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Harlem Gospel Tour Sunday


Product Code: TG1

Adult: from $65

Child (Age 3-11) : from $49

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Visit renown Harlem and witness its ongoing renaissance with our Harlem Gospel Tour. Enjoy a guided bus tour through Harlem's charming tree-lined streets and historical districts before attending an uplifting worship service in a local church, where you will experience the soul-stirring power of live gospel music.

Star Highlights

  • Take a guided bus tour of historic Harlem with a live tour guide
  • Explore famous sights and landmarks such as Columbia University, the Morris Jumel Mansion, Sylvan Terrace, Strivers Row, the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Duke Ellington's apartment, and many more.
  • Attend a Sunday morning gospel service

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Harlem on A Sunday is an experience not to be missed!
Learn about the neighborhood’s origins as a rural Dutch community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Explore the significance of the Harlem Renaissance, a social, intellectual and cultural revolution that cemented Harlem's status as the epicenter of Black culture. During this golden age, African-Americans leaving the South for better opportunities flourished as a community. Hear about Harlem's troubled past during the 1960's and 1970's and experience its present-day community beam with pride as it revels in Harlem’s new Renaissance.

Explore famous sights and landmarks such as Columbia University, City College, Morningside Heights, the Morris Jumel Mansion, Sylvan Terrace, Strivers Row, the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Sugar Hill, Duke Ellington's apartment and statue, the famous 125th street and many more.

Join a local congregation during their Sunday worship service and experience the soul-stirring power of gospel music.

*We spend about 1 hour at the church for the beginning of the service often referred to as song and praise. We exit before the sermon so as not to disrupt the congregation. Choirs are comprised of church members that volunteer their time. Every Sunday has a different meaning and choirs vary accordingly. These are authentic religious ceremonies services not performances for entertainment.

*We attend local church services in Harlem or in the Bronx. For the past 30 years, Harlem Spirituals has developed relationships and followed with many congregations and choirs. For this reason, church services may also take place in the Bronx. This in no way affects the content or timing of our tour.

If you are not available on Sunday, come and join us on our Harlem Gospel tour on Wednesday!

Calendar Schedule

  • Tour runs every Sunday.
  • Tours in English: departure at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tours in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese: departure at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tour duration: about 4 hours.
  • Tour duration may vary depending on the length of the church service.
  • Departure point: 690 Eighth Avenue.
  • Return point: Times Square area.
  • Please come and exchange your voucher 24 hours before the tour* at our boutique and be at departure point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • *If you can't come to our office 24 hours in advance, you can also exchange or get your tickets the morning of your tour.

Info Information

  • This tour is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese based on the number of participants for each language.
  • Tours can be run in two languages.
  • Child fare is for children between the ages of 3 and 11.
  • Out of respect for the congregants, we ask that you not wear shorts, tank tops and flip flops.
  • Cameras and cam recorders are not allowed inside the church.
  • For wheelchair accessibility, please contact us at least 1 month in advance.
  • Tour package does not include meals and beverages, optional gratuities, or hotel pick-up and drop-off.
5/5
Ratings based on 58 Verified Reviews
by Marlene W

Posted 2016-07-01

Fabulous time, better than expected. Duane was our leader and he was just delightful. Also, BTW one of my friends knew someone who went on a different Gospel tour, and they spent 4 hours in the church.... This tour with Duane was perfect, we toured around Harlem and NYC and then had a fabulous ONE hour at the church. The church members made everyone feel so welcome, I am thinking of becoming a Baptist!

by Beetrootears @Tripadvisor
from Sunshine Coast , Australia

Posted 2015-06-07

Like many people, I had been brought up reading horrendous reports and seeing TV/movies portraying the poverty and violence in Harlem and The Bronx. Our tour guide Glen, was very informative and at great pains to re-educate us about the changes in these districts in recent years. We enjoyed out tour this morning with a bit of history and were impressed by Glen's easy transition between English and German commentary. The walk around the College buildings was lovely. The Apollo Theatre stop could have had more contexual stories. I had read other reviews about the church service but we definitely felt included in the service and enjoyed the genuine worship at Thessalonia Worship Centre, where there is an active community of believers. If you were not sympathetic to the christian faith, this may have been confronting as it was a full on christian worship service not a gospel performance, and very authentic. Thank you to the church goers for allowing us to share worship with them! As a christian, it is wonderful to worship with people from another country and worship style.


