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New York In A Day with Statue of Liberty, Midtown Tour & Empire State Building Tickets

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10 hrs 30 mins

Max 20

Why take this tour?

New York is a big city loaded with must-see spots. On this expansive tour, we pack all of the best into a single, epic itinerary; taking you from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, 5th Avenue, and Grand Central Terminal. You'll end the day soaking up amazing views over the city from the top of the Empire State Building with pre-reserved tickets.

Take a Walk Across NYC; covering all the highlights by foot and water.

Your New York in a Day tour starts at Battery Park where you'll meet your expert guide and catch one of the very first ferries of the day out to the Statue of Liberty. This means you'll get to Liberty Island before most of the crowds show up and enjoy exploring in relative calm. Your guide will show you around the Island and then take you into the fascinating Statue Museum as they tell you the epic story of how this American Icon was built. You might be surprised to learn about all the difficulties it went through before finally being embraced as an emblem of the city. Your Statue of Liberty tour ends on a high note when you use pre-reserved Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets to go up to the Pedestal for stunning views of the Harbor and Lower...

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Your New York in a Day tour starts at Battery Park where you'll meet your expert guide and catch one of the very first ferries of the day out to the Statue of Liberty. This means you'll get to Liberty Island before most of the crowds show up and enjoy exploring in relative calm. Your guide will show you around the Island and then take you into the fascinating Statue Museum as they tell you the epic story of how this American Icon was built. You might be surprised to learn about all the difficulties it went through before finally being embraced as an emblem of the city. Your Statue of Liberty tour ends on a high note when you use pre-reserved Statue of Liberty Pedestal tickets to go up to the Pedestal for stunning views of the Harbor and Lower Manhattan.

Descending from the Statue, you'll catch a ferry over to Ellis Island. After reading Emma Lazarus's touching ode to immigration in the Statue Museum, the visit to Ellis Island is an emotional one for many people. As you explore the old immigrant inspection station, which was the first port of call for some 12 million European immigrants in the 20th century, you'll learn what caused this unprecedented migration of peoples and how they shaped American society. You'll also get a very human perspective on mass immigration as you see heart-wrenching sights like the "kissing point" and the "stairs of separation".

After getting some recommendations from your guide, it's time to break for a long lunch. Then you'll make your way up town to Times Square (we recommend using the Subway; your guide will be happy to explain the exact route to you) for the start of the second half of your tour.

Here in America's most iconic crossroads, you'll learn the history of urban decay and regeneration that created this jaw-dropping spectacle. Then follow your guide on a full city stroll that includes Midtown's most iconic sights, including the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Diamond District, Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall. The best part is that you don't just get to see these famous attractions, you get to immerse yourself in their history, secrets, and lore with the stories told by your guide.

Leaving Midtown, you'll pop into St. Patrick's Cathedral to learn about NYC's historically-important Irish community then head down Fifth Avenue to take in the opulent window displays that have made it one of the most famous shopping strips in the world. You'll also see famous buildings like the main branch of the New York Public Library before finally heading into Grand Central Terminal. Today this is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world so you might be surprised to learn that the city almost demolished it. Your guide will tell you how it was saved and refurbished to become the architectural treasure that it is today.

In this grand tour of NYC's most beloved destinations, we have saved the most impressive for last. Your New York City tour ends at the Empire State Building where, with pre-reserved tickets you'll skip most of the lines, gaining access to the building that has come to symbolize the aspirations of the city that never sleeps. Your guide won't follow you up, but you can head straight to the 86th-floor observatory for stunning 360-degree panoramas of the city.

And that's how you see all of New York in a single day without having to set foot on a tourist bus.

  • Sites Visited
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Empire State Building (self guided with Observatory)
  • Tour Includes
  • Empire State Building tickets
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Small group of 20 people or fewer
  • Headsets
Checking out the Statue of Liberty from New York Harbor
The Statue of Liberty is much bigger than you expect it to be
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Wonderful tour mixing fascinating history points with contemporary events and covering a wide range of lower Manhattan and Mid-Town. The tour boat view from the lower east side, past the Statue of Liberty to the west side was a perfect break. This tour involves a lot of walking - we logged 9 miles on the day. The guide put us on headsets when we moved into the crowded areas of the city - a perfect way to keep the information going!

Rob was very knowledgeable and informative. The tour was at a good pace and we were fortunate to have only 5 in our party. We've been on your tours in Rome too and I would highly recommend your company. Thank you


FAQ

Is lunch included on this tour?
No. We'll take you to a great food hall for lunch, where you will have loads of great options to choose from to suit your palate and budget. Your guide will give you some tips but ultimately, what you eat is up to you.
Members of my party are elderly/tire easily. Can we still do this tour?
This is wonderful tour of New York, but it does involve a a lot of walking at a moderate pace. We would not recommend this tour if you have mobility issues, if you are not used to walking quite a bit, if you are elderly and do not exercise regularly or if you you suffer from accute seasickness as this activity involves a ferry ride.
Are visits to the statue of liberty ever canceled due to weather?
Our Statue of Liberty tours run rain or shine but the one exception is if the coastguard stops water traffic in New York Harbor due to inclement weather.
Are the hospitals on Ellis Island included on this tour?
No, The old hospitals are not open to the public and have to booked specially if you want to visit them.
Do we get off the boat at Liberty Island to see the Statue?
No. This tour does not stop at Liberty Island. Instead, we do a loop around the island, pulling up right under the Statue of Liberty and pausing there so you can get great photos (actually better than from the island itself, which is small so it's difficult to get far enough away to frame) but we do not disembark here.