Whether you're walking, riding or sailing, there's no bad way to
view the sights New York City has to offer in the summer months.
The following is a sampling of suggested tours and programs that
help bring the Big Apple to life.
Sample Package: Four-night Millennium Weekend, based on arrival
on Dec. 30 to departure on Jan. 3, including accommodations at the
New York Marriott Marquis, choice of Broadway show (orchestra or
front mezzanine seats based on availability), pre- or post-theater
dinner, and taxes and tips, is priced at $1,799 per person,
The operator also offers holiday weekend packages and one-, two-
and three-night Broadway Hit Show Tours throughout the year, priced
from $178 per person, double, which can be tailored to include
tickets to "The Lion King" on certain weekend dates. For
information and reservations, call (800) 221-2442.
Gray Line of New York
Sample Program: The Grand Tour by double-decker sightseeing
coach includes more than 40 hop-on/hop-off stops at famous Big
Apple attractions and districts, such as the Empire State Building,
Greenwich Village, United Nations, Lincoln Center, Times Square,
Harlem, Wall Street and the World Trade Center. The tour takes
about five hours, and costs $33 for a Loop ticket good for two
consecutive days of sightseeing. The Grand Tour may be combined
with a helicopter tour for $112 or a Circle Line cruise for
Other Gray Line offerings include A Night on the Town, priced at
$55; a Sunday morning Harlem Gospel tour, priced at $33, and a
shopping excursion to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, priced at
$33. Gray Line of New York offers tours in German, French, Spanish
and Italian, in addition to English. For reservations, contact:
(800) 669-0051, ext. 130; www.graylinenewyork.com.
New York Apple Tours
Sample Program: Full City hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour by
double-decker coach includes stops at more than 40 sights and
neighborhoods, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central
Park, Macy's, Chinatown and the South Street Seaport. The tour
takes about four hours and costs $39 for a ticket valid for two
consecutive days of touring.
The operator's other selections include the full city tour
combined with a Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island boat trip for
$48; a Sunday morning Harlem Gospel Tour for $34 ($48 if combined
with the full city tour); a hop-on/hop-off Brooklyn tour for $25,
and others. The full city tour is also available in Dutch, French,
German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish or Portuguese for $45.
For more information and reservations, contact the operator at
(800) 876-9868, www.nyappletours.com.
Discover New York With Kitt Garrett Inc.
The operator offers several themed tour series, each of which
features a variety of programs. The culinary series, for example,
offers food buffs an opportunity to explore New York's ethnic
neighborhoods and food emporia, and learn where food professionals
dine and shop. Programs within this category include a tour of
Little Italy; "The World of Cheese," "Chocolate, Chocolate,
Chocolate" and others.
Other tour themes include history and architecture, decorative
and fine arts, horticulture, shopping and theater. Rates depend on
the specific tour chosen, the tour components selected and size of
the group. For more information, contact the operator at (212)
New York City Cultural Tours
New York's history, art, architecture and cultural highlights
are explored on this series of private walking tours, priced at $25
per hour for a group of four or more or $15 per hour for three or
fewer people. The choice of 25 themed tours includes History of Old
New York (lower Manhattan), the Waldorf-Astoria Walking Tour, SoHo
and Little Italy, Jewish Heritage, Irish Heritage and the Theater
District and Millionaires' Mile (Fifth and Madison avenues from
East 58th to East 96th streets). The tours are conducted by Alfred
Pommer, a licensed guide and New York arts and history expert. For
information, contact (212) 979-2388, nycwalk.com.
Bite of The Apple Tours
The grandeur of "New York's Backyard," Central Park, is on
display during the company's two-hour bike tours, offered through
December. The tours leave three times daily (10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4
p.m.) from 2 Columbus Circle, near Central Park, and are
accompanied by guide-lecturers. The cost is $30 (including 20%
agent's commission), which includes bicycle rental. Highlights
include Strawberry Fields and the Shakespeare Garden. For
information and reservations, call (212) 541-8759, www.nyctourist.com/ad_biketour.htm.
New York Waterway
The line's 90-minute narrated New York harbor cruise offers
views of the Hudson Palisades, the Statue of Liberty, the East
River bridges, the United Nations and Manhattan's famous
skyscrapers. There are at least four departures daily (depending on
the time of year), and the fare is $18. The line's roster of
sailings also include twilight, disco and Broadway music harbor
cruises; Yankees and Mets express cruises, which take passengers to
the teams' home games, and sails from Manhattan to the estates of
the historic Hudson River Valley. For more information, contact the
line at (800) 533-3779, www.NYWaterway.com.
The line's Spirit of New York offers daily lunch and dinner
cruises, a Sunday lunch/brunch trip and moonlight cruises on Friday
and Saturday evenings. The three-hour dinner cruise, priced from
$56.95, includes a buffet meal, dancing to a live band and a floor
show. The ship is climate-controlled and has panoramic windows,
dance floor, full-service bar and spacious decks for a pre- or
post-dinner stroll. For information and reservations, contact:
(800) 8-SPIRIT, www.spiritcruises.com.
The line has a new sister company, Bateaux New York, which
offers brunch and dinner cruises. For information, contact: (212)
352-2022, www.bateauxnewyork.com.Summer in New York: Theater
International pays 10% commission on group and individual theater
tickets for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. Unlike agencies that
charge a fee on all bookings, TDI imposes a service fee for
Saturday night performances only. The fee depends on the price of
the tickets. Agents can also purchase cancellation insurance for
$7.50 per ticket (not available for groups).
For more information, contact TDI at (800) 334-8457, www.theatredirect.com. The company can also be
accessed on Sabre at: Y/EXT/TDI.