Starting from the base that we like to "go for free", as we have almost 10 full days, we have decided on one of them but if your trip is 4-6 days or 1 week it is very possible that you are also interested in optimizing them. Do you want to find out?ALL NEW YORK PREPARATIONS ORGANIZED:
"1. Choosing things to do in New York (P1)" Because we all have our own travel preferences, what are yours?
"2. New York neighborhoods with detailed maps (P2)" since it is the best division to organize your trip. Know them with a map!
"3. Tickets in New York: NBA, musical, Jazz ... (P3)" A hockey game or Nba? A musical in Brodway? Or Jazz?
"4. Excursions in New York (tours in Spanish) (P4)" since it is so large that it will be impossible to see everything walking, will it?
"5. Christmas in New York (EVERYTHING you should know) (P5)" for those who go in this era as marked as we
"6. Routes through New York, design your itinerary (P6)" Have you decided all the above? It's time to organize your itinerary. Here is ours (PDFs included)
"7. 30 Tips for traveling to New York important (P7)" Taxis, plugs or those details that have escaped you. Review them with us.
THE JOURNAL OF TRAVEL (WITH VIDEO CHAPTERS), WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP AND ALL OUR EXPERIENCE also available in this category of New York
Although before moving on to the list of possibilities we have searched the network, forums and opinions of our own readers to know with what Companies or agencies can be carried out with sufficient guarantees. We have found this
With whom and how to take guided tours in New York?
It is very possible that, as soon as you have read on the internet through blogs or forums, names like you come to mind Elena from tourcontrastesdenuevayork, Andrews from andrewsnewyork, Gerardo of veanytours as the most "personal" alternatives that have emerged to large companies such as VIATOR (There are more, but we put the ones that we have valued -if you think that some more should go, under your experience, tell us that we include it-)
UPDATE 2016: Aim CIVITATIS Among your options, tours in Spanish with very good opinions - we come from Rome delighted -
- Elena from www.tourcontrastesdenuevayork.com He has achieved fame with the "New York Contrasts" excursion, especially for his attention and quick response. Definitely a good option.
- Andrews of www.andrewsnewyork.comIt is perhaps the option that less "worked" has its website although those who have done the tours with it usually speak well. To consider
- Gerardo from www.veanytours.com It is another of the most sought after, although in our case we can only say that after sending 3 or 4 emails we have not received any response.
- VIATOR It is the world's largest company for booking activities, tours and experiences and it was not going to be less in New York, even offering exclusive excursions.
- CIVITATIS It is a Spanish company with 24/7 customer service, focused on Spanish tourism and that They personally verify each excursion and have a wide base of REAL opinions from travelers. 100% reliable
The reality is that there are dozens and dozens of companies that offer excursion services in New York, even for free (or in exchange for a tip) that we will include at the end of the article (all the photos are from the data bank of Shuttershock to which we are subscribed - we have not gone yet-)
How to do guided tours in New York? Very simple, simply hire them online via form, website or email well in advance to guarantee your reservation. Some of them will not need to anticipate too much but others such as the famous "New York Contrasts" is a classic among travelers, so ... be warned !!
Most famous excursions in New York and their duration
Unlike in other articles, in this case it is best not to roll up too much and list you directly all most famous tours in New York that you can do with links to the different companies so that you choose yourselves (and in the end we tell you our decision)NEW YORK CONTRASTS
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: The best way to get to know the "other" New York, multicultural, on a tour that takes you through the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens discovering many of its corners, and that can be a perfect complement to your trip to New York
ESTIMATED DURATION: Half day (leaving early in the morning until noon)
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Andrews | Gerardo | VIATOR | CIVITATISHIGH AND LOW MANHATTAN
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Guided walking tour that allows you to explore, in the hands of an expert, the corners of these neighborhoods before you can continue on your own
ESTIMATED DURATION: About 4 hours
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Gerardo |VIATOR | CIVITATISHARLEM AND MASS GOSPEL
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Beyond the Gospel Mass, Harlem is one of the most multicultural neighborhoods in Manhattan. On this tour you visit its brownstones and other buildings of interest
ESTIMATED DURATION: Half day (leaving early in the morning until noon)
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Gerardo | VIATOR | CIVITATISNEW YORK LIGHTS
LANGUAGE: Spanish (VIATOR only English so we don't incorporate it)
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: At night Manhattan is transformed, the illuminated skyscrapers give way to a beautiful skyline for a tour of lights
ESTIMATED DURATION: 3-4 hours
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Gerardo| CIVITATISSHOPPING IN WOODBURY COMMONS
LANGUAGE: Not excessively necessary
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: On the outskirts of New York are the most famous "OUTLETS", with more than 220 stores
ESTIMATED DURATION: 5 hours of shopping (1h 30 min one way and another 1h 30 back)
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Gerardo | VIATOR | CIVITATISHELICOPTER OVER NEW YORK
LANGUAGE: Not necessary
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Unforgettable aerial view with the best panoramic views of New York
ESTIMATED DURATION: 15-20-25-30 min options
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: HELICOPTER FLIGHT SERVICES (You have our experience in "Helicopter in New York: best tour, prices and opinion")NEW YORK CRUISE WITH DINNER
LANGUAGE: Not necessary
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Night navigation with illuminated New York, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge or the United Nations building (with dinner)
