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Shanghai Tours For First Time Travelers

Shanghai is an international metropolis during the day time, but exudes strange charm at night, which is why Chinese prople usually calls it "magic city". Different from other tourist cities, its cultural popularity is one of the best in China. If it's your first time to visit Shanghai, you can feel the atmosphere of Shanghai in a free way without worrying about getting lost.

However, as a senior travel agent in Shanghai, we recommend that you choose us as your consultant for your trip in Shanghai. A "Private Tour" is a personalised tour where you enjoy the benefits of having your own private vehicle and your own English speaking guide. Our professional tour guide can lead you to find the best point for sightseeing and photography, such as the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Zhujiajiao Water Town and so on.

Shanghai Tours For First Time Travelers

Duration:6 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession

Tour Style:Incredible Shanghai Highlights Day Tour is a fully guided tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. Make the most of your time with your knowledgeable Shanghai Private Tour guide, see all top Shanghai attractions. With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. You'll get an insight into the city's culture, history, local lifestyle and future.

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From $50 p/p

Duration:6 - 8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Jade Buddha Temple, Former French Concession, Boat cruise on the Huangpu River, Pudong New Area(Shanghai Oriental TV Tower, OPTIONAL)

Tour Style:If you only have one day in Shanghai, we highly recommend this one day tour in shanghai. This fully customizable tour particularly designed for first-time travelers to Shanghai touring traditional gardens, bustling shopping streets, historic buildings, and even to the top of a skyscraper with your knowledgeable guide. It will let you get an insight into its people, culture, history and the dynamic urban life.

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From $70 p/p

Duration:4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Boat Cruise on Huangpu River, Yuyuan Bazaar (Shanghai City God Temple)

Tour Style:Book this private Shanghai evening tour, stroll the most famous food street-Yuyuan Bazaar (Shanghai City God Temple) in downtown Shanghai, which can offer you opporunity to taste the city from a local's perspective, taking the Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy the stunning light view and the amazing architecture of the city. It's the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline view.

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From $60 p/p

Duration:4 - 5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Pick two or three attractions as you are interested

Tour Style:Want to see the top sights in Shanghai with a professional private tour guide? Then go on this half day Shanghai city tour that puts the power in your hands to decide what attractions you visit. Avoid lengthy itineraries of places that don't interest you. You can customized the tour entirely on your preferences and discuss with your guide for advice. Flexible on the start and finish time.

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From $45 p/p

Duration:8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai private tour guide service,Shanghai Translator Service,Shanghai Interpreter Service,etc.

Tour Style:Shanghai Private Tour has full time private guides with a professional license or tour guiding certificate with expertise in history, shopping, business, nightlife and pretty much anything else you can think of. There aren't only tour guides either - assistants and interpreters too! They will help you learn a lot about the region, get a great price by skipping the middlemen and ensure you have a pleasant experience.

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From $50 p/p

Duration:7 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar

Tour Style:Discover Shangha's most incredible city highlights and beautiful Zhujiajiao Water Town regarded as "oriental Venice" during this wonderful Shanghai day tour. Accompanied by a professional guide, stroll around the old lanes with antiquated architecture, wander along the canal with old bridges and take the boat (Optional) on tranquil canals in Zhujiajiao for a half day. Followed by another half day tour to see the most incredible city highlights.

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From $80 p/p
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The In-Depth Shanghai Tour is ideal if you desire a greater understanding of Shanghai. Our guides have a deep, broad knowledge and will interpret Shanghai in many contexts including: historical, architectural, legends, stories and surrounding landscape. These special offered Shanghai tours offer a great chance to explore additional parts of Shanghai not seen on Basic tours. You will have the opportunity to experience Shanghai's Nightlife in the famous snack street, shuttle through Shanghai's "Longtang" in the 1980s to look for memories of the past, and experience Shanghai's Jewish refugee culture, etc.

