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Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights

From $80 per person
Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights
  • Ultimate Hangzhou Private Day Tour for Essence Highlights

Tour Style:
Embark on a hassle-free and time-efficient exploration of Hangzhou with our comprehensive Skip-The-Line full-day tour. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed West Lake on a boat, marvel at the scenic beauty of Fish Viewing at Flower Park, explore the tranquil Zen monastery of Lingyin Temple, indulge in a tea-sipping experience at Meijiawu Tea Village, and wander through the historical Song Dynasty Imperial Street. Our guided tour ensures you skip the queues, allowing you to seamlessly access each scenic spot. Make the most of your time with a well-organized itinerary, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey through the captivating sights of Hangzhou.

Duration: 6 - 8 Hours

The hangzhou Westlake(including the boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street

Pick-up point:
Your Hotel & train station in Hangzhou

Finishing point:
Your Hotel & train station in Hangzhou

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash,Wire,Paypal,WesternUnion, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)


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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Hangzhou
  • Today's Activities: The hangzhou Westlake(including Westlake Boat Ride), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street
  • Accommodation: No
  • Meal: No

Meet your private guide who holding a sign "Your Way Holiday" upon pickup at the Hangzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Hangzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

Your Way Holiday In Hangzhou

Commence your day in Hangzhou with the serene beauty of the Hangzhou West Lake, an iconic attraction featuring a captivating West Lake Boat Ride. As you embark on this scenic journey, your expert guide will share the lake's rich history and cultural significance. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings, framed by lush landscapes and elegant pagodas. The West Lake Boat Ride offers a unique perspective on Hangzhou's natural beauty, and your guide will enhance the experience with insights into the legends and stories associated with this enchanting destination.


Continue your exploration at the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, a picturesque spot within the West Lake area. Your guide will illuminate the cultural symbolism of this site, where vibrant fish gracefully swim in clear waters amid blooming flowers. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and capture the essence of traditional Chinese aesthetics as your guide shares the significance of this charming location.

The journey then leads to the renowned Lingyin Temple, one of China's most celebrated Buddhist temples. Delve into the spiritual history of the temple complex as your guide narrates tales of its founding and the cultural treasures housed within. Marvel at the intricate architecture and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Lingyin Temple. Your guide will provide insights into Buddhist practices and the importance of this sacred site in Chinese religious traditions.


Anmanfayun Village becomes the next enchanting stop, where ancient charm meets modern tranquility. Wander through narrow lanes, admire well-preserved traditional architecture, and learn about the village's historical significance. Your guide will share stories of Anmanfayun's past, highlighting the cultural legacy that makes it a living testament to Hangzhou's heritage.


Later, an exploration of Hangzhou with a delightful lunch, providing you with the opportunity to savor local flavors in a picturesque setting. This culinary experience sets the tone for the day, offering a taste of authentic Hangzhou cuisine amid the charming ambiance of the region.

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies

A visit to the Meijiawu Tea Plantation follows, offering a sensory journey into the world of Chinese tea culture. Your guide, well-versed in tea traditions, will showcase the art of tea production and guide you through the plantation's lush tea fields. Discover the nuances of tea processing, from plucking the leaves to the final brew, and indulge in a tea-tasting experience that reflects the rich heritage of Hangzhou's tea culture.


Conclude your day with a stroll through The Song Dynasty Imperial Street, a bustling marketplace that echoes the spirit of ancient China. Your guide will guide you through this vibrant street, offering insights into the diverse array of shops, stalls, and traditional crafts that line the way. Experience the lively atmosphere and discover unique treasures as you immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of this historical market street.


As the day draws to a close, your guide will ensure your return to your hotel in Hangzhou, train station or airport, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with cultural revelations, natural beauty, and the personalized touch of "Your Way Holiday."

Optional Activities

We provide off the beaten track Hangzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).

Morning Market & Breakfast Experience   Cost for Breakfast: within 20RMB Per Person
If your hotel doest not provide breakfast or you are a foodie and want to taste real Hangzhou. This is a great chance to see how Hangzhou wakes up by experiencing the tastes, sounds and local way of life. Get whisked through Hangzhou's old streets, alleys and morning market with our local guide to eat the most authentic breakfast at places we know and you can't find on your own.


