Arrive in New York in the morning where the shuttle will take you to the hotel to check in and refresh and rest after the long journey. The Travel Director will organize lunch at a local restaurant there will be an opportunity to stroll around the neighbourhood at leisure.
You then meet for early welcome dinner where the Travel 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.
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 a Broadway play.
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.
This day is dedicated to New York’s rich history of art by visiting its best museums. The first stop is 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.
The next stop is the American Museum of Natural History. Here you will explore 13 billion years of our planet’s amazing existence on a small-group tour of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The local guide will show you the best of dioramas, skeletons, and exhibits showcasing life on Earth, from the deep blue sea and ancient forests to prehistoric plains and even outer space. The immense collection spans 28 buildings, and with the tour you will avoid feeling lost and make the most of your visit to this renowned institution.
You will then visit the Museum of Modern Art. The world’s premier modern art gallery, MoMA provides visitors with a master class in modernist and contemporary art. The collection numbers more than 150,000 works of art, along with a sizeable film and photography collection. Familiar standouts include Monet’s water lilies and works by van Gogh, Rousseau, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Pollock, Andrew Wyeth, and Frida Kahlo.
In the evening you move to Times Square, where you would spend the afternoon immersing yourself in the business of what is probably the most exciting city in the world.
This morning you will do the Federal Reserve Bank Museum & Gold Tour. Here you will learn about the role of the New York Fed and the Federal Reserve System in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability, and serving communities to advance economic growth.
In the afternoon, you will embark on a United Nations Headquarters tour. Here you will see one of New York City’s most iconic buildings, the United Nations headquarters which occupies several blocks of Midtown Manhattan near the East River. You will visit the domed General Assembly Hall, the Visitor Centre, and the Secretariat Building, a high-rise completed in the early 1950s.
This morning you will tour Columbia University campus. The tour is conducted by current undergraduate student who is a member of the Columbia Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. The tours provide a general overview of academic and student life at both Columbia University.
After the Columbia University tour, you will then escape the hustle and bustle of New York’s streets on a guided walking tour around Central Park’s ponds, meadows, and forest-lined trails. You will visit the park’s most iconic spots, like the memorial to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, the wide open pasture at the Sheep Meadow, and the shimmering waters of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Enjoy the exquisite architectural details of the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, a tranquil spot that’s instantly recognizable as filming location from hit movies and TV series. Take in epic views from the fantastical Belvedere Castle on the edge of Turtle Pond, and watch horse-drawn carriages make their old-fashioned way around the park’s outer roads.
Later in the day, you will visit New York University Campus. Led by student ambassadors, you will have the opportunity to learn about NYU’s academic and student life, all while taking in the sights and sounds of their Washington Square Campus.
You enjoy free morning before your departure. You will be transferred to the airport by a shuttle to catch your evening flights.