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Harlem Spirituals

New York City, NY, USA
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About Harlem Spirituals
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

Visitors of New York City shouldn’t miss Harlem’s Sunday morning gospel culture. However, if you’re not from the area, chances are you don’t know where to go to get the full experience. This guided tour takes you in a comfortable coach bus through Harlem to see top attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, and then lets you get out to stroll the neighborhoods. Plus, go to a traditional Sunday gospel service.
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4 hours
from $65.00

Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem on this exclusive insider’s gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents and take part in an uplifting Wednesday morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
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4 hours
from $65.00

Harlem Soul Food and Jazz Evening Tour

Delve into the musical legacy of Harlem with an exclusive insider’s jazz tour plus a live show at one of the neighborhood’s iconic venues. See Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom, and savor a preshow meal of soul food at Sylvia’s restaurant. After dinner, head to one of Harlem’s hottest nightspots for a live show featuring a 1920s swing ensemble or a modern rhythm and blues or jazz act.
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5 hours
from $175.00

Brooklyn Walking Tour

Put your feet on the street and get an in-depth look at Brooklyn during this half-day walking tour led by a local guide. Learn about the history and culture of the neighborhood, from its roots to the trendy, modern iteration of today. Afterwards, you’ll stop at a food truck for something to eat.
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3 hours
from $55.00

Hudson Yards & High Line Walking Tour w. Whitney Museum

Explore Manhattan’s booming and exciting West Side neighborhoods on foot and in a small group with a certified guide! From the architectural wonders of Hudson Yards to the bucolic High Line and trendy Chelsea and Meatpacking District, you'll witness the new face of the Lower West Manhattan.
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4 hours
from $79.00
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Telcomboss wrote a review Feb 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia75 contributions14 helpful votes
Free Tours by foot: Ornell provided an informative and entertaining tour of the Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo. One of the best tours we have taken and a great 3.5 hour time investment.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mary Mac o wrote a review Jan 2020
Asheville12 contributions2 helpful votes
This was amazing. The church service at The Greater Highway Deliverance Church was outstanding. The energy, thankfulness and talent was transformative. The brunch at the Cotton Club was made exceptional by the music of Ms. Helen Stiles and her band. We danced to her gospel music and celebrated being alive. It was fabulous. BUT the most magnificent thing about the tour was Duane. He is the most amazing tour guide in the world and should be promoted to tour guide extraordinaire. Multilingual, personable, Ivy educated- he’s exceptional and brilliant in his telling of New York history. DO THIS TOuR!!!!!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals
Responded Jan 21, 2020
Dear Macdonald2717, Reading your post was so much fun, we can almost see you dancing! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on our tour. Thank you for your wonderful words about Duane who is truly passionate about about our city's history. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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Hook911 wrote a review Dec 2019
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This was a great way to see the real Harlem and an authentic Harlem Church Service. The tour leaves from just behind Times Square on a very comfortable coach and our guide, Anthony, was a real New Yorker who had lived most of his life in Harlem and his local knowledge as well as his knowledge of New York history and even what movies were filmed where, made this an amazing trip. If you want a little insight into the real Harlem and to experience a genuine Harlem Church service (I was sceptical and thought this might be a little fake - it really wasn’t) then this is well worth it. We didn’t do the Sunday brunch buffet so can’t comment on this. Thanks Anthony for all your top tips and advice about NYC generally as well as being a great guide for this tour. 5 stars ⭐️
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals
Responded Jan 22, 2020
Dear Hook911, We so appreciate your feedback and recommendation of our Harlem Gospel tour. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and as for the church, we want visitors to experience an authentic worship service within the community. Thank you for taking the time to share such kind words about your experience. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals Inc/ New York Visions
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Tony B wrote a review Dec 2019
London, England, United Kingdom6 contributions11 helpful votes
Alvin is a warm, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide and focuses on African American luminaries and their personal connections to Harlem and the Bronx, as well as the early history of these districts. I understand there is a commercial element to the Church service and I had been prepared for something staged specifically to funnel tourist money into struggling communities. If that was the case, I didn't notice and the whole experience felt genuine and welcoming. The gospel singing (choir and congregation) was excellent. The tour bus was clean and comfortable and has an onboard rest room (important, as very few public ones in Harlem). I think you could skip the optional Cotton Club lunch element without missing the best of the experience. The entertainment was well executed but felt dated. The food was welcome but not standout. The European waitresses are there for their language skills with the mostly European customers, but they need a little more training in how to communicate with paying customers. Overall I thought the whole morning's package was good value for money.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals
Responded Jan 22, 2020
Dear Tony, Thank you for taking the time and care to report on the details of your experience on our Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch. Reviews like yours mean a great deal to us in that they help us to improve on the overall customer experience. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and immersive experiences within the community like attending a worship service and dining in local neighborhood restaurants. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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Ellie Vee wrote a review Dec 2019
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This tour is a complete waste of money and time! We stopped for way too log at some memorial. No explanation. Just sent out of the bus. We then got to the church, and although that was very average (they sang two songs, asked for money donation, then we were ushered out). I understand this part is beyond the tour group's control. But, the real disappointment of the tour was that although I was very much looking forward to Apollo and Cotton Club (30 minute each as per agenda), the bus stopped long enough just outside these venues where we could click a quick photo through the bus window ("Japanese style" as the tour guide explained) and we drove off! That's not a "visit ". That's abysmal! All the while the tour guide and the bus driver were bickering so much so, that the bus driver pulled over at one point,  asking the tour guide to leave the bus or he will call the police. Can this get any more unprofessional?! I feel very let down by this tour. I emailed my disappointment three times to Harlem Spirituals tour operator and have had no answer. Sent various messages, was told someone will get back to me. Two months later, no one has replied to any of my emails or messages. Do yourself a favour and pick another tour.  
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Date of experience: October 2019
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