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Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Tour vibrant Manhattan aboard a comfortable coach whilst your expert guide narrates stories and interesting facts about the major sights of the city. Explore the different facets of the city and its various neighborhoods. Discover the most famous landmarks such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. See Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Head to Greenwich Village, the artsy SoHo district, the bustling streets of Chinatown, Little Italy's sidewalk cafes and the busy Wall Street area. Finally, you will visit the charming Battery Park to enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty - one of the icons of New York and the United States.

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NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

2. NYC: High Line Hudson Yards and Vessel Guided Tour

Explore the west side of Manhattan on a guided tour. Walk the Highline, and climb to the top of the Vessel. Stop into the Chelsea Markets and check out the world-class food vendors. Meet your guide in the Meat Packing District. Enjoy a scenic walk through the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most unique parks. Built on top of a former elevated freight train track, the tracks were turned into a greenway in 2009. Stroll down this 1.45-mile path and take in unique views of the city – you’ll feel as if your floating above the city streets. Admire the colorful gardens filled with grasses, perennials and woody species which were inspired by the wildflowers that grew on the disused tracks. View the park’s installation art pieces. Discover the Hudson Yards, and see the Vessel, “New York’s Staircase.” This honeycomb shaped 150-foot tall art piece can accommodate up to 1000 people at a time. Upgrade your tour by adding an optional admission ticket to the Edge Observation Deck. Climb to the top of its world-famous Observation Deck and check out spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

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Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

3. Meatpacking District: Chelsea Market and The Highline Tour

Start your 2-hour tour in front of the world famous Chelsea Market. Spend some free time inside the market, sample baked goods and snacks and even do a little shopping. Hear about the infamous Death Avenue before heading up to The Highline, a linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur. Enjoy fantastic views of Chelsea Piers and see where the ill-fated Titanic was meant to dock in 1912. Admire the 18-story luxury boutique Standard Hotel and other local architecture. After visiting The Highline, head into the heart of the Meatpacking District. See the Gansevoort Hotel and walk past several high-fashion flagship stores and some trendy bars.

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Nightlife Experience: The Meatpacking District After Dark

4. Nightlife Experience: The Meatpacking District After Dark

Join a like-minded local and get ready to experience the city that never sleeps. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. The Meatpacking District is more than deserving of its reputation as one of the best places in the city to party and you will soon see why! Spend the evening exploring this trendy neighborhood, where old warehouses have been repurposed as hip nightclubs, stylish bars or underground clubs; your local will take you to places that match your style and preferences.  With the first drink included, enjoy a cocktail in a famous bar where the locals are dressed to impress or grab a table at a street side cafe and sip a glass of wine as you watch revelers heading out for the night.  Bar hop through the neighborhood, discover the most popular nightlife spots with your local and get a taste of the district’s party reputation - it doesn’t disappoint!  Get tips and tricks from your local about the best clubs and all late-night bars to continue your night, so you can keep partying like a local (until the sun comes up!).

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New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

5. New York City: 2-Hour Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a stroll around some of the New York's most decadent dessert stores, and discover some of the finest chocolatiers in Manhattan. Stop for 8 tastings on-the-go, walking in small groups of no more than 20 people. Meet your guide at Washington Square Arch and head off to sample tasty truffles and salty caramels, including dark chocolate almond bark and the most exquisite chocolate mousse you’ve ever tasted. Discover one of New York’s best kept foodie secrets at Chelsea Market, and sample the amazing chocolate creations of Jacques Torres (“Mr Chocolate”). Go to Manhattan’s cult candy store at Lilac Chocolates, where the homemade mocha truffles, maple walnut fudge, chocolate cream rolls, and almond bark are to die for! Have a “chocogasm” at the Chocolate Bar, Alison Nelson’s pioneering shop in the West Village, and try the legendary cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. No chocolate experience would be complete without a warm baked chocolate chip cookie at Milk and Cookies, while the mango paprika slate at Xocolatti provides the perfect introduction to Soho's most innovative chocolatier. Savor the best chocolate canoli at Pasticceria Bruno, and discover chocolates spiced with an array of exotic flavors, including allspice, ginger, hemp seed, and wasabi at Vosges.