Travel In Depth,Know More About Shanghai

Duration:6 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):M50 Moganshan Road art zone, Tianzifang, 1933 Shanghai, Duolun Road, Shanghai Art Museum

Tour Style:If you have 1 day in Shanghai, book this One Day Shanghai Contemporary Art to experience contemporary art in Shanghai with our local shanghai tour guide understanding how Chinese art fits into the wider international art. you'll visit a collection of modern and contemporary art galleries, a major part of Shanghai's evolving culture and urban enviroment Tianzifang.

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From $55 p/p

Duration:3 Days, 2 Nights

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), Nanjing Road, The Bund, Boat cruise on the Huangpu river, Half day cycling

Tour Style:3-Day Impressive Tour with Half Day Cycling Experience is specially designed sample itinerary for those who want to discover Shanghai in a unique way. The tour is composed of half the impression of old Shanghai during 1920s to 1940s and half the new image of flourishing metropolis Shanghai today. And spend a half day for the off the beaten path bike experience - Escorted by our professional local tour guide.

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From $190 p/p

Duration:4 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Tianzifang, Old French Concession, Shikumen Long Tang

Tour Style:Old Residential Long Tang family visit is the core of the whole tour, you will visit featured Shanghai old alleys and the local market, tasting local tea and having an authentic meal in a native family, addicted in the pleasure of learning Shanghai dialect, chatting and making friends with local people. You will experience the interesting life and hospitality of Shanghai people.

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From $40 p/p

Duration:3-4 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai City God Temple/Shanghai Market, Wujiang Road, Beer Tasting

Tour Style:Shanghai is a great place to samply typical Chinese cuisine. Book a whole night's worth of activities in Shanghai sasily with one tour. This Shanghai Night Food Adventure Tour will take you to explore the famous night market in Shanghai, stroll the food street and offer you opporunity to taste the city from a local's perspective. Enrich your memories of Shanghai with your private experienced and knowledgeable guide on this tour.

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From $36 p/p

Duration:3-4 hours

Attractions(Cities):The Peace Hotel, Ohel Rachel Synagogue, Jewish Old Market

Tour Style:What could be more fun than touring the historical city sites of Shanghai on foot? Your no-stress walking tour takes you on a walking adventure through old part of Shanghai, your private expert guide will share stories of jewish culture in Shanghai by visiting the Peace Hotel, Ohel Rachel Synagogue and Jewish Old Market. With full of flexibility, walking tour can be customized suite for you, there's truly something for everyone!

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From $35 p/p
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If you have extra time in Shanghai, you are highly recommended to make one or two day side trips to its mesmerising neighbors. There are many wonderful cities around Shanghai that worth a visit - beautiful garden city Suzhou, knowns as "Venice of the East" Hangzhou, as well as pastoral water towns such as Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang and Tongli. Below is a category of major visited cities around Shanghai. One look is worth a thousand words. Most customers find our recommendations are worth visiting.

All Shanghai extended trips below are private tours with a private English-speaking guide and a private car. If what we have here in our present tour catalog is not what you expect, please tell what you want, we will take care of the rest - designing the Shanghai side trips per your specific request.

Shanghai Extended Tours

Duration:9-10 hours

Attractions(Cities):Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

Tour Style:Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip riding on a bullet less than 30 minutes, accompanied by your private guide, visit the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient street, classic Chinese gardens and much more on this private customized day tour to Suzhou. We will book the entrance tickets in advance to escape the crowds, let you jump the queue to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable.

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From $90 p/p

Duration:10 hours

Attractions(Cities):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

Tour Style:Described Hangzhou as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world" by Marco Polo, it is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. This private day tour departures from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train is perfect for sightseeing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Hangzhou Old Street, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village and Buddhism Culture, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries.

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From $105 p/p

Duration:2 Days, 1 Night

Attractions(Cities):The Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill, West Lake,Guo Garden,Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Bamboo Lined Path at Yunqi, Hangzhou Qianjiang CBD

Tour Style:Enjoy the highlights of beautiful Suzhou and Hangzhou on this private 2-day tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train is perfect for travelers who have 2-day or 3-day weekend on hand in Shanghai and want to go out for a cool weekend getaway . Accompanied by your local expert guides, explore the stunning scenery and numerous historical and cultural heritage, let your journey deep into Chinese amzing history, culture and nature.

