Instead of getting flustered with maps and subways, cruise along in a comfortable SUV on this private 3-hour tour of Lower Manhattan. Learn a great mix of history and fun facts from a personal navigator — a native New Yorker — who escorts you to top sights like Ground Zero, West Village, South Street Seaport, Chinatown and Little Italy. Upgrade to a 5-hour tour and explore Upper and Mid-Manhattan as well: Museum Mile, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and more. It’s the perfect way to bite into the Big Apple.
3-Hour Tour (Lower Manhattan)
In the massive city of New York, where do you begin exploring? What should you see? Toss aside your heavy guidebooks and allow your private guide, an in-the-know New Yorker, lead the way. After hotel pickup, just sit back in your spacious SUV and enjoy the ride. You’ll be able to get out at most locations to walk around and snap pictures.
Start in the historic West Village, the former favorite haunt of New York's bohemians and now residence to some of the city's most influential citizens. In SoHo, pass by trendy shops and art galleries, and check out TriBeCa, site of the annual film festival, listening to informative commentary along the way.
Along Hudson River, reach the World Financial Center, where you’ll ponder over Ground Zero and admire the Winter Garden, a gorgeous multi-level barrel-vaulted glass atrium. Then catch sight of magnificent boats at cobblestoned South Street Seaport.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the world's first suspension bridges built in 1870, and gaze at the stunning Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Admire another great suspension construction, the Manhattan Bridge, used by over 350,000 commuters each day.
Depending on traffic conditions, drive through Chinatown, home to the largest Chinese population in North America, and Little Italy, which boasts more than 20 historical landmarks. Learn about the neighborhoods’ rich immigration history dating from 1800 to 1965.
At the conclusion of your tour, your SUV takes you back to your hotel. If you’ve selected the 5-hour tour (see below in Itinerary), see the rest of the best of New York City.