When you arrive in New York, you'll meet your tour manager and take an orientation walk in midtown with visits or stops in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and more.
You will visit the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo. Greenwich Village is home to the world's largest private university, NYU. You'll see Washington Square Park at the center of NYU and also have a chance to explore the area. SoHo is known for its chic art galleries and interesting boutiques.
You'll visit Chinatown and Little Italy where you'll have some free time to explore and shop. Afterwards, you'll have dinner in Little Italy.
After dinner, 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 you've seen the stunning views of the city, you'll head to your hotel for the night.
After breakfast, you'll visit the Met. 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'll have free time to explore the galleries on your own.
Afterwards, you'll visit the Frick Museum and have free time to explore the galleries.
In the afternoon, you'll 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. Afterwards, you'll have dinner and then return to your hotel.
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 and then down Fifth Avenue past Tiffany's and more. You'll have dinner and then head back to the hotel for the evening.
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 US 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 then 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.
After your Memorial visit, you'll head uptown to visit the Museum of Modern Art. The museum's collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media.
After dinner, you'll see a Broadway show.
After breakfast, you'll visit the Guggenheim Museum and have free time to explore the galleries.
You'll take a self-guided tour of the Neue Galerie New York which covers a range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts, and photographs created in Austria and Germany between 1890 and 1940. The extended Neue Galerie collection is comprised of works belonging to Ronald S. Lauder, to the Estate of Serge Sabarsky, and to the museum itself.
In the afternoon, you'll arrive at the Museum of Arts and Design and have free time to explore the galleries. The museum explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1991, MAD focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital.
After dinner, you'll see a Broadway show. After your show, you'll head back to your hotel for the evening.
You'll visit the High Line Park. You will enter the park in the Meat Packing District, one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods. Then you'll see fantastic views of lower Manhattan and the Hudson River from this modern urban park. It has been built on an unused, elevated railway track between Chelsea and Penn Station.
You will visit the galleries at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
You'll visit the Whitney Museum of American Art where you'll take a guided tour and have a one hour studio art workshop.
You will visit the Chelsea Market where you can have lunch. This gourmet food market was built inside the former Nabisco factory in Chelsea and is now home to the Food Network and many gourmet food vendors. After your tour has concluded, you'll begin your return trip home.
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