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One day in NYC Tour
Can you REALLY see a huge percentage of NYC in ONE DAY ? Uh....YES !! Private Tours are so efficient that you can see in about 7 Hours what could take you and your guests about 5-7 DAYS on your own. You will see it without crowds and guided personally by some of the finest guides in NYC. Pick up and Drop Off included - a seamless experience.
Escape from nyc Tour
NYC has a vast METRO AREA that includes so many gorgeous venues, vistas and just plain fascinating places to visit. Few visitors ever get a chance to see these truly amazing sights. This is your rare opportunity to be able to experience what NY'ers have been able to experience for over 150 years - all in about 7 Hours. 3 different regions with 3 completely different vibes and sights. All stunningly different and all surprisingly beautiful. Pick up & Drop off included.
All of our tours are private - No other guests on board
We avoid crowds and crowded venues for a fully private experience
We follow all CDC recommended procedures
We use face masks and sanitize our tour vehicles regularly
We require our guides to regularly wash hands and we regularly check temperatures of all staff
Almost 3 million people who live in Brooklyn, the hippest part of NYC, must be doing something pretty darn interesting. Not to mention the architecture, history, art, food and fun contained in this massively diverse borough of New York City. Graffiti art to Egyptian mummies. Pizza perfection and meat in tube form (hot dogs) that defy comparison.
Downtown Manhattan Tour
At 390 years old, downtown Manhattan boasts some of the most culturally significant and exciting areas of New York City. The largest Chinatown outside of Beijing. 1892 style cannolis in Little Italy. The posh designer shopping of SoHo. Harbor views and the seaport. The hip bohemian landscape of the village. The man made canyons of Wall Street. A somber reflection at Ground Zero. More than enough memories to last a lifetime.
Uptown Manhattan tour
Glaciers. A word that is not usually associated with the Island of Manhattan. Much of Manhattan was formed during the little ice age 15,000 years ago. Stevie Wonder and James Brown got their start at the Apollo Theater. Ulysses S. Grant and Bono from U2 have made it their home. Central Park’s meadows and mountains. Hills as steep as San Francisco. Mansions within blocks of brownstone walk-ups. It will all stun you!
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The tour was amazing and the best decision I made made when visiting NYC. Sheldon took us where we wanted to go and provided so many details, we learned A LOT. We had an amazing luxury minibus which comfortably fit three adults and 3 kids. We had a blast and Sheldon engaged all of us, including the kids!
Full of facts, history, humour and had the best ‘fillers’ that made our tour so much more interesting and memorable...Sheldon, you should be considered to be an ambassador to your city!!
Worth every penny. Our guide did an excellent job of showing us so many different interesting places in NYC. We hit all the main points, with several more unknown, but worthwhile stops along the way. Sheldon knows NYC like the back of his hand, and is full of interesting and relevant information about every stop we made.
This was a highlight of our NYC visit. We had Shelly as our guide and he did a terrific job. It was like tour with your favorite Uncle. We hit many of the highlights in the City and this was by far the best new york tour I’ve ever taken. We felt like a local the whole time.
Without fear of contradiction, this was the best new york tour by far I have ever had the privilege of being on. Our tour guide’s encyclopedic knowledge, his passion for his city and his entertaining delivery style meant that this was a day non-one on my tour group will ever forget. We saw everything we needed to see and quite simply it was outstanding. THANKS!!!
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Private NYC Tours – Our tours are personable, memorable, and ideal for families, couples, and groups from two to thirty-six. Forget the stress of overcrowded tour buses and revel in the calming luxury of intimate time with your travel guests.
Climb aboard one of Silver Star Transportation’s pristine vehicles on one of New York City’s premier personalized-customizable tours. Perfect for smaller groups and intimate parties looking to enjoy the perks of riding along with a professional driver.
Get up close with all of the landmarks on your list. We will make sure you see all the sights and famous bright lights that make New York the greatest city in the world.
We booked Silver Star for our wedding day and from start to finish, they were amazing! So thoughtful and ready to save the day at any given moment. The drivers were ... read more incredibly helpful, respectful, and super nice. I always say it and I will say it again, if you are looking for service that you never have to question and can always trust to be amazing, SILVER STAR is it! For all my fellow brides and grooms out there, there will always be something that will throw you off on your wedding day because let’s face it, things happen. My experience with Silver Star has shown me that they will do anything they can to make sure your day is as smooth as possible. Thank you Mario, Miguel, Melissa, Paula and the Silver Star Team for EVERYTHING.
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I had a great experience using Silver Star! I was looking to book a party bus event and I’m glad I chose to do so with Silver Star. Melissa discussed ... read more details with me over the phone after providing clear and concise quotes/info by email, which made the process really easy. They offered me great rates and the party bus was super nice/spacious. I was also able to meet with them at their lot in advance of my event to tour the bus, and confirm details at their office. Our driver Fernando was great during the event, communicated by phone prior and arrived early. He also communicated with me during the event to keep me informed on travel locations/timing. Would 10/10 recommend to friends & family, and anyone looking to book party transportation events. I plan to use Silver Star for all of my future events going forward!
Positive: Professionalism , Punctuality , Quality , Value I can't say enough about how satisfied we were with Silver Star Transportation! They provided shuttle service on ... read more two occasions during a weekend wedding celebration and were polite, professional and prompt (actually early!). From the first phone call until the last shuttle pickup, Silver Star was exemplary. Highly recommend!
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- See the best of New York City from the comfort of a private car.
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- Choose your own tour route and get the pictures you want at NYC’s Most Instagrammable Places!
Silver Star tour planners are here to help you create a custom tour or suggest popular routes to ensure your family or travel guests see all the New York City landmarks on their list.
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Private Tours NYC
Enjoy a private 2-hour NYC lights tour in luxury bus, limousine or executive SUV.
Join us for a tour of New York City's Holiday Landmarks departing from your home, hotel or location of choice.
Arrive in style or end your Broadway evening with a private limousine tour of New York City landmarks.
NYC’s Best Private Tour – We’re the only call you should make.
New York City is one of the world’s most popular destinations—known for our cultural diversity, museums, beaming lights of Broadway, diverse art scene, and cutting-edge fashion.
Silver Star Transportation invites you to join us for a private tour of Manhattan , customized and tailored to your families or travel groups’ interests.
Together with our New York City Tour planner, we will help you craft the perfect customized tour of New York City in a limousine, executive SUV, or bus.
New York City Tours
Everyone who visits New York should see The Statue of Liberty and Radio City Music Hall , but being New Yorker’s we can also show you the hidden gems scattered throughout our city and its surrounding boroughs—little known nightlife hotspots, late-night dining hubs , out-of-the-way secret destinations, iconic NYC bars , clubs and so much more.
Enjoy a private 2-hour cruise of New York City’s most popular outdoor attractions and iconic landmarks.
Tour in comfort and see the sights from a luxury limousine or party bus. Our vehicles are impeccably maintained ensuring your group enjoys the ride as much as the sites, our private tours are flexible, ready to be customized for the season or interests of the party. Silver Stars planners can help you create a custom tour or suggest popular routes to ensure your family or travel guests see all the New York City highlights on their list.
Whether you plan to visit the old Yankee Stadium , Times Square , The Brooklyn Bridge or Grand Central Terminal , nothing will get you closer to the action than a private chauffeured vehicle. We promise you will see more and enjoy yourself while doing it aboard one of our comfortable luxury vehicles.
All of our New York City Tours are fully customizable, we invite you to ask us questions, together we will plan your trip and ensure you see your personal must-see New York attractions.
