Come fly with us to New York, the most energy-charged city in the world and create memories of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps. From glittering Times Square and 42nd Street to glamorous Fifth Avenue you’ll experience the glitzy side of New York. Add in Downtown, Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, the art deco Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, spectacular bridges, museums, theatres and concert halls, ethnic neighbourhoods, fabulous shopping and some great ‘deli’ lunches and you’ll certainly have an action packed and exciting week!
New York City is a melting pot of neighbourhoods and its energetic personality is driven by the multitude of nationalities who inhabit the five boroughs, all bringing their contrasting cultures to the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. From the Bronx and Manhattan to Staten Island and over the East River to Brooklyn and Queens, this city never disappoints!
This is a city to explore on foot; we cover all the ‘must-see’ attractions, including the quirky and the unusual such as a visit to often overlooked Smithsonian Museum of the Native American. We’ll ride the subway, take a bus and sail on the Staten Island Ferry. We also include a rail trip up the Hudson River Valley to explore the beautiful countryside north of New York City with its historic sites and pretty colonial villages such as Cold Spring and Irvington-on-Hudson.
From our comfortable and conveniently situated hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, we can easily access the Downtown area where layers of history converge at Battery Park. Some may wish to take advantage of an early dinner before sampling the numerous theatre and concert venues for which New York and Broadway are famous. New York – it’s brash, colourful and unlike any other city – it’s just great!
Depart London Heathrow with British Airways to JFK, New York. On arrival, transfer to our hotel in New York City.
6 days sightseeing will include Castle Clinton, Battery Park, Trinity Church, the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of The Native American, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, City Hall, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We will also visit the emotionally moving site of Ground Zero. Staten Island and the Guggenheim Museum should also be possible. Free time will be given one afternoon to allow for individual sightseeing and shopping! On one of these days we will have a full day excursion to the Hudson River Valley by MNR Rail. This well-known rail journey follows the east side of the Hudson River and takes you along the Palisades whilst winding through picturesque villages and the Hudson Highlands. From Irvington-on-Hudson (the location of Sunnyside, once home to author Washington Irving) we can walk to Lyndhurst, the former home of railway magnate Jay Gould and enjoy a picnic in the grounds (weather permitting) overlooking the Hudson River. It may be possible to visit Sunnyside as an alternative depending on the time. We then continue to Cold Spring for some sightseeing, shopping and the possibility of a local walk. Note regarding meals ** Please note that dinner on one of these days is not included to allow for personal exploration.
Some free time before our transfer to JFK airport for the return overnight flight to London Heathrow.
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We stay in the comfortable, friendly Hotel Newton, in a great location for accessing the sights and highlights of New York, yet set away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is across the street from the 96th Street Metro station and three blocks from Central Park. It’s a staff favourite and just a few stops by subway to the Downtown area. Clean rooms are styled in calming colours and traditional décor. Wi-Fi is now free throughout the hotel. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.
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