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The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial Guided Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Explore the top two visitor sites in New York City with this fully guided tour
  • Arrive at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty before the crowds with special early morning access
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Ellis Island and its museum
  • Gain a personal insight into the destruction and aftermath of 9/11 with a guided tour of key 9/11 sites
  • Explore the 9/11 Memorial Museum on your own with pre-reserved admission tickets
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr 17 - 31 May 17: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    01 Jun 17 - 30 Sep 17: Daily
    01 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17: Daily
    01 Nov 17 - 07 Jan 18: Daily
    08 Jan 18 - 28 Feb 18: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    01 Mar 18 - 31 Mar 18: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    01 Apr 18 - 31 Oct 18: Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 9 hours

    Start time

    01 Oct 16 - 31 May 17: 9:00am
    01 Jun 17 - 30 Sep 17: 8:30am
    01 Oct 17 - 28 Feb 18: 9:00am

    Meeting Point

    For Morning Tour (Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island): Make your way to Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park. Arrive at entrance for 1st security checkpoint prior to boarding ferry.
    For Afternoon Tour (9/11 Ground & Museum): Meet in front of St Peters Church, at the intersection of Barclay and Church Street at 2:45pm for 3pm departure.

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at 9/11 Memorial Museum

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    See the top two most visited sites in New York City on this hassle-free, guided tour around Lower Manhattan. This full day tour from the City of New York consists of visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as the 9/11 Memorial Tour with a museum visit.

    Take a ferry to Liberty Island and enjoy early morning privileged access to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, getting you closer to the statue than most visitors ever are. Then, get acquainted with the compelling history of Ellis Island with a visit to the island’s museum and see the Stairs of Separation.

    The next leg of the tour will give you a personal insight into the events and the effects of the tragic day of September 11, 2001. Visit the 9/11 Memorial, one of New York’s most-visited sites in 2015. Explore a more personal side of the tragedy as you visit the St Paul’s Chapel and witness the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the evocative Reflection Pools and the fascinating Survivor Tree. The tour also includes an admission ticket to the 9/11 Museum where you can spend your own time going through the exclusive artifacts and multimedia displays.

    This tour is led by expert local guides who will share fascinating stories and information about New York’s most iconic landmarks.

    Itinerary

    Meet your English speaking guide at the meeting point and with priority boarding, one of the first boats to Liberty Island to view the iconic Statue of Liberty.

    The towering Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French government to the United States of America during its 100th year of Independence. Enjoy privileged access to the statue pedestal, allowing you a closer view of Lady Liberty and stunning views of Manhattan.

    You will return to your ferry for a short cruise to Ellis Island, which served as an immigrant processing station from 1892 until 1924. Here your guide will take you around the island, pointing out the Stairs of Separation and will give insight into the horrors that immigrants faced once they reached here.

    At Ellis Island, you will visit the Immigration Museum that houses a large collection of artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays and temporary exhibits. You will also come across the American Immigrant Wall of Honor that lists 60,000 names of the men and women who passed though Ellis Island on their way to the United States of America.

    Spend time exploring the island on your own or head back to Battery Park with your guide. After a lunch break, meet your guide in front of St Peters Church, at the intersection of Barclay and Church Street at 2:45pm.

    The St Paul’s Chapel is Manhattan’s oldest surviving church building. Your guide will show you a more personal side of 9/11 during your visit to the church and will take you to the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the Winter Garden and Brookfield Place.

    You will also see 9/11 Memorial which commemorates the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. You will see the two Reflecting Pools, each with a large, manmade waterfall cascading down its side, at the footprints of the Twin Towers. The pools are inscribed with nearly 3,000 names, listing the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the attack of February 26, 1993.

    At the memorial, you will also visit the Fireman Memorial and see the fascinating Survivor Tree, which was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.

    Your last stop will be the 9/11 Memorial Museum which you will visit at your leisure. The many multimedia displays and artifacts from the Twin Towers that reveal the impact and implications of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. You will also hear harrowing stories from the survivors and witnesses during the time of the attack.

    Your tour ends at the museum.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • All ferry tickets between Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
    • Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty
    • Pedestal tickets for the Statue of Liberty
    • Reserved 9/11 Museum 5pm ticket
    • English speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • The Statue of Liberty Crown
    • Transfers between tours
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    New York City tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.

    Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue lobby to the top of the pedestal.

    Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty & 9/11 Memorial Museum. Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned.

    9/11 Memorial Museum is non-guided with 5pm entry. An average visit takes approximately two hours.

    The ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; in such case, an alternative option will be provided.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bags you are required to put your bag/s into a locker which costs $2.00 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers.

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