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VIP New York Experience

When you’ve planned to go all-out on your New York City experience, we’ve gathered together some top notch ideas whether you’re traveling solo, bringing a group, or having a family vacation. Any or all of these suggestions, depending on your time allotment, are sure to please anyone and elevate your New York experience from good to great.

VIP New York Private Tours

Fully customizable, these tours are perfect for up to 9 passengers, include your own private, professional chauffeur, and can even be coordinated with airport and hotel options. Take advantage of superb and personal customer service to plan your itinerary, as your guide will be someone who knows all the neighborhoods, history, shopping, shows, dining and resources in New York City.
This full-service opportunity is provided by Gray Line New York; they can pick you up anywhere you like and deliver you anywhere, stopping whenever you wish and waiting while you do whatever you like. The luxurious, latest model SUV or Van ensures five-star comfort as you enjoy all the excitement of the “City That Never Sleeps.” Consider VIP New York Private Tours your personal guide to the best of the best.

Helicopter Tours

A bird’s eye view of New York City can only be had when you travel like a bird. Ride sky high in a helicopter for mesmerizing views of everything from iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park to the Hudson and East Rivers as well as all the majestic bridges. Spacious cabins and high visibility windows allow you to see it all in the most dramatic way. Plus, you’ll have comfortable, luxury seating to make it that much more of a classic experience.
More than a dozen options for tours means you can choose a short 15-minute tour or a Wingsair private tour for six people that includes the entire picturesque Hudson Valley. Select your helicopter tour and notice that you can also choose to combine this ticket with sightseeing passes for some savings.


There are other ways to get out there on the water for sightseeing without pumping up the adrenaline on a jet ski. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Lady Liberty Lunch Cruise by Hornblower: Here’s a great alternative to lunch in the city. With live DJ entertainment, a lavish lunch buffet and first-rate service, you can see the sights while dining.
  • Clipper City Jazz Cruise: See the lights of the night in New York City while listening to jazz greats Joe Cohn on the guitar and Ian Hendrickson-Smith on saxophone. This rich sensory experience includes a full cash bar and you’ll be sailing on an impressive, 158-foot authentic sailing ship.
  • Day Sails on Schooner Adirondack: Sailing is so much more relaxing than jet skiing, so if the water is calling but you want to sit back and let someone else man the sails, here’s an ideal adventure aboard the Adirondack, an 80-foot wooden pilot schooner. Leave the concrete jungle behind and feel the breezes as you enjoy spectacular views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and so much more.
  • Circle Line Cruises: Operating seven ships in New York Harbor, the newest are called Bronx Class with three spacious decks, heating and air conditioning, and grand windows for excellent sightseeing. You can cruise for an hour or more, and for those wanting a party, you can book a private trip as well.

VIP Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The MET ranks among the most prestigious museums in the world and thousands of visitors flock there daily to see the artwork of the great masters such as Van Gogh, Klint and Warhol as well as massive collections of every imaginable type of art. But few people get to walk through an empty MET, able to see everything without anyone interfering with the view. The VIP tour begins before the general public is allowed into the museum and the group is limited to 25 people.
Your guide will meet you at the door and share insights into some of the most popular items in the permanent collection, such as Tiffany glass, Roman frescos, Greek statues, and the Egyptian Temple of Dendur. At the conclusion of the 1-1/2 hour tour you can stay to explore on your own, or take advantage of the included admissions to the MET Cloisters and MET Breuer.

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to a special, romantic night on the water watching the sparkling lights of the city as they dance across the waters. The three-course plated dinner menu features entrees such as Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Broiled Maine Lobster Tails, and more. Top your meal off with New York Cheesecake or another delectable dessert.
The enclosed glass domed boat is a luxury experience; dress up and kick up your heels on the hardwood floor to the tunes of some of the finest jazz musicians. There are two outdoor viewing decks as well, which you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy on this 3-hour cruise on the Hudson and East Rivers.

Metropolitan Opera

Enjoy an extravagant evening at the Opera for a quintessential New York experience. The Metropolitan Opera House is part of the Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts located in Lincoln Square. With one of the finest orchestras anywhere and a stage that draws the most talented performers from around the world, a night at the opera is certain to delight any audience. To enhance the experience, operas are translated on little screens on the back of seats.
The Grand Tier restaurant is open before every performance and Intermission dining should be ordered ahead of time so that it is ready at the appropriate time. Almost every level of the Opera House also has bars open to get your intermission drinks and snacks.
Be sure to get your tickets to the Opera in advance.


Would it be New York without Broadway? If you prefer Musicals, head to the Majestic Theatre, one of the largest on Broadway, seating more than 1600 people. There are approximately 40 theaters that qualify as “Broadway” where the performances are eligible for Tony Awards. Check to find the latest shows, locations, times and rates.

The Guerlain Spa

This delicious Spa is located on the 4th floor of The Plaza Hotel. It’s a quiet, luxurious retreat from the world and sure to leave you rejuvenated, ready to take on whatever else New York holds for you. Enter through the main hotel entrance and take the elevators on the left to the 4th floor. The menu of services includes facials, massage, body treatments, waxing and makeup.
Make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance and arrive a half hour before your appointment so that the spa attendants can acquaint you with the facilities and ensure a relaxing experience.