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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:4 - 6 hours

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem with a midweek morning gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents, and visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Take part in an uplifting morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include a delicious lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.


  • Four-hour Wednesday-morning guided tour of Harlem
  • Stop at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • ARC gospel choir
  • Additional soul food lunch (if option selected)
  • Entertaining and informative guide

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What You Can Expect

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Spend a morning immersed in the rich and eclectic culture of Harlem. Meet your guide near Times Square in the morning and board a comfortable coach for the drive north to Harlem. Admire the stately homes and historic buildings of Strivers Row and Sylvan Terrace, and cruise by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted some of the hottest names in jazz and R&B throughout the decades.

Visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a glimpse into this research library’s impressive collection of materials and artifacts documenting African culture around the world. 

Continue on to a local church to take part in an inspiring morning service featuring the soul-stirring vocals of the ARC gospel choir. This community choir helps support the drug treatment services of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center, New York State’s oldest drug-free recovery program.

If you select the lunch upgrade, enjoy a delicious meal after the gospel service at Sylvia’s restaurant. Founded by the ‘queen of soul food,’ this Harlem institution dishes up beloved southern-inspired specialties like fried chicken, spicy ribs, collard greens and cornbread. 

At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at the original departure point in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The choir was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely fabulous tour - I would highly recommend it along with the 'soul food' lunch option!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Brilliant - couldn't be better!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a great day--we loved every moment of it. It was great to get out of"downtown' and into an ara with real people. It was great to see the work being done by people like Magic Johnson to put pride into the community. The church service and choir were uplifting and we felt privileged to be a part of it. Lunch at Sylvias's was fabulous and a must-do at the end of the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The Harlem Gospel Tour was excellent. The vibe inspiring, buzzing and lots of fun. I really appreciated the fact that the purpose of the choir was for drug rehabilitation and that the members were voluntary. It was truly an uplifting experience and the soul food at Sylivia's was definitely worth the extra money. I even bought her Soul food cookbook! Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was fantastic. Informative, interesting and inspiring. Thanks so much for a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent guide and tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

my tour was all that i expected and more the tour guide was the most knowledgeable guide that I have every had on a tour, the tour itself was great, didn't see all of the stuff that was advertised but the tour i would recommend to anyone,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This tour was amazing our guide (Glenn) was so knowledgeable as he grew up in Harlem and we walked around the neighbourhood and then attended a service. The Service was amazing and they included you all of us in it. It was fantastic, such amazing voices, we left on a high and enjoyed the lunch at Sivlia's for some soul fold. Would highly recommend.

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