The first part of the tour is 2 hours but could easily be condensed down to 1 hour really if a bit more structured and focussed. However, worth sticking with it as the church/gospel choir was excellent, really uplifting (even though I don't really have any faith). Lunch at Sylvia's also excellent.
An interesting and fun few hours. A trip through Harlem - which has some beautiful tree lined streets and lovely old buildings. George Washington's original residence and the City College. The ARC choir is talented and engaging and lunch at Sylvia's yummy!
We thoroughly enjoyed the gospel choir.. It was one of the highlights of our New York visit..
we thoroughly enjoyed this tour some blogs i had read it was a real tourist thing and not so authentic, but we found the singers amazing and there interaction with us was amazing it might not be a sunday service but they give it all there got
It's a different way of celebrating God, with full of happiness.
Our guide knows so much about the theme.
There were many options of language. Included portuguese.
Excellent tour would recommend it to anyone. Interesting parts of harlem I could not have seen on our own. The gospel was outstanding.
Absolutely fantastic morning spent in the company of Sheila E. Harlem was beautiful on this sunny September day and Sheila was very knowledgable. Learned lots about the history of Harlem. The gospel choir was fabulous, uplifting and good for the soul.
David B New Zealand
The morning tour and lunch were well organised and great. Some aspects of the Church visit struck me as 'tacky' but the music was really good.
This was our only guided tour in NYC. Tour guide was very friendly and grew up in Harlem so knew the area. In the bus you drive around different areas and you stop a few times to take brief walks. There are some very beautiful homes in Harlem. Ends with a one-hour visit to a church where you hear very brief "sermons" and listen to some amazing singers who are all recovering addicts. It was really an emotional experience if you like that kind of stuff. On the way back to the centre you got to pick where you wanted to be dropped off.
Barney37 Saudi Arabia
Was excellent, great to see people back on the road to recovery doing something that means something for themselves.
well done !!! the italo-american tour guide was absolutely perfect, we enjoyed it very much!!
Excellent guide who lived in Harlem and really knew the area. Her commentary was clear and concise and gave detailed background information on the people and history of Harlem. Church service was great and many members of the tour joined in the singing out front. We stayed for the meal which was very enjoyable. To top off the visit the return bus dropped us off near our hotel saving a long walk. Well worth the money!
Tony and Pat from Sydney, Australia
Tour started late, but tightened transport security was causing that problem city wide. Tour guide was informative and the service was just as we had hoped! Something to experience once in your life:-) Thanks!!
The tour was quite well organised, Harlem was very interesting but the Gospel Choir in the church was what I was looking forward to and they were great. I also had the Harlem meal after the tour and that was at a lovely restaurant and the food was excellent.
Interesting morning in Harlem supported by very friendly Italian speaker that gave us useful suggetions for the following days we spent in NYC. Recomended.
This is not the slickest Gospel choir you will ever see in New York but it is the genuine article and an enjoyable way to spend a morning. The guided tour on the way to the church was very well done.
Zubin S United Kingdom
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!
Rhonda N Australia
The tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Excellent, would recommend it to all.
Giulia M United Kingdom
Definitely worth it, although I think we spent most of the time in the bus, but the guide was very good and the concert as well.