New York Gospel Music Tour

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5637GOSPEL
Elevate your trip to New York City with a 4-hour tour of Brooklyn Heights to learn about African American gospel music and experience it in person. Take the subway from Manhattan to the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to admire historic churches and brownstone homes. Consider the history behind the heavenly hymns as you stroll around Brooklyn and along the Promenade on the Hudson River. End the tour on a high note with a Sunday-service experience at the acclaimed Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
At your selected time, meet your guide in front of the Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Once the group is together, take the subway (own expense) to Brooklyn for an easy, 2-hour walking tour to discover the history of African American gospel music. Your experience culminates with a 2-hour live gospel performance.

On your walking tour, enjoy the iconic brownstone homes and stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline on the Hudson River. Along the way, your guide delves into the evolution of the genre, from its origins in American slavery to its influences on today’s Billboard charts. Pass by Plymouth Church, where the a cappella group known as the Jubilee Singers captivated New Yorkers, and put gospel music on the map. Keep your ears perked to learn about other important figures including Charles A. Tindley (aka the “Father of Gospel Music) and Thomas A. Dorsey, and how this inspirational music influenced a wide range of jazz, rock and blues musicians such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

After your walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, you'll arrive at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in the heart of downtown for a church service. What began with a handful of members in a small, run-down building is today a nondenominational congregation of nearly 10,000 people. It's perhaps best known for its Grammy Award–winning choir, which has catapulted the gospel genre into the hearts of people around the world. See for yourself as sermons get a boost from either the Brooklyn Tabernacle's own choir or from visiting gospel groups. You might find it hard to resist letting out a “hallelujah!” as the unified choir sings uplifting songs and hymns.

When the service is over, you are free to explore Brooklyn at your leisure with a provided map that notes subway stations and dining suggestions.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Trinity Church, Lower Manhattan
Departure Time:
9:30am
9am for Spanish and French tours only
Return Details:
The Brooklyn Tabernacle
17 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pricing information

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Walking Tour
Code: TOUR

Gospel music tour of Brooklyn concluding at the Brooklyn Tabernacle

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Pricing information

New York Gospel Music Tour

Listen to the amazing voices of a Gospel choir

Inclusions:
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • 2-hour church service
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Map of Brooklyn with suggestions
Exclusions:
  • Subway ticket (USD$2.75 for single ride ticket)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Return transportation to Manhattan
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Purchasing a single ride subway ticket prior to the tour is recommended
  • Due to the popularity and policies of this church, guests who wish to sit in main sanctuary where the choir is performing are asked to stay for the entire service (from 12pm to 2pm) to avoid disruption. Guests who wish to leave before the end of the service will have to stay in the overflow room and watch the performance via closed circuit screen. Your respect is greatly appreciated
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jane D, February 2014

Fantastic experience. Alicia, our tour guide, was lovely. Very friendly and full of lots of interesting information. In spite of the temperature (about minus 9!) we had a great trip. The highlight, of course, was the gospel service. Very uplifting. Thank you.

Reviewed by: Jana E, July 2014

What a wonderful way to see a piece of Brooklyn in additional to finding out the history of how Gospel began. Be prepared for a great deal of walking in hot or cold weather. Wear a hat and sunglasses plus your sunscreen or umbrella and jacket. We ended up at the Brooklyn Tabernacle for a rousing, spirit- moving church service with the B. Tabernacle Choir. Really enjoyed this tour.

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