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From $195 p/p

Duration:6 Days, 5 Nights

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai, Huangshan

Tour Style:Shanghai is one of the largest city in China, and Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is one of the most famous and beautiful mountainous areas in the east of China. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. This 6 days Shanghai Huangshan tour will take you to experience the prosperity and urban culture of the metropolis. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to climb the Huangshan Mountain, experience Huizhou culture and extraordinary natural scenery.

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From $579 p/p

Duration:5 Days, 4 Nights

Attractions(Cities):Hangzhou: Westlake, Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda, Longjing Tea Village... Suzhou:Lingering Garden, Hanshan Temple, Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:"Above there is heaven, below are Suzhou and Hangzhou." This 5-day Suzhou Hangzhou private tour from Shanghai will help you burst through the language barrier and get the absolute most out of Hangzhou and Suzhou with a priavte vehicle and knowledgeable tour guide. You will not only enjoy the tranquil west lake and beautiful scenery, learn about the history, admire Chinese classic gardens and get an insight of their people. What a wonderful tour experience you'll have!

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From $340 p/p

Duration:10-11 hours

Attractions(Cities):Mt. Huangshan

Tour Style:This 1 day Huangshan tour from Shanghai by bullet train is a great way to see picture-like scenery and stay away from hustle-bustle of Shanghai city. Accompanied by your private guide, admire the charms of notable Huangshan mountain and enjoy the spectacular view with four natural wonders: oddly-shaped pines, rock formations, the seas of clouds and its hot springs.

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From $124 p/p
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Shanghai is a morden city that boasts of numerous attractions and landmarks. It is a city that challenges a visitor with its daunting history, its cultural heritage and its people. We offer all kinds of Shanghai tours by theme in order to meet your special tour interests. Through our Shanghai Theme Tours, you will get to know the "real Shanghai" through different aspects.

The below Shanghai Theme Tour is aimed at fully appreciating, understanding and feeling the city of Shanghai, Shanghai Snacks, Architecture, Hidden Door Highlights, Acrobastic Show are all special cultures that can make you amazing.

Themed Shanghai Private Tours

Duration:6 - 8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Yu Garden, Tianshan Tea Market, Chinese Tea Ceremony Experience

Tour Style:Book this Shanghai tea tour enjoying an authentic tea cultural experience in Shanghai. Follow your guide to visit the most famous tea market- Tianshan Market in Shanghai to know about the history and culture of all types of Chinese Tea. Narrated by your certified tea expert and performed in traditional clothing, enjoy an eloquent and artistic ceremony of several teas prepared in different types of teawares. Your'll get a better understanding of the traditional methods of storing, preparing, steeping and drinking tea culture.

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From $60 p/p

Duration:6 - 8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):1933 Creative Hub, Duolun Road, The Bund, Xintiandi, Tianzifang

Tour Style:Shanghai Architecture Exploration tour is a felxible tour specially designed for travelers who are interested in the architecture. Accompanied by your knowledgeable Shanghai tour guide over 5+ years guiding experience. From the super-tall skyscrapers of the Lujiazui financial district to the European-designed buildings of the Bund, Shanghai’s architectural landmarks are as varied as the city itself.

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From $65 p/p

Duration:4 hours

Attractions(Cities):Qiao Jia Street, Catalpa Garden, Nine-Rooms-Buildings

Tour Style:Book this city tour shanghai Guided Walking Tour to Explore Hidden Door Highlights to explore lesser-known historical attractions that provide insight into city's past. Lead you to a deeper understanding of the culture and story of old Shanghai. Your expert travel consultants are always ready to help you customize a new itinerary based on your specific needs.

