Meet the tour guide just outside Battery Park, at the corner of Pearl and State Streets, to begin this full-day adventure in New York City.
Begin with a short walk to the ferry dock for the ride to Liberty Island. Along the way, the guide will present the oftentimes overlooked monuments and memorials of Battery Park, like 'the Immigrants' sculpture and 'the Sphere,' a large metallic sculpture by German artist Fritz Koenig (which once stood at the World Trade Center).
Then board the ferry via the reserved ticket holders line for Liberty Island. Enter the Statue of Liberty to see the original torch and listen as the guide introduces Lady Liberty, pointing out the highlights of the Statue of Liberty Museum. Then, climb to the pedestal for one of the best views in the Big Apple at 10 stories above New York Harbor. Get a once-in-a-lifetime photo with the statue before heading for Ellis Island to relive the immigrant experience. Walk in the footsteps of those who arrived to the US here. Visit the Baggage Room, the Great Hall and walk down the 'stairs of separation,' where immigrants went on to follow their respective destinies. Make a stop at the Kissing Post and see the Immigrant Wall of Honor to find out why it's called the Island of Hope, Island of Tears.
After a break for lunch (not included), then complete the Lower Manhattan experience with a visit to the new World Trade Center which includes St. Paul's Chapel and The 9/11 Memorial where the guide will explain how everything was carefully and symbolically designed. You'll go inside the new 4 billion dollar structure called the Oculus which is the home of the Westfield Mall and is the centerpiece of an amazing new state of the art and transportation hub for Lower Manhattan with an ultra-modern design and space-age atmosphere housing the 3rd largest transportation hub in New York City. Along the way, hear all the unique, interesting, and entertaining stories of each point of interest. Watch the new World Trade Center rising as the guide explains how it, and the surrounding area, have changed. You'll get a look at the new building complex from every angle and your guide will show you how the concept for the World Trade Center rebuild and the architectural design work as part of the 9/11 Memorial plaza that sits at it's center.
Finally, visit the One World Observatory for a self-guided visit. Board the high-speed Sky Pod elevators and climb over 100 floors in less than a minute. Have a camera ready for the amazing HD elevator experience that awaits.