Harlem Guided tours

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Harlem: History and Gospel Bus Tour

1. Harlem: History and Gospel Bus Tour

Fill your heart with joy on an incredible tour of Harlem and discover New York City's most exciting neighborhood. Learn about its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for the city's most prominent families.  Get an insight into how urban black culture developed following the Great Migration of the early 20th century by African Americans from the southern states. Hear how artists and writers flocked to the area to create the rich cultural landscape of the Harlem Renaissance.  See iconic sights, such as the Apollo Theatre, the legendary Cotton Club, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Duke Ellington's former apartment. Visit some of Manhattan's oldest homes such as the Morris-Jumel Mansion.  Part of this tour is listening to a gospel choir singing at a church service or practicing by themselves. Listen to their beautiful singing and be inspired by their powerful songs of praise.

Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

2. Harlem: Sunday Gospel Service with Locals

Discover an iconic scene often captured in film and photographs, beautifully dressed women with impressive hats in Harlem heading to church for Sunday worship. Go beyond the pictures and see how worship and family from an integral part of life and a source of weekly spiritual sustenance. Sunday Gospel in Harlem invites you to be a part of this custom by respectfully joining a local church family for an hour of worship including gospel. Learn neighborhood history and importance of houses of worship. Visit a local church and participate in gospel worship with parishioners. Enjoy a sense of community and camaraderie. See former residences of some of Harlem's notable residents associated with the Harlem Renaissance.

New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

3. New York City: Mount Morris Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch

Travel to uptown New York for a glorious brunch tour, and experience the uplifting sounds of live gospel music in one of Harlem's more prominent houses of worship. The 4-hour walking tour leads you through the Mount Morris Historic District, where the abundant churches are rich in history, and where the Founding Fathers made their homes. Some of the best-known musicians and entertainers started their journey here. The Sunday morning tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of Harlem at its best, with the soulful sounds of Black Gospel Music. Celebrate with world-famous congregational choirs whose renowned songs will have you jumping in your seat. Feel the spiritual energy flowing through you, and top off your day with the area's best-kept secret - fine dining at affordable prices. Let Harlem's culinary masters tempt you with their authentic ethnic delights at one of the best brunch establishments in the city.

Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

4. Central Harlem: Mecca of African-American Culture

Considered the "Mecca" for African-Americans at the turn of the century, Central Harlem is home to jazz, lindy hop and swing. The area continues to be one of Harlem’s most vibrant for the arts, dining and shopping. You can learn about the significance of Central Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights era and current development of area, so that you know about the history and get more of a feel for the area you're strolling around in. Take a wonder along 125th shopping corridor, visit the African Market – "Little Senegal", and see stately homes and architecture in the historic district. Also, see and learn about the Apollo Theater, Speaker’s Corner, Hotel Theresa and other sites contributing to the rich and diverse history and legacy of Harlem.

New York City: Harlem Jazz Crawl Tour

5. New York City: Harlem Jazz Crawl Tour

Delve into the Harlem Jazz world on an unforgettable tour through one of New York's most fascinating neighborhoods. Go sightseeing in Harlem's historic jazz district, and learn the history of the area as you move from one club to the next. Meet in a conveniently located Harlem location near the subway line. Visit two neighborhood joints to indulge in great music so you can understand a variety of styles and atmospheres that exist in Harlem today. Want to have dinner or sample local cuisine? No problem, dinner or appetizers can be arranged at the first club you visit. Drinks are available for purchase at each venue. The best has been saved for last: if you're a musician or singer, you can actually perform at one of the clubs you visit! There's nothing more exciting for the group than to have a talented member of the audience get up on stage and jam with the band.

New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

6. New York City: Walk This Way Harlem Hip Hop Walking Tour

Take advantage of a great opportunity to walk through the beautiful streets of Harlem guided by a hip hop historian. Take a guided tour through the Mecca of Black Culture and get a chance to stop by many of the city's most remarkable sites. See the Apollo Theater, the legendary 125th Street, and many other influential political and cultural sites the Empire State has to offer. Not only will you walk around, but the Museum of the City of New York is a must-see and your pass is good all day. If you're ready to be out and about in the heart of New York City, then Walk This Way for a knowledgeable experience guaranteed!

New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

7. New York City: Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a journey through present-day Harlem to see the people and places that helped create the Harlem Renaissance, and discover why this period in American history was so magical and important for African-American culture. During the 3-hour walking tour, you will discover where Jungle Alley was, and learn why 135th Street was such a crucial area during the Harlem Renaissance. Along the way, see wonderful theaters, ballrooms, and churches that were jumping during the Renaissance. Your guide will bring the history alive as they tell stories of the most influential individuals, from the writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neal Hurston, to jazz legends such as Duke Ellington. Hear about the cook Lillian Harris Dean and why she took the name “Pig Foot Mary.” Discover how Madame CJ Walker made her millions, and explore Harlem in art form via the artist Jacob Lawrence and photographer James Van Der Zee. Once the walking tour comes to a close, you will be treated to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant to experience life in Harlem today.

From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

8. From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

This Hip-Hop Tour aims to educate and entertain guests in the history of hip-hop, showing the evolution of a truly New York art form through the eyes of actual artists. Each jam-filled bus journey is led by pioneers, including but not limited to GrandMaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Rahiem (Furious Five), and Reggie Reg (Crash Crew). These artists take you through their old stomping grounds while sharing personal stories and anecdotes as only a pre-"old-school" rhyme master could. Follow in their footsteps with photo-friendly pit stops at the legendary Apollo Theater and an array of clubs. This tour cruises through Manhattan and the Bronx, explaining the movement in its formative years and showing how it took its baby steps. Join the musical journey through the birthplace of hip-hop and explore over 3 decades of history.

Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

9. Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Tour vibrant Manhattan aboard a comfortable coach whilst your expert guide narrates stories and interesting facts about the major sights of the city. Explore the different facets of the city and its various neighborhoods. Discover the most famous landmarks such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. See Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Head to Greenwich Village, the artsy SoHo district, the bustling streets of Chinatown, Little Italy's sidewalk cafes and the busy Wall Street area. Finally, you will visit the charming Battery Park to enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty - one of the icons of New York and the United States.

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What people are saying about Harlem

the guide was very passionate and knowledgeable, it was nice to walk around the neighborhood discovering little hidden gems. The tour is of the right duration and although it is a walking tour it is not long and not tired. The only flaw is that it should be indicated that the end of the experience is not at the starting point, but only to be able to organize the rest of the day in an optimal way. The Haarlem district is worth seeing and getting to know through small anecdotes and stories that could not be discovered without a guide. Our guide also conveyed passion for what he was doing

This was a fantastic tour and one of the highlights from our whole trip. Gordon was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. We got to see two clubs on the trip, one was old school jazz and another was a newer club with a couple different groups playing. We got to experience Harlem in a way you could never do on your own. Do not hesitate to book this tour, its well worth an evening of your trip.

Very informative and very enjoyable. The area is outstanding and the history is important to understand. Our guides Carolyn and Debbie were so very knowledgeable and passionate for the area. The gospel choir great and lunch was amazing.

Our guide Doris is sensational... She made the tour an experience for us! The gospel service was very nice... However, I would have liked the other participants in the service to listen respectfully instead of talking constantly!

Very informative and enjoyable. We were lucky as we were the only two on the tour so had Doris all to ourselves, she was so good.