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Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch Sunday

Product Code: TGA1

Adult: from $115

Child (Age 3-11) : from $89


Join us for an unforgettable tour of Harlem's historic sights and sounds and enjoy live Gospel music in a Harlem church! End your tour with a unique brunch experience because a Sunday in Harlem is not complete without some of the best soul food in New York City!

Star Highlights

  • Take a guided bus tour of historic Harlem with a live tour guide
  • See famous landmarks like the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club
  • Attend a Sunday morning Gospel service
  • Enjoy some of the best soul food for brunch in Harlem

More Details

Learn about Harlem from its start as a rural Dutch community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Journey into the past and see the African-American Mecca for writers and artists at the turn of the century. Hear about Harlem's troubled past during the 1960's and 1970's and view its present day community beam with pride as it revels in the new renaissance.

See famous sights and landmarks such as St. John the Divine, 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, the famous 125th street and Sugar Hill - where Duke Ellington lived! Join a local congregation for the Sunday worship mass service* and experience the soul-stirring power of Gospel music. After, enjoy a soul food brunch at one of Harlem's local restaurants.

Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the rural Southern United States. The cuisine dates back to slavery as African Americans had to make due with whatever meager foods and ingredients were available to them. This evolved into a hearty and delicious comfort food styled cuisine. You will enjoy healthy portions of spicy BBQ ribs, fried fish and chicken, freshly baked corn bread, collard greens, black eye peas, okra, and macaroni and cheese.

After the brunch, guests will escorted back to our offices, located in the Times Square area. They can also choose to remain in Harlem to explore the neighborhood and return their own. Tip* 125th street offer some great shopping options.

If you are not available for our Harlem Tour on Sunday, come and join us on our Harlem Gospel Tour with Lunch on WEDNESDAY!

*For many years we have developed relations with churches in Harlem and followed their congregations and choirs. For this reason, church stops may now take place in the north of Harlem or in the Bronx. This will in no case affect the content or the schedule of the tour.

Calendar Schedule

  • Tour runs every Sunday, weather permitting.
  • Tours in English: departure time at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tours in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese: departure time at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tour duration: about 6 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.

Info Information

  • Tour 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 congregants, we ask you not to wear shorts, tank tops and flip flops.
  • Cameras and camrecorders are not allowed inside the church.
  • For wheelchair accessibility, please contact us at least one month in advance.
  • Tour price does not include beverages, optional gratuities, or hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews
by Robert L.
from Laurel , United States

Posted 2018-05-16

Terrific. Our guide Damon was very well versed and arriculate. I was impressed with the popularity of the tour drawing many international tourist. St paul's Baptist Church was very welcoming. The music was inspirational with a great jazz accomament. The brunch at the Cotton was delicious served with a generous helping of jazz. A well spent six hours Thank you.

by Jane F.

Posted 2016-07-01

Excellent tour, really enjoyed it. Well worth doing the brunch also, that was a highlight, the soul food.

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.

by kikakri @Tripadvisor
from Grosseto , Italia
La messa presso la comunità di Harlem con coro Gospel
Posted 2013-05-31

Domenica scorsa ho assistito alla Messa presso la chiesa di Harlem. Insieme ad altri turisti ci siamo seduti in silenzio negli ultimi banchi mentre la comunità tutta cantava, suonava e partecipava alla messa. Mi sono emozionata moltissimo quando tutti i presenti si sono alzati dal loro posto e sono venuti negli ultimi banchi ( dove eravamo noi ) per stringerci la mano e darci la loro benedizione. Ho apprezzato molto questo gesto , pieno di religiosità e simbolo di unione tra i popoli . Ho stretto tante mani ,anche quelle dei bimbi che, timidamente , imitavano gli adulti. Momento molto sentito e partecipato.

by thkotz @Tripadvisor
from Velden am Woerthersee , Österreich
Posted 2013-09-21

Dopo aver girato per circa due ore ad Harlem,( mi sentivo una comparsa in uno dei tanti film girati in questo magnifico posto)sono entrato in una chiesa,sedendomi tra gli ultimi banchi insieme ad altra gente. Una sensazione fantastica e piena di calore umano,cosa che nelle nostre chiese non avviene. Bellissimo ed emozionante

by giovanbattista z @Tripadvisor
from Roma , Italia
Il fascino del gospel vero
Posted 2013-07-01

Girare per Harlem ti fa sentire parte di un sogno, di migliaia di film e telefilm, ti sentì parte di un mondo forse difficile ma di un fascino unico. Sono capitato in diverse chiese secondarie rispetto alla più nota, ma vi assicuro che ho sentito i brividi per tutta la messa e la partecipazione dei fedeli principalmente di colore... Suoni e movimenti che solo loro sanno fare e per questo impossibile da non vedere.

by upail @Tripadvisor
from Graz , Österreich
Ein Stadtteil der überrascht
Posted 2015-07-09

Wir haben eine Bustour durch Harlem mit anschließendem Gospel Kirchenbesuch unternommen. Harlem überrascht mit großen Boulevards, Parks, Kirchen und viel Ruhe. Es ist sehr hügelig. In der Kirche wurden wir sehr freundlich aufgenommen. Es war eine normale Sonntagsmesse, die viele Stunden dauern kann. Wir waren 1 Stunde zu Gast und wurden von der Musik und den Besuchern mitgerissen. So viel Fröhlichkeit und Ausgelassenheit lässt niemanden kalt. Harlem sollte unbedingt auch zu Fuß erkundet werden. Nur so kann man wirklich eintauchen. Unser Guide war aus Harlem und so erhielten wir tiefe Einblicke. Viele Vorurteile wurden widerlegt.

