Suzhou Private Day Trip from Shanghai with Bullet Train Option

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From $180.00

129 reviews   (4.93)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


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 full-day tour, which includes transportation on a bullet/fast train (or opt for private car and driver,) a customizable itinerary, and optional upgrades to include lunch and entrance fees.

What's Included

Boat Ride in the canal ( If " All Inclusive Tour" is Booked)

Entrance fee to one garden( If " All Inclusive Tour" is Booked)

Hotel pickup and drop-off in downtown Shanghai area

Local tasty lunch( If "All inclusive tour " is booked)

Professional guide

Transportation: based on the your chosen tour option (see details upon booking)

What's Not Included

Entrance fees to the garden (If"All incluisve" option is not selected)


Hotel pick up and drop-off for locations outside of the downtown Shanghai areas (such as Jiading, Songjiang, Qingpu ,Jinqiao, Chuansha in Pudong areas, if your hotel is not in the downtown your guide will give you the instruction to meet at the downtown p

Lunch, food and drinks (if " All Inclusive "option is not booked)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 7
  • ADULT: Age: 8 - 88

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants (for fast train ticket reservation)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants (for fast train ticket reservation)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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

Your wonderful day excursion begins with a comfortable hotel pick up in Shanghai, follow your guide travel to Suzhou with the transportation option you booked. If you book the fast train / bullet train option, you will enjoy an exciting 30-minute train ride to Suzhou. On the way, spend few mins to discuss with the guide for a tailor-made itinerary. As exclusive private tour, your itinerary is fully flexible and can be 100% customized around you. Following is the sample itinerary and you are welcome to tell your guide if need make adjustment during the tour.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Typically, Upon arrival, visit one of the top four famous gardens in China-the Humble Administrator’s garden ,listed in the UNESCO World Heritage ,it is the largest garden in Suzhou built from Ming Dynasty, designed with the unique Taihu rockeries, delicate pavilions, ponds , beautiful flowers, lush greens ,150 different Bonsais. Appreciate the charming and elegance of the traditional Chinese garden while learning the interesting history, culture, custom from your guide. If you prefer a more intimate garden, you could substitute to the other garden such as Master of Nets Garden, Lingering Garden, Lion Forest Garden etc.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Pingjiang Road
Next head to Pingjiang historic Road, explore the “boutique stone paved street” full of interesting arts, old residences, crafts, local traditions etc. Choose to enjoy a relaxing gondola ride to fully immerse yourself in the charm of the little “Oriental Venice”.
After that take a break and treat yourself with a delightful local lunch, try some of the local popular dishes with the recommendation from your expert guide.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Tiger Hill
Continue the fun afternoon adventure with your guide, based on your own preferences, you will have the option of visiting the 13th century Buddhist temple with classic garden complex , or you could choose to visit the interesting silk factory located in the old Japanese Concession where you will enjoy fun learning experience of the fascinating silk process from the little silk worm to the fine materials. Or visit to famed Tiger Hill and enjoy fun walking up to the Asia No.1 leaning pagoda: Huqiu Pagoda.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shantang Street
Depends on the time you have, you may also visit China No.1 ancient street, enjoy the dynamic culture and beautiful water town scenery while walking cross the “Fortune Bridge”, various local streets food, arts, see the ancient city gate and wall etc.
As mentioned, the itinerary can be fully customized, if you prefer, you could also substitute the above-mentioned sites to the following other popular sites:
1) Panmen Scenic area;

2) Museums: Suzhou Museum, Suzhou Silk Museum, Garden Museum of Suzhou;

3)Temple: Hanshan Temple, Beisi Temple etc.

After an enjoyable day, you will travel back to Shanghai with your guide with the convenient drop off at your downtown Shanghai hotel or other downtown area as per your requests.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Fun day trip
suhui411, 11-04-2021
Had a great time in Suzhou with our tour guide Annie. We went through all the transit seamlessly and hit all the major points. It was nice just being able to enjoy and learn about a destination without having to deal with logistics.
Great day outside Shanghai.
Hape12, 03-03-2021
Rita was one of the best tour guides we had in China. Her English was perfect and she was also patient and knowledgeable of the history of China. We had a car pick us up and visit the town of Suzhou but did not have enough time to visit any other town.
It was a full day returning at 6pm. Rita made it an amazing day.
Great Visit to Suzhou!!!
raghavbihani, 14-03-2020
The service was very propmt right from booking to execution. Guide was very helpful and eager to work around the needs of the group. Highly recommend.
Wonderful private tour day trip to Suzhou with Ruby
AJ-Mike, 31-01-2020
We booked the all-inclusive version of the private day trip to Suzhou, with the bullet train option. Ruby cheerfully picked us up at our hotel and the private car driver took us all to the train station. Ruby provided us our train tickets and answered any questions we had. The bullet train was clean and quick (300 kmh); the trip to Suzhou was less than 30 minutes. From there, another private car driver took us into town. Suzhou's Historic District is large and provides a glimpse into the past. Ruby took us on a tour through the Humble Administrator's Garden, which has beautiful landscaping, buildings, furnishing and art. We later enjoyed a delicious lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Ruby then took us on a walk through part of the old town and then on a Gondola ride on one of Suzhou's many canals, explaining the area history and architecture. We then took a private car to a Silk Factory, where Ruby provided a tour; learning about the silk manufacturing process, all the way from cocoon to fabric. Even had a chance to tour a large on-site store; my wife loves her new silk scarf. One more car trip back to the bullet train station, and a quick ride back to Shanghai. Another private car took Ruby and us back to our hotel. Everything went according to plan, and Ruby was a wonderful host and guide. We'd highly recommend the Sunny Private Day Trip from Shanghai to Suzhou, all-inclusive, with the bullet train option. It made for a great and memorable day.
Great time with culture and boat ride
Ronaldo B, 26-01-2020
We booked this tour with Sunny Tours and it really was worth it.
Annie was our guide and she was great. She picked us up at our hotel on time and took us to Bullet train station. Rapidly, we arrived at Suzhou and the first stop was at Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Beautiful place to enjoy and learn more about Chinese traditions. We had lunch in a typical restaurant and Annie recommended us to try squirrel fish, a famous Suzhou food, which was delicious. Then, we visited a Buddhist Temple right in front of the restaurant and headed to Old City, where we took a pleasant canal boat ride. Finally, we had a walk along the streets admiring the architecture and buying souvenirs. Our return to Shanghai was fast with the Bullet train.
Thanks to Sunny Tours, we had a great time over there.

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