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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

New York, United States

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Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem on this exclusive insider’s gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents and take part in an uplifting Wednesday morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
  • Uncover the history and musical culture of Harlem with a guide
  • Stop at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Enjoy a service with the ARC gospel choir
  • Additional soul food lunch upgrade available
Spend a morning immersed in the rich and eclectic culture of Harlem. Meet your guide near Times Square in the morning and board a comfortable coach for the drive north to Harlem. Admire the stately homes and historic buildings of Strivers Row and Sylvan Terrace, and cruise by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted some of the hottest names in jazz and R&B throughout the decades.

Continue on to a local church to take part in an inspiring morning service featuring the soul-stirring vocals of the ARC gospel choir. This community choir helps support the drug treatment services of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center, New York State’s oldest drug-free recovery program.

If you select the lunch upgrade, enjoy a delicious meal after the gospel service at Sylvia’s restaurant. Founded by the ‘queen of soul food,’ this Harlem institution dishes up beloved southern-inspired specialties like fried chicken, spicy ribs, collard greens, and cornbread. 

At the end of your tour, you are dropped off back at the original departure point in the afternoon.
Stop At:  
Neighborhood covering the north section of Manhattan Island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Theater
The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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What is the maximum group size during Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Lucinda B
, Sep 2019
Our guide-Peggy Taylor was amazing. She had outstanding knowledge and history of the area. That combined with her personal involvement with Harlem made this a memorable tour. Our bus driver-Michael-was excellent also.
History, culture and spirituality all rolled in to one fabulous strory, by a wonderful narrator
Patrick B
, Sep 2019
I would recommend this tour to anybody wanting an informed view of Harlem and its history. Great experience!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Patrick B, What a wonderful Review! Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience on our Harlem Gospel tour. Your recommendation means so much to us. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Exaiting and Intriesting
, Aug 2019
The guide was very passionate,his information worth of hearing and to be rememberd. Visit in the church comunity and gospel service exaiting. Great experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Flyer73, Thank you for such a wonderful note. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know that you had a great experience on our Harlem Gospel tour! Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president
Guide was great, church service not as good as expected.
, Jul 2019
The guide was great, he taught us all about Harlem. The church service, it is more like for sight seeing visitors service, that was not as good as I expected. I wouldn't recommend this to my friends.
harlem gospel tour
, May 2019
Enjoyable, loved the choir. food was very good. As is the problem with most tours you had to find your own way.
Tour guide was great. But we were...
, Feb 2018
Tour guide was great. But we were there on the Wednesday after new year and I don’t think they had the whole singing group there. They didn’t do what the guide said they were going to do at the end. It al ended rather suddenly. A bit disappointing.
Interesting tour. Enjoyable but...
Barbara G
, Jan 2018
Interesting tour. Enjoyable but being translated so many times was annoying. Otherwise the tour guide was very helpful.
Fabulous, fabulous, didn't like the...
, Dec 2017
Fabulous, fabulous, didn't like the food at Silvia's though, blood in the chicken , could not eat it,
A good experience but I felt it was...
Robyn B
, Nov 2017
A good experience but I felt it was a bit orchestrated and therefore didn't feel real to me. The choir was very good. I also went to the lunch but as I was the only English speaker in the group at my lunch table because several coach loads had been combined for the lunch I felt quite unwelcome which was uncomfortable.
Only giving 4 stars for gospel tour...
Susan H
, May 2017
Only giving 4 stars for gospel tour as I found actual tour uninteresting could have been unenthusiastic guide ,as the Gospel singing was brilliant and worth the trip

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