Meet at the legendary Ellen’s Stardust Diner, home of the singing waitstaff, for a VIP front-of-the-line breakfast. You will be whisked ahead of the typical 2-hour wait to be seated for an iconic New York dining experience. After breakfast, we will transport you in our luxury coach for a tour of downtown NYC in Lower Manhattan including a Food Tour of Greenwich Village with your local guide. New York City began in downtown Manhattan, and today the neighborhoods of downtown remain some of the most vital and interesting in all of the Big Apple – and of the world. On this tour, we will explore what makes these areas so great, both on foot and via motorcoach, including delicious food tastings in one of NYC’s most beloved neighborhoods.
Your tour will begin at Washington Square Park, where everything that defines Greenwich Village can be seen in one place. Once the stomping grounds of the Bohemians, the beat poets, and folk musicians such as Bob Dylan, this open square offers surprises and delights on every visit. In Greenwich Village, you’ll experience a delectably diverse lineup of food establishments that cater to every taste. On this walking tour, you will visit 4 great destinations and taste their delicious offerings. Along the way, you will learn about the unique culture that makes Greenwich Village a little different from every other neighborhood in NYC. Next, you will get back on the coach and head to Chinatown via SoHo, to explore the former industrial hub with its cast-iron buildings that turned into a mecca of art galleries, shopping, and fashion.
You will be dropped in Chinatown for a 30-minute guided walk through one of Manhattan’s last ethnic neighborhoods, and the oldest of NYC’s 5 Chinatowns. A walk through this district is like entering a new country. Mandarin and Cantonese are the primary languages on the streets. Next, our coach will take you to the Financial District, the oldest part of NYC. Today the area is filled with skyscrapers and serves as the epicentre of the global economy. Your walking tour includes stops at Battery Park, the Charging Bull Statue, Canyon of Heroes, Wall Street, the Federal Reserve of New York, and One World Trade Center, ending at the 9/11 Memorial, a place of remembrance in the center of the rebuilt World Trade Center area.
At this time, you have the option to take our coach back to the hotel, or stay to visit the 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory on your own as one of our add-on options. After your return transfer to the hotel, take some time to relax, have a leisurely dinner and get ready to watch the curtain rise from either the orchestra or front mezzanine on Broadway’s Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This is one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time, with tickets sold out months in advance of performances. Hamilton brings to stage the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, an ambitious founding father who rose from bastard orphan to George Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.