Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai | La Vacanza Travel

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: China, Shanghai Region, Shanghai

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  • 10 hours
  • Shanghai
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  • Not-Cancellable


Visit two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai. You'll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in these unique old towns. Visit the Suzhou's magnificent gardens, feast on a Chinese lunch and travel through Zhouzhuang's waterways on a Chinese-style gondola.

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Stop At: Master-of-Nets Garden, No.11 Kuojiatou Alley, Daichengqiao Road, Canglang District, Suzhou 215006 China

Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin, founded in about 600 B.C. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as “The Venice of the East”.

The gardens embody the harmonious principles of Chinese garden construction, which dictate that gardens should attempt to create a microcosm of the universe in a confined space. Net Master Garden is the best and most celebrated as a model Ming Dynasty Garden in all of Suzhou.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jinghang Waterway, Gusu District, Suzhou, China, 215009

The Grand Canal starts in Beijing, pass by Suzhou, and ends in Hangzhou. It is over 1,000 kilometers from the North China to South China, which is known as a miracle in the world.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Panmen Gate, No.1 East Street, Canglang District, Suzhou 215002 China

Panmen Gate is one of the oldest "ancient city walls" left in Suzhou, with the history over 1000 years. You will have the chance to picture it by Grand Canal.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Suzhou Silk Museum, No.2001 Renmin Road, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001 China

Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill is world wide known for its silk products, with the Silk Museum in its workshop. It is your chance to purchase the traditional Chinese silk products.

Duration: 1 hour

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

With the reputation of No. 1 water village in the world, Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture, well preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town’s residences were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use.

Boat tour is also included in the water village.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Zhouzhuang Boat, No.5 Daqiao Road, Zhouzhuang Town, Kunshan 215325 China

You will visit the water town of Zhouzhuang and board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the waterways of the town. In this water village, locals live life on waterways, still doing everyday activities from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.

Duration: 30 minutes

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop off in the city center
  • Boat tour in the water village
  • Admission tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Master-of-Nets Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Zhouzhuang Boat

  • Gratuities
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a Shared Tour - 3 people are needed as a minimum to proceed with the tour.
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour departs from Shanghai hotels (cruise port pickup not available). Your local operator will contact you a night before the travel date. Please advise your hotel name and your phone number at time of booking.

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Voucher info

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


10 hours

User's Reviews


25 Feb, 2024

The guide is knowledgeable; fabulous water village; kept the ancient architect in good condition; clean city; should avoid going there during China holidays

Frank d

06 Feb, 2024

It was extremely interesting to see the two different towns, enjoy the scenery and savour the local cuisine. The Watertown was nice and quaint, it supposedly looks like how China was in the past. The shops were cute, artsy and reasonably priced. The whole tour felt rushed though. Even though the advertisement indicates 10 hours, we were back at the hotel in 8. The advertised tour does not mention a minimum participant number, but as they only had our 2 person party, they informed us the night before the tour that we could cancel or pay an extra $100. As we had nothing planned and it was too late to get something else, we chose for the extra ‘cash’ payment. Our guide, Tom, spoke English exceptionally well, was very interesting and had tons of things to explain. We learned a lot! He made us feel rushed though. The lunch was very good (and way too much…) in a very authentic restaurant. We would maybe have preferred to eat in the water town, but no complaints at all. So, beside from the feeling rushed, and the last minute $100 charge, we really enjoyed the tour and are very pleased we choose it!


14 Dec, 2023

Tom was a Shanghai native and knows the city and its environs like the back of his hand. The town of Souzhou and the water village are definitely worth seeing!


03 Nov, 2023

Our guide Tom was very knowledgeable and also experienced. There were plenty of opportunities for restrooms and the lunch was good. The pickup was on time and Tom communicated well about the arrangements. The others on the trip were lovely people !


21 Nov, 2019

The attractions were good, but the mini bus should be sent to the wreckers it was small we all had to sit sideways or if you were small legs right into the other chair, plus a bit run down, 5 hours in the van, the guide was average he fell asleep in the first hour of our trip and then on the way home, I gave him a tip and he said it wasn't enough

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