Marco Polo’s Adventure NYC
The Chinese Italian Markets of NYC. Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, well almost! While en-route to your destination we will prepare you handouts, recipes, maps and history of the markets.
On arrival at Arthur Avenue in the Bronx we debark and visit the varied bakeries, meat, fish, cheese and pasta stores, that abound in this colorful Italian enclave. Approximately 90 minutes later we board the bus and head south to Chinatown in Manhattan, the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. We will walk the narrow, winding streets visiting some of the thousands of shops and restaurants where anything from exotic fruits, to hanging roasted ducks to a $10 Rolex watch can be had.
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As an additional bonus our bus takes us through Greenwich Village and Soho where you will learn about the history and points of interest of these historic areas. There will be many opportunities to eat drink in these wonderful culinary areas without overextending your wallet or stomach.
A suggestion: Take a cooler with you for your grocery, meat and fish purchases.
Approximately 6 hours $85
Tour Lunch At The U.N. Delegates Dining Room
Arriving at the UN we set out on a guided tour of this renowned International Peacekeeping Organization. At lunchtime we proceed to the Delegates Dining Room where you can enjoy a gourmet World Class Buffet in the company of international diplomats while overlooking the UN Grounds and the East River.
After lunch we take a walking of the area which includes the stunning art deco Chrysler Building the newly refurbished Grand Central Station.
Requirements: Photo I.D. required. Men must wear jackets. No jeans or sneakers allowed. Approximately 6 hours 85 includes lunch all gratuities
Greenwich Village Chinatown Dim Sum Lunch
By bus and on foot we visit Washington Square Park, site of the infamous hanging tree and mass graveyard. On to Paul Reverie’s silver smithing factory, Aaron Burrs home, The home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Narrowest house in NY, The Historic Gardens of St. Luke’s in the Fields, and sites of the underground railroad and more. A trip down Bleecker Street to the Italian Bakeries, Pizzerias and Cappuccino Cafes. On the way to Chinatown we pass through Soho with it’s Cast-iron buildings and Galleries and then to Chinatown. Here we debark to visit the bustling markets and shops where you can buy anything from a roast duck to a Jade Figurine Dim Sum Lunch will be served at the famous Silver Palace Restaurant, one of the largest restaurants in the world. Here small portions of varied Chinese specialties are served from carts wheeled around the room by smiling ladies. These appetizer sized portions are comprised of steamed and fried dumplings and various meats, fish, chicken and vegetable dishes.
Approximately 6 hours 75 includes lunch all gratuities
A Meditative Tour
This unique tour brings us back in time, around the globe and deep within our true selves. We visit the Cloisters, a masterpiece of Medieval art and culture that sits atop the hills of Ft. Tryon Park. Being part of the Metropolitan Museum, we experience the famous Unicorn Tapestries and visit the chapels and herb Garden.
Heading south we stop at Grants Tomb dedicated to the president who as a general helped end the Civil war. At this structure which is modeled after Napoleons Tomb you will be given a brief tour and lecture by National Parks Rangers. Just across the street Riverside Church, home of the largest Bell Carillon in the World. On to The largest Gothic Cathedral in the country, St. John the Divine. We stop at Strawberry Fields in Central Park which is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. Lunch is on your own at the Upper West Side, there will be many choices in many price ranges. We suggest Jerry Seinfeld’s “Diner”.
Soho World Financial Center With Lunch At The French Culinary Institute
We visit SOHO and debark to see the trademark Cast Iron buildings and Galleries. At noon, we enjoy a full 4-course lunch at the famous French Culinary Institute after taking a tour of their kitchens.
After Lunch we board our bus and pass through Tribeca, passing Robert DiNiro’s Tribeca Grill and Film Center, on the way to the World Financial Center. We visit Battery Park City, N.Y.’s newest luxury community, The World Financial Center and the shops of the indoor Winter Garden where you can sit and relax under 60 ft live tropical palms or stroll the North Cove Yacht Harbor with it’s multi-million dollar yachts.
Approximately 6 hours 85 includes lunch all gratuities
Walk The Brooklyn Bridge-Brooklyn
Heights-South Street Seaport In Lower Manhattan we see where the first White House stood as well as the Fulton Fish Market and the South Street Seaport. Weather permitting and at your option we take a grand tour, walking across this magnificent marvel of 19th century engineering, The Brooklyn Bridge. As we cross the East River we learn about the history of the bridge, the boros it spans and the Roebling family who built it. There are benches and historical plaques along the way. Lunch is on your own at one of many restaurants in Brooklyn Heights that fit every taste and budget. After lunch we stroll the Promenade where we view the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor.
The walk across the bridge is optional. You can stay on the bus and be transported to Brooklyn Heights where you will meet up with your group.
Don’t forget to take a camera, and comfortable walking shoes.
Approximately 6 hours 65