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Harlem Gospel Tour with Lunch Wednesday

Product Code: TGA3

Adult: from $115

Child (Age 3-11) : from $89


Join us for an unforgettable guided bus tour of Harlem's historic sights and joyful Gospel sounds on a Wednesday morning! Learn about the rich history of this neighborhood and witness its ongoing renaissance. End your Harlem tour with the unique experience of a traditional soul food brunch!

Star Highlights

  • Take a bus tour of historic Harlem with live tour guide
  • See famous Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club
  • Attend a Wednesday morning Gospel service
  • Enjoy some of the best soul food with a lunch at Sylvia's famous restaurant

More Details

Get on our Harlem tour and see some of Harlem's most famous landmarks including the legendary Apollo Theater, the Morris Jumel Mansion, Sylvan Terrace, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and more! Learn about the many achievements and history of Harlem's people and see the charming enclaves of Sugar Hill where famous musicians like Duke Ellington once lived, and Hamilton Heights and Strivers' Row - nostalgic reminders of Harlem's Golden Age.

After the Harlem tour, The group will join the ARC Gospel choir for “Hour of Power” our mid-week service and concert. ARC stands for Addicts Rehabilitation Center, the oldest drug treatment center in New York State. This Gospel choir was formed to finance treatment for people in the the community struggling with addiction. With the current opioid crisis, the center is in the process of expanding its outreach. Experience the ARC choir’s powerful voices singing songs of praise in the traditional beautiful acapella style. The “Hour of Power” is sure to inspire and delight you.

Harlem Spirituals Inc. is deeply committed to the ARC organization. It sponsors charitable events and takes the choir on domestic and international concert tours where proceeds from ticket sales go back to the center. The ARC Gospel Choir has done several recordings, including the famous album “Jesus Walks with Me” in collaboration Kanye West.

End your Harlem tour with a tasty lunch at Sylvia's famous soul food restaurant.
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 cornbread, 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 on return their own. Tip* 125th street offer some great shopping options.

If you are not available for a Harlem Tour on Wednesday, come and join us on our Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch on SUNDAY!

Calendar Schedule

  • Tour runs every Wednesday, weather permitting.
  • Departure time for all languages: 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 1 month in advance.
  • Tour price does not include beverages, optional gratuities, or hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Ratings based on 25 Verified Reviews
by Derek Harris
from PETERBOROUGH , United Kingdom
Great Time
Posted 2019-06-05

The ticket collection from the office was carried out with great efficiency and politeness. Anthony is a most informative and entertaining guide who made the tour of Harlem both interesting and amusing. The service with the ARC Choir was amazing! They really enjoy their faith and the invitation to join them to sing "O Happy Day" was one I accepted with great pleasure. The meal at Sylvia's was the first time I had eaten soul food and I enjoyed it very much. All in all, an excellent tour and good value for money

by Stéphanie R.
from courbevoie , France

Posted 2019-04-10

by Allan B.
from LE MOULE , Guadeloupe
Nice tour
Posted 2019-03-27

2nd time. The guide was really good and we spent a very good time. God bless

by Lise Z.
from Carlsbad , United States
Wonderful Experience
Posted 2018-12-08

The Harlem Gospel Tour was a wonderful experience. The tour was well organized and informative. I had the pleasure of being on a bus with English and Italian speakers, thus our local guide gave the tour in both languages, which was fun. The highlight, of course, was the Gospel Hour of Power! It was so moving and heartfelt. It touched my soul and I will keep this memory always with me. The lunch was delicious! This was the best gift I could have ever given myself!

by Waleska Furtado
from Spain

Posted 2017-09-01

Passeio muito gostoso e elucidativo.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Antonio C @Tripadvisor
from Paris , France
Un Gospel Tour formidable
Posted 2016-04-24

Une ballade en car dans Harlem avec un guide français très sympa, toutefois, les arrêts sont un peu courts. Le plus de la ballade, un gospel à l'église avec l'association ARC Gospel : un moment d'émotion formidable

Cher Antonio C, Nous sommes ravis de lire que notre Harlem gospel tour vous ait plu. Nos itinéraires ont été conçus pour permettre aux visiteurs d'avoir un aperçu global des quartiers que l'on visite dans l'espace d'une demi journée. Merci d'avoir partagé vos impressions sur notre tour sur le forum de Trip Advisor. 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

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

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