Guided bus, boat, and walking tour that covers all the NYC highlights; great way to get your bearings at the beginning of a trip.
Meeting Point: Times Square
Tour Highlights: Times Square, guided Central Park walk, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Park, Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Staten Island Ferry ride with views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty.
A choice between closed-top and glass-top luxury tour bus transportation is offered.
The ferry cruise is not included as part of the tour during the off-season (January to April). Instead, guests visit Pier 17 for a Brooklyn Bridge/Statue of Liberty photo op.
Included: All transportation, expert guide, bottled water.
Not Included: Food. There is a quick lunch break at the Fulton 55 Market, but guests must purchase their own.
Guided small-group (12 people or fewer) walking tour through two of New York’s tastiest ethnic neighborhoods, with seven different food tasting stops along the way.
Meeting Point: Mott Street in Chinatown
Tour Highlights: Cannoli, prosciutto, cheeses, fresh pasta, homemade mozzarella, hot dim sum, fresh dumplings, and traditional Chinese pastries.
Included: Seven food tastings, including a heated and hearty tasting of Italian or Chinese cuisine, a helpful handout including restaurants visited, maps, coupons, and recommendations upon leaving the tour.
Not Included: Bottled water.
Food included? Yes, seven tastings – enough to count as lunch.
Good for kids? Good for kids over 5 with adventurous palates.
Guests visit four different pizzerias in at least two boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island), led by experienced guides who are experts in the NYC pizza scene.
Meeting Point: Lower Manhattan near South Street Seaport
Tour Highlights: Tasting excellent and unique pizza varieties, kitchen tours, fun and knowledgeable tour guide.
Included: Four slices of pizza, pocket pizza journal, transport by yellow school bus.
Not Included: Beverages.
Tour operates rain or shine.
Food included? Yeah, pizza!
Good for kids? Yes! Reduced price tickets are offered for children between the ages of 4 and 12; children under the age of 4 are free, but must share pizza and seats with their guardian. Limit of one non-paying child per adult.
This bus tour runs on Sundays only, but weekend walking pizza tours are also available in Greenwich Village, Downtown Brooklyn, West Village, and East Village.
The most personal and comprehensive tour of New York’s 9/11 and Ground Zero sites.
Meeting Point: St. Paul’s Chapel
Tour Highlights: St. Paul’s Chapel, 90-minute guided walk around Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial (including firsthand stories from your tour guide), 9/11 Museum, Freedom Tower and the One World Observatory, and other sites such as the FDNY Memorial Wall, the Survivor Tree, and the Millennium Hotel.
Included: Tour guide with a personal connection to 9/11, skip-the-line access to the 9/11 Museum; timed reserved entrance tickets to the 9/11 Museum and One World Observatory are available with upgrade.
Food included? No.
Good for kids? Yes, particularily older kids and teens. The tour guides ensure that the subject matter is handled sensitively.
Wonderful half-day tour of Brooklyn food, history, and culture; a delicious introduction to this borough’s diverse neighborhoods.
Meeting Point: The NE corner of 6th Ave & Bleecker St (Greenwich Village).
Tour Highlights: Food highlights include traditional Polish pierogies and kielbasa, knishes, New York-style brick oven pizza, cannoli, and more. Neighborhoods visited may include Old and New Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and DUMBO.
Takes place rain or shine.
Participants have the option of walking the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan.
Included: Lots of food, bus transport between neighborhoods, bottle of water.
Not Included: Alcohol and soft drinks are not included, but can be purchased at some of the restaurants on the tour.
Behind-the-scenes tour of New York’s world-famous theater district; guests go backstage inside the New Amsterdam Theatre, where they can handle the props and costumes from productions like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mary Poppins.
Meeting Point: West 46th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue
Tour Highlights: Times Square, Broadway, Sardi’s restaurant, behind-the-scenes tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Guided walking tour through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Jewish East Side, and former Irish/Free Black Five Points to explore the experiences of different ethnic groups as they immigrated to the United States.
Meeting Point: City Hall Park
Tour Highlights: The Tweed Courthouse, the African Burial Ground, Mulberry Bend, the Bowery, sites associated with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Jacob Riis, Abraham Cahan, “Master” Juba, Emma Goldman and more.
Offered as a public or private tour.
Tours run rain or shine, except in the case of extreme weather.
Most guides are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in New York history.
Guided nighttime tour of the the most haunted places in New York’s historic Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Meeting Point: The Waverly Restaurant near Washington Square Park
Tour Highlights: Washington Square Park, the Brown Building (site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire), home of Emma Lazarus, ‘the Murder House,’ ‘The House on Gay Street,’ Jefferson Market Library, Chumley’s speakeasy.
Included: Expert tour guide
Food included? No.
Good for kids? No. Not recommended for children under 12.
Hone your photography skills while capturing images of some of New York’s most iconic landmarks. Suitable for photographers at all levels, from smartphone to D-SLR. Use your own or rent one of theirs.
Meeting Point: Midtown Manhattan.
Tour Highlights: Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Empire State Building, NYC Subway system, and Central Park.
Included: Professional photographer guide, subway fare.
Not Included: Camera rental. (Rental fee includes a memory card, which is yours to keep.)
Food included? No.
Good for kids? Yes, and discounted rates are offered for children. Any participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Minors participating in public/group sessions must be 13+; children under the age of 13 may participate in a private session accompanied by a paid adult.
View New York’s iconic landmarks, modern architecture, and engineering masterpieces from the elegant deck of a 1920’s-style teak yacht on this harbor boat cruise led by members of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Meeting Point: Chelsea Piers
Tour Highlights: One World Trade Center Memorial and Manhattan’s waterside memorials, Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street, Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Ave. condos, the Standard Hotel, the Woolworth Building, Wall Street’s art deco spires, the Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem River’s bridges, Little Island at Pier 55, the Hudson Yards “mega-project.”
Architecture and the Lights of Gotham, Urban Ecology & Infrastructure, and Industrial Waterfront Tours are also offered.
Included: Professional guide, boat tour, one drink.
Food included? No.
Good for kids? Perhaps. The content might not wow little ones, but being on the water is always exciting.