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“ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL”
Review of Harlem Spirituals

Harlem Spirituals
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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour
Ranked #214 of 659 Tours in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For over 25 years, Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions has offered unique sightseeing tours of cultural value that capture the excitement and flavor of New York City. Our Harlem Gospel tours and Harlem Soul Food and Jazz tours guarantee to make you a part of an unique experience. Discover the rich history of this legendary New York City neighborhood and enjoy the soul-stirring power of live gospel and jazz music. Complete your tour experience with a delicious meal at some of Harlem's most fashionable restaurants. Beyond Harlem, our New York sightseeing guided tours take you off the beaten path to soak in the local flavor and really experience the diversity of New York and its fascinating neighborhoods of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. All of our NYC tours are offered year round in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese on board deluxe motor coaches. Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions also offers services and packages with hotel accommodation, airport and city transfers, cruises, city passes, attractions and Broadway shows. Whether you are traveling with a group or individually, let us plan your next New York vacation from start to finish!
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We recently were in Manhatten for Christmas celebrations. One of the Tours that we had booked in advance (using Viator) was the Harem Soul Food and Jazz Tour.

I am a cancer patient and fell ill the night we were to go ... And Harlem Spiritual Tours gave us a full refund- even though they were under absolutely no obligation to do so.

How Classy !!! And wish more Tour Providers were so considerate.

They will be top of our list for our next visit to the Big Apple, and we will provide a follow up review.

Thank DYNAMICREGGAE
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2014

Hi,

Thank you for sharing these very kind words about Harlem Spirituals /New York Visions.
Should your return to New York City it will be our great pleasure to assist you in planning your stay.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014,

Harlem Spirituals Management

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"cotton club"
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"church service"
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"soul food"
in 14 reviews
"gospel music"
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"apollo theatre"
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"our tour guide"
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"great tour"
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"jazz evening"
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"tap dancers"
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"sunday service"
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"final stop"
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"new york"
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"would highly recommend this tour"
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"uplifting"
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We've recently had 5 day trip to NYC and wanted to go on this tour which we expected to be really uplifting. The tour was taken by Gray Line bus company and had an English speaking guide...other buses had different language guides. Overall the tour took about 3/4 hrs leaving Times Square and going around the city and beyond. The best part was the guide who was himself an african american with a lot of memories and history of his race to tell. It was so interesting hearing about the oppression of the slaves who were dominated by the wealthy white land owners, and also to find out about 'Harlem'. This is a neighbourhood which has had a variety of different boundaries and had different connotations related to poverty, ghetto, blacks etc. Now it appears to be an affluent area where appartments are very expensive and luxurious. We travelled through the borough of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, before arriving at the Greenbank missionary church in the Bronx. The service was about 45mins long, not as uplifting as I expected, the choir was disjointed and their hearts were not in it that day. Interesting though and worth a visit.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

The Gospel mass was a little too long, but the Harlem and the Apollo Theater tours were beyond awesome!

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Reviewed 4 October 2013

The authentic, loving and lyrical ARC choir should definitely be a must-see if you want to experience great black gospel music. But watch out for this tour company - our guide knew very little about Harlem, civil rights, gospel or jazz. What she did know a lot about was her own life and opinions, which she dispensed endlessly and at a piercing pitch on the bus microphone for three hours. The few stops en route to the church seemed to be mainly designed for her to have a cigarette. I've never complained about a tour before, but this lady made what should have been a joyous experience a bit like torture. Love the ARC choir though.

1  Thank GayleEA
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hsnyv_tours, Manager at Harlem Spirituals, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Dear Mrs. Austen,

We are deeply sorry that your experience on our tour was disappointing.
We Thank you for bringing it to our attention as we were surprised by your feedback.

We take pride in showcasing the history, culture and current events of the neighborhood.
When a tour manager decides to alter the content of the tour, we take this very seriously.
Additionally, Harlem Spirituals does not condone tour managers smoking during tours.
We have taken disciplinary action to ensure that this behavior does not reoccur.

Please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can make it up to you.
We would like to invite you to tour any time you wish so that you can experience our
regular itineraries conducted the way they usually are.

Sincerest regards,

Erika Elisabeth
Vice president

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Firstly I would tell anyone if you take this tour add the option for the soul food lunch. They pick you up on a nice bus near Time Square and then drive around Harlem to get an idea of the neighbourhood and hear about it's history. Then it was off to church, the people at the Greater Highway Temple where wonderful and I really enjoyed the music, my only complaint was we left before the reverend spoke. Then we went to the Cotton Club for soul food and a gospel ban. The buffet was excellent bring your appetite and I found out how good do you have to be to sing at the Cotton Club. You have to be awesome.

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