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Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide

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Brooklyn, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover Harlem's top attractions during a walking tour. Known as a hub for African-American arts since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the iconic neighborhood is home to the legendary Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Sylvia's Soul Food restaurant, and architectural masterpieces such as Striver's Row, Shepard Hall at the City College of New York, and the Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
  • Private walking tour of Harlem in New York City
  • Visit the Apollo Theater where many musical legends have performed
  • See African-American artworks exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem
  • Visit the Hamilton Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
  • Learn about Harlem's history and cultural importance
  • Enjoy a personalized experience and tailored recommendations from your private guide
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All taxes
Friendly local guide
Private tour
Multiple start times available
Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
Iconic places for photo shoot
Flexible customizable itinerary
Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
Meeting in the hotel lobby
Food and drinks
Entrance fees (if any)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.
Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rental
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Your guide meets you at your hotel to begin your walking tour of Harlem.

Head into the heart of Harlem to visit the Apollo Theatre, the world-famous live music venue that has hosted legends such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder. Take a stroll along Striver's Row, aka the St. Nicholas Historic District, to see elegant 19th-century homes that are considered architectural gems.

Stop at the Harlem YMCA, which was one of the first YMCA's for African-Americans when it was founded in 1932. Continue to the City College of New York campus to view the Gothic-style Shepard Hall, a landmark building constructed in the early 1900s. Next, stop by the Studio Museum in Harlem, a contemporary art museum that focuses on African-American artists.

Stop for a bite at one of Harlem's most famous restaurants: Sylvia’s Soul Food, where VIPs including Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have dined. Then visit the landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church, an important part of the community's spiritual, political, and cultural life. You'll also visit the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the home built by Alexander Hamilton in 1802. 
Stop At:  
Apollo Theater
Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer. This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you.  *Itinerary and schedule are subject to change. 10.00am Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour.   10.30am Start your Harlem adventure in the place imbued with the spirit of music. Since early 1900s the iconic Apollo Theatre has heard sounds of jazz, soul and other genres of African-American music and has seen such legendary singers as Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder. Touch the legend here!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Strivers' Row
11.00am Feel an aesthetic pleasure looking at elegant houses of Strivers Row. Sophisticated and bright, these houses are one of the highlights of Harlem architecture which will surely make you desire to live here.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Harlem YMCA Health Club
11.30am Then you will see Harlem YMCA founded in 1932. It was one of the first YMCA's built for African-Americans which was a big accomplishment for Harlem community. Nowadays it provides a high-class service to make people’s lives better. Shepard Hall is one of the components of very influential and famous New York City College which is known not only for its scientific achievements but also by extremely beautiful Campus built in Gothic style. Shepard Hall is a jewel of Campus: it will surely amaze you by its beauty, elegance, a great combination of dark and light colors and sophisticated ornaments.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Studio Museum in Harlem
12.00pm The best place to explore African-American art is surely Harlem Studio Museum (optional). Over 2000 exhibits, trendy cultural events and a high concentration of different art objects and famous artists make this museum the heart of Harlem art.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Abyssinian Baptist Church
12.30pm Feel the sacramental spirit of religious heart of Harlem. Taking its name after the old name of Ethiopia, Abyssinian Baptist Church is a religious center not only for Harlem but also for the whole African-American community.  Get excited while visiting the Hamilton Grange - the house where one of the Founding Fathers of USA Alexander Hamilton lived. Listen to interesting historic facts and explore the interior of this house which was declared the National Historic Landmark.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
1.00pm Do you agree that having a gastronomic experience is a must-do while exploring new places? Visit one of the most famous restaurants in Harlem – Sylvia’s Soul Food which met such guests as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Authentic atmosphere and tasty food will make your visit unforgettable.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Haarlem Tour
, Jan 2020
Not much depth to the tour. Visited many sights, but not able to go inside many notable spots. Could not go past the lobby of the Apollo theater , for example. Overall enjoyed the time spent and the guide Chris.
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Great trip through history
, Jul 2019
Enjoyed our walk with Chris. The tour was much more than we had hoped for. The weather was incredible...not sure if Chris had any say in that.
Harlem is a fascinating community...
Rosanne F
, Jan 2018
Harlem is a fascinating community with a rich history. This tour highlighted the architecture, culture, and historical significance. Amazing to see where George Washington and Alexander Hamilton lived and see the famed Apollo Theater, a cultural icon. Our guide Monia was fantastic and to see Harlem through her eyes she was born and raised in Italy was truly special. Stop at the Sugar Hill Cafe and walk through The City College of New York founded in 1847. You will not be disappointed.
This was fabulous, our guide was...
Karen F
, Jun 2017
This was fabulous, our guide was knowledgable and we really enjoyed his company. I highly recommend this tour
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AJ, our young and enthusiastic...
William J
, May 2017
AJ, our young and enthusiastic guide, met us at our hotel so he could guide us through the subway system up to Harlem. He covered a good deal of history and culture in this unique neighborhood. So fiver stars for him. Be prepared for LOTS of walking. Our only issue with the tour was that the description did not match what we actually received. We were supposed to see the Studio Museum and have lunch at Sylvias, but the tour schedule did not accommodate either of these, so only two stars for that.
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