Enjoy every moment of this fully narrated tour with personal radios and priority boarding from Battery Park. Meet your guide just outside Battery Park for a short walk to the ferry where your guide will point out and explain the monuments and memorials that people usually ignore, like: The Immigrants Statue, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" (it once stood at The World Trade Center) and The American Merchant Mariner's Memorial.
Then, board the ferry via the reserve ticket holders line for Liberty Island. Enter inside the pedestal and let your guide introduce you to Lady Liberty as they show you the highlights of the Statue of Liberty Museum. Then, climb to the pedestal for one of the best views NYC has to offer at 10 stories above New York Harbor. Then get a once in-a-lifetime photo with Ms. Liberty before heading to Ellis Island.
On Ellis Island re-live the immigrant experience and hear the true stories of the conditions they faced at sea, their time on Ellis Island and beyond. You'll share in their fear, their sadness and their joy - from the dock to The Great Hall, down The Stairs of Separation and at The Kissing Post. Walk in the footsteps of millions of desperate immigrants into The New World.
Break for lunch (not included) then a Lower Manhattan tour begins. Walk The Canyon of Heroes, NYC's famous ticker tape parade route, here you'll see: The Charging Bull Statue, Trinity Church, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall (where George Washington became the first U.S. president) The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and more.
St. Paul's Chapel is next. Hear how it survived the attacks of Sept 11th and the important role it played in the following months; see other beautiful and sadly, often missed World Trade Center area memorials. Visit The Fireman's Memorial, honoring New York's Finest who were lost on that terrible day; and visit the 9/11 Memorial to stand beside the reflecting pools. Your guide will explain how everything was carefully and symbolically designed; you'll appreciate the thought, care and respect involved in creating and operating this national memorial.
Then you head underground to visit The World Trade Center from below and go inside The Oculus, the most recently opened part of the WTC and centerpiece of an amazing new transportation hub for Lower Manhattan with an ultra modern design and space age atmosphere. You'll see the WTC being rebuilt firsthand and your guide will explain how it, and the surrounding area have changed. Finally, you will be escorted to the One World Observatory entrance for your self-guided visit. You'll board the high speed "sky pod" elevators and climb over 100 floors in less than a minute. Have your camera ready for the amazing HD elevator experience that awaits. From NYC's tallest building you'll look back with street level detail at all you've done and seen today.
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), complete the Lower Manhattan experience at the Canyon of Heroes, New York City's famous ticker tape parade route. See the Charging Bull Statue, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and Federal Hall, where George Washington became the first US president. Along the way, hear all the unique, interesting, and entertaining stories of each point of interest.
St. Paul's Chapel is next. Hear how it survived the attacks of September 11 and the important role it played in the following months. See other beautiful and, sadly, often-missed memorials by the World Trade Center. Visit the Fireman's Memorial, honoring New York's bravest lost on that terrible day. Then visit the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, where the guide will explain how everything was carefully and symbolically designed.
Next, head underground to visit the most recently opened parts of the World Trade Center, including the Westfield Mall and the Oculus, 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. Watch the new World Trade Center rising as the guide explains how it, and the surrounding area, have changed.
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.