The New York Contrasts tour is a must tour for your trip to New York.
It doesn’t matter how many days you travel to the Big Apple, this tour has to be among your priorities.
Check out our guide to visiting New York in 5 days to get an idea of everything you can see in this fascinating city.
Tour Contrasts New York with a good guide
The New York contrasts tour is a very nice excursion where you visit the “others” neighborhoods of the city, neighborhoods that you may not go to visit if you don’t go with a guide. In addition, this tour gives you the possibility to visit them on the same day. And with the guide you learn a lot of interesting things. Also, that if it’s nice like ours, you have a free photographer for a day 😉
The Tour of Contrasts is the most complete and famous excursion in New York. On this tour you’re going to tour very important places in the city.
I tell you, You start early in the morning and you’re going to visit the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Harlem. This way you’re going to get to know life in the different places of New York .
For more than 4 hours you’re going to tour the world’s most culturally diverse areas, who are rarely visitable without taking a guided tour.
Contrasts Tour prices and the different options you have
To do the Contrasts Tours you have different options:
- Tour in group (the cheapest option)
- Private tour only with the people who travel with you and the guide just for you (this was the option we chose)
- Contrasts Tours + Harlem Gospel Mass.
Contrasts Tours New York
The contrasts tour is NY’s most famous tour. You’re going to tour the neighborhoods of the city with a guide, in a group. The guide will tell you all that you see, there are different stops. It’s done by bus.
It lasts between 4:30 and 5 hours. There are four starting points in the city. This tour does not include the pick up at your hotel.
Contrasts Tours New York Private Tour
The Private Tour makes a similar itinerary as the group tour. But, this one includes pick-up at your hotel which is something that is appreciated.
We hired this tour on our second trip to New York. And the truth is that it was awesome. We had a great guide, who took us on a mini van, super cool and he knew all the details and anything we asked him. Besides, he loved to take pictures and made us a lot of them.
It must be said, we were 4 people to share the expense.
Tour Contrasts + Gospel Mass
This visit you have to do it on a Sunday.
The Gospel Mass + Contrasts Tour includes two tours in one. First the Tour of Harlem and the Gospel Mass is done and then start the Contrasts tour itinerary.
It can be done in group or private, as you like.
Contrasts Tour itinerary of New York, what are you going to visit?
I’ll leave you the itinerary we made with Civitatis (all enterprises do the same or similar itinerary). This company has some professionals guides who will make you enjoy all the guided tours that contracts with them.
They pick you up at the hotel (depends on the tour you hire, I tell you our experience) and it gets west of Manhattan to reach the West Side Highway, where you visit outside the Trump Building Complex.
You’ll enjoy views of the Hudson River, which separates the states of New York and New Jersey, and you’ll see the Intrepid, the famous museum of the sea, the air and space, located above an aircraft carrier at Pier 86.
The visit continues north of Manhattan across Harlem, the cradle of jazz and African-American culture. You’re going to see some of the neighborhood’s most famous landmarks, like the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. You’re going to be able to go down and take pictures.
Then you get to the Bronx, the Salsa District, Jennifer Lopez’s birthplace and where live the highest-paid players on the Yankees team.
In the Bronx you will stop at Yankee Stadium, Fort Apache (the precinct where film of Paul Newman), the famous Grand Concord Avenue, and the South Bronx, where graffiti and memorials of deceased gang members abound (the rapper’s graffiti is especially famous Puerto Rican Big Pun).
Then you’re going to visit Queens, New York’s largest and most multicultural district. Crossing the White-stone Bridge you will enter the residential area of Malba, famous for its impressive mansions.
The next stop will be Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where films were shot like “Men in Black” and “Come to America.” In the park there is also the Mets Stadium (Citi Field), the National Tennis Stadium (home of the U.S. Open) and the Queens Museum, where it is located “The Panorama of the City of New York,” an incredible 900-model square meters.
You’ll have time to enter to see it (Wednesday to Sunday) or take a short walk through the Park.
Leaving behind Queens you will arrive in Brooklyn, where you will tour the Jewish quarter of Williamsburg, considered the second largest Orthodox Jewish community in the world. They it will be easy to appreciate the change in culture, language, religion, customs and lifestyle.
From Brooklyn you will enjoy the best views of New York and the famous New York Bridge Brooklyn, the oldest in town and where hundreds of movies and video clips, including one from the Rolling Stones.
Crossing one of the world’s most famous bridges (the Manhattan Bridge) will head towards China Town, the area where the visit will end, an ideal place to eat and continue the day.
Here my recommendation is to ask to be left on the Brooklyn side bridge, and so you can have a hot chocolate if you go in the winter or have a beer at River Café or just walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
For me, the excursion of contrasts is a must. Take a look at the prices and choose the one that interests you the most.
Another recommendation is that you book the tour in advance and make a plan what you want to visit in New York, especially if you buy the New York Pass!
Enjoy your trip to New York and tell me how you’ve been doing!
Prepare your trip to New York
- Group contrasts tour – book online
- Contrasts tour + Coney Island (bus Tour)
- What to see in New York in 5 days
- Must-Visit Places in NYC
- Travel insurance for travel to the United States
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