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“The WOW factor”
Review of Harlem Spirituals

Harlem Spirituals
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Owner description: 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!
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
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“The WOW factor”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

WE did this tour as a family of 4 and we all loved it..
George our tour leader was without doubt the best tour guide we have ever had, excellent, very informative and a passion for NY that was inspiring.
The chapel/church we went to was excellent the atmosphere was electric, the singing and dancing was better than expected.
We could of stayed longer
This was a definite highlight of our 10 day visit to NYC
A must do, get into it and enjoy it

Visited January 2014
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Hi,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so pleased you and your family enjoyed the Harlem Gospel Tour. Our aim is to inspire customers by showcasing the wealth of history and charm of the Harlem community. We sincerely hope to see you again during your next trip to New York City!

Best regards,

Harlem Spirituals Management
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Ottawa
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“ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We recently were in Manhatten for Christmas celebrations. One of the Tours that we had booked in advance (using Viator) was the Harem Soul Food and Jazz Tour.

I am a cancer patient and fell ill the night we were to go ... And Harlem Spiritual Tours gave us a full refund- even though they were under absolutely no obligation to do so.

How Classy !!! And wish more Tour Providers were so considerate.

They will be top of our list for our next visit to the Big Apple, and we will provide a follow up review.

Visited December 2013
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Hi,

Thank you for sharing these very kind words about Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions.
Should your return to New York City it will be our great pleasure to assist you in planning your stay.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014,

Harlem Spirituals Management
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Harlem gospel tour...a little disappointing”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We've recently had 5 day trip to NYC and wanted to go on this tour which we expected to be really uplifting. The tour was taken by Gray Line bus company and had an English speaking guide...other buses had different language guides. Overall the tour took about 3/4 hrs leaving Times Square and going around the city and beyond. The best part was the guide who was himself an african american with a lot of memories and history of his race to tell. It was so interesting hearing about the oppression of the slaves who were dominated by the wealthy white land owners, and also to find out about 'Harlem'. This is a neighbourhood which has had a variety of different boundaries and had different connotations related to poverty, ghetto, blacks etc. Now it appears to be an affluent area where appartments are very expensive and luxurious. We travelled through the borough of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, before arriving at the Greenbank missionary church in the Bronx. The service was about 45mins long, not as uplifting as I expected, the choir was disjointed and their hearts were not in it that day. Interesting though and worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Great way to get to know Harlem”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Gospel mass was a little too long, but the Harlem and the Apollo Theater tours were beyond awesome!

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Not worthy of the wonderful choir....”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

The authentic, loving and lyrical ARC choir should definitely be a must-see if you want to experience great black gospel music. But watch out for this tour company - our guide knew very little about Harlem, civil rights, gospel or jazz. What she did know a lot about was her own life and opinions, which she dispensed endlessly and at a piercing pitch on the bus microphone for three hours. The few stops en route to the church seemed to be mainly designed for her to have a cigarette. I've never complained about a tour before, but this lady made what should have been a joyous experience a bit like torture. Love the ARC choir though.

Visited October 2013
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Mrs. Austen,

We are deeply sorry that your experience on our tour was disappointing.
We Thank you for bringing it to our attention as we were surprised by your feedback.

We take pride in showcasing the history, culture and current events of the neighborhood.
When a tour manager decides to alter the content of the tour, we take this very seriously.
Additionally, Harlem Spirituals does not condone tour managers smoking during tours.
We have taken disciplinary action to ensure that this behavior does not reoccur.

Please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can make it up to you.
We would like to invite you to tour any time you wish so that you can experience our
regular itineraries conducted the way they usually are.

Sincerest regards,

Erika Elisabeth
Vice president
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