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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

New York, United States
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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
  • Explore Harlem on the day of the week when it’s most alive—Sunday
  • Watch a Sunday morning gospel service with a choir
  • A guide knows the best ways around to see more in less time
  • Upgrade to enjoy a soul food brunch at a local-favorite restaurant

What's Included

  • Harlem tour
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Gospel service
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (unless brunch option is selected)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 690 8th Ave, 690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Harlem has an incredibly rich musical history and played an instrumental role in the evolution of jazz, blues, and gospel. Begin your tour in Times Square, where you 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 shares 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 are also 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, return back to the departure point.

Apollo Theater

The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Morris-Jumel Mansion (Pass By)

Manhattan's oldest house, somewhat of an aberration in the modern neighborhood of Washington Heights, served as a command post for George Washington.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Operated by Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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Please note that these tours are in several languages, so you will have to listen to the tour in 2 languages.
851 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Average experience
Anne_P, May 2022
Very good tour guide, he could tell a mit about the parts og town we were driving through. But dissapointing little focus on the Gospel part in the church. We had expected a choir.
Do tour, skip lunch.
MaryAnne_G, May 2022
Seeing Harlem was interesting. The church was very welcoming. Lunch was a bit disappointing, mainly because it was not the original Cotton Club, food was mediocre. Place was not clean and smelled stale.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. we are glad that you enjoyed our Sunday Harlem Gospel tour and the church service. We are sorry that the brunch did not meet your expectations. The original Cotton Club closed in the 1940's. This Cotton Club opened in the late 1970's to bring back the rich tradition of big band jazz back to the neighborhood. We will share your feedback with the Club's management so that they can address any gaps in their presentation.
Amazing Gospel experience
Daniel_A, Apr 2022
The Gospel songs, overall the experience in the temple were amazing. The warm welcome of the local people to us, the tourists.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are glad that you had an amazing expereince.
Happy Sunday Tour
Lorna_M, Apr 2022
Tour guide was excellent,interesting and informative. Church choir and experience was very uplifting. Good food at buffet lunch and three piece band very entertaining
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your review. we are thrilled that you spent a wonderful Sunday in Harlem.
Bad Experience
Lina_G, Jan 2020
First we experienced a rude guide. When we got to the church in the Bronx, not Harlem, there were no place to seat. Nothing like the picture, no choir with gowns, nothing like advertised. Too expensive for what they provide..bad experience!!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you for your message. We are really surprised by your feedback following this particular tour. Our entire group was seated comfortably at the church. Can you please give us more specifics on your experience with your guide? kindly reach out to us at
Gospel. Tour
Clive_H, Nov 2019
Brilliant time way over are expectations would do this tour again thank you again so much will recommend to all our friends
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Dear NorthStar37948574704, Thank you for your kind words. We are incredibly thrilled to read that our Harlem Gospel tour exceeded your expectations. Thank you for the excellent vote and recommendation of our tour program. Warm regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Harlem Gospel Tour
Marie_LaureV403, Nov 2019
I booked a french Harlem Gospel Tour excursion via Viator for October 2019. I had done this excursion about 15 years ago with another company. We had a french guide named Michele. She was my concern for this evaluation. Michele, even though se seemed nice and willing to share, was very unclear, messy and disrespectful. She was talking about 5 différents subjects at the same time, not finishing on explaination. Really hard to follow and understand. While showing a building or a part of Harlem, she hardly said where to look (right or left), often finished her explaination with a … oh, too late, we've passed already. Even when I loudly ask to know where to look,she hardly changed her way to present the tour. She choose who she wanted to speak to, and did not treat everyone the same way. Every time we could leave the bus, we had no explanation about when to come back, where would the bus be. We almost missed the bus once because of that. Also during the Gospel, we saw some people leaving the Church without knowing we were concerned too. I was a lot of stress for me and my daughter and because of Michele and the way she lloked after the group, we could not really enjoy the tour.
