History, Culture, and Community in New York

5 days / 4 nights

The hudson river in the lower part of the image with buildings and skyscrapers behind.
In the center one of the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge made of grey steel, enclosed by two red brick buildings.
A straight street seen from above with brick buildings on each side, at the distance the new york city skyline.
Trees with different color foliage, a stone bridge and a city skyline at the distance.
Green Statue of a woman holding a flame surrounded by water.

Multi-day trip description

Explore some of the iconic places of New York City, while learning about their history and the history of the communities that led theme to be what they are today. Visit important neighborhoods in the Big Apple’s history, like Brooklyn, the Lower East Side, and Chinatown. Learn about the effort to revive the waterfront and craft industry. Get a taste of New York’s multiculturalism and international influence through different tours and tastings. ...Explore some of the iconic places of New York City, while learning about their history and the history of the communities that led theme to be what they are today. Visit important neighborhoods in the Big Apple’s history, like Brooklyn, the Lower East Side, and Chinatown. Learn about the effort to revive the waterfront and craft industry. Get a taste of New York’s multiculturalism and international influence through different tours and tastings. Explore a new depth of New York through its culture and communities.

Accessibility. What to expect?

  • Assistance

    Guides / staff members have been trained by Wheel the World to provide assistance to people with disabilities during the activity.

    Guides / staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities.

    Guides / staff members will be available to assist.

  • Places

    Places during guided tours are accessible but may have uneven terrain and require extra assistance.

    Places visited are all wheelchair accessible and can be navigated independently.

    There are smooth floors and pathways.

  • Transportation

    Transportation is wheelchair accessible.

  • Bathroom

    Accessible bathrooms at multiple stops during the Multi-day Trip

  • Equipment

    Not included, but can be offered by an extra fee.

From $2,590 USD / per person

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Welcome Group / Meet & Greet at Airport  - Apr 21, 2022 thumbnail

    Day 1: Welcome Group / Meet & Greet at Airport - Apr 21, 2022

    One of our friendly professional guides will meet you at the airport and make sure you get to your hotel so that you can settle in for the week. ...One of our friendly professional guides will meet you at the airport and make sure you get to your hotel so that you can settle in for the week. They will share the itinerary of tours for the week, as well as recommendations for accessible things to do during your free time.

    Stay:

    Archer Hotel
    Day 2: A People’s History of Midtown Manhattan and a Boat Tour - Apr 22, 2022 thumbnail

    Day 2: A People’s History of Midtown Manhattan and a Boat Tour - Apr 22, 2022

    Welcome to New York City! Our knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced guide will lead you on an orientation tour that will explore both iconic a...Welcome to New York City! Our knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced guide will lead you on an orientation tour that will explore both iconic and lesser-known sites and streets in Midtown Manhattan. You’ll learn stories of everyday New Yorkers who have shaped this incredible city of 8.8 million people.
    You’ll visit iconic sites, including Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and Rockefeller Center, and connect to people and places that have shaped American culture and life.
    You’ll learn how cemeteries paved the way for public parks, visit the site of a post-WWII disability rights protest, and meet and learn about street vendors today who bring the city to life through their food, art, and creativity.
    At the end of this tour, you’ll discover the role Midtown played in shaping the history of lunch as we know it today and enjoy hearty and flavorful dishes from award-winning food carts and pop-up food stalls.
    You’ll experience the city’s multicultural influence, trying everything from Greek souvlaki and Bengali kati rolls to Halal chicken over rice and Belgian waffles. After a hearty lunch, you’ ll head to Hudson River Park on the far west end of 42n d Street to Pier 83, where we’ ll take a relaxing and accessible narrated guide - led boat tour around the island of Manhattan with Circle Line.
    Highlights on the cruise include views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the United Nations, and more! This tour is offered with Turnstile Tours, a social enterprise tour business, in partnership with the Street Vendor Project, which provides business, legal, and advocacy support to New York City’ s street vending community, including vendors who are immigrants and veterans with disabilities.
    Breakfast and lunch included

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    Day 3: New York City’s Waterfront - Apr 23, 2022

    New York became a global city thanks to its port, and today you’ll explore the past and present of New Yorkers’ relationship with the waterfront....New York became a global city thanks to its port, and today you’ll explore the past and present of New Yorkers’ relationship with the waterfront.
    Start the morning by making your way to Lower Manhattan from East 34th Street aboard the NYC Ferry, a modern commuter ferry that follows the same routes across the East River used by sail and steam ferries for over 300 years.
    You’ll see some of the iconic sights of the harbor, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Disembark the ferry at Wall Street to explore the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, the oldest shipping center in the city, where preserved historic buildings and ships tell the story of the port’s history.
    Next stop is Red Hook or DUMBO, waterfront neighborhoods that were once lined with an unbroken chain of factories and warehouses.
    These structures earned Brooklyn the nickname, “The Walled City.” You 'll observe layers of history in the architecture, learn about the people and businesses who are there today, and grab a bite to eat with a local business.
    After exploring a neighborhood on Brooklyn’s waterfront, board the ferry and make your way to either the Brooklyn Navy Yard or Brooklyn Army Terminal, both former military sites and architectural marvels that are now city-owned industrial parks and hubs of manufacturing, design, technology, and media. This behind-the-scenes experience will explore the historical role of these former military sites and the continuing role of industry, craft, and the working waterfront today. You’ll even have the chance to visit an artist’s studio or manufacturing space and learn about their work and creative processes.
    At the end of the day, you’ ll visit the Empire State Building where we’ ll see breathtaking views of the five boroughs and the city’ s waterways.
    This program is offered with Turnstile Tours, a social enterprise tour business, in partnership with local economic development organizations that are working to support New York City’ s industrial and creative businesses and create good - paying middle - class jobs for New Yorkers through skills training and workforce development.
    Breakfast, lunch and tastings included

