Explore the best of New York City Holiday Weekend
Your plane can land at any of the 3 New York area airports as our hotel is located by Times Square in Manhattan. Make your way to the group's hotel, TRYP by Wyndham New York City Times Square South, West 35th Street between 8th & 9th Ave. Our exciting vacation begins at 5:00pm, when we depart the hotel for our Night Bus Tour of the "City That Never Sleeps". See New York City shine in all its glory on our illuminating night tour. See the lights of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
Today we will grab a bagel, a cup a coffee as we take the train to Manhattan South to visit the following sites. Battery Park where we will take a short ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Be sure not to miss the historic halls and galleries at Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants first entered America. 9/11 Memorial & Museum - honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. Encounter the Memorial’s twin reflecting pools that are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into the bronze panels edging the Memorial pools. Inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space, experience the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.
Another full day is planned in the Big Apple, so put on your walking shoes as we begin with an Uptown Treasures & Harlem Bus Tour. Enjoy a 2 hour ride narrated by licensed guide pointing out architectural masterpieces, homes of the rich and famous, cultural institutions, remarkable houses of worship, landmarks of entertainment, sports and Central Park as well as the famous neighborhood, Harlem. Views of Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile, The Dakota, Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, Frick Collection, Apollo Theater, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, and Harlem Market. Rockefeller Center Tour - Radiating art deco glory, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan is where you'll find Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios the Top of the Rock observation deck. Opened by John D. Rockefeller in 1933, it’s a classic NYC stop for its history as a cultural center and architectural icon. Discover the history behind the art, design and architecture of Rockefeller Center. Tour the famous streets, building and landmarks that make up this wondrous “city within a city”. Grand Central Terminal is not simply a transportation hub, it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination. Grand Central houses the Information Booth Clock, the Whispering Gallery, the Main Concourse celestial ceiling, the Tiffany glass clock & Transportation statuary plus over 90 shops & restaurants. For a magical, one-stop holiday-shopping experience, nothing compares to the Holiday Fair at Grand Central. 40 vendors will take over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall to sell a range of products and interesting gift items. Enjoy a self guided audio tour on the architectural highlights of the Terminal and little known secrets, anecdotes, archival material and the Terminal history. Soaring 1,454 feet above Manhattan, the Empire State Building is one of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. See the newly-designed entrance featuring a two-story architectural model of the building and images of past celebrity visitors. Immerse yourself in the new interactive museum on our way to the top, and don’t forget to snap a photo with King Kong. The Observation Deck wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From up here we’ll see Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more. The Bryant Park Winter Village, a European inspired open-air market features artisans from around the world. It’s officially Christmas in the city once the 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and more than 170 shopping kiosks and food vendors return to one of the best NYC parks. The Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks while carol singing and a grandiose Christmas tree add to the jolly atmosphere. We’ll find great gift ideas for home decor, jewelry, food, sweets, clothing and lots of food to eat.
With so much to do and see in the City, today is your day to discover New York your way. Go out on your own, spend the day with new friends or take an optional tour. Shopping - Shop one of the huge department stores, Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor or check out the famous FAO Schwartz. New York is a shoppers' paradise. There are 32 Museums in Manhattan, here are a few of the more famous - Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Madame Tussaud, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Museum of American Finance, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Museum of the City of New York, Whitney Museum of American Art Christmas Markets - Still need another Christmas ornament? Then visit one of the many Christmas Markets we have not been to. Union Square has nearly 200 local and national vendors at this outdoor market, selling things like leather goods, artisanal olive oil and skin care products. In the southwest entrance corner of Central Park is one of the Columbus City Holiday Market with aisles of jewelry, accessories, artwork, home goods and food from local designers and artisans. Optional Tours and Acitivites - Here is a link to many more available tours and activities - New York City optional tours Little Italy Dinner - As we walk the cobblestone streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you will be tempted by the smells of Italian cuisine emanating from the restaurants surrounding us. Enjoy our Farewell Dinner at one of New York's best Italian restaurants.
Sad to say but our New York Holiday Singles Weekend has come to an end. Check out time is 12:00pm so grab a bite to eat before you board your hotel to airport shuttle.