Luxury Shopping Experience in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Gostiny Dvor: This butter-yellow landmark's full name starts with "Bolshoy," which means "great" – and the name fits. Not only is it the city's oldest arcade, but it dominates more than a kilometer of prime Nevsky street-front with two floors of high fashion – including Byblos, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Lui Jo, Moschino, Missoni, Nina Ricci, Versace – and caviar, too.
- Grand Palace Boutique Gallery: This newish building houses a super-elite collection of designer storefronts – Armani, Bally, Burberry, Escada, Furla, Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Swarovski, and Trussardi among them. And a very decadent chocolate shop.
- TSUM Department Store ("DLT"): Just north of Nevsky, this sprawling, multistory classic once provided top-name goods exclusively to Russian military officers; today it supplies names like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, and Marc Jacobs to all shoppers who lust after them.
- Small group = more personal: Thanks to a limited group size, you're assured deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible experience.
About This St. Petersburg Tour
Perhaps the best-known street in all of Russia, Nevsky Prospekt has come a long, long way since its earliest days as a nondescript approach road to the ancient city of Novgorod. Back then it was roamed by packs of wolves, prone to flooding, and lined with trees the locals liked to hang their laundry from.
But as it aged, the thoroughfare gathered character and a grander sense of place. Opulent buildings, squares, and bridges began going up along its nearly three-mile span, and before long this once-rugged road had become the epicenter of a city on the move – and site of its priciest real estate.
It was the place to be, to see, and to be seen. Pushkin, Gogol, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nijinsky, and Dostoevsky – they all hung out along the Nevsky. Today, it remains St. Petersburg's signature avenue – a glowing capital of shopping, entertainment, nightlife, and all forms of good old cosmopolitan capitalism.
That said, at some of the classic venues you might still encounter an occasional shop assistant rocking that old "grey" Soviet attitude – despite the brilliant color and worldliness of the goods being sold there.
But overwhelmingly, what you'll discover – with a keen eye peeled for what you like, and your guide's help finding it – is the best of just about everything. Offered up in an atmosphere of graciousness and modern, uncompromised style.
Nevsky is sometimes compared to Paris' Champs-Elysees and the fabled shopping streets of Rome, Amsterdam, and other capitals. But this avenue's soul is as Russian as the day is long.
Arriving by cruise ship? A representative will meet you near the pier. Staying in hotel? Your guide will be waiting in the lobby. Make sure you specify the name of your cruise ship or hotel at check out. At the meeting time, look for our logo sign. Please bring a printed copy of your voucher.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get in and out of the coach without assistance. It is not fully wheelchair accessible. Participation in any activity at any stop is at each person's discretion.
Private Tour, Shopping
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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