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I was really looking forward to this tour as it was something I had always wanted to do. Unfortunately on the day the NY Half Marathon was on which made it a little hard for the driver to actually get to the point he needed to commence the tour but eventually he got us under way (not the fault of the tour operator or driver). I enjoyed the Gospel Church as well as the Tour of Harlem.
A very knowledgeable guide. Slightly repititious views of Harlem. Magnificent gospel singing. Would do justice in an Opera House.
I enjoyed the tour. The tour leader was very knoeledgeble. It was realy a surprise to see Harlem from another point of view and not like its known from movies. We've seen some nice neighberhoods. The top of the tour was the gospel church. Real simple people from around came and sang in an extasy and happiness that i've never seen before.
This tour is realy recomended
Very interesting and learning tour throu Harlem township. Also gospel music was fine to hear
A nice visit to Harlem, Bronx and a comfortable and familiar ceremony.
Great tour didn't see as much of Harlem as we would have liked due to poor visibility due to the weather otherwise it was a great night out
It was excellent to have our own guide and this made it a very personal experience. Our guide was not only knowledgeable, he had first-hand experience of the real roots of hip-hop, was funny and friendly. The places we visited were interesting - the Graffiti Hall of Fame, community gardens etc - and not touristy. We got to see some of the streets and sites of everyday Harlem with an entertaining guide. Two hours was perhaps a little long, but that may have been because it was 90 degrees !
Enjoyed this tour which also included seeing Columbia Uni on the way. The service was uplifting and we saw most areas of Harlem
Great night out in Harlem - Cotton Club on a Monday night is highly recommended for authentic jazz experience
We did the Sunday service 18 months ago, so we selected the Wednesday tour this time. We loved BOTH. My partner preferred the Sunday service, while I just LOVED the Wednesday one as it had songs I knew and could join in, and no I am NOT a deeply spiritual person, but I love the Harlem Gospel music and the energy and joy those people have ... Praise the lord and Hallelujia folks, miss this and you are missing a part of America.
Our tour guide was excellent and showed us many places of interest in Harlem. The Church service however, was quite disappointing. It was Easter Sunday and we were really looking forward to it. The Church service was very unorganized, there was no real choir, just people standing at the front of the Church and signing, the first song went for over 10 minutes. I think only 1 prayer was said and the rest of the hour was singing if you could call it that. It was so loud that the noise actually become a blur to the ears. There were two drummers, a couple of guitars and keyboards and people screaming words. I left with a massive headache.
Review by Anonymous, May 2010
Doing what: Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour
The bus tour around Harlem was interesting. Got to hear about some history etc which set the scene very nicely. A couple of stops were made one of which was quite useless - outside a house which wanted to charge a further 5 entrance to go inside, but never actually opened the door to let us in! Much more interesting was the 'triple cent' 555 building which once used to house Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald apparently... Also a stop at The Cotton Club would have been great, as opposed to a drive-by. The highlight HAS to be the actual Gospel service. Amazing singing, amazing people, and an incredibly warm welcome. The 90 minute service was very enjoyable and at times, quite thought-provoking. We came out of their extremely enthused, and ready for the 'Soul Food' which sadly only a few of us had opted for. But not a problem, as there was more for the rest of us. You HAVE to go for the food option, which takes you to Slyvia's Restaurant in Harlem for some traditional fayre. Delicious! My only negative comment is that we were rushed out of the restuarant at the end, and had to gulp our desserts down, and leave the coffee which had just arrived because the bus was in a rush to get back. So the timing was a little off, but overall, if you're looking to get a Gospel experience, you'll definately enjoy this one!
Fantastic trip - really surprised at the history and architecture in Harlem. Our guide was fantastic - loads of knowledge, loads of personality. The Gospel Church was joyous.
Review by Anonymous, February 2010
Doing what: Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour
This trip was the highlight of my week in New York! Our tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable which made the Harlem trip even better again. We had the Sunday brunch in the Cotton Club which is an unmissable experience! The energy you experience at the Gospel Mass is something that will stay with me for a long time.
Review by Anonymous, February 2010
Doing what: Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour
We booked this trip thinking it went to the Cotton Club, found out on the night that they only go to the Cotton Club on a monday and rest of time goes to Mintons Playhouse. We went to Silvia's for soul food, which was excellent and would highly reccommend. Mintons playhouse was good and the staff very friendly, a good way to see Harlem at night!