Your first NYC adventure will be an orientation walk through midtown with your Tour Manager who will stop to share historical and cultural information along the way. 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.
Next you'll head downtown to Chinatown and Little Italy. This is a great time to shop for your NYC souvenirs!
After dinner, 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.
After breakfast this morning, 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 United States 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 will then walk up through the financial district past the famous "Charging Bull," a symbol of financial prosperity, and past Trinity Church and the New York Stock Exchange. We will continue to the World Trade Center.
After lunch, you will visit 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.
Before dinner we will have time to experience the lights and the hustle and bustle of Times Square! We will end the day on a high note with a Broadway Show!
You will wake up bright and early to get camera ready. You are going to Rockefeller Center to be a part of the outdoor audience for NBC's Today Show! Bring your signs and get ready to wave to the cameras.
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 the famous stores and boutiques including Apple's flagship store and the Plaza Hotel (featured in "Home Alone"), Tiffany's, and more.
After lunch, you will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Radio City Music Hall! Here you will have an insider's view of New York's iconic entertainment venue where the biggest names in show business perform. During the tour you'll meet a real Rockette!
This afternoon you will take an insiders look at NBC's New York Studios going behind the scenes of some of your favorite TV shows. The tour will take you through the halls and into the studios of NBC's New York operations! You will journey through 30 Rockefeller Plaza visiting the NBC Sharp Globe Theater, Broadcast Operations, the Make-up Room, and even producing your very own news and weather program in the High Definition Mini-Control Studio!
You will have dinner before seeing a Broadway Show!
This morning you will visit the High Line Park, a modern urban park spanning over a mile that has been built on an unused, elevated railway track between Chelsea and Penn Station. As you enter this ariel greenway from the Meat Packing District, one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods, you will see fantastic views of lower Manhattan and the Hudson River.
As you wrap up your New York CIty adventure, you will walk the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo. You'll see Washington Square Park at the center of NYU, and also have a chance to explore The Village. SoHo is known for its chic art galleries and interesting boutiques.
You'll have some free time for shopping before your tour comes to a close and you begin your return trip home.