Early Booking Reminder: Our hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of Times Square and the theaters. This tour requires a very early reservation, due to a limited number of rooms at the hotel. Please make your reservation and pay your deposit by no later than January 24, 2019. Final balance due 60 days prior to departure.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a visit to New York City could easily be worth a million! On this educational and recreational tour, young and old alike will find New York City a wonderful place to visit. Here, fascinating history as well as the latest in fashion, the arts and architecture co-exist. And with eight million people, over 120 spoken languages, 150 museums, 18,000 restaurants and countless places to shop, New York City is the ultimate bazaar. Absolutely monumental, it is America’s alpha city; the one by which all others are measured.
Day 1 – HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – Our educational adventure begins today as we travel through West Virginia and Maryland to our overnight accommodations in Hagerstown. Along the way, we will cross the Eastern Continental Divide and also travel on the route of the 200 year old National Pike, the original interstate for settlers of the Midwest.
Day 2 – STATUE OF LIBERTY – ELLIS ISLAND – EMPIRE STATE BUILDING – After an included breakfast, we depart and drive directly to Liberty Park in New Jersey, where we board the ferry to Ellis Island, the nation’s main point of entry for millions of immigrants from 1892-1924. Next, we ferry to Liberty Island to view the Statue of Liberty. Few sights are as emotional and exhilarating as the first time you see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Next, the song “East Side – West Side – All around the Town” will begin to take on new meaning following our arrival at our hotel for the next two nights in Midtown Manhattan. Upon arrival, we will enjoy dinner (on our own) and shopping in Times Square, the “Crossroads of the World.” Tonight, our Shockey Tour Director will conduct a night-time driving and walking tour of Midtown Manhattan. Breathtaking sights await us, especially from the 86th floor observatory of the one and only Empire State Building; the granddaddy of all skyscrapers.
Day 3 – 9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM – BROADWAY SHOW – After an included breakfast, we visit the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We will look at the permanent collection of artifacts, stories, photos, videos and other materials that shape our shared history and honor the memories of those killed on 9/11. Next, we are off to explore two well-known New York City neighborhoods. After indulging in the “primo” Italian pastries of Little Italy, it is on to visually exotic Chinatown, a real and vital community of 150,000 ethnic Chinese. Livelier than ever, it is crammed with all manner of shops and restaurants in pagoda-style buildings. Tonight, we absorb the culture of New York as we attend a Broadway Show.
Day 4 – CITY TOUR – HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – After an included breakfast, we will learn all about “Big Apple,” as take a city tour with a local step on guide. After time for lunch on our own and shopping, we depart the city and travel to Hagerstown, Maryland to overnight.
Day 5 – HOMEWARD BOUND – Did we do it all? Are you kidding? But, we’re pretty sure that we did all that we could. As we have learned, New York always demands a next time. Meals: 4B, Show: 1