Leading more than 30 bike tours across the nation, the cycling enthusiasts at Bike and Roll fuel a passion for healthy, eco-friendly transportation via guided tours and self-guided rides atop rental bikes. Their fleet of two-wheelers stakes a claim to Trek bicycles—the same brand that propelled Lance Armstrong to victory—and other recreation, transportation, road, and children's bikes. Riders can pedal behind a guide during the Ride 'Round Manhattan tour, which circles the Statue of Liberty and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial before cruising along the Harlem River bike path. More adventurous cyclists can board rental cycles on their own and confer with free maps to conduct a jaunt across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges while drinking in the skyline and making Waldo spottings along the river. Bike and Roll also outfits patrons with other specialty transportation, such as in-line skates, segways, and magic carpets programmed to swing past the tops of only historic buildings.:m]]
NYSee Tours explores renowned sights in New York City with three combination bus-and-walking tours, each led by effusive guides who flavor the sights with history, anecdotes, and their distinct personalities. Under the direction of owner and lifelong New Yorker Fred Pflantzer, they lead tours to prominent destinations including Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Southstreet Seaport, Lower East Side, and parts of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg and Red Hook. The Brooklyn Grand tour shepherds tour-goers through notable Brooklyn neighborhoods and landmarks, including Prospect Park, Greenwood Cemetery, and Williamsburg, stopping for lunch at Fairway Market in Red Hook along the way. On the Get Acquainted East Side tour, passengers take in New York City history with stops at South Street Seaport, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Union Square, and the New York Public Library.
Get America Tours's knowledgeable guides escort groups of sightseers on more than 20 extended and mini tours. Tours journey to places like New York City and the Grand Canyon on 1- to 11-day jaunts taken at a comfortable pace, allowing patrons to hit the area's highlights and spend time soaking up their new setting. Highly trained guides share a wealth of information about history, local gems, and cultural tradition with their tour members. Some guides, able to speak Spanish and German, are also trained as multilingual emissaries. Passengers are ferried across the United States and Canada in either buses, vans, or minivans, depending on the number of passengers, ensuring that tours are never cancelled due to a lack of passengers or an overabundance of giant stuffed animals.
Offering one of the most convenient ways to get to the Manhattan island, NY Waterway lets visitors forego paying bridge tolls, suffering traffic delays, and carrying their cars around with them once in the city. The company's ferries jump across the Hudson River, East River, and Lower Bay, dropping passengers at terminals throughout the city. NY Waterway buslines, meanwhile, crisscross Manhattan, taking patrons down busy thoroughfares to their waiting boats free of charge. The company has been moving precious cargo—people—to and from in New York City since 1986, when the Mets won the World Series largely due to their ability to get to the games on a ferry.
Bespoke Tours arranges customizable, luxury-vehicle-chauffeured city excursions through Manhattan, playing the part of tour guide, travel concierge, and itinerary planner. On a Ladies Who Lunch excursion, expert glamour guide Letitia Burrell settles two guests (a maximum of 12 on the tour, both men and women welcome) in a luxury accommodation and conducts them on one day of appetite-piquing adventures in one of Brilliant's luxury Mercedes Benz vehicles. Tourists begin the trip with an afternoon pickup at the W Hotel on Park Avenue, followed by a jaunt to several gourmet shops serving wine and chocolates, during which guests will enjoy meeting award-winning chefs and sommeliers during exclusive tastings. A one-night stay of slumber atop plush pillows in a luxury hotel concludes the excursion, along with gift bags from the day's tastings.
About a block from the Algonquin, the blazing marquees of Broadway light up the night, competing for attention with the neon-coated buildings of Times Square. On West 49th, the 1922 Ambassador Theater lures sightseers into an auditorium lavished with plaster molding and gilt designs. There, the Tony Award–winning Chicago unfolds with vaudevillian glitz and iconic jazz numbers (tickets included with this Getaways deal). Though many of the city's landmarks are within walking distance of the theater district, a three-hour cruise on a double-decker ferry around Manhattan from Circle-Line Sightseeing provides a more panoramic view of the skyline, skimming past the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty (tickets included with this Getaways deal). When it comes time to explore again on foot, Central Park awaits about a 30-minute walk north of the hotel. There, as autumn turns to winter, the bare tree branches complement the sleek lines of surrounding skyscrapers, and ice-skating rinks reflect glimmering city streetlights and nature's streetlights, the smiles of children.New York Guest's agents live in the city and work in central Manhattan, enabling them to handpick itineraries (such as this one) based on local expertise.