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“A highlight of our trip - with college kids and teens”

Real New York Tours
Ranked #2 of 635 Tours in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Original NYC Walking & Subway Tour Celebrating our 10th Year! Lets face it, New York tours are only as good as their tour guides. Real New York Tours gives people the opportunity to see the city through the eyes of real New Yorkers. Real New York Tours explores the history, the cracks and crevices, the side streets, and culture of real New York neighborhoods. We’ll ride the New York subway, pound the pavement, and meet the people who have become the fabric of this great city. Together we will feel the electricity that drives everyday New Yorkers. This is real New York!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 23, 2012

We researched Tripadvisor for some ideas for our 2nd week long trip to NYC. RNYT got high ratings so we booked them for our first full day. We told the owner we were more into pop culture than history (hey, we're just being honest here). At 10 Sunday morning, Jeanette met us in our hotel lobby and off we went. She took us to Central Park where she pointed out statues, landmarks, and other things we'd have missed. She knew everything from the history of John Lennon/Strawberry Fields to the nest of Pale Male, a local hawk/attraction. We toured CP ourselves last trip and it was ok - it was way more interesting with all the insights. We then hit Little Italy/Chinatown/SoHo. Again, lots of local color story that appealed to our teens/college kids. She even gave us a little Ghost Hunters sideline tour. Again, we'd done this but it was totally different with her perspectives. We had lunch in "the Village" at a well known pizza place for real NY pizza. Again, so many interesting stories and sights. We stopped at a former home of Washington Irving and she told us stories while a lady swept the sidewalk. The woman then chimed it that she so enjoyed hearing the RNYCT stories. Turns out she owns the house now. We then moved on to the World Trade Center area. She was so passionate about sharing the history that she let the tour run over almost an hour (to almost 7 hours) so she could share the real NY stories.
I was a little concerned we'd get bored or it'd be too historical too appeal to all of us - but every one of us from age 13 to 50+ will say this is one of the top things we did all week.
BTW - Since there were 5 of us, we were our own group. That was super nice as it was all just geared to what we wanted to see and do.

Thank LetsMaketheMostofIt
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

While the amount of ground we covered and the places we saw were fantastic, the main issue we had was with the tour guide. The history part was very interesting, but, except for 9/11 sites, anecdotes went only to the mid-1980s. We saw a celebrity getting groceries with her kids and he yelled out so loud who she and for everyone to look that anyone within a block or two turned to stare. Um, tacky and uncomfortable. When our tour was finished, we all received a flyer for his own tour company, not RNYT....

1  Thank Kate S
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Dozen Apples Tour from Real Tours NYC was amazing. We were there four days before Hurricane Sandy.
Our tour guide, Gregory, gave us the most informative and passionate view of the city he lives in from side walk chats, subway rides and the eating the best pizza in NYC.
The tour took in a large part of Manhattan, from Central Park down to the Financial District.
Gregory's passion for the city's architecture and history was most inspiring.
We left the tour feeling as though New York City was our closest friend, not to mention Gregory!
Very big day on foot but well worth every step. It helped us navigate the city confidently from that day on, as we had our bearings and learnt how to use the subway as if we lived there.
Full point to the Dozen Apples Tour.

Thank weenjoyhotels
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

A group of seven great girl-friends in their 30's from the mid-west went on a tour with Joe on Saturday November 10th. We learned so much about the city and he was very interesting and fun. It felt like we were getting a tour from one or our friends who moved to New York City. We chatted with him the whole time, it was really great. I loved hearing all of his stories of NYC along with some history thrown in. Highly recommended for people who don't mind walking.

Thank kateymwf
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Just back from our first trip to NYC.....what a city!!! We did a walking tour with Luke from Real New York Tours. What a fantastic experience !! We got to see the real New York and Luke was absolutely brilliant. Luke was so enthusiastic and knowledgable about NYC....he managed to keep a 10yr old and 12yr old completely captivated and interested for 6 hours!!! Anyone thinking about visiting NYC must do this tour.

1  Thank Paula M
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