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FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour-9/11 Memorial & Statue

Adult Price From: $69.00
Child Price From: $59.00


No visit to NYC is complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and paying respects at the 9/11 Memorial. 

Learn interesting facts you didn't know and visit places you would have missed - such as the 9/11 Firefighters Memorial Wall. This award-winning, NYC-licensed guided tour combines famous landmarks with a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers (Ground Zero) as well as a tour through historic Lower Manhattan.

" award-winning tour of the National September 11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty." - NYC and Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, referring to NYCVP's FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour

                             Tour ItineraryTour ScheduleMeeting LocationReviews

911 Memorial
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. (NOTE: Entry into the National 911 Memorial Museum is not included on this tour).
You'll see the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub - now called The Oculus - an architectural design likened to a bird about to take flight.  As imposing as it is from the outside, The Oculus is amazing from inside. As much a shopping hub as a transit center, the cavernous interior houses high-end and chain retailers along with specialty food and drink venues.
You'll continue your walking tour of Lower Manhattan including 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, New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall National Monument (where George Washington took his oath of office) 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. 

Sailing 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, her soaring torch and her 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 pedestal.

While on Liberty Island you can also explore the brand-new Statue of Liberty Museum – which opened in May 2019 – and now houses the Statue’s original torch. This inspiring addition to the Liberty Island experience is sure to entertain and educate you – and its millions of yearly visitors - on Lady Liberty and “her story” – as once inside, history comes alive in the three separate galleries that make up this beautiful new “destination” -  the Immersive Theater, the Engagement Gallery and the Inspiration Gallery.  

You may also take the ferry to Ellis Island to visit the famous Gateway to America and Doorway of Hope for 12 million of our ancestors and immigrants from around the world. Here you can explore the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on your own or on a self-guided audio tour.

Once you are ready to return you will do so via subway to Midtown on your own (approximately 30 minutes).

Note: It is recommended that tour participants not schedule afternoon matinee theater events.


"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.

The FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour - 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty Tour price includes the following:
  • Escorted from a convenient Midtown Manhattan location to Lower Manhattan 
  • Roundtrip Metro Card for the NYC Subway
  • Escort into the National 9/11 Memorial Site* (entry into the National 9/11 Memorial Museum is not included on this tour)
  • Roundtrip Statue of Liberty Ferry
  • Monument Access Pass inside the Statue of Liberty**
  • Services of an experienced, officially licensed NYC Tour Guide 

*The National 911 Memorial is open to the general public.
**For bookings made within one (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. 

FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour - 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty Tour Schedule:

* All tours depart at 9:00am * Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours * Tours depart from in front of McDonald's locate at 51st Street and Broadway * No tours are offered on September 11th, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day *

  • January and February: Monday and Saturday
  • March and April: Friday: Saturday and Monday 
  • May: Fridays, Saturday, Sundays and Monday 
  • June through August: Daily 
  • September through December: Friday, Saturday and Monday

  • 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 to Liberty Island 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. 

    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. 

    FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour - 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty Tour Meeting Location, Directions and Other Important Information:

    Meeting Location:
    Tours depart from in front of McDonald's located at  51st Street and Broadway.

    Directions by Subway: 
    1 to 50th Street & Broadway
    B, D, E to 7th Avenue & 53rd Street
    N, R, W to 49th Street & 7th Avenue

    Your confirming tour voucher will be emailed to you once your credit card is processed. Please make sure you add and into your list of mailers from whom you can receive email.

    9/11 Visitor Information: 
    Public restrooms are not available on site.
    All visitors and baggage may be subject to security screening.
    Please limit the items that you bring with you.
    Bag storage is not available.

    NOTE: Please be advised, the NYC subway system is not wheelchair accessible for this tour. The tour operates rain or shine. The order and exact itinerary is dependent upon weather conditions, subway schedule and other factors and may change. No refunds are issued for any reason. Return to midtown is on your own. Tour guide gratuity is not included. New York City Vacation Packages is not responsible for delays, non-operation of tour or accessibility to sites mentioned in the itinerary. Itinerary may be altered if required due to weather, traffic, subway schedule changes, and/or any other condition beyond the control of NYCVP, the tour guides and/or vendors. Tours may be cancelled in advance due to insufficient participation. NYCVP is not responsible for anyone unable to keep up with a normal and reasonable walking tour pace, or anyone getting lost. Liability is expressly limited to the amount paid by patrons for the Tour.

    FREEDOM Comprehensive Tour - Read What Tour Participants Have To Say About It!

    5-star review!
    Interesting insights into 9-11 Memorial/World Trade Center.  My family took the Freedom Comprehensive Tour and had Tony DiSante as our tour guide. He was well versed on all things on the tour, gave great insight and really brought home all that transpired during that time. We also walked through the financial district and he got us set up for our tour to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Well done. It was a lot of walking but Tony was great getting us on/off the subway, in and around the World Trade Center/9-11 Memorial, though the financial district and down to the ferry for the Statue of Liberty. -CG

    5-star review!
    We had a fantastic time. Our tour guide Tony Di Santi was great. He was very educated in all the locations we stopped at and had lots of little interesting stories about people and history about the locations. He knew the city in and out and helped direct us on our way to some additional places we planned to see later that day. We would highly recommend Tony to anyone coming to see NYC especially for the first time. -JW

    Hal Glicksman was our guide for a wonderfully informative tour of the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. From the time we met Hal and the rest of our tour group in Midtown, through the subway ride downtown, and to the point of where Hal left the tour, his knowledge of history and the area, energy and charisma, and willingness to field questions and help travels not only during the tour but afterwards was fantastic!  Hal is definitely a credit to your business! Thanks for a great, informative, and educational tour with Hal! -SW

