Personalised Luxury Tour - Shanghai and Water Villages ULCH02

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Personal Highlights: Viewing the new and striking skyline of Shanghai as you cruise the Huangpu River Taking a gondola ride through the 14th Century canals of Zhouzhang Ending your day in Hangzhou with a serene cruise on the West Lake Visiting a miniature garden that inspired an exhibit at the
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Zhejiang Province (China), China, Shanghai Region (China), Shanghai (China), Hangzhou (China)
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 10 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • Viewing the new and striking skyline of Shanghai as you cruise the Huangpu River
  • Taking a gondola ride through the 14th Century canals of Zhouzhang
  • Ending your day in Hangzhou with a serene cruise on the West Lake
  • Visiting a miniature garden that inspired an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Day 1 Depart USA


You  board your trans-pacific flight bound for Shanghai.

Day 2 En Route

You cross the International Date Line and "lose" a day, but gain it back on your return trip.

Day 3 Arrival in Shanghai

You arrive in Shanghai, the commercial capital of the new China. As you step off the plane you are met by our representative and assisted through the immigration and customs process. As you exit the customs area you are met by your guide and driver and taken to your hotel. You have the chance for a brief stroll in the neighborhood before catching up on your sleep and getting ready for the events ahead.

Day 4 Introduction to Shanghai

This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the city's Bund, flanked by the magnificent buildings previously owned by the great trading houses and banks of the early 20th Century. you will have the chance to visit the Yu Gardens before having lunch at Lubalong Restaurant where you will be exposed to traditional Shanghainese cuisine. In the afternoon to visit the superb Shanghai Museum and the facinating Urban Planning Center (don't let the name fool you). This evening contemporary cuisine at trendy M on the Bund.

Day 5 Shanghai in Context

After breakfast you will leave your hotel for a very personal exploration of the Bund. Your guide will be Peter Hibbard an engaging local historian and writer specializing in the history of foreign communities that contributed to the creation of this cosmopolitan city. As you step from your hotel on to the Bund, the rich history of the Bund will be brought to life as Peter helps contrast the colorful history of this city especially the first half of the mast Century with the Communist China and Modern China, Lunch will be at Ye Shanghai restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure and this evening we have arranged tickets to a performance of the Shanghai Acrobatics followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 Zhouzhuang and Suzhou

This morning you depart with your guide and your driver for the traditional water village of Zhouzhuang where you visit one of the town's old merchant houses. You then continue on to Suzhou and the Silk museum before having lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you explore Suzhou's remarkable Chinese style gardens which are on the UN's World Heritage List. Most of the gardens were built for private use by aristocrats and businessmen and date back to the 6th Century. The gardens were designed to mimic nature and therefore were miniaturized to reflect the world around. You will visit two of the most famous called " The Humble Administrator's Garden" and "Garden of the Master of the Nets" which was used as the model for the Ming Hall Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. You then return to Shanghai where the evening is at leisure.

Day 7 Wuzhen and Hangzhou

After breakfast you leave Shanghai with your guide and your driver and head to amother water village. They are called " water villages" because the homes are built overlooking canals, much like Venice. One of the best preserved is at Wuzhen and a visit provides a fascinating insight into the more traditional history and lifestyle of the area. Your guide will explain the history of the town as you take a cruise down the main canal. This is followed by lunch. You then proceed to Hangzhou, which is known for three things, Silk, Tea and the West Lake. You check into your hotel where you have dinner overlooking the West Lake.

Day 8 A Tranquil Day in Hangzhou

Your day begins with a with a serene cruise on West Lake with its banks edged with with weeping willows.Your next visit is to the Tea Museum.The green tea produced in Hangzhou is world renowned for its exceptional color, fragrance and taste. After tasting the tea you stop for lunch at Louwallou Restaurant before visiting Ling Yin Temple whose statue of Sakyamuni carved from camphor wood and gilded with gold is considered a masterpiece of Buddhist religious work. The rest of the day is at leisure allowing time for a quiet stroll on the edge of the lake.

Day 9 Return to Shanghai


After a leisurely breakfast your guide will escort you back to Shanghai where the rest of the day is left open for shopping. In the evening enjoy a splendid farewell dinner of Chinese delicacies at Bao Lu Restaurant.

Day 10 Return to USA

After breakfast your driver is ready to transport you to the airport for your return flight to the US where you arrive later the same day.


Departure Dates

Available Year Round


Personalised Luxury Tour - Shanghai and Water Villages ULCH02 Location and other villas and tours nearby

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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Shanghai, Hangzhou


Additional Pricing Information

Services Included

  • Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
  • Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
  • Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
  • Baggage handling at all hotels
  • All applicable taxes and service fees

Services Not Included

  • International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
  • Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
  • Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
  • Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
  • Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest informationregarding passports and visa requirements)


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