The group is met at the airport and taken to their coach for the ride to their hotel (Hampton Inn, Hyatt Place or similar in Secaucus, NJ). On the coach, your guide will give an overview of the program and New York City. - Arrive at your hotel. Your keys are ready for you and it is lights out - Security guard from 11:00p to 5:00a -
- Breakfast (might be done in waves depending on dining area of the hotel)
- 8:30a Depart the hotel
- 9:30a Meet your guide for a sightseeing program of Lower Manhattan. The tour will include a one hour walking tour of the World Trade Center Site with a visit to St Paul’s Chapel. Also will include Wall Street, Lower Broadway, Civic Center and City Hall Park.
- 12:30p Lunch vouchers for the food court at South Street Seaport
- 1:30p Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge
- 3:30p Meet your coach and take a tour of SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, & Little Italy
- 5:30p Group dinner at SPQR in Little Italy
- 7:30p Return to your hotel
- Breakfast - 8:30a Depart hotel - Today the activities will focus around Rockefeller Center because there are so many points of interest.
- 9:30a Meet your official Rockefeller Center Tour Guide for a tour of Rockefeller Center viewing its many works of art, its architecture, the history of the Rockefeller Center and the idea behind its construction.
- 11:00a Afterwards take a trip to the Top of the Rock, the 70th Floor viewing area. o There's a certain peace at 70 stories above the city, and TOP OF THE ROCK'S Observation Deck was conceived with the express purpose of keeping that peace uninterrupted. Panels of fully transparent safety glass — the only thing between visitors and the city — are crystal clear for unobstructed, open-air viewing. It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan that can't be found anywhere else. New York's other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. It is, quite simply, the most spectacular view in New York City.
- 12:00p Time to break for lunch (box lunch provided and group can eat outside on the plaza or on the lower concourse
- 1:30p Walk around the corner for the Office Stage Door Tour of Radio City Music Hall. o The Music Hall reflects its original grandeur of opening night, 1932, sporting behind-the-scenes upgrades and refurbishment. Following the lead of Radio City's experienced tour guides, guests explore: the Great Stage, one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world; the stage's hydraulic system, still in operation since the '30s; the renowned private suite, with 12-feet high gold leaf ceilings and onetime home to Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel. And as an exciting climax to the Stage Door Tour, guests will meet one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes!
- 3:00p Also located at Rockefeller Center are the NBC Studios. With your guide you will get access to studios and see where the making of your favorites shows really happens. Afterward you can shop in the NBC Studio Store o Since 1933, NBC has offered this historic tour that takes you through the halls and into the studios of NBC's New York operations. An NBC Page will be your guide to the world of the Peacock Network.
Some NBC Pages have gone on to become famous entertainment personalities, including Willard Scott, Ted Koppel, Regis Philbin, Steve Allen, Marcy Carsey, Kate Jackson, Michael Eisner, and Dave Garroway. The first stop on the tour is the NBC History Theatre, where you will learn about NBC's early days in radio. Your NBC Page will tell you about some of the network's early sound effect techniques and NBC's transition into television. Then a video takes you down memory lane to show you where NBC has been and where we are today.
The tour gives you the opportunity to enter and visit some of our most famous studios, including: Studio 3C - Home of NBC Nightly News Studio 3B - Home of Dateline Studio 3K - Home of NBC Sports Studio 6A - Home of Late Night with Conan O'Brien Studio 8H - Home of Saturday Night Live Note: Studio availability is limited to those studios that are not being used at the time of the tour. Typically, 2-3 studios are available for viewing; however, that is not guaranteed. Further, spotting NBC talent is also very rare but not impossible. -
- 5:00p The group will meet up for dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, made famous by it singing waiters and waitresses.
- 7:00p Head to Union Square in your motorcoach for a performance of Fuerzabruta
- 10:00p Depart back to your hotel
- Breakfast - 9:00a Depart the hotel for New York City
- 10:00a Arrive the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The group will have a guided tour of some of the galleries. o Discover two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture at New York City's number one tourist attraction. From the splendors of ancient Egypt to contemporary works by today’s leading artists, a world of art awaits you at The Metropolitan Museum of Art—world-famous, encyclopedic collections, plus more than 30 annual special exhibitions all free with your admission - Afterwards three will be a hands on workshop
- 1:00p Boxed lunch in the Museum’s Cafeteria
- 2:30p Meet your guide for walking tour of Central Park o Where else can you see a castle, a sled dog, Alice in Wonderland, a pair of hawks and a 4,000-year-old obelisk from Egypt in one place? You guessed it. Central Park is more than just a green space in the middle of Manhattan Island. It is an 843-acre oasis, 150 years in the making and a favorite retreat for New Yorkers of all walks of life.