We enjoy taking our clients to the best on and off the radar destinations our city has to offer travelers, and we cater to everyone including:
- Travel agents who want to show clients the best that New York City has to offer,
- Travel agencies who want nothing but the best for their traveling customers,
- Individuals, couples and families!
- School administrators looking to give students a memorable class trip.
Whether you’re considering a sightseeing tour of New York City or a day tour along the scenic coast—Boston, Philadelphia or a trip to Washington, DC—Silver Star Transportation is here to serve all your touring needs.
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Get up close to New York’s world-famous landmarks including Rockefeller Center (where Saturday Night Live is broadcasted), Times Square, Herald Square, 5th Avenue, Grand Central Terminal or take a ride over the famous Brooklyn Bridge.
Stop in DUMBO Brooklyn for a photo in front of the Brooklyn Bridge and snap a few shots in front of the Manhattan Skyline.
Our New York City tours are perfect for families looking to enjoy the iconic holiday lights out during the colder months of the holiday season; or for couples looking to make a night on the town all the more memorable.
Want to explore areas of the city up-close? No problem, we can help you plan your pick-up and drop-off locations to suit your travel plans. Want to add an hour, no problem you can extend your trip at any time – this is the best way to travel.
What to expect
On the day of your tour, your group will be picked up by your selected vehicle from your hotel or any other location determined and you will embark on your 2-hour New York City Tour.
Your professional driver will chauffeur you around New York City in comfort. Bringing you to the best views of all the popular tourist attractions including Rockefeller Center , Central Park , 5th Avenue , Time Square , the Empire State Building , Grand Central Station , St Patrick’s Cathedral , the 9/11 Memorial , the Financial District , Little Italy , Chinatown and the Brooklyn Bridge .
What are the best Private Sightseeing Tours in New York City?
We believe that Private NYC Tours are perfect for small groups and curious travelers. Unlike other private tour companies, we offer two-hour private tours – which is shorter than most other private tour companies offer.
Why should I choose Silver Star?
For more than three decades, Silver Star has been providing the Metropolitan area unsurpassed ground transportation. Known for our impeccable commitment to safety, exceptional vehicles, and expert staff. We offer our clients more than just a ride, we provide peace of mind.
Do you offer other tours and excursions?
Yes, we do; with Silver Star Transportation, you can see the best of New York City, Westchester, the Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland County, and beyond. Our tours can all be customized, tell us what you want out of your time in our city, and we’ll deliver. Our Custom Tours + Charters are all à la Carte; don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly to learn more!
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If you’re looking for the best private tour guides in New York to plan your ultimate day in this electrifying cultural capital, City Unscripted has got you covered. Our handpicked team of private tour guides in NYC have already uncovered every inch of this iconic metropolis, and they’re ready to share it all with you. Who needs a guidebook for the Big Apple when you have the best New York private tour guides to reveal their dynamic hometown’s highlights as well as its hidden gems? From spectacular street food and eclectic neighborhoods to artistic and cultural icons, there’s something for every type of traveler on our tailored tours with private guides in NYC.
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Like the people who travel with us, they have different backgrounds and interests – but they’re all so passionate about the place they call home, they choose to spend their free time sharing it with the like-minded travelers matched to them.
In a city with as many world-famous attractions as New York City, from Times Square to the Guggenheim, you could easily spend weeks caught in a seemingly endless tourist trap. But if you experience the city with one of our private guides in New York, you’ll also discover the local haunts and holes-in-the-wall only native New Yorkers know about. On personalized tours with City Unscripted, we won’t limit you to the tourist sights. Our private tour guides in New York will show you where to find the coolest cafés, the quirkiest areas, and the best places to grab a quick bagel.
No two travelers are the same. Maybe you want to hop between world-famous attractions like the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, find the best restaurants in Greenwich Village, or perhaps you’re content to spend a day scoping out laid-back local hangouts. What makes our local hosts the best private tour guides in New York? They take time to get familiar with your personality, passions, and travel style, so they can plan the perfect NYC itinerary tailored specifically to you. Whatever your interests, our private guides in New York City create experiences that are 100% personalized.
Our private guides in New York have an intimate understanding of the distinct vibe of each neighborhood, and they’ll take you wherever you want to go. We want to give you full access to the real New York. With our knowledgeable private tour guides in NYC to be your personal GPS and guidebook, no experience is off-limits. Whether you explore the streets of swanky Manhattan, drink in Brooklyn’s urban art scene, or get lost in boho Greenwich Village, our private tour guides in New York take the lead, helping you navigate the city with the ease of someone who lives there.
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Maurita was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. She knows the City well. We had fun going to many great bars and clubs. She took us to many places we would not have found. She also listened to our desires and found us some great Jazz Bands. This tour is well worth it!
We are a family of 4 traveling with two children from Texas. We had a very specific NYC itinerary of our must sees. Our tour guide, Maurita, listened to our every request and delivered above and beyond. She was patient, knowledgeable, sweet, accommodating, and gave us so much history. We could not have had a better day seeing the city’s hidden gems & learning of it’s history. 10/10 recommend Maurita.
Great experience with Mei! She personalized our tour with places we wanted to visit and see. Ate in Chinatown at amazing 456. Food was delish and affordable. Rode the ferry and subway. Wouldn’t have know how to without a guide. Highly recommend getting a guide if you want to see New York and have a great experience get yourself a guide!
This was an absolutely amazing tour. Kamilia was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable and made our trip very interesting. I would definitely recommend her as your tour guide.
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I fell in love with New York the moment I set foot here. It's been over 30 years now. I love this city so much that I became an NYC tour guide. I enjoy showing people different faces of NYC - from the bustling city of skyscrapers to the quiet streets of out-of-the-tourists-way neighborhoods. I love telling stories of people who made New York what is it - the self-made millionaires, famous writers, daring architects, beautiful and powerful women. I can show you major landmarks as well as secret spots and cozy old bars where you can feel NYC history. I can take you to places where sounds of jazz rule the night and people swing-dance - a dance which was born in Harlem, NY, and had swept the world with its infectious joy. I'm a licensed sightseeing guide with many years of experience. I'm truly fascinated with the unique history of New York City and love to share my passion for it. I've studied History of Art at Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, Mass) and New School (NYC) and took classes on NYC Architectural History at Cooper Union (NYC).
I am a New York City tour guide and have been doing bus tours for 14 years and walking tours for eight. I can easily do a standard tour on, say, Central Park, Greenwich Village, or the World Trade Center but I offer a general tour with many popular places in New York. I also have my own niche tour of "Titanic Sites in New York City". I like tour-guiding in the city because I am also a tourist and I like to feel the vicarious thrill of visitors. Being a tour-guide AND a tourist, I have traveled to Nova Scotia, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Anchorage, Cleveland, Niagara Falls, Washington DC, London, Liverpool, Belfast, Bangkok, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Yokohama, Nara, Mt. Kosaya, Mt. Fuji and many other places.
My name is Adam, and I’m a licensed tour guide here in New York City. With so many places to visit and an extensive subway system, New York City can feel overwhelming. There's nothing I love more than helping someone feel at ease and have a great experience exploring the amazing areas of New York. I offer private and fun full- and half-day neighborhood walking tours for families and small groups. With every tour, I aim to help people learn to navigate around town, hear great stories, capture wonderful photos, laugh a lot, and make amazing memories together. I am passionate, energetic, quick-witted, and love making people say "wow" at all the sites. I'm originally from Orlando, FL, but have lived in numerous places, including San Francisco, Atlanta, and even Sydney, Australia. Prior to becoming a guide, I worked for years helping well-respected non-profit organizations tell their stories and raise funds to support their critical work. For the past 10 years, my wife and I have called New York City home. We absolutely love living here and are always out exploring the city. It'll be an amazing day out in the city for you and your traveling companions. I can't wait to meet you.
