"Excellent tour - traffic delays were a pain, but the cathedral visit was an excellent end to the day, and our guide was extremely knowledgable and entertaining."
"Hal was our guide for this tour. We thoroughly enjoyed his insight, humor and knowledge of the city. Definitely recommend him and NYCtrip for future tour!" Julie, Olathe KS
"We have returned home from our trip and I wanted to take the time to thank you all for a wonderful time ... What an experience! The tour guide shared a lot of information, the bus driver did a fantastic job - everything was incredible-please pass on my thanks, it was a wonderful day. Additionally, the coupons we used were for the Empire State building and the Museum of Natural History-both were great. I could go on and on but let me say that all parts (stay warm breakfast, dinner, hotel, etc.) were memorable.
Thanks again for getting this set up!" RM
The tour departs at either 10am or 11:30am on Wednesday (choose the time when you purchase), the day before Thanksgiving. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
Total time of the tour from departure to return is approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
You will receive a confirming voucher that you must bring in order to be admitted to the tour.
Children of all ages are welcome on the tour. Kids between the ages of 2 and 12 get a special rate. Kids under 2 get an even more special rate - they're free!
The Balloon Inflation Area had become a very popular event for both tourists and locals. NYCVP has conducted tours to the site for many years. We know that crowds are heaviest later in the afternoon and in the evening. That's why we depart earlier! You'll appreciate your early arrival when you watch the local news in the evening and see the reports on the huge crowds that we will have avoided.
The Balloon Inflation Area, and entrance to it, are tightly controlled by the New York Police Department (NYPD). Although our tour guides are experienced in conducting tours of the area - and we have advance "scouts" at the site prior to your arrival - we still have to abide by the policies of the NYPD.
The visit to the Balloon Inflation Area requires a half mile or so of walking. Although our motorcoaches are not mobility-device accessible, we can store devices in the luggage compartment. You are then welcome to use your mobility device upon arrival at the site. There is accessibility to the interior of Cathedral of St. John the Divine.