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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour that includes early access to the Empire State Building, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, an open-top bus tour, and a hop-on-hop-off cruise. You can upgrade to also include afternoon admission to the 9/11 Museum. Seem like a lot to do in one day? Opt to take your cruise the following day. It's a great way to see NYC’s newest sites and its most iconic attractions, and a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!


  • Experience NYC like an insider with this Viator exclusive
  • Head to the top of the Empire State Building before the crowds arrive!
  • Admire Midtown’s top attractions – such as Times Square and Bryant Park – on an open-top bus
  • Skip the line at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  • Upgrade your tour to include timed entry to 9/11 Museum
  • Take a hop-on hop-off cruise at your leisure for photo ops of the Statue of Liberty
  • This exclusive tour is led by informative local guide, who provides a comprehensive, VIP experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

9/11 Museum, New York City

Your VIP tour of New York starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it when you gain first access to the Empire State Building for the day. Meet your guide in front of the this world-famous architectural stunner. From there, head in for a crowd-free elevator ride to the 86th floor for awe-inspiring views of Manhattan on the main deck.

When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown. Pass New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Following a journey to New York by 747 jumbo jet and river barge, the space shuttle went on display in July 2012 inside a special pavilion that celebrates its rich history and offers an innovative and interactive visitor experience. Your guide will lead you to the front of the line before the exhibition opens so you can go straight in with your skip-the-line ticket for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology and engineering. Bonus: You can also explore the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.

Next, board a hop-on-hop-off cruise with your guide at Pier 79. Hop off at Battery Park, where you'll take a walking tour through the world-famous financial center of Wall Street on your way to the 9/11 Memorial. See the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.

Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (aka the 9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)

If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.

The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn for a leisurely cruise to enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and time to reflect on your VIP tour of New York City.

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great tour of the New York sights on a perfect day. The hop-on hop-off water taxi was a real bonus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour with fantastic tour guide -Heidi. Great value for money. USS Intrepid - Air, Sea and Space museum a real revelation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, we waited in no lines,lot of history and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was the best tour we took during our vacation. Our guide was excellent. Very friendly and funny.
I will differently recommend this tour to all my friends who visit New York

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a well organised tour with plenty of good information on New York along the way. If I had any complaint it would only be that our guide was a very fast walker and talker, fine for me but maybe not for some of the oldies

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Debbie is an excellent tour guide She know her history....and thanks for sharing your personal story. She pointed out good and not so good places to shop or go.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wow - what a day! An early start to get to the Empire State Building was soon forgotten by the warm welcome given by tour guide Debbie - a true New Yorker who obviously loves this city. Weather conditions weren't great but everyone was given the option of going up as planned or leaving the trip for later on in their holiday. We took the gamble and whilst the view wasn't as far reaching as we may have liked - we still got to see most of Manhattan island. A bus ride to the Intrepid followed then a boat trip to Battery Park and a walk up to Ground Zero. Debbie certainly knew her stuff and brought the horrors of 9/11 home to everyone with her personal stories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour of New York was the best tour we have ever had, and we have been on lots of tours. We saw everything it said we were going to do, and our guide Heidi was fantastic. She was funny and she new all the details of everywhere we visited. She answered every questions anyone had and she was passionate and emotional about the city. I would fully recommend this tour to anyone and it was excellent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Debbie was a terrific guide and we saw all that we could have expected. We had a great time. it was very good value!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Extremely well organised and learnt so much during the day with our great guide, was the highlight of our stay in NYC.

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