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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

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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

Denise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really well organised tour. Staff were friendly and professional. A wonderful experience

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour and well worth the money. We drove round Harlem, met The Great Franco artist who sells his work and paints all Harlem's shop fronts whilst stopping at the Apollo and also did some walking. The highlight, however, was the church visit. It was like being in Sister Act! Quite a surreal experience and the congregation were welcoming. Ellen, our host, was fabulous and very knowledgeable. I would urge anyone to do this tour.

Janet F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was terrific! He was fun and knowlegeable. He gave a comprehensive history and timely information. Would love to go on more tours with him.

Marlene W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was so well organized and our guide was so knowledgeable about Harlem and New York in general, a TRUE NEW YORKER! The church service was wonderful and the lunch and show at the Cotton Club was amazing with more gospel music. The singer and band had the whole place rocking!
It was a great day.

Victoria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour of about 40 guests, led by Glenn, was excellent. It was interesting that we were the only Americans on the trip, it was enlightening and taught us a great deal about the neighborhood. Glenn was terrific - informative and enthusiastic. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Stephanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, really enjoyed it. Well worth doing the brunch also, that was a highlight, the soul food

Linda O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous time, better than expected. Duane was our leader and he was just delightful.
Also, BTW one of my friends knew someone who went on a different Gospel tour, and they spent 4 hours in the church.... This tour with Duane was perfect, we toured around Harlem and NYC and then had a fabulous ONE hour at the church. The church members made everyone feel so welcome, I am thinking of becoming a Baptist!

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very well done.

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Balazs M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great experience, even for non-religious visitors.

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