108 reviews of Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial
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Reviewed by Marra, September 2012
My two sisters and I really enjoyed our trip. it was an amazing way to experience the highlights of NYC, and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. The early access to Empire State was worth it alone, but everything we did and saw was absolutely great. I highly recommend.
Reviewed by Lois B, September 2012
Best tour ever! To start the day early, with the incredible views from the main observation deck of the Empire State Building, sun just up - it doesn't get any better than that! Then a double decker bus ride to Pier 86 and the Intrepid - and river taxi to Battery Park and the 9/11 Memorial. Our guide Patrick was terrific!
Reviewed by Robyn R, September 2012
Our tour leader Patrick was very passionate and knowledgeable about his city. He was vibrant, and his enthusiasm made this tour our most enjoyable city tour so far, in four weeks of travelling across the USA.
Reviewed by James G, September 2012
It was a fabulous tour. Patrick the tour guide was excellent, informative and the day was very enjoyable. I brought my out of town guests on the tour and we absolutely loved it. A great way to show off New York City using the different forms of transportation and an excellent tour guide to give all the interesting facts.
Reviewed by US Holiday, September 2012
It is well worth the money to pay just a bit more and have the VIP access. The Empire State Building during peak times can have a 2 to 4 hour wait. This tour enables you access prior to the public opening times. In our case we only had around 14 people on the tour so we had the whole observatory to ourselves. It was awesome
Likewise the Shuttle and Aircraft Carrier gave us access for a full 20mins prior to being opened to anyone else. There were approx 150 people waiting to enter and our little group was straight in ahead of them for 20mins. We felt very special! Ground Zero was also a painless experience due to a timed entry for our group. Although the security screening takes a while to get through we did not have to wait in line to get in to the actual memorial as this was all prearranged. Statue of Liberty cruise was also good and you had a great deal of flexibility with when you wanted to do that part. Its a fairly big day so allow about 7 hours which includes some free time after Ground Zero. The cruise over to Lady Liberty is then taken at your leisure and you can finish the day as you like.
Our tour guide was also excellent for the day and this also made the experience a memorable one. I cannot recommend this tour enough and it is the best $100 or so that you will spend in New York. We also purchased the Big Red Bus hop on and off tour and this was good to get around and see other sites, but the VIP access tour is the only way to see the big ticket items.
Reviewed by con, September 2012
Was a new tour setup by Viator. Skipped lots of lines, tour guide was good, had fun!
Reviewed by Murray R, September 2012
This was our first visit to NYC. We were on a tight schedule and we had invited our 2 oldest grandchildren to come with us (ages 11 and 12). We chose this tour because it was the most extensive tour covering all the places we wanted to visit in a short period of time. Our guide (J.P.) was fantastic. He was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. He kept us on schedule without seeming to hurry us. We had ample time for pictures and questions. We especially appreciated the VIP access to the Empire State Bldg and we were so lucky that it was an extremely clear morning so the view was endless. The kids were thrilled with the visit to the USS Intrepid and the space shuttle Enterprise. They could wander around and see and do whatever they wanted. J.P. made our walk through the financial district interesting. We highly recommend a Sunday a.m. tour....streets were basically empty at 7:20 and the ride on the open air bus was great because you could see everything. No crowds!
Seeing the Statue of Liberty from the water taxi (he gets up close to it and stops for pictures!) was amazing.
Reviewed by Matt W, September 2012
Amazing amazing amazing! Tour guide was very very helpful and informative and friendly, couldnt have asked for better, views were outstanding and queue jump was pleasantly convenient :)
Reviewed by Paul M, Australia, September 2012
Fantastic value for money and I would recommend any visitor to NYC go on this tour! So many key sites are packed into one and the hop on hop off ferry ticket comes in very handy later in the day.
Reviewed by Neil W, September 2012
What a great day. Thoroughly enjoyed all the sights. The tour guide was excellent, very entertaining and really knew his stuff. Would highly recommend this tour to others.
Reviewed by Brett L, September 2012
Taking this tour was the start of our visit to NYC. What a great way to see what was most relevant to us. The early entrance(s) and front of the line features made it SOOO worth it. Our Tour Guide was the best! He was knowledgeable, funny and full of energy from start to finish! Thanks for an amazing experience!! Brett and Tracy Lanz San Diego CA
Reviewed by monlyn, September 2012
An excellent and enjoyable day. Our host David (with daughter Sarah) made us all very welcome and he was quite organised. Would recommend this tour as a great way to start your first day in NYC.
Reviewed by STEPHENIE H, September 2012
Fantastic. Got quicker access to all sites visited. Got exclusive access to empire state building and space shuttle at Intrepid. Great sites of New York from bus and river taxis. Plus a river taxi pass to use for rest of that day. Our tour guide (Jonathan) was very informative and very helpful with guiding people. I believe it was cheaper to do the tour than it would have been to pay for and see all these sights individually. We all had a great tour. Thank you.
Reviewed by Simon T, August 2012
The tour was excellent, Matt the tour guide added a lot to the tour with his knowledge as well as keeping us on schedule. This tour is really useful foe somebody who is trying to cram in as much as possible in New York.