Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The ‘Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island’ excursion is geared to make life easier for our guests. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, in upper New York Harbor, is almost two miles from the shore of lower Manhattan. Ellis Island is a half mile closer. This excursion is designed for those who wish to have a knowledgeable person accompany you to the iconic Statue of Liberty and the historic Ellis Island.

Due to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island’s popularity, we suggest this trip begin relatively early in the morning to avoid the possibility of long lines for the Liberty ferry boat. With advanced notice, Statue of Liberty Pedestal/Museum passes can be arranged. Due to their limited number, crown passes, which give you access to walking up to the statues crown, are extremely difficult to obtain. The Statue’s Pedestal entry pass, which includes access to the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Statue’s 10-story pedestal observatory are more abundant and easier to obtain depending on the time of year. Please note that quoted rates do not include ferry transport tickets to Lady Liberty.

A Tour Designed With You In Mind

Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is an extraordinary day of architecture, stunning views, and history. This journey is usually a 4 – 5 hour tour, depending on how many stops and sites you wish to make on the islands and any additional time visiting sites in the city upon our return.  This excursion is specifically designed for you!  If you wish to have lunch during the day, arrangements can be made.  There are food concession dining areas located on Liberty and Ellis Island if you desire a quick snack.

Your day will begin at your pickup location. We will immediately drive to Battery Park to board the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Liberty Island is usually our first stop where we’ll disembark the ferry to explore the Statue of Liberty and her island. Crown and pedestal passes are optional.

* Did you know that the Statue of Liberty’s real name is “Liberty Enlightening the World?” And the Statue was a joint effort between America and France for America’s Centennial celebration.

Ellis Island could be the second stop. Ellis Island is one of the country’s most important historic sites and along with Liberty Island the third most visited National Park monument in the country. We could explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum where we will walk you along the exact path that 12 million courageous immigrants had from 1892 to 1924, such as Bob Hope, Bela Lugosi, Albert Einstein, Harry Houdini and Gustav Mahler. Enjoy the galleries of artifacts and the Wall of Honor. The Ellis Island experience is overwhelming for all, as are the views of New York City across the harbor.

Your starting and ending location is usually at your hotel. However, we will gladly meet you at any local location you desire. Our day is all about you and New York City!

Experience The City To The Fullest

During your tour we’ll point out the contrast in architecture from neighborhood to neighborhood, which makes New York City so unique and interesting, as no two neighborhoods are alike. We’ll also recommend local restaurants within each neighborhood where you may consider dining while you’re visiting the city.  We’re glad to make reservations for you, as well.

Your request is welcome at any time for your touring vehicle to stop, so you could explore a site, store, market, or just to stop and take photographs as there are so many photogenic buildings and sites throughout the city.

Guests find our guides enthusiastic, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable in their ability to explain New York culture, history and all the many wonders that make NYC the special place that it is! Foreign language tours can be arranged for you.

Please allow us the privilege of touring you and your group throughout the great City of New York!

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