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From $40 p/p

Duration:5-6 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Peace Hotel, Huoshan Park, Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum (Former Sire of Jewish Refugees Shelter), The Bund

Tour Style:Get a one day tour in Shanghai with your private guide Shanghai to learn jewish cuture. For one hundred years, from 1850s to 1950s, Jews made an important cultural impact on the economic and development of Shanghai. This one day Jewish tour will lead you to pay a visit to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum (Former Sire of Jewish Refugees Shelter) and visit the verdant splendor of Huoshan Park, let you get an insight into Shanghai Jewish community.

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From $60 p/p

Duration:4 - 5 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Gokurakuyu hot springs, Hot-Pot experience

Tour Style:Hot pot and hot spring have always been the top popular things for Chinese in winter. Book this Shanghai Package Tour of Hot Spring Bathing and Hot Pot Dining Experience lead you to a famous hot spring area in Shanghai, enjoy the unique Chinese hot pot, chatting with your friendly guide to get to know the city's culture and fact. The tiredness of the day will disappear. Hotel transfer, private tour guide and car service are included.

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From $87 p/p

Duration:6-8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Zotter Chocolate Theatre, Edible Zoo, Shop and Restaurant

Tour Style:Are you a chocolate lover? Join in this Shanghai Day Trip to Discover Zotter Chocolate Factory, your private tour guide take you to the rare chocolate factory in Shanghai to experience the new chocolate culture, find out 3D chocolate with full color, fragrance, clear view. Moreover, take an insight into the whole process of organic Zotter handmade chocolate production and indulge in tasting nearly 5600 kinds of flavor characteristic chocolate. You can also customize a variety of flavors and formulas of personalized chocolate and commemorative chocolate.

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From $80 p/p
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Shanghai special tour is aimed at fully appreciating, understanding and feeling the city of Shanghai - Tour Shanghai in your type and on your own way. 

In addition to popular Shanghai sightseeing tours, our Shanghai private tour also offers many opportunities for those who travel Shanghai with a particular interest in a special area such as cooking, hiking, hot spring bathing and more. These tours focus on individual aspects of the city thus enabling you to touch and appreciate the city of Hangzhou as a whole. 

Our Special Offer Shanghai Tours

Duration:2-3 hours

Attractions(Cities):Old French Concession (Including breakfast)

Tour Style:During 3-hour Old-Shanghai Breakfast Food and walking Tour get to know Old Shanghai through this morning food and walking tour, Immerse yourself in the real Shanghai. Our local shanghai tour guide takes you off the beaten path to unveil the secrets of local gastronomy, learn about the history and culture of Shanghai food and Chinese crazy eating habits.

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From $30 p/p

Duration:4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):Street Food Tasting, Dim Sum, Yunnan Road, Old-Fashioned Restaurants

Tour Style:Shanghai is known for its diverse and delectable food. Shanghai Day Tour Package: Half Day Shanghai Street Food Exploration Tour is perfect way to explore the traditional lanes, and experience local life and delicacies. With your private knowledgeable guide, beat the crowds and shun the tourist track, immerse yourself in Shanghai food culture, your private guide will show you various kinds of street snacks, and guarantee a great Shanghai culinary experience to you.

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From $40 p/p

Duration:3 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Chinese Ink and Brush Painting Workshop

Tour Style:The ink brush, ink, paper, and inkstone are essential implements of Chinese brush painting. Take this 3-hour Chinese painting class to learn the Chinese culture and art at a local workshop in Shanghai. By this city tour in Shanghai China, you will have the guidance from the local famous artist to make your own work of Ink and brush painting here. Take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir created by you, using ink brushes and rice paper. The tour includes round way hotel transfer, English tour guide, Painting experience.

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From $67 p/p

Duration:3-4 hours

Attractions(Cities):Local Wet Market, Dim Sum Cooking Class

Tour Style:Immerse yourself in rich culinary culture of Shanghai on this 4-tour that includes local market visiting and a comprehensive Dim Sum cooking class. Walk around a local wet market with your personal guide, learn how to choose the best ingredients and bargain for the best prices; Try to make traditional Chinese dim sum by your own under the guidance of your engaging and insightful local host.

