New York City

New York Must See Landmarks Half-Day Tour

Badge of ExcellenceNew York City, USA
NYC Highlights Small Group Tour
  • 6 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the best of the Big Apple during this half-day tour of Manhattan with a group limited to 15 guests. Rather than trying to do it all yourself, let an experienced guide lead you through the vibrant streets, colorful neighborhoods, and historic landmarks on foot, subway, and ferry. Get the full New York City experience and see iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, and Wall Street.
  • Discover the best of New York City on a half-day sightseeing tour
  • See more when you explore by walking, ferry, and subway
  • See Times Square, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and more
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a professional guide and small group

What's Included

  • Professional, entertaining, local guide
  • Action packed day filled with dozens of sites and attraction visited
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation - $5.50 per person on a Metrocard needed

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1552 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, USA

    Tour meets at 46th st & Broadway (Times Square) under the George M. Cohan statue. The guide will be there 15 minutes before the tour starts and they will be wearing an orange hat and/or a blue shirt or jacket.

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

  • 9/11 Memorial Pools
    180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA

    We end the tour at the 9/11 Memorial. You have a option to upgrade your ticket to include One World Access for $40 per person.

What To Expect

Times Square

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Broadway Theatre (Pass By)

St. Patrick's Cathedral

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fifth Avenue (Pass By)

Rockefeller Center

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

New York Public Library (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Grand Central Terminal

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

New York City Subway

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Trinity Church (Pass By)

New York Stock Exchange (Pass By)

Federal Hall

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Wall Street (Pass By)

Trump Tower (Pass By)

United States Custom House (Pass By)

Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull) (Pass By)

Staten Island Ferry

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Approximately 5 miles of walking. Please do not book this tour if you cannot walk 5 miles in a 6-hour period.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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265 reviews
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Had a great time!
Heather_T, Feb 2024
Dan was a great tour guide! He took us to so many interesting spots and had wonderful knowledge to share. I would highly recommend this tour, just make sure you really are able to walk 5 miles.
A great day, a fab tour, a wonderful city!
Cat_D, Feb 2024
Our tour guide Jim was very personable, easy to talk to and ask questions of, and very knowledgable. As a wheelchair user I found this tour perfect - Jim was able to show us so many wonderful buildings that we would never have noticed and adapted the tour to account for all the wheelchair ramps and entrances to buildings/ferry/subway that I needed. I did not feel once that being in a wheelchair on the tour was an inconvenience and will be recommending this tour and company to many Wheelchair user friends who were asking about my NY experience. It was a long day but oh so worth it! Thank you Experience First, and thank you Jim!
New York in a Nutshell
Phyllis_E, Dec 2023
Loved hearing the histories and stories. Cale was extremely interesting and knowledgeable. Loved our time in New York
Great tour to see it all in a day!
Anonymous, Oct 2023
This was a great way to see many of the sights on foot in a fun and informational way. Mindy was fantastic in her presentation of the historical places and the stories behind many of the things we saw. We had our kids with us, ages 11, 14, and 15, and the walking was manageable.
One day in NYC
Danielle_E, Oct 2023
Cale was an amazing tour guide. We had one day to soak up NYC and I feel like we put a big dent in hitting the highlights.
Great way to see Manhattan in a day
Carolyn_J, Sep 2023
This was a terrific way to learn about and see NY. It involves a great deal of walking so be prepared and have good shoes on! Our guide Jim was very knowledgeable and you could tell he loves this city. He was able to give us so many small details that you would never see on your own. Jim also planned water, washroom, and lunch breaks along the way. It does involve stairs, a subway, and a boat. In places uneven pavement so I would not recommend this tour if you have small children, strollers, or mobility issues.
A must do for those beginning their visit to Manhattan
Jon_S, Aug 2023
A fantastic ice breaker to start your visit to New York. I found it incredibly informative, we utilised our expert guides tips and advice on navigating the city and how to get the best out of the various places we visited. There was a good mix of walking and talking. I was so happy I booked this on day one. It gave me more confidence in using the metro, and it ticked up 3 or 4 must sees. I definitley recomment
Fantastic tour
Shona_D, Jul 2023
This is a fantastic tour. Our guide, Cale, was the best tour guide. You see and learn so much on this tour, I would highly recommend.
Enjoyable and flexible
Cherie_B, Jul 2023
Rob was able to stick to the agenda but also answer questions we had during the tour. My son is on the Spectrum and it was very comforting for him to have a professional showing us around and taking us on the subway for the first time. He knew just the perfect spot for the ferry and took pictures the group because it had the best skyline and Statue of Liberty photos. As a local, he knew a lot of details about all the symbolism at the 9-11 memorials and that made it more meaningful for us. His pace was easy to match and we are in our 50s. Rob helped make it a favorite day for us!
jbixler74, Jul 2023
Claire was the best tour guide we’ve had this trip! In true NY style, she gave a GREAT overview of the city’s most well-known sights and stories, in boots-on-the-ground fashion. Highly recommended for first time visitors who, like us, prefer small group tours over bus tours or fumbling around on our own
Awesome Tour
Tony_D, Jun 2023
Cale did an amazing job! He was very knowledgeable! I totally recommend this tour and Cale specifically!
Tour was great. Out tour director, Gary, was excellent.
Hank_M, Jun 2023
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was magnificent! View of the Statue of Liberty from the Ferry was well worth the tour.
A must do!
Adrienne_O, Jun 2023
Mindy, our tour guide, was awesome! My group consisted of my 6 year old daughter and twin 21 year old sons. We had a fantastic time and learned quite a few interesting facts about Manhattan.
Great way to start your nyc experience.
Allan_W, Jun 2023
This was a great way to spend our first day in NYC. We covered a lot ground and learned so much more about this amazing city than we would on our own. Cale also gave us the confidence to navigate the subway.
Not worth it!
Magali_H, Jun 2023
The tour stated that it was going to be a bus, subway/metro, and ferry tour, the tour guy was walking super fast and started about an hour late. We were a group of 14 people including kids and we couldnt keep up with him. We ended up leaving the tour guy alone less then midway of tour. Such a big expense we made for nothing, definitely not worth it.
Great Experience !
Pradnya_P, May 2023
Our family took this New York City walking tour in May 2023. The tour started exactly on time and ended as per schedule. We covered all the 'must see' places on foot. We experienced a train ride in NY subway and also Staten Island ferry. Our tour guide Rob was excellent. Being a retired history professor, he was very thorough while sharing the information, with some humour to keep the group entertained. I would definitely like to recommend this tour for anyone who is visiting NY for the first time.
Would not recommend ! Do it yourself
Amy_J, May 2023
I did not like this tour as I assumed we would be close to the stuff that is advertised not several blocks away looking between buildings . I could have done that myself . Much too much walking as well . Would not recommend
Must see!!!
Lari_M, May 2023
Joe was our tour guide and he was excellent!! He was knowledgeable about the history and details and best of all very personable…we enjoyed our experience
Phenomenal small group NY City tour
Amy_W, May 2023
Jim was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. We learned so much about the city that we never would have learned had it not been for this very personal experience. We very much recommend this tour.
Full day walking tour of New York Cityplus Subway, plus Staten Island Ferry
Lisa_A, May 2023
Seeing my bucket list item - statue of liberty. Saw all the big ticket items in New York and learned 100s of interesting facts from a real New Yorker, Mindy.

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