New York Gospel Music Tour - New York City

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Tour Details

Overview

Elevate your trip to New York City with a 4-hour tour of Brooklyn Heights to learn about African American gospel music and experience it in person. Take the subway from Manhattan to the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to admire historic churches and brownstone homes. Consider the history behind the heavenly hymns as you stroll around Brooklyn and along the Promenade on the Hudson River. End the tour on a high note with a Sunday-service experience at the acclaimed Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

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At your selected time, meet your guide in front of the Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Once the group is together, take the subway (own expense) to Brooklyn for an easy, 2-hour walking tour to discover the history of African American gospel music. Your experience culminates with a 2-hour live gospel performance.

On your walking tour, enjoy the iconic brownstone homes and stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for an unbeatable view of the Manhattan skyline on the Hudson River. Along the way, your guide delves into the evolution of the genre, from its origins in American slavery to its influences on today’s Billboard charts. Pass by Plymouth Church, where the a cappella group known as the Jubilee Singers captivated New Yorkers, and put gospel music on the map. Keep your ears perked to learn about other important figures including Charles A. Tindley (aka the “Father of Gospel Music) and Thomas A. Dorsey, and how this inspirational music influenced a wide range of jazz, rock and blues musicians such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

After your walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, you'll arrive at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in the heart of downtown for a church service. What began with a handful of members in a small, run-down building is today a nondenominational congregation of nearly 10,000 people. It's perhaps best known for its Grammy Award–winning choir, which has catapulted the gospel genre into the hearts of people around the world. See for yourself as sermons get a boost from either the Brooklyn Tabernacle's own choir or from visiting gospel groups. You might find it hard to resist letting out a “hallelujah!” as the unified choir sings uplifting songs and hymns.

When the service is over, you are free to explore Brooklyn at your leisure with a provided map that notes subway stations and dining suggestions.

Inclusions for New York Gospel Music Tour

  • 2-hour walking tour
  • 2-hour church service
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Map of Brooklyn with suggestions

Exclusions for New York Gospel Music Tour

  • Subway ticket (USD$2.75 for single ride ticket)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Return transportation to Manhattan
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Purchasing a single ride subway ticket prior to the tour is recommended

Due to the popularity and policies of the church, customers who want to attend this tour must stay for the entire service (2 Hours).

Out of respect for the congregation hosting, please dress appropriately and refrain from wearing flip-flops, tank tops or shorts.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was so Good! Our guide was passionate about her subject, and infused in to all of us. So interesting hearing the influence of the slaves on music, despite their obvious limitations. The Brooklyn service was wonderful. Great music, great people so well organized, and great message. A highlight of our trip to New York.

  • Our guide was great and very informative and made a great enthusiasim amoung the group.

  • The church service was very inspiring and the music very moving.

  • This was a great experience. The guide was informative and enthusiastic.

  • We decided not to go on this tour. After we had paid, and received further information, we found we were to meet downtown NYC, then take a train to Brooklyn, and then spend 2 hours at a Church Service which we would not be able to leave easily.
    C'est la vie!
    But the advertising did not indicate the true nature of the event .

  • We where there with Easter. Magnificent play Love of God

  • The guide was very good - even using her own talent to demonstrate the development of gospel music. The Brooklyn Tabernacle visit was wonderful. My only criticism is that there could be a little more content in the walking part of the tour as we spent too much time just waiting (not helped by the freezing weather).

  • What a wonderful way to see a piece of Brooklyn in additional to finding out the history of how Gospel began. Be prepared for a great deal of walking in hot or cold weather. Wear a hat and sunglasses plus your sunscreen or umbrella and jacket. We ended up at the Brooklyn Tabernacle for a rousing, spirit- moving church service with the B. Tabernacle Choir. Really enjoyed this tour.

  • Fantastic experience. Alicia, our tour guide, was lovely. Very friendly and full of lots of interesting information. In spite of the temperature (about minus 9!) we had a great trip. The highlight, of course, was the gospel service. Very uplifting. Thank you.

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