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Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour

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icon6 to 8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Don’t spend your Shanghai stopover inside the airport; maximize your time in China and opt for a private and customizable sightseeing tour instead. This personalized layover tour is tailored to your needs and allows you to tick off The Bund (Waitan), French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time. Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
  • Private and customizable Shanghai layover tour
  • Escape the airport and spend a stopover sightseeing
  • Tick off The Bund, French Concession, and Yuyuan Garden in limited time
  • Airport or hotel pickup and drop-off are included
  • Receive the undivided attention of a private guide
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Professional guide
Two-way or One-way Airport Transfer (please choose the option you need)
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Bottle of water
Hotel pickup and drop-off (If Needed)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Entance fees
  • Pu Dong Airport , Shanghai China
  • Hongqiao Airport , 2550 Hong Qiao Lu, Changning, Shanghai China
  • Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal Inspection Waiting Hall at the Time of Entry-Exit , 6GX4+R48, Hai Ping Lu, Hong Kou Qu, Shang Hai Shi, China, 200086
  • Baoyang Road Wharf , China, Shang Hai Shi, Bao Shan Qu, Bao Yang Lu, 宝杨路 邮政编码: 200940
  • Shanghai airport (PVG/SHA), Cruise terminal (Wusongkou/ Dongdaming) or your hotel in Shanghai
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please advise if you have big luggage or more than 2 luggage.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please wear comfortable shoes
    • The tour starts 1 hour after flight landing. Please contact your local operator if you have to take a long time in custom, and your driver will wait for you in the arrival hall.
    • This layover tour requires at least 8 to 10 hours between two connecting flights.
    • Detailed flight information is required upon booking
    • If you are not able to go through customs for any reasons, please take your own responsibility. There is no refund for the same day cancellation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Amazing Shanghai Trip
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Flexible Private Shanghai Layover Tour.

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    star-5
    Very nice day!
    Thomas_C
    , Dec 2019
    Our tour guide, Linda, and her driver arrived promptly at our hotel. We toured Shanghai, seeing all of the popular tourist sites including the spectacular high rise buildings in Pudong. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and in Shanghai, even though it was a short visit. At the end of the tour, we were delivered to our cruise ship as scheduled. We highly recommend this tour and tour company. Everything went as planned with no problems at all! Linda was a gracious host!
    star-5
    Shanghai layover tour
    KathyV_J
    , Nov 2019
    This was a fantastic use of time. Our guide, Alana, was great. I appreciated the early contact giving us information regarding immigration, where to meet, etc. We didn't have a lot of time but we felt we used the time well and got a good feel for the city for sure. We would certainly recommend this to other travelers with just a day layover.
    star-5
    Highly recommended experience
    Joy_W
    , Jul 2019
    I had a wonderful day. The company provided prior information which made the logistics including entering China very smooth. The driver was quite accommodating. The tour guide, Daisy, was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and professional, yet personable. She answered all of my questions and provided extra information. The day was very fun. Of note, I had seen some of the usual sites previously so she adjusted the agenda to accommodate my own interests. The tempo was great and I did not feel any time was wasted. I would definitely recommend this tour!
    star-5
    Excellent
    Sean_H
    , Jul 2019
    The tour was perfect and we got to see all the places we wanted to see in a short period of time. Snow also picked a fantastic place for lunch and was EXTREMELY helpful in helping us order. She was also patient with us as we saw all the sights in Shanghai and was extremely knowledgeable about all of them. Snow also customized the tour for us to ensure we got to see what we wanted to on the tour. I would highly recommend.
    star-5
    Shanghai Stopover
    Toni1012
    , Jan 2019
    Our family of 5 adults (parents, adult children and grandfather) had a 12 hour stopover in Shanghai on our way home from London to Brisbane and didn’t want to stay at the airport. This tour is great. We were met on arrival by the driver, driven to town to pick up our guide. Wilson showed us the city highlights and was very informative. After the tour, we were driven back to the airport with time to spare before our next flight. Tour duration was approximately 7 hours inc travel time to and from the airport. Communication prior to the tour was excellent. I absolutely recommend this tour to anyone with a lengthy stopover in Shanghai.
    star-5
    Layover tour
    CarolineCosta_S
    , Dec 2018
    Caroline was an amazing tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and took us to great spots. We were back at the airport in perfect time for our connecting flight.
    star-5
    Great tour and managed to do everything...
