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New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Tour

New York City: Sunday Harlem Gospel Tour

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Enjoy an historical guided tour through Harlem and join a local congregation for an uplifting service of gospel music on Sunday morning. See where Duke Ellington lived, explore the birth of urban black culture and more.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Small group available


  • Experience the charm of Harlem's neighborhoods with a local guide
  • See the famous sights of 125th Street
  • Discover legendary venues such as the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club
  • Get uplifted at an authentic gospel service
Full description
Take an inspiring Sunday tour of Harlem to learn the history of the neighborhood, from its origins as a rural Dutch farming community to its transformation into a summer retreat for New York's most prominent families. Hear how public transportation and real estate made Harlem a fashionable district for those fleeing congested Lower Manhattan. Learn about the arrival of African Americans from the southern states during the Great Migration, and how they formed communities to collectively address economic, political and social issues.  Pass landmarks such as Columbia University, the Cotton Club and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to name just a few. Discover where Duke Ellington lived on 125th Street, and then join a local congregation for their Sunday service and experience the uplifting power of gospel music.
  • Sightseeing tour of Harlem
  • Transportation
  • Gospel service in a local church
  • Meals
  • Gratuities for the guide
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet at 690, 8th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets.

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Important information

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  • Wear appropriate clothes. Shorts, tank tops and flip flops are not permitted
  • Filming and photography during the service is not permitted
  • Guides are available in 5 different languages
  • The English tour departs at 09:30 AM. The French, German, Spanish and Italian tours depart at 09:00 AM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 121 reviews

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A rich and warm welcome from Harlem

I wish to thank the Guides and the Greater Highway Deliverance Temple for such a wonderful warm welcome to the Harlem neighbourhood. The congregation members were so welcoming of us as a group of tourists and really made us feel a part fo things. Our guide went out of this way to interrupt the stereotypes of Harlem that abound, and demonstrate its rich culture, its compassion and its heart. My favourite quote of the morning was that "the currency of Harlem is respect". He was also very informative and took time on the bus to answer brand questions about New York and share some great simple information (like navigating subways and the restaurant health ratings). We visited a couple of other tourist spots in Harlem.

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October 17, 2019

Very impressive trip

Sunday morning with Glen was very nice and impressive. Our guide, Glen himself came from Harlem and was able to give us a lot of interesting facts. Also, he led us to a real worship that we could attend, a very moving endeavor. The organization was great too. We were greeted in a friendly manner at the door of the office. Everything went great. Thank you for the nice day

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October 7, 2019

The guide was great. Lots of info on the bus. Now do not lose sight that it is a tourist visit in a group (35 French people that day) and at a run. There was one bus per language at the start - impressive - but we don't all go to the same place! The gospel mass disappointed me because there were few practitioners compared to the number of tourists present. I kept in mind the gospels in movies or TV. A little too much the impression that it's a lucrative business... however, a warm welcome and involvement from everyone, including young practitioners. I find that the package is a bit expensive, especially since you have to add tips for the driver and guide.

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September 6, 2019

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