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1-Day Shanghai City Tour

Tour route: Shanghai

  • Tour code: SH-014
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price from: USD 146 per person, based on 2 adults.
  • Price inclusions: Private guides & drivers, all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Shanghai, Yu Garden & Shanghai History Tour

Hotel pickup: around 9:00 am
Tour duration: usually 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today, you will see the past, present and future of Shanghai. First, you will have a leisure time at Yuyuan Garden – a traditional Chinese garden. Its exquisite pavilions, unique stones, corridors, and rockeries must attract you a lot. It is just like an old town in Shanghai. It is also an old garden built in Ming Dynasty, bringing you into the history Shanghai past. You may also buy some little handicrafts and souvenirs at Yuyuan Bazaar. Then, you will visit Jiangnan Silk Workshop and then be driven to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, it will show you a fascinating insight of Shanghai's future.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Bund Where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in 1920s and 1930s. Continue to stroll on the No. 1 shopping street in China - Nanjing Road.

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Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

Reviews on: Shanghai City Tour

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Clients: Amanda L

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Wendy Wan
Thank you to Odyssey tours and Portia for a fun time in Shanghai! We felt at home in this modern, multicultural harbour city just like Sydney! A part from lots of shopping, walking along the bund and enjoying the buskers, night life and great food, we loved learning about the relatively modern history of Shanghai and it's place in China as a financial and technological leader of China.
Rating: February 10th, 2017

Clients: Tayba Mo

From: Kenya

Travel Consultant:
Reinself Wei
My younger brother and I decided to visit China for 10 days. I came across several Tour Companies on the internet, so I decided to email a few. Reinself Wei, the travel consultant from Odyssey Tours, really impressed me. He was professional and helpful while he patiently custom tailored our trip. When we got to Guangzhou, he went above and beyond to make us feel at home. I was delighted when he called to check up on us, several times! Our tour guides in Guangzhou, Guilin and Shanghai (David, Frank and Avril) were fabulous and knowledgeable too! They made our tours fun! My favorite was Li River Cruise with David! I'd like to thank you all, especially Reinself, we wouldn't have had such an amazing trip if it wasn't for you! You have been a pleasure to communicate with and I will definitely be contacting you for our next trip!
Rating: December 16th, 2016

Clients: talkeetna2015

Travel Consultant:
Reinself Wei
Wonderful memories of our 12-day China trip, organized by Mr. Reinself Wei, Odyssey Tours. A perfect visit where every detail was attended to. We are proud to recommend Odyssey as of the highest quality, rating an A Plus, 10/10 and fa exceeding expectations.

Xi’an: A surprise snowfall made our visit here even more fun and challenging, climbing up the Ancient City Walls! We loved the Wyndham Hotel. Again, warm hospitality and a terrific selection of delicious food. Guide Peter Ma was very attentive and informative: driver very careful in winter snow conditions, and the vehicle fine. Peter anticipated possibility of being flexible in the following day’s schedule, although an alteration proved unnecessary. The Shaanxi History Museum was spectacular. Restaurants were great: Wyndham’s Chinese Restaurant for dinner; Lu Lin Ju Fan Zhuang for lunch; Hotel’s Tang Café for lunch and incredible dumplings at Defangchang.
Rating: December 7th, 2016

Clients: daveandjohnette

Travel Consultant:
Leila Deng
My China Odyssey Tour advisor, Leila Deng, did a great job of helping me get the most out of a brief two and half days in Shanghai by planning a good mix of sites and activities. My guide, Apple, was exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. From the ancient water village of Zhujiajiao to the Shanghai World Financial Center, Apple imparted as much history, culture, and future plans as I could absorb. She said that when residents stood on the Bund, facing across the Huangpu River, they had a saying, "behind me is history and in front of me is the future". I splurged on a hotel, staying on 12th floor of Les Suites Orient with a window on the Bund - and it was worth it, as the view was beyond fabulous, especially at night.

Don't miss the Exhibition of Urban Design and Planning. It had great photos of old Shanghai and the same spots today. It also has a spectacular three dimensional map of Shanghai and an almost virtual reality 360 degree movie as if on a train riding around the city. The Shanghai Museum, located right next door, is a fantastic window into the ancient history of China.

Finally, don't miss the Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings. Apple took me to a little local place, whose pork/crab/soup dumplings were the tastiest item I ate anywhere in China. And a place called House of Blues & Jazz had an exceptionally good roast suckling pig.

Thanks to China Odyssey for providing a memorable time in Shanghai.
Rating: December 5th, 2016

Clients: Victor G

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
Despite my short stay in the area, My guide and itinerary cover most of the important areas to see. For sure I will go back for more and I would definitely use the agency again without hesitation
Rating: December 5th, 2016
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