Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3763NYCVIP
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 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 usual crowds.

This exclusive tour also includes skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, as well a visit 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.


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  • All entrance fees included
  • Editor's Pick
  • Family friendly
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
Your VIP tour of New York starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it, when you get first access to the Empire State Building. Meet your guide in front of the building and be ushered into this world-famous architectural stunner. You'll enjoy awe-inspiring views of Manhattan from the main deck on the 86th floor before the crowds arrive!

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 79. 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. 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. 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!

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Empire State Building
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Guided tour portion ends at the 9/11 Memorial at approximately 1pm. Return to Pier 79 (Midtown, 20-minute walk from Times Square) at your leisure

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Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Enjoy This Viator VIP Tour of New York's Most Popular Sites

  • Admission to the Empire State Building
  • Open-top bus tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • 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)
  • Statue of Liberty admission
Additional Information:
  • VIP experience exclusive to Viator
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For September 10-11, the 9/11 Memorial will not be visited during those dates
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Reviewed by: Yvonne N, July 2014

Great trip. Just enough information. Wonderful guide:)

Reviewed by: tina q, July 2014

We could not believe how many extra sights we're in this trip , loved every minute and using viator saved a fortune , the tour guide j.p. was great fun and really helpful .the best advice we we're given for our 3 stay holiday was to use viator and it made our holiday , will use every time we holiday

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