VIP City Tour: Manhattan
With Your Private Certified NYC Guide
New York City Pedestrian Tour
NY symbolizes the city of extremes and excess. Mythical and hyperreal, from South to North, Manhattan offers a way in an urban canyon where the iconic yellow taxis (used to) play the race against time.
Explore the city on a private tour with an expert and venture into neighborhoods as an adventurous visitor. Stroll through streets and parks, poke your head into shops and little cafés, galleries, houses of worship or special places that only a local and expert knows about. See the neons of Times Square and the famous Broadway musicals; stroll among the prestigious museums at the Met, the MoMA, the Whitney or the Guggenheim.
You may continue your private tour to the rhythm of jazz in Harlem and discover the mythic Apollo theater. Walk in the Academic Acropolis of Morningside Heights’ prestigious Columbia University. And admire the world’s largest cathedral at the impressive St. John’s the Divine. Then walk the streets where one of the most important battles took place during the Independence War… See at the same time where Duke Ellington held residence in a must-see Art Deco building.
NY Walking District Tour:
Admire the most surprising constructions in a city that never stops rising. Stroll with your private NY Licensed Tour Guide in the shade of the concrete cliffs of the upscale Upper East Side or through the residential areas of the Upper West Side. Have a Gospel experience in one of the greatest NeoGothic churches inspired by the architectural plans of the French cathedral in Chartres; a historical landmark where speeches were held by Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela or still Fidel Castro…
Discover the charms of the brownstones on the riverside of the Upper West Side, or those of Sugar Hill in Harlem, or again in the bohemian neighborhoods of Greenwich Village. Visit the intimate PDTs (Please Don’t Tell) or Speakeasy well-hidden bars during Prohibition. Gaze upon the artistic Street Arts in Harlem, Keith Haring’s; or Chico’s murals in Alphabet City as you walk by Charlie Parker’s private home and other jazzmen who made history. See the Village’s streets that have housed prominent personalities such as T. Paine or G. Washington, Funding Fathers of the United States. A historic and artistic cradle of politicians, writers, painters and musicians since the 18th Century.
NY Architectural Tour:
New York City is The Art Deco residence by excellence. From its iconic Chrysler Building to its Empire State Building, revisit the 1930’s with your private tour guide.
Today, walking through New York feels like being in a giant laboratory for architecture. As Rem Koolhaas called it, New York is “a theatre of progress”. Always prolific, on the rise. An endless growth for the biggest skylines’ ground in the world!
In this unique tour, your guide will introduce you to the recent transformations of New York City. One of the most significant examples is Scofidio & Renfro’s spectacular High Line, a residential boom from the Meatpacking District. For a 1,5 mile along the Hudson river, gaze upon the most eclectic architectural works of F. Gehry’s Bubble Building, Jean Nouvel’s Chelsea 100 or Zaha Hadid’s 11-story steel and glass Building. Walk by Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum. Look up at the four world’s tallest towers concentrated in midtown Manhattan. Admire the inescapable Mies van der Rohe masterpiece’s Seagram Building and walk by Jean Nouvel’s “Death Spire” or MoMA Tower. By contrast in scale, see Tadao Ando’s discreet statement downtown Nolita. Notice the careful restoration of the Neue Galerie undertaken by the architect Annabelle Selldorff. Look at her minimalist touch and contemporary expression as she clads a façade with terracotta in NoHo.
New York City remains an extraordinary artistic and economic Tower of Babel — whatever choice you’ll make.
A note about Your Tour Guide:
Florence has lived and worked for over 12 years in the heart of Manhattan. She is a Bilingual French-American citizen and speaks fluently both languages. As a certified Tour Guide in New York City and an ITMI Tour Director, she knows the hidden gems of the city to make your private day tour unique and personalized. Florence operates on a yearly basis in NYC as she occasionally swaps her Paris apartment with a temporary stay in Manhattan. Please contact her directly to check her availability on your next private tour in New York!
Jazz clubs in NY:
Take on a night Jazz Tour in the most iconic jazz clubs of NYC with your private guide.
Your Private Tour:
- Pick-up at the Hotel
- 1-day NY City Tours, Multiple-day Tours, Museum, Gourmet Tours or 1/2 day NYC Tours
- Transfer to your Hotel
- Pick-up/Drop-off at your hotel in Manhattan
- Certified New York City Tour Guide in English and French
- Public Transportation
- Taxi & Private Transportation
- Lunch, Beverages & Gratuities
- Museums, Monuments, and Jazz clubs entrances