ShopNYC’s Guided Shopping Tours are very informative considering the information provided by the tour guide about NYC shopping and the video fashion updates shown prior to stopping at the boutiques.  The benefit of having a tour guide is that they can pretty much answer any questions you might have about shopping in NYC and NYC in general.  Also, with the guided tours, there is the opportunity to learn about the NYC subway system from the tour guide on our Subway/Walking tours or the opportunity to be chauffeured around the city on our Luxury Transportation tours.  There are, however, some people who prefer to explore shopping in NYC at their own pace, without a guide.  While private, guided shopping tours can be customized to their liking (as far as length, type of stores visited, time of day, etc.), they are perfect for someone with a slightly bigger budget.  ShopNYC Tours wanted to offer something that provides those on a smaller budget with the opportunity to take a tour at their own pace with almost all of the amenities provided on the guided tours (detailed directions, boutique descriptions and options for lunch, cocktails, etc.) which is why we’ve created Self-Guided Tour Itineraries.

The Self-Guided Tour Itineraries that ShopNYC currently offers are Fashionista Favs, for those looking to shop hip and chic NYC boutiques, Vintage Chic, for those vintage and consignment lovers, and Home Décor, for those who want to add a unique flair to their home.  While our guided tours are usually 3-4 hours allowing approximately 15-20 minutes in each store, the Self-Guided Tour Itineraries typically provide a 4-5 hour day of shopping which can easily be modified to a 7-8 hour day if you want to spend more time in each boutique.  Another perk of the Self-Guided Tour Itineraries is that they start at $9.95 for an e-mailed version and go up to $19.95 for a printed version that can be delivered to your hotel OR mailed directly to your home.  If you have a group of people, you can explore NYC with just ONE itinerary for $9.95 or $19.95, as opposed to paying $29 PER PERSON and up for a guided shopping tour.

Something else that’s great about the Self-Guided Tour Itineraries is that they can be customized, meaning we can create an itinerary based on someone’s preferences.  For example, I had a customer last week that contacted me about the Home Décor tour but they had some special requests for stores and neighborhoods that they wanted to visit.  So I came up with a Customized Home Décor Tour Itinerary for just $59 and delivered it right to her hotel. 

Depending on what people are looking to do, we can customize tour itineraries for high fashion boutiques, consignment boutiques, vintage boutiques, gift shops, home décor stores, pet stores, Bride-to-be boutiques, and Mommy-to-be boutiques.  All of these itineraries can be customized to a preferred length and preferred mode of transportation.  Customized Self-Guided Tour Itineraries have a slightly longer turnaround (approximately 1 week) and prices vary based on your requests.

We will soon be offering 2 new itineraries: NYC Nightlife and Low-Key Lounges.  These itineraries will provide detailed directions and insider tips for a night out in NYC (for club-lovers and lounge lovers alike.) 

If you’d like to BUY a Self-Guided Tour Itinerary or REQUEST a Customized Self-Guided Tour Itinerary, visit www.shop-nyctours.com/self-guidedtours.

Posted August 19th, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (3)