New York City (October 27, 2010) – Shopping tours, with prices as low as 13.95USD, are now available on City-Discovery.com. The travel site announced that in preparation for the Christmas shopping rush, it has beefed up its selection of shopping tours to some of the best bazaars and designer retail outlets in the world. Most tours are priced under 100USD and have been added in 10 cities: New York City, Paris, Florence, Milan, London, Dubai, Cairo, Istanbul, Chicago, and Marrakech. Tours are offered at special rates and can be combined with city sightseeing passes or city tours.
According to Wlad Guez, City-Discovery.com's vice president, "Our new shopping tours are excellent time and money savers, especially to shoppers with a taste for high fashion at rock-bottom prices. Early Christmas shoppers will especially benefit. By joining a shopping tour, locating bargain centers and out-of-the-way boutiques in popular Christmas break destinations is easier and offers more convenience. Shoppers are driven straight to retail outlets of designer brands, where expert guides are on hand to point out best buys and bargains."
"The usual shopping problems, such as traffic, parking, heavy parcels, as well as aching feet are avoided. Shoppers do not have to worry about maps, directions, parking fees and exorbitant retail prices," he said.
There are 10 shopping destinations featured on City-Discovery.com, listed below:
In New York City are three new shopping tours, suitable for women with a penchant for big names brands and NYC independent clothing and accessories, offered at 50-80% below retail in many of the shops: Garment Center Cheap and Chic for the Young and Stylish, SoHo and NoLita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour, and the Garment Center Insider Shopping Tour (only at 60USD until February 28, 2011). The Woodbury Common Factory Outlets with a collection of 220 stores and up to 65% off the retail price continues to be very popular.
In Paris, the main shopping attraction is La Vallée Village, a collection of designer boutiques in the city's outskirts. Open year-round, the previous season's collections are offered at reduced prices. Meanwhile, the Great Paris Treasure Hunt targets bargain hunters of bric-à-brac and antique items from flea markets.
In the outskirts of Florence, the Gucci and Prada Shopping Tour offers discounted shopping of the most prestigious names in fashion, including Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ferragamao, Y.S. Laurent, Valentino, Ungaro, Zegna, and many more.
In Milan, the Serravelle Designer Outlet boasts of over 170 stores, giving shoppers a vast number of choices in fashionable items at discounts of up to 70%. Across the Italian border 50 kilometers from Milan, in the town of Mendrisio, Switzerland is the Foxtown Factory Outlet, offering big brands at small prices. It houses 160 stores and over 200 Italian and international brands on sale of up to 70% off the retail price.
Bicester Village Shopping Express is an easy way to travel from London to Bicester Village, a premier luxury shopping center in the Oxfordshire countryside. This tour comes with a free VIP Shopping pass and 10% discount at many designer and food outlets.
In Dubai Shopping Tour shoppers are taken straight to the malls and traditional souks for the best Persian rugs, gold, fabrics, clothes, handbags, and spices at incredible prices.
Famous Bazaars and Suburbs in Ancient Cairo combines sightseeing of historical monuments and visits to merchant centers of perfume, herbs, fabric, chandeliers, and traditional food items.
The Grand Bazaar is probably the oldest in Istanbul, with more than 4000 shops in 64 streets. A guide will lead shoppers within the labyrinth of shops on leather goods, sweets, dried fruits and spices, jewelry, glassware, pottery, and belly dancing costumes.
Guided Shopping Tours in Chicago go to the hippest boutiques in Bucktown and Wickerpark Boutiques, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Southport, and Magnificent Mile. The tour to the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora offers 120 designer and brand-name stores with savings of 25%-65% everyday.
Souks and Medina offers a guided tour of Marrakech, the famous Djemaa El Fna Square, and the souks of the old Medina.
Shopping tours are also available in Rome, Boston, Venice, Perth, Monaco, Barcelona, Prague, Cannes, Manila, Bangkok, and Bandar Seri Begawan. For a complete listing, visit www.city-discovery.com. Airport transfers can be booked alongside activities.
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