Charismatic New York
The group meets at OR Tambo international airport from various destinations in South Africa. Your Tour Director will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. You board an overnight flight to New York City.
Day 2 – Arrival and orientation
Arrive in New York in the morning where the shuttle will take the group to the hotel to check in and refresh and rest after the long journey. The Tour Director will suggest nearby restaurants for the travellers to have lunch and stroll around the neighbourhood at leisure.
The group meets for early welcome dinner where the Tour Director will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Day 3 – New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
You begin your Big Apple adventure this morning with a New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour. This tour combines New York City’s top attractions in a guided tour via bus and boat. With a knowledgeable local guide, you will visit Federal Hall, South Street Seaport, 9/11 Memorial, and Wall Street. You then take a harbour cruise via luxury boat, with stunning views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. You then head back to the land where you view Lincoln Centre and Central Park before wrapping up this whirlwind tour.
You then meet up in the evening for an optional Broadway play or you can spend the evening exploring the city on your own.
Day 4 – Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero
This morning you visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you meet your guide in front of Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. From there, your guide will escort you to the ferry, where you skip the lines with early reserve-line boarding. The ferry drops you off on Liberty Island where your guide takes you to base of the Statue of Liberty and the observation decks.
After you are done at the statue, you head back to the ferry for a ride to Ellis Island to explore the island with your guide in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The tour ends with a ferry ride back to Battery Park.
In the afternoon, you tour the 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero. The Ground Zero walking tour begins at St Paul’s Chapel, the oldest public building in New York City that’s still actively used. You then walk to the FDNY Memorial Wall and FDNY Ten House to learn the heroic stories about the emergency responders on that day and also witness the fire station at Ground Zero.
The final stop is the National September 11 Memorial, a tribute of remembrance and honour the almost 3,000 people who were killed on 9/11. Here there are twin reflecting pools at the very spots where the Twin Tours once stood. You will then enter the National September 11 Museum — 110,000 square feet of exhibit space located at the heart of the World Trade Centre site. The museum tells the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of artefacts.
Day 5 – Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square
This day is dedicated to New York’s rich history of art by visiting one of its best museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You begin the day with a pre-reserved access Extended tour of this museum. With a knowledgeable local guide, you won’t waste time wandering aimlessly. You would bypass the chaos of the entrance lines and head inside where your guide’s packed agenda leads you to the top highlights of the museum’s collections in just a few hours.
In the afternoon you move to Times Square, where you would spend the afternoon immersing ourselves in the business of what is probably the most exciting city in the world.
Day 6 – Shopping
New York is one of the shopping capitals of the world. This day is dedicated to shopping and you will join the Garment District Special Access Shopping Tour. You will meet your local guide in Midtown Manhattan near Fashion Avenue, the 10-block strip of Seventh Avenue located in the heart of the Garment District.
Your guide will point out landmarks you might not have noticed on your own, including local fashion scene hangouts, buildings where top designers are creating next season’s styles, and the residence for Project Runway contestants.
You will visit six wholesale showrooms not open to the public, and enjoy discounts on this season’s apparel and accessories. Your guide will take you to meet one or two designers for an exclusive look into how their collections are produced from start to finish.
Then you will receive a guide to public sample sales all throughout the city. You can use this to extend the day’s shopping trip during time in the afternoon.
In the evening you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant to toast to your unforgettable week.
Day 7 – Departure
You enjoy free morning before your departure. You will be transferred to the airport by a shuttle to catch your evening flights.