BEST OF SHANGHAI
YUYUAN GARDEN, SHANGHAI MUSEUM, JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE AND THE BUND
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
Created during the Ming Dynasty The Yuyuan Garden features magnificent rockeries, pavilions, halls and bridges. Sprinkled across a landscape of peaceful lakes and lush greenery, the architectural wonders are worth exploring in detail. Enjoy the serenity of the garden before heading to the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art, via some beautiful historic residential buildings. Discover ancient bronze and jade relics, traditional calligraphy and historical sculptures while exploring the museum’s sprawling wings. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple next, learn about Buddhist culture and see two rare statues. From here, travel to The Bund to view European architecture, still intact from the ear of European concessions. The excursion finishes in Xin Tian Di, a vibrant entertainment and dining area.
DISCOVER THE WATER TOWNS
SUZHOU, MASTER OF THE NETS AND ZHOU ZHUANG
FULL DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
Situated on the bank of the Yangtze and known as ‘Venice of the East’, the town of Su Zhou features snaking waterways afloat with traditional boats. Explore the bridges, intricate architecture and unique riverside attractions of the town, appreciating its natural beauty. Next, journey to Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage recognised garden. Soak up the tranquil synthesis of art, nature and architecture while wandering through the gardens. Back to the banks of the Yangtze after lunch, Zhou Zhuang will impress with its ancient Ming and Qing historical monuments and charming interconnected waterways. End the day with a boat ride to the old town and experience the town’s inhabitants going about daily life according to rich tradition.
THE TRANQUIL WAY
WEST LAKE, GUO GARDEN VILLA AND MEIJIAWU TEA PLANTATION
HALF DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
Combining visits to the cultural hubs of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a chance to walk atop the Great Wall, this excursion brings together the best experiences in Beijing. Spend the morning exploring culturally-rich Tian’anmen Square, home to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and National Museum of China. Continue the historical journey by heading North to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and previous home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Snaking through a rich, green valley, the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall is the next area to explore. Experience the picturesque mountainous scenery from atop the wall and discover historical towers and temples along the way.
SHANGHAI CITY TOUR
YUYUAN GARDEN, XINTIANDI, THE BUND AND FRENCH CONCESSION
HALF DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
Created during the Ming Dynasty The Yuyuan Garden features magnificent rockeries, pavilions, halls and bridges. Sprinkled across a landscape of peaceful lakes and lush greenery, the architectural wonders are worth exploring in detail. Enjoy the serenity of the garden before taking a trip to old Shanghai, down rustic streets built during the Qing Dynasty. From here, travel to The Bund and French Concession area, to view the unique mix of Chinese and European architecture remaining from historical events. The excursion finishes in Xin Tian Di, a vibrant entertainment and dining area.
SHANGHAI ACROBATICS AND EVENING TOUR
ACROBATICS, PEOPLE'S SQUARE, FRENCH CONCESSION, XINTIANDI, AND THE BUND
SHOW WITH TRANSFERS
The Shanghai Acrobatics School is one of the oldest acrobatic troupes in China, famous for their captivating, contemporary performances. Starting with a breathtaking acrobatics show, the evening adventure continues by coach to see sparkling Shanghai by night. Experience the vibrant colours and water features of the People’s Square, before heading towards the harbour where The Bund has spectacular city views. Quaint European architecture of the French Concession area is delightful for an evening stroll, and the excursion finishes in Xin Tian Di, a vibrant entertainment and dining area. You are welcome to continue exploring the city in your own time from here or drive back with the group.
SHANGHAI CITY LIGHTS
HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE, THE BUND AND LUJIAZUI COMMERCIAL AREA
HALF DAY TOUR WITHOUT DINNER
Shanghai comes alive at night and an evening tour is a fantastic way to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and experience the colourful city lights. Begin with a stroll down Nanjing Road where street musicians, open-air bars and theatres provide delightful entertainment. The Hungpu River snakes through central Shanghai, dividing the city into Pu Dong to the East, and Pu Xi to the West. Join a boat and glide down the river on a night cruise, watching Shanghai’s famous lights make both riverbanks come alive. Float past The Bund, where high-end restaurants and picturesque bars have sprung up in historical European buildings. The cruise alights at Pu Dong where a final visit to the modern Lujiazui area provides another memorable experience. You are welcome to continue exploring the city in your own time from here or drive back with the group.
ZHUJIAJIAO WATER VILLAGEHALF DAY TOUR WITHOUT LUNCH
Travel just 16 miles west of bustling Shanghai and find a peaceful fishing village, established 1,700 years ago. The way of life in Zhujiajiao Water Village is authentic and visitors will have a chance to see the traditional Chinese way of life here. Featuring a Qing dynasty Post Office, historical architecture and old-fashioned spice stores, a trip around the town is a fascinating cultural experience. Connected by canals and rivers, the best way to explore the quaint stores, gardens and pagodas is by boat. Dian Shan Lake is a particular highlight.
SHANGHAI TOWER AND MUSEUMHALF DAY TOUR WITHOUT LUNCH
Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world and boasts the world’s fastest elevators! Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 118th floor with plenty of opportunity to take photos. Next, head to Guanfu Museum, also situated in Shanghai Tower. Originally a private collection, the museum boasts over 500 artifacts including Song dynasty ceramics, Buddhist statues and ancient textiles. You are welcome to explore the museum in your own time from here, or make a final stop along the Lujiazui Promenade to take in more contemporary architecture before driving back with the group.
WUZHEN WATER VILLAGEHALF DAY TOUR WITH LUNCH
Take a scenic drive two hours from Shanghai to reach the famous Wuzhen Water Village. Wander the cobbled jetties and foot-bridges, experiencing the traditional Chinese way of life. Connected by waterways and featuring plenty of rich natural greenery, the quaint town is a respite from bustling Shanghai. Watch boats drift past and soak up the atmosphere of this peaceful village. Enjoy a local lunch in one of the many historic buildings.
ACROBATICS SHOW ERASHOW WITH TRANSFERS
Acrobatics has a long history and is one of the most popular art forms in China. Enjoy a show displaying acrobatic skill, agility and jaw-dropping stunts combining martial arts, dance and opera. Experience the magnificent ‘ERA’ acrobatics show at Shanghai Circus World, known as the best in China.
YOUR WAY IN SHANGHAIPRIVATE GUIDE AND CAR
Experience Shanghai exactly the way you choose with a private car and guide for a full 8 hours. Explore the city in your own time, selecting places to visit, dine, or shop from your own research. Drive to Su Zhou and Zhou Zhuan, but have the flexibility to set your own schedule. Become immersed in Yuyuan Garden without the need to keep track of time, or visit many different locations in one day. Up to 100 kilometers is included.