See the top two visitor sites in NYC in one jam-packed day on our fun, hassle-free package tour. We’ve taken care of all the details – from organizing tickets for the ferry to Liberty Island, to special access at the Statue of Liberty and pre-reserved tickets for the 9/11 Museum – so you don’t need to worry about a thing.
Throughout your tours you’ll be accompanied by expert local guides, to tell you the fascinating tales behind these landmarks, filling you in on the stories and details you won’t get from placards or audio guides. And with small groups of 20 people or fewer, you won’t struggle to hear or engage with them. Meanwhile, they have the flexibility to tailor their commentary and pace to suit your group.
This full-day Lower Manhattan Tour is a combination of our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour and our 9/11 Memorial Tour & Ticket Service, at a lower price.
Enjoy Early Bird Special Access Statue of Liberty tour
Our day starts early at Battery Park, where we’ll board one of the first ferries to Liberty Island. A short ferry ride later and the perks of an early start are clear – you’ll find Liberty Island so much quieter and more peaceful than it is the rest of the day. All the better for getting those postcard-perfect photos!
Here your guide will lead you on a tour of the island and of course, of Lady Liberty herself. Our Statue of Liberty tour is made particularly special with a visit to the statue pedestal. After 215 steps you’ll find yourself up close and personal with America’s most famous lady. Hear the incredible story of how she was created, learning what she has in common with Paris’s Eiffel Tower – and how close she was to staying disembodied in storage boxes forever.
Pedestal access gets you closer to the statue than most visitors ever are, but it’s the views back over Manhattan that make this visit so special.
Please be aware that the Statue of Liberty pedestal access requires a 215-step climb, with no elevator access. Please note this tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty's Crown, due to security measures in place by the National Park Services who manage the Statue of Liberty.
Learn the fascinating history of Ellis Island
We’re back on the ferry then for the short journey to Ellis Island. Lady Liberty may have welcomed new immigrants to the US but it was the immigration center at Ellis Island where they really got their start. Here you’ll feel the real benefit of your local guide as they lead you through the grueling process, pointing out the Stairs of Separation and explaining why visitors were so tense as they set foot on the island. Not to mention the horrors of the journeys overtaken by so many to get here.
Our Ellis Island tours introduce you to the immigration center and the wonderful museum here, but we’ll leave you with some time afterwards for independent exploration. Head back to Battery Park with your guide, grab some lunch and head over to the meeting point for the second half of your 9/11 tour.
Get personal insight into the events & after-effects of 9/11
Billed to be one of New York’s most-visited sites in 2015, the 9/11 Memorial has become a pilgrimage site of sorts, for Americans and visitors from all over the world. In the face of such tragedy came an equal and opposite response; one of unity, community and bravery, both here and abroad. That’s what we’ll explore on our 9/11 Memorial Tour, which starts in a very special place; St. Paul’s Chapel, where friends and family members gathered to hear news of loved ones and offer support.
We’ll visit the church to explore a more personal side of 9/11, along with the touching American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, the Winter Garden and Brookfield Place – all spaces with their own stories to tell which you may have missed on your own. Never mind, with our expert local guides on hand, you won’t miss a thing.
Of course we’ll visit the 9/11 Memorial too, to see the stunning Reflection Pools, built in the footprints of the towers. We’ll hear stories of heroism and tragedy at the Fireman's Memorial and see the fascinating Survivor Tree, whose rehabilitation and rebirth has become a symbol for the resilience of New Yorkers.
The last stop of your tour is an emotional one, best experienced in peace. We’ve pre-reserved tickets for the (very well-curated) 9/11 Museum where you’ll find incredible artifacts and harrowing personal stories. With a timed entry, you’ll get straight inside, but we’ll let you do this last leg of your journey alone, at a pace that suits you. We recommend you leave at least an hour for your visit.
Ideal for visitors with an interest in not just seeing the most iconic sites of New York but in really getting beneath the skin of the city and its people, our Lower Manhattan tour offers you a perfectly rounded, stress-free day.