New York Harlem Gospel


New York Harlem Gospel

$63.00 $56.00

Conducted in English, this tour reveals the history, heritage and soul of Harlem, the legendary neighborhood known internationally as the Black Mecca of the world. This explosion of cultural pride, defined as the “Harlem Renaissance” derives its roots when African Americans – after enduring centuries of slavery and the struggle for abolition – migrated to the North, relocating from the rural South to the urban North.

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Tour Description

  • Sunday Tour
    Duration: Approx. 4 HOURS.

    The tour will cross the Upper West Side, passing through landmarks such as Saint John the Divine Cathedral (the largest place of worship in the United States and the third largest cathedral in the world), Morningside Heights, Columbia University (one of the eight private Ivy League universities in Northeastern United States), Hamilton Terrace, and finally entering Harlem through the historic district of Sugar Hill in the northern part of Hamilton Heights, consisting of antique wooden row houses and cobblestone streets with coach lights. You will see the legendary Apollo Theatre, the most famous jazz club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers, and a symbol of Black heritage. You will later attend an authentic Baptist mass with Gospel Choir while joining a local church congregation. Clap your hands and experience the wonderful joyous Gospel sounds, intentionally repetitive, spiritual environment, a tradition matured from slave times when blacks were not able to read or take part in the worship, while the hymns of the white master became the backdrop they later used in their choirs. Originally defined as strictly religious, the Gospel genre has moved to the mainstream and has its mark on all other types of music and popular culture.

    THE TOUR STARTS EVERY DAY in front of the Sheraton New York Hotel (811 7th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street – by the revolving door) at 9:00 am. (Starting April 1, 2017 the tour will begin at 8:30 am).  The Tour Guide will call your name.

    We create, craft and operate our own tours.


    Info call us toll-free at 1-212.222.9433
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This tour is offered on Sundays only
We will stop at:

  1. Saint John the Divine Cathedral
  2. Morningside Heights
  3. Columbia University
  4. Hamilton Terrace
  5. Sugar Hill
  6. Apollo Theater
  7. An authentic Baptist mass with Gospel Choir
Language: English
Live Guide: YES!
Duration: 3 1/2 to 4 hours (depending on traffic)
Departure Point: NH Jolly Madison & Sheraton New York
Departure Time: 8:30 at NH Jolly Madison | 09:00 Sheraton New York
Tour Ends/Location: Herald Square (Proximity Macy’s and Empire State Building)
What is Included in Tour: Live narrated bus tour
Cancellation Policy: No penalty if cancelled 24 hours prior to the tour
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Opentours perfectly understands that your travel plans may be subject to changes. You can cancel this service 24 hours prior commencement to receive a full refund. Cancellation must be entered online or by email sent to Please note: Tour itinerary may be modified during special events (Parades, Marathon, traffic conditions).

  1. Services are automatically confirmed upon reservation provided that the origin or destination is within Manhattan.
  2. Rates are applicable to one pick up and one drop off only.
  3. 60 minutes free waiting time given on all domestic flights from the official posted arrival time.
  4. 90 minutes free waiting time on all international flights from the official posted arrival time.
  5. Additional waiting time will be calculated in increments of 15 minutes at the vehicle hourly rate.
  6. Tax, parking and tolls to prices listed are included.
  7. Please contact us for out of town rates.

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