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New York

Signature City New York

Get an insider’s perspective on New York as you explore Ellis Island, the Met, Rockefeller Plaza and learn about the city’s transition from a Dutch outpost to an American icon.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 8861RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
New York

Signature City New York

Get an insider’s perspective on New York as you explore Ellis Island, the Met, Rockefeller Plaza and learn about the city’s transition from a Dutch outpost to an American icon.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
Program No. 8861 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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2,099
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
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2,099
Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022
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1,999
May 1 - May 6, 2022
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1,999
May 15 - May 20, 2022
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1,749
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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1,749
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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2,099
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
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1,899
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
1,899
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022
Starting at
2,699
May 1 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
2,699
May 15 - May 20, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,849
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Starting at
2,649
Oct 9 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,649
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
2,649

At a Glance

Bubbling with history, culture, diversity and energy, New York is whatever one makes of it. Wave after wave of people from the Colonial era to the present have flocked to the Big Apple to seek their fortunes. Whether you’re a first-timer or a former New Yorker reacquainting yourself with old haunts, trace the story of New York from its Dutch beginnings and into the future as you absorb the city’s architecture, economy, politics and more on expert-led field trips to great city icons.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking 2-5 miles each day, lots of stairs. Public transportation used throughout program.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a museum that is to New York what the Louvre is to Paris.
  • Recall the heady days of the world’s largest privately owned entertainment and business complex at Rockefeller Plaza, outside and inside incredible Radio City Music Hall.
  • Explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. This program offers a full schedule of activities and may have a maximum of 38 participants. There are lots of different ways to explore New York City with us depending on your preference of group size, pace, program inclusions and time available for travel. Visit www.roadscholar.org/collections/nyc to explore them all!
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Richard Turnbull
Richard Turnbull is an assistant professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and lectures regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He has published numerous articles on topics from the challenges of being an adjunct professor to the photography of Luke Smalley, and has forthcoming articles on Islamic art and 70s pop music and culture. Richard earned his Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Richard Turnbull is an assistant professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and lectures regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He has published numerous articles on topics from the challenges of being an adjunct professor to the photography of Luke Smalley, and has forthcoming articles on Islamic art and 70s pop music and culture. Richard earned his Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts.
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John Kriskiewicz View biography
John Kriskiewicz is a native New Yorker with a degree in architecture from Pratt Institute. He has taught courses on architectural and city planning history at Parsons School of Design, The Cooper Union, Fashion Institute of Technology, Stern College for Women, and Manhattan College. John has designed travel programs and lectures for many of New York City’s institutions and corporations including Road Scholar/Explore New York. He has a special affinity for New York’s extensive infrastructure as well as its Mid-Century Modern heritage.
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Tom Bernardin View biography
As a National Park Service Guide at Ellis Island, Tom Bernardin became an avid collector of Statue of Liberty memorabilia — and his association with Ellis Island inspired him to write "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors." He has made guest appearances on National Public Radio, the TV Food Network, Arts and Entertainment and the History Channel.
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Angela Christensen View biography
Angela Christensen is a licensed New York City excursion leader who has extensive experience in event planning and hospitality. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society managing events in the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Now, she loves showing off her city with lifelong learners from around the world!
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Karl Baudendistel View biography
A New York City resident for more than 25 years, Karl Baudendistel loves sharing his knowledge of the city with visitors from around the world. Having spent 20 years overseeing ‘the business of show business’ for numerous Broadway and touring productions, chances are he’s been to a city near you. Karl is a member of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, is a trained sommelier and was educated at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
New York
by Edward Rutherford
Here Is New York
by E. B. White
The Big Oyster
by Mark Kurlansky
Downtown: My Manhattan
by Peter Hamill
Mannahatta: A Natural History of NYC
by Sanderson & Boyer
American Passage
by Vincent Cannato
722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
by Clifton Hood
Let The Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
Time and Again
by Jack Finney
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
by Michael Reidel
Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center
by Daniel Okrent
Harlem
by Jonathan Gill
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4.88 Average
(4)

Road Scholar has this adventure fine tuned. This includes our group’s sweep, he was an added asset.

(5)

Signature City New York is a thorough exploration of Manhattan, and includes all the major sites one expects to see, and then some. There is also opportunity to explore more on your own or see a Broadway show. Riding the subway was quite an adventure but with the guidance of the trip leaders we were all "expert" by the end of the week!

(5)

If you want to see the highlights of Manhatten, this program is for you. We challenged ourselves with so much walking and crammed a lot into 5 days.

(5)

I had lived in NYC many years ago and visited a few times since then. This program significantly expanded my knowledge of the city and gave me a whole new appreciation.

(5)

A Road Scholar tour of New York City should be required for all Americans.

(5)

Road Scholar is the only way to see and experience the New York Experience.

(5)

The Big Apple Experience was awesome and made a very thorough educational and boots-on-the-ground experience with the city. We loved it.

(5)

Visiting New York had been in my "bucket list" for a long time. Since I am a solo traveler, going with Road Scholar made it possible. Our large group was divided to accommodate mobility issues. Ms. Lombardy, the leader and main guide assigned to the more mobile group, was fantastic. Our fast paced walking tours were always preceded by very informative lectures which were enhanced by the guides whose knowledge and love for New York was palpable. As the brochure explains, this tour uses the subway to arrive at all the destinations and that requires going up and down lots of stairs. To me, that adds to the excitement of being in this lively city, but for some people it might be too much ( it was really hot the week we were there, except for one day!)The location of the hotel, even though the rooms are old and very small, is a plus. The meals were excellent and plentiful(thankfully, you can walk off the calories!)This was a "taste of New York" in every way, and now that I took a bite of the "apple" I can't wait to come back to complete the meal!






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