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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour

Discover New York City’s gospel heritage on this spirited tour of Harlem, complete with a Sunday morning gospel choir service. See musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club on a coach tour, and explore parts of this vibrant neighborhood on foot. Visit a local congregation to take part in a traditional Sunday gospel service featuring the soulful stylings of a live choir. Upgrade to include a hearty soul food brunch at a favorite local restaurant.


  • Guided morning sightseeing tour of Harlem
  • Gospel service with choir
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Famous Apollo Theater and Cotton Club
  • Soul food brunch (if option selected)
  • Entertaining and informative guide

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What You Can Expect

Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour

The Apollo Theater, Harlem

Harlem has an incredibly rich musical history and played an instrumental role in the evolution of jazz, blues and gospel. Begin your tour of this diverse neighborhood in Times Square, where you’ll meet your guide and board a comfortable coach for the drive north to Harlem. 

Pass iconic music venues like the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club, plus other cultural landmarks including the former home of Duke Ellington and the stately residences of Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights. Disembark to explore parts of the neighborhood by foot. Along the way, your guide will share pieces of Harlem’s history as an important enclave for African American writers, artists and musicians throughout the decades. 

Make your way to a local church and join the congregation for a traditional Sunday morning service. Listen to a rousing sermon and admire the soulful vocals of a live gospel choir. 

If you selected the brunch option during booking, you’ll also be treated to Sunday brunch at a local Harlem restaurant. Savor southern-inspired soul food including fried chicken and spicy ribs, served with sides like buttery cornbread, collard greens and macaroni and cheese.

At the end of your tour, you’ll be returned back to the departure point near Times Square in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great experience. We had an excellent guide and learn much about the history of Harlem. We even had an opportunity to visit one of the local churches to hear a gospel choir. It was comfortable and timely. We would do it again when in New York!

Sandra K
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A wonderful experience we were made to feel very welcome by the church. Our tour guide was very professional and very knowledgeable. I would certainly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time on this one ,Have to do brunch great band at Cotton Club and food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Perfect Sunday Morning! We had full coach of 50 guests. All guides have charisma and fantastic sense of humor! Our tour took us to Bronx instead of Harlem but Church we visited was large and they welcomed us with open arms! None minded to go to Bronx instead of Harlem even we drove through Harlem which was obviously packed with some street fair.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was very interesting. Church and people were nice. We recommand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

George and Alan were really great people and a good team to get out from NYC traffic!
People were so amazing, nice and friendly with us. I've never expect such warm welcome.
Thanks again viator for this. Worth every dollar.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My clients loved this tour. Every thing about it was perfect! They were met promptly and enjoyed the day. I can't rave enough about this tour. My clients were staying in Philadelphia and went to NYC for the day and just for this was the highlight of their trip!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous experience
The tour guide Sheila gave us all a fabulous histort and insight in New York in general and Haarlem in great detail
Duane on the return trip also did an excellent job. The Gospel choir were fabulous and really welcoming
The Cotton Club experience was memorable for the great singing/entertainment but not for the buffet food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved this tour, very informative and fun , lunch at the Cotton Club was super . Sue form Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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