This is a public transit-intensive tutorial and tour of Manhattan, and the perfect "first day" initiation for tourists at the start of a trip to New York. Your guide meets you at your Manhattan hotel and will assist you in purchasing 7-day unlimited metrocards for your group, the tool for accessing NYC's transit. You'll be shown how to systematically branch out from your hotel to get to all the neighborhoods, historic districts and other sightseeing destinations on your list, making the best use of your time while avoiding more expensive (and often slower) surface travel. You'll be provided with maps and a special custom navigational "cheat-sheet" for dozens of sites and parts of town to get to on your own. And the tour will include a select few destinations of the dozens your guide will show you how to access and navigate through an otherwise complex system of subways and buses.

Your tour guide will meet you and your group at your accommodation in NYC, where you'll get a brief introduction to NYC mass transit and how it evolved into the complex system it is today. Your guide will assist you in purchasing 7-day unlimited metrocard for your group (at your own expense) at the start of the tour. Mass transit is the most cost-effective way to see the city, giving you the most flexibility and optimizing your time in the city. You'll receive apps and maps for subways and buses, innumerable tips, and how to read and decipher the information on the maps and underground. An easy-to-use, customized 'cheat-sheet' based on where you're staying will take you from station to station, making all the transfers and connections that will allow you to visit all the city neighborhoods, districts, sites and attractions on your itinerary

The following places will be included on your personalized cheat sheet, in addition to any other destinations on your request:

  • Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty
  • Wall Street and the Financial District
  • One World Trade and the 9/11 Memorial
  • City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Chinatown and Little Italy
  • The Tenement Museum and the historic Jewish Lower East Side
  • SoHo
  • Greenwich Village, NYU and Washington Square
  • Astor Place and the East Village
  • The High Line, Meatpacking District and Chelsea Market
  • Union Square
  • Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District
  • Times Square
  • Herald Square and Macy's
  • The Empire State Building
  • Penn Station and Madison Square Garden
  • The New York Public Library and Bryant Park
  • Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building
  • The United Nations
  • Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Fifth Avenue Shops
  • Central Park
  • Museum Mile and the Upper East Side
  • Columbus Circle
  • Lincoln Center
  • Harlem, The Apollo
  • Morningside Heights, St. John the Divine, Columbia University and Grant's Tomb
  • The Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park
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