    Fatemeh G
    , Sep 2018
    Great tour and managed to do everything quickly so I could see everything before leaving even though my layover was on the shorter side. Favorite part was Alana coming to meet us with breakfast and her great picture taking skills. Driver was great and on time. It would have been nice if could build in a snack break in French quarter or something.
    star-5
    We had a fantastic layover tour with...
    mchust1
    , Sep 2018
    We had a fantastic layover tour with Queena! We had a 10 Hour layover and wanted to make the most of it. Alana sent detailed instructions on how to navigate and get the 24 hour transit visit, which made it very easy and not stressful. We were promptly picked up at the airport and driven directly downtown. We visited many areas of Shanghai. Queena was super knowledgeable about the history of Shanghai and shared wonderful stories about Chinese culture. She treated us to the best dumplings we’ve ever had, which was definitely a highlight. I highly recommend this tour!
    star-5
    Jane and her partner were very nice...
    Josué C
    , Sep 2018
    Jane and her partner were very nice, the tour was amazing, my friends and me enjoyed everything, We highly recommend this tour.
    star-5
    My wife and I participated in the...
    Clemens F
    , Sep 2018
    My wife and I participated in the "Flexible Shanghai Overlay Tour", which I had booked via Viator.I can recommend this tour to anyone who wants to combine aiport pickup with a sightseeing of all highlights in Shanghai. Our tour guide yesterday was Alana Wu.She was the best tour guide we ever had out of many guides in China.She is very competent and communicates clearly the main topics of the sightseeing highlights without losing herself in too much details as many other tour guides do. In addition she is very friendly and helps you with everything, even with shopping for wine. She is also very flexible: e.g. our flight had two hours delay and still we could see all the main points of the highlights we had defined before. We would book her again any time.
    star-5
    Had a wonderful layover tour with Snow...
    Kathleen V
    , Sep 2018
    Had a wonderful layover tour with Snow as our guide. She was very knowledgeable and very attentive to us. Lunch was at a local place. Great to try the local food. Really appreciated the extra touches, like she bought us local green bean ice cream at the water town and upon returning to the airport she walked us through getting boarding passes and all the lines. Great experience! Would recommend highly!
    star-5
    My family and I had a great experience...
    ebauti01
    , Jul 2018
    My family and I had a great experience with Alana, Berlin and the company. We were a total of eight people--4 adults and 4 children. I booked this tour through Viator a few months before, knowing that we had an 11.5hr layover in Shanghai and wanted to view as much of the city as possible. I received communication from Alana a few days before the tour. She provided me with the steps on how to receive the transit visa. We had no issues regarding requesting our visa from immigration. Our only concern was that it was a very long line with only one customs officer working. After a long while, we eventually got our visas and followed the exit directions provided to us. Alana also provided us information on where to meet our tour guide, Berlin. She even provided us with a picture of exactly where to meet Berlin. We did not and could not get lost, which was great! Berlin was there to greet us all with our name on an iPad. We exchanged some money and began our tour. We were very surprised to be picked up by a large 19-seat motor coach for our journey. It was clean and spacious with great air conditioning. Since we got out of the airport late and it was lunch time, they started by taking us to Shanghai's financial center to eat. We met Alana there who had showed up to help reserve some seats for our larger group! We had our meal with delicious traditional steamed dumplings and noodle soups. The portions were huge and more than enough for the 8 of us. We continued with a walking tour around the financial district. It was pretty hot since we were there towards the end of July, so Berlin changed the itinerary a bit to customize it to our needs. And with traveling with small children, that was very considerate and much appreciated. We then got to see the Yuyuan bazaar and garden.We stayed for a bit, but it got too hot for all of us, so we went on to drive to the Bund. The Bund was the best part! Beautiful skyline of new Shanghai and a beautiful view of old Shanghai. Berlin was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Afterwards, they dropped us off right to the airport to our terminal. I highly recommend this tour company to anyone who is looking for a stress-free and educational tour of the city. Thanks Alana and Berlin for making it a memorable tour. We will definitely come back to Shanghai and use their service next time!!
    star-5
    Me, my husband & 12 years old daughter...
