Summary of The Day: 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, they’ll lead you on a tour of the island and on to the great lady of NYC – the Statue of Liberty. During your guided tour, you’ll enjoy special access to the statue pedestal, allowing you to get closer to the statue than general access visitors. All the better to admire her beauty!
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 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 tour of the 9/11 Memorial grounds with pre-reserved entry to One World Observatory.
Standing tall and proud on the site of the 9/11 attacks, One World Trade Center 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. 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.
With a local guide leading the way, you’ll see special spots away from the major landmarks. One such site is the American Express 11 Tears Memorial; a strikingly personal tribute to the 11 American Express employees that lost their lives on September 11. Plus the beautiful Winter Garden, destroyed in the attack and now restored to its former glory.
At the 9/11 Memorial, your guide will make your visit a 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 which 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 regardless of the 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 Observatory for incredible panoramic views over NYC. What better way to end a day of looking back with a glance into the future.
|9:00AM(10/1/16-3/31/17)||New York||Pier A Harbor House (Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton)||22 Battery Pl New York, NY 10004|
|8:30AM(6/1/16-9/30/16)||New York||Pier A Harbor House (Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton)||22 Battery Pl New York, NY 10004|
|USD $115.00||USD $92.00|
*Adult: 12 and older
*Child: 4-11 years of age
*Children under 4 may join this tour for free
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Rob is amazing! He really loves what he does and could show us an incredible view of NYC!This tour was very touching and I couldn't avoid my tears. Rob was able to detail every scene we didn't know. It was a very sad part of the city's hist...ory but the most incredible is that NYC was able to reborn and renovate from ashes and now people seems to be even stronger. Thank you very much to you and to Rob. If there is any one I know that travels to NYC, I'll indicate your services with no doubt!! Read full review
"Uncle" Jeffrey was a brilliant guide. His amount of knowledge was great and his character was enthralling. We really enjoyed the trip and are glad we decided to go on a guided tour instead of going by ourselves. We really appreciated this ...tour. The personal accounts by "Uncle" Jeffrey added a lot of weight to our visit to the museum afterwards. It can be a tough subject to discuss but he handled it just right. Read full review
Our guide Jeff was super informative and did a great job of keeping us interested throughout the day
Overall we really enjoyed the excursion - we had been to NYC so many times before but had never managed to do Liberty & Ellis Island. Jeffrey was very entertaining and had many interesting stories about the sites and general NYC life.
Great tour! Rob is very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
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This tour is available on September 25, 2015 and it's suitable for you. As the duration of this tour is 8.5 hours, we suggest you to join this tour on September 25.
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Overall we really enjoyed the excursion - we had been to NYC so many times before but had ne .. Read More
Rob is amazing! He really loves what he does and could show us an incredible view of NYC!Thi .. Read More
"Uncle" Jeffrey was a brilliant guide. His amount of knowledge was great and his character w .. Read More
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