Reflect on Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial
Your day starts in Lower Manhattan, where you'll visit Wall Street, see the New York Stock Exchange and learn about the financial heart of the city. You'll also visit the more tranquil sights of the 9/11 Memorial, gazing into the twin reflecting pools and admiring the soaring beauty of Freedom Tower.
Traveling with a local guide means you'll get insight throughout the day, although a local's point of view is rarely more poignant than it is here.
See the city from a distance on a New York boat tour
After exploring the financial district, you'll stroll to a nearby jetty to start your New York boat tour. Operated by New York Water Taxi (but with your own guide on hand), you'll enjoy a full harbor cruise, sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge and getting up close to the Statue of Liberty (so much bigger up close than you would expect).
Your boat will do a full 360 degree turn at the Statue so everyone has time to get that iconic Lady Liberty shot, as your guide fills you in on details of the struggle to erect her. Would you believe she spent years languishing in a crate over in the port? Or that she has the same parentage as the Eiffel Tower?
Get up close and personal with the icons of NYC on a guided Midtown tour
After your NY harbor cruise, you’ll take a quick shuttle north to Midtown and to City Kitchen, where you’ll have lunch options ranging from Japanese to tacos. After your break it’s time to hit the streets.
With the help of your guide you’ll explore the most iconic sights of New York: Times Square, The Rockefeller Center, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Diamond District, Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall. Strolling with a local, you’ll get so much more from your experience, discovering secret areas like the Whispering Arch at Grand Central and learning about the fascinating history of NYC (the ultimate rags-to-riches tale).
Skip the line at The Empire State Building Observatory
Your Midtown walking tour ends at the Empire State Building. We've pre-reserved tickets here so you'll get past most of the lines, gaining access to the last great icon on your New York tour. Your guide will wave you off here, leaving you to explore the building on your own. Be sure to visit the 86th floor observatory (access included in your ticket) for the best views over NYC.
During the day you'll have seen all of New York's most important icons, but for those other sights you didn't see, now is your chance! The Empire State Building Observatory offers a 360 degree view over the Big Apple.
And there you have it: All of New York in a single day (without the tourist bus!)