Your professionally guidedÂ 2.5 hr. walking tourÂ which coversÂ approximately 1.4 mi. (2.25 km), will be led by an expert Guide, beginning from Battery Park and concluding upon the former Ground Zero site; once home toÂ the iconic Twin Towers and now the location of the hauntingly beautiful memorial pools, in their former footprints.This comprehensive tour covers 9/11 and the World Trade Center andÂ alsoÂ New York's famedÂ Financial District. You'll beÂ captivated with stories of 9/11âs unsung heroes and their selfless acts of courage. These stories will beÂ coupledÂ with comprehensive discussion that detailsÂ aspects of the former Twin TowersÂ from its origin to its infamy of becoming Ground Zero, to the rebuilding and rebirth of the majestic World Trade Center complex, once again. Youâll gain important knowledge, insight and perspective into what it was like living through the terrorist attacks and it's aftermath.
We begin our tour from Manhattan’s Battery Park region, where we’ll walk through the Gardens of Remembrance, a stunning, living tribute to nearly 3000 people perishing on 9/11. Your Guide will provide an overview of NYC, taking you from its humble beginnings as a small Dutch settlement to present day New York; magnificent metropolis of commerce, finance and culture, undeniable spirit, unwavering strength and fortitude. This area, affords us with nice views of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, just two of the many landmarks that you will learn about en route to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and pools. Your tour explores a broad section of Lower Manhattan and includes a visit through NY's famous Financial District.
Your guide will provide commentary on historically significant buildings and structures encountered along our route, including the Charging Bull sculpture, Trinity Church (final resting place of USA Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton), Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and many other noteworthy buildings and sites located in this historic region. We’ll also pass the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Did you know that 98% of the world’s gold reserves are stored in this building!
Before arriving at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, we'll visit the FDNY Memorial Wall, a 56 ft. long, bronze, bas-relief mural, depicting the Fire Department's response on 9/11 and the names of the 343 NYC firefighters who lost their lives that horrific day.
Within feet of the mural, is the newly redesigned World Trade Center complex; location of both the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and its magnificent Reflecting Absence memorial pools. Gathering the group along the outer edges of the former Ground Zero site your guide will discuss the present and future redevelopment of this area, identify all rebuilt World Trade Center buildings and structures and point out key areas of interest such as the Survivor Tree, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, One World Observatory, the Oculus transportation hub, Battery Park City, etc.
A visit to the hallowed grounds of this peaceful and hauntingly beautiful 9/11 Memorial tribute will likely incite emotional responses certain to leave many with a heavy heart. Others may view the memorial as a symbol of hope, healing and renewal albeit a powerful reminder of the tragedy and extraordinary loss of human life that occurred in this space. Therefore, as your tour concludes you will be afforded the comfort and privacy to explore the site on your own.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children MUST be accompanied by an adult
Not recommended for children aged 12 and under as children generally tend to tire fast and become restless quickly
A moderate amount of walking is involved (approximately 1.4 miles/2.25 km)
Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or serious medical conditions, walking difficulties or any other physical limitations that might prevent them from enjoying or completing the tour.
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Not recommended for women in advanced stages of pregnancy due to even surfaces and distance walking
Tour operates in all weather conditions unless otherwise indicated by the Tour Provider. In the rare instance that the tour must be cancelled due to extremely unfavorable and/or potentially hazardous weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or a full refund of your tour's purchase price.
Adult pricing applies to all travelers age 13 and above.
Tours are currently conducted in the English language ONLY. If you have difficulty understanding the English language, this may not be the best tour for you. Unfortunately, use of a translator's assistance during the tour is not permitted due to the distraction it creates for other paying Guests.
Minimum Guest numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough Guests to meet tour requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund of the purchase price.
Restroom breaks are highly recommended prior to tour start. There are no scheduled rest stops once the tour begins.
Beverages and snacks are permitted during tour, however, any purchase of these items MUST be made PRIOR to the tour's start time.
Please report to meet-up location 15 MINUTES BEFORE the start of your tour for check-in with the Guide. Be prepared to present your paper or electronic voucher.
SMILES are REQUIRED; cameras are highly recommended