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7–8 hours
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6+ hours
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6+ hours
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8–9 hours
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$180.00
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10–11 hours
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4–5 hours
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8–9 hours
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6+ hours
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9–10 hours
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7–8 hours
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4–5 hours
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8–9 hours
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5 hours
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6+ hours
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Bus Tours
4–5 hours
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What travelers are saying

  • Alexandra E
    3 contributions
    It is not possible to point out oke special Part of These Tour. Either Water town as well as Shanghai Was great to visit with a citicen.
    Written August 8, 2021
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  • Glenn
    6 contributions
    Our family enjoyed every minute of this wonderful, amazing trip! Sunny is knowledgeable, thoughtful, careful and friendly. Our van was cool and comfortable and the driver was excellent and everything went to schedule. Sunny expertly navigated us through all of the required reservations and health checks at our stops. We began in charming Old Shanghai on the way into Yu Gardens that was so much better with Sunny's interpretive knowledge which revealed details and stories that really brought each site we visited alive. We stopped for a delicious lunch at a lovely resurant where Sunny helped us order a fabulous Chinese meal. After lunch we toured the impressive Jade Buddha Temple and went to the French Concession for coffee in a cafe and did a little shopping :) We later went to the Oriental Pearl Tower which gave us amazing views of Pudong, the river and the Bund just as the sun was starting to cast long shadows. What a memorable, beautiful day! Sunny is the best! We loved this customised tour so much that we booked Sunny again for a Zhujiajiou Water Town tour later in our week, and we think you should too!!
    Written August 15, 2020
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  • Priya D
    1 contribution
    Jamie did an excellent job providing information and ensuring that our special diets (vegetarian with/out eggs) were accommodated.
    Written January 24, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Malcolm W
    Washington DC, DC17 contributions
    We had a great day visiting Zhijiajiao water town, Yu Garden, a nice Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) lunch, and a stroll through the French Concession. Our tour guide, Apple, met us in the lobby of our hotel and had a van waiting outside with a car seat for our 2 year old. We visited Shanghai in January and the day we choose for our tour was the coldest of the year. The driver thoughtfully provided blankets that we could take with us if needed but having the heated van as a mobile base made a huge difference.

    Apple obviously loves her city and was excited to show us all there was to see at every stop. The fact that we visited in January, and tight pandemic-related travel restrictions, meant that there were no crowds anywhere. This allowed us to take our time and get some great photos and detailed explanations from Apple, without having to wait in any lines. We attempted the full-day tour with a toddler who had to miss his nap and venture out in the cold, with a limited understanding of why he had to keep his gloves on. At times it was a struggle but Apple was great at coordinating the trip so that we could try and get him a short nap or two in the warm van, and she was flexible in our need to alter the itinerary with stops in tea houses to warm little hands.

    I fun tour that only scratched the surface of shanghai but allowed us to better understand what we did see in much much greater detail.
    Written January 9, 2021
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  • Suhui
    Shanghai, China4 contributions
    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.
    Written April 11, 2021
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  • Kelli Kay C
    Honolulu, HI3 contributions
    Snow was our tour guide. She did an excellent job showing us around. The lunch was excellent at a tea house. I highly recommend her and the company she works for. Her English is good and she is very knowledgeable!
    Written January 5, 2020
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  • Lorna H
    7 contributions
    We had an absolutely wonderful day on this tour. Snow was a phenomenal guide with brilliant knowledge of Zhujiajiao Water town. We loved the boat ride and enjoyed exploring the garden and temple in the town. Snow was very helpful in helping us order our dinner by the waters edge- delicious local Shanghai cuisine! We highly recommend Snow and this tour and the unique surroundings of China's Venice.
    Written February 10, 2022
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  • Guy
    1 contribution
    excellent tour operator. everything went according to schedule. the tour was very interesting and the giude's English was very good. All the family enjoyed. Highly recommended.
    Written April 11, 2020
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  • David L
    1 contribution
    I had a great side trip to Suzhou, guided by Caroline! Normally, I like to research extensively and handle all the logistics myself, but time was short this trip, so I decided to spring for a guided tour (I figure this would also help support local guides). I’m really glad I did this, as not only were the train tickets taken care of (and the Chinese train station logistics explained), but also the transport in Suzhou (the boat trip, bicycle rickshaw, and car). I do want to go back, so I’ll be better prepared next time.

    Due to construction on the Grand Canal, we took a smaller boat on one of the side canals, which I think was better and we got a more personal boat ride, as the gondolier told us some of the history of the area and sang some Chinese songs for us while propelling our boat along!