    Hal was right on time and gave me a call to let me know how to spot where he was inside the McDonald's. We sat down and had a brief conversation he gave me an outline of what the day consisted of. I also read this information on the website prior to meeting him. His demeanor was very polite and courteous and he was very knowledgeable of the city. He made sure to give the background history of the 911 Memorial ... He then proceeded to take us to Battery Park and then stood in line to get tickets for us to take the Statue of Liberty ferry and he told us where we should stand on the boat for the best view. My husband and I really enjoyed Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and spending part of the day with Hal. I would have to say that he is one of the nicest people I have met in my life. He gave us his business card with his phone number and had suggested if we had any additional questions or if we ever came back up to the area that we could call him and he would meet up with us. - AP and JE

    Had a great trip with Hal last Thurs to the 911 Memorial and Statue of Liberty. Hal was very pleasant, funny, and loaded with info!  And he walks fast too!!  Appreciated his humor and personal stories as well. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting NYC. Loved where he told us ride on the Ferry as well as a great pizza place and fabulous bakery. - 
    JB, Florida

    Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the whirlwind vacation we booked with you. Hal Glicksman was a fantastic guide for our Freedom Tour. He is absolutely a fountain of knowledge!...I most definitely would book tours with your agency again. -DF, Kansas

     Our walking tour including the Financial District and 911 Memorial as well as tickets to the Statue of Liberty was phenomenal. Tony Di Sante was not only informative, but also funny. He had a vast store of knowledge and information regarding the history of the area as well as interesting stories and trivia not  found in the travel books. Thanks for an awesome time! - ME

    Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed the tour of the World Trade Center Memorial and our guide Tony Di Sante at 9:00 am on Dec. 14. The pace of the tour was just about right and Tony did an excellent job of providing the information and background about what we were seeing.
    - MK


    We had a delightful tour with Tony in NYC November 8th – with the walking tour, 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty tour at the end. He did an excellent job and we enjoyed personally experiencing your services. Thank you. - GM, Bay World Travel & Tours, CA



    I just wanted to comment on our tour guide, Tony Di Sante, who led us on a comprehensive freedom tour on Oct. 3. Despite the bad weather, Tony made our tour enjoyable. Thank you. -MS


    Hi, My family recently booked a trip and entertainment through New York City Vacation Packages and we are very happy with the service and quality of your packages. We took the Freedom Comprehensive Tour with tour guide Tony Di Sante and found his personality and thorough knowledge of the city to be enjoyable and enlightening. His tour was easily our favorite activity! We will happily recommend your company's services to friends and family and would also recommend they ask for Tony. - KP


    Tour guide did an excellent job taking us around NYC to visit the sites. I would recommend this to everyone that is going to visit NYC for a vacation. -CP


    I would rate this tour a 5. My husband and I enjoyed all, the info. provided by Tony Di Santo. It was nice to have all the tickets, not stand in line. We saw a lot and the tour moved right along.  I will pass along tour info to friends and family so they can participate in this great deal. -DS


    We were able to see a large portion of the city and gain insight from a true New Yorker. The tour was appropriately paced and priced.  The guide's orange hat was easy to spot even on the busy NY streets.  Guide also made our first NY subway ride easy as pie. -ST

    Just a quick note to express our complete satisfaction with the job done by Tony Di Sante on our walking tour of the 911 memorial and other attractions in Battery Park. Tony's commentary was excellent; it was clear, complete and very well delivered. He kept everyone's attention and answered all our questions completely. Tony is among the best tour guides that we have had in our travels over the last 15 years! - RM and WM


    My husband and I were in NYC and took the WTC Walking Tour. Mr. Glicksman was very professional, informed and funny.  We really enjoyed ourselves and pleased we had such a great guide. Please pass our thanks for an incredible tour. - MP and LP


    Hal was our tour guide, and he rocked!!!! He was full of information, entertainment, and sincerity of heart. He was open to all questions, and didn't act as if any questions was not a question worth asking. He made that tour so enjoyable and informational at the same time. The tour I took two years ago was good, but not that good. He was amazing, and I wanted to let you know.  Give that guy a raise. He is worth it! Thank you again for all of your help, in making our trip to New York City, all that we wanted it to be. - WM


    Our Tour Guide, Darryl made this tour so interesting. His enthusiasm and knowledge made the history come alive! Great day! Going inside the Statue of Liberty was icing on the cake after a subway ride and walking tour around many attractions! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that capable of walking the required distance. -Roxie, Georgia

    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. - CH


    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! Sincerely, - 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. 
    Sincerely, -GP

    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. - RF


    This was a fantastic tour. For two NYC first-timers this was a great way to get a feel for the Subway and the lower Manhattan area as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our tour guide, Tony, was fantastic. He was funny and full of information. He showed us things that we weren't necessarily expecting and even showed us some things that he thought even New Yorkers wouldn't know about. He got us through security and onto the boat without a hitch and made sure that we knew exactly where we were headed on the tour as well as after the tour. We had more than ample time to explore the Statue of Liberty and her pedestal as well as Ellis Island. This tour was definitely worth the money. We felt like we knew more than we would have had we tried this experience on our own! Kudos to you for this tour! - AKG and LAK

    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! -RM

    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, - BK


    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. -WB


    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. -LD

    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



     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 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. -Mick



    Hi Beth, Just wanted thank you for setting up a great trip. The tickets for the three musicals were excellent. The tour guides for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (Georgina) and Lower Manhatten (Tony) tours were excellent. Wouldn't change a thing. - DA & EA

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