NEW! New York In A Day with Boat Tour, High Line & Empire State

See NYC from the water, land and the Empire State Building Observatory on this inclusive New York in a day tour: Covering more ground than you ever thought possible!



Key Details
  • City: New York City
  • Duration: 8.5hrs
  • Start Time: 8.30 AM
Tour Highlights
  • We travel by boat and foot to give you all the coverage of a bus tour with none of the fly-by feeling. With an expert local guide throughout the day, you'll get real insight into the Big Apple, exploring hidden hangouts and local color as well as those big-ticket icons.
  • Start with a walking tour of the 9/11 Memorial & Wall St; embark on an New York harbor cruise, passing the Statue of Liberty; disembark for a stroll through Greenwich Village (& special lunch stop); walk the stunning High Line park; and end your tour with an evening on the Empire State Building.
  • With a maximum of just 20 people, your New York tour will be so much more intimate than larger group and bus tour alternatives, giving you more opportunity to interact with our fun local tour guides. Meanwhile inclusive pricing covers everything except lunch (where we wanted the choice to be yours).
View of NYC from our NYC boat tour See NYC from the Empire State Building Walk the High Line, NYC's favorite outdoor space Walk the High Line, NYC's favorite outdoor space NY street art, as seen from the High Line Einstein, as seen from the High Line See Lady Liberty from the water on our NY boat tour We do a full rotation by the Statue of Liberty (for photos!) A symbol of hope: Freedom Tower (visited on this tour) The reflecting pools, built in the footprint of the Twin Towers Brownstones are an iconic sight in Greenwich Village Stroll Greenwich Village on our New York in a Day tour Greenwich Village offers an insight into everyday NYC See NYC from above with a visit to the Empire State Building Save time with privileged entrance at the Empire State Building The flatiron from above The lobby of the Empire State Building Lunch in Chelsea is your choice Chelsea Market, as visited on our New York In A Day tour Chilling in Chelsea Market You never know what you'll see in the Meatpacking District...

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?

Wander the streets for a local point of view (Greenwich Village walking tour)

Your NY harbor cruise ends on the west side of the city, where your guide will lead you on a guided Greenwich Village walking tour. You'll recognize the streets here from countless movies and TV shows (Friends and Sex In The City were both shot here), but there's more to the West Village. Your guide will fill you in on all the details, teaching you of the area's long history of migrant culture (and food), and of its origins as the meatpacking district.

Speaking of food: We'll stop for lunch at one of our favorite local haunts, Chelsea Market. With so many food options we didn't want to choose for you, so you'll have some free time to grab some lunch and relax for a while before the next segment of your tour.

Discover NYC's favorite hangout at The High Line

If you haven't yet seen New York's High Line, you're in for a treat. Built on old elevated railway tracks, the High Line is a marvel of architecture and urban landscaping. Lined with beautiful plants and flowers and surrounded by an eclectic mix of old and new buildings, the High Line stretches from Meatpacking to 34th street. Together with your guide you'll walk the best stretch, from 14th St. to 23rd, stopping (of course) to soak up the views and smell the roses.

And for everything else: The Empire State Building Observatory

After your High Line stroll you'll make your way to to 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!)


5-stars from 4 Customer Reviews

Excellent tour. Guide was great.
2016-10-27 22:44:34
Simona is full of energy and passion. She really gave us the best experience in New York. Is It also possible to have Her email to Thank Her? Thank you
2016-04-26 19:07:59
Excellent tour. Guide was great.
Would have liked a bit more time to walk around the 911 memorial and a bit more shorter talks to the Group about the areas we were walking around, water taxi tour great commentary, shame about the weather but we can't control that, lots of walking on the last section just walking up a street, I thought a bit expensive for what we got
Rob, being the person who designed the tour, was knowledgeable about the history of the areas covered, especially the gay rights movement and the theatres both Broadway and off Broadway. It was amazing to have covered such a vast area on foot in a day. Being well read and experienced in the theatre field, it would be interesting if he could conduct a theatre/literature related tour.
Simona is full of energy and passion. She really gave us the best experience in New York. Is It also possible to have Her email to Thank Her? Thank you