The Best of New York City: Private Tour including Top of the Rock New York, NY

Travel CuriousBeside the 'Battery Park Control House' located at 3825 State St, New York, NY 10004, United States.New York City, NY 10004
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Overview

This adventure will take you to see views of New York City from the perspective of the ground and the sky! See the heart of the city with a tour around beloved sights in Midtown Manhattan– from the famous Time Square, to Grand Central Terminal and more!– and finish up your guided walking tour with entrance tickets to the Top of the Rock.

up to 6.5 hrs 1 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York City Travel Experts
  • See the interesting sights and art that litter Manhattan’s Midtown area from the street level and on Top of the Rock on this walking tour!
  • This entire tour is approximately 3 hours in duration.
  • Tour is suitable for culture vultures of all ages. Families are welcome to join.
  • Tickets to the Top of the Rock is included on this tour.
  • Food and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.

Description

from The Best of New York City: Private Tour including Top of the Rock
Beginning with views of the Statue of Liberty, you will learn about the history of perhaps the most iconic city in the world as you absorb the truly vibrant atmosphere of the city that never sleeps, from Wall Street to the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan, the sparkling brilliance of Times Square and end with tickets to see the glorious views from the Top of the Rock - the sky-high observatory at the Rockefeller Centre.

On your private full-day tour of New York City, you will:

-Start your tour at Battery Park and learn about the origins of New Amsterdam, how it became New York, and admire the views of the iconic Statue of Liberty;
-Pass by Wall Street's famous bronze statues of the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl;
-See the area's main sites of Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Federal Reserve Bank as you learn about the financial system designed by Alexander Hamilton;
-Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood, an incredibly moving tribute to the horrendous events of that terrible day in 2001;
-Discover the bustling district of Midtown Manhattan - famous for its skyscrapers, shopping on 5th Avenue and Broadway;
-Tour the interior of Grand Central Terminal - New York's train station famous for its Beaux-Arts architecture, celestial mural ceiling, and for its starring role in films like Men in Black and Armageddon, it is visited by over 20 million people a year;
-Walk through the tranquil Bryant Park, and admire the lions in front of the New York Public Library;
-Enjoy the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of Times Square with its flashy billboards and explore the theatre district of Broadway;
-Take a stroll down the iconic 5th Avenue and admire the stunning window displays of the Saks department store,
-See the historic St. Patricks Cathedral from the outside - its neo-gothic splendour is a stark contrast to the surrounding modernity;
-Admire some of New York's jaw-dropping Art Deco skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building;
-Pass by Radio City Hall - a historic theatre venue, and home to the Rockettes;
-Finish your tour with tickets to the 'Top of the Rock' the observatory at the top of the Rockefeller Centre with incredible views over New York City - a perfect way to end the day!

Your tour begins in the heart of Wall Street, where you'll discover the most famous financial district in the world. Begin with an introduction to the history of New Amsterdam - that became New York in Battery Park - with glorious views out towards the Statue of Liberty, before exploring the highlights of Wall Street, including the statues of the Fearless Girl and Charging Bull, the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Bank - where you'll hear all about the history and formation of the modern financial institutions and systems invented by Alexander Hamilton.

Your tour continues to the National 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero— the original site of the World Trade Center. Here, your guide will share the history of the World Trade Center and discuss the tragic events of 9/11 when the two terrorist planes crashed into the twin towers, forever changing the modern world.

Next, it's time to take a New York metro ride - the most popular - and fastest - way of travelling around the city to Midtown Manhattan! First, you'll explore Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with beautiful celestial ceiling murals and stunning Beaux-Arts architecture.

It is the setting of many movies and novels and is also famous for its shopping, bars, and restaurants - it is the second most visited landmark in New York after Times Square. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the area - your guide will be happy to make recommendations.

After lunch, explore the iconic area of Midtown Manhattan - famous for its skyscrapers, high-end shopping and of course Broadway theatre scene!

Enjoy a tranquil stroll through Bryant Park, a lovely green oasis in the heart of busy Midtown. See the New York Public Library - flanked by two giant lions, and admire the art deco skyscrapers the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, that made up New York's world-famous skyline.

Walk along the iconic 5th Avenue famous for its department stores - admire the stunning window displays at Saks, and the historical contrast of St Patrick's Cathedral, an impressive neo-gothic construction that was opened in 1879. Famous for its spires, stained glass windows, and titanic bronze doors - the cathedral has hosted many famous funerals including Babe Ruth and Bobby Kennedy.

Head to the amazing Times Square, known as the 'crossroads of the world', to see the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and the myriad of flashing neon signs that lead you onto the bright lights of Broadway!

Finally, passing by the iconic Radio City Hall, your guide will give you your tickets to 'The Top of the Rock', the Rockefeller Observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre.

Your guide will show you the entrance and leave you to enjoy a perfect end to a perfect day - with a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple.

Inclusions:
- A friendly, professional English-speaking tour guide for your own private group
- Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places
- Tickets to the Rockefeller Centre Observation Deck 'Top of the Rock'
- One metro ride

Exclusions:
- Food and drink
- Gratuities
- Hotel pick up and drop off

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Best of New York City: Private Tour including Top of the Rock

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Midtown Manhattan with Top of the Rock Tickets tour at the Starbucks at 425 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10174, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Midtown Manhattan with Top of the Rock View lasts for 3 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given Top of the Rock tickets, a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for friends and family of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Midtown Manhattan with Top of the Rock View tour?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) Rockefeller Plaza where you will see the Rockefeller Building, and Lawrie’s statue of Atlas (2) Time Square, an area of a positively overwhelming sights and sounds (3) Saks Fifth Avenue where luxury and designer brands are sold (4) The Neo-Gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral which has been the heart of NYC's Catholicism since 1878 and seat of the city's Archdiocese (5) Top of the Rock where you can view the wonderful city up in the air Note that only morning tours will be able to go inside the St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the Midtown Manhattan tour w/ Top of the Rock ticket.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near departure point. One of which is the Regal Parking which charges according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Midtown Manhattan with Top of the Rock View tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.