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About Harlem Spirituals

For over 25 years, Harlem Spirituals has provided unique cultural sightseeing tours that capture the excitement and essence of New York City. 

You will discover the rich history of Harlem, enjoy live gospel and jazz music, and savor delicious meals at trendy restaurants. Our New York sightseeing tours go beyond Harlem to explore diverse neighborhoods like Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

The Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions Travel Group is a thriving sightseeing provider and receptive operator known for its captivating storytelling. The tours are offered in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish on deluxe motor coaches. Harlem Spirituals also provides services and packages including accommodation, transfers, cruises, city passes, attractions, and Broadway shows. For more information on our private tours, you can check out our group travel services.

Let us plan your complete New York vacation experience, whether you’re traveling alone or with a group.

Here’s what our customers say about us:

  • star ratingLearning about Hamilton. The Tour Guide shared extensive information about the founding father in two languages and kept us, tourists, engaged throughout the entire trip. Fascinating, well informed and great... read more

    marisolrL9458GT
    November 8, 2022

    star ratingBeautiful People, Beautiful Voices - The pick-up point for the tour is 690 8th Ave - there was a tour rep at the door and our group of around 40 waited on the sidewalk for... read more

    Kevin M
    July 31, 2022

    star ratingOn another level - Great experience in this one. Our tour guide Alvin provided us with many interesting information for the Harlem area.

    The gospel was out of this world for believers... read more

    66alexandrosk
    July 25, 2022
  • star ratingA Great Sunday Morning - I don't even know what I expected of this tour but I am really glad we booked it. I assumed it would be a smallish church with a small choir... read more

    FLlover123
    April 14, 2022

    star ratingFree Brooklyn walking tour - awesome! - Free Tours by foot: Ornell provided an informative and entertaining tour of the Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo. One of the best tours we have taken and a... read more

    Telcomboss
    February 23, 2020

    star ratingGospel and Brunch- I believe! - This was amazing. The church service at The Greater Highway Deliverance Church was outstanding. The energy, thankfulness and talent was transformative. The brunch at the Cotton Club was made exceptional... read more

    MaryMac5719
    January 20, 2020
  • star ratingThis was a great way to see the real Harlem and an authentic Harlem Church Service. The tour leaves from just behind Times Square on a very comfortable coach and... read more

    Hook911
    December 30, 2019

    star ratingAuthentic Experience - Alvin is a warm, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide and focuses on African American luminaries and their personal connections to Harlem and the Bronx, as well as the early history... read more

    Tony B
    December 29, 2019

    star ratingInteresting tour - We enjoyed the tour and Anthony, our guide gave us enough information about Harlem to keep us interested throughout. The highlight was the Cotton Club, with amazing food and entertainment... read more

    olivia l
    November 11, 2019

Harlem Spirituals Tours

Harlem Tours

The Harlem tours offer a unique worship experience with a local congregation, immersed in the power of gospel music. If you decide to take the brunch tour, you will enjoy delicious soul food at a beloved Harlem restaurant. On Wednesdays, tourists can enjoy the remarkable a cappella performances at ARC, the oldest drug treatment center in New York State, followed by a satisfying lunch at Sylvia’s. Tours are available on Sundays and Wednesdays, providing a choice of languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Evening Jazz Tours

You will have the chance to step back into the vibrant 1920s and delve into Harlem’s musical heritage. Our jazz tours walk you through renowned sites like The Cotton Club. You will also experience the legendary “Battle of the Bands” at the Savoy Ballroom featuring Benny Goodman and Chick Webb. Our Private Harlem Soul Food & Jazz Tour and Harlem Food Tasting Walking Tour operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, offering English and French options.

NYC Tours

We offer a variety of captivating NYC tours. You will witness the vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, including the iconic Grand Concourse adorned with stunning 1920s Art Deco buildings, and explore the Bronx’s Little Italy. The trips also include a visit to the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. Tuesday tours are available from April to December, offering English and French options.

Special Tours

Special art/music tours and workshops are available upon request. Visitors can explore graffiti art murals in Harlem and The Bronx or take gospel workshops and “meet the artists” programs at Lincoln Center or on Broadway. Tours can also include trips to New York’s finest art collections, from Museum Mile and MOMA in Queens to the galleries in SoHo. 

Expert planners can create unique events for any type of group (corporate event entertainment or family and school reunions). Itineraries include theme parties, gospel concerts, and international food catering and activities.

All-inclusive packages, including airport transfers, hotel accommodations, and restaurant reservations, are also available.

History of Harlem Spirituals

In 1981, Harlem Spirituals Inc. introduced a neighborhood tour with a lively Sunday Gospel church service. Despite initial challenges, the company’s president, Muriel Samama, persevered in promoting Harlem as a tourist destination. By the late 1980s, Harlem started attracting European travelers interested in its cultural heritage and its influence on Gospel and Jazz.

Harlem underwent a cultural rebirth, becoming a vibrant neighborhood with a growing middle class. In the 1990s, its thriving economy drew visitors from across the USA. Harlem Spirituals, a proud Harlem Chamber of Commerce member, maintains strong connections with the local community, including churches, jazz clubs, and businesses. They also sponsor international gospel concert tours by the Addicts Rehabilitation Center Choir.

In 1994, Muriel Samama created New York Visions – expanding tours beyond midtown Manhattan to explore the unique neighborhoods of the Bronx and Brooklyn. They provide daily tours, group packages, airport transfers, and personalized land services.

 

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