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Itinerary for September 17, 2016

 New York City for First Responders

Detailed Itinerary

Thank you for your interest in this trip. Please note that this is a generic itinerary for the trip. The exact meeting places and times, routes used in the Orientation Group Walks and other details will be found in your trip booklet.


Meet us  at our Departure Meeting Point. For this trip we will most likely use the Aviation Museum parking lot. 

The bus departs early in the morning. Make sure you are at the departure location on time, we will not be able to wait for you and we do not want you to miss this awesome trip.

This trip involves crossing the American Border. For a smooth transition you must have with you the appropriate travel document(s): passport (Visa or $6 US dollars cash -if needed. If you are not a Canadian citizen you might be required to have a visa. If you are from a country that does not require a visa to enter the USA you might be asked to pay $6 USD cash) 


You should expect to get off the bus and go through the border crossing process where the authorities will review your travel documents and personal belongings. Please check the US Customs and  Border Protection website for a list of prohibited or restricted items you should avoid bringing with you.   

After being admitted to the US, get back on the bus, relax and continue the journey. We will do a couple of stops along the way to stretch our legs and have some food.

In the afternoon we'll arrive to one of New York's most famous landmarks: Times Square. Take some time to wander freely around this part of town. We will make recommendations as to where to eat and what to do. You have 2 to 3 hours before our next meeting point.

Meet back with the group and head to our hotel for a well deserved rest.



This morning we will head towards Manhattan's lower town to visit the "9/11 Memorial and Museum". This is a time to  feel proud of calling yourself a First Responder.  We will honor those who either lost their lives or were injured  while answering the call of what's believed to be the largest mobilization of emergency personnel in American history. The Museum tells the story of 9/11 through interactive technology, archives, narratives and a collection of artifacts. 


After the visit to the museum we'll board the bus and head to Brooklyn. We will be dropped off near the Brooklyn Promenade where we'll enjoy beautiful views of Manhattan. Our Orientation Group Walk starts here.

We will meander our way to the corner of Adams St and Tillary St. This is where the pedestrian entry to the Brooklyn Bridge begins. We will cross this world wide famous bridge and head towards downtown Manhattan (also called lower town or financial district). 


In this section of NYC we will discover: Wall Street, NY Exchange Center, the Charging Bull, Trinity Church, Battery Park among others. After our Orientation Group Walk ends you will have free time to explore on your own.

We suggest you visit Pier 17, go shopping at Century 21, take the subway and explore little Italy and Chinatown. We also recommend taking the FREE ferry ride to Staten Island for stunning skyline views of Manhattan.

Meet up in the evening at the pre-arranged time and place to go back to the hotel.

Attractions in lower-town

1- Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River

2-Wall St

Wall Street is a 0.7-mile-long street running eight blocks, roughly northwest to southeast, from Broadway to South Street on the East River in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan

3-Stock Exchange Market

The New York Stock Exchange is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$19.3 trillion as of June 2016.

4- Trinity Church

Trinity Church is a historic, active, well-endowed parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Trinity Church is located near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.75 Broadway, New York

5- The Charging Bull

Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green Park in the Financial District in Manhattan

6- Battery Park

Battery Park is a 25-acre public park located at the Battery, the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City, facing New York Harbor.

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7- Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a FREE passenger ferry service. It runs 5.2 miles in New York Harbor between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. The ferry operates 24/7

8- Chinatown

Manhattan's Chinatown is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west

9- Little Italy

Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italian Americans. Today the neighborhood consists of only a few Italian stores and restaurants.

10- 9-11 memorial

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum are the principal memorial and museum, respectively. They commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 victims.

11- One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world.

12- Century 21

Iconic Department Store

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Today we will visit Manhattan's mid-town.


We will arrive at Times Square once again. We will take an awesome group photo and start our activities.  Our Orientation Group Walk starts here.

Times Square is located in Mid-Town Manhattan and it is the perfect place to buy tickets for Broadway shows, or to many great attractions. There is lots to see in this section of NYC: Empire State building, flat iron building, iconic Chrysler building, Madam Tussauds museum, Rockefeller centre, 5th avenue, Grenwich Village and so much more. Join our walk or set out on your own. Either way you will have tons of free time to discover this amazing part of NYC.​


We meet will meet again at Times Square in the late afternoon to go back to our hotel for a well deserved rest. You do not need to wait for the bus if you want to get back to the hotel earlier than the arranged time. You are welcome to get back on your own, just inform your guide ahead of time.


For a night out in Manhattan meet again at the hotel lobby. This is a night on your own. We will provide the bus for your convenience but there will be no guide accompanying you.  Experience a Broadway show,  go to a roof top patio or simply wander around town.  Bus pick up will be at midnight to return to the hotel.

Attractions in mid-town

1- Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020, USA

2- Top of the Rock

Observatory on top of Rockefeller Center, with an ocean-liner style design, offering city views.Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020, USA

3- Rockerfeller Plaza and Center

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 highrise commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets in New York City. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA

4- 5th Avenue

Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare going through the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village

5- New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, and fourth largest in the world.

5th Ave at 42nd St, New York, NY

6- Grand Central Station

Grand Central Terminal is a commuter, rapid transit railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States. 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

7- Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood. 405 Lexington Ave, New York

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8- Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. 350 5th Ave, New York.

9- Madison Square gardens

Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Manhattan.4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York

10- Flat iron building

The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper.175 5th Ave, New York.

11- NYC Highline

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.

12- Madam Tussauds

Madame Tussauds New York is a wax museum located at 42nd Street close to Times Square in New York City. 234 W 42nd St, New York

13- Broadway theaters

Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District of New York.

14- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan. Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York

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Today is our last day in NYC and we'll visit Manhattan's Upper-town.


Meet at the lobby of our hotel with all bags ready to check out of our hotel. After checking out, put your belongings in the bus and board it. We will head to Manhattan once again. This time our destination will be upper town.


We will be dropped off close to Columbus Circle, one of the best ways to enter Central Park. We will start by exploring the area and continue to discover Central Park and its surroundings. Visit famed Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields and the memorial to John Lennon, The Pond, The MET, The Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Opera, and much more.

Enjoy some time on your own and make sure you get some lunch. 

1:00 PM Meet at pre-arranged spot and board the bus. We will head back to Ottawa after a weekend full of activities and fun. 


Arrive to our starting point around 10 PM.

Attractions in upper-town

1- Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle, is a traffic circle and the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured. It appears in a number of films, including The Devil Wears Prada, Home Alone 2 and Tower Heist. It is also Manhattan's prime shopping and dining destination.

2- Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre landscaped section in New York City's Central Park that is dedicated to the memory of former Beatle John Lennon.

3- Central Park

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors a year, and one of the most filmed locations in the world.

4- Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is a small 6.5-acre (2.6 ha) zoo located in Central Park. The zoo oepned in the 1860s, making it the first official zoo to open in New York

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5- MET

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met",  is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world.

6- Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House (also known as The Met) is an opera house located on Broadway at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. With a seating capacity of approximately 3,800, the house is the largest repertory opera house in the world.

7- American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library

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What To Bring: Your camera, water bottles, good walking shoes, your adventurous spirit and extra money for food and souvenirs!

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