    Day 4: Community & Resilience in Chinatown and Manhattan’s Lower East Side - Apr 24, 2022 thumbnail

    Day 4: Community & Resilience in Chinatown and Manhattan’s Lower East Side - Apr 24, 2022

    Your day will start with a leisurely walk or roll through Manhattan’s Chinatown, where you’ll experience this dynamic, diverse, and ever-evolving...Your day will start with a leisurely walk or roll through Manhattan’s Chinatown, where you’ll experience this dynamic, diverse, and ever-evolving immigrant neighborhood.
    You’ll hear the stories of local organizations that are working to document oral histories of leaders and residents.
    You’ll find out how they celebrate their cultural heritage and traditions, and transcend barriers to ensure the future of the neighborhood is driven by community-based decision-making.
    Then, you’ll turn your attention to the Jewish immigrant roots of the Lower East Side.
    For more than a century, the Lower East Side was the place where many new arrivals to New York first landed. It grew into one of the densest, most diverse neighborhoods in America.
    Explore not only the immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities that lived and strived in this neighborhood, but also the ways in which people banded together, and still do, to provide mutual support and build community. Start at the Museum at Eldridge Street, a synagogue built in 1887. It was the first great house of worship built by and for Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the United States.
    You’ll learn about the community of fishmongers, peddlers, merchants, bankers, and other congregants that built this National Historic Landmark.
    Then you’ll set out into the neighborhood to learn about sites that reveal stories of community building over time - from the nation’s first municipal playground to mutual aid groups that support food assistance for their neighbors.
    Finally, you'll taste your way through the Essex Market, New York’s largest public market. Essex Market has been a centerpiece of the neighborhood since 1940 that houses over 40 vendors serving prepared foods and groceries from around the world.
    You will get the chance to visit with a range of vendors, including cheesemongers, bakers, coffee roasters, and restaurateurs, and hear the stories behind how these mom-and-pop businesses, food manufacturers, and chefs have launched and grown their businesses in this historic city-owned market.
    After shopping for gifts at Essex Market, you’ll enjoy a tasting or cooking class with a chef, chocolatier, or culinary expert before heading back to the hotel.
    This program is offered in partnership with Turnstile Tours, a social enterprise tour business, and with Think!Chinatown, The Museum at Eldridge Street, the Essex Market, and New York City Economic Development Corporation.
    Breakfast and lunch at Essex Market included

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    Day 5: Departure - Apr 25, 2022

    Depending on your flight time, accessible transportation in an accessible van will be scheduled to take you from the hotel to the airport. See yo...Depending on your flight time, accessible transportation in an accessible van will be scheduled to take you from the hotel to the airport. See you soon! Feel like extending your trip ? Reach out your travel expert to plan some extra days of accessible vacation in New York and surroundings.
    Breakfast included.

    Information & Documents

    Travel Restrictions in United States

    To find out about pandemic-related entry requirements, please read the latest information here.

    Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality. Ask a travel expert if you need assistance.

    Having a traveler’s Medical Insurance is highly recommended

    Important Information

    • Rates offered are considered based on a double room occupancy. For single occupancy an extra fee will be required, reach out to our travel expert for details
    • This tour has a maximum capacity of 10 people, with a total of 4 wheelchair users.
    • A 20 % deposit is required to secure your spot on the tour ($200 usd is non - refundable). The remaining 80 % must be paid 50 days before the trip start date.
    • Group tours will be accepting new travelers until 45 days prior to the start date.
    • This tour must have a minimum of 8 participants to take place at the listed price.If the minimum is not reached, the tour still may be able to occur at a higher price.
    • Once your request to book is submited, a travel expert will reach out and assist you with the payment process, gathering any special needs or dietary restrictions and answer any possible questions you might have. We will be able to confirm the trip once the minimum number of spots are filled.
    • Spots will be reserved on and a first come, first serve basis.

    Cancellation Policies

    • If you cancel up to 50 days before your check-in day, you will receive a full refund minus the non-refundable $200 usd.
    • If you cancel between 49 and 30 days before your check-in day, 25% of the total cost of your booking will be due.
    • If you cancel between 29 and 15 days before your check-in day, 60% of the total cost of your booking will be due.
    • If you cancel less than 14 days before your check-in day, the total cost of your booking will be due.
    • If a trip or activity cannot take place due to extraordinary circumstances(bad weather, social movements, etc), a full refund cannot be guaranteed.Rest assured, the Wheel the World team will do their best to offer the best arrangements possible

    Whats Included

    Included

    • Accommodation with an accessible room
    • Airport transfers at 2 specific times
    • Professional guides
    • Ferry tickets
    • Tickets to all the activities listed on the itinerary
    • Meals as described in the itinerary

    Not included

    • Airline tickets
    • Tips for driver and guide
    • Medical insurance
    • COVID test
    • Anything not specified above
    • Additional transfers airport - hotel or vice versa (there are 2 scheduled transfers on the bus for the whole group)