3-Day Suzhou-Wuzhen-Hangzhou Tour (4-Star, Private)

  • [Thursday] 30th Oct,2014
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It is often said that the tranquil landscapes and meandering waterways ofSuzhou and Hangzhou are matched only by those in heaven. Though both are now vast modern cities, they have retained their ancient charm and remain icons of old China that still move and inspire visitors to such poetry. Combined with Wuzhen, a water town of rare beauty, this tour is a perfect window onto the region's remarkable past.

Minimum adult travelers: 1

Day 1 Shanghai-Suzhou (includes lunch)

8:30 a.m. Shanghai hotel pickup

Your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and accompany you to Suzhou.

9:30 a.m. Tiger Hill

On arriving in Suzhou, you will first visit Tiger Hill. This 36 m (118 ft) tall hill is featured in legends of Fu Chai, the King of Wu, as the burial place of his father, Helu. It is said that on the third day after the burial, a white tiger appeared to guard the tomb, giving the hill its current name. Tiger Hill is also home to a 400-year-old, tilted pagoda. (1.5 hours)

11:30 a.m. Lingering Garden

Next the group will proceed to Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classical Chinese gardens in Suzhou. First built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the current garden was later rebuilt by a Qing Dynasty official. (1 hour)

12:30 p.m. Lunch

After lunch, head to the Suzhou Silk Factory to discover the secrets of silk-weaving and shop for souvenirs. (45 minutes)

4:30 p.m. Shantang Old Street

With a history of 800 years, Shantang Old Street is one of the oldest streets in Suzhou. It is famous for its well-preserved roads, stone arched bridges, waterways, whitewashed walls and black roof tiles. (1 hour)

6:00 p.m. Check in to Suzhou Lexiang Hotel or similar

After check-in, your local guide will suggest local restaurant options and shopping destinations for the evening.

Day 2 Suzhou-Wuzhen-Hangzhou (includes breakfast & lunch)

8:30 a.m. Suzhou hotel pickup

After breakfast your local guide will accompany you to Wuzhen, a charming water town (3 hours).

10:30 a.m. Jiangnan Hundred Beds Museum, Folk Custom Museum & Sanbai Wine Workshop

This small town, with its black-tiled and timber framework houses, white walls and gray flagging, is a perfect vision of classic China and an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Wuzhen’s most highly-regarded attraction is the Hundred Beds Museum: the first museum in China to collect and exhibit ancient beds of the Jiangnan region (Southern Yangtze River Delta). It holds dozens of examples of finely crafted beds from the Ming and Qing Dynasties to modern times. With exquisite design and workmanship, these are more than just items of furniture, but excellently-preserved examples of Chinese folk art.

Next up is the Folk Custom Museum, which displays artifacts used in festivals and celebrations by local people over the centuries.

Move on to the Sanbai Wine Workshop. This is one of the area's most famous breweries, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Here you will have a chance to learn about—and taste—one of the world’s finest rice wines.

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Foliage Dyeing Workshop, Woodcarving Museum & Shadow Puppet Show

In the afternoon you'll explore the village’s other attractions: the Foliage Dyeing Workshop,Woodcarving Museum and Shadow Puppet Show, after which you'll travel to Hangzhou.

5:00 p.m. Check in to the Hangzhou Xiangyuan Hotel or similar

Day 3 Hangzhou-Shanghai (includes breakfast & lunch)

8:30 a.m. Hangzhou hotel pickup

9:30 a.m. West Lake & boat cruise

After breakfast, your local guide will pick you up at the hotel and accompany you to West Lake, the jewel of Hangzhou, where you will enjoy a sightseeing boat cruise. The lake is surrounded by hills on three sides and faces downtown Hangzhou on the fourth. There are two causeways, Bai and Su, which separate the lake into five parts, and three manmade islands, romantically named: Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Mid-lake Pavilion, and Mount Ruan. (2 hours)

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Feilai Feng

After lunch, proceed to visit Feilai Feng or "Peak Flown From Afar." Legends abound about the origin of this unusual peak and accompanying, stone statue-filled grottoes but the most popular story tells of an Indian Monk who chanced upon the 209 m (686 ft) rock some 1,600 years ago, and assumed it must somehow have come from India given how similar it was to the peaks in his homeland. (1 hour)

3:00 p.m. Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Next stop is the Meijiawu Tea Plantation. Located just outside the city in the West Lake scenic area, the Meijiawu Tea Plantation is famous for its Dragon Well Green Tea (Longjing tea). Sit back and sample some of the finest tea in China, surrounded by picturesque terraced tea fields and rustic rural scenes. (45 minutes)

6:00 p.m. Return to Shanghai hotel

Price includes

Experienced English-speaking tour guide

Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary

Price excludes

Tips (suggested amount: USD 8 per person per day)

Cruise in Zhouzhuang

Personal expenses and all items not included in the itinerary

Important notes

Credit card payment only. Once payment has cleared, Ctrip will email you confirmation, payment information and your itinerary. If credit card payment does not clear, your booking will automatically be canceled.

Cancellations/modifications for this tour must be made at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled start of the tour. The cancellation/modification fee is CNY 50 per order.

You will be contacted one day before your scheduled tour to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

We will pick you up from your hotel. Free pickup/drop-off available for hotels situated within the Inner Ring Road. If not, your guide will designate a pickup point when contacting you the evening before your scheduled tour. Please make sure you provide accurate hotel information together with your contact information (name and phone) in the "Special requests" section while booking online. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect contact information.

Children (2-12 years old and less than 1.2 m [3 ft 11 in] tall) are entitled to a discount. Children under 12 years old but over 1.2 m in height may be required to pay an additional fee on site.

Tour schedule is for reference only and may be adjusted by the guide. If you opt to join only part of this tour, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts of the tour, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the tour that you miss.

All listed meals are Chinese food. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

This tour is not open to Chinese passport holders.