You'll begin your New York City trip meeting you Tour Manager who will give an orientation walk through midtown with stops at historical and cultural landmarks. First, you'll experience Times Square with it's abounding lights and the true hustle and bustle of this magical city. Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue are up next as you continue today's walk through some of the most iconic sites in the city.
Tonight you will enjoy an extraordinary dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner where the wait staff will entertain you as they sing popular show tunes while they serve you dinner. After dinner, you are off to see a Broadway show! *Ellen's will depend on availability.
After breakfast this morning, you'll participate in an ensemble clinic where you were learn from an work with professionals from your musical genre.
Next, you will cruise around the NY Harbor as you depart on the Zephyr ship from the South Street Seaport. An experience of a lifetime, you will have an up close and personal view of the Statue of Liberty as you cruise the southernmost waters of NYC.
Back on shore, you will make your way to the 9/11 Memorial located in the footprint of the former Twin Towers. The memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The names of the victims are engraved around the perimeter of the fountains. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
After lunch, you will visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The museum's 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site-telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 1993 and 2001 attacks are commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children who died. The museum further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath. Demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national, and international levels, the Museum attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life.
After an authentic Italian meal in Little Italy, you will head uptown for one of the most exhilarating New York City experiences 850 feet above ground! You will take an elevator up to the 70th floor observatory at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. At the Top of the Rock, you will enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.
This morning dreams become reality as you perform at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium.
After your Carnegie debut, you will take a tour of the Lincoln Center Campus. You'll see Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House, which have been showcased on "Sex and the City" and in movies like "Black Swan," "Moonstruck," and "Ghostbusters." You will have behind the scenes access to venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Renée Fleming, and Bruce Springsteen.
After lunch, you will spend time exploring Central Park. You'll see the Imagine Memorial to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, the Bethesda Fountain, the Boathouse, the Mall, Sheep Meadow and the Wollman Ice Rink. All magical places with a ton of history.
Next, you will head down Fifth Avenue to see some of the famous stores and boutiques including Apple's flagship store, the Plaza Hotel (featured in "Home Alone"), Tiffany's, and more.
You will continue to St. Patrick's Cathedral, a massive, masterful Gothic structure set amid Midtown's boutiques. St. Patrick's is the seat of New York’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and has been the city's focal point of Catholic worship since opening in 1879. This evening, you'l have dinner and return to your hotel for the evening.
This morning you will visit the Met and experience global and historical artistry! With nearly two million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest museums, presenting the best of human creativity from around the globe. When you arrive you will be free time to explore the galleries on your own.
If time permits, we will end our adventure will some free time to explore Times Square. We will then begin our return trip home.