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Since the dawn of time, moviemakers have chosen the grit and glamour of New York City as the setting of countless TV series, motion pictures, and direct memory downloads. Grab today’s Groupon to revel in your fantasy TV world—if only for three or four hours. Escape reality with On Location Tours, the company that takes you all around the Big Apple to the real–life locations of your favorite TV scenes. This deal offers two (very different) TV show tours: The Sopranos and Gossip Girl. For just 25 bucks, hop aboard as a tour guide takes you (via luxury coach bus) to all the sites that define one of the two shows. Buy two Groupons and take both tours, guaranteeing that your memories of the two shows will become entwined, therefore making each one more interesting!
Choose from one of the following:
- The Sopranos Tour: If you loved the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Italian-American mobster series, you’ll love the On Location tour. Your guide will take you on a four-hour tour through Soprano-land (aka NYC and New Jersey), showing you more than 40 shooting locations. You’ll stop at Father Phil’s Parish, go inside the Bada Bing, sit on the steps of the diner where Chris was shot, and enjoy the restaurant booth where Tony sat in the last scene of the series. On the bus, you’ll listen to the unforgettable theme song, “Woke Up This Morning,” and watch tons of clips from the show to help you remember just what drama went down at every spot on the trip. Sopranos tours meet near Seventh Av. and 39th St,, Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
- Gossip Girl Tour: Join Manhattan’s elite on a 3.5-hour tour of all the glamour of the WB’s hit series. Feel what it’s like to be Blair as you stop by her Fifth Avenue abode. Check out the steps of the Met where all the Queen Bees eat their morning yogurt before school at Constantine Billard (another stop on the tour). See the glamorous Upper East Side Mansion where Bart Bass and Lily van der Woodsen wed. Journey to the Lower East Side to see the Box, Chuck’s burlesque club. Along the way, watch scenes from the show to see which characters were “spotted” at each destination. GG tours meet near the Palace Hotel, Fridays and Sundays at noon.
The Gossip Girl Tour is a Metromix pick. Here’s what they say: > * After 40-plus location call outs, several stops, trivia tidbits and some choice GG clips, our tour ends. The three-and-a-half hours of pretend tourist time (not to mention the sugar rush of frosting shots and trivia treats) has given us a refreshing break from our daily routine. And as a fan of GG, we are even more “xoxo” over this show.
Yelpers give On Location Tours four stars. See what tour-goers think about their escapes from reality into their favorite TV worlds:
- the tour was excellent in so many different ways….it was interesting to check out what lurks right across the Hudson….and (we) ended our trip at the Badda Bing strip club where we all had a drink and tipped the girls. – CB M., about The Sopranos
- Tracy, the tourguide, was a perfect fit - very sassy and cute and funny - she made the tour!…I think even a die-hard fan could take the tour and enjoy themselves. – Meagan H., about Gossip Girl
On Location Tours
It doesn't matter if you've never been to New York City in your life: you still know it. So beloved is the city by the makers of movies and TV shows that visitors can hardly take a walk without being reminded of some iconic scene. There's F.A.O. Schwarz, where Tom Hanks played the giant piano in Big, there's the apartment building that Holly Golightly called home in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and there's the Empire State Building, fitted with gorilla wire since the events of King Kong. On Location Tours takes guests of the city on a curated adventure through all of these hotspots and more. The Sex and the City Hotspots tour ventures through a world of classy bars, decadent cupcakes, and saucy adult toy stores, while the Sopranos Sites tour starts in midtown Manhattan and winds through New Jersey locales such as the Bada Bing, Barone Sanitation, and the diner from that unforgettable final scene. Other tours focus on the many films captured at Central Park and the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs celebrities go to in real life to manufacture headlines for the tabloids.