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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour provided by Harlem Spirituals

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour
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Tour snapshot
Explore Harlem by coach bus and on foot in this Sunday morning gospel tour
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
80
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    80
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Visitors of New York City shouldn’t miss Harlem’s Sunday morning gospel culture. However, if you’re not from the area, chances are you don’t know where to go to get the full experience. This guided tour takes you in a comfortable coach bus through Harlem to see top attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, and then lets you get out to stroll the neighborhoods. Plus, go to a traditional Sunday gospel service.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Go to a traditional Sunday gospel service—complete with a choir
  • Choose to upgrade and add a soul-food brunch to your day
  • Convenient meeting spot near Times Square
What to expect
  • Meet for this Harlem tour near Times Square Once you greet your guide, hop aboard your comfortable coach bus and head north toward Harlem. From the bus, pass important attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the former home of Duke Ellington. When you arrive in the neighborhoods, your guide parks, so you can get out and walk around. Your guide fills you in on details about the history and culture of these Harlem neighborhoods. Next, it’s off to enjoy a traditional Sunday gospel service, complete with a soulful choir. Afterward, if you’ve upgraded, a Sunday brunch at a local restaurant is on the agenda. Your Harlem gospel tour ends back at the original starting point near Times Square.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Go to a traditional Sunday gospel service—complete with a choir
  • Choose to upgrade and add a soul-food brunch to your day
  • Convenient meeting spot near Times Square
What to expect
  • Meet for this Harlem tour near Times Square Once you greet your guide, hop aboard your comfortable coach bus and head north toward Harlem. From the bus, pass important attractions, such as the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and the former home of Duke Ellington. When you arrive in the neighborhoods, your guide parks, so you can get out and walk around. Your guide fills you in on details about the history and culture of these Harlem neighborhoods. Next, it’s off to enjoy a traditional Sunday gospel service, complete with a soulful choir. Afterward, if you’ve upgraded, a Sunday brunch at a local restaurant is on the agenda. Your Harlem gospel tour ends back at the original starting point near Times Square.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3453TG1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Harlem tour
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Gospel service
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (unless brunch option is selected)
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
Inclusions
  • Harlem tour
  • Walking tour of residential sections
  • Gospel service
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (unless brunch option is selected)
Departure details
  • 690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    690 8th Ave
    690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA
    Between 43 and 44th streets on 8th avenue
    See address & details
  • 1
    Apollo Theater
    Stop: 20 minutes
    The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
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    Pass by
    Morris-Jumel Mansion
    Strivers' Row
    Cotton Club
    Sylvan Terrace
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Mary Mac o
Asheville12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
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 by the music of Ms. Helen Stiles and her band. We danced to her gospel music and celebrated being alive. It was fabulous. BUT the most magnificent thing about the tour was Duane. He is the most amazing tour guide in the world and should be promoted to tour guide extraordinaire. Multilingual, personable, Ivy educated- he’s exceptional and brilliant in his telling of New York history. DO THIS TOuR!!!!!!
Written 20 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Macdonald2717, Reading your post was so much fun, we can almost see you dancing! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on our tour. Thank you for your wonderful words about Duane who is truly passionate about about our city's history. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 21 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hook911
11 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This 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 our guide, Anthony, was a real New Yorker who had lived most of his life in Harlem and his local knowledge as well as his knowledge of New York history and even what movies were filmed where, made this an amazing trip. If you want a little insight into the real Harlem and to experience a genuine Harlem Church service (I was sceptical and thought this might be a little fake - it really wasn’t) then this is well worth it. We didn’t do the Sunday brunch buffet so can’t comment on this. Thanks Anthony for all your top tips and advice about NYC generally as well as being a great guide for this tour. 5 stars ⭐️
Written 30 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Hook911, We so appreciate your feedback and recommendation of our Harlem Gospel tour. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and as for the church, we want visitors to experience an authentic worship service within the community. Thank you for taking the time to share such kind words about your experience. Best regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals Inc/ New York Visions
Written 22 January 2020
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Tony B
London, England, United Kingdom6 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
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 of these districts.
