New York History

School tours

Top museums and important buildings in the buzzing Big Apple reveal the story of its place in the world today


  • A cruise round the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • The poignant 9/11 Memorial visit
  • The history of immigrant families at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • The Skyscraper Museum
Typically £762 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018

What's included: 

  • Return flights UK to New York
  • Return overseas transfers
  • Accommodation - bed and breakfast
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 10 students
  • Excursions and entrance fees not included

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Flight to New York, about 7 hours
Airport transfer to your accommodation included
Arrive at accommodation - evening meal own arrangements

Day 2

Breakfast included
Guided walking tour of Midtown –Central Park, Fifth Avenue, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, Grand Central Station,
UN Building or Harlem guided tour
Top of the Rock for spectacular views
Broadway show - evening meal own arrangements

Day 3

Breakfast included
9/11 Memorial.
Ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Brooklyn Bridge. Lower East side Tenement Museum
Visit the Empire State Building - evening meal own arrangements

Day 4

Breakfast included
Museum of the City of New York or Skyscraper Museum
Macy’s for shopping (flight time permitting), then to airport - transfer included
Overnight flight to the UK

Day 5

Arrive UK
Pamela Grech

New York excites and inspires students. There are so many memorable and thought-provoking visits to choose from. Students love the culture and they also love the shopping!

Pamela Grech
Travelbound USA Specialist
Typically £762 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018

The Statue of Liberty, the first sight for those arriving in New York by boat since 1886, has been a beacon of hope and sanctuary for millions. Anyone who sees it can’t help but feel a similar lump in their throats, as they contemplate what it has meant to so many people over the years. For students on history tours to New York therefore, it is a sight of vital significance, because it was mass immigration that gave this country its identity, and also its strength.

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Close to the statue is Ellis Island, where a processing centre was built and through which millions of people passed, some seeking a better way of life, others an escape from persecution. Not everyone was successful, hence its nickname as “The Island of Tears.”

Historical photographs and documents explain how the centre operated and students with ancestors who emigrated to the States can use interactive searches to try and find details on them. An illuminating addition to any New York school trip.

Once new arrivals had passed through Ellis Island, they often found themselves lodged in a tenement such as the one at 97 Orchard Street. The building has now been transformed into a museum, documenting the lives and experiences of the thousands of working-class immigrants who made it their home. A deeply moving and inspirational journey into the past that still resonates today, the exhibition seeks to promote tolerance and emotional connections.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century new housing developments began that would change the New York skyline forever. In Battery Park, the Skyscraper Museum documents the rise of the these towering walls of glass and steel – of particular interest are the stories of the men who built them, the effort they put in and the dangers they faced every day perched above the city streets far below.

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Our top three excursions for this trip were the Capitol Building, the Empire State Building and Ellis Island. The students found the New York excursions the most inspiring.

Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate

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Typically £762 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018