Your professionally guided'2.5 hr. walking tour'which covers'approximately 1.4 mi. (2.25 km), will be led by an expert Guide, beginning from Battery Park and concluding upon the former Ground Zero site; once home to'the iconic Twin Towers and now the location of the hauntingly beautiful memorial pools, in their former footprints.
This comprehensive tour covers 9/11 and the World Trade Center and'also'New York's famed'Financial District. You'll be'captivated with stories of 9/11's unsung heroes and their selfless acts of courage. These stories will be'coupled'with comprehensive discussion that details'aspects of the former Twin Towers'from its origin to its infamy of becoming Ground Zero, to the rebuilding and rebirth of the majestic World Trade Center complex, once again. You'll gain important knowledge, insight and perspective into what it was like living through the terrorist attacks and it's aftermath.
We begin our tour from Manhattan's Battery Park region, where we'll walk through the Gardens of Remembrance, a stunning, living tribute to nearly 3000 people perishing on 9/11. Your Guide will provide an overview of NYC, taking you from its humble beginnings as a small Dutch settlement to present day New York; magnificent metropolis of commerce, finance and culture, undeniable spirit, unwavering strength and fortitude. This area, affords us with nice views of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, just two of the many landmarks that you will learn about en route to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and pools. Your tour explores'a broad section of Lower Manhattan and includes a visit through NY's famous Financial District.
Your guide will provide commentary on historically significant buildings and structures encountered along our route, including the Charging Bull sculpture, Trinity Church (final resting place of USA Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton),'Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and many other noteworthy buildings and sites located in this historic region. We'll also pass the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Did you know that 98% of the world's gold reserves are stored in this building!
Before arriving at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, we'll visit the FDNY Memorial Wall, a 56 ft. long, bronze, bas-relief mural, depicting the Fire Department's response on 9/11 and the names of the 343 NYC firefighters who'lost their lives'that horrific day.
Within feet of the mural, is the newly redesigned World Trade Center complex; location of both the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and its magnificent Reflecting Absence memorial pools. Gathering the group along the outer edges of the former Ground Zero site your guide will discuss the present and future redevelopment of this area, identify all rebuilt World Trade Center buildings and structures and point out key areas of interest such as the Survivor Tree, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, One World Observatory, the Oculus transportation hub, Battery Park City, etc.
A visit to the hallowed grounds of this peaceful and hauntingly beautiful 9/11 Memorial tribute will likely incite emotional responses certain to leave many with a heavy heart. Others may view the memorial as a symbol of hope, healing and renewal albeit a powerful reminder of the tragedy and extraordinary loss of human life that occurred in this space. Therefore, as your tour concludes you will be afforded the comfort and privacy to explore the site on your own.