, as private tour, your itinerary is totally flexible and be sure to let the guide know if need make adjustment .Typically, upon arrival at Suzhou, choose to visit the one of the top classic gardens: The Master of Net’s Garden, spend quality time to explore different sections, appreciate the charming and elegance of the thousand years old garden while learning the interesting history, culture, custom from your guide.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: North Temple Pagoda Residential District, Gusu District, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215003

Next you have the option to choose another site in Suzhou, such as Suzhou Silk Factory, enjoy a fascinating silk process from tiny silk worm baby to the fine finished materials. Or you could choose to visit other site such as Beisi Pagoda, Leaning Pagoda at Tiger Hill or Panmen scenic area. After the morning activities, take a break and enjoy a local delightful lunch based on your own dietary requests.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zhouzhuang Water Town, Qing Ping Shanghai Highway, Kunshan 215300 China

Continue the fun afternoon tour to famous water town, if you choose ZhouZhuang option, you will take a stroll in the old alley streets to soak up its charms and admire famed twin bridges. Plus, visit Mr. Shen Wansan’s House, the courtyard residence of a 14th-century tycoon whose wealth inspired the envy of the first of China's Ming emperor. Admire the classical architecture of Shen’s House as you learn about his fascinating life, you may choose to enjoy a relaxing gondola ride to fully appreciate the beautiful township scenery.

If you choose Tongli water town option, you will vist the UNESCO-listed Tuisi Garden,walk cross lucky three Ring bridges, explore the stone-paved alley streets and enjoy an optional gondola boat ride to immerse yourself in the serene and picturesque township scenery.
Your tour will then finish with a transfer and drop-off back at your hotel in downtown Shanghai or other downtown area as per requests.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Private amazing guide
  • Transport by private air conditioned MPV van
  • Downtown hotel pick up&drop off (Outskit hotels/Airport pickup&dropoff can be arranged at surcharge)
  • Entrance fee to one selected water town Tongli or Zhouzhuang(Based on ur booked option)
  • Entry/Admission - Zhouzhuang Water Town
  • Entry/Admission - Humble Administrator's Garden

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Boat ride along the canal (About $15 to $25.00usd per boat. Each boat can accommodate 6 pax)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Private pick up and drop off is provided anywhere in dowtown Shanghai. Please advise pick up details at time of booking.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 to 9 hours

User's Reviews


31 Jan, 2024

The Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Tour from Shanghai proved to be a convenient option for those with limited time to plan their trip. However, the experience had its highs and lows. The Good: - One of the undeniable highlights of the tour was the inclusion of a private air-conditioned Mercedes minivan. This not only ensured a comfortable journey but also added a touch of luxury to our travel experience. - The guide accompanying us was knowledgeable and went the extra mile to provide detailed insights into the historical and cultural significance of the sites we visited. Could Be Better: - The itinerary appeared to be disproportionately focused on Suzhou, somewhat overshadowing the potentially more captivating Zhouzhuang. - A significant part of our time was spent navigating Suzhou, including cross-city travel to places like Tiger Hill. Unfortunately, the visit to Tiger Hill was limited to a quick photo stop downstairs, without the opportunity to ascend the pagoda. This particular stop was added on the day of the tour, consuming more time than anticipated. - The biggest disappointment came when we finally arrived at Zhouzhuang which is China's number one water town. Contrary to the promised 3hours, we were only given half an hour to explore this enchanting destination. This limited time frame left us without the chance to leisurely stroll around or experience the highly anticipated boat ride along the picturesque canals. In conclusion, the Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Tour from Shanghai is a suitable choice for those seeking a hassle-free and comfortable travel experience. However, improvements in the tour's balance between Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, as well as better time management at the various stops, could elevate the overall satisfaction of participants.


02 Dec, 2023

We had an amazing day with Sunny. The day was designed around our needs and Sunny ensured we got to see exactly what we wanted. It was fabulous the right amount of info sharing combined with allowing us to just enjoy.


29 Nov, 2023

Sunny and Linda were both wonderful and friendly guides! Apart from seeing historic areas of Suzhou, Tongli and the silk museum - they also explained to me the history behind all the areas and gardens we visited which I absolutely loved! As my Chinese was limited so they helped me with simple tasks like getting the tickets to access the areas we needed to go to, ordering food during lunch and getting milk tea. Would highly recommend both to be your guides!


20 Nov, 2023

Our tour guide was Rita. Thanks to her we were able to get a great tour of a nice house if Suzhou followed by a relaxing walk and boat ride along the water town of Zhouzhouang. Her knowledge of history, poetry and high culture was a welcome addition to the experience. Highly recommended!


18 Nov, 2023

We booked this trip at the last minute via Trip Advisor, based on the reviews. Our guide was a very nice lady named Rita and the driver was a quiet young man, who drove carefully and steadily whilst fetching us from one place to another. The vehicle which we travelled in was very comfortable. Rita is effectively bilingual and set us at ease with her genuine warmth and friendliness. She is very knowledgeable and we were treated to a rich and detailed insight of the history and culture of China, e.g. the eight ancient capitals and the five most famous mountains. We discussed the destinations with her and agreed that we should go to the Master of Nets Garden and Tongli Water Town as both were representative of Suzhou, but less crowded. Master of Nets Garden was designed such that there were visions of lovely scenery almost every which way we turned and the occasional artist sketching away unobtrusively in a corner. Rita told us a great deal about the unique architectural details, in particular the carvings and the furniture styles which varied from dynasty to dynasty. We found it all highly informative and extremely interesting, e.g. the various dynasties and the depth of meaning of the Chinese language, as reflected in a carving about harmonious families. We asked to have Suzhou dishes for lunch and Rita suggested a restaurant which offered both Suzhou and Jiangnan cuisine. We enjoyed the local cuisine, which was flavourful and delicious. Our trip to Tongli Water Town took place in slightly cooler weather. Rita explained that there are still many residents living in Tongli and they all know one another. The highlight was the boat ride, which took us through the canal that runs through the water town. There are quite a number of bridges which span the canal and most are high enough for the boatman to pass under without ducking -- except one memorable one! Tongli, with the clear canal waters, and the willow and camphor trees, makes a romantic backdrop. We saw a girl being photographed; she was dressed in period costume (we wonder if it was more fashionable than historically-accurate) and the whole setting was as pretty as a picture. We also saw what we thought might have been a couple taking photos for their wedding album. The tour was a short one (being only a day trip), but it was made enjoyable and interesting by Rita, who was not just a guide, but genuinely engaged us person-to-person. We are very glad to have had her as our guide. Thank you so much, Rita!

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Thank you Sunny & Linda!


Awesome Service and Great Day Trip


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Great day in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang


Five Star Touring Shanghai with Lily!


Seamless experience with Sunny and Wang sifu !


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