Follow The Great American Passage with a private guide.
It is estimated that forty percent of the entire US population can trace at least one relative's immigration through the port of New York and Ellis Island. One of the first things they saw as their ship entered the harbor was the Statue of Liberty, holding aloft her beacon.
On this tour we will explore both of these iconic, national landmarks.
Our first stop will be the Statue of Liberty where we will discover some of the motives behind this 100th birthday gift to America from France, meet some of the key people involved in her creation and investigate the symbolism in the statue.
Our next stop Ellis Island, one of the most important historic sites in America. Twentieth century America was born on this small island and we will spend the rest of our time together exploring this remarkable place. We'll learn that this "Island of Hope" could turn into an "Island of Tears" for some.
MINIMUM TWO (2)WEEK ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED
Meeting at your NYC hotel(or other agreed upon location), we will go by subway down to Battery Park and Castle Clinton at the tip of southern Manhattan. There we will board the Statue Cruises boat for our trip out to the harbor.
Our first stop will be Liberty Island, home of the famous Statue.
After a visit with Lady Liberty we will again board the boat for a short ride over to Ellis Island, Gateway to America, and explore this fascinating site dedicated to the millions of brave souls who risked everything to create a new life for their children and grandchildren.
Then it's back to Battery Park, New York City.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at your NYC hotel or other agreed upon meeting place.
End location: Tour will end at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. Wall Street/Financial district is within walking distance and several subway trains to midtown are nearby.
Duration: 5 hours
We will be traveling by NYC subway to Battery Park. And then by Boat to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Five hour tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and the Ferry tickets to and from the Statue/Ellis.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 USD - Per person (approx.)to cover costs of round trip Metro fare,food and drink.
NYC metro fare $2.75 USD per person per trip. Any food, beverage or souvenirs.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I do local, New York City tours only. No over the road trips.
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I have been to New York so many times, but this time my friend and I got to learn so much about the history of this great city thanks to Michael, a New Yorker born and raised. Hope to have Michael guide us through New York again focusing on other tours he offers on this site.