    Caroline was a knowledgeable guide, and her expertise helped me get the most out of the day in Suzhou. Besides the gardens, I also enjoyed the shopping streets, something that I normally would avoid in a tourist destination, but the ones in Suzhou we went through are really charming, especially when the lanterns are lit up in the evening. Had a great time!
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • Robert H
    Honolulu, HI16 contributions
    Perfect! It could have been a terrible day due to constant rain, threat of rain, and cool temperatures. BUT our guide, Berlin simply refused to allow any of the three of us to have a less than fun and informative day. One day prior to the tour we were contacted by Viator’s supervisor, Alana to confirm our pickup, told about our guide, given the weather forecast, and asked for any special needs, etc. Also one day before the tour our guide, Berlin also checked in with us. On the morning of the tour, Berlin checked in again to make everything was set correctly.

    We started out promptly on time at 8:30 am in a spotlessly clean Mercedes van with comfortable, roomy, individual leather seats. We ended promptly at 7:30 pm despite some of the worst traffic I have ever seen. On time performance seems to be a Viator characteristic. Berlin accurately helped connect 6,000 years of Chinese history to the complicated contemporary China of today. She was bright, articulate, thoughtful, positive, and willing to share her own point of view when asked. We learned a lot, had a great local lunch and dinner, and a nice coffee break in between meals for more relaxed conversation. Nothing was rushed and the whole day was set at our pace and not a pre-determined timetable. There was no “canned” scripts but rather open, two-way conversations. Wuzhen was slightly less “touristy” than Xitang, but both water towns were charming in their own way. I cannot recommenced Berlin and Viator highly enough. We felt we received far more than we paid for. This was our third Viator and we plan on using them again.


    Written December 24, 2019
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  • Scott
    Shanghai, China3 contributions
    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!!!
    Written January 2, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • John Doe
    6 contributions
    Shanghai is a mix of old and cutting edge new... With hundreds and hundreds of apartment buildings stretching for miles. Shanghai is very large and has lots of traffic.
    I visited the M50 art district and was pleasantly surprised...visited the K11 mall and it was very "arty"...with interesting bits and clothing. Ate dinner there at the Noodle shop and wasn't impressed. I visited the Jade Buddha Temple and enjoyed the visit. It cost I think 20 yen...or about $2.80.
    Written September 3, 2019
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  • Alice X
    Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
    We attended a tour to Water Village with our guide Clair. We have had a wonderful time and visited one of the most famous village near Shanghai. Clair was very informative and told us a lot about the history of Shanghai.
    Written July 1, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Glenn
    6 contributions
    The Watertown section of this tour was a marvelous adventure and such a pleasant diversion from the bright lights and bustle of downtown Shanghai. Sunny and her driver picked us up at the hotel in a spotless van with plenty of water for the trip (it was a hot day!). After a scenic drive through the suburbs and countryside surrounding Shanghai (during which Sunny gave lots of information about the architecture and history of buildings in the Shanghai area), we arrived at Zhujiajiao - a quiet, beautiful town with numerous canals. Sunny took care of tickets and arrangements, and assisted us with health QR codes and other details we needed for access. We went to some of the shopping areas first, enjoying fun and tasty local fare such as "popcorn ice cream" (made with liguid nitrogen) and various delicious rice wines. Sunny even helped us with a little bartering! We cruised the narrow stone-lined streets and bridges that traversed the canals. Simply beautiful. We then took a gondola-type ride and Sunny added local history and colour to the surroundings. It added a lot to the experience. The Watertown section of the tour took just over 5 hours, including driving time. A great way to spend the first half of our day!

    The Shanghai City Highlights portion of the tour was the Oriental Pearl Tower (since you can customize your tour with Sunny, this was the only major landmark we had not seen) - an amazing view (and we got some great pics!) Again, Sunny took care of us with top notch service. We can't thank Sunny enough for the care she took in assisting us and her attention to detail. If you need someone for a tour of Shanghai or the surrounding areas, we highly recommend Sunny - she is great!
    Written August 20, 2020
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  • cuppatea2016
    The Netherlands12 contributions
    I had an amazing day out in Shanghai with Lilly. At first, I was worried about the expense of hiring a private guide when I usually just consult guide books and make my own way. But Shanghai is such a vast city and I really wanted to make every minute matter. It turned out to be the best money I spent on my entire two week trip to China and Singapore.
    I went for a tour with our own driver and we covered everything I wanted to see. We went to the fabric market, the spectacles market, had a lovely walk through an older part of the city, a great lunch and went to the jade market. Lilly was happy to haggle for me, but I really wanted to learn. She gave me some great tips, helped when I needed it, and by the end of the day I was bargaining like a professional - it was great fun and it enhanced the rest of my trip.
    I'm looking forward to coming back to Shanghai and when I do I'll certainly be having another fab shopping day with Sunny Tours.
    Written March 22, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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