Blind Date Culture at Wangsong Campus   Free Charge
Feeling the local dating culture at Wansong Academy where the locals take part in the blind date fair "Chinese Matchmarking Day".Here attracted over thousands of young singles and their parents. ( Available on each Saturday morning)


Westlake Sunset Watching at Chenghuang Pavilion   Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person
Follow our guide to climb up to the Cheng Huang Pavilion where is the one of the best locations for admiring and photographing the sunset on Westlake.


Local Wet Market Visting    Free Charge
Do you want know more about local life? Come with our guide to visit the local wet market. To most locals, wet market is a destination for freshest produce while it is a must-see attraction for a cultural experience to tourists.


Local Family Visiting    Free Charge
If you are interested in local culture and life style, we can arrange local famliy visting to sip famous Longjing tea, learn how to cook local food as well as taste Hangzhou cuisine. Local residents will invite you warmly to experience Hang-style life.


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How Our Teams Serve you at Your Way Holiday

1-on-1 Travel Consultant
Our travel consultants have been working in local tourism for years, they are professional, experienced and responsible sharing our wealth of knowledge to plan your trip. They will formulate customized tour plan based on your travel interests, time, and budget as well as providing professional suggestions. Beside, they will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned. 

Excellent Local Guides
All of our tour guides are certificated and experienced. They are local experts with detailed knowledge about attractions, history, culture but also prepared to talk frankly about whatever topic interests you. They know the best places to visit, can give you advice on restaurants that serve great local food, the best places to shop, or theaters for the best shows in town. They’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. 

Private Car and Driver
We ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.(Not over 4 years). Our drivers are are local, polite, friendly and helpful with over 10-year drive experience. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

Meals & Dining
If the meals are included in the itinerary. We will take you to the best local restaurants and help you order dishes according to your preference on spot to guarantee that the food is freash not pre-cooked. Some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, your private guide will be still delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local featured restaurants every week based on the online reviews of customers. We have a large selection of different restaurants which cater to the specifications of our customers, and are available to provide various options, such as vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese, Western, Jewish, and Indian restaurants. 

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. Cozy Ride: Enjoy the comfort and spaciousness of our air-conditioned car, offering scenic views.
2. Bilingual Expert Guide: Benefit from a personalized experience with a guide fluent in your language, catering to your needs.
3. Entrance Fees: Access to all attractions and activities mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Seamless Transfer: Enhance your experience with convenient hotel or train station pickup and drop-off service.
5. Connect Seamlessly: Stay connected with complimentary onboard WiFi, allowing you to share your experiences in real-time.
6. Complimentary Water: Receive a bottle of water for each person.

Price Excludes

1. Personal Expenses: This includes phone bills, laundry, additional tours, postage, and any entertainment fees not covered in the itinerary.
2. Meals: While meals are not included, our guide will recommend the best local food spots, giving you the chance to explore and choose based on your preferences. (Average cost per person for a regular meal at local eateries: 40RMB/6USD-80RMB/12USD)
3. Tips: Tips are not mandatory but are recommended for excellent service. If you feel satisfied with the service, you may consider leaving a tip.
4. Insurance: Insurance coverage for personal loss, illness, or damages incurred during your trip is not included.
5. Optional Activities: Any optional activities listed in the itinerary are not covered by the tour fees.

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Reviewed on 11 September 2023

We booked a private day tour in Hangzhou with YourWayHoliday in Aug. I must commend YourWayHoliday for their prompt and attentive responses throughout the booking process. They made sure all our queries were addressed promptly, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

Hangzhou's breathtaking scenery left me in awe, and the tour was made even more fantastic by our guide, David. Hangzhou's landscapes, especially the boat ride on West Lake, were simply enchanting. It felt like I was gliding through a traditional Chinese painting. The tranquility and serenity of the lake, surrounded by lush greenery and historic temples, made for an unforgettable experience. David, our knowledgeable guide, was the highlight of the tour. His deep understanding of Hangzhou's history, culture, and landmarks added immense value to our journey. He went out of his way to make the day even more special, sharing captivating stories and insights at each stop. His passion for his city was contagious, and I left with a newfound appreciation for Hangzhou.

Thank you, David, and thank you, YourWayHoliday, for making my day in Hangzhou truly outstanding!

