"One of the great measures of a people is its culture, its artistic stature."
Paul Robeson, Harlem USA
For over thirty years, the Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions Group has created unique programs that capture the excitement and flavor of New York. A longtime leader in the specialty tour and travel industry, we offer tours of cultural value that expose thousands of visitors to Harlem and the many neighborhoods of New York. Tours are offered in a variety of languages, including English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
We believe that tourism, when planned with respect and sensitivity, can empower a community and help preserve its cultural traditions and historical sights. From local churches to community and business organizations, we have forged a relationship of trust with Harlem residents and institutions, and believe in giving back to the community. As a strong supporter of drug and alcohol addiction recovery efforts in the greater Harlem area, Harlem Spirituals, for the past twelve years, has sponsored the A.R.C. (Addicts Rehabilitation Center) Gospel choir on performing tours around the world.
The Harlem Spirituals Gospel tours take visitors inside a number of well-known vibrant churches to experience the reality of gospel music in a traditional setting. On our Evening and Jazz tours, you can witness the rebirth of a new and versatile jazz scene as living legends take the " A train " once again. And it's always show time at the Apollo as you join the audience in deciding who will be the next rising star. Our African American Heritage in New York itinerary is a cultural journey tracing the legacy of African Americans and their many contributions that have enriched the history and culture of New York. It was selected by the White House as an official American Pathways 2000 itinerary in Hillary Rodham Clinton's Millennium Program. This truly American experience has won the approval of a panel of representatives from the Smithsonian Institute, the US Department Of Commerce's Office Of Tourism Industries and National Park Service, and the National Endowments for the Arts Council.
Our New York Visions Tours will take you off the beaten path to introduce the multi-ethnic neighborhoods of Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn. New York Visions makes you a part of each city neighborhood by allowing you to walk the streets, soak in the local flavor, and experience the diversity of New York. Our one day Great Escapes cover a wide range of destinations to allow you to experience a variety of landscapes of Greater New York and neighboring states. Whether you like history, art and antiquing, beautiful beaches, wine tasting, shopping, or casino fun, we have the perfect day for you.
Whether you are part of a group of 2 or 2000, our group and incentive planning department combines exciting ideas with professionalism to deliver the ultimate New York experience with attention to the last detail.
Scheduled tour departures, deluxe motorcoaches, group or individual packages, airport transfers, and other personalized land services allow us to provide high-quality service from the beginning of your stay until the end. Catering to the most discriminating traveler's special needs is just another part of our service-first commitment. After experiencing the real New York in the safety of one of our tours, you will get a new perspective, lasting memories, and a thirst for more.