New York. The Big Apple. So much can be said about this iconic city that it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a visitor, then, you'll be hard pressed to make heads or tails of where to go in this illustrious burg. Luckily, we're here to ... 

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irishgirl8191
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

The guides were informative and entertaining. I would recommend this tour. Only bummer part was we didn't have time to go to Ellis Island, only got to the statue. But other than that, great tour.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Great tour. Patrick our guide was very motivated guy. The tour helps cutting the line to the ferry. Be prepared to pass two security check points airport level check. In winter and with children is inconvenient, but is worth the take.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Despite Subway faults and chilly weather, we managed to arrive on time and our guides (who obviously had the same issues to deal with) were there waiting for us. Even though we were a small group, we ended up with TWO guides! Rachel M and Linda were both great hosts and kept up the energy and non-stop facts throughout.

Although the subject matter of 9/11 may be a little dour for some, our guides kept things respectful without bringing the mood down and explained the decisions behind this fascinating memorial. They both also shared personal stories which helped bring home the human element and made this tour even more memorable.

I would certainly recommend this tour as it will give you an insight into the financial district, a new perspective on 9/11 and the Liberty and Ellis island aspects of the tour can be done at your leisure.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

First time in a helicopter and won't be my last ! Saw New York from a totally different perspective and the best . The scale of the skyscrapers can be really appreciated from up in the air. Don't worry about sitting in the wrong seat as you up the Hudson and back so will have a view of both sides . You fly past Lady Liberty too . Awesome! .

Doing what: Complete New York, New York Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Our tour guide was great and really had a contagious passion history! Patrick was a wealth of knowledge and answered everyones questions with great enthusiasm! We learnt lots about the historical buildings and had a very touching experience at the 9/11 memorial! Statue of liberty was very cool too!

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Rachel did a great job of taking us around the area and allowing time for us to warm up in one or two places (as it was very cold)! It was interesting and she was engaging.

Doing what: SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Very Good Tour. Unfortunately on the day of our tour it wasn't the best weather (snowing) and possibly due to this the other tourists/bookings did not arrive. This proved a bonus for my wife and myself as this meant we had a private tour with our guide - Patrick. During the tour Patrick was informative and amusing. He relished providing us with historical facts about the area and answered any queries we had. We also we able to enter historical buildings we had previously walked past and weren't aware were open to the public. Although there were only myself and my wife on the tour, we were never rushed by Patrick and were allowed as much time as we required in each location before we left to explore Liberty Monument and Ellis Island by ourselves. An aspiring Actor and Opera Singer, Patrick is obviously used to playing in front of larger audiences, however on this occasion he did a great job for an audience of two - greatly appreciated and highly recommended.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

This is a great introduction to Lower Manhattan, starting from Wall Street, where our guide gave us "gossips" and "inside stories" about the famous financial institution. We visited Federal Hall, which has a strong history back to George Washington. We then made our way to Trinity Church, featuring a beautiful interior with tall arches and fine stain glass windows. Our next step was very emotional, as we reached the World Trade Center plaza. Our guide stopped there for a moment, letting us walk around the twin pools, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the new One World Trade Center, a time for reflection. After a while, we crossed Battery Park to embark on the ferry to Liberty Island. Our tickets were skip the line, saving us waiting time, though the security lines were still quite long. The ferry crossing was nice, giving us opportunity to enjoy NYC Skyline, and provided good photo opps of the Statue of Liberty as we were getting closed to the island. The ticket allowed Platform entrance, definitely recommended, just to see the inside of the statue. Included in the ticket is an audio guide, a good way to learn about the story of the Statue. Our return ferry stopped on Ellis Island - we had to cut our visit short as we had an evening activity but it is worth spending several hours. Though I had send Ellis Island through documentaries and movies before, I was moved by the stories of the migrants, stepping in their steps across the big hallways. The tour took us the full day, and we were enjoyed it

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

Anonymous

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

We were greeted around 9am next to the NY Stock Exchange by our friendly guide who then led us for the guided part of the tour through a few streets of lower Manhattan. She narrated history, facts and anecdotes of the area, stopping at different points of interests: NYSE, the Federal Hall, Trinity Church, the World Trade Center and 9/11 memorial and plaza, to end up on Battery Park around 10. The guide's explanations brought a definitive extra dimensions to the area compared to simply walking around. Despite the priority boarding tickets, getting on the Liberty Island Ferry took a good 1h because of security. The Statue of Liberty is much bigger than it looks from far away!! We spent quiet some time in and around the statue, following the nice audio guided tour and enjoying the cold, beautiful weather and views of Manhattan skyline but had to cut it short in order to see a bit of Ellis Island before the last Ferry at 5:30. I'd definitely like to go back to climb up to the crown. Ellis island is also a very interesting part of the tour, providing a very real perspective on the history of immigration in the early 19th century.

Doing what: Viator Exclusive: Statue of Liberty Monument Access and 9/11 Memorial

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