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. 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.