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Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour

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Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour

Tour Style:
"In heaven there is paradise, on earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou". Suzhou features its canals, beautiful gardens, bridges and pagodas. This 8-hour private flexible tour is the most popular Suzhou day tour chosen by our clients from these years. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide over 10+ years, you'll visit the top Suzhou attractions, wander among lotus pond and bamboo groved at Lingering Garden, one of four famous gardens in China; explore the Hanshan Temple's charm, admire Panmen Gate to learn the profound history of Suzhou, take a pleasant stroll down ancient street, see how silk to be made into products and return back in a private air-conditioned vehicle.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your requirements in your inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash, Wire, Paypal, Western Union, Alipay, Wechat

Available: Daily


Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Pick you up at your hotel lobby or Suzhou train station with a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour".  One day Suzhou classic tour includes the following acctractions:

Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"

Your tour begins with Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.A good place to let your mind and body rest.

Private One Day Suzhou Classic Tour with Lingering_Garden4.jpg

Next agenda is Panmen Gate. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Built by Wu State during the spring and autumn period, Panmen is the only ancient city wall still intact in Suzhou.

Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant that recommended by your experienced guide. (THEY ARE FOODIES, they really know where and what to eat in the city.)

After lunch, pay a visit to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens. A good place to let your mind and body rest.

Private One Day Suzhou Classic Tour with Hanshan_Temple1.jpg

For an authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down Pingjiang Historic Street, which is a great way to get acquainted with the local vibe. Quiet, leafy and slow-paced, the street is lined with old Chinese houses as well as restaurants and teahouses serving traditional foods and drinks. What’s more, there are a variety of upscale cafes catering to the chic crowd at each corner. You can taste a few traditional Chinese snacks while your guide tells you more about the history of the street.

Private Suzhou Classic day Tour with Pingjiang_Road.jpg

The last stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. Suzhou's climate and soil are perfect for silk production, and the city has been a center of China's silk trade for many centuries. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has been a proud steward of this heritage for over 80 years. It's more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the begining and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.


After the tour ends, drive you back to your hotel or train station.

If you visit Suzhou from Shanghai, there are some useful tips for you to purchase Train Ticket:
From Shanghai to Suzhou:
Option 1: G7104 Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 08:54AM and arrive at 09:30AM
Option 2: G7006 Shanghai Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 09:00AM and arrive at 09:25AM
Please choose one of the above options according to your hotel location

From Suzhou to Shanghai
Option 1: G7119 Depart at 17:56 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 18:32
Option 2: G7243 Depart at 18:02 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Station at 18:27

Optional Activities
We provide off the beaten track Suzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).

A Touch of Life in Suzhou - Morning Wet Market Experience    (Free of Charge)
Visit the local wet markt is an oppotunity to experience the local's life in the hidden parts of the city, avoiding the beaten tracks or fully packed tourist sites. You will be immersed in the local culture as we make our way through the hustle and bustle of narrow alleyways surrounded by the buzzing of vehicles and yelling of street vendors. For the time being the Wet Market scene in Suzhou is all still very much "old China"and is very much alive.


Getting into Suzhou Tiger Hill Wedding Gown Street    (Free of Charge)
If you want to look gogorgeous on your wedding day but don't want to splurge your entire life savings on your wedding, then Suzhou Tiger Wedding Gown Street is a paradise for you. It is a street after street of endless shops selling nothing but wedding stuff with affordable price but good design & quality. Think of it as a one stop solution to all your wedding day needs.


Delvo into the brillant culture of Su Embroidery     (Free of Chagre)
Gian a comprehensive cultural introduction of Su Embroidery with your guide by visiting the Su Embroidery Research Institute. Su Embroidery is one of the four major styles of Chinese embroidery. Here you'll be able to learn the process of how to make the most exquisite silk hand embroidery - Su Embroidery.


Shopping Like A Local   (Free of Charge)
Shopping at Suzhou is not only enjoy the materials, but also to receive a kind of taste and culture. The rivers and lakes at the south of the Yangtze River bring intelligence to the Suzhou people, which make them produce particularly delicate goods. Just follow your tour guide, enjoy your shopping in Suzhou, you'll get a feeling of leisure.


