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Viator VIP: Exclusive Empire State Building Access and More

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New York City
| 5 hours 30 minutes

Overview

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Category: Tours
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Highlights
Exclusive to Viator
All entrance fees included
Editor's Pick
Family friendly
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Description
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Empire State Building, 20 West 34th Street, New York City, NY 10118-0114

Your VIP tour of New York starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it when you gain first access to the Empire State Building for the day. Meet your guide in front of the this world-famous architectural stunner. From there, head in for a crowd-free elevator ride to the 86th floor and awe-inspiring views of Manhattan on the main deck.

When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on a bus tour of Midtown. Pass the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square, 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 went on display in July 2012 inside 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 for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology, and engineering. Bonus: 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, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.

Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)

If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.

Stop At: Lower Manhattan, New York City, NY

When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on a bus tour of Midtown. Pass New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square, and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Stop At: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, 12th Avenue & 46th Street Pier 86, New York City, NY 10036

When you reach the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, 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 for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology, and engineering. While there, you can explore a space shuttle and the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.

Stop At: SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery, 75 Battery Pl, New York City, NY 10280-1500

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.

Stop At: The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St World Trade Center, New York City, NY 10007-0089

See the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.

Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)


Stop At: Circle Line Downtown, 89 South St Pier 16, New York City, NY 10038-3519

If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.


Stop At: New York Water Taxi, 459 12th Ave Pier 79, New York City, NY 10018

New York Water Taxi

Stop At: Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10004

The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn for a leisurely cruise to enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and time to reflect on your VIP tour of New York City.

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public—from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service—at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

Inclusions
English-speaking local tour guide
Transportation from Empire State Building to Intrepid
Hop-on-hop-off cruise on the Hudson River valid for 1 calendar day (if tour option selected) or 2 calendar days (if museum upgrade selected)
Walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
Entry/Admission - Empire State Building
Entry/Admission - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Statue of Liberty admission
Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty

Location

Meeting point
Empire State Building, New York, NY 10001, USA

Reviews

Nov 2019

Had a great time... Patrick was a great knowledgeable guide!!! It was a very informative tour full of history

Nov 2019

the Tour guide was very friendly and informative . The Empire State Building was tremendous. The kids loved the intrepid / submarine and enterprise ( space shuttle ) . Highly recommend.

Oct 2019

Heidi was the best guide around Manhattan!! She was funny and very informative. My family and I had such a great time with her. We definitely recommend!!

Thank you Heidi!!!

Jul 2019

This was a very well constructed and organised tour which covered 3 major NY attractions. In addition the tour guide was very good and added to the overall experience. Highly recommend it.

Oct 2018

We were a small group and our guide was amazing. Extremely Knowledgeable about all aspects of New York and passionate about everything she did. The Empire State was unfortunately shrouded in mist but still managed a few photos. The trip to the Intrepid aircraft carrier museum was fantastic. A personal guided tour of a nuclear submarine together with a detailed description from one of the submariners of life on board was jaw dropping. Another amazing experience was seeing one of the Space Shuttles - Awesome.
The site of the 9/11 memorial is a very emotional experience and the museum even more so - but an experience you must undertake to appreciate the enormity of what had happened. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting New York.

Aug 2018

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Heidi was a native New Yorker and was very knowledgeable about the history and geography of New York. We leaned more than we expected! This tour was worth the price and allowed us to see and experience many things on our list.

Jul 2019

Tour guide was excellent and she made the whole tour easy even though I was physically incapacitated it was a very informative and interesting experience.

Jul 2018

Really good tour and great to skip the long lines! Guide was very good. Small group. The only criticism is there wasn't really a walking tour of Lower Manhattan it was just the walk you have to do to get from the Water Taxi to the 9/11 Memorial. However, still a tour I would highly recommend for anyone visiting New York who is short on time. The USS Intrepid ticket is all day so, with the 48 hour Water Taxi ticket, we sailed back to Intrepid after the tour was over and spent a bit longer there, enjoying this fabulous piece of Naval History. We certainly got our money's worth out of the 2 day Water Taxi ticket. The next day we caught the Subway to Brooklyn Bridge. Thenn we walked across into Brooklyn and then caught the Water Taxi back to the Battery for a deeper look around because, as mentioned before, there wasn't much in the way of a Lower Manhattan walking tour. We then caught the Water Taxi again back to the Intrepid as that was near our hotel. Combining the Tube sorry the Subway! and Water Taxi, meant navigating around New York wasn't too difficult!

Aug 2019

This tour was a total rip off. They mention VIP to empire state building, but it's not. you get in first cos you line up at 730am and wait til it opens at 8am, so of course your first in but it's not VIP just standard ticket. It was more like a self guided tour, guide was there with us but left us to own device MY suggestion people DO THIS TOUR ON YOUR OWN, you will save hundreds ...buy your tickets online to all the attractions (skip the line) and use tube and ferry to get there. I felt totally ripped off with this tour

Jul 2019

We were there when instructed. They didn't show up for the tour. We waited 2 hours.This was our first time in New York. We couldn't get a hold of anyone. No one would answer the phone. We were only in New York a day before our cruise. I still can't get anyone to answer the phone or to call me back. We didn't get to see any of the attractions. We were out the money and didn't get to see anything. 2 weeks later still no response.

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