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From $55 p/p

Duration:6-8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Chongming Island, Mahota Farm

Tour Style:Spend 1 day to swap the city bustle for rural beauty on this Chongming island private day tour! With your private tour guide, head to Chongming farm, learn about China's evolving agricultural industry, experience to handpick vegetables from the farmland, and make meals with the locals together! This private tour is full with flexibility, you can share your needs to customize your own tour itinerary.

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From $82 p/p

Duration:4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):People's Square, Alley Bazaars, Old French Concession, Shanghai's Old Town

Tour Style:Shanghai a very diverse place, and on this private biking tour in Shanghai, you are introduced to some top Shanghai attractions. Follow your tour guide through the old strees and lanes to the most representative scenic spots in Shanghai, such as People's Square, Alley Bazaars, Former French Concession and much more. Give you an intensive behind-the-scenes look at daily life of Shanghai.

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Most Asked Questions about Shanghai Private Tours

1. What are the most popular places to visit in Shanghai for first time travelers?

Shanghai attractions are plentiful and varied. Beyond the Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower cityscapes there are a huge range of museums (Shanghai Museum), colonial architecture, religious buildings, theatres, gardens, parks and shopping areas. For the first time traveler, you should go to visit Yu Garden, Temple of City God, The Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower

2. How many days should I plan for my Shanghai tour?

How many days should stay is depends on your schedule and interests, usually people stay around 4 days in Shanghai. Shanghai city tour, water Town tours from Shanghai, Hangzhou or Suzhou day tour from Shanghai, you can also plan a one day in Shanghai Disneyland if you travel with children.

3. How can I book your Shanghai tour?

You can send us your inquiry about the tour by email first, our travel consultant will reply to your inquiry with 12 hours. You will get a confirmation letter once we confirm the details for the tour. For the confirmation, we require 20% of total amount as deposit in advance.

4. Do all of your guides speak English?

Yes, our guide is based on bilingual speaking, Chinese and another language. Most of our guides are English Speaking guide and they can speak the fluent English and all of them obtain English Certificate. There is no communication barrier during the tour. 

5. Do you have guides that speak other languages?

Yes, most of our guides are English speaker. We also have some guides can speak Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese,  Cantonese.

6. Can I book a tour if we're just stopping in Shanghai on our cruise?

Yes, we can arrange the tour from Shanghai Port. You will be picked up from Shanghai cruise port and transferred back to the port after the tour. Please apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa before you come. As stated, without a proper visa the ship probably won’t let you off cause they know you’ll be back when you hit the customs booth because they will send you back to the ship.

7. Can just one person book a private tour?

All our tour can be arranged for one person, you will have you personal tour guide and driver. If you like to travel on your own and want to plan an independent arrangement, we are experts in designing private itinerary in Shanghai and nearby cities. We arranged lots of tours for solo traveler from different countries and got many positive reviews for our tours.

8. Can you arrange the Shanghai airport pick up service?

We provide Shanghai car rental service. The reservation process as below:

A: Make a quick inquiry by email; 

B: You’ll receive a quotation for your inquiry and booking details immediately. 

C: Confirm the booking and you will get a confirmation letter

For the airport pick up service, our driver will meet you at the exit of the arrival with your name board, help with your luggage in the car or van and transfer to your designated place.


9. How can I get to Disneyland Park?

Actually, it is very convenient to get to the resort area by subway, public bus, Taxi or car rental. There’s more than one way to reach your destination at Shanghai Disney Resort. You can by Resort Express Line Bus, the resort is equipped with a shuttle bus for tourism in order to facilitate visitors to Disney. So, consider your options and take the route that makes the most logistical sense for you and your family.

10. Can I join in the group tour in Shanghai?

Yes, we do Shanghai private tour and group tour. Such as Shanghai city highlights tour, Zhujiajiao Water Town and Huangpu River Cruise Tour. You will share a bus and guide service with other clients, which will keep the cost affordable.

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