One region, three cities. The Jiangnan region, located to the south of the Yangtze, has long been regarded for its prosperous commercial pedigree. You’ll discover it in spades on this five day adventure. Start in Shanghai and absorb past and present influences as you walk the Bund and Nanjing Road, contemplate lifestyles of the once rich and politically powerful in Yuyuan Gardens, and notice everywhere the influences from around the globe. Prosperity doesn’t stop at Shanghai’s border. As you make your way to Suzhou and Hangzhou you’ll uncover some of the mystique and magic that make these destinations so special. Suzhou delights with its silk and gardens, while Hangzhou is famous for its idyllic West Lake vistas and teas, both of which invite contemplation and quietude. Including four and five star accommodation, transfers, daily breakfasts, and a special chance to experience a different side of China, you’ll wonder why you waited to book.
Arrive in Shanghai, the Pearl of the Orient, and be welcomed enthusiastically by your local Shanghai guide. Keen to help you relax and feel comfortable, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel sharing a little of this exciting city’s highlights, history, and culture. With free time available to explore, you can make the most of the remainder of the day, visiting local sights and partaking in some delicious local specialties.
Meals included: None
Shanghai is truly an international city and you’ll understand why when you start your day by visiting the Shanghai Museum home to over 140,000 artifacts. Explore on your own or listen to your guide share the full history and culture of this cosmopolitan city.
Few places capture the intersection of commerce and culture in Shanghai like The Bund. Famous for its location in proximity to the trading centre of Shanghai, the Bund is an outstanding example of old Shanghai glamour. While shopping may not be front of mind, a walk through the busiest shopping precinct in China, Nanjing Road, will open your eyes to shopping China-style. Big high street fashion stores sit alongside quirky silk traders and shops selling every imaginable thing.
Gain an insight to the life and prestige of local merchants from times past when you visit Yuyuan Garden. The beautifully designed buildings and stunning gardens are a welcome reprieve from Shanghai’s big city bustle. You’ll find plenty to capture in beautiful travel memories. Stroll around the nearby Chenghuangmiao bazaars and make a worthwhile detour by visiting the Shikumen Museum in New Spot (XinTianDi) for a true taste of old world Shanghai. Make the most of your afternoon by wandering the quieter streets of Dongping Road or Sinan Road in the Former French Concession, where you will find the essence of classic Shanghai captured in this historical retail and residential precinct.
Meals included: Breakfast
Note: As the Shanghai Museum is closed to public on Mondays, a visit to the Shanghai History Museum is arranged as an alternative.
Looking for iconic Shanghai mementos to remember your travel adventure? Talk to your local guide. With personal knowledge of where to find silk, porcelain, and other treasures, your guide can save you time and ensure your purchase is authentic.
Check out from your hotel and travel with your guide to the Shanghai railway station to catch the high speed train to Suzhou. There you’ll be greeted by your local guide and start your adventure with a visit the Master of the Nets Garden and Tongli Water Town. One of Suzhou’s most prominent gardens, the Master of the Nests Garden was built in 1174 and covers an area of approximately 6,700 square meters. Tongli is a picturesque water town famed for its sprawling network of rivers, ancient bridges and traditional houses. From Tongli you will be taken to the railway station by your guide to board the high speed train to Hangzhou. On arrival in Hangzhou, you will be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel where you can relax or take time to explore the local surrounds.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 – Hangzhou
Following breakfast at the hotel your guide will collect you for a visit to West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you’ll enjoy a short boat trip to the amazing Red Carp Pond, and Lingyin Temple which stands on the western corner of the lake and dates back to 326 AD. Opposite to the temple, see the magnificent Feilai Peak, which houses over 300 Buddha statues inside grottoes and caverns. In the afternoon, escape from the bustle and immerse yourself in local tea culture. A rare opportunity to visit the Dragon Well (Longjing) tea plantation and experience all aspects of the tea-making process is provided, from picking, stir-frying and rolling tea. Marvel at the contemplative and spiritual nature of a traditional tea ceremony. Visit the nearby China Tea Cultural Museum with its collection of tea varieties, tea sets, machines for producing tea. With tea so much a part of Chinese life and history, this is a wonderful way to gain understanding and appreciation of its deeper meaning. Finish the day’s activities by returning to your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
A half day of sightseeing from the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion commences out your final day of the tour. The Pavilion is a craft center where you can experience making a kite or an oiled paper umbrella, while learning about folk art and culture of Hangzhou (Note: this is an optional activity and additional charges apply).
Outside the pavilion you will board a cruise to travel across the longest and oldest Grand Canal in the world where you’ll arrive at the Dadou Road Historical Block. Strolling the cobbled streets in this revitalized residential area discover fine examples of architecture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, peek into the past in the museums and displays of traditional crafts or indulge yourself at the cafes, restaurants and gift shops. End your tour with a private transfer to the railway station or airport for your departing train trip or flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified
- Accommodation: hotels based on double/twin occupancy as specified
- Meals: as specified in the itinerary
- Tour guide: excellent private English-speaking guide
- Transportation: high-speed train of Shanghai/Suzhou/Hangzhou (First class seat for Luxury tours; second class seat for Superior tours).
- Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
- Government taxes and fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to Shanghai/from Hangzhou
- China visa fees
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of a personal nature
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule.
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).