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Tour Group in front of McSorley's, NY's oldest bar

City of Dreams Tour – Discover East Village, Little Italy, and SoHo

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
  • Satisfaction Guarantee

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy authentic snacks & refreshments from iconic and family-run NY establishments, including a visit to the oldest bar in New York City
  • Learn about the immigrant waves that shaped NY, from Kleindeutschland and Little Italy to the Jewish Realto and Little Ukraine
  • Discover SoHo, the historic Cast-Iron district, with its industrial and artistic pasts, unique architecture, trendy boutiques, and fashionable denizens
  • Enjoy historical anecdotes covering a wide range of topics and famous figures — from Peter Stuyvesant to Peter Cooper, from Joey Ramone to Jimi Hendrix

This 3.5-hr walking tour has a little bit of everything — beavers on the walls, stars on the sidewalk, rock n’ roll on street poles.  We’ll taste beer at a 160-year-old Irish pub; discuss the German, Jewish, and Italian influence as we stroll through the old immigrant neighborhoods; learn about some famous music venues; and explore SoHo’s transformation.  This and more on a multi-sensory walking tour, where you’ll see, hear, taste, and smell your way through the East Village, Bowery, Nolita/Little Italy, and SoHo.

For those of you who will think about this company and wonder 'do I book?', don't worry: just do it and book!!
We are a family of four: 2 adults and 2 children aged 10 & 12yo. We took the Landmark Explorer (with Rodney) and the City of Dreams (with Danielle). The best money we spent in New York! For the 'City of Dreams', Danielle is awesome! We had four on our group...Danielle took an interest in my 10yo and made sure to include her whilst she was guiding us. Danielle was lively, knowledgeable, interesting and 'super cool' (as my daughter said!). We had no idea that NY had so much to offer besides the usual tourist things!
Our only regret is that we didn't book a third walking tour with this great company.
Our family of four (two teenagers) took the City of Dreams Tour on a very cold, dreary day. But Max is so engaging and informative, we would all do it again in a minute. He really made us appreciate the city in new ways. We would take another tour with him again in a minute.
I chose this company because of Tripadvisor positive reviews and now I will add another. Our tour took place during the first day of spring and a frigid snowstorm. I signed up online a few days before and communications were prompt and precise.
We were a group of eight including two very well-mannered children. This tour was led by the extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and native 3rd generation New Yorker Danielle, who led us through the East Village, Little Italy and SoHo for over 3.5 hours. We began at 10am in freezing temperatures with the threat of snow. Danielle shared numerous stories of her family's life in the area and augmented that with interesting facts. We trooped on but she realized we needed a bathroom and hot drink stop. She brought us to a favorite cafe and treated us to the best hot tea. Our next break was at Manhattan's oldest bar - McSorley's Old Ale House where she bought us a beer and told us about the pub's totally unique history and several original artifacts hanging on the walls. It began to snow pretty hard as we were touring Little Italy and we were ready for another warm-up so she got us some delicious pastries at an excellent cafe/bakery.
At the end of the tour, she handed out a map with suggestions for dining and shopping in the areas we had visited. Danielle and CityRover Walks are stellar.
Lenght:
About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
Cost:
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10am
Size:
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Language:
Our tours are currently offered only in English
Break:
There will be 1 bathroom break and a couple of snack/refreshment breaks
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
Location:
Tour starts near Astor Place in Lower Manhattan and ends in SoHo near Broadway. 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.  The terrain is flat, and we’ll get to take a break in McSorley’s Old Ale House.  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 are not ideal for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  If you would like to tour with us and have children ages 10 and younger, please contact us about a private tour.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets ($25 each) available for each public tour for children ages 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.  The tour starts near Astor Place in Lower Manhattan and ends in SoHo near Broadway and Broome Street.

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 a couple of snacks/refreshments 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.