Hi everyone, I am Owen, living in Flushing, New York. I worked as a tour guide and tour leader for many years. I love travelling and been to many countries in the world. I love yummy food, history and culture. Flushing is amazing place with long history and many different cultures with many ethnic groups people living here, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian. This is a huge melt pot and this is a small global world. Of course, come to Flushing, you can never miss the yummy food here. Flushing is the yummy food kingdom. No need flying to those countries thousands miles away, here you can find and taste the most representative yummy food from those Asian countries, especially Chinese,korean,Vietnamese and Taiwan snacks food. Follow me, let's walk in Flushing and start our amazing yummy food taste journey! I will recommend those famous street food and snacks to you.
Hello there i am jonathan and i'm so excited to share my new york city with you i have family roots in new york city stretching back over a hundred years, mirroring the classic immigrant experience from ellis island to the lower east side. this background has inspired an ongoing quest for the best of the city past and present, from the suspension cables of the brooklyn bridge to the hot pastrami at katz’s deli. i moved from the depths of jersey to manhattan’s morningside heights at 18 for college and have since split his time between tel aviv and new york city. i studied american history at columbia university under kenneth jackson, one of the all time great historians of new york city. after college i worked in finance before heading back to school in israel to study for an ma in archeology from bar ilan university. i currently guide tours in both new york and israel, depending on the season. i love exploring the city’s history, from the footprints of george washington to malcolm x, and discovering hidden gems from the best pizza slice to the coolest dive bar. new york city is an endless playground of culture, history, and energy where every day seems to yield a new adventure. .
Call me jen or jennifer for over 10 years, nyc guiding is my side hustle. while it's not uncommon for locals to have side hustles, little did i know that my love of nyc would change me on a cellular level. number one rule is no stress, no pressure. we are a team and we work together. big picture thinking is my goal. we will love new york city while loving each other. it's that simple. while many of my guiding years have been by foot, i am an experienced bike and bus guide too----don't worry, i am not the driver to walk nyc is to understand it best; soaking up its unexpected serendipity .
As a native New Yorker the constant thread through my years of NYC living has been a great love for my hometown and the values we embody. This led me to get a sightseeing license and share my passion by running and performing my own creation for the past 3 years : Downtown Sightseeing Theater. Not only do I get to show off areas of Manhattan most people (especially New Yorkers) don't normally go to, but I get to exercise my creative and theatrical muscles. I love the jolt of energy and excitement I feel when I see guests engaging in the mystery of the tour, or asking our femme fatale a saucy question, or something as simple as a guest telling me they learned something new. It's moments such as these that me want to share our tour over and over again. Any questions please ask and I hope to see you on a future tour!
I am Anette - immigrant from Germany, NYC licensed Tour Guide and member of the Guide Association of New York City. I love to explore my beloved new home, its' history, the well-known and also the hidden sights. As a NYC licensed tour guide I want to share my love and knowledge of the Big Apple with you. Learn the secrets and stories about this fascinating city and follow the footsteps of everyday life, take in new views, and join me in exploring spots that are away from the tourist hustle and bustle. In addition, I am happy to give you helpful tips for your unforgettable vacation in New York City. Let me show you the city and entertain you with stories from my everyday life as a German New Yorker. I am offering guided tours in English and German.
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My experience as a NYC tour guide spans the better part of a decade and has helped cement my reputation as one of the most sought-after tour guides in town. Indeed, I have had the honor of being named one of New York’s top tour guides. My exuberance, theatricality, passion and extensive knowledge of the city's history speaks for itself. I have a lifetime of exposure to the art of storytelling as a professional ballet dancer, actor and musician and I continue to grow in my abilities. You see, I am New York. My great-grandfather was the architect and musician to the King of Norway. His journey impressed me. My father was a prince of his tribe in Nigeria. His journey inspired me. My Grandmother was first generation Irish American. Her journey motivates me. And her parent's legacy begins a trail on Ellis Island. They all have a story to tell that lives through me. My fascination with immigration has been, in turn, the discovery of myself AND New York. As a true amalgamation of ethnicity, I am New York and my story, albeit specific, generically lives in the American dream. So what is it about New York? In discovering my own family history, I discovered the answer and it lies deep beneath the surface of the city, within the heart.
Central Park is the perfect destination for anyone exploring New York City's beauty. This iconic park offers many attractions, from beautiful gardens to historic monuments and scenic waterways. However, the park's sheer size can overwhelm many visitors. Discover numerous places of historical significance in Central Park Ice Rink, Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, Strawberry Fields, Alice in Wonderland Learn more about Central Park with historical information and facts from your guide See some of the most recognizable movie locations in the park Home Alone, Elf, Spiderman, Gossip Girls, Avengers, Enchanted, 27 Dresses, This is where NYC Park Tours comes in. Our pedicab tours offer a unique and convenient way to explore the vast expanse of Central Park while enjoying the comfort of a private ride. Our pedicab tours offer access to exclusive attractions that are not accessible by other means of transportation. For instance, our drivers can take you to the Bethesda Terrace, one of the park's most iconic landmarks that are only accessible by foot or pedicab. We can also take you to the Loeb Boathouse, which offers beautiful views of the park's waterways and is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. Our tour guides are knowledgeable and passionate about Central Park. They will share fascinating insights and stories about the park's history and landmarks, giving you a deeper understanding of the beauty of this iconic park.
Jeff is a born and bred New Yorker, raised in Queens and now a long-term resident of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Whether this is your first or 15th time visiting New York, Jeff is eager to share with you his love of the City, its history, and the ever-changing character of its many neighborhoods. Jeff is a licensed and experienced sightseeing guide, and has earned an "exemplary" rating from New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. He is a member of the Guides Association of New York City. Jeff hold’s a bachelor's degree, with honors, in American Studies from Cornell, and a law degree from Vanderbilt. He is a former assistant general counsel for infrastructure and the environment at Con Edison, New York City's power utility. Whether you have specific locations and sights in mind, or are just looking for a general introduction to New York City, Jeff can customize private half-day and full-day tours for you, your family, or your group. His guided tours via subway and foot through New York's varied and unique neighborhoods, whether in Manhattan or the outer boroughs, will introduce you to the City’s history, and to the sights, foods, and photo opportunities that only come with a local's experience and knowledge. And as you walk the City and chat, you will gain a more intimate appreciation of New York, and return home with a deeper understanding of how this most ethnically diverse City grew from a small Dutch trading post to become the financial, media, and entertainment capital of the world. Come see the “Big Apple” through a native New Yorker's eyes. It will be a truly unforgettable experience.
I’m in love with New York City and I like to share my experience my knowledge and my passion with my tourists. I’m a storyteller, I’m a “curious child” I like to meet people from all over the world, I’m good to drag your attention and help you to see the real beauty of the city looking through even a simple unknown street or corner of NYC. I like to be detailed but I’m not boring and I’m sure Im able to show you the true essence of the unique city in the world.