Experience Chinese rickshaw ride at Suzhou old Town      (100RMB/rickshaw, max: 4 people)
If you want to travel Suzhou in-depth, riding on a rickshaw at Suzhou old town is fantastic. See the narrow lanes, the open markets and the local people's life more clearly. And the professional rickshaw pullers are often familiar with Suzhou’s history, culture and folk customs, from whom you will gain a more understanding of traditions and cultures of this famous garden city.


Private Boat Ride on Grand Canal      (180RMB/boat, max: 6 people)
Enjoy a private boat ride on Grand Canal in Suzhou to appreciate the ancient black-tiled-roof houses, old bridges, and get a fell for the life of the locals. Tranquil, peaceful and historical, just like a time machine to take you back to the old era when ancient people communicated mainly by shipping on the waterway. 


Act as A Local - Enjoy A Cup of Tea at Local Teahouse    (80RMB/person on average)
Drink tea and enjoy the Suzhou opera in an old-world ambience is a prat of local's life. The local teahousw is famous for its tea and "Ping Tan" (a Chinese form of storytelling accompanied with music played by stagers.) You'll definitely be attracted by the architecture and the Ping Tan nice sound from inside. It is a good way of appreciating the Suzhou culture by drinking tea and listening to the traditional Ping Tan. 


Experience Pottery in Suzhou   (100RMB/person)
If you are interested in Chinese ceramics culture, why not take a short class to learn how make a pottery in your way.  Your teacher will teach you how to make a good pottery artwork even you are the first time to experice the ceramic pottery making, our tour guide will translate to you. 


Learn How to Perform Suzhou Kunqu Opera        (Price is TBA)         
Kunqu Opera in Suzhou is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. Under the guidance of your teache, get your own way to know how to use Kunqu style body language to show your emossion.  you'll wear the Kunqu dress and learn how to act the Kunqu Opera. Also, you could have chance to learn how to do Kunqu Opera style make-up.


Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide

Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Reviewed 24 December 2019
Need Transport from Shanghai to Suzhou

Will be in Shanghai in Dec. 27-29, 2019 and wanted to visit Tiger Hill Wedding street. I would like to know how much do you charge for a day trip from Shanghai to Suzhou tiger hill wedding street.

Replied:24 December 2019

Dear Lyn,

Thanks for your inquiry for our Suzhou Private Tour service. Tiger Hill Wedding street can be included in the itinerary and we can arrange the transport from Shanghai to Suzhou. All our tours can be customized to cater your needs. We have sent you the details about the itinerary and quotation by email. Please check it. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Customer-Care Team

Alimur Reza
Reviewed 22 December 2019
One day Suzhou tour query

I want to avail one day Suzhou tour for 4 persons.
We will come from Shanghai at 9:30 am and leave at 6:00 pm. Now, I need detail itinerary and facilities with budget.

Replied:24 December 2019

Dear Alimur,

Thanks for your inquiry for Suzhou Private Tour service. Well noted your requirement, we have sent the detailed itinerary, quotation and tips for booking the Shanghai Suzhou train tickets to you by email. Please check it. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Customer-care Team

Reviewed 23 October 2019
Great Suzhou Day Tour

Suzhou in China is a UNESCO World Heritage city, with more than 2,000 year history. Anita, our tour guide, spoke perfect English and was very knowledgeable of Suzhou history, it's gardens, it's local restaurants ( great Suzhou cuisine ), and it's local shopping district and silk factory. Since Anita has travelled to Europe several times as a tour guide for Chinese groups, she understands western culture very well. We enjoyed her company very much. We recommend you book tour with Suzhou Private Tour company and ask for Anita as a tour guide.

Mei Ling Tan
Reviewed 23 October 2019
Trip to Suzhou From Shanghai by Bullet Train

Our guide, Sarah, knows Suzhou well! She explained many different things, and we received lots of details about architecture and history. The organisation of the tour was just perfect, and at the end, she even helped us for taking the train back to Shanghai. She was the best guide we had in our travel in China. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 12 October 2019
Amazing Suzhou Day Tour with Guide Becky

Becky was an awesome tour guide! She and Mr Joe, our driver, made a great team. They were so flexible. Becky was so knowledgeable and personable. She helped us so much! She had tips and facts that were pertinent and insightful. The sights she took us to were beautiful. She also picked an excellent restaurant for lunch, making great recommendations for what dishes. I will remember that amazingly flavorful meal for all my days. She helped us shop, translating between us and the vendors. She went above and beyond, lugging some of our packages back to the car and Mr Joe, so we might shop easier and taking photos and lending her phone to me, when I realized I left my phone behind and could not take photos. I was quite moved she would be so beautiful. Becky was lovely all the way round and an excellent traveling companion. I would recommend Suzhou Private Tour company; the prices are quite good and they are smart enough to hire people like Becky.

