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New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

1. New York City: Manhattan Helicopter Tour

Manhattan brings to mind grand skyscrapers, taxi cabs, and a world-class attitude all of its own. See all this and more as an expert pilot flies you over NYC on a 15 or 20-minute helicopter tour. Soar over the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Madison Square Garden, among other landmarks. After take-off from the Downtown Heliport, swing down over lower Manhattan to see the skyline and streets below. Swoop over Battery Park to glance at Wall Street and its labyrinth of streets. Then sail over to Governor's Island, an island once reserved only for the city's dignitaries that now hosts summer concerts and public art. Then, fly over Ellis Island and see Lady Liberty shining brightly in the distance. Cruise right up to her eye for a new perspective of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy all this before heading up the Hudson past the piers of Chelsea and the lights of Broadway. On your way back to the pier, head around the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and fly over Ground Zero where you can have a look at the exceptional work they're doing at the sight. Continue past Madison Square Garden and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. See Central Park as your flight turns around to return to the heliport. Sights included in the 15-Minute tour: Statue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 MemorialBrooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall Street/Financial DistrictEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenTimes SquareU.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space MuseumCentral Park Sights included in the 20-Minute tour: Brooklyn BridgeBattery ParkWall StreetStatue of LibertyEllis IslandOne World Trade Center9/11 Memorial SiteEmpire State BuildingChrysler BuildingMadison Square GardenU.S.S. Intrepid MuseumTimes SquareCentral ParkGrant’s TombGeorge Washington BridgeHarlem and Harlem RiverThe Bronx and Yankee StadiumPalisades CliffsSpuyten Duyvil Bridge

NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

2. NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Enjoy stunning views of the NYC skyline with a 180-degree sightseeing experience from a boat that is all-glass and includes curved ceilings and walls. Hop aboard the boat at Chelsea Piers and being your sightseeing adventure. Sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring the Manhattan skyline. Spot Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Capture pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Gaze out from one of the open-air decks for unobstructed views. Relax in the elegant atmosphere and take advantage of the attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch, or dinner prepared by the chef. Listen to a variety of tunes throughout the cruise played by a skilled pianist. Hear fascinating facts about New York’s famous attractions. Dance to piano melodies that include jazz, blues, and Broadway hits. On the dinner cruise, enjoy the added entertainment featuring an acoustic trio of a baby grand piano, upright bass, and jazz guitar. For brunch, enjoy bottomless mimosas while taking in the spectacular views. Sample Bottomless Brunch Menu - Early Risers: Seasonal Fruit, Breakfast Pastries, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Breakfast Potatoes, or Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Late Risers: Organic Mixed Field Greens, Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Roasted Broccoli Florets, Baked Ziti Pasta, Roasted Salmon Provençale, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken, or Hand Carved Strip Loin, USDA Choice - Desserts: Bateaux Signature Dessert Station Sample Plated Lunch Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar - Entrée: Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake Sample Plated Dinner Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Lobster Bisque, Togarashi Tuna Tartare, or Duck Pate De Foie Gras (available for additional price) - Main Course: Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Roasted Shrimp, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod, American Wagyu Striploin (available for additional price), or Broiled Maine Lobster Tails (available for additional price) - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie Cheeses, Bateaux Signature Warm Butter Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries, or French Macarons (available for additional price)

New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

3. New York City: Private Helicopter Tour for Couples

Avoid the traffic and take in spectacular views on 30-minute or 45-minute scenic helicopter flight over Manhattan. Bring your special someone along on this unique tour that’s priced for 2 persons. Tours depart from and arrive at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, located just outside NYC and easily accessible by public transit (Metro-North rail) and by car (free parking). Alternatively, opt to include roundtrip hotel transfers from anywhere in Manhattan. Upon arrival at the airport, begin with a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter. Take off and enjoy stunning aerial views of Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the iconic Manhattan skyline, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, and the East River bridges. Gaze down at the incredible sights from the air, knowing that there truly is no other place in the world like New York City.

New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

4. New York City Bus, Boat and Walking Tour

See the best of New York City on sightseeing tours by bus and boat. In addition, enjoy a walk through the Financial Center to Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange. A live tour guide will enhance your experience with commentary on this 6-hour program. The Staten Island ferry ensures breathtaking views of the New York City and New Jersey skylines. Take in views of world-famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, and more. This tour gives you two options for tour buses - a luxury climate-controlled closed-top bus or a unique small-capacity glass-top or open-top convertible bus that can open when the weather is nice or retract and turn into a glass-top to protect you from the weather elements.