I understand there is a commercial element to the Church service and I had been prepared for something staged specifically to funnel tourist money into struggling communities. If that was the case, I didn't notice and the whole experience felt genuine and welcoming. The gospel singing (choir and congregation) was excellent.
The tour bus was clean and comfortable and has an onboard rest room (important, as very few public ones in Harlem).
I think you could skip the optional Cotton Club lunch element without missing the best of the experience. The entertainment was well executed but felt dated. The food was welcome but not standout. The European waitresses are there for their language skills with the mostly European customers, but they need a little more training in how to communicate with paying customers.
Overall I thought the whole morning's package was good value for money.
Written 29 December 2019
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Dear Tony, Thank you for taking the time and care to report on the details of your experience on our Harlem Gospel Tour with Brunch. Reviews like yours mean a great deal to us in that they help us to improve on the overall customer experience. Harlem Spirituals has been organizing tours to the Harlem neighborhood for over 30 years. Our itineraries incorporate history, culture and immersive experiences within the community like attending a worship service and dining in local neighborhood restaurants. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 22 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ellie Vee
2 contributions
Oct 2019
This tour is a complete waste of money and time! We stopped for way too log at some memorial. No explanation. Just sent out of the bus. We then got to the church, and although that was very average (they sang two songs, asked for money donation, then we were ushered out). I understand this part is beyond the tour group's control. But, the real disappointment of the tour was that although I was very much looking forward to Apollo and Cotton Club (30 minute each as per agenda), the bus stopped long enough just outside these venues where we could click a quick photo through the bus window ("Japanese style" as the tour guide explained) and we drove off! That's not a "visit ". That's abysmal! All the while the tour guide and the bus driver were bickering so much so, that the bus driver pulled over at one point,  asking the tour guide to leave the bus or he will call the police. Can this get any more unprofessional?!
I feel very let down by this tour. I emailed my disappointment three times to Harlem Spirituals tour operator and have had no answer. Sent various messages, was told someone will get back to me. Two months later, no one has replied to any of my emails or messages. Do yourself a favour and pick another tour.  
Written 19 December 2019
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Robbyna S
Auckland, New Zealand83 contributions
The bus tour to Harlem with Anthony's guiding and excellent information was very well received. He knew a lot and he communicated it in a pleasant way. However the church and supposedly gospel visit was not what I expected. There we a handful of locals in the church and at least 4 your groups of 20 people each so the tourists wag out numbered the congregation. The quality of the singing was very poor. Shouting and screeching more than singing. I have heard beautiful gospel music before, admittedly not from Harlem or from this Pentecostal church hall, and the singing and music we heard 24 Nov was unrecognisable. Suggest providing the tourists with earplugs so the decibels don't damage the ears. It felt like being at a very loud Rock concert. Real gospel voices don't require a lot of accompaniment. Very disappointed. The bus your was great but the gospel experience a disaster. Real tourist trap.
Written 25 November 2019
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Dear RobbynaS, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent tour. While we are happy that you enjoyed the tour content, we understand that the quality of signing did not meet your expectations. However, what we don't agree with, are your truly disparaging comments referring to the Sunday church service as a " real tourist trap". The churches that welcome our groups allow us to experience their authentic worship services. The choirs are comprised of real people; congregants who volunteer their time to express the word through song. The point of this portion of our tour is for visitors to know more about the important role of the black church historically within the community. This is not meant to be a show put on for tourists but an opportunity for guests to experience how the congregation worships and the great joy in which they serve. Cordially, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 2 December 2019
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olivia l
Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
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 (quite religious)! Our 11 year son enjoyed the tour but did find the church very loud and hot. The only disappointment was that they was no choir at the church.