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New York: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

6. New York: Secrets Of High Line Park Walking Tour

Your leisurely-paced 2-hour walking tour which spans the entire 1.45 mile (2.33 kilometer) High Line begins with a walk through the treasured Chelsea Market, located in the heart of the fashionable Meatpacking District. This fabulous culinary and shopping marketplace was once the home of Nabisco, world’s largest bakery and creator of the Oreo Cookie. Whilst here your guide will share the story of the former bakery, as well as other neighborhood buildings. You’ll learn how the Meatpacking District, once a flurry of industry, ultimately fell into ruin becoming a dilapidated, drug-ridden, urban wasteland. Your guide will share the area's remarkable history and transformation from a once seedy area to the chic and glamorous hot-spot that it is today. The High Line itself is a linear 1.45-mile aerial greenway which rests upon the former historic freight rail line of the New York Central Railroad. The transformation of the disused rail elevated above the busy streets of Manhattan's West Side was inspired by Paris' Promenade Plantee. Today, High Line Park, a "Park-in-the-Sky", has become one of NYC's most cherished and visited destinations. Throughout your fun and comprehensive tour, your professional, licensed Guide will share their extensive knowledge of the High Line and the neighborhoods it traverses, citing its fascinating history to its intriguing future, embraced on all sides by new, cutting-edge architecture created by renowned architects Bring a smile, a cheerful attitude and your camera and get ready to explore and fall in love the magnificent High Line park; surely 6 million visitors annually can't be wrong!

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New York High Line, Chelsea & Meatpacking District Tour

7. New York High Line, Chelsea & Meatpacking District Tour

On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll take a walk through the High Line, New York’s only elevated park. The 1-mile-long linear park was created on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad on Manhattan’s west side. Stroll through the Chelsea neighborhood from a unique vantage point, treading along the path once traversed by fire-breathing locomotives! Enjoy surprising views of the Hudson River. The tour begins at the famous Chelsea marketplace and a visit to an art gallery may be included. Walk through former factories and warehouses, where trains would unload their goods right inside the building. Hear stories about the famous Meatpacking District and how it was transformed from rows of slaughterhouses to one of the most chic neighborhoods in the world. See amazing architecture ranging from the ultramodern Standard Hotel and the undulating glass curtain design of the IAC building to the Art Deco-era Empire State Building.

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New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

8. New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

This sightseeing tour of New York City features comfortable bus transportation and narration to ensure you get the most out of your New York experience. Your driver will start the tour by taking you through Central Park West, where you can view the Dakota Building. From here, you will continue to the Upper West Side. You will later drive past a number of famous New York museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. Next, you will go into Midtown to drive along Fifth Avenue. Here, you will see the renowned Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall before stopping to view the Empire State Building. Continuing from the Flatiron Building, you will journey into Little Italy and take a stroll over to New York’s famous Chinatown. The bus will then take you to Wall Street in the Financial District and  stop at Battery Park for a view of the Statue of Liberty - those who would like to can end the tour here. The tour continues through the West Highway, where you’ll be able to see the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. The tour ends at Herald Square. This tour features numerous photo stops for you to capture your New York experience.

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New York City: Hudson River Bike Rentals

9. New York City: Hudson River Bike Rentals

Explore Manhattan on two wheels! Cycle down the picturesque Hudson River Greenway, which includes gorgeous views of the majestic river. Pass by the newly constructed Hudson Yards and the popular High Line Park, built on top of an old railroad trestle.   Ride through Chelsea and into Lower Manhattan, where you will see some of the original settlements of the city. The Greenway ends at Battery Park with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Along your tour, enjoying seeing highlights, such as DeWitt Clinton Park, the Chelsea Waterslide Park, Whitney Museum of American Art, Chelsea Market and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

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What people are saying about Chelsea Market

The bus tour is highly recommended. You should do it on the first day, because you get a perfect overview of Manhattan and can then put together your tours for the other days. Our guide was Stefan, highly recommended. We were 7 people in our group on a small bus. It was very nice that you got out again and again during the tour, e.g. Central Park, Madison Square Park, Brooklyn Brigde, Wallstreet, WTC (with breaks for going to the toilet).

Our English tour would have been cancelled today if it hadn’t been for Stefan who was taking the German tour stepping in. He was fantastic, switching between German and English. The tour was interesting and informative. Even though we have visited NY before, we still saw things we had not seen before and learnt new and interesting facts. Well done Stefan and thank you to the German ladies for allowing us to join your tour - Danke

Excellent, Stefan, our guide, extremely friendly, had good answers to all questions and explained a lot. Definitely recommendable !! Anytime again with Stefan, but different tour. Yokes

5 person group, optimally you got all the important information, had enough time and a super nice tour guide - again at any time

Very knowledgeable and fun guide, definitely saw areas that we would have never found on our own. Highly recommend!!