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6-Day East China Garden and Water Town Tour

Tour route: Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou


  • Tour code: RiverTour-Watertown-01
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Shanghai, Arrival

Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitancity, your personal guide will meet and escort you to your hotel.

The restof the day is yours to relax, or step out to explore this amazing metropolis on your own.

Day 2: Shanghai City Tour
After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum.  Continue on to walk down the Bund, Nanjing Road along the Huangpu River and  visit the Bourgogne Lane (Bu Gao Li), and then get a bird's eye view of Shanghai from The Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Day 3: Shanghai-Suzhou, Chinese Garden & Grand Canal
After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the railway station for the high speed train to Suzhou (about 0.5 hr, no guide service on the train). Here you will visit the Humble Administrator Garden, one of China’s most beautiful gardens, set foot on the ancient Pan Gate, enjoy the gentle breeze, nice scenery & local life by taking a cruise along the 2,400-year-old Grand Canal. Then drop by No.1 Silk Factory to discover the secret process of silk-making.
Day 4: Suzhou-Hangzhou, Tongli

In the morning, drive to Tongli Water Town (about 20 minutes drive from Suzhou), there you will pay a visit to the Garden of Seclusion and Meditations, Pearl Pagoda, Triple Bridge, Ming and Qing Dynasty Street. Drive back to Suzhou railway station for the train to Hangzhou.

Upon your arrival at Hangzhou railway station, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out into this beautiful city for an adventure on your own.

Day 5: Hangzhou, West Lake & City Attractions

On this day, you will first paddle on the West Lake to enjoy its inviting scenery and often-talked legends. After, travelto the centuries-old Lingyin Temple to admire at exquisite Buddha statues and observe how locals do their worshiping here, and then climb the serene Feilai Peak to see its reputed religious embossing.

Later you will take a walk in the picturesque Dragon Well Tea Plantation, watch an artistic Chinese tea ceremony and sip a cup of tasty Chinese tea.

Day 6: Hangzhou, Departure
Free at leisure until your personal guide and private transfer escorts you to the airport for your departure flight.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China The Bund Hotel comfortable hotel star 525 Guangdong Road, Shanghai China The Westin Bund Center Shanghai deluxe hotel star No.88 Henan Middle Road, Bund Center, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
SuzhouGarden hotel standar hotel star 477, Liuyuan Road, Suzhou Garden Hotel(Louwailou Tower) comfortable hotel star 477#, Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China Suzhou Marriott Hotel deluxe hotel star 1296 Ganjiang Road West, Jinchang District Suzhou, Jiangsu Province P.R.C
HangzhouLily Hotel standar hotel star 156 Shuguang Road, Hangzhou,Zhejiang 310013,China Hangzhou Hotel comfortable hotel star No.546 YanAn Road Hangzhou, China,310006 Landison Plaza deluxe hotel star 333, Tiyuchang Road, Hangzhou

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel

 

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel

Meals

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

Breakfast

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: East China Garden and Water Town Tour

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Clients: talkeetna2015

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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

Clients: Sabrina S

Travel Consultant:
Karen Yang
My husband and I booked a tour with Odyssey for our honeymoon. We have visited China before but nothing compared to this trip. Odyssey provided hospitality and tours that can never be topped. As part of our trip we made a stop in Xi'an. At the airport we were greeted by a woman with the biggest smile, her name was Nancy. Little did we know that Nancy would be one of our favorite memories in Xi'an. Her English is excellent and her knowledge of history and culture is profound. While we were in Xi'an we visited the terra cotta warriors which will take your breath away, took a bike ride around the city wall in 28 degree weather, and visited Muslim street. While all of this can be done by any other tour company what makes Odyssey so special is their attention to detail. For instance while we were on Muslim Street we noticed these huge lines for "Muslim/chinese style burgers". Nancy took us to the front of the line and explained each step of how they make these "burgers" and naturally she ordered us some. Nancy went above and beyond what any tour guide is expected to do. At no point in time did we feel like we were being pushed into all of the tourist traps or the markets that so many big tours end up at. We owe with deal of appreciation to Nancy, our driver and Odyssey for making this trip so special. When we go back to Asia we will only use Odyssey Tours.
Rating: December 5th, 2016

Clients: Victor G

Travel Consultant:
Femando Shen
Despite a short visit of couple of days, the agency try to show me most of the area.
The organization of the tour was nice, The Tour guide are knowledgeable and friendly. I recommend this agency without hesitation
Rating: December 5th, 2016
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