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!
At your hotel or other Manhattan location tbd
The list of the top sites in Manhattan include:
Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, The Flatiron Building, Wall Street, World Trade Center (9/11 Memorial) and The Statue of Liberty. This is a great place to start - we can also customize your list to include other locales such as The High Line, Hudson Yards, SoHo, Chinatown/Little Italy, Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem or whatever you request. This is your trip! I want to make your itinerary exactly what your heart desires.
We will be fast and flexible traveling like locals - on foot & by Subway - through the streets at our own pace, there will be many opportunities to take detours, shop or just stop and smell the roses. We can also travel by ferry and get great views from the water... all this can be discussed prior to your amazing and bespoke tour!
I am happy to plan the itinerary alone, or with you, meeting your specific requests and unique needs. The time duration is also customizable (4 hours and up), taking breaks as needed. Weather and traffic conditions beyond our control may affect the tour duration and route.
Additionally, I will act as your personal photographer (using your camera or mine) to capture these memories in beautiful compositions - making souvenir images that can last as lifetime.
Licensed & Experienced Private Guide
Hotel pick-up or customizable meeting location tbd
Beverages/Water, Snacks or Meals
Any Entrance fees
Tips for guide
We will move at your pace and take breaks as needed.
Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as appropriate for the weather conditions.
Remember your sunscreen and sunglasses (or hats, mittens and scarves - as the case may be).
Please keep your wallet or valuables in a sensible bag or personal pack: something secure, easy to carry and preferably cross-body/hands free.
You will need to purchase a NYC Metro card - this can be done at a subway station and I can help you with the purchase. In general, each ride on the subway costs $2.75 per person, per trip.
Bring your cameras!
Yes, of course! This can be easily added - please let me know in a message!
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.
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
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!
Thank you, Priya! Happy Birthday - it was lovely to spend the morning with you and your fascinating friends.
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!
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!
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.
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