Hello! Welcome to my page and hopefully soon, New York! I am a born and bred NY Native, having grown up in Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The city, its people, food, neighborhoods, rich diverse history, cutting edge innovation, storied nightlife and world-renowned cultural treasures were my playground and classroom; and I am so grateful to have had this teacher. After University, I lived for three years in London and Paris - and then returned to my home town where I have been enjoying my work in Tourism and Hospitality ever since. I’ve been a professional guide for many years working for companies like Tui, Globus and Disney. I have lead groups, both large and small, that include students, adults, business professionals, and retirees from the U.S. and abroad. I love taking guests around my beautiful city, and re-discovering its majesty and wonder with visitors - this is truly a privilege. I excel at private tours and in sharing the magical experiences that can only be found in this dynamic and daunting city. Together, we will unlock it's secrets and discover why NYC, the star of so many memorable movies and novels, is such a beloved, romantic and exciting city. What do I do in my spare time? I write, act, garden and hike. I teach kids financial literacy in an after school enrichment program. I walk my wonderful dog in Brooklyn Bridge Park and I take advantage of the world-class museums and restaurants this great city has to offer. If you wish, I would be happy to work together and plan your perfect itinerary with a customized experience - or you may choose from one or more of my predesignated tour options.
Born and educated in Austria, I worked in fashion in Paris, London and New York. After leaving the fashion and advertising industry in New York, I made a career change to the tourism industry, which I have been involved with for the last 20 years. I’ve travelled with visitors throughout the United States, giving tours in major cities. In New York City — my hometown - I work as a local Tour Guide. I love the city because of its vibrancy, pulse and culture. Therefore, I want you to enjoy it through the eyes of a New Yorker. I welcome small groups for New York City walking tours - on foot, by taxi cab or bus - as per your preference. I provide an intimate picture of what New York City is all about by covering certain highlights such as Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Lincoln Center and Times Square. But I‘m always open to the wishes of the client. My aim is to enlarge knowledge and have a great time!
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Best of New York Highlights Tour - with private car & driver
No matter how much time you have to visit new york, from a few days to a few hours, the number one "must-do" is taking in the spectacular highlights of the big apple. in this tour, we will see the top sites from central park to the glittering shops along fifth ave, through rockefeller center and times square, taking in grand central terminal, empire state building & more. time permitting: soho, wall street, the statue of liberty - all in luxury, safety and comfort from your private vehicle..
New York Must-See Places Tour
You cannot visit nyc without seeing the brooklyn bridge and it would be crazy to miss the empire state building... but there’s also rockefeller center, statue of liberty, the grand central, the chrysler building, the flatiron, wall street, times square, greenwich village, chinatown, and so much more. come with me and meet manhattan this tour covers the most important "must-see" places in new york and more.
Best of New York Highlights Tour - on foot & subway
No matter how much time you have to visit new york, from a few days to a few hours, the number one "must-do" is taking in the spectacular highlights of the big apple. in this 4+ hour tour, we will see many of the top sites from central park to the glittering shops along fifth ave, through rockefeller center, times square, grand central terminal, empire state building, soho, wall street, statue of liberty and more - and we can do the whole thing like a local does - by walking & taking the subway.
Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Tour (FiDi / WTC)
Money, money, money feel the power as you walk the streets of the world's financial epicenter, and hear the stories of intrigue, influence and independence new york's financial district, wall street, is not just home to the most powerful economic players in the world, it is the birthplace of our city - and in many ways - our nation. in this tour we focus on finance - how wall street works, who the players are past and present, important events that occurred here and what may the future hold.
Central Park on Foot - nature & culture walking tour
Is central park the most beautiful park in the city it is surely a vast and verdant oasis in the center of an urban jungle - filled with the most interesting natives, who are doing the most amazing things come discover the history & culture of new york's "back yard" as we explore some of central park's 843 acres of winding trails, bridges, ponds, lakes, classical features and woodlands. along the way we'll see spots from your favorite movies, hear lovely music, and see famous landmarks..
The Best of New York Sights in a Day
My tour will be the sampler of the best of new york city in one day. i will guide us through the best-of-the-best with lots of photo ops included. i will also include pop-culture moments you will likely know-and-love from tv-and-movies like friends, enchanted, spider-man, king-kong, i am legend, ghostbusters, james and the giant peach, godzilla, satc, and many more... i can also be flexible and, where possible, add a destination - provided it does not require waiting in a long queue..
Brooklyn Bridge and more - Financial District Tour
The very south tip of manhattan island boasts some of the best and most recognizable views in new york: one can see brooklyn bridge, statue of liberty and the new york harbor. this is the most historic area in new york - the city started here in the 17th century as a dutch colony of new amsterdam. this is a home to wall street with the world's most powerful financial institution - new york stock exchange. on this tour, we will walk through the history of new york and enjoy magnificent vistas.
Statue of Liberty and Empire State VIP/Express - in One Day!
Do you want to see the world famous statue of liberty and go to the top of the iconic empire state building all in the same day then this is the tour for you let your private guide whisk you through the city on this incredible whirlwind tour of two of nyc's most recognizable highlights, new new york private tours.
Private New York Tour With Guide Up to 12 Pax Group Size
Traveling to new york worried about traffic, no local insider to show you around, and missing out on the best parts without a local's recommendation book a private and customized tour of new york city by sprinter(up to 12pax for the group size) to satisfy your needs. our comprehensive tour is tailored to your preferences, offering a personalized itinerary..
Private New York Tour With Guide Up to 5 Pax Group Size
Traveling to new york worried about traffic, no local insider to show you around, and missing out on the best parts without a local's recommendation book a private and customized tour of new york city by suv(up to 5pax for the group size) to satisfy your needs. our comprehensive tour is tailored to your preferences, offering a personalized itinerary..
Private Tour-Flushing Night Food Taste Experience
Flushing is amazing place with long history and many different cultures with many ethnic groups people living here, chinese, korean, japanese, vietnamese and indian. this is a huge melt pot and this is a small global world. of course, come to flushing, you can never miss the yummy food here. flushing is the yummy food kingdom. no need flying to those countries thousands miles away, here you can find and taste the most representative yummy food from those asian countries..
Central Park Guided Pedicab Tour
We provide a truly unique experience that allows you to take in the beauty of the park like never before. our experienced guides will take you on a journey through the park’s past, present, and future and show you some of the park’s best kept secrets. join us today and explore central park in a whole new way experience and explore the most famous spots in central park by pedicab. hear stories about the park from your guide and have a professional photographer capture your special moments..
The Luxury Rooftop and Bar Crawl Downtown Manhattan
The ultimate experience for anyone looking to explore the vibrant culture and history of new york city’s most iconic nieghborhoods. this tour is designed to offer a personalized experience, exploring lower manhattan's little italy, chinatown, and the lower east side while visiting three diverse and high-end nightlife venues, including a luxurious rooftop lounge..
The Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour
We will explore two of new york’s most iconic and picturesque neighborhoods: flatiron & union square.on this tour, you will enjoy gourmet sample tastings, drinks for purchase at each stop and time to food shop all while learning about the incredible history of the neighborhood..
Rooftop Speakeasy and Bar Tour Midtown NYC
This tour delivers an authentic night out in new york city exploring the tremendous variety of options the city has to offer. during the evening, we will visit several venues from a local bar, historic pub, chic cocktail lounge or speakeasy to a majestic rooftop. along the way, we will soak in the culture and rich history of the hell's kitchen neighborhood on the west side of manhattan (midtown)..
Prohibition History and Drinks Tour NYC
Sip, swirl. taste. gulp take a tipsy journey through the spirit trails of new york's underground watering holes. your journey will feel like a discovery of hidden escapes from the hustle and bustle of midtown's tourism hub. sure to be guided by one of the most exciting tour guides today, you'll be captivated by the rich history that has inspired your evening's libations. walk with us as we retrace the immigrant progress toward the american dream during prohibition., popular new york private cars.
