Upon arrival to New York City you will meet your Tour Manager and head to your first stop. You will visit the Museum of Natural History. The museum has 42 permanent exhibits covering everything in creation from the beginning of time to the present, every discipline of human science: biology, ecology, zoology, geology, astronomy, and anthropology. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is an ultra-modern building with a theatre and exhibits.
After dinner at Ben's Deli, you'll head up to the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline.
After breakfast, you'll depart on the Ferry for Ellis Island where you'll have fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and a chance to visit the Immigration Museum. Ellis Island served as the main port of entry for European immigrants arriving in the U.S. between 1892 and 1924. Today over 100 million Americans can trace their lineage to a relative that passed through Ellis Island on their way to America.
You'll walk up through the financial district past the famous "Charging Bull," past Trinity Church and the New York Stock Exchange and then up to the World Trade Center.
You'll arrive at 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 pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
You will then 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 2001 and 1993 attacks will be 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.
Next, you'll visit the Anne Frank Center where you'll participate in an educational program including a video presentation, exhibit tour and interactive discussion. A visit with a holocaust survivor can also be scheduled.
After dinner, you'll have free time to explore in Times Square.
After breakfast, you'll take a walking tour through the iconic immigrant neighborhoods of Manhattan's Lower East Side. For the past century and a half, immigrants have crowded its streets and tenements, and established cultural, social and religious institutions. You'll learn the story of the Jewish Immigrant experience in this neighborhood at the turn of the 20th Century through today.
You'll visit the Lower East Side Tenement Museum where you'll hear the story of immigrant families as you view restored apartments of past residents from different time periods. The museum occupies a former tenement building on Manhattan's lower east side.
After lunch you'll have free time to explore at Rockefeller Center, a national historic landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
Next, you will then visit 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.
This evening you will have dinner and see a Broadway show.
After breakfast you'll take a guided tour at the Jewish Museum. Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a jewel-box of an art museum, and a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media which reflect the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.
To wrap up your trip in New York City, you'll head down Fifth Avenue to see some of the famous stores and boutiques. You'll see Apple's flagship store and the Plaza Hotel (featured in "Home Alone") and then head down Fifth Avenue past Tiffany's and more.
Your trip comes to a close as you depart for your return trip home.
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