Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3763NYCVIP
Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour that includes early access to the Empire State Building, skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, an open-top bus tour, and a hop-on-hop-off cruise. You can upgrade to also include afternoon admission to the 9/11 Museum. Seem like a lot to do in one day? Opt to take your cruise the following day. It's a great way to see NYC’s newest sites and its most iconic attractions, and a Viator exclusive package that can't be booked anywhere else!


  • Exclusive to Viator
  • All entrance fees included
  • Editor's Pick
  • Family friendly
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
Your VIP tour of New York starts bright and early, but it’ll be worth it when you gain first access to the Empire State Building for the day. Meet your guide in front of the this world-famous architectural stunner. From there, head in for a crowd-free elevator ride to the 86th floor for awe-inspiring views of Manhattan on the main deck.

When you’re done viewing the city from above, see it from ground level by joining your guide on an open-top bus tour of Midtown. Pass New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Times Square and many other well-known sites before arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, home to the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Following a journey to New York by 747 jumbo jet and river barge, the space shuttle went on display in July 2012 inside a special pavilion that celebrates its rich history and offers an innovative and interactive visitor experience. Your guide will lead you to the front of the line before the exhibition opens so you can go straight in with your skip-the-line ticket for maximum time to view this thrilling new exhibition that showcases science, technology and engineering. Bonus: You can also explore the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier housed at the museum.

Next, board a hop-on-hop-off cruise with your guide at Pier 79. Hop off at Battery Park, where you'll take a walking tour through the world-famous financial center of Wall Street on your way to the 9/11 Memorial. See the twin reflecting pools, inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, that sit exactly where the Twin Towers once stood.

Inside the memorial, the guided portion of your tour ends at approximately 1pm. Upgrade for 2pm admission to the National September 11 Memorial Museum (aka the 9/11 Museum) when you book for a chance to browse the many multimedia displays, archives, narratives and authentic artifacts that commemorate the September 11 victims and their families. (See Important Info for pricing and other details.)

If you choose the tour-only option, you can then continue your sightseeing independently with a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure; your ticket is valid for the rest of the day. If the museum option is selected, your cruise ticket is valid for the rest of the afternoon and the entire next day, giving you plenty of time to discover New York's waterfront sights.

The cruise makes two more stops at historic South Street Seaport and the Fulton Ferry landing in Brooklyn for a leisurely cruise to enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and time to reflect on your VIP tour of New York City.

Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Empire State Building
Departure Time:
5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Guided tour portion ends at the 9/11 Memorial at approximately 1pm. Return to Pier 79 (Midtown, 20-minute walk from Times Square) at your leisure

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VIP Tour
Code: TOUR

VIP tour including first access to Empire State Building, open-top bus tour, skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid, 9/11 Memorial tour and 1-day hop-on-hop-off cruise

USD $109.00
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VIP Tour & 9/11 Museum Entry

VIP tour including first access to the Empire State Building, open-top bus tour, skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid, 9/11 Memorial tour, 2pm timed entry to 9/11 Museum and 2-day hop-on-hop-off cruise

USD $139.00
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Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Enjoy This Viator VIP Tour of New York's Most Popular Sites

  • Admission to the Empire State Building
  • Open-top bus tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Hop-on-hop-off cruise on the Hudson River valid for 1 calendar day (if tour option selected) or 2 calendar days (if museum upgrade selected)
  • Walking tour of Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Statue of Liberty admission
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • VIP experience exclusive to Viator
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • For the 9/11 Museum upgrade option, the time and date cannot be changed after booking and refunds for missed entry time will not be refunded under any circumstances
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Elena Carmen B, Canada, May 2016

The tour was really good, Heidi is a very friendly and knowledgeable person with good sense of humor. She made our day a special one. Thank you Heidi !

Reviewed by: Murray H, May 2016

Worth every penny and more! Heidi gave a wonderful and humorous tour of some of New York's most famous sites. We learned much on her tour, and she was extremely well versed and able to answer all our questions with very intelligent answers. If it's possible, ask for Heidi. She'll make your 5 hour tour one of the best New York has to offer. We strongly recommend Viator!

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