Marco Polo fell in love with the beauty of Chinas West Lake, now you can too. Our 4-day private tour includes outstanding hotels, private car and sightseeing in Hangzhou and Wuzhen, and chauffeured transfer to Shanghai.
Day 1 - Welcome to Hangzhou, China
Upon arrival at the airport or rail station, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by private car to the 5-star JW Marriott Hotel.
Day 2 - The Beauty of Hangzhou + West Lake
A traditional Chinese proverb states that “above there is Heaven; below there is Hangzhou,” a reference to the captivating beauty of Hangzhou, West Lake and the surrounding countryside! In the engaging company of your own personal guide, your sightseeing of the region begins at Lingyin Temple, an important Buddhist temple founded more than a thousand years ago in a picturesque valley of the Wulin Mountains. At Lei Feng Pagoda, an impressive 5-story octagonal tower set on a forested hill overlooking West Lake, our native guide will share dramatic legends of the pagoda’s colorful history.
Then spend time with farmers at a local tea plantation to learn about their daily life and the generations-old techniques that ensure the esteemed quality of the region’s fine teas. Later, a guided stroll along the shores of West Lake is the best way to take in the ethereal beauty that so captivated Marco Polo centuries ago. End your sightseeing along Hefang Street, where charming centuries-old buildings have been restored to house a unique collection of teahouses, shops and merchant stalls that specialize in traditional Chinese crafts and foods.
Day 3 - Journey to Ancient Wuzhen
Check out after a leisurely breakfast and embark the scenic drive to Wuzhen, a 2,000-year-old town revered for its splendidly-preserved Ming Dynasty architecture – considered to be some the finest in all of China. In the engaging company of your personal native-born guide, you’ll learn about the town’s rich cultural history as you take in the beauty of its quiet canals, graceful stone bridges and ancient architecture. Enjoy an overnight stay at the Dockside Boutique Hotel, a charming retreat set on a peaceful canal in the historic heart of town.
Day 4 - Transfer to Shanghai
Your morning is free to step out and explore the charming streets and canals of this ancient water town at your own pace. After lunch, your private car and driver will take you to the airport or rail station in Shanghai for your onward journey. Of course, if you wish, we can also arrange hotel accommodations and sightseeing here in Shanghai.