Dear Beetrootears, Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions tour began its journey with the purpose of showcasing the wealth history and culture through the diverse New York City communities. We are thrilled that you choose this journey with us and we thank you for sharing your story with the online community. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by Tan_7 @Tripadvisor
from Melbourne , Australia
Nice Tour
Posted 2015-12-21

I totally enjoyed my Harlem Spiritual tour. Our fantastic guide Ellen is a huge asset the company, she was patient, knowledgeable and friendly. The church was in The Bronx but we got to drive straight past the Yankee stadium, so that was a bonus. The before-hand tour of the older part of Harlem was very interesting too. The church service was nice, the locals friendly, it was less formal than what I was expecting. We didn't feel pressured to give an offering. The only part I enjoyed less was the stop on 125th street at the murals, but it was only a quick stop. A very enjoyable morning over all.


Dear Tan_7, We hope this message finds you well. We are glad you enjoyed your morning on our Harlem Gospel tour. We work with congregations that are based in the Bronx and I agree that seeing Yankee Stadium is definitely an added bonus! Ellen is a wonderful guide and we will be sure to share your comments with her. We truly appreciate your taking the time to post your feedback on Trip Advisor. Warm regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by Di_Australia1302 @Tripadvisor
from Melbourne , Australia
Praise the tour!
Posted 2016-07-06

What a great little tour this is. A little bit of Harlem heritage including a trip to the Apollo theatre followed by an hour of the gospel singing. Truly worth it - singing is amazing regardless of your spiritual or religious bent. Tour guide was a little annoying but chilled out as the tour progressed. A must for every NYC tourist


Hi Di_Australia 1302 ! You've come a long way and we are honored that you have chosen Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions Sightseeing Tours. Seems like your guide was a bit nervous at the start then pulled it together to give you a proper tour. We're only human…and we thank you for your patience. It is especially nice to read your comment about connecting with the gospel experience regardless of one's religion. Your recommendation and PRAISE means a lot to us ! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by Fred H @Tripadvisor
from Glossodia , Australia
A real awesome experience
Posted 2015-06-09

Not knowing what to expect after having heard so many negatives of the area, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautification and peace that was Harlem. I can't praise our guide Sheila more. She was so articulate and informative and went to great lengths to ensure all aboard the bus experienced her Burrough in he best possible way. Then the church experience, again something I'd seen on TV but to see first hand the preaching and worshipping ways was wonderful. A truly great experience, and a real highlight....thank you Shiela, I could've sat on the bus all day to listen to you speak...


Greetings from New York City Fred H! We realize that there are many sightseeing tour options and we thank for choosing Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions. We take great pride in the neighborhood tours that we offer throughout New York City so you cannot imagine how thrilled we are to hear from you. We have passed along your lovely comments to our tour guide Sheila. Thank you for taking the time to write about our Harlem Gospel tour on trip advisor. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by Tomas B @Tripadvisor
from Sweden
Very Interesting tour
Posted 2015-03-07

I truly recommend this tour. A lot of of history. Historic places to see. You know a lot more ´bout New York and Harlem after this tour, for sure! Great guide Alvin and plus to the bus driver Pedro! Don´t miss!


Dear Tomas B, Thank you for your review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed learning about New York and Harlem on our sunday Gospel tour. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to our guide and driver. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by Judi M @Tripadvisor
from Weston super Mare , UK
The highglight of my trip
Posted 2014-10-14

What can I say?! I loved this tour - seeing the Apollo Theatre was really brilliant but the visit to the the Friendly Church in the Bronx was fabulous! Those voices! The musical director/conductor had the most incredible voice - such a great experience and such friendly people. And to those who say it's orchestrated for money, if you go to church there is always a collection so stop moaning - it's normal. I was really disappointed we couldn't stay to the end, although I noticed I was the only one who stood up and rocked. Their loss! If only I had something like that near me! Thank you so much to all concerned - you're amazing! X


Dear Judi M, What can we say? We absolutely loved your post! So many reviewers seem to be surprised by the collection at the church although we mention that they are not required to participate as donations are already made by Harlem Spirituals. This is a normal function of churches that use donations to fund programs like food pantries for thoseless fortunate. Needless to say we are so thrilled that you had such a great time on tour. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by KJackson428 @Tripadvisor
from Peoria , USA
Best Tour!
Posted 2014-09-08

Able to see and learn about Harlem - got off bus in a couple stops and final stop at White Rock Baptist Church who graciously opened their doors for us to be a part of their service. Amazing singing and praising God!


