A licensed New York City tour guide will meet you in midtown Manhattan and escort you via subway downtown for a walking tour of the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers (Ground Zero). Your guide will then escort you into the National 9/11 Memorial, where you will learn interesting facts and where you can honor those fallen and their families with remembrance.
You'll continue your walking tour of Lower Manhattan including the remarkable memorials to the police, firefighters and victims of September 11. You can see the magnificent One World Trade Center and hear about the process of erecting one of the largest skyscrapers in the world. You'll visit some of Lower Manhattan’s most famous historical landmarks including Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall National monument where George Washington took his oath of office, the new World Trade Center Freedom Tower and the famous statue of the Charging Bull
The walking tour portion ends at Battery Park where you'll have special reserved access for Statue Cruises' Statue of Liberty Ferry. Statue Cruises is the official service provider for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Parks.
|Surfing the Internet, I found this website. The Freedom Comprehensive Tour-Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty Tour was the best tour I have ever taken. I have traveled to NYC many times and used other services. This service was different than any other I have used. The tour guide, Tony was a walking, talking history and social studies source. I would not hesitate to use NYCVP in the future and most likely will do so in the next year or so. Without question a 5 star service. MC, Chattanooga TN 7/26/14
FREEDOM Comprehensive Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Freedom Tour Price Includes
Round trip subway fare
Escort into the National 9/11 Memorial site (entry into the National 911 Memorial Museum is not included on this tour)
Round trip Statue of Liberty Ferry
Monument Access Pass inside the Statue of Liberty*
Services of a professional, licensed NYC Tour Guide from Midtown Manhattan
*--For booking made within 1 business day of the tour there is no guarantee that the Monument Access Pass for a visit inside the Statue will be available. All other features of the tour will operate normally.
As you sail towards the Island you'll learn about the Statue of Liberty's symbolism, history, construction and restoration as you gaze up at her serene face, soaring tourch and 7-pointed halo honoring the seven seas and seven continents. Disembarking on Liberty Island, you will get an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty before you become one of the privileged few to enter inside her hallowed museum and pedestal.
You may also visit Ellis Island – famous Gateway to America and Doorway of Hope for 12 million of our ancestors and immigrants from around the world - on a self-guided audio tour.
The FREEDOM Comprensive Tour is "... an award-winning tour of the National September 11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty," named by NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.
FREEDOM Comprehensive Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Guided Tour Itinerary
A licensed New York City tour guide will meet you in midtown Manhattan and escort you via subway downtown for a walking tour of the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers (Ground Zero). Your guide will then escort you to the National 9/11 Memorial, where you will learn interesting facts and where you can honor those fallen and their families with remembrance. Your tour guide will advise you of the meeting time and place for the rest of your tour. (NOTE: Entry into the National 911 Memorial Museum is not included on this tour).
You'll continue the walking tour of Lower Manhattan, reaching Battery Park where you'll board the Statue Cruises' ferry to Liberty Island.Tour inside Lady Liberty, then (optional) visit Ellis Island on your own on a self-guided audio tour.
The escorted portion of the tour ends on Liberty Island. Return via subway to midtown on your own, approximately 30 minutes.
It is recommended that tour participants not schedule afternoon matinee theater events.
FREEDOM Comprehensive Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Guided Tour Schedule
January and February, every Friday and Saturday at 9am -- Additional tour on Monday Feb. 16
March and April, every Friday, Saturday and Monday at 9am
May, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 9am
June through August, daily at 9am
September through December, every Friday, Saturday and Monday at 9am
Additional tours Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24-25. Total Time from Start to Return: Approximately 5.5 hours
Tours depart from in front of Cosi's Restaurant, 51st Street and Broadway.
No tours Sept. 11 or Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Please note: Midtown Manhattan is the only meeting location; therefore the tour is recommended for those who are staying in Midtown or Uptown Manhattan accommodations, or can comfortably get to Midtown Manhattan. It is not recommended for guests of Downtown (Lower Manhattan), New Jersey or Brooklyn hotels.
The tour involves about one mile of walking. It is an easy and typical NYC walk without hills. Please wear appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. The tour is escorted and will operate rain or shine. The Tour Guide may change the itinerary to accommodate the weather, traffic or any condition or event in NYC that day.
*--The National 911 Memorial is open to the general public.
NYCVP is not a part of, partner with, endorsed by, or connected in any way with the National Park Service or the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. NYCVP expressly disavows any responsibility for delays, operational problems, non-admittance, change in itinerary, crowd control, or any events beyond its control. NYCVP has, through the services of the NPS, pre-reserved entry for tour participants via procedures established and maintained by the NPS & Statue Cruises.
