On the High Line by the Standard Hotel

The CityRover Difference:

  • Small groups (12 max.), no microphones, no flags
  • Engaging local guides, fun stories and interesting facts
  • Local snack stops and focus on a non-touristy experience

The Village Sampler – High Line to Washington Square

Tour Highlights

  • Tour the High Line, America’s first elevated park, one of NY’s most popular attractions, and an incredible story of urban reuse
  • Learn about Chelsea Market, the popular indoor food and flea market, where the Oreo cookie was born more than a century ago (we will not stroll through it)
  • Discover the recently opened Gansevoort Market in the trendy Meatpacking District and learn about the area’s evolution
  • Stop for a great slice of pizza in Greenwich Village (included in price) as we wind our way through the quaint streets of this famous and historic neighborhood
  • Enjoy the views and photo opportunities in Washington Square; learn about the famous Arch, Millionaires’ Row, the murder of Stanford White, and the park’s creepy past

On this unique 3.5hr walking tour, we will learn about Chelsea Market, which was once the largest biscuit factory in the world, walk on the High Line (an abandoned rail line converted to the first elevated park in America), explore the trendy Meatpacking District and take a break at a recently opened food market, then leave Manhattan’s rigid grid plan behind to get “lost” in the charming streets of Greenwich Village.  We’ll stop for a tasty slice of pizza to keep you sated along the way and wrap up in beautiful and bustling Washington Square.

We took the Village Sampler tour with Danielle. She was very knowledgeable and effective in showing us the historical and cultural side of the Chelsea, Warehouse District, and Greenwich Village areas. Her pride as a real ``New Yorker`` shined through and enriched the experience. The really great thing about the tour was the small size. As we crossed paths with some other tours of 20 or more; it was obvious that we were having a much more interesting and interactive experience. City Rover seems to know how to do it and know where to find the best pizza in NY! Great social and educational experience.
We took the Village Sampler tour with Danielle. She was very knowledgeable and effective in showing us the historical and cultural side of the Chelsea, Warehouse District, and Greenwich Village areas. Her pride as a real ``New Yorker`` shined through and enriched the experience. The really great thing about the tour was the small size. As we crossed paths with some other tours of 20 or more; it was obvious that we were having a much more interesting and interactive experience. City Rover seems to know how to do it and know where to find the best pizza in NY! Great social and educational experience.
My wife and I took the village sampler tour with Max this past Sunday and had a great time. Despite the snowstorm we were trekking through, it was one of the highlights of our trip to NYC. Max definitely knows his stuff and delivers it in an informative and interesting way. City Rovers also keeps their tour groups nice and small, so there's no problem with hearing what the tour guide is saying or being able to ask questions. We will definitely be talking in another CityRover Walks tour the next time we are in the city.
Lenght:
Up to 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
Cost:
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Schedule:
Thursday and Sunday at 10am
Size:
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Language:
Our tours are currently offered only in English
Break:
There will be at least 1 bathroom break
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
Location:
Start near Chelsea Market and end in Washington Square (exact meeting point will be emailed after booking)

Additional Tour Info

How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3.5 miles on foot in about 3.5 hours.  There will be a couple of breaks along the way.  The terrain is flat except for some stairs to get up and down the High Line (if the elevators are not working).  However, we try to maintain a steady walking pace to cover all the areas of interest.  So if you think you might find it difficult to keep up at a moderate walking speed with the rest of the group, please consider a private tour with us, which can be tailored to suit your pace and fitness level.

What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to prostitution, crime, and drugs.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.  The tour starts near Chelsea Market and usually ends near Washington Square.

Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk.  Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a couple of snacks along the way.  A meal prior to the tour is recommended.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.