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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour provided by Harlem Spirituals

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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Updated 09/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Visitors of New York City shouldn’t miss Harlem’s Sunday morning gospel culture. However, if you’re not from the area, chances are you don’t know where to go to get the full experience. This guided tour takes you in a comfortable coach bus through Harlem to see top attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, and then lets you get out to stroll the neighborhoods. Plus, go to a traditional Sunday gospel service.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    690 8th Ave
    690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue
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    Apollo Theater
    Stop: 20 minutes
    The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
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    Pass by
    Morris-Jumel Mansion
    Strivers' Row
    Cotton Club
    Sylvan Terrace
  • You'll end at
    690 8th Ave
    690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Explore Harlem by coach bus and on foot in this Sunday morning gospel tour
  • Go to a traditional Sunday gospel service—complete with a choir
  • Choose to upgrade and add a soul-food brunch to your day
  • Convenient meeting spot near Times Square
What to Expect
Meet for this Harlem tour near Times Square Once you greet your guide, hop aboard your comfortable coach bus and head north toward Harlem. From the bus, pass important attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the former home of Duke Ellington. When you arrive in the neighborhoods, your guide parks, so you can get out and walk around. Your guide fills you in on details about the history and culture of these Harlem neighborhoods. Next, it’s off to enjoy a traditional Sunday gospel service, complete with a soulful choir. Afterward, if you’ve upgraded, a Sunday brunch at a local restaurant is on the agenda. Your Harlem gospel tour ends back at the original starting point near Times Square.
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Important Information
Departure Point
690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Harlem tour
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Gospel service
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (unless brunch option is selected)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • What is "Soul Food"
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Do the tours include walking?
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • Are the tours wheelchair friendly?
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Private tours are available with accessible ramp transportation.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mary Mac o wrote a review Jan 2020
Asheville12 contributions2 helpful votes
This was amazing. The church service at The Greater Highway Deliverance Church was outstanding. The energy, thankfulness and talent was transformative. The brunch at the Cotton Club was made exceptional by the music of Ms. Helen Stiles and her band. We danced to her gospel music
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
Responded 21 Jan 2020
Dear Macdonald2717, Reading your post was so much fun, we can almost see you dancing! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on our tour. Thank you for your wonderful words about Duane who is truly passionate about about our city's history. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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Hook911 wrote a review Dec 2019
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This was a great way to see the real Harlem and an authentic Harlem Church Service. The tour leaves from just behind Times Square on a very comfortable coach and our guide, Anthony, was a real New Yorker who had lived most of his life in Harlem and his local knowledge as well as
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Dear Hook911, We so appreciate your feedback and recommendation of our Harlem Gospel tour. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and as for the church, we want visitors to experience an authentic worship service within the community. Thank you for taking the time to share such kind words about your experience. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals Inc/ New York Visions
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Tony B wrote a review Dec 2019
London, England, United Kingdom6 contributions11 helpful votes
Alvin is a warm, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide and focuses on African American luminaries and their personal connections to Harlem and the Bronx, as well as the early history of these districts. I understand there is a commercial element to the Church service and I
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Dear Tony, Thank you for taking the time and care to report on the details of your experience on our Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch. Reviews like yours mean a great deal to us in that they help us to improve on the overall customer experience. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and immersive experiences within the community like attending a worship service and dining in local neighborhood restaurants. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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Ellie Vee wrote a review Dec 2019
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This tour is a complete waste of money and time! We stopped for way too log at some memorial. No explanation. Just sent out of the bus. We then got to the church, and although that was very average (they sang two songs, asked for money donation, then we were ushered out). I
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Robbyna S wrote a review Nov 2019
Auckland, New Zealand84 contributions30 helpful votes
The bus tour to Harlem with Anthony's guiding and excellent information was very well received. He knew a lot and he communicated it in a pleasant way. However the church and supposedly gospel visit was not what I expected. There we a handful of locals in the church and at least
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Response from hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Dear RobbynaS, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent tour. While we are happy that you enjoyed the tour content, we understand that the quality of signing did not meet your expectations. However, what we don't agree with, are your truly disparaging comments referring to the Sunday church service as a " real tourist trap". The churches that welcome our groups allow us to experience their authentic worship services. The choirs are comprised of real people; congregants who volunteer their time to express the word through song. The point of this portion of our tour is for visitors to know more about the important role of the black church historically within the community. This is not meant to be a show put on for tourists but an opportunity for guests to experience how the congregation worships and the great joy in which they serve. Cordially, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
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Free Brooklyn walking tour - awesome!
Free Tours by foot: Ornell provided an informative and entertaining tour of the Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo
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MARKLI
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I gave 1 star because you cannot leave none this was horrible
This was $175 a PERSON ( $350 a couple) , and we were told that we would be taken by a bus from the meeting place o
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Gospel tour NYC
Wonderful experience. The choir and the church members could not have been more gracious and welcome. Each member
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jagraham57
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Excellent Harlem Gospel Tour
This tour is a must for anyone visiting New York . So well organised and one of the best tours that I have been on
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MarieC0406
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Harlem Gospel Tour Wednesday
Very interesting- Anthony is a knowledgeable and fun tour guide! The Gospel Choir is not a professional choir, so d
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jagraham57
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Amazing Harlem Gospel Tour
This is a must for anyone visiting New York . Our guide was so engaging and lives and breathes this vibrant and bea
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John N
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Harlem tour
An interesting tour with guide Anthony who had personal knowledge of the Harlem district and gave an interesting an
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frequenttraveller219
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour - PHENOMENAL
Firstly, let us say that our Tour Guide Anthony, was without a doubt, the best tour guide we have ever dealt with.
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gottatravelalways
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Great Harlem Experience
This tour provides a great insight into Harlem. The online booking process was efficient as was the ticket collecti
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TobyP871
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Great experience!
We're New Yorkers who knew little about Harlem. The tour was eye opening. Our guide, Anthony, was a marvel with d
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Joanne H
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Sharing the Gospel in Harlem
An inspirational morning tour of Harlem culminating in a performance of the ARC gospel choir. The tour guide was en
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crystalLux
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Mixed feelings
Very good guide (Serge) who had a lot of interesting information. It made the Harlem tour a discovery. For the gosp
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Departure102684
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Harlem Walking Tour- A MUST!!
Highly recommend the Harlem Gospel Tour. Anthony (our tour guide) was a wealth of information as well as polite, pr
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derekharris2017
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The performance by the ARC Choir was so moving!
A well managed tour. Following my booking in the UK I collected my ticket from the office the day before the tour.
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108bobbib
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Oh Happy Days
Sunday morning Gospel singing and cultural tour with Antonio was such an uplifting experience. Antonio lives and br
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