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How to choose between walking tours in New York

How to choose the right Walking Tour? It is not always easy to find the right tour especially in New York City. So many things to do, so many things to see and, more often than not, not enough time to do everything! Here, our Tour Guide Irene will give you some tips and ideas on how to choose the right tour, based on the areas and activities that interest you the most. Irene is not only a professional and licensed guide, prepared and attentive (her license-exam score -- 127/150, has earned her the Star!) but also your friend in New York.

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A word from our guide Irene

Four Tips that I give to all my customers,

  • Tou Lenght - from experience, I think 4/6 hours are the ideal duration for an overview tour without getting too tired.
  • The Itinerary - being New York a large and chaotic metropolis to avoid wasting time up and down during a gazillion trips, I recommend choosing an itinerary that takes you discovering a few adjacent neighborhoods. This allows you to visit much more without wasting precious time.
  • Attire / What to Wear - in New York you will not miss your "steps" to count on your iPhone/Android ... therefore I recommend comfortable shoes! Also, keep in mind we have many changes in temperatures both in the summer and winter months, so dress in layers. And don't forget to bring a scarf for the strong air-conditioning if you are not a fan.
  • Pick Irene ... :-) :-) ... jokes aside, if you have the opportunity to discover the city with a local guide, you will certainly have a more authentic approach to the city.

If you need more information on how to organize and choose a walking tour, read our full guide to THE BIG APPLE ON FOOT - TIPS BY OUR GUIDE IRENE 

A Private 4-hour Walking Tour just for you!

Discover New York with walking tours accompanied by our local guides. They will let you discover the city with a different "set of eyes"! We have designed some custom walking itineraries to bring you closer to the day-to-day life of every neighborhood in New York so you can learn about customs, habits, history and different cultures that make the Big Apple unique. Tours are done privately.


Downtown and Lower Manhattan Area

Some of the most historic and important landmarks are located in this "part of town". It is also the area that in recent years has seen a rise in brand new shopping centers, malls, and many new attractions.

Not to forget, this is also the area that was hit during the September 11th terror attacks ... an area that was reborn thanks to the hard work and willpower that distinguishes all New Yorkers.

From the historic Wall Street with the NY Stock Exchange to Bowling Green with the Charging Bull, from New York Bay with the Statue of Liberty to the World Trade Center with the ONE Tower. A visit to NYC without visiting these areas wouldn't be the same thing.

Midtown and Uptown Area

From the natural beauty of Central Park with its romantic corners to the "concrete jungle" of Midtown with the colorful giant billboards of Times Square. From the historic Harlem to the elegant Fifth Avenue with its famous museums and shops ... so much to explore!

Tour outside Manhattan

Why stop in New York if you can hop on a ferry to New Jersey or take the train to the beautiful Hudson Valley or Coney Island or reach the famous Hamptons beaches?

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A New Idea To Explore NYC

These are walking tours that can be combined together to create a complete itinerary, or they can be done individually, especially if you have little time available or maybe you don't want to walk for too long.

These are all ideal private tours for exploring the Big Apple. We cover from Central Park to Lower Manhattan with the Financial District, but also Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Long Island City. We try to concentrate our excursions on the hidden gems of the Big Apple, curiosities, past and present history, main places of interests and of course the off the beaten path spots that you might otherwise miss. In some cases, to reach different destinations, we may take public transport, and/or the subway. MTA / Transportation not included in the tour price.


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Breanna A. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!

From TripAdvisor - April 2022
DCA1014 | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]

From TripAdvisor - October 2021
Keena B. | TripAdvisor
5-Star Review on TripAdvisor
The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!

From TripAdvisor - August 2021
Amber M. | Google
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Our family had a wonderful experience seeing Ellis Island and Liberty Island! Irene was very knowledgeable and engaging for our three children ages 5, 9, and 12. We will definitely book again with her [...]

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Giorgia M. | Google
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We did 2 tours together with our guide Irene in one day, Hoboken and the East side. What can I say, in addition to the wonderful places, she has made everything more magical [...]

From Google - January 2023
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