Check two New York landmarks off your bucket list with this exciting guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Start the tour by getting early Reserve Line Access boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island. Once there, go inside the pedestal of the statue and head to the observation decks for an awesome view of New York City and its surroundings. Then hop back on the ferry to Ellis Island to learn about the intriguing history of immigration to America that took place here between 1892 and 1954.
Guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
Explore the grounds at Liberty Island before heading inside the pedestal for observation decks and a museum
View exhibits at the Great Hall inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island
Early Reserve Line boarding on the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Get early-morning departure and reserve ferry boarding on your way to Ellis Island—rare perks.
After meeting your guide at Castle Clinton on the southern tip of Manhattan, board the ferry. Enjoy your early Reserve Line Access boarding to avoid the crowds. During the ride to Liberty Island learn about the history of the famous statue and learn about how perceptions of Lady Liberty have changed over the decades and generations.
Once on the island, head into the pedestal of the statue and then up to the observation decks for a superlative view of the surroundings. Take in the sights of the New York skyline as well as New Jersey and Ellis Island. Access to the Liberty Island Museum is included. After some time, hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island, as your guide give you the historic low-down on the millions of immigrants that passed through here between 1892 and 1954.
After reaching Ellis Island, explore the place deeper with your guide by wandering around the Great Hall and taking in the exhibitions that explain further about the 12 million people that passed through here. Learn also how Americans can trace their ancestry here.
You are on your own for the remainder of the visit, staying as long as you want before you return to Manhattan.
Please note the 8:30am tour will have the least wait. Later tours will encounter longer wait times.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point for this tour is Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, New York.
S. Liberty and Elise Island Group 1 on September 16th 2019
, Sep 2019
I give the tour leader Mark a 10 -- the ferry boats a 10 -- The S. of Liberty a 10, Ellis Island an 8. Ellis Island needed more history not just open rooms but a feel for how and why our families gave up everything to come here and the reality of the process once they got here.
My husband & I had a wonderful time visiting the Statue of Liberty (great getting to go in the pedestal) and our guide, Mark, took our picture by the Statue & told great stories both there and at Ellis Island. Loved it!
My grandmother and I went on this tour and we loved it! Very interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging (thanks Remy!) The tour went by so quickly because we were having such a good time. Thanks!
We had an amazing tour with Mark. He is very entertaining and very knowledgeable. We usually do not like group tours, but this one was great! Kept us moving and interested in everything. My mother came through Ellis Island when she was 10 years old in 1948 and although she told me about her trip and how she came on an apple boat and it took weeks to get here etc, it became real when Mark explained what they had to go through and how they were treated. It was a very emotional day for me, but I really appreciated him and how he explained everything. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would request him to be our tour guide in the future!