Transfer between Newark airport - Manhattan (From/ to)
We are delighted to offer you our private airport transfer service. our all-inclusive private airport transfer service in new york can meet your ground transportation needs. our professional driver will meet you at newark airport, then take you to manhattan downtown area. if you need go to other area, please confirm with us about the extra expense beforehand..
Transfer between JFK airport - Manhattan (From/ to)
We are delighted to offer you our private airport transfer service. our all-inclusive private airport transfer service in new york can meet your ground transportation needs. our professional driver will meet you at jfk airport, then take you to manhattan downtown area. if you need go to other area, please confirm with us about the extra expense beforehand..
Transfer between Laguardia airport - Manhattan (From/ to)
We are delighted to offer you our private airport transfer service. our all-inclusive private airport transfer service in new york can meet your ground transportation needs. our professional driver will meet you at laguardia airport, then take you to manhattan downtown area. if you need go to other area, please confirm with us about the extra expense beforehand..
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We are delighted to offer you our private airport transfer service. our all-inclusive private airport transfer service in new york can meet your ground transportation needs. our professional driver will meet you at newark airport, then take you to laguardia airport. if you need go to other area, please confirm with us about the extra expense beforehand..
Transfer between Laguardia airport -JFK airport (From/ to)
We are delighted to offer you our private airport transfer service. our all-inclusive private airport transfer service in new york can meet your ground transportation needs. our professional driver will meet you at laguardia airport, then take you to jfk airport. if you need go to other area, please confirm with us about the extra expense beforehand., new york tour reviews, “ wonderful, marvelous tour ”.
Iren was knowledgeable, kind and very thorough! She showed, explained, enlightened and discovered fabulous icons and places in New York. She anticipated our needs and was very accommodating. She is exceptional!
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Planning a trip to NYC is no easy task. But planning our NYC private tour with Julia and a driver was the easiest and best decision we made. We saw so much in 4 hours and Julia and our driver were very accommodating with having some of our party with limited mobility. That didn’t slow us down and we learned a lot about the city has we saw it. Julia is incredibly personable, patient, and knowledgeable. You’ll have a wonderful time with her has you tour NYC. NYC was a trip filled with lots of memories, thanks to Julia and our driver.
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I cannot recommend Julia enough. I booked a VIP tour for my 2 elderly Aunts so that they would have a tour guide all to themselves who could go at their pace, rest when needed, snack when needed, and lead them from point A to point B. They both had so much fun with Julia. She was the perfect fit and was so knowledgeable. My Aunts were very pleased and would recommend her to anyone.
Dear Kristin, Thank you for your glowing review. Your Aunties were delightful and I was honored & grateful to help them find your grandfather’s name of The Wall of Honor. It was a fun day and I’m so glad to hear they were well satisfied! All the best, Julia
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NYC Private Guided Sightseeing Tour by Limo
- Sightseeing Tour by Stretch Limo
- Traveler pickup is offered.
- Manhattan Cruise Terminal, 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
- Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, 210 Clinton Wharf, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
- Manhattan, New York, NY, USA Any Manhattan hotel or address
- Brooklyn, NY, USA Any Brooklyn hotel or address
- Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- Empire State Building
- Rockefeller Center
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull)
- The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
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Get the Inside Scoop with the Top 10 Private Tours in NYC
New York City is a bustling metropolis that attracts millions of visitors each year. While there are endless things to see and do, navigating the city can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. That's where private tours come in. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you can discover hidden gems and local favorites, all while avoiding the crowds and long lines. In this post, we'll be sharing the top 10 private tours offered in New York City. From foodie experiences to historical tours, there's something for every type of traveler. So grab your walking shoes and let's get started on exploring the city that never sleeps!
What are the 10 Best Private Tours in NYC?
With so many options, there is no shortage of tours in New York City. We have compiled a list of the 10 best tours for your next trip.
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for yourself.
1. NYC Horse Carriage Rides in Central Park
This is a classic New York City trip through Central Park and lasts roughly 55 minutes. Prices start at $119 per group and is a must-do on any trip to the city. You will get to see the main park sights, including the Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, the Pond, and stops at Cherry Hill and Strawberry Fields
2. Private Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer
This private tour lasts approximately 2 hours and starts at $172.50. The tour can be customized to your preferences and locations can include Times Square, Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
3. Guided Pedicab Tour through Central Park
A great alternative to the carriage ride in Central Park is to take a private pedicab tour. These tours last 1 to 3 hours and start at $50. Discover more of this wonderful 843-acre park in a much more efficient way than just by foot.
4. Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art - Exclusive Guided Tour
No trip to New York is complete without a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Met as it is commonly called. This tour provides for an exclusive private guide and ability to Skip-the-Line at Entry. Pricing starts at $126.14 and lasts about two and half hours.
5. Private Custom New York City Tour by SUV
This private tour lasts for approximately 6 hours and includes a private driver and licensed tour guide. This tour can be customized to fit your needs and select from a number of popular New York City attractions such as Times Square, Central Park, and Brooklyn Bridge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included from your local hotel. Pricing starts at $1,396 and is for up to six guests.
6. Private Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
This private tour last approximately 4 hours and visits both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You will start with a ferry to Ellis Island and then onward to the Statue of Liberty. Entrance fees and ferry tickets are included. The pricing for this tour starts at $248.
7. NYC Private Walking Tour
This private 4 hour walking tour allows you to experience the best of New York City by foot. Your local guide with visit many popular NYC locations including Time Square, the Theatre District, Central Park, and Brooklyn Bridge. You can build a customized itinerary to meet your needs or requests. The pricing for this private tour start at $1,000.
8. Ghosts of Greenwich Village: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour
This 2 hour private ghost tour through Greenwich Village is a can't miss opportunity when you visit New York. Greenwich Village is known as NYC's most haunted city districts. You will visit some of the creepiest areas in the neighborhood, such as NYU's Brown Building and Washington Square Park. Along the way, listen to some spooky stories about spirits, phantoms, and more.
9. Museum of Natural History - Exclusive Guided Tour
This 2.5 hour tour explores the American Museum of Natural History with a private guide. Your guide will make sure you get to see the highlights of this massive collection spread out over 28 buildings as well as skip-the-line on entry. Don't miss out on seeing the best of this massive 33 million-piece collection with an exclusive guide. The pricing for this private tour starts at $126.14.
10. NYC Private Classic Car Experience - Midtown
This unique and wonderful private tour lasts one hour and is meant for those who want to explore Midtown Manhattan in style as you cruise down the historic streets in a vintage 1928 Ford. You will pass through some of NYC's best attractions such as Central Park and Time Square. in a vintage car, with a personal chauffeur at the wheel. On this private tour, hop into a 1928 Ford and pass several of New York's most celebrated attractions, including Central Park, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. This pricing for this private tour starts at $249.
New York City is full of exciting sights, sounds, and experiences waiting to be discovered. These top 10 private tours offer a unique opportunity to explore the city like a local, with knowledgeable guides who can provide insider insights and exclusive access to hidden gems. From iconic landmarks to delicious culinary delights, there's something for everyone on these private tours.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, private tours offer a more intimate and personalized way to experience the city. From private walking tours of neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, to customized tours that cater to your specific interests, there are plenty of options to choose from. And for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, private boat tours and sunset cruises offer a relaxing way to take in the sights from a different perspective.
One of the best things about these private tours is the opportunity to see NYC's world-class art and culture scene up close and personal. So whether you're a foodie, an art lover, or just someone who wants to explore the city on your own terms, these top 10 private tours in NYC are the perfect way to discover everything this amazing city has to offer. So why wait? Book your tour today and get ready for an unforgettable experience!