ESTIMATED DURATION: 3 hours
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Gerardo | VIATOR| CIVITATIS
Older CIVITATIS It has some excursions more completely in Spanish and VIATOR also of cultural tours plus (Tour of movie theaters, from the series Sex in New York, visit Hip Hop, ... ), some of gastronomy, wine and nightlife (rooftop route, nightclub visit, ... ), etc…
1-day excursions from New York
Another option that many people use is to take advantage of their stay in New York to visit some nearby attractions (or dreamed up) on a day trip. Fundamentally there are three:WASHINGTON DC IN 1 DAY
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Full-day excursion where you can see monuments and memorials such as the White House, the Senate or the Capitol
ESTIMATED DURATION: All day (5 hours one way and another 5 hours back)
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Tour Contrasts | Gerardo | VIATOR | CIVITATIS
NAGARA CATARATS IN 1 DAY
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: The beauty and strength of one of the world's most famous waterfalls including round-trip flights and lunch
ESTIMATED DURATION: All day
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: Gerardo| VIATOR | CIVITATIS
BOSTON IN 1 DAY
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION: Full-day excursion to see the city recognized as an important academic center with a spectacular architectural panorama
ESTIMATED DURATION: All day
EXCURSION RESERVATION IN: VIATOR | CIVITATIS
In your catalog both CIVITATIS asVIATOR they also have "Philadelphia and the Amish region"1 day and options multi-day tours
Other activities and tours in New York that could be interesting for the route
- The famous bus Cityight offers a multitude of up and down tours, including night tours
- He Bike The Big Apple it's a different bike ride through New York for all audiences
- On foot you can take guided walks with City Running Tours or Big Onion Walking Tours but the really famous are the free tours of Sandemans New York whose tours have a very good reputation in the forums. The one from Midtwon, for example, is 2 hours and a half (with 20 minutes to drink) and all they ask for is the final itself.
- For gastronomy lovers there are the Gastronomic Tours of Food of ny
- In the case of boats, in addition to cruises / excursions, the famous are those of Circle Line Cruises, which are also included in the New York City Pass.
- Bicycle in Central Park, where there are multiple options to rent them
- The ride, the bus / show / excursion or we do not know how to define it, which runs 6.8 kilometers through the city with panoramic windows to get good photos
- Ferry to Staten Island, free and considered as "One of the shortest and most fantastic water trips in the world"
Excursions in New York that we have chosen for our itinerary
Although we are more than "kicking" cities for free, you already know us, this time and with the good opinions of the forums and internet blogs, we we have decided to make a couple of them... do you want to know which ones?
New York contrasts
We are going to focus our trip in Manhattan and Brooklyn (as everyone usually does on their first trip to New York) so we have looked for an excursion that also allows us to take a partial view of the "other New York". In addition, we will do it the following Saturday, the day we arrive, on the advice of several of you (Dave, Isabel, ...) because it will serve as an initial "contextualization" of the trip before starting our routes. Do you already know what it is? New York contrasts.
The price is 64 USD per person, picking us up at the hotel itself and leaving us at the Brooklyn Bridge to continue the day (UPDATE 2016: You have it inCIVITATIS by 59.50 USD)
You already have available our full experience on day 2 of the trip "New York Contrast Tour (and a live Jazz)"
Helicopter flight with reservation or on the fly
We will decide in the next few days as soon as we fit the final itinerary but we will most likely book it via VIATOR that has an exclusive night that catches our attention (already in Japan we made a spectacular one) or even the same we improvise on the progress.
You already have available our experience on DAY 4 (II) "New York helicopter: best tour, prices and opinion"
Other activities and tours in New York
These are going to be incorporated into the itinerary because they do not require prior reservation and would be the bike rental in Central Park, he Free Staten Island Ferry and, as we will have New York City Pass (we will tell you later) we will surely opt for a ride in a barcon in aCircle Line Cruises
With all this, our itinerary begins to take shape and, after fitting the fixed dates of events and shows in the previous article and choosing the excursions in this one, we only have to know if there is something else at Christmas that we should know before making the distribution (and we will do it in the next article)ITINERARY OF PAULA AND ISAAC (CHAVETAS): With the incorporation of New York Contrasts on Saturday, we completed the day at the Brooklyn Bridge with one more day being defined.
DAY 1/27 November (Friday): A Coruña - Madrid - New York
DAY 2/28 November (Saturday): New York contrasts | Brooklyn Bridge Sunset | DUMBO
DAY 3/29 November (Sunday): 8'00 Gospel Mass | Harlem | Central Park | 19'30 NBA Match
DAY 4/30 November (Monday): -
DAY 05/01 December (Tuesday): -
DAY 6/02 December (Wednesday): -
DAY 7/03 December (Thursday): - | 20'00 Radio City Christmas Spectacular
DAY 8/04 December (Friday): -
DAY 9/05 December (Saturday): -
DAY 10/06 December (Sunday): -
DAY 11/07 December (Monday): New York - (in flight)
DAY 12/08 December (Tuesday): (in flight) - Madrid - A Coruña
PENDING TO ASSIGN: Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side, Tribeca-Chinatown-Little Italy / Nolita, Soho, West Village-Greenwich Village, East Village, Chelsea-MeatPacking, Flatiron-Gramercy-Murray Hill, Midtown West, Midtwon 5AVE, Midtown East, Upper West Side , Upper East Side and Brooklyn, Broadway Show, Jazz Concert, helicopter ride
And you? Have you ever considered your excursions in New York? We also leave the comments open to experiences that you have had with other companies and agencies (it is impossible to put them all, we have only put the most talked about on the internet) and that they serve for future readers to make their decisions.
Paula and Isaac, preparing our trip to New York