New York New Year
4 days with Contiki Rating:
Restricted to Ages 18-35
Day 1 Hello Big Apple!
Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager in fabulous New York. Cool, chic and pumping with urban soul, this is one knock-out town. From yellow cabs to delis, from hit shows to cutting-edge galleries, from iconic monuments to street culture, this city has it all.
Get familiar with the Big Apple as your Tour Manager shows you round New York’s core spots today. You’ll kick start the day as your Tour Manager opens up Manhattan. See the USA’s economic heart on Wall Street and the famous stock exchange NYSE.
You’ll see Museum Row, which includes some of the world’s most prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
Check out the towering Rockefeller centre, which took 70 000 workers to build, the gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral and the exclusive jewelry store, Tiffany’s before making a sobering stop at the World Trade Center Site, where the Twin Towers once stood.
Cruise out to one of the world’s most recognizable icons, the Statue of Liberty.
Have dinner tonight with the group then with so much variety and so many places to go, head out with some friends and explore the city’s incredible nightlife.
Otherwise, get familiar with New York’s various flavours and step into its global kitchen. Try some hand made pasta in atmospheric Little Italy, or authentic noodles from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in bustling Chinatown. Pick up a bagel and some salami from a deli or buy an authentic American hot dog from a street stand.
Use your free time to explore New York’s vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods up close. Soak up the bohemian feel of the former centre point of the folk movement, Greenwich village. This hub of alternative culture still has a buzzing street life and cute, sidewalk cafes. Take a walk through stylish Soho and check out its hip, funky boutiques, the warehouse district and its trademark iron architecture.
Shopping-wise, New York is one of the world’s hottest cities and a leading trend-setter, so get some tips from your Tour Manager on where to go for the latest fashions.
If you’re into the hit show “Sex and the City”, don’t miss your chance to find out more with our fun optional locally guided tour around the girls’ favourite city hot spots in New York this afternoon.
For dinner tonight, we’ll all head down to Times Square. Take in the bright night lights of this popular meeting point, right in the thick of the theatre district. Kick back with the group at the open bar and see in the new year with style.
Otherwise, use your free time to get out of the city for a change of scene. Head out to beautiful Brooklyn by walking over the historic Brooklyn Bridge or visit the colourful suburb, the Bronx, known for its zoo and botanical gardens.
For something different, hit the Lower East Side and learn about New York’s mixed history and immigrants at the Tenement Museum. If you’re feeling hungry, visit the Chelsea Market – it’s packed with gourmet foods from brownies to lobster.
Tonight is the last night on tour, and we’re going to make it unforgettable. We’ll head straight to the top of New York’s most famous landmark, the Empire State Building. Take in the gorgeous night lights of Manhattan and sweeping views over the city from 102 floors up.
All This Included
Celebrate a New York New Years in Time Square, what many consider the 'Center of the Universe'. Don't worry...you'll still take in everything New York has to offer, as we'll go sightseeing the day before the New Year's event. See the Statute of Liberty, take a walk in Central Park, shop till you drop along Fifth Avenue, and experience New York's crazy nightlife!
PLEASE NOTE: travellers must be at least 21 years old for this trip
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