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There’s a magical draw to the towering skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle, the eclectic diversity, and the palpable energy that’s distinctly New York City. The city is an array of culture, history, and unforgettable experiences waiting to unfold. And while you can certainly experience the city in numerous ways, nothing comes close to the intimate and personalized exploration of NYC private tours. That’s why we’ve consulted USA Guided Experts , and here are just some suggestions on where to start your adventure in NYC.
A Tale of Firsts: Stepping into the NYC Magic
New York City is not just a city; it’s a world within itself. The moment you step into its vibrant expanse for the first time, your senses come alive. From the rhythm of the city’s streets to the heavenly smells wafting from food stalls, NYC is a living, breathing entity. One can certainly feel overwhelmed by the abundance of options to explore the city. But luckily, there are plenty of award-winning NYC tours to choose from, each offering a unique perspective. One such path is embarking on private tours . The benefits are manifold – from skipping queues at major attractions to having a personalized itinerary tailored to your interests and pace. But the real adventure begins when you step into the world of NYC private tours. Here are some ideas if you’re thinking of taking a private tour of NYC.
A Voyage through Opulence: Private Fifth Avenue Mansion Tour in NYC
Delve into unparalleled wealth and prosperity with the Mansions of Fifth Avenue Tour. A walk down this prestigious avenue is akin to a journey back to the Gilded Age – an era when families like the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Carnegies reigned supreme. Each of these mansions is a testament to architectural grandeur, showcasing a different facet of luxury. As you meander through the leafy boulevards lined with these stately homes, your knowledgeable guide will weave tales of the families that once inhabited them, their lifestyles, their influence, and their legacies. You’ll hear stories of lavish parties, eccentric inhabitants, and architectural wonders. Therefore, this is not just a tour; it’s a walk through a vibrant chapter of NYC’s past. It will give you a glimpse into a world usually hidden behind closed doors. Call us or email us today so we can help you organize this private guided tour of NYC!
Unraveling Wall Street: The Financial District Tour
Explore Wall Street, the heart of the financial universe. This private tour takes you to the epicenter of global finance, where billion-dollar deals are the norm. The infamous Wall Street Bull, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Federal Reserve Bank symbolize economic power.
You’ll learn about historic stock market crashes, insider trading scandals, and the monumental financial deals that have shaped our world. You’ll subtly explore the city’s bridges as you journey through the Financial District. The iconic Brooklyn Bridge represents NYC’s architectural prowess and resiliency. With its intricate design, breathtaking views, and historical significance, this bridge is not merely a passageway but a cherished symbol of the city’s enduring spirit. Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to check out covered bridges in NYC too. Call us or email us today so we can help you organize this custom NYC tour!
Melting Pot of Cultures: Chinatown and Little Italy Tour
Experience the remarkable cultural fusion that NYC proudly hosts with the Chinatown and Little Italy private tour. These neighborhoods embody the city’s rich cultural tapestry; exploring them is akin to traveling continents. Your adventure begins in the heart of Chinatown, a bustling enclave filled with oriental mystique. Wander through lively markets with exotic fruits, fragrant spices, and curious trinkets. From there, transition into the heart of Little Italy, a slice of Europe in the heart of NYC. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets, the aroma of fresh pasta and the charm of historic buildings transport you to Italy. Engross yourself in stories of immigration, mafia history, and community resilience, all while savoring the taste of cannoli that are simply divine. This tour is a testament to NYC’s multicultural soul and an absolute feast for the senses. Contact us today so we can help you put together this personalized tour of NYC!
All the World’s a Stage: Broadway Behind the Scenes Tour
Broadway is synonymous with the magic of live theater, and this Behind the Scenes tour is a dream come true for theater enthusiasts. This private tour sweeps you away into the mesmerizing world of glitter, drama, and endless creativity that is Broadway. Guided by a seasoned theater professional, you’ll wander through the vibrant theater district. You’ll learn about its rich history, absorbing tales of theatrical triumphs, devastating fires, and riveting scandals. Explore historic theaters, witness the bustle backstage, and understand the tireless work that goes into producing the stunning performances that grace the stage every night. The tour often includes chance encounters with performers, offering a unique opportunity to meet the artists who breathe life into the characters we love. By the end of the tour, you’ll leave with an enriched understanding and appreciation of Broadway and the art of theater. Call us or email us today so we can help you organize this NYC private tour!
Artistic Odyssey: The Met VIP Tour
Art is a window into the soul of a culture, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka The Met, houses an extraordinary collection spanning 5,000 years of world history. With the Met VIP Tour, you get exclusive access to the museum’s treasures before the doors open to the public. You will be guided by an art expert, journeying from ancient Egypt to Renaissance Europe to contemporary America. Every exhibit tells a tale, every piece of art whispers a story, and your guide will ensure you hear them. They’ll offer fascinating insights into the artists’ lives, the historical context, and the creative process behind each masterpiece. This tour is not merely a visit to a museum; it’s a voyage through the ages, a celebration of human creativity, and a feast for the soul. Contact us today so we can help you put together this NYC private tour!
Urban Oasis: Central Park Walking Tour
Central Park is a verdant sanctuary in the city’s fast-paced life. This private walking tour lets you uncover the park’s hidden corners and iconic landmarks, far from the typical tourist path. Stroll along winding pathways, passing serene ponds, majestic sculptures, and verdant gardens. Listen to the rustling of leaves and birds chirping, and feel the calming rhythm of nature.
Your guide will share stories of the park’s creation, its impact on urban planning, and its transformation into a beloved city icon. You’ll discover Strawberry Fields, the Bethesda Fountain, and the Shakespeare Garden, each with a unique charm and story. As you rest beneath the towering trees, the city’s skyscrapers peeking through the foliage, you’ll understand why Central Park is not just a park but the heart and soul of NYC. Call us or email us today so we can help you organize this NYC private tour!
The City That Never Sleeps: Sealing the Experience of NYC Private Tours
As the sun dips down and the city lights twinkle, reflecting on your day in NYC can be a thrilling experience. The intimate understanding of the city you gain through NYC private tours is unparalleled. You’ve lived many lives in a single day, from gilded mansions to cultural enclaves. And each moment spent here is a testament to the city’s legendary magic. In conclusion, exploring NYC through these private tours is more than just a day. It’s an immersive experience and a true journey through time. It’s a celebration of diversity and a toast to the spirit of the city that never sleeps.
Ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through NYC? Book your private tour today! We’re ready and eager to assist you! Get in touch with us today, and let’s work together to create your perfect NYC private tour!
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With its never-ending list of must-see attractions , New York City can prove overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. In an effort to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible, why not lean on the assistance of locals to help guide you? Consulting both traveler sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News identified the top New York City tours, including bus tours, scenic cruises, cycling trips through Central Park and helicopter rides over the skyline.
Bike Rent NYC – Central Park Bike Tour
Price: From $49 Duration: 2 hours
The Central Park Bike Tour – led by Bike Rent NYC – guides cyclists through about 5 miles of Central Park in roughly two hours, with several stops along the way, including the Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields and the Reservoir. Reviewers generally praise the guides' knowledge of and enthusiasm for the park.
Tours, which travelers say are not strenuous, are available multiple times daily, with the first departing at 9 a.m. Tickets cost approximately $49 each. The ticket covers the use of bicycles as well as helmets, which are mandatory for riders 14 and younger. Bikers can purchase insurance for an additional fee. Prefer to explore on your own? The company also has bicycles available to rent that are perfect for self-guided tours.