Dear Ms Jackson, We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed our Harlem Gospel Tour. We really appreciate your sharing this post on trip advisor. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions

by sunshinevalues @Tripadvisor
from Coronado , USA
Harlem history with gospel Sunday service
Posted 2016-03-20

We had guide Alvin and Glenn our bus driver. Excellent, informative bus tour of Harlem. In spite of race in city during the tour it started on time and avoided traffic. Saw and went outside at Apollo theater and saw other sites- City College, St John's the Divine ( Episcopal church) where John Lennon lived, Bill Clinton's offices. Alvin gave interesting facts about the area and very sensitive to needs of all tour members! One hour of Black Baptist church service with lots of gospel music and left before the sermon,, Recommend highly


Dear Sunshinevalues, You have made our day! Thank you for writing about your experience with Harlem Spirituals and New York Visions Sightseeing Tours. We truly appreciate your kind words and patience during our boarding process yesterday. Street closures in Manhattan for major events can be quite difficult to navigate. Our team really worked hard to ensure that everyone had a wonderful experience in spite of this minor interruption to our normal schedule. We will be sure to pass along your nice feedback to Glen and Alvin. We hope that you will join us again to discover New York City's exciting neighborhoods on our tours to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by Edith B @Tripadvisor
from New York , USA
Recommend highly
Posted 2014-12-09

Our Driver gave us a very smooth ride and our Guide Alvin took such a pleasure in sharing all his history and knowledge. It was a great tour thru history and points of interest. The service at a small church in the Bronx was filled with wonderful singing and music (the music was a bit loud but well done). Thank You so much for a wonderful time.


Dear Edith B, We truly appreciate you taking the time to write in about your experience . All of Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions Sightseeing tours aim to showcase the wealth of history and diverse landscape of New York City. We are so happy that you enjoyed our Harlem gospel tour! Best wishes, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by 39JaneB67 @Tripadvisor
from Melbourne , Australia
Harlem Gospel Tour Sunday
Posted 2014-11-30

My partner, 18 yo daughter and myself had a fabulous time today on the tour. Am excellent and informative bus tour of Harlem and The Bronx before a two hour Gospel Service at the Green Pastures Baptist Church. Alvin our guide was fantastic, and the gospel service was very uplifting. Well done.


Dear 39JaneB67, We are thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed our Harlem Gospel tour. Thank you very much for posting your feedback! Regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by Gary F @Tripadvisor
from Perth , Australia
Alleluia!!.. and you don't even have to be Christian to enjoy this great tour...
Posted 2016-12-27

We joined the mixed French/English tour this morning and from the time the coach left 690 8th Avenue.. Peggy, our guide had us fully informed ALL the way with her excellent knowledge of the areas we passed through, complete with history, personalities, dates and even useful anecdotes. Heading uptown through the streets of NYC to downtown Harlem via the various quarters including brief picture-taking moments, the tour gave me an insight to what early Harlem would have been like, who lives there now and how the dynamics of an ever-changing peoplescape continues to evolve. Peggy herself, as she advised us used to be a accomplished accompaniment pianist (hardly surprising). She also speaks fluent French (obviously!) The highlight of the tour of course was the prayer service and for anyone contemplating a nap during this one-hour session, you can dream on (or perhaps not) because the choir and the congregation will have you clapping and dancing (if you so wish!) The full prayer service goes for 2.5 hours but I'm not sure I would have survived the sermon. Still a great tour and for me, a promise to return to Harlem another day to sample some of that "soul food" at one of the restaurants which we whizz by..and no doubt, drawn attention to, by Peggy