An essential part of the urban landscape, Central Park is something that no New Yorker could live without. It fits into the Manhattan environment so naturally, that many people never realize it is entirely man-made. Follow your guide on the winding paths and over the bridges and through the tunnels, and learn how the architects Olmsted and Vaux created New York's "backyard."
- 4:30 Meet your coach and transfer to Times Square. The group will visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. o Have you ever wanted to meet and have your photo taken with some of Hollywood's A-listers? Well now that dream can become reality as you will see the likes of Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman and many more all in one place. Madame Tussaud’s also gives you the chance to meet some of music's hottest stars such as Madonna and Beyonce. There are also figures from history as well as sports and politics.
- 6:30p Group dinner at the Hard Rock Café
- 8:30p Return to your hotel
- Breakfast - 8:00a Meet your coach and depart for NYC
- 9:00a Pick your guide and head north to Harlem. o Almost a city onto itself, Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world. Founded by the Dutch in 1658, Harlem was once farmland and the first U.S. home of hundreds of thousands of European immigrants. The center of New York City’s African American culture, Harlem is a diverse neighborhood with a vibrant and influential history.
Your fully guided tour explores the changing face of Harlem, with a special focus on the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. A literary, music, drama, and art revival in Harlem, the Renaissance period cultivated and nurtured the talents of great Jazz musicians like Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, and authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Home to the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, the effect of the Harlem Renaissance can still be felt in America’s artistic and cultural life today.
- 12:00p The tour will stop of lunch at Manna’s Soul Food Buffet and each student will have one pass at the buffet. There is group seating upstairs
- 1:30p Walk over to the National Jazz Museum for a special program o Outside of its native New Orleans, no community has nurtured jazz more than Harlem. Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday - all of their unique sounds reverberated throughout Harlem’s fabled streets. Their legacy continues as the jazz musicians of today have also found a home in this community for their own contemporary sounds. The group will attend a live Jazz performance and presentation at the National Jazz Museum of Harlem which is led by the Loren Schoenberg, jazz scholar, writer and two time Grammy winner
- 3:00p Depart the Jazz Museum for the Apollo theater, where the group will be taken around by Mr. Billy Mitchell, the in-house historian o A place where thousands of young artists have stepped out into the spotlight and launched their careers. A place "where stars are born and legends are made." The legendary Apollo Theater is so much more than an historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic achievement. From 1934 when the Apollo first introduced its world-famous Amateur Night which launched the careers of legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Michael Jackson, D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, the Apollo has maintained its position as the nation's most popular arena for emerging and established black and Latino performers.
- 5:30p This evening there will be a group dinner at Planet Hollywood.
- 7:30p It is time to be at the theater for your Broadway performance of Mary Poppins! Seats in rear mezzanine
- 11:00p return to your hotel
- Breakfast - 9:30a Depart for Manhattan and go directly to the United Nations for the official tour o The United Nations is the site of some of the most significant events in recent history, from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to the unprecedented Millennium Summit in September 2000 that brought together about 150 heads of State and Government. When you pass through the gates of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, you enter international territory.
The 18-acre site extends from 42nd Street to 48th Street, and from First Avenue to the East River. The land does not belong to just one country, but to all countries that have joined the Organization. The United Nations has its own security and fire forces, issues its own postage stamps and conducts business in its six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
- 12:00p Depart for Grand Central Terminal for lunch in the food court - 1:30p Your guide will give you a tour of Grand Central Terminal covering its history and architecture.
- 2:45p Depart via coach for a tour of Midtown ending at Times Square
- 6:30p Depart via coach for Chelsea Piers for this evening’s Dinner and DJs Dance Cruise on the Hudson River with views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline
- 10:00p Return to your hotel via coach
- Breakfast - Check-out - Depart for the airport (depending upon time of departure for your group, we may have time for a group walking tour in the morning.