NYC: Christmas Day Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

5. NYC: Christmas Day Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Experience the magic of the season on a luxurious Christmas Day gourmet brunch or dinner cruise aboard New York’s glass-enclosed Bateaux, Manhattan’s most premium experience on the water. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday 3-course, plated brunch or dinner freshly prepared by a chef. Savor an exquisite dining experience where delectable cuisine, elegant decor, and stunning views will make for an unforgettable experience. Imaginative culinary creations, top-class wine list, and musical entertainment combine to create the ultimate New York indulgence. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline from an incredibly unique perspective, live entertainment, and festive décor. Celebrate the holidays on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Sample Brunch Menu: STARTER (CHOICE OF ONE) BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD (G*)(V) Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic Vinaigrette GREEK YOGURT & GRANOLA PARFAIT (G*)(V) Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt | Honey Granola | Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries MAIN (CHOICE OF ONE) SCRAMBLED EGGS (G*) Nueske's Applewood Triple-Thick Cut Bacon | New Red Potatoes & Cauliflower Hash | Arugula Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette & Red Onions BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST (V) Stuffed with Nutella Cream | Fresh Strawberries | Maple Syrup (Contains Nuts) OVEN-ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST WITH ROSEMARY & THYME Roasted New Red Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Mushroom Sauce DESSERT (CHOICE OF ONE) SIGNATURE CHOCOLATE CAKE (V) Creme Anglaise | Raspberry Coulis | Candied Pecans (Contains Nuts) MIXED FRUIT WITH STRAWBERRIES (G*)(VG)(V) Madagascar Vanilla and Orange Cream NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE (V)(N) Lemon Mascarpone Cream | Blueberry Compote **May contain Nuts Sample Dinner Menu: STARTER (CHOICE OF ONE - ALL STARTERS ACCOMPANIED BY FRESH BREAD AND BUTTER) BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD (G*)(V) Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic Vinaigrette SIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDER (G*) Clams | Idaho Potatoes | Cream MAIN (CHOICE OF ONE) TURKEY DINNER Garlic Mashed Potato | Traditional Stuffing | Haricot Verts | Turkey Gravy | Cranberry Sauce BROILED SALMON FILET WITH ROASTED TOMATO VINAIGRETTE Lemon Orzo | Farm Fresh Seasonal Vegetables BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH FRESNO PEPPER DEMI GLACE (G*) Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Baby Carrots, Broccoli FALL VEGETABLE RAGU (G*)(V)(VG) Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu DESSERT (CHOICE OF ONE) HORNBLOWER SIGNATURE CHOCOLATE CAKE (V) Creme Anglaise | Raspberry Coulis | Candied Pecans | (Contains Nuts) MIXED FRUIT WITH STRAWBERRIES (G*)(VG)(V) Madagascar Vanilla and Orange Cream NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE (V) Lemon Marscapone Cream | Blueberry Compote | (Contains Nuts)

NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

6. NYC: Manhattan Skyline Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live DJ

Take in New York City's iconic skyline on an evening boat cruise. Marvel at key landmarks, such as Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and dance on the upper deck to tunes played by the live DJ. Board the boat at Pier 36 and settle in before setting sail under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Enjoy views of City Hall, the Woolworth Building, South Street Seaport, the Lower Manhattan Skyline, and Wall Street on your right, and the districts of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights on your left. Once at the southern tip of Manhattan, pass Governors Island and enjoy panoramic views of the whole of Lower Manhattan, dominated by the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step outside onto the boat's outdoor upper deck to take in these iconic views. Then, head up the Hudson River with the State of New Jersey on one side and Midtown Manhattan on the other. Spot the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards. Next, pass Ellis Island and pause just off Liberty Island at the perfect place to take breathtaking photos of the Statue of Liberty. During the cruise, enjoy a delicious 3-course buffet meal and some light tour narration to ensure you don't miss out on the key attractions. Listen to music played by the live DJ throughout the evening. Take a spin on the dancefloor on the outdoor section of the upper deck after your meal. Sample menu: Garden mixed greens salad Either marinated top round steak or roasted pork loin Chicken Francese Baked tilapia Pasta with tomato and basil Broccoli, carrots, baked potato, and zucchini in a coconut cream sauce (seasonal vegan dish) Mashed potatoes Seasonal vegetables Chocolate mousse or New York cheesecake Non-alcoholic beverages, including juice, soda, or bottled water Tea or coffee

New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

7. New York City: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Admire New York City’s top sights and most popular neighborhoods from the top deck of an open-top Hop-On Hop-Off bus. See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enhance your experience with multi-attraction or sightseeing cruise combo tickets. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of the open-air sightseeing bus and on foot when you choose to hop off to further explore. Hop off and back on at your leisure, creating your own customized itinerary around the city while on the Uptown and Downtown loops. Benefit from a live bus-tracking app tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive.  Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is informative, highly entertaining, and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets Top sights on the Downtown loop include: • The Flatiron District • Union Square • Greenwich Village• East Village • Chinatown• Little Italy• Wall St. and the Stock Exchange • SoHo  Top sights on the Uptown loop include: • Times Square • Upper East Side• Central Park• Museum Mile• Uptown Manhattan• MoMA • The Met• Columbus Circle

NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

8. NYC: Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Experience New York at sunset on a cruise of the harbor, and take in all the sights and lights of Manhattan aboard a climate-controlled boat. Grab your friends, family, and coworkers - or even a random stranger - and embark on an unforgettable journey of the harbor with "Lady Liberty" keeping watch. With a drink in your hand, purchased from the fully stocked bar, feel the breeze on your face and be mesmerized by the shimmering skyline. Get endless photo opportunities to make you an Instagram star as you sail past legendary attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and get perfect views of the Freedom Tower - One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Pier 54 (Titanic Pier), Battery Park, and more. See where millions of immigrants were processed when they arrived in America at Ellis Island, cruise past Governors Island, the South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Bridge. Marvel at unrivaled views of the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Chrysler Building, and discover the East Village, United Nations Building, and USS Intrepid Pier from a different perspective. 

