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NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

1. NYC: Sex and the City Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Take a guided coach tour of Manhattan, and follow in the footsteps of the Sex and the City characters. Step into the world of Carrie and the girls. See the places they conquered in New York City. Sip on drinks at their favorite bars, shop their most-beloved retail haunts, and gossip where they did. The tour goes to more than 40 locations, including the bakery where Miranda stuffed cupcakes into her mouth, and the church where Samantha met "The Friar." Get the chance to shop at The Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte bought her Rabbit, and to go to the gallery in Soho where Charlotte worked. Stop at a bar used in the Sex and the City series and get discounted drinks. Visit the furniture store where Aidan designed his tables and chairs as you get a sneak peek at locations from the Sex and the City movie. You are invited to dress up as your favorite Sex and the City character, or just come as you are and discover the sassy side of Manhattan.

New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

2. New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

Avoid wandering around the Metropolitan Museum in New York lost and confused, and discover the highlights of the museum's huge collection with an expert guide. Tour in small groups of no more than 15 participants (for a more intimate experience), following a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. See perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.” Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park! Your guide will provide all the gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met; tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII; and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be “The Holy Grail.” See ancient works of Greek statuary and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Admire beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Then, head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh, and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”

NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

3. NYC: 3-Hour Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour (On Location Tours)

Led by a local actress, experience a day in the life of Manhattan's elite on this 3 hour tour of the Gossip Girl sites. Written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, the hit TV show is America’s most popular teen drama, starring hot young actors, such as Blake Lively (Serena Van der Woodsen) and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald). “Hello, Upper East Siders!” is Gossip Girl’s opening line to every episode, and on the Gossip Girl New York Tour, you will feel like Gossip Girl is talking directly to you! More than 40 Manhattan locations have been used in filming the show, and the dedicated “Gossip Girl” tour will let you explore them. Check out the spots where the gossipy characters take on the roles of socialite teenagers in New York City. Take a look at the Upper East Side elite society of sex, drugs, jealousy, and the pressures of the prestigious academic institutions they attend. Pass the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown, visit The Empire Hotel, site of Chuck Bass' newest home and business, and pass the candy store where Dan helped Vanessa shop. It’s an ideal tour for fans of the show, as well as for fans of New York’s more glitzy side. Board the bus first with priority seating tickets! Priority seating includes pre-boarding and seating in the first 5 rows near the tour guide. Small private tours are typically 1 hour shorter than public tours.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

4. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided or Self-Guided Tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s most valuable landmark, boasting over two million works of art and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt, Modern art from Europe, and more. Skip the long line with this small-group guided tour and learn the museum's history and see the works of art housed within the walls. The tour begins with the Great Halls and visits all the most popular galleries. See the Chicago Stock Exchange in the American Wing, which also hosts the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Visit the Medieval European Galley where you will see the armor worn by Henry VIII. Learn how American Galleries differ from European counterparts. Learn about the lives of painters from Vermeer, Seurat, and especially Van Gogh. Your professional experienced host will guide you and be there to answer your questions. If there is a specific area you are excited to visit in the museum, please ask your host and they will happily accommodate. The best part is that you are welcomed to stay and spend the rest of your day exploring the exhibits until closing. If that's not enough, visit again in the next two days with the same entrance ticket. The Met has special extended hours on Friday or Saturday evening, and you are invited to join then for a quieter, exclusive experience. Tours will have up to 15 passengers.

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

5. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a 3-hour small group tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur, and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Learn about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb, hear about the Rockefeller who came to an abrupt end collecting beast poles in New Guinea, and see a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii. Marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso, hearing about the strange lives of these unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage upon its release in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Your guide is an expert art historian who is passionate about the art on display, providing fascinating anecdotes instead of boring facts and figures. In addition, you’ll have access to the Met’s exclusive rooftop terrace when it's open (May to October). Enjoy panoramic views over Central Park and beyond as your guide tells you about the surrounding city and points out where Jackie Onassis once lived, and which celebrities now have their homes on the park perimeter. Your pre-reserved ticket includes a museum donation, so you won’t have to wait in long access lines, or shell out for the suggested donation once inside