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Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting – Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest Walking Food Tour
Price: From $105 Duration: 3 hours
Eat your way through Chinatown and Little Italy on this three-hour walking tour. As you explore these iconic New York City neighborhoods with an expert guide leading the way, you'll stop for seven samples of traditional dishes. Tastings may include Chinese dumplings, cannolis and homemade mozzarella, among other dishes. Participants praise guides for their historical knowledge of the area and the amount of food served (many warn that you'll want to arrive hungry to fully enjoy all of the tour's offerings).
Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m.; there is an additional 11 a.m. tour Thursday through Saturday, plus an 11:30 a.m. tour on Saturdays as well. In 2024, tours run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets start at $105 per person and cover all food, plus the option to add a glass of wine or beer (for participants 21 and older) at the seated tasting. If you're still hungry, Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting also offers tours of Mulberry Street.
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On Location Tours – "Sex and the City" Hotspots Tour
Price: From $66 Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
New York City offers something for just about everyone, including fans of a certain television show starring four fashionable women. On Location Tours' "Sex and the City" Hotspots Tour takes travelers via bus to more than 40 locations where Sarah Jessica Parker and her costars were filmed wining, dining and shopping. Travelers visit famed neighborhoods, such as midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, SoHo and the Meatpacking District, stopping for photo-ops along the way. Tourgoers rave about the experienced and amusing guides and assure you don't have to be a fan to enjoy the tour.
The three- to 3.5-hour, adults-only outings are generally offered Thursday through Sunday at 2 p.m., but the tour runs daily during the summer months. Availability may be more limited in the winter. Tickets start at $66 per person (or $76 for priority seating). Participants must be 18 or older. The company also offers a variety of other TV- and movie-themed bus tours, including those that visit locations featured in "Gossip Girl." If you'd rather walk, consider the company's Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour.
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Travelers praise ExperienceFirst's guides for their in-depth knowledge of the Statue of Liberty, as well as their ability to navigate the crowds. (Courtesy of ExperienceFirst)
ExperienceFirst – Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour
Price: Adults from $79; kids from $75 Duration: 5 hours
For an in-depth look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island , sign up for this excursion with ExperienceFirst. The five-hour tour includes access to the grounds of Liberty and Ellis islands, the Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty Museum, as well as round-trip ferry tickets. What's more, you'll enjoy priority line access to board the ferry. Guides win praise from reviewers for their expertise and engaging delivery, as well as their ability to navigate the crowds.
Tours depart daily at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The 3.5- hour guided portion of the five-hour tour begins at Castle Clinton in Battery Park and ends at Ellis Island. From there, you can continue to explore on your own for as long as you wish or hop back on the ferry to return to Battery Park. Tickets start at $79 for adults and $75 for kids ages 4 to 12. Kids 3 and younger are free. ExperienceFirst also conducts three-hour "express" tours of the Statue of Liberty , in addition to walking tours of various New York City neighborhoods, including Little Italy and Chinatown.
Broadway Up Close Walking Tours – Broadway's Beginnings
Price: Adults from $41; kids from $36 Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Theater fans can't miss the chance to tag along on the Broadway's Beginnings tour. During the nearly two-hour, half-mile walking tour, you'll pass by the theaters at the southern end of the Broadway theater district, from 41st Street to 44th Street. Along the way, your expert guide will share tales of Broadway's early years and detail how Broadway shows evolve from the first rehearsal to opening night. Plus, guides regale you with stories of the ghosts that reportedly haunt the district's theaters. Reviewers rave about the guides' passion for theater and the behind-the-scenes scoop they share.
Tours are generally available Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. A maximum of 15 participants are allowed to tour. Tickets cost approximately $41 for adults and $36 for kids 12 and younger. Can't get enough of Broadway? The company offers a variety of other themed tours, including one that focuses on "Hamilton: An American Musical" and another one all about the Shubert brothers (best known for their theater empire in the 1900s).
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Top Dog Tours New York City – Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Price: From $39 Duration: 2 hours
Hear all about the ghosts that purportedly haunt Greenwich Village on this two-hour stroll. Among the sites you'll pass by are the Anne Charlotte Lynch House, where Edgar Allan Poe debuted some of his most famous works, the Hangman's Elm, a more than 300-year-old tree in Washington Square Park that is believed to be the site of many hangings during the American Revolution, and the Jefferson Market Library, a former courthouse. Travelers recommend this tour if you're a fan of the paranormal and are interested in the history of Greenwich Village. Reviewers give kudos to the guides, who they describe as friendly and captivating.
Tours operate nightly at 8 p.m. and are offered in English and Spanish. Tickets cost approximately $39 per person. Note that Top Dog Tours says this experience is not suitable for kids younger than 12. If you're looking for a more family-friendly outing, check out the company's Marvel & DC Superheroes of New York tour.
You'll visit the 9/11 Memorial, a plaza at the former site of the twin towers, during the 9/11 Ground Zero Tour. (Getty Images)
9/11 Ground Zero Tour
Price: Adults from $39; kids from $35 Duration: 1.5 hours
Go beyond the 9/11 Memorial with this 90-minute walking tour, led by New Yorkers with personal connections to 9/11. Tours begin at St. Paul's Chapel, which served as an impromptu rescue center during the attacks, and then move to the 9/11 Memorial, a plaza at the former site of the twin towers. From there, your tour may also stop at the FDNY Memorial Wall, the "Survivor Tree" or the Oculus at the World Trade Center transit hub, depending on your tour guide. Tour-takers find the guides to be insightful, respectful and passionate.
Tours take place daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $39 for adults and $35 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are free. Packages that combine the 9/11 Ground Zero Tour with a visit to the 9/11 Museum or to the One World Observatory are also available.
New York Media Boat – Adventure Sightseeing Tour
Price: Adults from $99; kids from $75 Duration: 1 hour
If you're looking for a unique (and thrilling) tour of NYC's top sights, consider this 60-minute speed boat ride aboard a vessel originally reserved for photographers and news crews. After departing from North Cove Marina in lower Manhattan, you'll zip across the Hudson River for views of downtown, midtown and the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. You'll also sail under the Brooklyn Bridge, along the Brooklyn waterfront and around Governors Island. Plus, the tour offers up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Reviewers say this is a fun and memorable way to see the sights and applaud the captain for their interesting commentary and handling of the boat.
Tickets cost $99 for adults and $75 for children 12 and younger. Boats depart several times daily, but availability is limited in the winter months. New York Media Boat also operates private tours.
Nice Guy Tours – Lower East Side Tour
Price: From $75 Duration: 3 hours
You'll want to come hungry to this food tour, which visits a minimum of seven eateries for samples of pickles, pastrami and doughnuts, among other dishes. During the three-hour walking tour, you'll stop at famous restaurants like Katz's Deli and Russ & Daughters as your guide regales you with stories about the Lower East Side's history and culture. Reviewers are particularly fond of the guides, who they describe as friendly, informative and entertaining. Travelers are also complimentary of the generous amount of food offered.
Tours are available Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. A maximum of 12 people are allowed on each tour. Tickets start at $75 per person. Still hungry? The company also offers food tours of Greenwich Village.
Hop aboard the Landmarks Cruise for up-close views of the Statue of Liberty. (Getty Images)
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – Landmarks Cruise
Price: Prices vary Duration: 1.5 hours
The Landmarks Cruise offered by Circle Line allows you to soak in dramatic views of the New York City skyline from the water surrounding Manhattan. The 90-minute boat ride sails beneath New York's famous bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge , cruises past the Statue of Liberty and glides by other famous structures. English-speaking guides, who are characterized by reviewers as informed and entertaining, provide a running commentary about the various sights. Food and drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, are available for purchase.