Written 11 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Olivia I, Thank you so much for your feedback on our Harlem Gospel tour. We are so glad that you enjoyed the overall experience. We understand that you had to take your son downstairs as the experience may have been a bit overwhelming for him; but here was a choir singing during the time that your group was at the church. Regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York
Written 25 November 2019
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suber2016
Comox, Canada34 contributions
Nov 2019
I highly recommend this tour we loved it. The staff we bought our tickets from were so friendly and happy to answer all of our question. The bus driver was great, we had a smooth ride. Anthony our tour guide was very informative regarding Harlem and all the history. He had great recommendations on restaurants. Only had time to try one of the restaurants he suggested, best Italian food I have ever had. The Sunday Morning Gospel was amazing......the congregation welcomed us with open arms.....It was wonderful .
Written 6 November 2019
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Dear Suber2016, Thank you so much for the wonderful recommendation of our Harlem Gospel tour. We are thrilled that you had an amazing experience. Now, you have to come back to try the other restaurants on Anthony's list and join another one of our New York neighborhood tours. Best wishes, Erika Elisabeth Vice President Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 7 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MarilynDun
13 contributions
Oct 2019
Bus tour from 8th Avenue to Hsrlem - Very informative commentary from our guide Ronny. Was very personable and made the tour very interesting and fun. The tour to the Greater Highway Deliverance Temple was inspirational. A true spiritual experience, and wonderful to see the enthusiasm and love everyone had for God and each other. Felt very privileged to share their service.
Written 20 October 2019
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Dear MarilynDun, Thank you for this excellent review of our Sunday Harlem Gospel tour. It is really nice for us to know that our program had a positive impact on you. We will make sure to pass along your lovely comments to our guide Ronny. Your rating of our tour really means a lot to us and we appreciate you for taking the time to share your feedback. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions
Written 21 October 2019
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Mary C
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Couples
The service was amazing and we felt very welcome at the Thessalonica Baptist church. Anthony was our guide and he was full of energy and knowledge ensuring a great trip.
Written 30 September 2019
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Dear Mary C, Thank you for your wonderful review of our Harlem Gospel tour! We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour. Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 7 October 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LuLu
15 contributions
Sep 2019
It was a bit overly staged vs what we thought we would be seeing. There was more from 1 bus then from the congregation. We were asked twice for money and paraded around the front which was a bit of pressure to donate. Not sure why every bus went to a different location. We ended up in Brooklyn vs Harlem. They were very nice to us but it felt a bit staged.
Written 30 September 2019
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Dear lulu-zulu, I hope that you booked with Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions as this particular tour never goes to Brooklyn. There wouldn't be enough time... Unless you meant the Bronx. If you did travel with us, that would mean that your group may have had the great fortune of visiting Harlem as well as the Bronx. You still get the entire Harlem Tour only the service is held in the Bronx. This aim of the church experience portion of our tour is that of immersion within a community during a worship service. These are not performances or shows that are staged for the benefit of visitors. We attend the part of the service that precedes the actual sermon it is called song and praise. During this time churches greet visitors, make announcements, worship through songs as well as collect donations for their various ministries to help their community. There is no pressure for you to donate this is already included in the tour price. Buses attend different services because we want visitors to have more intimate experiences, so we would not send multiple groups to one location. The congregants at the churches we attend are all genuinely very warm and welcoming people. This is one of the key experiences that we hope to share with all of our visitors. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Written 7 October 2019
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour - PHENOMENAL
Firstly, let us say that our Tour Guide Anthony, was without a doubt, the best tour guide we have ever dealt with.
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Great Harlem Experience
This tour provides a great insight into Harlem. The online booking process was efficient as was the ticket collecti
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Great experience!
We're New Yorkers who knew little about Harlem. The tour was eye opening. Our guide, Anthony, was a marvel with d
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Harlem Walking Tour- A MUST!!
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The performance by the ARC Choir was so moving!
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