Return to Midtown Manhattan is on your own. There is no priority access to the return ferry from Liberty or Ellis Island.
You will be provided with a fully funded Round Trip MTA Metro
card, NYCVP is not responsible for double swiping or misuse of MTA Metro cards
for any reason.
"Had a tour with Georgiene today [8/8/2012] and just wanted to let you know she did a great job. She was very informative and thoughtful to her guests, especially the mother in our party with her two small children. Georgiene went out of her way to help keep an eye on the kids and ensured they were entertained (instead of being bored as children often are on tours). Georgiene was very appreciative of our business and made a great impression with the entire party.
I would definitely recommend Georgiene as a guide to my friends during their future visits to NYC. Thank you for providing us with such an outstanding team member for today's tour. Regards,"
Matthew, Fort Worth TX
"Hi there, My name is Heather and my family and I booked and attended the FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty on July 30th, 2012. I wanted to write to give you some feedback about the tour. Of course the tour itself was fantastic and quite moving, however, the most positive aspect of the tour was our guide Hal Glickstein(sp). Hal was a wealth of information, extremely personable and very funny. Hal made the tour one of our best experiences in NYC.
We will definitely book another tour with your company the next time we travel to NYC.
Heather, Toronto, Ontario
"Hello there Mr. Glicksman:
Hope you're doing well and eating healthy...
Just wanted to tell you and thank you for all your help while we were in NY. Not only was the tour a wonderful tour and the way you explained things was Phenomenal but you gave me some great pointers in getting around in NY....thank you for also telling us about Mama's Pizzaria...what wonderful pizza!!! Any pizza from now on will not be the same ever again. My kids love the pizza a lot and they feel the same way. We thoroughly enjoyed NY and want to come back several times over so that we can see and experience more of this beautiful and exciting city.
Thank you so very much again for everything. My name is Diana T. and I'm sure you probably don't remember us since you see lots of people everyday through your tours and things of that nature. We live in Corpus Christi, Tx. I'll send you a picture of my children and myself, maybe you'll remember us. Again, thank you so very much..." Diana
"I want to tell you what an amazing guide Hal was for our tour. Our girls were too young to remember 9/11 but he really helped them understand the magnitude of what happened that day and understand the scope of the tragedy. He also did a great job of showing the spirit of NYC as they have rebuilt and move on but never forgetting those lives lost. Thank you so much!"
SH, Winston Salem, NC
"Our tour guide HAL met us for the second part of tour to include Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He was so nice he let us meet him on July 4th morning and do the Ground Zero Tour and 911 Memorial that morning at no additional charge. I would like to tell his company he is priceless. He is the nicest more informative guide ever. We really enjoyed him. If any one goes to New York for that tour they need Hal!"
AJ, Frankfort, KY
"Just wanted to let you know that Hal Glicksman was a fantastic tour guide on our 9-11 and Statue of Liberty tour we took earlier this week, back on July 3. He was very knowledgable and made sure the group stayed together, which can be tough. He was always looking out for everyone and made himself available for questions at any time. Hal should be a model for all tour guides to follow.
"Hello folks, My daughters and I were on a 911 Memorial Tour with a tour guide named Hal on Friday, March 16th. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with him and are wondering what his tour schedule is between Tuesday, August 7th and Friday, August 10th inclusive when I will be in town again with friends - and would like to take this tour again - hopefully with him...
If you could let me know if you can track his schedule for us, that would be awesome. Thanks!"
"My wife and I took the 911 memorial tour last month in New York City with Tony as our tour guide. We had a very nice time and he was very professional, with an acerbic sense of humor. There was a lot of ground to cover in a relatively short amount of time and it all was very interesting and enjoyable. We have already recommended this tour to family and friends."
"I took the 911 memorial tour on Saturday 10/29 and despite the wind, rain and snow we got to see and learn quite a bit. I found our guide Mark Landman to be very will organized, extremely informative, pleasant and he circulated within the group and made sure everyone was included and had their questions answered.
As a former New Yorker now living in Florida, it was good to see the sites presented so well. I have already recommended this tour to friends traveling to New York in December.
Thank you for the experience."
"Georgeanne was our tour guide. We visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the 9-11 Memorial Site Ground Zero. She kept things moving and provided us with a wonderful fact filled day. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, resourceful and versed about New York City.
The Ground Zero site tour was especially noteworthy including pictures before, during and after the attack on the World Trade Center. Her review was outstanding. A tour day we will always remember.
After a full day she made certain everyone knew their way home.
In a nutshell ----- she was GREAT! OUTSTANDING! EXCELLENT!"
Don & Nancy, Lake City, Florida
"We truly enjoyed our Ground Zero & Statue of Liberty tour with Michael Dillinger.
