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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

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Spend Sunday morning in Harlem, the ethnically diverse borough of New York. You'll join a local church congregation and experience the soul-stirring power of gospel music on this special visit to one of New York City's most vital neighborhoods.
  • Explore Harlem by coach bus and on foot in this Sunday morning gospel tour
  • Go to a traditional Sunday gospel service—complete with a choir
  • Choose to upgrade and add a soul-food brunch to your day
  • Convenient meeting spot near Times Square
What to Expect
Meet for this Harlem tour near Times Square on Seventh Avenue. Once you greet your guide, hop aboard your comfortable coach bus and head north toward Harlem. From the bus, pass important attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the former home of Duke Ellington. When you arrive in the neighborhoods, your guide parks, so you can get out and walk around. Your guide fills you in on details about the history and culture of these Harlem neighborhoods. Next, it’s off to enjoy a traditional Sunday gospel service, complete with a soulful choir. Afterward, if you’ve upgraded, a Sunday brunch at a local restaurant is on the agenda. Your Harlem gospel tour ends back at the original starting point near Times Square.
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Departure Point
690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Harlem tour
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Gospel service
  • Entry/Admission - Harlem Spirituals
  • Entry/Admission - Harlem
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (unless brunch option is selected)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • What is "Soul Food"
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Do the tours include walking?
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • Are the tours wheelchair friendly?
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Private tours are available with accessible ramp transportation.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very informative and engaging. Dee was great. Enjoyed very much - many churches wont welcome a tour for sunday worship - thank you to Salem United Methodist for accommodating us!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic experience!! Our guide, Sheila, did an exceptional job of giving us lots of information about New York, Harlem and surrounding areas. She gave historical and current information in an interesting and intriguing way. She is very charming and well informed! We went...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't waste your time or money... Uncomfortable bus and ridiculously amateur personnel!! F- Do yourself a favor and take the subway to Harlem and walk in any church you want for free.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

Previously visited Harlem but this tour opened it up much more with extra information and explanation. Found church service disappointing - loud +++ , so much so that could not understand a word said or sung, which made it difficult to enter in. However, the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Wimmerfield
hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2019

Dear Wimmerfield, It's wonderful to hear that our tour content gave you much more insight into the history of the Harlem neighborhood; and that the live music brunch at the Cotton Club completed your experience. We will be sure to inform the church of your...More

Reviewed 16 June 2019 via mobile

It was really beautiful and so familiar. Excellent for the hole family. You can feel the spirit of Harlem. I love it

Date of experience: June 2019
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Dear Cristina Adrian, Thank you for taking the time to share these kind words about your experience on our Harlem Gospel Tour. We love your review! Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions Maven American Journeys

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28 February 2019|
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Response from 392billym | Reviewed this property |
The tour starts at 9am and lasts until about 1pm, I found the tour around Harlem and west Central Park very interesting the church service its self I was disappointed in, I wanted to hear a good gospel choir but the church... More
4 December 2018|
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Response from 561junek | Reviewed this property |
Depending on how active you two year old is, it may or may not be an enjoyable experience, meaning the whole trip. If the child is very active I'd question whether everyone in yourfamily would have a good time as the is a... More
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