You're first NYC adventure will be an orientation walk through midtown with your Tour Manager! They will share interesting historical and cultural tidbits at the famous landmarks on your path. 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.
After lunch this afternoon you will participate in a ninety minute theatre, dance or orchestra workshop. You'll decide the topic before your travel date, and have a true New York City performing arts experience.
Next, you are in for a true New York City experience as you make your way up 850 feet to the 70th floor observatory at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. At the Top of the Rock, you will see awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.
After a delicious dinner, you will head to your hotel for the evening.
With energy from breakfast, you'll participate in the Believe NYC workshop. The theatre, choral and dance students will see a forty-five minute one-woman show that tells the story of a young girl's dream to be an actress and to get to New York City. After this inspiring performance, you'll decide the topic for an in-theatre workshop. Topics vary and include mock auditions, stage combat, vocal, movement, etc. The program ends with a Q&A session with the actress, composer and a surprise Broadway guest!
Next, you will visit the Drama Book Shop. This Theater District store has been a trusted resource for aspiring and professional theater folk since World War I. On the ground floor, American and British scripts take center stage, with at least four shelf units and one display table devoted to Shakespeare. Supporting players include books on stagecraft, costumes, makeup kits; a multimedia section includes instructional DVDs by well-known thespians and CDs for mastering foreign accents from around the globe. For actors seeking work, there are listings of agents, producers, managers, and casting directors that are updated monthly.
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.
Before dinner 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 evening you will see a Broadway show! After the show concludes, you will head to the front of the theater for an intimate Q&A with some of the cast members. Don't be shy! This is your chance to ask that burning question about their careers and life.
After breakfast 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.
Next, 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 lunch, you will walk through the financial district past the famous "Charging Bull," a symbol of financial prosperity, and past Trinity Church and the New York Stock Exchange. Ending in Chinatown and Little Italy, you will have some free time to explore shop.
After dinner you will see another remarkable Broadway show!
After breakfast, you will participate in a ninety minute theatre workshop. You'll decide the topic before your travel date, and have a true New York City performing arts experience.
Next, 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.
You will make your way to the Chelsea Market where you will 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.
Refueled, 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 area. SoHo is known for its chic art galleries and interesting boutiques.
This afternoon your NYC adventure comes to a close as you board the bus for the airport.