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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

More Details

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 62 Verified Reviews
by Keith B.
from Melbourne , Australia
Great tour of Harlem
Posted 2018-06-01

Damien was our host for the morning and led us through the history of Harlem on our way to an amazing experience of being welcomed into a Gospel Church service. An incredible experience even if you are not a regular Church goer. Thanks for all the tips on New York City as well Damien. Highly recommended.

by Bustos S.
from Lomas de Zamora , Argentina

Posted 2018-05-29

La experiencia me resulto fascinante. Excelente el guía turístico

by karen g.
from deepdene , Australia

Posted 2018-05-20

Excellent tour. Would recommend! Gospel service fantastic to see & be apart of.

by Bernard B.
from Magny Le Hongre , France

Posted 2018-05-15

Organisation impeccable, guide très avenant et compétent, gospel à la hauteur de nos attentes, à conseiller vivement.

by Peter M
from USA
Uplifting soul stirring introduction to NY
Posted 2018-03-11

We flew in to NY on a Sunday morning and immediately joined the Harlem Gospel Tour Sunday. 4 hour tour of the historic and jazz sites of Harlem and then attended Sunday service where we really enjoyed the uplifting, soul stirring power of the gospel music. Certainly one way to get over jet lag. You felt welcome in the church regardless of our denomination or otherwise and a great intro to NY. Guide was a local and it felt like him talking about his home area. I will always recommend this one.

by tamarvalleylady1
from UK
Never to be forgotten
Posted 2018-03-11

We met our tour guide at the office along with a family of 3 and our unforgettable journey began. He is possibly the best guide i have ever met. He has both knowledge and charm. We took the nearby subway to Harlem to a great soulfood dinner at sylvias where famous people smiled from the walls. Barack Obama watched over our table. A short van ride took us to the cotton club. It was great fun and a charming man got all the women dancing followed shortly by their partners. I can't remember when I last danced. The absolute best was king Solomon Hicks who absolutely lit up the stage with his talent. The only quibble was the rather over enthusiastic trumpet player wanting to know why my husband was buying the Solomon Hicks CD and not what he was selling. It was a brilliant fun evening.

by ekaterina.latella
from USA

Posted 2017-01-01

I really enjoyed the tour. The Gospel Service was very warm, energetic and welcoming! A very special experience. The guides from Harlem Spirituals were very knowledgeable. The also helped me to catch a taxi after the tour, as I wanted to see the Brooklyn bridge afterwards and still catch my flight on the same day. Many thanks!

by Carol P.
from USA

Posted 2017-10-01

Great tour - I thought it was just a church service but was pleasantly surprised to get an informative funny quirky tour of New York and an incredible 1 hour spectacular- the pastor , the congregation and the choir was straight out of “COMING TO AMERICA “ - you have got to see it to believe it.

by Alan W.
from USA

Posted 2018-01-01

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

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 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 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 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 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 Christophe Benhaim
from France

Posted 2017-06-28

Ballade accompagnée très bien, 4 heures d'info très interressantes et Gospel super !

by Claude P.
from France
“Visite Harlem et Messe Gospel”
Posted 2017-08-28

Le top pour un rapide aperçu (à approfondir ensuite par soi-même) sur Harlem et, malgré la présence de nombreux touristes en cette période vacances (août), une messe Gospel toute en ferveur et en qualité d'interprétation. Quand on joue le jeu, ça prend vraiment aux tripes. Les fidèles sont très accueillants et les échanges de regards plein d'humanité retrouvée ! Un moment d'exception à vivre absolument.

by Victoria L

Posted 2016-07-01

Très touchant! J'ai trouvé les gens très authentiques.

by Izete S @Tripadvisor
from Joao Pessoa , Brasil
Excelente
Posted 2014-05-15

O Harlem é um bairro muito interessante de Nova York. As missas são estilo gospel e são interessantes e imperdíveis.


Dear Izete, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it means a lot to us to read that you enjoyed your tour. Gospel music is indeed very moving! If you come back to New York, there is much more that we'd like to show you about Harlem, and New York City in general! Best, Mathilde

by José S @Tripadvisor
from Joao Pessoa , Brasil
Um passeio diferente
Posted 2013-10-15

Adorei conhecer um bairro muito lindo e limpo. O passeio vale a pena e inclui a ida em uma igreja batista onde há um culto ou ensaio em que tem um coral maravilhoso cantando música Gospel. O passeio sai às quartas e domingos. Tem coleta de oferta em dinheiro para a igreja para quem desejar. Também vendem o CD do coral. Achei bastante emocionente

by CFSouza @Tripadvisor
Muito bon
Posted 2014-05-13

O bairro do Harlem é diferente do lado bem turista da cidade. ë um passeio diferente e que vale a pena. Os cultos religiosos são lindos, estilo gospel. Fiquei encantada.


Dear CFSouza, Thank you for sharing your impressions about our tour on TripAdvisor. We are very glad that you enjoyed discovering Harlem with us. It is a neighborhood that we love and we are happy to have had the chance to share our passion with you. We hope to see you again if you come back to New York so we can show you more of the City! Warm regards, Karoll R.

 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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