Reviewed 12 October 2019
Great Suzhou Day Tour

My 9 year old son and I really enjoyed our tour of Suzhou. We will be living near Suzhou for the next 6 months, so this was a great introduction to the city that we hope to visit again and again. It was also great that we didn't have to worry about transportation to and from the bus station and around the city. Our tour guide, Sarah, shared much of the history about Panmen Gate, Lingering Garden, the Silk Museum, and Pingajing Road throughout the day. She also took the time to snap a few pictures of my son and I together, which was a rare and welcome treat for us to have those memories recorded. The city was beautiful and we can't wait to visit again!

Reviewed 15 August 2019
Wonderful Day Trip to Suzhou From Shanghai

We were on a short visit to Shanghai and decided to take this trip to Suzhou after reading good reviews online. We were absolutely glad we chose this tour. May, our tour guide, she is very engaging, spoke great English and very helpful with everything from the start of the experience till the end. She was funny and informative and had good humor. The driver was also helpful which made the experience even better. Thank you Suzhou Private Tour company and guide May, worth recommending!

Reviewed 02 August 2019
Fabulous Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

We arrived in Shanghai for business and had one day off, so we searched online for Shanghai side trip to Suzhou. We have booked a Suzhou Classic Tour. Our tour guide Cathy, sent her driver in the morning at the train station to collect my colleage and myself. We get the full experience on this tour from Lingering Garden, Pingjiang Street, Hanshan Temple, Panmen Gate and Silk Factory. Cathy was fantastic, fun and patient. She was attentive and went at our pace. She even helped us to navigate the crowds and made the trip better.

Our driver was also a very nice and patient. There was impatient weaving through traffic or impatient tooting of horns or craziness that we had experience with others that we had used during our trip. It was a very pleasant, safe drive bacl to the train station.

I would thoroughly recommend Suzhou Private Tour. Cathy is a very passoinate about her country and is a fantastic representative. Her English skills are excellent and she will certainly give you your money's worth. Highly recomend Cathy and Suzhou Private Tour company.

Hoan Le
Reviewed 24 March 2019
One day classic Suzhou private tour from Hangchou

Please tell us if your availability for a private tour for 2-4 people on Monday Or Tuesday 3/25 or 3/26
What’s included in the tour?
Thank you

Replied:25 March 2019

Dear Hoan Le,

Thanks for your inquiry for Suzhou private tour service. This Suzhou classic tour is daily available. We sent you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email. Plz check. 

And we highly recommend you visit Suzhou from Hangzhou by high-speed train, it's save time and cheaper. Thanks! Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour

Johnson G
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Excellent Tour & Tour guide - Best way to start our time in Suzhou

What a fabulous day we had. We booked a one day Suzhou classic tour by email. From the beginning, all communication went smoothly and we even got an email from Suzhou Private Tour a few days before our arrival asking if there was anything else that we needed. Despite the cold weather we had a fantastic tour and Cathy kept things moving and interesting along the way. This Lingering garden was beautiful with many different settings to enjoy. We would love to see it in the spring when everything is in full bloom! The Panmen gate area of Suzhou is outstanding. Panmen consists of a wonderful garden with pagodas and temples, as well as part of the ancient city wall, including one of the old gates, which blocked access both from land and from water. The garden is beautiful, and the view from the top of the gate, especially at sunset, is amazing. The Silk Mill is also very interesting. We saw the life cycle of the silkworm, how the cocoons are opened & the silk thread released, spun & woven into fabric. And we got something original at a very good price. Much easier with someone there to guide us. The thing we appreciated the most was the flexiblility along the way.

Cathy is very informative about the Suzhou history, culture and life in China. We're very impressed with her command of English. Since we wanted to have drink in the city after the tour on our own, Cathy gave clear details on how to get back to our hotel and even checked up on us in the evening to make sure we came back safely.

Thanks to Cathy, we were able to see the highlights of Suzhou all in 1 day and without any hiccup. Many thanks, Cathy and Suzhou Private Tour, to give us a wonderful tour experience in China.

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