From Shanghai: Hangzhou, West Lake Cruise and Tea Plantation
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10 hours
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I wasn't sure when I booked this 4-hour tour for my wife and I whether it would be part of a larger group, and it was the first time I had used Get Your Guide. In the event, we got a private tour with Tommy guiding us, and a driver and car for the duration. We were due to meet them at 12.30, but when we texted the company from our train into Hangzhou to check meeting point, they immediately asked for train details, and Tommy met us as we arrived before 11.00 ... and proceeded to entertain us till 17.30, so we can't fault the value for money! He crammed in a West Lake walk and boat trip, a drive to the tea plantations (with a super lunch reconmendation), description of tea cultivation, visit to a tasting centre (no pressure, though we did buy some green tea) ... followed by a walking tour of a beautiful lakeside garden, and city market streets, then he left us at the venue for a Night Show we had booked.
The guide was waiting in the lobby on time. With a comfortable car we drove to the West Lake. A tour with a ship on the lake enabled us to see the many treasures. Then we drove to the famous Buddhist temple to admire the caves with the figures cut out of the stone and the big temple area. We received a freshly prepared lunch from a local family in the tea village on a terrace, overlooking the tea plantation, just a few km from the West Lake. then we visited the green tea plantation. We received very interesting informations about green tea. In the late afternoon we visited the traditional old town. It was a really interesting tour. The guide spoke perfect English.
Wir können die Tour nur weiterempfehlen. Sie ist perfekt um einen Eindruck aller wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten von Hangzhou zu erhalten. Gerade der private Charakter ist dabei absolut toll, da man zu zweit mit dem Fahrer und Tourguide ist und dadurch auch viele Nachfragen stellen kann. Das ist so bei einer Gruppentour nicht möglich. Sehr gut war auch die gesamte Organisation im Vorfeld. Wir wurden nach der Ankunft des Zuges aus Shanghai direkt am Bahnhof abgeholt und passend zur Rückfahrt mit dem selbst gebuchten Zug wieder dorthin gebracht.
Our guide Tommy showed us many interesting attractions in Hangzhou and shared a great deal of history and information about life in the area. He was open and very helpful!
We had a great time. It was my 3rd trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai and I learned more from Grace, our Grayline guide, then I did with the other two trips combined!