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Highlights:

  • Take an early ferry to Liberty Island (arriving before the crowds!) for a guided tour with an expert local tour guide.

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Ellis Island immigration center and museum, following in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants.

  • Guaranteed visit to One World Observatory with pre-reserved tickets.

  • Visit the key sites of the 9/11 Memorial, including Reflecting Pools. 

  • Guided tour of personal memorial sites such as Fireman’s Memorial, for human insight. With a well-planned itinerary, pre-reserved tickets and special access to the ferry, we’ve thought of everything – so you can relax and enjoy your time with our expert local tour guides. 



Description:

Our day starts early, at Battery Park. With priority boarding, you’ll be one of the first people aboard one of the first boats to Liberty Island. Snag the best seats for a stunning ride across the water and get to know your guide a little. Once docked, your guide will lead you on a tour of the island and to the great lady of NYC – the Statue of Liberty. 

It’s back aboard the ferry then for the short ride to Ellis Island. Here you’ll be particularly grateful for your expert guide as they lead you through the immigration process undergone by 12 million new arrivals. Walk the Stairs of Separation and get a feel for how it must have felt for lovers and families as they awaited their fate – and the start of a new life in the land of the free.

Your guide will walk you through the fantastic exhibits of the Ellis Island Museum, answering any questions you may have. This is where the first part of your tour ends, and with 2.5 – 3 hours before the next leg of our Lower Manhattan journey, you have plenty of time to spare. Spend a little while more on Ellis Island if you like, before hopping on the ferry back to Battery Park (included in the price) and getting lunch on your way to the meeting point for our afternoon activity – a complete One World Observatory & World Trade Centre Tour.

 Standing tall and proud on the site of the 9/11 attacks, One World Tower is a testament to a city that was knocked down and got back up again. Get to the heart of that terrible tragedy and learn how NYC rebuilt itself bigger, better and stronger on our guided tour.

You’ll start out at St. Peter’s Church followed by a visit of St. Paul’s Chapel with a more personal insight into the drama that unfolded here. This was where families and friends came to pray, offer support and await news in the immediate aftermath of the attacks; as testified by the hand-drawn cards and memorials, personal memorabilia and photographs that still hang here.

At the 9/11 Memorial too, your guide will make your visit that bit more special. Together you’ll see the Twin Reflecting Pools, built in the footprints of the World Trade Centre and engraved with the names of every victim. Learn the little nuances that make it more touching; like how staff place a single rose in the name of each victim on their birthday. Visit the Fireman’s Memorial to pay tribute to those brave men and women who worked around the clock after the attacks. See the Survivor’s Tree, a single tree that miraculously survived the attacks and was nursed back to health by New Yorkers, as a symbol of their enduring strength.

The highlight of your tour comes at the end with a visit to the brand new One World Observatory. With pre-reserved tickets, your visit is guaranteed to go ahead regardless of how large the crowds are. There’s not much explanation needed here so your guide will leave you for an independent visit.

Inside the lobby, you’ll find videos about the production of this incredible structure - said to be the strongest in the world - and of the men and women who built it. Then board a ‘skypod’ to travel through time AND space. Created in association with Universal Studios, the special ‘skypod’ elevators are covered inside in LCD screens, on which you’ll watch the changing face of New York from the 1600s to today while ascending 102 floors in just 42 seconds. Disembark at the top of One World Tower for incredible panoramic views over NYC. What better way to end a day of looking back with a glance into the future. 




Sites Visited: 

  • Statue of Liberty Museum 

  • Ellis Island Museum 

  • Castle Clinton National Monument

  • Pier A Harbor House (from the exterior)

  • American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial

  • The Sphere

  • New York Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • One World Observatory (Observatory is non-guided)

  • St Paul's Chapel

  • Survivor Tree

  • Fireman's Memorial     

  • One World Trade Center

  • 9/11 Memorial Pools



Inclusions:

  • Fully guided Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum tour

  • All ferry tickets between Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

  • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park – Statue of Liberty

  • Guaranteed, pre-reserved entrance to One World Observatory

  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer



Exclusions: 

  • Statue of Liberty Crown

  • Transfers between tours

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off


Group Size:  20 people per guide


Reduced price:

- Infants (ages 0-1): free (no reservation required)

- Children (ages 2-14)

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