Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & 9/11 Memorial & Museum Tour

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Take a stress-free full day to soak in NYC's most popular attractions in the company of a local guide. Enjoy special Pedestal access at the Statue of Liberty and experience the story of 9/11 at ground level, when you visit one of the most poignant musuems in America. You'll also enjoy a full Ellis Island tour where you'll learn about the epic story of European immigration to America.

HIGHLIGHTS
* Revel in beautiful views over New York City and of Lady Liberty herself from inside the Statue's base.
* Enjoy a hassle-free visit to some of the most important sites in New York, including Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Museum.
* Learn about the history of European immigration at Ellis Island.
* Gain a deeper understanding of the September 11th attacks on a guided 9/11 Memorial Tour.
* Take time to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
* Small groups of 20 people or fewer

TOUR DURATION
Approximately 8 hours 30 minutes (includes 2.5 – 3 hours break for lunch)

Visiting the top attractions in Lower Manhattan can be a logistical nightmare, however on this full day excursion combining two of our essential New York tours, we'll take care of admission fees, ferry tickets, and all the other details that hold you up - while putting you in the company of guides who will give you the stories and history behind the iconic sights.

Your day starts on one of the first ferries to Liberty Island, where you arrive before most of the crowds. You'll get a full tour of the island then make your way into the Statue grounds to meet Lady Liberty herself. From here you'll take in incredible views over NYC Harbor, and discover the incredible story of how the statue came to be - with some seriously interesting tidbits from your guide that you won't learn anywhere else!

It’s back aboard the ferry then for the short ride to Ellis Island. Here you’ll be particularly grateful for your expert guide as they lead you through the immigration process undergone by 12 million new arrivals. Walk the Stairs of Separation and get a feel for how it must have felt for lovers and families as they awaited their fate – and the start of a new life in land of the free.

Your guide will walk you through the fantastic exhibits of the Ellis Island Museum, answering any questions you may have. This is where the first part of your tour ends, and with 2.5 – 3 hours before the next leg of our Lower Manhattan journey, you have plenty of time to spare. Spend a little while more on Ellis Island if you like, before hopping on the ferry back to Battery Park (included in the price) and getting lunch on your way to the meeting point for our afternoon activity – a complete 9/11 tour.

Rather than just visiting the memorial and museum, we want to offer you a full picture of what happened on that terrible day from a local perspective. With a local guide on hand you’ll learn how it impacted the community (and the rest of the world), and how hard NYC fought to get back on its feet.

With that in mind, we start not at the 9/11 Memorial itself, but at St. Paul’s Chapel. This is where people gathered after the attack to await news of their loved ones, to mourn, pray and offer support. The walls here are still covered in touching handmade memorials, reminding visitors that 9/11 wasn’t just a huge global and political event, but a crippling personal tragedy for thousands of New Yorkers. (St. Paul's Chapel is closed Tuesdays and Thursdays for renovations for the foreseeable future and may also be closed on other dates. On days when St. Paul's Chapel is closed, you will tour the grounds and substitute our inside visit for additional site important to the events of 9/11 but not normally covered on the tour.)

Next we’ll visit Brookfield Place (previously known as the World Financial Center) where you’ll learn about the massive economic effects that the 9/11 attacks had. We’ll see the Eleven Tears Memorial, a touching and personal memorial, which commemorates the 11 American Express employees that died in 9/11; plus the stunning Winter Garden atrium.

Your guide will take you next to the official 9/11 Memorial and the two Memorial Pools, each one built in the footprint of one of the towers and inscribed with the names of victims. You’ll visit the Fireman’s Memorial and learn of the endless courage of those who worked around the clock for days to save the victims of the attack – often at the cost of their own lives. The Survivor Tree is another poignant site you may have missed on your own. Don’t worry, with our expert local guides on hand, you won’t miss a beat.

The last site on our tour, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, is wonderfully curated, with a artifacts salvaged from the attack and harrowing personal stories. We’ve found that it’s best to visit on your own, as the displays can be quite emotional, but do we have a parting gift. We’ve pre-reserved your tickets so you don’t have to waste time waiting in lines here.

With all the details taken care of throughout the day, our Lower Manhattan Tour takes the hassle out of navigating NYC’s two busiest attractions. And with small groups and an expert local guide, you’re guaranteed to get so much more from these special experiences.

TOUR INCLUDES
* Reserved timed-entry 9/11 Museum tickets (self-guided)
* Fully guided Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum tour
* All ferry tickets between Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
* Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park – Statue of Liberty
* Small groups of 20 people or fewer

Exclusions:
* Statue of Liberty Crown
* Gratuities
* Hotel pick-up/drop-off
* Food/Beverages * Transfers between tours

MEETING POINT AM TOUR
Front entrance of Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, in Battery Park, to the right of Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton

END POINT AM TOUR
Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take ferry back to Battery Park with their guide.)

MEETING POINT PM TOUR
Outside St. Peter's Church, at the intersection of Barclay and Church Streets.

END POINT PM TOUR
9/11 Memorial Museum, Greenwich Street between Albany Street and Liberty Street

All tours run regardless of weather, unless the company notifies guests of a change in the tour schedule. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

NOTES
* 9/11 Memorial Museum is non-guided. An average visit takes approximately two hours.
* Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown or Statue Pedestal.
* Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the Statue of Liberty.  Certain items are not permitted in the Statue of Liberty and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm
* Please note that guests will need to pass through airport style security to enter the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  Certain items are not permitted in the Museum and such items will be confiscated and will not be returned. Please refer to 9/11 Museum's guidelines on specific prohibited items:  http://www.911memorial.org/security-screening.
* The guided portion of your tour ends in time for your reserved timed entry, at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where you will be free to visit the Museum at your leisure, spending as much time as you wish.   Please note the Average length of visit for 9/11 Museum is 2 hours
* The Ferry does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this happens, an alternative option is provided.

No Seating plan available.

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AM Portion: Pier A Harbor House; PM Portion: St. Peter's Church

22 Battery Place
New York 10004