His insight, guidance, and info was great. He made it a great trip! He gave wonderful directions for after the trip concluded and felt well with some of the "goofy" questions from those on the tour with professionalism.
Thanks to NYC Trips and Michael for a great vacation!"
EG, Beck Center for the Arts
"Hello! We recently visited NYC and Tony was our guide on a 'Ground Zero/Statue' tour. We were thrilled with his knowledge, his patience with us older folks - and everything about the tour was GREAT! But, more than his trememdous knowledge of every single inch of the city - was his professional demeanor. At one point, there was a 'tag-along' person kind of hanging around, and actually asked Tony a question - even though it was pretty obvious that we were with a 'group' tour. For one second, we wondered how he was going to handle an intrusion - but he came through like a true professional! He answered the question, and we moved on. To us - that said volumes about his character and professionalism ... and we were fortunate to be on one of his tours. Thanks to Tony and your entire organization - all the details were perfect and smooth. (yes, Tony... we found our friend's shop "HENGST' by taking the subway...but turned out there is a station right across the street from her shop!)"
Dave and Helen, Holland MI April 8, 2011.
"Our party attended the tour of Ground Zero/Statue of Liberty on Wednesday 12/29. I just wanted to thank the tour guide for her great tour, her concern for us when things didn't quite go as expected and her brilliant and detailed knowledge of the whole area.
I would be very grateful if you could pass on our thanks to her - it was a very cold day, lots of disruption after the snow and holiday and she did a brilliant job of looking after us all.
Thank you very much."
"I had the pleasure of taking to WTC and Statue if Liberty Tour with Tony DiSante on 6/26/10. It was a wonderful experience. Tony was a real professional and took a group of 26 including 8 children through the tour with ease. He offered clear instructions and interesting facts about both locations. He was professional, organized, funny and made sure everyone had a good time."
"The tour was superior. Tony shared a lot of interesting information with us and shepherded us around with the patience of a saint and skill of a world explorer. I came away knowing a lot more about Ground Zero--what it was and what it will be. That was a therapeutic experience. The visit to the Statue of Liberty also surpassed expectations: interesting history and promise of hope for the future. Terrific tour at a bargain price. Thank you Tony!"
"We just recently returned from our trip to New York. We took the tour to Ground Zero, Ellis Island and Liberty Island. Marc Landman was our guide and we were very impressed with his knowledge about all three of the sites and New York in general. He even gave us tips on the subway. It was a pleasure to be in his tour group. We thoroughly recommend this company and recommend Marc for an informative and enjoyable tour."
GS & KS
"The tour was awesome. Tony was an outstanding tour guide. Can't imagine what the experience would have been without him.
CM, Amesbury, MA
"We were very impressed and pleased with our tour and our guide, Tony. He was very informative and knowledgeable. I would recommend that tour to anyone. Thanks,"
"Our tour guide Georgienne made our trip to NYC fantastic! She gave us the best tour of Ground Zero and The Statue Of Liberty. She had so much interesting information about both sites, it was truly an amazing experience. I couldn't imagine having done these two destinations on our own, as we would have missed all the fascinating facts she provided about NYC, its history and famous people. She made our trip special.
We will be booking again with your company and requesting Georgienne, it was beyond our expectation. Thank you!"
KH & CG, Canada
"We have just returned to Houston, Texas from a wonderful vacation to New York City and Niagara Falls and wanted to tell you how excited and happy we were to have met Chris Lucas as our tour guide for the Statue of Liberty tour.
He was a great guide, informative and happy to be with us, with lots of information about the city and the areas we were seeing as we ventured from our pick up point to the Statue of Liberty. We were really pleasantly surprised to make several stops on the way that we did not expect and learned lots about the Wall Street area.
Again, thank you for the service you provide to making your city more friendly to visitors."
"I'd like to take a moment to commend tour guide Chris Lucas, who showed us around Ground Zero last week on our trip to NYC.
Chris is very knowledgeable, informative and funny and he made our tour a memorable one. We'd definitely recommend the tour and tour guide to friends."
The Thomson Family
"Chris gave us such an amazing tour of lower Manhattan yesterday [4/8/09]. I'm a New Yorker and he taught me many things I didn't know. We had so much fun with the other family that we spent the whole day with them. This was a really great experience and I would [definitely] use this service again. Thanks so much for a great day."
