Duration
4-hour
Type
Private
Language
Mobile Voucher Accepted
yes
Cancellation
Free up to 8 days in advance of the experience

Overview

A private tour to spend our Sunday Morning exploring the unique and historic neighborhood of Harlem. We will walk around admiring the enchanting and elegant corners of Sugar Hill, the legendary Apollo Theater, and the oldest public college in NYC. We will conclude our time together with one of the most moving experiences that New York City has to offer - The Gospel Choir during an authentic Sunday Service.

The Gospel Song – Where does this tradition come from?

We will have the chance to testify to the true, sheer power of the Gospel song while attending Sunday Service in a local Church in Harlem. The Gospels are hymns and Christian songs about God, Jesus, and the Good News sung by the Church Choir. The Gospel characterizes Mass Service, especially in Baptist Churches, and it's often associated with the African-American culture. The size of the choir may vary from a few singers to a few dozens, the sheer power will mesmerize you nonetheless.

Depending on Service Schedule, we will enjoy our walking tour of Harlem before or after service. Be ready to spend your morning in Harlem with your local Tour Guide discovering the incredible history of the iconic neighborhood.

Highlights of Harlem with The Gospel Choir

Private Walking Tour of approx. 1.5/2-hour
Professional local Tour Guide
Exploring Harlem and its history
Mass Service with Gospel Choir
Apollo Theater & other iconic landmarks around Harlem
Depending on the Itinerary – Strivers' Row, Sugar Hill or Mt Morris

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Additional Description

Attending a Harlem Gospel Church


Attending a Sunday Gospel Service in a local Harlem Church means attending a religious function. Please remember that these local churches are the place of worship of devoted congregations. Visitors should keep in mind that Sunday Service is a Holy Mass and it is not "a musical show"
  • please note that the Sunday Service can last approx 2 hour. Only half of it (or less) will be sung by the Choir
  • please note that adequate attire is required to attend Church (no shorts, tank tops, or flip-flops)
  • please be respectful to others; this is a live Mass (this is not a show)

Harlem and its history

Did you know that Harlem was first established as a village by the Dutch in 1658? Yes, It was a small Dutch county town named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. We will learn the history of this neighborhood going back in time to those first Dutch years to today.

Harlem is considered as one of the most important neighborhoods in the preservation of African-American culture and history. Many civil rights movements were born in the streets of Harlem, and we will revisit some of the most iconic moments in time. Depending on the Itinerary the guide will create for you, you will have the chance to visit the historic district of Mount Morris or Sugar Hill with some of the most beautiful and elegant townhouses in NYC, walk along Astor Row or Strivers' Row, admire iconic landmarks like the Apollo Theater and the former Theresa Hotel, and more.

Tailoring your Harlem Tour Itinerary

Please note that there is so much to do and see in Harlem and the neighborhood is quite spread out that we won't be able to do everything in just one morning. Especially considering that at least couple of hours are required to reach the Church and assist at the Sunday Service. Your Tour Guide will suggest some of the most important landmarks and places you can visit before or after Service also based on your Hotel location and/or agreed upon departure point. Together, you will create a unique itinerary around Harlem that works for you.

Inclusions

    • Private Walking Tour
    • A Guided Walk around Harlem approx. 1.5 / 2-hour long
    • Sunday Mass Service with Gospel Choir in local Harlem Church
    • Professional Tour Guide

Exclusions

    • Gratuities
    • Public Transportation
    • Church Donation - Suggested Donation $5/$10 per person
    • For Group from 7 people up, mandatory Church Donation of $10 per person

Pricing

Tour Price: $75.00 per person, based on 4 participants

Activity Schedule

Location Meeting Point:
Pick-up in Hotel is available if centrally located in Manhattan, and only upon confirmation.
Alternate Meeting Point: First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) - 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, Blvd (at 116th street), New York City
This tour ends at the Subway Station close to the Apollo Theater or Strivers' Row
Opening Dates: On Sunday, Year-round
Hours:  8:30 AM
Closing Dates:  December 24th and 25th – December 31st – January 1st – July 4th

Additional Info & FAQ

  • WEATHER NOTICE: All Walking Tours are performed rain or shine, please check the weather and dress appropriately. It is at the discretion of the operator in case of extreme weather conditions or for reasons of force majeure to decide to cancel the tour or to postpone it to a later date. If the alternative date is not conducive to the customer, the tour will be refunded completely.
  • Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions, and museums may change without prior notice. 

Policy & Disclaimers

Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price"
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How to
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Map & Directions

This is a private walking tour which includes the complimentary meet & greet at your Hotel, if centrally located in Manhattan between Battery Park and 125th Street. The Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel at the selected time, and you will start your tour from there. If you prefer to meet the guide somewhere else, we can accommodate that as well.

All Meet & Greet in Manhattan (from Battery Park to 125th street) are complimentary.

For hotels located north of 125th Street or outside Manhattan, please note there will be an additional $35 fee. Alternatively, the guide can suggest a convenient location (in Manhattan) based on the selected itinerary where you can meet to start the tour. Please contact us if you have any question, and we will be happy to assist you further.  
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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!

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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 [...]

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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!

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