Expert-Led: Private Greenwich Village Walking Tour with an Historian

Expert-Led: Private Greenwich Village Walking Tour with an Historian

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      New York, New York, USA
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 360
      • Greenwich Village: With its meandering lanes, vibrant past, and strong sense of community, this is one area of New York City that manages to stand out from the rest.
      • Get historical: Delve into an incredible chronicle of this enigmatic neighborhood, from its Native American roots through its Bohemian emergence to modern day.
      • More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Be enlightened by a knowledgeable, Ph.D. - or MA-level expert in urban history.
      • Your group, your tour: This private experience lets you set the departure time and adapt to your party's preference. In addition, build a real rapport with your docent.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park, off Washington Square N. in Greenwich Village. Look for your guide holding a sign with the tour name at the Arch.

      Helpful hints

      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.

      Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace over evenly paved paths. You may have to descend several steps. If your mobility is limited, let us know and we can customize the tour.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour, Luxury

      Transportation used

      None

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide

      Tour ID

      PP-NAM-USA-NEWY-EN-2021

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide. Strollers permitted.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a wheelchair we can accommodate you with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. It's a big city, with a lot of distance to cover and not all areas are wheelchair accessible. Contact Hello@GoBe.com

      Whether you use the formal "Greenwich Village," or casually call it "the Village," prepare for an in-depth exploration of an iconic New York City neighborhood. Follow its lineage from Native American inhabitants to Dutch tobacco farmers, the English estates of "Grin’wich" to the Bohemian enclave it later became. In only a small radius, but in the company of an urban historian, you'll take detours and tangents to cover the centuries.

      Trace early settlements and the topography of old rivers, considering the human scale of the buildings and winding streets. In order to introduce the Village's many layers, begin at its nexus: Washington Square, a former potter's field, then fashionable park, and now busy hangout. Look into the cobblestoned mews and rare carriage houses tucked behind the bordering mansions.

      Passing landmarks like the Jefferson Market Library and Bleecker Street, head into the West Village's leafy precincts, with its clapboard houses and hidden courtyards. Spend some time unearthing architecture and urban development, but also on the biographies of significant people who have called the Village home, from Walt Whitman to Bob Dylan.

      Stopping at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields on Hudson Street, discuss the area's burst of early 19th-century growth, from rural hamlet to bustling town – a result of fever outbreaks downtown and development by real estate barons like John Jacob Astor. After peeking into the church's lush walled garden, stroll to the Hudson River, central to both the neighborhoods and the city's history, and today a landscaped park with harbor views.

      Open arms for alternative cultures

      Perhaps the Village is best known for its Bohemian vintage. Quaint and ethnically diverse at the turn of the 20th century, by the beginning of World War I, innovative artists and writers were already seeking refuge here. Sheltered, with low rent and a tolerance for the radical and nonconformist, Greenwich Village quickly became a natural draw for both the Avant Garde and thrill-seeking uptown patrons alike.

      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.

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