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School Trips to New York City


5 day tour

Create an unforgettable school trip in one of the world's most exciting cities! The worlds most cosmopolitan city, New York City, is a real melting pot of global culture - take your students on a business and economics educational tour of a lifetime!

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  • A view of New York city by night

    New York Skyline
  • Student in NYC
  • The view from the Empire State Building

The city that never sleeps

New York is probably one of the most exciting cities in the world and certainly one of our most popular school trips. Arguably the capital of the USA for finance, art, music and theatre, the Big Apple is an exhilarating ethnic and cultural concoction that will take several visits to consume.

As well as school trips to New York taking in all the main sights, we also specialise in business and economics trips, including guided walks of the financial district, giving students an insight into the history and present-day activities of this financial mecca.

We also specialise in art and drama trips to New York, including some unusual workshops for your students to take part in. The city’s grid system makes getting around easy and our accommodation is ideally located for visiting many of the famous landmarks on foot.

We really love New York and think it has so much to offer school groups - could this be the perfect trip for your school? 

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New York School Trip (5 days)

  • Tour Itinerary
  • Excursions
  • Accommodation

It's possible to change the itinerary below to suit your needs. Get in touch to find out more

Day 1 – Depart the UK on your day flight to New York City. Arrive in New York, then meet your transfers and check into your accommodation. Explore the local area and then enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Breakfast in a local dinner and then make your way down town to Battery Park, to enjoy a tour of Ellis Island and see the world famous Statue of liberty. Ellis Island is where thousands of immigrants where first taken to be processed and most US families have a family member who went thought this. After make your way to ground zero for the world trade memorial. And walk Wall street . Dinner in a local restaurant

Day 3 – Breakfast in a local dinner and then visit Central Park and then onto the most famous shopping street in the world - 5th Avenue! You will pass all the major brands from around the world and stop off at the Rockefeller Centre and why not go to the top of the building for some of the most spectacular views of the city. After make your way to Time squire and have dinner in a local hard rock café or why not catch a Broadway show!  

Day 4 – Breakfast in a local dinner and then onto the MOMA to see modern and contemporary art in one of the world’s most cutting edge galleries. Grabs so lunch and enjoy some free time for shopping before meeting your transfer for your return journey back to the airport for you overnight flight home to the UK.

Day 5 – Arrive back the UK.  


New York Excursions

Art Excursions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery in the USA and has more than 5 million visitors on average a year. It was founded in 1870 by a group of wealthy American businessmen, financiers, artists and leading thinkers who wanted to bring art and culture to the American people. It showcases art through time and has everything from antiquity through to the present day. Even if you are not particularly interested in art, the very structure of the museum, its grandeur and Grecian beauty makes a visit worthwhile. Located just on the outskirts of Central Park, on Museum Mile, means that you can round off your trip with a mooch around New York's biggest and most famous park. For those of you who are in search of art, the Met sits nearby the Guggenheim, another architectural wonder featuring modern art, and so you could follow up a visit to the Met with a trip to the Guggenheim.

the Guggenheim

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The Guggenheim

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is one of the 20th century's most unique landmarks. Its permanent collections feature impressionist, post-impressionist, modern and contemporary work and there are several exhibitions that take pace throughout the year. The building's construction adds to the whole experience of the museum, making it an excursion not to be missed by art and architecture lovers.

Museum of Modern Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art

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The Whitney Museum of American Art

For a more American focus, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue. The museum shows the works of lesser-known contemporary artists at its annual and biennial exhibitions, but in its main collection you will see many important pieces from the first half of the last century.

Cross Curriculum Excursions

Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty, along with the Empire State Building, are probably New York's most iconic monuments. The Statue of Liberty was a present given by the French to the American people, as a symbol of combined strength and solidarity against repressive regimes. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and dedicated to the people of the United States on October 28th 1886. The robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a ‘tabula ansata’ upon which is inscribed the date of American Independence, July 4th 1776. Both the statue and the pedestal are colossal and it is even possible to take a trip up into her crown and experience amazing New York city views.