Hello Upail, Thank you for your review of our Harlem Gospel tour. Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions tours strive to present New York City's neighborhoods from a historical, cultural and social perspective. We are glad that you choose our company and most importantly that our tour dispelled some of the notions that you may have had about the neighborhood. There is nothing else like travel; It broadens our horizons and brings us closer together. Wishing you a wonderful summer! Regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by matiasav @Tripadvisor
from Buenos Aires , Argentina
Imprescindible asistir a una misa gospel
Posted 2011-12-14

Sorprendente por su hospitalidad, y por como viven la religión, asistir a una misa gospel en cualquiera de las diferentes iglesias de Harlem será una experiencia inolvidable.

by matiasav @Tripadvisor
from Buenos Aires , Argentina
Me gustó mucho
Posted 2015-10-13

Contraté ésta excursión que incluía además un recorrido por Harlem. Y no me arrepiento. Antes de entrar a la Iglesia pasamos por el Teatro Apollo y recorrimos algunos barrios del Harlem. Además de conocer la Morris- Jumel Mansión y un hermoso parque detrás, ése recorrido lo hicimos caminando y fue muy interesante. El coro me encantó, es muy estridente y entusiasta. El guía hablaba español e italiano, e hizo la excursión muy amena.

Dear Matiasav, Thank you for selecting Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions tours. We appreciate your kind words and are happy that you enjoyed our Harlem Gospel tour. Best wishes, Erika Elisabeth Vice president

by vincent226 @Tripadvisor
from Merignac , France
Très Pro
Posted 2015-12-21

En choisissant ce prestataire, nous avons pu découvrir NYC de façon différente, confortable avec une guide francophone, sympa, dans un bus agréable et visiter des lieux emblématiques de ce quartier de NY. L'Appolo, participer à une messe gospel, apercevoir le yankee Stadium, visiter des endroits atypiques dans un environnement agréable.

Cher Vincent226, Nous vous remercions d'avoir partagé votre avis sur notre tour de Harlem avec messe Gospel sur trip advisor. Nos tours ont été conçus pour sortir hors des sentiers battus et vous faire découvrir le vrai New York. Nous sommes reconnaissants du faite que vous avez choisi les excursions d'Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions pour agrémenter votre séjour à New York. Cordialement, Erika Elisabeth Vice-présidente

by Jonathan D @Tripadvisor
Harlem Spirituals
Posted 2016-05-25

Bonjour nous avons visiter New York via Harlem Spirituals et je vous le dis franchement je vous le recommande, nous avons vu le Gospel, également fait la visite de New York en car et pleins d'autres choses et cela n'a été à aucun moment ennuyant mais au contraire on en voulait plus !!! Vraiment rien à dire sur eux de bon guide et de super explication et l'idéale ils parlent tous français donc cela est un peu plus facile pour ceux qui ne parlent pas anglais. Bon voyage et n'hésiter pas à les appeler pour avoir des informations.

Bonjour Jonathan, Un grand merci pour votre recommandation de nos services. Nous sommes ravis que vous avez sélectionné Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions pour découvrir New York City et nous vous remercions d' avoir partagé vos impressions sur nos excursions sur ce forum. Cordialement, Erika Elisabeth

by Christine T @Tripadvisor
from Rungis , France
Visites de Manhattan et de Harlem
Posted 2015-08-25

deux tours magnifiques qui nous ont permis de découvrir une partie de NY et me donne l'envie d'y revenir Toute la famille a beaucoup aimé les anecdotes et explications d'HELEN et de SERGE

Bonjour Christine, Nous vous remercions d'avoir partagé votre avis sur nos excursions de Manhattan et Harlem avec messe Gospel sur trip advisor. Nous tacherons surtout de transmettre votre message à nos guides! Il existe une vaste sélection de produits touristiques à New York City et nous sommes reconnaissants du faite que vous avez choisi les tours d'Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions pour agrémenter votre séjour. Nous serons ravis de vous faire découvrir d'autre quartiers de New York si vous revenez. Bien à vous, Erika Elisabeth Vice-présidente

by Emmanuel B @Tripadvisor
from Ruy , France
Messe Gospel
Posted 2016-08-15

Un super tour avec un super guide. Nous nous attendions à avoir une simple visite d'une messe en gospel, et au final c'est tout un tour guidé avec un super guide auquel nous avons droit. Ce fut un des moments forts de notre voyage à New York

Bonjour Emmanuel, Merci pour votre message. Nous sommes honorés que notre Harlem Gospel tour fasse partie des temps forts de votre séjour à New York. Cordialement, Erika Elisabeth Vice-présidente

by Annick T @Tripadvisor
from Bourgoin Jailleu , France
Excelente tour
Posted 2014-03-20

Hicimos un tour por harlem, fantástico y sobre todo la guia, persona que va más allà del simple tour.

by Stephanie P @Tripadvisor
from Porto-Vecchio , France
A faire absolument !!!
Posted 2016-05-10

Une découverte de Harlem en français, un guide très sympathique. Très gentil accueil lors de la messe gospel photos autorisées. Une ambiance sympathique on a dansé, chanté et beaucoup d'émotions ressenties. A conseiller vivement

Chère Stéphanie P, C'est avec beaucoup de plaisir que nous recevons votre message. Nous vous remercions pour votre recommandation de notre Harlem Gospel tour. Harlem Spirituals / New York visions propose des expériences uniques pour les visiteurs à travers les divers quartiers de New York City. N'hésitez pas à nous contacter pour vos futurs projets de séjour à NY. Cordialement, Erika Elisabeth Vice-présidente

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 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 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 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

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