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Feel like a true New Yorker with this VIP tour of the Big Apple, offering early and skip-the-line access to the city’s best-known landmarks. Skip the crowds, but not the views, on top of the Empire State Building, and skip the line at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. You’ll also make stops at iconic NYC landmarks during a hop-on, hop-off river cruise, and during an open-air bus tour. Want to add even more? An optional skip-the-line tour of the 9/11 Memorial is also available. It’s a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!


  • Experience NYC like an insider with this Viator exclusive
  • Head to the top of the Empire State Building before the crowds arrive!
  • Admire Midtown’s top attractions – such as Times Square and Bryant Park – on an open-top bus
  • Skip the line at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  • Upgrade your tour to include timed entry to 9/11 Museum
  • Take a hop-on hop-off cruise at your leisure for photo ops of the Statue of Liberty
  • This exclusive tour is led by informative local guide, who provides a comprehensive, VIP experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

9/11 Museum, New York City

Your VIP tour of New York starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it when you gain first access to the Empire State Building for the day. Meet your guide in front of the this world-famous architectural stunner. From there, head in for a crowd-free elevator ride to the 86th floor for awe-inspiring views of Manhattan on the main deck.

When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown. Pass New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Following a journey to New York by 747 jumbo jet and river barge, the space shuttle went on display in July 2012 inside a special pavilion that celebrates its rich history and offers an innovative and interactive visitor experience. Your guide will lead you to the front of the line before the exhibition opens so you can go straight in with your skip-the-line ticket for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology and engineering. Bonus: You can also explore the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.

Next, board a hop-on-hop-off cruise with your guide at Pier 79. Hop off at Battery Park, where you'll take a walking tour through the world-famous financial center of Wall Street on your way to the 9/11 Memorial. See the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.

Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (aka the 9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)

If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.

The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn for a leisurely cruise to enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and time to reflect on your VIP tour of New York City.

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

Customer Reviews

James V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Debby was a wonderful tour guide which made the whole experience great .Great tour!

Bradford R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour operator Deb was amazing and new so many great details about the city.

Georgia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip more than met my expectations and Heidi, our guide, was wonderful

Cheryl L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was so well worth the money we paid. We couldn't believe so much was included in the tour. And the tour guide, Jim, was so informative, passionate about his love of New York and made sure we didn't lose anybody on the many stops. We would definitely do it again, no doubt.

Bryan M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We only had a few days to see the best of New York and this trip ticked a few of the boxes. As it was a cloudy day we opted to view the lights of the city at night from the Empire State Building which, although crowded, was spectacular. The 9/11 Memorial was very special and we stayed a while to pay our respects. Then the Water Taxi ride allowed us to see the Statue of Liberty up close along with Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline etc.

Tony R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, this tour started at Empire State Building then continued through the city. The guide was very knowledgeable and could answer any questions asked. Well done.

Denise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jeremy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great tour hitting all of the major spots and doing so at the front of the line! Our guide Jim, was insightful and entertaining which made the tour more personal and engaging. Would def do it again!

Brian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, a lot to pack into one day as we were exhausted at the end - our guide Hiedi was amazing, very informative and witty, she clearly cares about and loves her city (NYC) and gives great advice on things to do and see outside of the tour also - have to say Heidi made our day very enjoyable .

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