Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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From $209.40

13 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Suzhou on a private full-day tour. It's the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick three or four attractions, perhaps a classical garden of Suzhou, the boat ride on the ancient canals, a Buddhist pagoda, the Suzhou museum or local opera, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense, upgrade to tour with first class train ticket at time of booking.

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Private vehicle

Professional guide

Round Trip Bullet Train Ticket

What's Not Included

All entrance fees


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Shanghai Railway Station
Your lovely local guide who speaks excellent English will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:00 am or your preferred departure time. Please make sure to bring your passport with you before arriving at Shanghai railway station. All your train tickets will be ready in advance. This is a fully private customized tour based on your interests, please choose 4 top attractions that you want to visit the most, or feel free to discuss your preference with your guide directly. The high-speed train only takes you half hour from Shanghai to Suzhou.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Master-of-Nets Garden
If you like, you can choose to visit the most famous classic Master-of-Nets Garden. Compare to other gardens in Suzhou, this garden is always more quite and peaceful for your better enjoyment. Your guide will share with you the Chinese garden art, and give you an overview of high official's life in the history.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Humble Administrator's Garden
You can also choose to visit Humble Administrator's Garden, which is one of the most famous classic gardens in Suzhou with over 400 years old. The garden is very beautiful but crowded at high season. You can check with your guide for the updated information on the travel day if you want to visit.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal
Another good option is to take a relaxing boat for about 30-40 minutes to enjoy the beautiful view of ancient grand canal, see how this town is arranged by waterways and how life & market are going on by water. Lunch is included, you will taste all different kinds of local food such as bamboo, shrimp, soup noodles, sticky rice cake and so on at a very nice local restaurant. Please feel free to let your guide know if you have any food requests.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Tiger Hill
Tiger hill is a wonderful place to see the oldest Buddhist pagoda, beautiful bonsai garden and nature views, Your knowledgeable local guide will explain you all the history and stories behind it.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Shantang Street
Your final stop can be either at Shantang Street or Pingjiang Street. Both of them are the old streets by canal, where you can choose to enjoy a cup of sea at a riverside tea house with local opera performances, or walk around doing some souvenir shopping.

At end of the tour, your guide will escort you to Suzhou railway station and you will take the high-speed train back to Shanghai. After arrival, your private driver will meet you at the exit of train station and take you back to your hotel directly. If you have any special requests for the drop-off point, please check with your guide.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Excellent Experience in Suzhou!
appleaustintx, 02-01-2020
I was in Shanghai for a week of work, and it was my first time in Asia. I navigated Shanghai with ease for my business needs, but I was a little skeptical of what it would be like to travel outside of the city for some day trips without the ability to speak Chinese. I particularly wanted to see historical Suzhou, and I felt that I needed a personal guide to get me safely there and back. I'm so glad I followed my instinct. The trip would have not been nearly as successful otherwise.

I took a chance on Melody Tours. They weren't the most expensive, and they didn't have the most Trip Advisor reviews. I'm happy to report that my expectations were exceeded in every way possible. They offered a white glove, end-to-end experience that ended up being one of my favorite days of international travel that I have ever had.

Kelly picked me up at my downtown hotel and took me to the train station. Along the way - we talked about my general interests (history, design, and the life of diverse peoples in the world today). By the end of the ride, she had a personalized Suzhou itinerary for me. She even took the trouble to get me into my first class high-speed rail seat which came with the price of my tour.

In Suzhou, the fantastic Jessica picked me up at the train stations. We had a private driver who took us from there to every site. I was so happy to have a private driver. He was ready for us at every stop making it much better than waiting on taxis.

Jessica has lived in Suzhou for many years and has a degree in travel planning. All of this showed throughout the tour. She seemed to know everything! My favorite stop in Suzhou was the Master of Nets Garden, but that was only one of 4 sensational stops on my tour. At every stop, Jessica was very patient with my hundreds of questions. She even helped negotiate great prices for souvenirs that I bought for my family!

When I arrived back in Shanghai, I had a driver at the station ready to take me back to my hotel. So easy!

Kelly and Jessica provided a fantastic experience. I will definitely look to them for day trip options next time I'm in Shanghai for work.

Highly recommended!!!
Great company, great guide, great day
Eric_T, 16-11-2019
Kelly, the owner of Melody Tours, is a true professional, meeting us at our hotel just to say hello and introduce us to Jessica, our guide.

Jessica was great: highly knowledgeable, completely fluent in English and very friendly. Highly recommend using them, and would certainly do so the next time we're in Shanghai.
Great guide, great tour, great company
Westlakeguy, 16-11-2019
Kelly, the owner of Melody Tours, is a true professional. She came to meet us at our hotel just to say hello and introduce us to our guide.

Jessica, our guide, was terrific. She was highly knowledgable about Suzhou, completely fluent in English (a world traveller), and very friendly and outgoing.

After the tour, Kelly contacted us again just to make sure everything went well. Highly recommend the company.
Lovely visit to Suzhou with Melodytours
jpeg2222, 04-11-2019
Jenny was our guide to Suzhou and she is friendly and very good with our two year toddler during the trip. Suzhou is lovely and we were lucky to visit the beautiful attractions without much of a crowd. The trip by bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou was seamless too.
Suzhou city tour
drman0n, 27-09-2019
Very organized from the moment we booked it!! They met us at the hotel and took us to the bullet train fun experience with the local people...:) than very informative about the history at the tiger hill...than Penny took us one of her favorite restaurant where my husband tried there famous Harry Crab!! Than she took us to the master of nets Garden by the way there a duplicate at New York metropolitan museum...:) went also to a tea house with a friends than back on the bullet train to Shanghai..:) full fun day would recommend them for sure...:)

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