Prices may vary based on the time and date of the cruise. Passengers also have the option of purchasing premier seating. Cruises depart at multiple times daily between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Pier 83 at Hudson River Park. Specialized cruises to the Statue of Liberty and evening cruises are also available.
Foods of NY Tours – Heart and Soul of Greenwich Village
Price: Adults from $75; kids from $50 Duration: 3 hours
The Heart and Soul of Greenwich Village tour highlights the diverse culinary offerings of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods. Reviewers enthusiastically praise the varied array of food sampled during the three-hour walking tour, which stops at various cafes and specialty shops for seven tastings – two seated, the rest on-the-go. Specific tastings vary by day and time, but may include artichoke pizza, fresh pasta, empanadas or kati rolls.
Tours are offered Thursday through Monday year-round. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, tours depart at noon (with a possible additional tour at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday); on Thursday and Monday, tours start at 2 p.m. The tickets, which cost approximately $75 per adult and $50 per child 12 and younger, cover the food and one bottle of water. Excursions are limited to 16 people. Foods of NY Tours also conducts tours of other neighborhoods, such as Chinatown and Little Italy, as well as Brooklyn.
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Tommy's New York – The Catacombs by Candlelight
Price: Adults from $37; kids from $32 Duration: 1.5 hours
Explore the crypts beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour with Tommy's New York. On the 90-minute tour, participants will learn the history of the catacombs, which date back to 1815, and the histories of the people buried here, including bishops, priests and families. Unlike the catacombs in Paris and Rome, there are no visible bones. Tourgoers will also walk through the cathedral and see its Erben pipe organ. Reviewers applaud guides for their engaging and educational delivery and vast knowledge of New York history.
Tours are available Thursday through Monday at multiple times between 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $32 for senior citizens and children ages 4 to 11.
Learn all about Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo with Free Tours by Foot. (Getty Images)
Free Tours by Foot – Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour
Price: Free Duration: 3 hours
For a local's perspective on Brooklyn history, consider this three-hour walking tour. You'll start your tour by walking a mile over the Brooklyn Bridge. Then, you'll explore America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights, before stopping to admire the views of Manhattan and New York Harbor. You'll end the tour in Dumbo. Participants compliment guides for their expertise and friendly personalities, as well as their willingness to answer questions. Because it's a name-your-own-price tour, participants choose if they want to compensate the guide at the tour's conclusion.
Tours, which meet at City Hall Park, are offered daily at 9:30 a.m. Though the tour is free, reservations must be made on the company's website. The company offers a variety of other themed tours, including walks through Harlem, Chinatown and Little Italy.
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Zip Aviation – Big City Helicopter Tour
Price: From $279 Duration: 20 minutes
Escape the crowds and enjoy panoramic vistas of the Big Apple on Zip Aviation's Big City Helicopter Tour. The route extends from Liberty Harbor up to the Bronx with views of landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Yankee Stadium and New York's various rivers and iconic bridges, along the way. Reviewers repeatedly laud the exceptional views, the one-of-a-kind flight experience and the professional staff. Plus, prerecorded commentary is provided in multiple languages.
Zip Aviation limits tours to six passengers, depending on the aircraft. The tour, which is available Monday to Saturday at a variety of times between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., lasts 20 minutes. Tickets cost approximately $279 per person (plus heliport fees). The company also offers 15-minute flights concentrating on the Liberty Harbor area and nighttime skyline tours.
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The Wall Street Experience – Wall Street Insider Tour
Price: Adults from $39; kids from $35 Duration: 75 minutes
The Wall Street Experience's Wall Street Insider Tour traverses some of the oldest streets of New York City. The 75-minute walking tour goes past (but not inside) the New York Stock Exchange, which is closed to the public, and the Federal Reserve. As you meander the streets of lower Manhattan, guides – many of whom are traders, investment bankers and stockbrokers – discuss the Financial District's history, architecture and related trivia. Travelers describe guides as funny and extremely well-versed in both finance and New York history.
Outings start at Broad Street, just around the corner from Wall Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tickets start at $39 for adults and $35 for children ages 4 to 12. The company also offers tours that focus on the 2008 financial crisis.
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Circle Line's Harbor Lights tour gives visitors beautiful views of the New York City skyline at night. (Courtesy of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises)
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – Harbor Lights Sunset Cruise
Price: Prices vary Duration: 2 hours
The Big Apple shines at night, and a great way to take in the glistening skyline is from the water. The Harbor Lights Sunset Cruise allows you to do just that, admiring some of the city's most recognizable landmarks, including the Empire State Building and the High Line , during the two-hour evening sail. Cruisers relish the expansive views, photo-ops and engaging commentary, and describe the tour as relaxing.
The tours, which depart nightly at 7 p.m. from Pier 83, feature narration by guides. Prices vary based on time and date of cruise. Cruisers also have the option of purchasing premier seating. Circle Line offers daytime cruises, as well as specialized cruises to the Statue of Liberty.
USA Guided Tours – Discover NY Bus Tour
Price: Adults from $99; kids from $89 Duration: 6 hours
For an immersive exploration of New York City, hop on the Discover NY Bus Tour. The six-hour tour departs from Times Square at 9 and 10 a.m. daily and takes tourists to top spots like Madison Square Park, Rockefeller Center and Central Park. At each stop, guides will exit the vehicle with the group for short walks and provide detailed information regarding sights, such as the Dakota building (where John Lennon once lived), the Flatiron Building and the 9/11 Memorial. The informative and friendly guides routinely win praise from tourgoers. Reviewers also say the tour is well organized and a great option if you're hoping to see the top sights in one day.
Tickets for the traditional bus tour start at $99 for adults and $89 for children ages 3 to 12. If you opt for the glass-top bus, prepare to pay $129 for each ticket. All tickets include a boat ride on the Staten Island Ferry. If you're hoping to admire the city at night, consider the company's evening bus tour.
Intrepid Urban Adventures – New York Tenements, Tales, and Tastes Discovery
Price: From $79 Duration: 3 hours
This walking tour of the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown illustrates how immigration shaped New York's culture and culinary history. Throughout the three-hour tour, you'll sample four ethnic foods (such as knishes, prosciutto and dumplings) with a knowledgeable guide providing information about the cuisine and culture of the area. Stops include restaurants, bakeries, churches and historic sites. Reviewers heap praise on the attentive guides and recommend pairing this tour with a trip to Ellis Island to gain a better understanding of the early immigrant story.
Tours are generally offered daily at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $79 per person. Groups are limited to 14 people. Intrepid Urban Adventures also leads tours all about Alexander Hamilton, in addition to private outings.
HeliNY – The New Yorker Tour
Price: From $199 Duration: 12 to 15 minutes
Soar above the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Chelsea Piers, Times Square and more on this approximately 15-minute helicopter flight. As you marvel at the sights below, your pilot will point out landmarks and answer any questions. Previous passengers describe the flight as magical and an amazing way to see NYC. Reviewers also praise the staff for their friendliness and professionalism.
Ticket prices start at approximately $199 per person and do not include the additional $40 facility and fuel fees. Prices may fluctuate depending on the time and date of your booking. There is a 275-pound weight limit per passenger. If you're looking for a longer flight, consider booking HeliNY's Deluxe Tour, which lasts up to 30 minutes.
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- Best New York City Food Tours
- Best New York City Bus Tours
- Best Statue of Liberty Tours
- Best New York City Boat Tours
- Best New York City Walking Tours
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