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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Experience Christmas in New York City on a bus tour of Dyker Heights, world-known for its luminous light displays. Witness the festive decoration tradition that the residents have kept alive since the 1980s. Drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off with a guide. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood by bus with a live tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the 2 most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Witness the neighborhood's largest at Santa Polizzotto home, standing at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. End the experience at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

2. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Travel by a comfortable motor coach and learn about the development of the diverse neighborhoods like Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island from a licensed NYC tour guide. See historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Next, you will travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you will see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You will pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, and see its many beautiful homes. Visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). Enjoy the impressive DUMBO from where you can see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterward, you’ll head down to world-famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return to Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

3. From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

4. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Holiday Bus Tour

Embark on a holiday bus tour taking you through the residential neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights to see their brilliant Christmas decorations. Hop off your bus to see these homes up close on a guided walking tour. Marvel at tree-lined streets and lit up private residences decorated for the holiday season. Learn about the neighborhoods' long-lasting holiday traditions from your local guide. Learn how it has been a tradition for many years to illuminate these homes with tens of thousands of lights and dazzling holiday scenes. Now, it has become a festive competition amongst the homeowners as to who has the "brightest" holiday cheer in the neighborhood. Then, walk through these neighborhoods on a guided tour, hearing the stories and wonderful lore behind this fun holiday event. You may even meet some of the homeowners and hear about how these neighborhoods come together in such a way to bring such holiday magic to New York City. On your way back to Manhattan, see the spectacular New York City skyline and some of the other festive holiday displays throughout the city. At the end of your tour, be dropped off in Midtown Manhattan.

New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

5. New York: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world-famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best-kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices. Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

New York: 4-Hour The Sopranos Sites Tour (On Location Tours)

6. New York: 4-Hour The Sopranos Sites Tour (On Location Tours)

Follow in the footsteps of Tony and family on a 4-hour journey into New Jersey to view the sights from the HBO series The Sopranos. From Fr. Phil's Parish, to the booth where Tony sat on the last episode, it covers the major locations used in the filming of the iconic series. Depart from mid-town Manhattan and whisk your way by luxury coach through “Sopranoland” in New Jersey. The tour guides are professional actors that have appeared as stand-ins or extras on the show, and they will share little-known facts and behind-the-scenes info. Covering more than 40 locations, see where the mob hangs out, and go inside Bada Bing. Visit the spot where Big Pussy spoke with the FBI, and the high school where A.J. dumped pizza boxes in the pool. This tour is a great idea for bachelor parties in New York or New Jersey, and for all fans of the Sopranos series. You might even want to package it together with a dinner in Little Italy! Board the bus first with our priority seating tickets. Priority seating includes pre-boarding and seating in the first 5 rows near the tour guide. Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

7. New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

Stroll the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities. See how they made this part of New York their home and treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world.  Stop outside significant local landmarks including the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. Learn about the facinating origins of the African American community in New York.  Head to the Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community which once lived in the area. Try some fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Then, discover the adjacent district of Little Italy which was home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors which have formed the basis of some of the most popular modern American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community. Take a short stroll through the Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community as you stroll through the Lower East Side. Try knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of fillings. End your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

8. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

9. New York City's Hell's Kitchen: Walking Food Tour

Step back in time as you learn about the history of New York's infamous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on this guided walking tour. Explore its rich culinary diversity along the way with stops and samples at 5 distinct eateries.  Meet your guide and dive into the story of this vibrant area that started with poor, working-class Irish Americans. Uncover the story of how Hell's Kitchen got its nickname and explore its long history of ethnic tensions.  Listen to stories about its complex past, from which the famed musical "West Side Story" was born. Learn how, despite having a history of crime and gang violence, Hell’s Kitchen has become a metropolitan area with some of the most expensive properties in the city. Visit some of the tastiest restaurants in midtown and tease your taste buds with restaurants offering Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Turkish, and Indian dishes.  Savor foods like empanadas, custom-made donuts, and exotic curry puffs on your visit to five different locations in the colorful neighborhood. 

New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

10. New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Discover New York City with a 9-mile bike tour through the city that never sleeps. Join a professional New York City tour guide who will escort you to smome of the most fascinating landmarks of the city such as Columbia University, Hudson Yards, the Highline, and Wall Street. Start the tour in Harlem, and get a unique perspective of the city on a tour combining excitement with education and adventure. Enjoy the sights of the city like the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, the Intrepid, and the point on the River Hudson where Captain Sully famously landed his stricken plane. Stretch your legs and get a good, healthy workout, but don’t worry, this isn’t a race! The tour is designed to be leisurely and allow you to enjoy the city and admire the sights.  Finish the tour downtown at the South Street Seaport, a historic neighborhood just below the Brooklyn Bridge.

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I loved the tour ❤️ Excellent! Our guide Peter was charming, informative, energetic and humorous. I could project the Meatpacking district in the past and its development based on his stories. He was very insightful with many clever remarks on certain events. I would highly recommend the tour and ask for Peter as your guide.

We just took the Williamsburg tour with John today, and it was fabulous! He has a deep knowledge of the history of Brooklyn (was able to answer any question that popped into our heads) and showed us so much interesting stuff, both old and new. This was a really worthwhile tour.

Getting to know Hell's Kitchen through this tour was great. Not only did Alex take us to very nice spots, but he also guided us on a journey through the history of the zone. Food was as good as conversation with Alex.

We loved it! The sights were stunning. Charles did a great job recounting all the stories about the building of the bridge. It was indeed a long, hot walk, but totally worth it.

Very nice way to learn about these historic areas of NYC and see them first hand walking through. A very enjoyable walk