"Chris Lucas was our tour guide till we boarded the ferry to go see the Statue of Liberty. All we can say about him was that he was Excellent, Friendly, Patient, Jovial & Informative! We will highly recommend your package tours to our friends. Thanks,"
The Desai Family, Cary, NC
"Celia, I have to tell you just how much we all enjoyed our holiday in New York City. IT WAS TOTALLY MAGICAL!! I really don't have the words to tell you just how much fun we actually had. The guide, Georgina, for the Ground Zero and Statue of Liberty was so informative for all the little things we didn't know or have forgotten about. We all give her a 10... All and all we had a terrific time and we owe that all to YOU! THANK YOU for everything that you did! We hope to return to NYC again and you will be the first one that we call.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Debbie, Donna, Mary, Jennifer and Sandy
I just got home from my NY vacation and tour with Georgian was totally awesome. This woman knew her facts and was so friendly and personal. Seeing ground zero and the statue of liberty was kind of a let down, but our tour guide made it one of the most informative and moving trips we experienced. I just wanted to let someone know she is doing an excellent job. I am not sure where to send this mail but if you could forward it to the right person I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you."
"The tour of Ground Zero, Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island was very surreal for me, and maybe my favorite part. We ended up taking over 6 hours doing that. The Empire State building and Rockefeller Center were also amazing. I had seen most of this stuff when I was 11 years (over 39 years ago), but all much more impressive as an adult." KB & AB
I was fortunate enough to have taken a guided tour back on 9/8 with your company in New York. Georganne was our guide and we were exceptionally pleased with her attention to detail, knowledge, zest and sense of humor. She really helped to make our first trip to your fantastic city memorable. I have always felt that the quality of ones employees speaks volumes to the character of a company. You obviously are a high quality company based on georganne.
I will definitely recommend your company to friends and family.
Thanks for a fantastic experience!"
TW, Walnut IL
"Hi, I would like to tell you that we enjoyed our tour of Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday July 30 with Georgiene (sorry for the spelling). She was very informative. She drew a map for us so that we could find other places we wanted to go after the tour. I wish she could have walked around the whole city with us just giving us information about everything. Thanks,"
"I just wanted to commend Tony for being a superb tour guide. I really enjoyed the tour and will recommend it to others. Thank you,"CS
"Just a quick note to let you know the tour was very good! Tony did a wonderful job! Thank you very much."
"My family and I have just returned from a 5 day break in New York. During our time there we took one of your vacation packages and I would like to give you feedback on our experience. We had signed up for the Ground Zero and Statue of Liberty tour before we left the UK as it had been recommended to us.
We met up with our guide Georgine at 7.45am last Wednesday, 28th May 2008.
Georgine was friendly and very chatty. She gave us some background information before we set off so that we would know what to expect. She explained all about the subway and put our minds at rest about using it. Her orange cap made it easy to follow her even when there were lots of people around.
She had so much knowledge about the city of New York, its people and in particular the Ground Zero area and Liberty Island. She obviously wanted to share all this with us and we were all very impressed with both her and the tour itself.
The background information could not have been found in any guide book and we all felt that she cared deeply for the area and the local people. We could never have found our way around the area by ourselves as she showed us so much, including pointing out some small points as well as the main things and suggesting places for taking photographs etc.
Georgine really made this tour special; she puts her whole self into the tour and obviously takes great delight in sharing her knowledge with others.
I would like to thank Georgine again for a great day and a great experience as it is something that we will never forget. We will be recommending others to take this tour; I just hope that they get Georgine as their tour guide!
Many thanks for your time"
"My family and I went on a trip to Ground Zero and The Statue of Liberty (Sunday 14th October) while recently in New York. Our tour guide was Georgina, and I would like to praise her knowledge and enthusiasm the whole time, making the tour so interesting. When she left us at the statue she made sure the whole group were completely happy with their return options. As we were walking to China Town and Grenwich Village Georgina helped us plan our day, showing us on our map which way to go and what to see, and made sure we knew the correct undergroud station to use and where to get off to safely return to our hotel. I am planning to visit New York again next year and will not hesitate to use your company again if we decide to take an excursion. many thanks"
AM, Middlesbrough UK
"I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour of Ground Zero & Statue of Liberty, with our guide Georgenia Millen. She was everything we had hoped for and more. She was knowledgeable, patient, and funny all wrapped into one. Thanks again"
"Hello, I took a tour of Liberty & Ellis Island on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 and Chris Lucas was my groups tour guide. Throughout the entire tour I kept thinking that Chris had done these tours for years since he was soooooo knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. To my surprise when we asked how long he had been doing these tours he said it was his first day! He was non-less short of spectacular. I have gone on many tours, but he was undoubtedly the best tour guide I have had the pleasure to be in company with. Please give him my many thanks for a great time!"
"I set this Tour up to go with Chris' group. Boy, did he ever Do a topnotch job. And, he was great on the subway and With return directions on the train. Kudos to Chris Lucas And your company for hiring the best. Please compliment him For all four of us. My thanks."