Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem with a midweek morning gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents. Take part in an uplifting morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include a delicious lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
Four-hour Wednesday-morning guided tour of Harlem
Stop at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Spend a morning immersed in the rich and eclectic culture of Harlem. Meet your guide near Times Square in the morning and board a comfortable coach for the drive north to Harlem. Admire the stately homes and historic buildings of Strivers Row and Sylvan Terrace, and cruise by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted some of the hottest names in jazz and R&B throughout the decades. Continue on to a local church to take part in an inspiring morning service featuring the soul-stirring vocals of the ARC gospel choir. This community choir helps support the drug treatment services of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center, New York State’s oldest drug-free recovery program. If you select the lunch upgrade, enjoy a delicious meal after the gospel service at Sylvia’s restaurant. Founded by the ‘queen of soul food,’ this Harlem institution dishes up beloved southern-inspired specialties like fried chicken, spicy ribs, collard greens and cornbread. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at the original departure point in the afternoon.
Tour guide was great. But we were there on the Wednesday after new year and I don’t think they had the whole singing group there. They didn’t do what the guide said they were going to do at the end. It al ended rather suddenly. A bit disappointing.
A good experience but I felt it was a bit orchestrated and therefore didn't feel real to me. The choir was very good. I also went to the lunch but as I was the only English speaker in the group at my lunch table because several coach loads had been combined for the lunch I felt quite unwelcome which was uncomfortable.
What a fun and learning tour. Tour Harlem and seeing the change in that part of Manhatten. The Gospel singers are amazing, you learn music, cultural differences and how people overcome adversity. I took the optional Sylvia's restaurant and glad I did. The food was fabulous...it was like eating at my Southern Grandmother's home! Great down home cooking. Highly recommend this tour.
Sheila was a fabulous guide - so knowledgeable and personable. We learned a great deal about the history of Manhattan including Harlem. And the choir was amazing. Each song was better than the one before. I definitely recommend this tour.