Dear Gary F, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on our Harlem Gospel tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed our program and were able to learn about about the Harlem neighborhood and its rich history. We will be sure to pass along your wonderful comments to our tour guide Peggy. She is an amazing individual who inspires us all. We look forward to see you on our Soul Food and Jazz tour when you return to New York. Wishing you a fantastic 2016 ! Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice President

by Anne_PS @Tripadvisor
from Geneva , Switzerland
A moment of discovery and grace!
Posted 2016-05-04

Ever since I saw the movie "Sister Act", I had been wanting to attend a Sunday Mass in Harlem. But how? It was sheer luck I came upon an add for Harlem Spirituals with browsing on the internet while staying in New York, last october 2015. Travelling as a "3 generations team" - with both my mother (75) and my daughter (13), we boarded a bus on a Sunday Morning for a journey uptown NY, in Harlem. Our guide, half-French and half-American - I believe his name was Max - had a real gift for telling the story of Harlem, its ups and its downs. We saw the painted shops, the church that served as... believe it or not... the home church for Sister Act 1... though the story was taking place on the West Coast... a former city's governor house. Around noon, Max brought us in St John the Baptist 1st Church for a ceremony none on our team will forget. There was the music, there was the people, there was the atmosphere... we shared a really special moment. Some may object that some congregations have found a way of cashing a bit of money. Perhaps it is so, but the friendliness of the people, the warmth with which they welcomed us was no trick. Looking for a special moment in a special area of New York? Harlem Spiritual is the place to go to.


Dear Anne_PS, Thank you for your kind words. We are happy that you and your family enjoyed our tour. Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions offers unique sightseeing experiences for visitors in the different neighborhoods of NY. Our tours let your explore the diversity and history in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Please contact us to arrange your next visit to New York City. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by Beetrootears @Tripadvisor
from Sunshine Coast , Australia
Good intro to Harlem and The Bronx
Posted 2015-06-07

Like many people, I had been brought up reading horrendous reports and seeing TV/movies portraying the poverty and violence in Harlem and The Bronx. Our tour guide Glen, was very informative and at great pains to re-educate us about the changes in these districts in recent years. We enjoyed out tour this morning with a bit of history and were impressed by Glen's easy transition between English and German commentary.


Dear Beetrootears, Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions tour began its journey with the purpose of showcasing the wealth history and culture through the diverse New York City communities. We are thrilled that you choose this journey with us and we thank you for sharing your story with the online community. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by Lydell D.
from Australia

Posted 2017-10-02

Very entertaining, just like you see in the movies which i really wanted to witness. So full of life and voices are amazing. The whole service was so full of life and love, it so very uplifting even if it is for tourists. A great experience all round. The tour of Harlem was great and it is good to see such a transformation from years ago.

by Svot J.
from USA

Posted 2017-06-30

This was a very special experience. Although I'm no fan of organized bus trips, this trip was really great because of our guide. He has a very positive energy and goes way and beyond to tell the guest everything over New York, surrondings and history. This man really made our trip a great succes. The gospelservice was very special. A must do when in New York!

by Krystle555
from Australia
Joyful tour
Posted 2017-01-09

A very informative history tour of Harlem and beautiful gospel service. The team here right from checking in to the tour guide were all so incredible welcoming. Our tour guide Alvin was a lovely man.. a walking knowledge book.!!

by Peter Leuven
from Belgium
A true different experience
Posted 2016-11-05

Never had experienced a true gospel celebration, neither the feeling of the Harlem area. The event was 100% up to my expectations. Good information on the neighborhood by our guide Sheila, and a very 'interactive' celebration in church with the choir. (singing Happy Days all together in the front- wow!). Recommended!

by Mirella R
from USA

Posted 2018-01-21

Loved the church we went to and our guide was really nice and told us all kind of stuff about Harlem and New York. Loved the experience!

by Alan W.
from USA

Posted 2018-01-01

Well prepared, informational history lesson of Harlem, plus an inspirational church visit. We loved it!

 Guests say it best

Thank you Harlem Spirituals! You made of our stay in New York one of our best travel experiences.

by Thomas W. from The Netherlands

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