New York is pure energy. You’ve seen the towering skyscrapers, the bustling traffic and bright lights in the movies. The Big Apple is home to the world’s finest museums, most diverse restaurants, and top rate music and entertainment. Infinite sidewalks lead to café-lined streets, unique designer stores, and the green grass hills of Central Park. The spring you feel in your step is just one reason why this is the world’s favourite city.
New York City is small in size but big in numbers. It’s the most densely populated city in North America with 8 million citizens on just 830 square km of land. It has always been a city of immigrants, and you can hear around 138 different languages and experience a large variety of cultural and culinary experiences.
Mostly when people speak of New York they mean Manhattan but New York City is made up of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Most visitors will get to Staten Island (thanks to the free ferry!) but visitors with a little extra time available should try and explore Brooklyn, especially the historic Coney Island boardwalk.
New York is one of America’s safest cities and the best way to see it is to walk. Numbered streets in Manhattan make navigation easy. Streets run from east to west, and avenues intersect from north to south (uptown and downtown). New Yorkers are, contrary to their reputation, friendly and talkative and always willing to give directions to tourists.
With good planning (and a New York City Pass) it is possible to take a sizeable bite out of the Big Apple and take in a good number of the world famous landmarks and unique attractions including Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations, Rockefeller Centre, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Broadway and many, many more….
When we mention “Taking a bite” it should not be forgotten that competition between bars and restaurants in New York is fierce. With so many establishments everybody’s got to have a gimmick to distinguish their place from the rest. You’ll be amazed at the variety of coffees, hot chocolates, pastries, signature dishes, ice cream flavours and other desserts that can appear on a single menu. And you’ll wonder how specialty establishments who only sell cupcakes, bagels, sushi, or whiskey even survive. It’s consumer heaven for those who like lots of options. Some say you can eat your way around the world in 80 New York restaurants so get adventurous and find out!
Places of Interest
The New York City Pass – Almost an essential item for visiting groups the New York City Pass gives you free entry to over 55 attractions and special discounts on sightseeing tours, and at restaurants, theatres, and department stores. Available in 1, 2, 3 or 7 day options and a comprehensive 160+ page guidebook that includes a brief description, offer, location, contact information, and directions for each participating facility. IBT Travel will work with you to plan an itinerary that makes the best use of your New York City Pass.
Day 1Depart UK for flight to New York. Arrive in New York around 5pm and transfer to hotel. Evening walk in Times Square.
Day 2Breakfast in hotel. Visit to Empire State Building and visit the Observatory deck and the New York Skyride simulator. Visit to Macy’s the world’s largest store followed by to Madison Square Garden for the All Access Tour. Take an evening Circle Line guided harbour lights cruise.
Day 3Breakfast in hotel. Visit to the United Nations Building for a guided tour. Visit to NBC Studios to take the backstage NBC Studio Tour. Visit Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlour Visit and tour of the Rockefeller Centre Visit to the famous stores on 5th Avenue. Evening visit to a cinema around Times Square.
Day 4Breakfast in hotel. Visit to Central Park Zoo followed by the American Museum of Natural History. Visit to Bloomingdales and then onto Carnegie Hall for a guided tour. Take in a theatre show on Broadway.
Day 5Breakfast and check out of hotel. Luggage is stored at hotel. Visit to Ground Zero and then the New York City Police Museum Ferry trip to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Visit to South Street Sea Port Museum and shopping Mall. Transfer back to airport to check in for return flight to UK.
Day 6Arrive back in UK and transfer back to school.
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