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Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day

Shanghai, China
Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai by designing your own itinerary on this private, full-day tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, customize your day according to your interests and see only the Shanghai sights that you wish to see. Choose to visit some of the city’s historical highlights; ask your guide to take you to the most popular shopping locations; or delve into the rich historical heritage of the area by visiting intriguing museums. However you wish to spend your time in Shanghai, the undivided attention of your guide is guaranteed on this private custom tour. 
  • Private customized tour of Shanghai's sights and attractions
  • Design your own itinerary according to your interests
  • Visit the Shanghai Museum and discover China's history and art
  • Walk along the scenic Bund and enjoy a dinner cruise on the water
  • Discover Shanghai's markets and have your guide help you bargain for the best deals
  • Get expert recommendations on the best restaurants in Shanghai
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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English-speaking tour guide
Private tour
Any transportation fees
Food and drinks
Admission tickets

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Varies. Please call to confirm pickup time at time of reconfirmation.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Depart from your Shanghai hotel after greeting your guide and embark upon your customized tour of the city's sights. Discuss the historical highlights and attractions you wish to see with your knowledgeable guide and devise an itinerary according to your interests. 

Perhaps immerse yourself in Shanghai’s artistic heritage with a visit to the city museum; stroll along the picturesque The Bund area to admire the glittering waterfront and its metropolitan buildings; or explore the city’s best markets and browse bespoke boutiques and colorful stalls for designer clothing and exotic produce. 

Appease your appetite for authenticity by requesting a customized food tour, in which your guide allows you to sample different Chinese cuisines in a variety of excellent restaurants. Ask to learn about the distinct architecture of the city and tour some of Shanghai’s most spellbinding structures while listening to absorbing commentary from your guide.

Please submit your desired activities and attractions when reconfirming your tour. 

Please note: This 8-hour tour provides guests with an English speaking guide and hotel pickup and drop-off. Taxis, public transportation, admission fees and food must be purchased at your own expense. 
Stop At:  
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Shanghai Museum is a highlight of the tour. The museum design is in keeping with Feng Shui principles. It houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions with over 120,000 pieces that showcase the 5000 years of China's history. We recommend you rent an audio phone (USD 5) to make the most of your 1.5 hours' visit.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jade Buddha Temple
Built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909), Jade Buddh Temple contains a priceless collection of jade statues from Burma. The temple is constructed in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. Currently the temple houses the Shanghai Buddhist Institute.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund is known as Shanghai's waterfront. It is the most famous landmark and a symbol of old and new Shanghai. Four kilometers long, it has long been one of the most important areas of Shanghai. In the 1930s, the Bund was host to the city's financial and commercial centers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Yuyuan garden includes many halls, springs and other buildings of interest. The visit brings you back to Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please indicate hotel, pickup time and desired tour itinerary at the time of reconfirmation of tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Customized Tour: Shanghai in One Day.


28 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Our guise Elina, contacted our hotel...
, Mar 2018
Our guise Elina, contacted our hotel the day before our tour to make contact. She arrived slightly before our allocated time. We wanted to see the obvious attractions, The Bund, Yu gardens, Jade Buddha temple and all these were wonderful. Elina was a friendly and informative guide who was willing to take us where we wanted to go. We went over to Pudong and drove around the financial district trying to get the best photo shots. Our driver attempted a number of times to let us out to take photos but unfortunately traffic inspectors kept waving him on. We decided to have lunch at Xintiandi which offered a great selection of eateries and we chose a great Gastro pub for lunch. We did visit a silk factory and actually found it informative...those silk quilts look amazing. The 6 of us in our group had a great day.
Logistics and guide content was good...
Suit C
, Jul 2016
Logistics and guide content was good except we have an issue with honesty. We have a 5 year old child in the party who is less than 1.2 m tall. The guide told us that we need to purchase a full price ticket even for him. We have a person in the party who reads Chinese and told her that the posted ticket information says the child is free. Only then we were able to not have to pay for the child.
Michael was a very knowledgeable and...
Miles P
, Apr 2016
Michael was a very knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide. Highly recommended.
A great way to see what we wanted...
Ray J
, Jan 2016
A great way to see what we wanted and having a guide that knows how to get around the city worked for us. We were able to cover a lot of attractions in a very full day. Being able to customize the tour is the way to go with a lot more flexibility instead of going on a set tour that only hits the tourist attractions they want you to see.
We booked this tour as we've used...
Tracey A
, Sep 2015
We booked this tour as we've used Viator tours in the past, and have always been very satisfied, however this time around, that wasn't our experience. Our guide Tom spoke very good English, but offered very little commentary about life in Shanghai, other than a proscribed script delivered in a rather wooden fashion. The guide seemed more interested in checking his phone and shunting us from one destination to the next. The visits to the Temple and garden were both lovely, but certainly these parts of the tour felt rushed there was limited time to stop, take in the beautiful surroundings and have photos taken. The visit to the Silk factory was interesting, but the prices were obviously inflated, and there was pressure to buy. Our guide seemed offended when we told him we weren't interested in visiting the Pearl factory. We have been to these places before and were not interested in another visit. We had to ask several times for recommendations for shopping as we were keen on doing some bartering at a local market and it was our expectation from what we had read on the website that our guide might be able to assist us with bargaining, however this was not the case, and instead we were dropped off at the shopping market. Having said that, the place was great and we were spoilt for choice. We had booked a whole day tour, but by lunchtime, we'd had enough, and when after only a couple of hours, the guide asked us to sign a paper acknowledging we'd received the goods we'd ordered, we did so, and we decided we'd be better off doing our own thing... We had to find our own way back to the hotel. I would not recommend this tour.
Our guide was very pleasant and...
Eugene P
, Jun 2015
Our guide was very pleasant and flexible, trying to address our interests. We wish we had more un-prompted information about the culture, history, architecture.
Guide had a weak voice, hard to...
Dean B
, May 2015
Guide had a weak voice, hard to hear. Did not go or do what we wanted. More of a rote memory answers with some bad information.
Our guide, Frank, was very...
Walter Ted G
, May 2015
Our guide, Frank, was very knowledgeable,friendly and helpful. He introduced us to so many new areas and sights in a city we have visited many times. We would highly recommend Frank and an independent tour of the city.
Very friendly guide Leo, spoke...
diane n
, Apr 2015
Very friendly guide Leo, spoke English well and was more than happy to make sure we saw everything on our must see list. would recommend this tour to other travellers.
Four of us had a great day with Fran...
Mary Ruth M
, Oct 2014
Four of us had a great day with Fran who was so knowledgeable, helpful and flexible about what we wanted to see. We spent a great time at the French Concession; the Shanghai Art Museum; a great restaurant and lunch; and a few other stops of our choice. We could not have had a better guide who is an excellent translator, coach and companion for seeing Shanghai.

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