Sunday morning service
NorthStar37948574704, Nov 2019
The best Sunday morning ever thank you for the service I hope I will be able to come back and visit you for the whole day love to you all GOD BLESS
Church on Sunday
janmareebaxter, Oct 2019
What a fantastic way to spend Sunday morning. It was a big tour 57 on our bus, it was also bilingual English and Italian. Our guide Anthony, was great managing both effortlessly. His knowledge and stories about New York were great, showing us different parts of Harlem before heading to the church. The "hour of power"was lovely, great singing, all of the soloist were outstanding and we were welcomed with open arms and hearts. Very enjoyable!
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hello, Thank you for your fantastic feedback on our Sunday Harlem Gospel tour. We are so happy that you enjoyed the content of the tour and the tour guide's presentation. regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president
Amazing Grace tour
Ken_T, Sep 2019
The tour was amazing. It was well organized and our guide, Damien, was knowledgeable, patient and appeared to enjoy his job. He had great interaction with the group. He is definitely an A+ guide. The church congregation was friendly and welcoming, and the choir was outstanding. The luncheon after the service at the iconic Cotton Club was only rivalled by the music trio and the guest singer. We learned about the history or Harlem and the surrounding districts. We highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Dear Natalkat, Thank you for posting such an amazing review of our Harlem Gospel tour. We really appreciate your recommendation and A+ grade on Damien, who is really passionate and dedicated to his work. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
A Great Tour!
Linda_H, Sep 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Sheila was very knowledgeable, I learned a lot about Harlem. The visit to the church service was a wonderful experience, very emotional. Lunch at the Cotton Club was very nice...plenty of fried chicken & some good entertainment. I will definitely go back to explore Harlem & I would recommend this tour.
Par Excellence
Navigator553437, Aug 2019
Very excellent tour...not to missed...our tour guide Alvin was the best, brunch at the Cotton Club was scrumptious.
Cotton Club
Anne_B, Aug 2019
Spiritual experience in the church The Apollo and the Cotton Club were spiritual in their own right! Excellent brunch and tour
A dream cone true
susivonsoler, Jun 2019
I just love the tour, Antony is a box of information, after years visiting New York, I can finally have the opportunity to enjoy a religious service in Harlem and don't feel myself like a tourist. we visit the Apollo, and some secretes treasures.
Awesome Spirit Filled Experience!!!
Maps61579831107, Jun 2019
Anthony was a tremendous tour guide!!! The Cotton Club Brunch is also a must! Kudos to all involved...
Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
Maria L, May 2019
The singers were great, but the church was very tired and there were only about 5 people in the congregation, which was very disappointing. It seemed that the church is more interested in donations than getting people in to see their culture. We were asked for two contentions while we were there and we was only there about 45 minutes and they only sung 4 songs. We were really looking forward to this tour, but do feeling a little disappointed.
Groups were too large
Susan_L, Apr 2019
While the bus driver drove excellently, and the guide was educational, there was nothing of any added value extra the gospel service..there were 2 full bus loads that went to the church (even one bus load of 52 is way too large) therefore once in the 2nd floor pews there was little to witness. The music and singing and service was very humbling though.. wouldnt do this unless in a small group
Wonderful experience
Stephanie_G, Apr 2019
Truly unbelievable & educational experience that was fun for my whole family. The Gospel church brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful community.
Harlem Gospel Tour
Debika_E, Apr 2019
Was good and would do it again. Would like to have seen some of the old area as well as the new. A little more of where movies are filmed.
Harlem Gospel Tour was a highlight!
Jill_E, Mar 2019
I had never been to Harlem and it was a great introduction. We were worried about finding the meeting place but were enthusiastically welcomed as soon as we approached the doorway. Bus was an elite coach with large windows. Our guide was a gem. He shared so much information and started the tour as soon as we left Times Square. We attended the Friendly Baptist Church in The Bronx. We were warmly welcomed and it was a wonderful experience. My husband and I highly recommend this tour.


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