What is offered in New York rather than discover Harlem, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building on a sightseeing tour by bus or boat? We present the most beautiful routes along New York's attractions:
The downtown tour leads into Lower Manhattan. From the Financial District, through Soho, the Green Village up to Times Square in the Theater District. The route through downtown is the perfect ride for those who are in New York for the first time. The tour takes you to famous sights such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty and many more.
The Uptown Tour leads to the upper part of Manhattan. It runs from Harlem down to the Theater District, where the Uptown Route intersects with the Downtown Route. The stops Central Park and Park Central Hotel offer the possibility to change on the route. Important stops on the route include Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In addition, the route includes many of the city's major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum.
The Brooklyn Tour, as the name suggests, extends through the New York borough of Brooklyn. Stops on these routes include the Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Antique Furniture District, Fulton Mall and Brooklyn Museum.
The Bronx Tour is another tour through a district of New York. It runs from the Apollo Theatre to the Grand Concourse. This tour is similar to a panoramic tour, because it has only three stops. It stops at Grants Tomb (122nd Street), Malcom Shabazz Harlem Market and Yankee Stadium.
Film sets or Sex and the City Tour
Another highlight is a bus tour to the most famous backdrops of film and television history. Follow in the footsteps of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte from Sex and the City or to the locations of American Hustle, The Amazing Spiderman or Harry and Sally. On these tours you will experience real cult locations from the popular films and series. The tours take place in a private or public setting, but you cannot get on or off at will.
Private city tour
Another alternative is a private tour. Your personal guide will take you through New York and show you the most beautiful sights, hidden places and popular attractions. Each tour is individually adapted to your wishes and accompanied by a local guide. During your private city tour of New York, your guide will tell you a lot of interesting facts about the history of the city and has one or two insider tips for you. Furthermore, he knows the best corners far away from the tourist hustle and bustle.
Travel tips for city tours in New York
Tickets for Hop on Hop off buses
In New York there are several tour operators for the famous Hop On Hop Off tours. The double-deckers run on different routes, also called "loops", and lead to the most interesting places and sights of the city. The individual routes lead through the different districts of New York. Tickets for the sightseeing tours are available for 24, 48 and 72 hours.
The routes of the buses
Although there are different providers of bus tours and each provider structures his tours individually, the routes of the Hop On Hop Off buses are very similar. Popular sightseeing tours lead through downtown and uptown Manhattan as well as the other parts of the city like Brooklyn or the Bronx. While you can get on and off the Hop on Hop off bus tours as often as you like, there are also numerous providers for panoramic tours with or without previously defined stops. On private sightseeing tours through New York you determine the route together with your personal guide and driver.
Driving times of the public round trips
Depending on the route, the Hop On Hop Off buses depart from the stops every 20-60 minutes. The more popular routes are used more often than the tours to the Bronx, for example. Here the buses leave only every hour. Nevertheless, you remain flexible and explore the metropolis NYC at your own pace. For example, if you get off at the Empire State Building, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the view from the observation deck until the next bus leaves for New York's other attractions.
Where do the buses stop?
During a guided tour, mostly only stops are made to give the tourists the opportunity to take souvenir photos. The stops are predetermined and the bus stops only for a few minutes at a time. The Hop On Hop Off buses, on the other hand, have fixed stops or stops. These are usually located near the individual sights and attractions. You can get on and off at each stop individually and take as much time as you like for each stop. If you are travelling with the Hop On Hop Off buses, you will receive a city map on which all stops of the individual routes are marked. So you don't have to search for stops and you have an overview of New York.
Are the city tours in German?
In the Hop On Hop Off buses, audio guides in various languages are available to passengers. The audioguide also comments the respective sights on the sightseeing tour through New York in German. On the guided and private tours a guide is on board with you. The tours can be held in German as well as in English. So when choosing your city tour, pay attention to the language offered. German-language, private tours are often booked out faster than the tours in English.
Sightseeing boat tours
As a supplement to the long distance traffic, you have the opportunity in New York to do the sightseeing tour by boat. The boat tours are also available in the Hop on Hop off version, then you can get on and off at various stops on the water, for example at the Statue of Liberty or at Ellis Island. Although the boat tour is not comparable to the bus tours, it opens up a completely new view of the glittering metropolis. New York is completely surrounded by water and four of the five districts are islands. So why not discover Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn or Queens on a boat tour?