From 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island was a busy immigration inspection point, and it has hosted an immigration museum since 1990 dedicated to the 17 million immigrants who entered the country through New York. Take a typical yellow Staten Island ferry from mainland Manhattan to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and explore the recent history of the United States, since it won Independence. It's best to catch the early morning ferries in order to avoid the long queues that build up throughout the day.

A tour of the United Nations Building Tours is also possible.

Empire State building

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Empire State building

With a total height of 443.2 metres and 102 storeys, the Empire State building remained the tallest building for 40 years. It was designed in a classical art-deco style and has been nicknamed by the American Society of Civil Engineers 'one of the seven wonders of the modern world'. For those of you who can stand heights, travel up to its viewing platform in order to take in the magnificent views of Manhattan and the surrounding areas of New York City.

Central Park

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Central Park

Central Park has been a national historic landmark since 1962 and covers about 3.41km2 of land. The park receives, on average, 37.5 million visitors each year, and as such is the most visited park in the United States. Despite these large numbers, its size means that it never feels busy and so provides an idyll of relaxation amidst New York's busy cosmopolitan atmosphere. Stretching from mid-town to Harlem, the park is a great place to watch everyday life in New York!

Times Square

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Times Square

Nowhere is the phrase 'Bright Lights, big City' more appropriate than Times Square. Sometimes referred to as the "Crossroads of the World", the square acquired its name in 1904 when the New York Times moved its headquarters there. Ever since, the annual 'balldrop' on New years Eve attracts over a million visitors to celebrate the turning of the year. Bi-sected by Broadway, a trip to the square is a must for every school group for a group photo amongst the futuristic neon advertising.

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The Rockefeller Center

Considering when this enormous complex was constructed, it still stands proud as one of the most impressive New York landmarks. The Rockefeller Center boasts a huge number of reasons to visit, from the iconic Rainbow Rooms, the NBC studio tour, the Top of the Rock observation deck and of course if your visit is festive the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The buildings alone are awesome, the 'city within a city', with Art Deco construct and a huge number of unique art work commissions.

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5th Avenue

Home to the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Buildng (New York's first Skyscraper), Saks, MOMA and the Guggenheim to name just a few, this iconic Avenue is synonymous with all things New York. From the high end boutiques to Museum mile via Millionaires Row, you could spend a day alone wandering the avenue in awe of its variety of uses and epic architecture.

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Ground Zero

In the context of modern global political history, Ground Zero represents the terrible events of 9/11 in memorial and also acts as a national symbol of solidarity. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is certainly worth visiting for school groups, the sheer scale of the atrocity is impossible not to be moved by.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Indisputably the Big Apple's most iconic river crossing, the Brooklyn Bridge is immediately recognisable due to it's distinctive pointed arches and and suspension/cable-stayed design. The best photo opportunities are from Pier 15 in Manhattan.

Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania

Close to all the action of Manhattan. You can walk to Time Square or the Empire State Building with ease from this great location as well as having a number of subway stops nearby. The Pennsylvania has always been a hotel and has been welcoming visiting from all over the world since 1919.

West Side YMCA

YMCA Westside

Close to central park and with easy access to the subway to get downtown. This hostel style accommodation has 24 hour security and is perfect for groups. Offering dorms with shared and private facility’s.

Days Inn Hotel

The Days Inn

2 blocks from central pack and located on the upper Westside of Manhattan. This hotel is perfect if you are looking some somewhere a little more peaceful and away from downtown. With easy links to the subway.

Prices from £796pp* *per paying student based on a group size of 24 and 3 free teacher places

  •   Subjects: 
  • Art & Design,
  • Business & Economics,
  • Film & Media,
  • Food Technology & Preparation,
  • General Studies,
  • History,
  • Music,
  • Politics
  •   Destinations: 
  • North America,
  •   Destinations: 
  • USA

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