Take a full day to soak in NYC's most popular attractions in the company of a local guide. Enjoy special Pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty and experience the story of 9/11 at ground level, when you visit one of the most poignant museums in America. You'll also enjoy a full Ellis Island tour where you'll learn about the epic story of European immigration to America.
Visiting the top attractions in Lower Manhattan can be a logistical nightmare. When you take walks with us however, we'll take care of admission fees, ferry tickets, and all the other details that hold you up, while putting you in the company of a local expert who will give you the stories and history behind these iconic sights.
Your day starts on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you arrive before most of the crowds show up. You'll get a full tour of the island then make your way up (215 steps) to the Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. As you go, you'll pass through the Statue Museum, stopping to learn the improbable story of how Lady Liberty was constructed despite many delays and much opposition, and how she eventually won over her doubters. Climb through the very structure of the Statue to emerge at the Pedestal level, for the most incredible views back over NYC and the islands around you.
Next, you'll catch the ferry over to Ellis Island, where one of New York's most moving and fascinating museums awaits you. On a fully-guided Ellis Island tour you'll learn how some 12 million immigrants passed through this processing center. Hear their stories of triumph and heartbreak as they either began new lives or were sent back to the Old World.
Afterwards you can choose to hang around Ellis Island for independent exploration, during which you can study your own family history in the museum's extensive archives. Otherwise, follow your guide back to Battery Park and grab lunch near here or at by the meeting point for the second half of your day (your 911 tour). Your guide will give you restaurant recommendations and transport tips to suit whatever you decide.
Before you go to the 911 Museum and Memorial you'll see some of the sites that played key roles on that terrible day, starting in St. Paul's Chapel, and moving on the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the Winter Garden, and Brookfield Place. Each of these sites are full of stories, some tragic, some happy, and with your local guide on hand, you won’t miss any of them.
Finally, you'll reach the 9/11 Memorial and spend some time taking in the Reflecting Pools, built in the footprint once filled by the Twin Towers. In front of the Fireman's Memorial your guide will tell you stories of the heroism of the FDNY, who fought tirelessly to save thousands that day. you'll also see the Survivor Tree, whose very existence has become a symbol of strength and renewal f
New York City
New York City is a captivating, awesome, and glamorous empire. There are countless museums, theaters, restaurants, parks and towering skyscrapers. It is a shopping capital of the world. In midtown Manhattan are most of the designer boutiques; Fifth and Madison Avenues are locations of such world-renowned department stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. FAO Schwartz is one of the largest toy stores in the world. New York is also a world-class culinary experience - with pockets of ethnic restaurants: Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India and Little Brazil. The famous Statue of Liberty sculpture symbolizing the American Dream can be reached by ferry from Battery Park. Once the first stop for over 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island now houses the Museum of Immigration, including the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. The Art Deco Empire State Building is one of the world's best-loved skyscrapers with two observation decks. Also take time to visit the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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