Julia R.

5.00(7) reviews
 

Available Areas

New York (Living)

 

Languages

English (Native)

 

Response Time

1 day on average

 

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About

Hello! Welcome to my page and hopefully soon, New York!

I am a born and bred NY Native, having grown up in Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The city, its people, food, neighborhoods, rich diverse history, cutting edge innovation, storied nightlife and world-renowned cultural treasures were my playground and classroom; and I am so grateful to have had this teacher. After University, I lived for three years in London and Paris - and then returned to my home town where I have been enjoying my work in Tourism and Hospitality ever since.

I’ve been a professional guide for many years working for companies like Tui, Globus and Disney. I have lead groups, both large and small, that include students, adults, business professionals, and retirees from the U.S. and abroad. I love taking guests around my beautiful city, and re-discovering its majesty and wonder with visitors - this is truly a privilege.

I excel at private tours and in sharing the magical experiences that can only be found in this dynamic and daunting city. Together, we will unlock it's secrets and discover why NYC, the star of so many memorable movies and novels, is such a beloved, romantic and exciting city.

What do I do in my spare time? I write, act, garden and hike. I teach kids financial literacy in an after school enrichment program. I walk my wonderful dog in Brooklyn Bridge Park and I take advantage of the world-class museums and restaurants this great city has to offer.

If you wish, I would be happy to work together and plan your perfect itinerary with a customized experience - or you may choose from one or more of my predesignated tour options.


Tours

Best of New York Highlights Tour - with private car & driver

New York
3 hours

No matter how much time you have to visit New York, from a few days to a few hours, the number one "must-do" is taking in the spectacular highlights of the Big Apple. In this tour, we will see the top sites from Central Park to the glittering shops along Fifth Ave, through Rockefeller Center and Times Square, taking in Grand Central Terminal, The Empire State Building, SoHo, Tribeca, Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty and more - all in luxury, safety and comfort from your private vehicle.

FROM$950/ per group

Best of New York Highlights Tour - on foot & subway

New York
4 hours

No matter how much time you have to visit New York, from a few days to a few hours, the number one "must-do" is taking in the spectacular highlights of the Big Apple. In this 4+ hour tour, we will see many of the top sites from Central Park to the glittering shops along Fifth Ave, through Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Empire State Building, SoHo, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty and more - and we can do the whole thing like a local does - by walking & taking the Subway!

FROM$450/ per group

Wall Street and 9/11 Memorial Tour (FiDi / WTC)

New York
2 hours 30 min

Money, money, money! Feel the power as you walk the streets of the world's financial epicenter, and hear the stories of intrigue, influence and independence! New York's financial district, Wall Street, is not just home to the most powerful economic players in the world, it is the birthplace of our city - and in many ways - our nation. In this tour we focus on finance - how Wall Street works, who the players are past and present, important events that occurred here and what may the future hold?

FROM$325/ per group

Central Park on Foot - nature & culture walking tour

New York
2 hours 30 min

Is Central Park the most beautiful park in the city? It is surely a vast and verdant oasis in the center of an urban jungle - filled with the most interesting natives, who are doing the most amazing things! Come discover the history & culture of New York's "back yard" as we explore some of Central Park's 843 acres of winding trails, bridges, ponds, lakes, classical features and woodlands. Along the way we'll see spots from your favorite movies, hear lovely music, and see famous landmarks.

FROM$350/ per group

Secrets of the Statue of Liberty Private Tour + Tickets

New York
5 hours

Visit the world renowned Statue of Liberty with an expert, private guide who will take care of all the details of your visit. Enjoy VIP treatment as you learn about and experience everything you ever wanted to know regarding the famous Lady Liberty. The actual visit will be tailored to your needs and wants - no need to join a big group and be herded about like cattle. This private experience will allow you to "skip the line", relax and enjoy yourself - every detail will be seen to in advance.

FROM$275/ per person

Statue of Liberty and Empire State VIP/Express - in One Day!

New York
7 hours

Do you want to see the world famous Statue of Liberty AND go to the top of the iconic Empire State Building all in the same day!! Then this is the tour for you! Let your private guide whisk you through the city on this incredible whirlwind tour of tow of NYC's most recognizable highlights!!

FROM$350/ per person

Reviews

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Kristin V.

Jul 4, 2022

Highly Recommend!

I cannot recommend Julia enough. I booked a VIP tour for my 2 elderly Aunts so that they would have a tour guide all to themselves who could go at their pace, rest when needed, snack when needed, and lead them from point A to point B. They both had so much fun with Julia. She was the perfect fit and was so knowledgeable. My Aunts were very pleased and would recommend her to anyone.

Julia R.

Dear Kristin, Thank you for your glowing review. Your Aunties were delightful and I was honored & grateful to help them find your grandfather’s name of The Wall of Honor. It was a fun day and I’m so glad to hear they were well satisfied! All the best, Julia

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Priya K.

Jul 2, 2022

A great experience

We had a Downtown tour with Julia and she was fantastic. Julia was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the buildings, kept us all entertained with back stories and interesting tales and also had lively conversations about current affairs. She had a friendly attitude and was patient to take many photos. Highly recommend!

Julia R.

Thank you, Priya! Happy Birthday - it was lovely to spend the morning with you and your fascinating friends.

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Maslan E.

Apr 21, 2022

Tl;dr - highly recommended, super fun tour!

Tl;dr - highly recommended, super fun tour! Now that’s out of the way, let's start with the initial setup. Was traveling solo and it's my first time in NYC. I wanted a local guide, so I don't have to look at my phone every 2 minutes for directions and context. Whilst covid restrictions were relaxed, was still not comfortable with large groups; her price is simply perfect for a solo tour. Communications was fast and efficient (I honestly don't think this woman sleeps!) and we were able to work out a customized plan for the tour quickly. We started the tour at around 9 am from my hotel and ended at approx. 1430. Julie is extremely knowledgeable and funny. Honestly felt more like having a nice stroll and chat with a long-lost friend. Topics of discussion ranges from the founding of the United States of America, New York City gentrification all the way to Wu Tang Clan! She’s an absolute riot, and Jules - no, I tried a nice NY style bagel later and it's way better than the Montreal style bagel we had for lunch! Did my feet hurt? YES! Did I see all I wanted to see? Positive. In fact, we saw the statue of liberty two ways; from the overcrowded ferry and from an almost empty paid ferry. Did the pictures come up a treat? Instagram worthy - though I still chuckle remembering our distain for the many-many Instagram models we met during the tour. Will I do it again? Absolutely! Loved it and will bring the missus next time. In short, if you want a super fun, knowledgeable tour guide you can't go wrong with Julie. Two thumbs up!

Julia R.

Thank you, Maslan! What a super fun day we had! I thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing and conversation - and my feet hurt, too - but in a good way :) Really appreciate the great review and hope to see you again!

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Lance S.

Apr 17, 2022

Fun and memorable day with Julia

I would highly recommend Julia. She has a humorous and delightful personality. Her knowledge of greater New York is outstanding. She is committed to doing all she can to accommodate her guests. To accommodate our group of 4, Julia hired a driver and van for our half day tour of Manhattan. We were fortunate to have toured on a beautiful spring day. This allowed us to walk and explore many of the locations Julia included in our tour. Several highlights were, our stroll through Central Park, Grand Central Station, Hudson Yards and the 911 Memorial. Julia was conscious of our lunch reservation in SoHo and delivered us right on time. We would definitely tour with Julia again.

Julia R.

Dear Lance, Thank you for such a thoughtful review. It was a pleasure spending the morning with you. I hope you had a fabulous weekend in New York and look forward to your next visit! All the best, Julia