Springtime in Manhattan 2021

Featuring the best that the Big Apple has to offer!

April/May 2021 • 6 Days • Price TBA**

New York City is one of the oldest cities in the USA, arguably the most international city in our country, and possibly the premier financial center on the planet. There is so much to see and do in New York City, and springtime is a wonderful time to take it all in!

**Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $100 discount on the Springtime in Manhattan tour. Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2021 tour! An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

In addition to optional afternoon and evening activities, and the opportunity to take in a Broadway show, four intriguing walks introduce us to the story of Manhattan:

  • Midtown Manhattan Walk with a long list of iconic highlights such as Grand Central Terminal, United Nations Complex, The Waldorf Astoria, Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and the Empire State Building.
  • Lower Manhattan Walk which we access by subway for a walk on the south end of the island full of household names like Battery Park, with views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty; New York Stock Exchange; Wall Street; Brooklyn Bridge; and Ground Zero of the World Trade Center.
  • Greenwich Village/Chinatown/Little Italy Walk, which passes through Chinatown, Little Italy, Union Square Park, and Park Avenue.
  • Central Park Walk with a surprisingly varied array of highlights like Central Park Zoo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Hayden Planetarium.

And more! Check back for more details soon!

We are working on the itinerary for this new tour – updates will be available soon!

Including:

Pricing is based on double occupancy.

  • Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of dinners
  • 4 Walk Routes exploring the highlights of Manhattan
  • Walk Credit for those collecting AVA Credit
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations will be available for a fee. We also provide a roommate matching service.

Optional Excursion:

  • Excursion to see a play on Broadway

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

24-28 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of dinners.

Airfare

Not included. Travelers will fly into and out of one of the airports servicing Manhattan. More details will be available as this tour is finalized.

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

WAI Guide Dan FriesenDan Friesen has been guiding tours for over 25 years on all 7 continents. He has hiked the Great Wall of China, hobnobbed with penguins in Antarctica, felt the spray of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, yodeled from the heights of the Swiss Alps, and walked the ruins of majestic Machu Picchu. Dan looks forward to sharing the history and sights of the bustling city of Manhattan with you! Dan will joined by an assistant from Walking Adventures on this tour.

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary, additional activities will be added, with optional afternoon and evening excursions available. More details will be available soon!

Click on each day to reveal more details. BD refers to meals included, Breakfast or Dinner.

DAY 1: Arrive Manhattan

Travelers arrive into New York City airports today and rendezvous at our hotel. Strategically-situated only a few blocks from Times Square and just a stoneʼs throw from most Broadway theaters, this hotel will be our home in the Big Apple for all 5 nights. Todayʼs only group activity is a welcome reception this evening to get acquainted and share more details about our delightful program of walks and activities in this  incredible, walker-friendly city!

DAY 2: Activities in Manhattan (B)

Lower Manhattan Financial District & Ground Zero Walk – 11 km, rated 1A

Following breakfast, weʼll board Manhattanʼs famed subway system for a day in Lower Manhattan. Due to the wealth of delightful distractions along Manhattanʼs walk routes, weʼve allotted the majority of each day to use the walk route to see the City. Walkers are free to walk on their own or with the guided group. A schedule for each walk will be provided outlining where weʼll break for additional sightseeing along each route. Lower Manhattan boasts a plethora of attractions including Battery Park with views  of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and the financial district, remnants of the 17th-century founding of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge walk—a highlight in its own right, and the somber reminder of 9-11 at Ground Zero.

An Optional Evening Activity will be available, more details TBA.

DAY 3: Activities in Manhattan (B)

Greenwich Village/Chinatown/Little Italy Walk – 10 km, rated 2A

Todayʼs walk features the diversity typical of New York City. Greenwichʼs colonial history is still evident in places, but this district is best known as a communal nursery for avant-garde approaches to literature, art, music, and a range of social issues. Chinatown and Little Italy illustrate the fascinating and often-tumultuous role immigration continues to play in Manhattanʼs history. Our walk connects us with the vibrancy of this part of Manhattan in ways that only walking can.

An Optional Evening Activity will be available, more details TBA.

DAY 4: Activities in Manhattan (B)

Midtown Manhattan Walk – 10 km, rated 2A
Optional evening activity: Broadway Musical

Today we explore Midtown Manhattan. This all-day excursion gives us a chance to peruse world class sights like the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, United Nations Complex, The Waldorf Astoria, St. Patrickʼs Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, NBC Studio, Radio City Music Hall, Trump Tower, Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Opera House, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Times Square, Macyʼs department store, Madison Square Garden, and, of course, the Empire State Building. After a full day enjoying the magic of Manhattan, consider joining us this evening on an optional event, a musical on Broadway.

DAY 5: Activities in Manhattan (BD)

Central Park Walk – 10 km, rated 1A

We see a completely different face of the city today—the amazing oasis within Manhattan—Central Park. Sights along the route include Central Park Zoo, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Cleopatraʼs Needle, and Museum of Natural History. An optional afternoon activity will be available, and this evening, we’ll reminisce about our Big Apple experiences at a farewell dinner in a quaint New York eatery.

DAY 6: Return home from Manhattan (B)

We return home today, revived by the spirit of Manhattan, the city that never sleeps!

More Details

Click on each heading for more details.

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! We’ll take 24-28 travelers on this tour, accompanied by 2 guides, offering a guide to traveler ratio of 1:14.

Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

New Travelers receive a $100 discount on the Springtime in Manhattan tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected]

How Is Airfare Arranged?

Airfare is not included. Travelers will fly into and out of one of the airports servicing Manhattan. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been finalized.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.