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Five Faces of New York

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Join us for an exhilarating week in New York, the most energy-charged city in the world and create memories of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps.

Guided Walking Holidays - Five Faces of New York

The 5 Boroughs of New York

New York City is a melting pot of neighbourhoods and its energetic personality comes from the numerous nationalities who inhabit the five boroughs, all bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of their homelands. From the Bronx, Manhattan to Staten Island and over the East River to Brooklyn and Queens, this city never disappoints!

Come fly with us to New York, the most energy-charged city in the world and create memories of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps. From glittering Times Square and 42nd Street to glamorous Fifth Avenue you’ll experience the glitzy side of New York. Add in Downtown, Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, the art deco Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, spectacular bridges, museums, theatres and concert halls, ethnic neighbourhoods, fabulous shopping and some great ‘deli’ lunches and you’ll certainly have an action-packed and exciting week!

This is a city to explore on foot; we cover all the ‘must-see’ attractions, including the quirky and the unusual such as a visit to the often overlooked Smithsonian Museum of The Native American. We’ll ride the subway, take a bus and sail on the Staten Island Ferry. We also include a rail trip up the Hudson River Valley to explore the beautiful countryside north of New York City with its historic sites and pretty colonial villages such as Cold Spring and Irvington-on-Hudson.

From our comfortable and conveniently situated hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan Island, just two minutes from the subway, we can easily access the Downtown area where layers of history converge at Battery Park. You may wish to take an early dinner before sampling the numerous theatre and concert venues for which New York and Broadway are famous.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Gaze across the city from the Empire State Building.
  • Take the train into the Hudson Valley for a different perspective.
  • Recognise locations from every New York movie.
  • Immerse yourself in New York – the city that never sleeps.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to New York JFK (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at a classic diner
      Five dinners taken in local restaurants
      Rail trip up the Hudson Valley
      A short guided tour of Harlem
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 2

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Heathrow with British Airways to JFK, New York. On arrival, transfer to our hotel in New York City. Our plan is to take everybody in iconic yellow cabs. A suitable introduction to the city.

  2. Day 2

    After a substantial breakfast (for those who enjoy such things) and a detailed briefing on getting around New York and in particular using the metro system we will commence our explorations. We might walk past Madison Square Gardens, Macy's Department Store and the Empire State Building. The view from the top allows us to get a feel of the areas we will be exploring during the week. We can picnic in Bryant Park before exploring Times Square and the Theatre District and finish the day with a walk across Brooklyn Bridge. We can climb to Brooklyn Heights for an outstanding view over the Manhattan skyline. A full day to start the holiday. Finally we will take a well reserved dinner in a local restaurant.

  3. Day 3

    We travel to the south end of Manhattan to catch the ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island. The security is tight here so there may be a wait to get on the ferry. On the island there will be plenty of time to take in its emotive history of the island and its significance to the American psyche. Liberty Island is the piece of land were the Statue of Liberty sits. On both islands we can enjoy tours led by a National Park Ranger. Later we have time to explore Wall Street and the financial district. Again dinner will be in a local restaurant, we have plenty of choice.

  4. Day 4

    Today we will hopefully take in the Empire State Building and explore midtown. Keeping an eye on the cloud base we will set off towards the Empire State Building. If visibility is poor plans will change but otherwise we will take the lift to the top and enjoy the views. Afterwards we can take a tour of midtown on foot passing Macy’s Department Store, New York Library and Grand Central Station. In the afternoon we might continue to Bloomingdales and Roosevelt Island via the tramway.

  5. Day 5

    An easier day today with a morning tour of the Hudson Esplanade and the 9/11 Memorial. We will have the afternoon for personal exploration and no organised group dinner tonight so everybody can sample the huge array of ethnic cuisine available.

  6. Day 6

    For a complete change of scenery, we leave the city behind and travel by train from Grand Central Station upstate along the Hudson River Valley.  We walk part of the Croton Aqueduct Trail from Dobbs Ferry to Irvington and may visit Lyndhurst, or Washington Irving’s home at Sunnyside. If time allows we can then take the train north to Cold Spring.

  7. Day 7

    We start walking the 'Highline', a former railway line now converted to an urban greenway. Later we will visit Chelsea Market, the former Oreo Biscuit factory, now a gourmet food hall. We will gather for our final meal of the holiday back at the hotel and go out somewhere special.

  8. Day 8

    Nothing is planned for today but as the hotel is close by Central Park perhaps a stroll before getting on the plane might work well. New York has world renowned art museums, the Met and MoMA are the best known and well worth anybody's time. If art is not your thing the leader can suggest many alternatives. Finally we transfer back to the airport for our flight home.

  9. Day 9

    We arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Flights: Heathrow-New York (JFK), British Airways or Virgin Atlantic
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Newton

We stay in the comfortable, friendly Hotel Newton, in a great location for accessing the sights and highlights of New York, yet set away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is across the street from the 96th Street Metro station and three blocks from Central Park. It’s a staff favourite and just a few stops by subway to the Downtown area. Clean rooms are styled in calming colours and traditional décor. Wi-Fi is now free throughout the hotel. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.

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