Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:00pm. Wait until 4:00pm to come to the designated meeting room (usually the Brooklyn room on the lower level but it will be posted in the lobby on an LED board across from the security desk) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.
Dinner: 5:00 pm Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
Evening: Learn about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Breakfast: The first morning, a Continental Breakfast is served in the Meeting Room, featuring New York City bagels with a schmeer, muffins, fruit, and eggs. During breakfast, register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over. A representative from the MTA will take your picture and a copy of your driver's license to process your permanent MetroCard application. They will give you a temporary card to use for the week, enabling you to ride for half price. After you return home, in a few weeks you will receive a permanent card in the mail. That is your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around half price.
Morning: We will take our first subway ride to the southern tip of the island and catch a ferry to visit the Statue of Liberty.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own on Ellis Island. The expanded cafeteria has selections that include delicacies from many of the immigrant's native lands.
Afternoon: Experience the excitement felt by millions of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. The interactive museum lets you walk in their footsteps, take the tests necessary to gain entry, attend a trial and decide the fate of a young man hoping to start a new life in America. Upon your return to Manhattan, visit the 9/11 Memorial and site of the World Trade Center.
Dinner: Dine in a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a family-style meal including your choice of soup, three appetizers and five entrees.
Evening: Learn about New York and its five boroughs and if energy permits, visit the Empire State Building. From the 86th floor observation deck you get a birds eye view of the Manhattan street grid and all five boroughs and New Jersey in the distance.
Breakfast: This morning we will start with a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner. You can choose eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.
Morning: Learn about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and obtain tips on navigating its galleries before heading up to the museum. On the way, you will traverse Central Park and your expert guide will elaborate on its history and point out areas of interest.
Lunch: Lunch on your own in any of the museums' eating venues. From the extensive selections in the cafeteria to the elegant "Petrie Court Cafe" you can't go wrong with whatever eatery you choose.
Afternoon: Continue to explore the extensive holdings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arguably the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. A variety of docent led tours will guide you through the collections of your choosing.
Dinner: We dine at "Uncle Nick's," a fun and festive dining room for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. Start with a huge Greek country salad with feta and dolmades before kabob and gyro platters are passed, accompanied by pita and tzatziki. Be sure to save room for the baklava and galaktoboureko.
Evening: After dinner, we head over to what may be New York's most acclaimed new park. Written about in Smithsonian, National Geographic and AARP Magazines, the High Line is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. We will stroll above the traffic below, through the gallery district of Chelsea and into the trendy Meat Packing District with an expert guide leading the way.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
Morning: Program ends after breakfast/hotel check out is noon