Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour, which combines NYC’s newest sites with its most iconic attractions, including first access or skip-the-line access to the Empire State Building! Enter the Empire State Building with your local guide and be whisked to the 86th floor to enjoy incredible New York views without the hassle of long lines.
This exclusive tour also includes skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, as well as timed entry to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. You’ll also join your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown, including Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza, and you can take a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure to view the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and other attractions in Lower Manhattan.
- Exclusive to Viator
- All entrance fees included
- Editor's Pick
- Family friendly
Choose from two convenient morning departure times for your VIP tour of New York City. The early tour at 7:30am starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it, when you get first access to the Empire State Building before the crowds arrive! The later tour at 9:30am allows you to sleep in but still skip the long lines at this ever-popular New York attraction. For both tours you’ll be escorted by elevator to the 86th Floor Observatory by your local guide who will provide historical background on this architectural stunner. At the top, you’ll then be free to enjoy 360° awe-inspiring views of Manhattan – don’t forget your camera!
When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown. Pass Rockefeller Center, Times Square, St Patrick's Cathedral and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise. Following a journey to New York by 747 jumbo jet and river barge, the space shuttle opened in July 2012 and is housed in a special pavilion that celebrates its rich history and offers an innovative and interactive visitor experience. Your guide will lead you to the front of the line before the exhibition opens so you can go straight in with your skip-the-line ticket and have maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology and engineering. You can also explore the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.
Next, board a hop-on-hop-off cruise with your guide at Pier 84. Hop off at Battery Park, where you'll take a walking tour through the world-famous financial center of Wall Street on your way to the 9/11 Memorial, which you’ll enter immediately with your pre-reserved admission. See the twin reflecting pools – which sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood and are inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks – and witness the World Trade Center rebuilding taking place.
Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm (7:30am tour) or 3pm (9:30am tour). From here, you can stay inside the memorial as long as you wish, and then continue your sightseeing independently by rejoining the hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure – your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn before taking you past the Statue of Liberty for great photo opportunities of NYC's most revered landmark. Enjoy this leisurely cruise as you take in the Manhattan skyline and reflect on your VIP tour of New York City!
Space Shuttle Enterprise and hop-on-hop-off cruise, New York City
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Departure Point:Empire State Building
Return Details:Return to Pier 84 (Midtown, 20-minute walk from Times Square) at your leisure
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Departs at 7:30am
Departs at 9:30am
Viator VIP version 3
- Admission to the Empire State Building
- Open-top bus ticket
- Skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Timed entrance ticket to 9/11 Memorial
- 9/11 Memorial US$2 fee
- Hop-on-hop-off cruise on the Hudson River
- Walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
- English-speaking local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- 9/11 Memorial admission (September 10 and 11 only)
- VIP experience exclusive to Viator
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- 9/11 Memorial fee is remitted directly to the organization for the continued progress of the 9/11 Memorial Museum
- For September 10-11, the 9/11 Memorial is not available for advance reservations and will not be visited during those dates
- Please note: Space Shuttle Enterprise Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is currently under renovation from damages from Hurricane Candy. It is scheduled to reopen July 10, 2013
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