Insider's Guide to New York City

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

Call (888) 651-9785

Tour code: 3453TG1
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

Recent Photos of This Tour

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

Balazs M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great experience, even for non-religious visitors.

Huguette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Très touchant! J'ai trouvé les gens très authentiques.

Steven H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a very memorable and moving tour, our guide was a great character. The Congregation at the church were so warm and welcoming,it was quite a fantastic experience.We had lunch at the Cotton club where we ate traditional soul food and were entertained by jazz and soul band and vocalist.Make this a must do tour.Chris and Steve H

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour exceeded our expectations at every turn. Sheila our guide was knowledgeable, witty and charismatic. Her commentary on the rich and diverse history of Harlem was extremely informative and insightful. The highlight was being able to attend Sunday service in a small neighborhood church, a truly uplifting experience and one we will never forget.

Lorena L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Such a beautiful and awe inspiring tour!! Our guide was knowledgable and fun, the entire tour was beyond what I could have expected. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting New York. So grateful I got to join and witness this.

asgerdur.sveinsdotti ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The experience was fun and enjoyable, recommend this for everyone.

Janice G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Church was amazing. Would have preferred the tour to have been shorter with more time at church but wouldn't put me off doing it again.

Bibbi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A trip for life

Joanne R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was great as we explored Harlem. Our tour guide was full of information . Church service was an experience, one never to forget. A great experience for all ages,

Jesse J

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!

From USD $ 65.00

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Enter Total Number of Travelers


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message