New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

9. New York City: Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Buffet River Cruise

See the sights of New York City from onboard the 'Spirit of New York' ship and cruise on the Hudson River. Enjoy an al-fresco buffet dining experience while savoring views of the Manhattan skyline Board the vessel at Chelsea Piers and be welcomed on board. Take a picture that you can purchase later as a souvenir. Be seated at a private table and marvel at iconic views of the city from the water. Have a brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals that are prepared fresh daily. While you feast, listen to tunes by an onboard DJ. Marvel at unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Sample Brunch Menu: Early Riser • Breakfast pastries • Scrambled eggs • Breakfast meats • Breakfast potatoes Late Riser • Field green salad • Kale quinoa salad • Green goddess pasta salad • Honey sesame chicken • Oven-roasted whitefish • Root vegetable fricassee • Roasted broccoli Dessert • Cakes• Brownies• Seasonal fruit Sample Lunch/Dinner Buffet Menu: Salads • Organic mixed field greens • Organic spinach and kale salad • Green bean salad • Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad • Red beetroot salad • Bow tie pasta salad • Vegetables, potatoes, and pasta • Roasted broccoli florets • Creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole • Baked ziti pasta • Mashed potatoes Entrees • Oven-baked Atlantic flounder filet • Honey and sesame chicken • Italian beef meatballs • Braised beef short ribs (dinner only) Desserts • Seasonal fruit • Raspberry mousse • Lemon pound cake and fresh strawberries • Coconut vanilla cake • Carrot cake • Red velvet and chocolate chip brownie (dinner only)

NYC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

10. NYC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Celebrate the magic of the season on a luxurious Christmas Eve lunch or dinner cruise aboard New York’s glass-enclosed Bateaux – Manhattan’s most premium experience on the water. You and your guests will enjoy a holiday 3-course, plated meal freshly prepared by the chef, and full bar service. Savor an exquisite dining experience where delectable cuisine, elegant decor, and stunning views will make for an unforgettable experience. Imaginative culinary creations, top-class wine list, and musical entertainment combine to create the ultimate New York indulgence. While onboard, experience exceptional views of New York City’s iconic skyline from an incredibly unique perspective, curated music, and festive décor. The team will happily take care of the details, leaving you to celebrate the holidays on the Hudson and East Rivers with your friends and family. Take a look at a sample menu for an idea of the delicious meal you can expect: STARTER (Choice of One)BEET & BABY ARUGULA SALAD Feta Cheese | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic VinaigretteSIGNATURE SEAFOOD CHOWDER Clams | Idaho Potatoes | Cream MAIN (Choice of One)TURKEY DINNERGarlic Mashed Potato | Traditional Stuffing | Haricot Verts | Turkey Gravy | Cranberry SauceBROILED SALMON FILET WITH ROASTED TOMATO VINAIGRETTELemon Orzo | Farm Fresh Seasonal VegetablesFALL VEGETABLE RAGU (G*)(VG)(V)Butternut Squash | Brussel Sprouts | Cauliflower | Carrots | White Bean Ragu DESSERTMIXED FRUIT WITH STRAWBERRIESMadagascar Vanilla and Orange CreamNEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE Lemon Mascarpone Cream | Blueberry Compote | (Contains Nuts)HORNBLOWER SIGNATURE CHOCOLATE CAKE Creme Anglaise | Raspberry Coulis | Candied Pecans | (Contains Nuts)

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based on 22 reviews

The tour was wonderful. We saw so many things! Our guide knew everything New York - she was a NY City native (Brooklyn). So knowledgeable. Not an excessive amount of walking - just enough (I’m 64 - went with my 42 yo daughter). Sufficient restroom breaks. Water available onboard. Nice, comfortable coach bus. Started on time; ended at 3:15ish. Lunch on your own for 30 min or so. It was a hustle to get off the first ferry to Staten Island and get back onto the returning ferry. If you’re challenged with walking fast, it can take your breath away and require a sit on the ride back. Time allotted to walk the 9/11 Memorial and Strawberry Fields in Central Park. Ask questions to your guide - ours knew ALL KINDS of NY City history. AMAZING. They will take pictures of you with your camera - just ask!

One of the best times of my life!!! I did it for the birthday of my wife, and I thought I messed up because of the fog, but boy was I wrong!!! Beef tasted like butter, the ride was too smooth, and we’ll never forget this day!!! Thank you to Nichy, he was the server that helped accentuate the ambiance, as well as the band and their beautiful music!!!

Was really a great moment. We can just recommend this company, really professional, a warm welcome, a great pilot that took time to stop the boat and explained us lot of details of what we were seeing and what we should not missed …. No negative point !

A beautiful view of the city at night. Spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty.

Excellent lunch experience. Great view and attentive service.