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

6. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical information, scandalous stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming a local expert yourself. During this tour, start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat and Van Gogh in the European wings. The museum itself has stories to tell and your guide will explain how this American gallery differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old! More than just storytellers, your young, passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and semi-private tour option are offered, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience. This 2.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

New York: Central Park & NYC Landmarks Guided Ebike Tour

7. New York: Central Park & NYC Landmarks Guided Ebike Tour

Explore the best parts of New York City on a safe, guided route via Ebike. Take a tour that encompasses all of Central Park and parts of Upper Manhattan. See much of the city without breaking a sweat. Begin in the beautiful neighborhood of West Harlem. Explore sites alongside the Hudson River such as the George Washington Bridge and Grant’s Tomb. You'll also experience incredible displays of gothic architecture at Riverside Church and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine before making your way to Central Park. Once in Central Park, glide along the winding paths of the famous metropolitan park. Along the way, stop at popular sites, such as Strawberry Fields, Central Park Pond, Bethesda Fountain and Terrace.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2-Hour Family Tour

8. Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2-Hour Family Tour

On any trip to New York City with children, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must. Meet your guide and decide together what you want to see first from any of the varied collections spanning the museum, such as ancient Greek sculpture, Renaissance altarpieces, Medieval armor, American portraiture, or Impressionist landscapes. Discover how artists have communicated narrative throughout history using a variety of mediums. The Metropolitan is a journey through the world’s greatest art. Your guide will show you how you can connect with each work. At New York City’s most visited museum and attraction, you will experience the best of human creativity from across the globe.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History Tour

9. NYC: Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History Tour

Start with the Met and its roughly 2 million works of art and artifacts covering everything from Ancient Egypt to modern art. From the Great Hall, visit the museum’s most important galleries. Pass through the Medieval Europe Gallery on your way to the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace. Explore armory from the Middle Ages, including pieces worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the famed portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware. A host of European painters including Vermeer, Picasso and Van Gogh awaits you as you learn about their troubled yet exciting lives. After a break for lunch, check out a few of the 33 million objects housed in the American Museum of Natural History, covering basically all of Earth’s history. Begin with the museum itself as you learn about its history in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda. Your guide will then reveal how the dioramas are made as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall. Then move towards the dinosaur exhibits where you’ll explore some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the more familiar T-Rex, you’ll feel like a kid again as you learn their stories. Then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gazing up at the giant Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. Finally, blast off beyond the orbit in the Rose Center for Earth and Space to feel unbelievably insignificant facing the mysteries of the cosmos Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Henry VIII armor, Tiffany Autumn landscape, Chicago Stock Exchange Stairs, Madame X, Pop culture then and now, Hudson River School, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Jan Vermeer, Madonna with Child, Picasson, Seurat, Van Gogh and more! This 5.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees for both Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

NYC: Romantic Hotspots Exploration Game

10. NYC: Romantic Hotspots Exploration Game

The city game starts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at AMC Lincoln Square 13. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 849 reviews

Our artistic teenage daughter wanted to visit the Met and we'd never been. So thankful that we booked a tour because it made the visit much more meaningful. The tour highlighted items in many of the Met's "rooms" --Egypt, early America, Armor, the Rooftop, Europe, etc -- but also kept us moving so that we didn't get bogged down in any one place. Our guide, Katie. was superb and had a great backstory to tell for every artifact and piece of art she showed us. All the stories were interesting; some were also funny or highlighted women and other marginalized groups. Three hours flew by and we left feeling like we'd learned a lot but would want to come back to learn more. We had plenty of time after the tour to visit the gift shop and some of the special exhibits and other areas we still wanted to see. On the drive home, we asked our daughter what she liked best, and she said, "Katie's stories."

Ryan was a patient, informative, well read and traveled guide. We had a great time and highly recommend him.

Katie was the greatest guide one could ask for. The museum is one bucket list must-do.

The museum is amazing! It would take more then just 1 day to look at everything!

Stephen did a great job! He’s very knowledgeable and thorough! Highly recommend!