Top 5 New York Tours

Top 5 New York Tours

New York City – a vibrant metropolis with a dazzling array of sights to behold, destinations to explore, and activities to indulge in, is the perfect destination for a city break. 

For first-time visitors, or even returning travellers, taking a guided tour can offer an unparalleled experience of the city’s highlights. 

Amidst the sea of countless tours on offer, it can feel a bit overwhelming to make a choice. So to make it easier for you, our travel experts have meticulously handpicked the top 5 New York City tours that promise to kickstart your Big Apple adventure in unforgettable style!

The Ultimate City Sampler: New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Loop


Navigating New York City could be a daunting task. The Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Loop, is a convenient way to access the city’s unmissable hotspots. It is also a great way to get your bearings and a sense of the city that never sleeps.

Witness Times Square’s urban dynamism with vibrant lights and mammoth billboards. Cruise past iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Centre, the architecturally brilliant Flatiron Building, and the historic Rockefeller Center, from the comfort of an open-top double-decker.

The knowledgeable on-board guides make these tours with captivating tales and insights.  You can also get to see the local side of New York as you explore eclectic Manhattan neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Financial District, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. 

Buses depart every 25-30 minutes from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and the entire downtown loop lasts around 3 hours – the perfect city sampler!

Soaring Through Skies: Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York


Elevate your sightseeing experience with the Big Apple Helicopter Tour! 

This exhilarating experience will give you a bird’s-eye view of New York’s famed landmarks, including Central Park, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building and marvel at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as you hover above the Hudson River. 

This 15-minute flight operates several times a day, ensuring flexible departure times for your convenience.

A Culinary Journey: Authentic Italian Greenwich Village Food Tour & Tastings


Escape the bustling city streets and step into an Italian kitchen in Greenwich Village. 

This three-hour gastronomic experience starts at the iconic Washington Square Park, a cultural cornerstone of the village. Your guide and local expert will lead you through the winding streets of the Village, sharing its rich history, and fascinating food lore.

You’ll visit some of the most authentic Italian-American food establishments, each with its own unique story and ambiance, that have been shaping the neighbourhood’s food scene for decades. 

Come with an appetite and leave with a wealth of knowledge, not just about the Village’s food scene, but its vibrant culture, history, and its role in shaping New York’s culinary landscape.

Ferrying Through History: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island


Immerse yourself in American history with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. 

Board a ferry at Battery Park. Your first stop is Liberty Island, home to the renowned Statue of Liberty. As you step off the ferry, you’ll be met by the magnificent sight of Lady Liberty herself, standing tall as a beacon of freedom. You can explore the island at your leisure, take pictures against the backdrop of the New York skyline, or delve deeper into the statue’s history at the Liberty Island Museum.

Then, it’s back aboard the ferry and onto Ellis Island. Known as the ‘Gateway to America,’ this island welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum provides an in-depth look at the immigrant experience with exhibits featuring personal narratives, photographs, and artefacts. 

Due to the popularity of this tour, lines can be lengthy so we advise to book in advance so you can select a specific ferry time and enjoy priority boarding via the express queue, ensuring a memorable visit to these historic landmarks.

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By Paula McMullan

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: New York City

I love a trip to New York City, the big apple never disappoints. A must see destination with incredible diversity, vibrancy and entertainment, There’s truly something for everyone in New York. Personally I love to eat in Little Italy or just spend the evening watching the world go by in Greenwich Village while sipping a glass of red in one of their many bistros. The energy and pace of this fantastic city that will capture you heart immediately, the shopping is not bad either!