Reviewed on 11 September 2023

Nancy was an amazing guide and very knowledgeable. Nancy was the heart and soul of this tour. Her passion for Hangzhou, its culture, and history were evident throughout the day. She was not just a guide but a storyteller, bringing each location to life with anecdotes and insights that made the journey rich and memorable.

Hangzhou's beauty is undeniable, but it was Nancy who truly made this tour exceptional. Her warmth, knowledge, and attention to detail made me appreciate Hangzhou in a way I wouldn't have on my own.

If you're planning a visit to Hangzhou, I wholeheartedly recommend this tour. It's a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and local experiences, made unforgettable by the presence of an incredible guide like Nancy.

Reviewed on 04 April 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed this Hangzhou Day Tour. The itinerary was well-planned and we were able to see all the main attractions in just one day. The tour guide was professional and knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting with their stories and explanations of the sights. The visit to the tea plantation was particularly enjoyable and informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a taste of Hangzhou's culture and history

Barbara Ford
Reviewed on 06 December 2019

It was our second trip to Hangzhou. My husband and I very much enjoyed our trip.Our tour guide Nancy was extremely knowledgeable giving us an excellent insight into Chinese history, geography, politics and popular culture. She really went our of her way to make everyone on the tour happy. Everything from pick at our hotel in Shanghai, round way first class train ride, lunch at a local restaurant and return to the hotel was perfect. Really had a nice time. Overall the experience was really nice!!!

Rolf Berweger
Reviewed on 06 December 2019

We were really enjoyed our day trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the fast train with first class seat seating. Picked up from our hotel in Shanghai to the Shanghai Hongqiao train station.Our Hangzhou local tour guide Bonnie (I do agree with Shanghai Private Tour-Local guide knows more about Hangzhou) met us at the Hangzhou train station and started the tour to the westlake,Lingyun temple, tea village...Bonnie spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the history,culture of Hangzhou and each site we visited. She always tried her best to make sure the tour was exactly what we wanted it to be.Great trip, unforgetable!

Shirley Bekey
Reviewed on 25 November 2019

David was an outstanding and proffessional guide.Recently when our visited HangZhou on business with a group of VVIP guests. We always temporay change of itinerary and met lot of challenger. Then finally our trip was wonderful and successful. Thanks again for David. Your are the best. Hope to see you again in Hangzhou.

Reviewed on 12 November 2019

This is a tour not to be missed if you travel to Hangzhou. There is a lot to see and learn. Tommy is an excellent tour guide. He is very well organized, thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable. He does everything in his power to have a great time. You just sit back and enjoy the whole unforgettable trip!

Reviewed on 22 October 2019

My trip to Hangzhou was the best journey I have had to China and this was down to having employed a local guide by the name of Nancy. Nancy speaks excellent English and knows the area like the back of her hand. Knowledgeable, informative and with an excellent sense of humour. I learnt so much more than I could have hoped for in my short time in Hangzhou by having Nancy on hand to explain it all to me and answering all of my questions. We hired a car to get around and would recommend you do the same as there is so much to see. Make sure you visit Longjing Valley Longjing Green Tea tasting, Lake West and its beautiful park and the Lingyin Buddhist Temple. And thanks to Nancy could help us stay away from the bust crowds!!!

Ms. Cynthia Vipond
Reviewed on 21 October 2019

My guide, Nancy, was absolutely wonderful! She was so knowledgable and well versed in the history of the places we visited in Hangzhou. I would strongly recommend this company, and better yet Nancy, if anyone is looking for a fun, informative look inside Hangzhou history/culture.

Ray & Sally
Reviewed on 08 October 2019

I booked trips at the last minute with Hangzhou Private Tour and found them to be very efficient and easy to deal with. We were lucky to have Nancy as our guide. The cars were always spotless and water was provided. Nancy is very knowledgeable and her English is excellent, which enabled us to converse on lots of different subjects.
Our trip began with the bullet train, which whisked us from Shanghai to Hangzhou. First stop was the Temple which was fascinating, then a delicious lunch overlooking a tea plantation. Nancy helped us order and she was spot on with the choices. Next stop was the stunning lake, throughout the tour Nancy not only told us about the history of the sights but also the myths, which made it all the more interesting. Last stop shopping for souvenirs.....delicious green tea.
I highly recommend this company and tour, but I especially recommend Nancy as a guide. Not only did she make the tours interesting, she made them fun as well, we felt as if we were being shown around by a friend.


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