Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Private Walking Tour

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - Private Walking Tour

Location: New York
Tour: Guided Tour
By: On foot
Liberty Island Ferry with Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty
If Reserved, Access to the Pedestal or the Crown of the Statue of Liberty
Tour Duration
4HR / 5HR
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Instant Confirmation
Language
Easy cancellation
100% Penalty (not refundable) for cancellations received 7 days or less from the date of service.
Tour Type
Private
From USD
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Two of the most important National Monuments are found right here in New York City - It's The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. Come and join us on this Private Walking Tour to discover the history of these 2 icons.

Liberty: New York City Top Icon

A private tour is the best way to explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, to find out all the interesting, historical, and even uncommon facts surrounding these two National Icons. We will board the Statue Cruise ferry to the Statue of Liberty right in Battery Park, and during the ferry ride, we will have the chance to admire the impressive upper bay of New York City with the iconic Skyline of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the main bridges that span over the East River including the famous Brooklyn Bridge and much more with Governor's Island, Staten Island, and even New Jersey! The ride will give as a perfect backdrop to speak about New York history from the Native Americans' days to today.

Highlights of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour

4-hour walking tour
Ferry to Liberty & Ellis Island
Professional Tour Guide
Access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty
Visit Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum
If Reserved in advance: "Visiting the Pedestal"
If Reserved in advance: "Visiting the Crown"

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum

About the Lady

Our first stop will be the Statue of Liberty where we will start with a walking tour of the grounds to get some great close-up views of Lady Liberty. We will stop for pictures along the way, and we'll have the chance to discover the history of this popular mantled Lady -- Why does she stand towering in the middle of the bay?

We will have a chance to find out all the important facts from her color and height to her symbolic meaning and her journey to America. At the end of the walk, it's possible to stop at the gift shop where we can also find the cafe and restrooms.

The "Visiting the Pedestal" or "Visiting the Crown" Add-on:

With the 5-hour Tour, we can visit the Statue of Liberty Museum and “climb” the stairs to a panoramic balcony located at the top of the Statue's Pedestal. Due to its popularity, the access to the pedestal is limited and must be reserved far in advance. Please note, that although there is an elevator operating to the top of the pedestal, it does not cover the complete ascend, there will still be a few steps before and after the elevator ride. The elevator must be operated by Rangers, it requires special permission, and sometimes it might not be available. So, be ready for the possibility of having to walk the entire way to the top of the pedestal. The total number of steps from the lobby to the top is 215. The pedestal add-on is not recommended to people with mobility issues.

Similar to the Pedestal add-on, it's also possible to request the Crown Access as part of the tour. Please note that access to the Crown sells out easily even 5 to 6 months in advance. The total number of steps from the lobby to the top of the crown is 354, the equivalent of 20 stories. Please note that after the first 200 steps to the pedestal, the staircase becomes a very small, very narrow, with very low ceilings, spiral staircase. The Crown add-on is not recommended to people with mobility issues or people that might be claustrophobic. 




After our first stop at Liberty Island, we will re-board the ferry to reach Ellis Island, also known as the popular Immigration Hub for New York City from 1892 to 1954. Over 12 million people were processed in Ellis Island during those years, and it’s said that over 40% of Americans can trace their origins back to Ellis Island. While visiting the museum, we will have a chance to discover what the immigration process was like for each person passing through Ellis Island. We will talk about the 2 mandatory inspections, what the requirements were to be admitted to the States, how many people got sent back during those 60 years of operation and even read some actual testimonies. We will have the chance to talk about history, immigration, New York of the late 19th and early 20th century and what it meant for millions of Immigrants to become American and live in New York City.

Only if time allows it, after our Tour of the Statue and Ellis Island and once back to Battery Park, we can spend the remaining time visiting Wall Street and other iconic spots around the Financial District.

Video Liberty & Ellis Island




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HOW MUCH & WHAT'S INCLUDED

Private 4-hour Tour Price:
$ 240.00 up to 5 people
$ 290.00 from 6 to 10 people
Visiting the Pedestal - Private 5-hour Tour Price:
$ 300.00 up to 5 people
$ 350.00 from 6 to 10 people
Visiting the Crown - Private 5-hour Tour Price:
$ 300.00 up to 5 people
$ 350.00 from 6 to 10 people
* Please Note that the Ferry Ticket to the Statue & Ellis Island is NOT included in the Tour Price - Please Refer to the Inclusion / Exclusion Section below for the detailed price of the Ferry-boat.


Kid Price:
1 Free with two paying adults * Age requirements: 0 - 12 years old

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