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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 130 Verified Reviews
by Justine P.
from New York , United States
Great experience!
Posted 2019-09-22

We're New Yorkers who’d never seen much of Harlem. Saw great sights with Anthony, a truly wonderful guide with deep knowledge and the greatest enthusiasm for his City! The church and the gospel music were marvelous; the parishioners welcomed us and, by the end, we were on our feet, clapping and dancing. Loved it!

by Peter de Jonge
from Goes, The Netherlands , Netherlands
Well informed guide
Posted 2019-09-15

Some nine years ago we walked in Harlem on our own, so we looked forward to this tour. Thanks to the well-informed guide we learned much more about this part of Manhattan. Unfortunately the audio-system in the bus was of poor quality. And we had to leave the gospelservice before it ended, which felt kid of rude.

by Miguel C.
from Sunny Isles Beach , United States

Posted 2019-08-04

People at the church were very friendly and kind. All of them. But our guide didn´t tell us anything about the origen and actual information about the baptist church or the gospel music. Not even what one can find at wikipedia. A pitty

by Anne G.
from Larkollen , Norway

Posted 2019-07-07

Thank you for our tour with you to Harlem. We enjoyed it a lot. If I may I have two suggestions to make it even better. Inform your guest they are expected to bring cash for Church and for tips, europeans are not used to tiping or bringing cash. The tour was a bit to long. 2,5 hours woud have been perfect.

by Jean-françois V.
from TREPT , France

Posted 2019-07-07

C’est pas encore fait on y va début août !!!

by Javier D.
from Barcelona , Spain
Great experiemce
Posted 2019-06-09

Very Good tour with a very knowledgeable guide. It is worth the money

by Vincent H.
from Saint Gilles , France
Excellent
Posted 2019-05-26

Excellente visite de Harlem, un excellent guide, une messe gospel excellente: à refaire et conseiller sans hésitation.

by JEAN F.
from QUEBEC , Canada

Posted 2019-05-26

Bravo à notre guide Serge. J’ai fait le tour pour une troisième fois et il a été le meilleur guide à ce jour. Et de loin!. Habile communicateur, propos intéressants, passionne. Il a rendu le tour des plus captivants. Le tour est toujours une belle expérience mais Serge en a fait un précieux souvenir. Merci

by Hélène P.
from CHATOU , France
Super
Posted 2019-05-05

Super

by Annette M.
from Egerkingen , Switzerland
Almost perfect!
Posted 2019-04-25

It was a very interesting tour, but we didn't like the visited church very much. When we did the same tour in 2016 we visited another church; This one was much better!

by Eric G.
from wintershouse , France
Génial, à faire
Posted 2019-04-21

Super visite, un guide au top avec des explication clair, à la fois historique et people. Pour un final avec la messe Gospel qui vous prend au cœur et vous entraîne dans leur joie et leur énergie. A faire, en plus c'est loin d'être l'activité la plus chère à New York, le prix est correct pour ce que c'est.

by Danielle B.
from Saint Germain les Corbeil , France

Posted 2019-04-21

Le guide Serge parfait par contre j’ai été un peu déçue par les gospels dans l’église j’ai déjà assisté par 3 fois à ce tour dans Harlem par votre intermédiaire et les chants étaient plus agréables .

by Anne M.
from BOURGES , France
Feedback Harlem Gospel Tour Sunday
Posted 2019-04-14

Bonjour Madame, Monsieur, Nous avons apprécié cette rencontre avec l'histoire de la naissance des messes Gospel et compris de ce fait, l'énergie qui s'en dégage. Première étape : tour dans Harlem pour saisir l'origine du quartier. Nous étions en bus d'une vingtaine de personnes. La guide était extrêmement intéressante et n'avait pas la langue dans sa poche. Ceci était appréciable suite à des questions d'actualité car nous avions une description réelle de ce qu'il se passe aux États-Unis. Nous avons noté également, comme dans le tour Soul food and jazz; que la guide était très cultivée et avait une bonne capacité à transmettre son savoir de manière dynamique et participative. Deuxième étape : messe Gospel dans le Bronx L'endroit pour assister à une messe était choisi par les guides parmi des églises "partenaires";. Notre guide a décidé de nous amener dans une église du Bronx car, malheureusement, les églises au sein d'Harlem sont prises 'assaut et finalement, cela gâche complètement l'instant. Nous avons été témoin d'un engagement total de la population en majorité afro-américaine durant cette messe. Tout le monde, en quasi totalité, chantait, dansait, priait donc participait vivement à cette communion. Nous avons senti la foi que cette audience avait et voulait la transmettre : un moment très fort. Dernière étape : retour au point de départ. Certaines personnes étaient désireuses de sortir avant le point de départ initial et la guide n'a eu aucune objection à cela (bonne flexibilité). Nous avons vraiment apprécié de partager ce "emps religieux et festif"; avec une population qui en a réellement besoin. Il s'agit pour eux, d'un moment de partage indispensable dans leur quotidien parfois difficile.

by Jenny O.
from Molndal , Sweden
Fantastic guide
Posted 2019-04-14

Really interesting tour. The guide was fantastic (and funny) he told us so much about NY and Harlem. The visit in the church was I a little short, wonderful choir but we only heard some songs, welcome from the pastor and then it was time to leave.

by Lionel B.
from DOMONT , France
Génial :-)
Posted 2019-04-07

Nous sommes ravis. Le guide est passionné et nous transmet son enthousiasme. C'est un réel plaisir de l'écouter. Par ailleurs, il nous donne pleins d'informations utiles. C'est rassurant quand on ne connaît pas. Quant à la messe, nous avons vraiment été bien accueillis. Les personnes sont très gentilles et leurs chants magnifiques. On ne peut se retenir de danser avec eux. Nous conseillons cette sortie à tout le monde. Ca vaut vraiment le coup.

by Piet J.
from Haarlem , Netherlands
Was a great experience
Posted 2019-03-17

Perfect organized Gospeltour. With a great host; Antonio! Also the walking trough Harlem was a great experience.

by Sandrine P.
from LE lamentin , Martinique

Posted 2019-03-10

Experience inoubliable Super guide !!!!!!

by celine b.
from SAINT OUEN , France
Magique
Posted 2019-03-09

Moment magique. Duane tu es un guide exceptionnel!!! Merci vraiment!

by FABIENNE H.
from AUBAGNE , France

Posted 2019-02-17

by Cristiane M.
from Macaé , Brazil

Posted 2019-02-11

Maybe it was the day I went, but the church had just a few people and the choir was also with a few people.

 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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