    Marjorie C
    , Jul 2018
    Me, my husband & 12 years old daughter took the layover tour. We had a 10-hr layover in Shanghai. Upon arrival in the immigration area for a transit visa, the officers only look at our connecting flight ticket & did not read our tour details & told us to go to the connecting flight departure area. We left but after 5 minutes we went back to the transit visa area & told them we wanted to apply for the transit visa & showed them our tour details from Viator, and the emails & text messages of Alana (our tour guide). They intently read the documents this time, and approved us for the visa. Alana was very nice, accommodating and knows everything about Shanghai. She even gave us some freebies. Her services are beyond our expectations. I gave her more than 5 stars & greatly recommend her!
    star-5
    We had Snow as our guide. She was...
    Jennifer B
    , Jul 2018
    We had Snow as our guide. She was informative and very helpful on our tour, she did everything we could on our layover. We saw as much of Shanghai as we could. We saw the skyscrapers, a beautiful garden and had a wonderful lunch. We toured the French area and had a wonderful trip.
    star-5
    The tour was amazing. Alana is very...
    Beulah Coeli F
    , Jul 2018
    The tour was amazing. Alana is very informative, patient and accommodating if my personal needs like bathroom breaks and meal requests (I wanted to eat authentic dim sum), so she took me to hus really authentic, jampacked eatery and the food was simply divine. She went out of her way to find me a place to shower before my connecting flight, it was a very good, clean spa at Howard Johnson Hotel and she speaks very good English too. Overall, this tour should be patronized by anyone looking at a long layover period in Shanghai. The price is very reasonable, to think that you will be treated like a VIP in this private, personalized tour.
    star-5
    My wife and I had a great time on this...
    ryanrocurtis
    , Jun 2018
    My wife and I had a great time on this tour of Shanghai. The driver was very punctual picking us up from the airport and Alana had reached out the night before to give explicit directions making the meet up very easy. The tour itself was awesome. We saw a great mix of old Shanghai as well as new Shanghai. Alana was very insightful and spoke English fluently. She had great activity suggestions but also very flexible to our plans. Alana knew the history of all the sites we visited and helped us pack in a lot in just one day!! For lunch, she brought us to a local dumpling place and it was fantastic! Could not have planned it better. Overall it was a fantastic tour and I would definitely recommend it.
    star-5
    Alana was very personable and...
    Kevin K
    , Jun 2018
    Alana was very personable and accommodating throughout the entire tour. She confirmed the day before the tour to make sure we didn't run into any problems at the gate. We were very hungry from the long flight but as soon as we saw Alana she brought us breakfast and my girls said it was the best dumplings ever. The day the was very hot but overall we learned a lot about Shanghai and will definitely refer her other friends and families.
    star-1
    Shanghai Tour
    shockleysm
    , Jun 2018
    DID NOT HAPPEN! The site indicated no visa required. But no, a temp visa is required. Due to our layover not being long enough (10 hours with no hotel ) we were DENIED a temp visa and could not leave the airport! We did receive a refund of 80% with the other 20% going to reimburse the guide who was waiting for us at the airport. MORE INFORMATION would have been nice regarding the need for a temp visa and the requirement for a more lengthy layover.
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
    Dear Shockley, thanks for your review. Yes, the layover tour need apply a free transit at airport. Show your passport and airplane tickets to immigrations at 144-hour transit visa counter is enough. Most of time the process go through smoothly and 99% of customer get the visa. In order to make customer less stress, we provide detail instructions through email or text a few days before tour. If unluckily visa denied, (1% when China is holding big political event or two countries have very Tense relationship at the time or layover is too short less than 5-6 hours), we do full-refund as we understand the upset that visa were denied while tour were not refund. Thanks! Alana
    star-5
    Five stars ! We had a wonderful time...
    andrew m
    , Jun 2018
    Five stars ! We had a wonderful time. Great communication before the tour with lots of helpful information. Alana made our tour arrangements and day in Shanghai great with a personalized tour based on our schedule. We were able to see A LOT of Shanghai in our seven hour layover tour and never felt rushed. Thank you Alana !
    star-5
    Alana provided us with great...
    Bret B
    , May 2018
    Alana provided us with great information one day in advance of our arrival with critical information about how to get the 24 hour transit visa. We arrived in shanghai with a 10 hr layover. Talking with other travelers they did not think we had time to go on a tour. But when we showed the customs officer our receipt and Alana’s phone number they had no problem processing the transit visa. It was a whirlwind 5 hours but sooo much better than staying in airport for 10 hours. Great day with once a lifetime experience!

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