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Harlem Spirituals

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Address: 690 8th Avenue 2nd floor, New York City, NY 10036
Phone Number: 1212 391 0900
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Description: For over 25 years, Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions has offered unique...
For over 25 years, Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions has offered unique sightseeing tours of cultural value that capture the excitement and flavor of New York City. Our Harlem Gospel tours and Harlem Soul Food and Jazz tours guarantee to make you a part of an unique experience. Discover the rich history of this legendary New York City neighborhood and enjoy the soul-stirring power of live gospel and jazz music. Complete your tour experience with a delicious meal at some of Harlem's most fashionable restaurants. Beyond Harlem, our New York sightseeing guided tours take you off the beaten path to soak in the local flavor and really experience the diversity of New York and its fascinating neighborhoods of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. All of our NYC tours are offered year round in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese on board deluxe motor coaches. Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions also offers services and packages with hotel accommodation, airport and city transfers, cruises, city passes, attractions and Broadway shows. Whether you are traveling with a group or individually, let us plan your next New York vacation from start to finish!
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Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour
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Well worth doing, something different!

Our guide was larger than life with so much information. We drove around part of Harlem then walked to some parts. The culmination of the tour was the Gospel service where a choir... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our guide was larger than life with so much information. We drove around part of Harlem then walked to some parts. The culmination of the tour was the Gospel service where a choir of reformed drug addicts sang gospel songs without accompaniment. Fabulous harmony. Something different to experience in New York.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Not knowing what to expect after having heard so many negatives of the area, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautification and peace that was Harlem. I can't praise our guide Sheila more. She was so articulate and informative and went to great lengths to ensure all aboard the bus experienced her Burrough in he best possible way. Then the church... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Greetings from New York City Fred H! We realize that there are many sightseeing tour options and we thank for choosing Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions. We take great pride in the neighborhood tours that we offer throughout New York City so you cannot imagine how thrilled we are to hear from you. We have passed along your lovely comments... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Like many people, I had been brought up reading horrendous reports and seeing TV/movies portraying the poverty and violence in Harlem and The Bronx. Our tour guide Glen, was very informative and at great pains to re-educate us about the changes in these districts in recent years. We enjoyed out tour this morning with a bit of history and were... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Beetrootears, Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions tour began its journey with the purpose of showcasing the wealth history and culture through the diverse New York City communities. We are thrilled that you choose this journey with us and we thank you for sharing your story with the online community. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I was really looking forward to learning the history of Harlem and its Gospel music. Tour guide was very average ... mainly reeled off a list of names at each sight, but not a lot of good info. The gospel church visit felt awkward. We were ushered upstairs to a bolcony area and we had a partial view of the... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your feedback of our Harlem Gospel. We are sorry to learn that the tour was not what you expected. We take your comments on the content of our tours seriously and would like to speak to you more about your experience that day so that we can make it up to you. Please feel free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I truly recommend this tour. A lot of of history. Historic places to see. You know a lot more ´bout New York and Harlem after this tour, for sure! Great guide Alvin and plus to the bus driver Pedro! Don´t miss!

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Tomas B, Thank you for your review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed learning about New York and Harlem On our sunday Gospel tour. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to our guide and driver. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I went on the soul food and jazz evening with Harlem Spirituals and I would say it was definitely the highlight of my time in New York, Peggy our guide was fantastic- informative and welcoming and as a solo traveler she made me feel completely as ease. The dinner at Sylvia's was divine but it was the music and dancing... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Daisygirl, We are so glad that you enjoyed our soul food and Jazz tour. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We hope that we will have the opportunity to showcase some of our other neighborhood tours of New York City on your next trip. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals Inc. More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We did the Sunday morning Gospel Tour with brunch. The start seemed disorganized with the staff not knowing which buses were for which groups and we were sitting in the bus well past the advertised departure time. Payment could only be made by cash, which was a surprise and inconvenience given the amount of money involved. The bus tour up... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear BMComo, Thank you for choosing Harlem Spirituals sightseeing tours. We appreciate your honest review and your patience with our team. We apologize for the delay in getting the bus to pick you up from the restaurant. Unfortunately it was caught up in some holiday traffic. As Murphy's Law has it, the coach turned up moments after you left the... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I bought this experience for my daughter and I as a highlight to our holiday and it was the worst experience in NYC. The tour guide decided to broadcast over the PA that she couldn't possibly continue the trip with myself and daughter talking (and this wasn't when she was speaking). She proceeded to tell us (and everyone on the... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Michelle G, Following your feedback posted on Trip Advisor, we are aware of your exchange with our tour guide and we truly wish the situation ended on a different note. While our tour guide was conducting the tour, some of our other guests motioned to her that your conversation was quite disruptive. We understand that you paid for a... More 

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Our Driver gave us a very smooth ride and our Guide Alvin took such a pleasure in sharing all his history and knowledge. It was a great tour thru history and points of interest. The service at a small church in the Bronx was filled with wonderful singing and music (the music was a bit loud but well done). Thank... More 

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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear Edith B, We truly appreciate you taking the time to write in about your experience . All of Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions Sightseeing tours aim to showcase the wealth of history and diverse landscape of New York City. We are so happy that you enjoyed our Harlem gospel tour! Best wishes, Erika Elisabeth Vice President More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My partner, 18 yo daughter and myself had a fabulous time today on the tour. Am excellent and informative bus tour of Harlem and The Bronx before a two hour Gospel Service at the Green Pastures Baptist Church. Alvin our guide was fantastic, and the gospel service was very uplifting. Well done.

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hsnyv_tours, General Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review

Dear 39JaneB67, We are thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed our Harlem Gospel tour. Thank you very much for posting your feedback! Regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President More 

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Address: 690 8th Avenue 2nd floor, New York City, NY 10036
Phone Number: 1212 391 0900
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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