Get an in-depth look at the thriving culture of Harlem during this 4-hour sightseeing excursion including the chance to attend a Gospel mass at a local church. Learn about Harlem’s religious side by attending a Gospel mass and touring the famous St. John the Divine church. You’ll also explore Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater, Sylvia’s restaurant, and much more.
Discover the culture and history of Harlem during a sightseeing bus tour
Experience a stirring Gospel mass at a local church
Check out Harlem institutions like the Apollo Theater and Sylvia's soul food restaurant
Visit the Malcolm X Mosque and discover graffiti celebrating African-American culture
Great introduction to the many attractions of Harlem
Meet up with your guide at a central departure point in the morning. You’ll spend the next several hours getting an in-depth look at the history, culture, and religious practices of New York’s Harlem neighborhood. During the course of your visit, you’ll get the chance to attend a stirring Gospel religious mass at a church popular with locals. Complement your soul-stirring experience by checking out St. John the Divine, one of Harlem’s most famous neo gothic-style churches. Continue the trip by visiting some of Harlem’s unique local businesses and cultural institutions. Visit the Apollo Theater, the performance venue where Michael Jackson got his first big break, and smell the good cooking wafting out of Sylvia’s, one of Harlem’s much-loved soul-food eateries. Finish your trip by checking out the Malcolm X Mosque and by viewing some of the area’s range of eye-catching graffiti celebrating African American culture. End the trip at your original departure point.
Reviews by Viator travelers
The Harlem and Gospel tour was a complete disappointment. I was expecting a tour which will describe the strong ties as well as atmosphere and harsh reality that nourished the development of the Gospel music .Instead we were led through Colombia University,the riverside and general Grant mausoleum . Then came a short stop at the Apolo theater front and finally a stop at a church where a choir performed a Gospel show for us. The show did not feel genuine and we were truely disappointed as we expected to join a black community on its true Sunday services. The guidance was quite annoying as the assembled group consisted 3 languages speaking people : A large group of Italians who got their guidance in the bus by means of a loudspeaker and two smaller french and english speaking people who had to make big efforts to hear the guide.
For us it was a lost day of a short first visit to NYC.
We have later found out that the company that organized this tour is Italian and it looks like a cynical approach to complete the empty spots of an Italian group By different languages speaking people for economical reasons rather than for the quality and adequate reward that this people deserve .
Non potevo perdermi uno dei pezzi forti di NY. Questo è il tour che tutti devono fare perché harlem è un quartiere che molti snobbano ma che rappresenta la vera anima newyorkese. Bellissimo il tour, organizzato bene ... e che dire del Gospel? Un sogno, come nei film che abbiamo sempre visto. Esperienza da ripetere