From the first phone call to get prices, through the end of the trip, you've made this whole experience a pleasure---and always with a smile. We learned a lot (and ate a lot) and have enjoyed what you bring to the table. I hope we can do this again next year.
Many, many thanks,
Doron Shapira, Cantor, Peninsula Sinai Synagogue. Foster City, CA
Big Apple Lansman Tours
- 3 nights hotel accommodations at a conveniently located boutique style Manhattan hotel.
- Welcome Cocktail Reception
- Dinner at the best soup dumpling house in town, followed by Chinatown tour with a stop for Bubble Tea
- Dinner at Sammy's Romanian
- Ellis Island
- The Tenement Museum
- Eldridge Street Synagogue
- The Lower East Side
- Transfers daily by private coach
Personal Tour Guide throughout your vacation
*all taxes, gratuities and entrance fees included (except gratuity to bellman and private coach driver)
5 days/4 nights vacation packages
Includes all of the above and more…
Big Apple Lansman Tours
Option 1: “I’ll take Manhattan”
• Meet at South Ferry at 9:00 AM
• Tour Castle Clinton (pre Ellis Island clearing station for immigrants)
• Tour Ellis Island…a beautiful ferry boat ride. Enjoy sweeping views of the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge. Great photo opportunities.
• Lunch at Ellis Island (al fresco on the river…weather permitting)
• Return to the mainland with a choice of shopping at Century 21 department store (only department store in Manhattan which closes for the High Holy Days …keep it in the family!)
• OR downtown tour with your tour guide of the historic Wall Street area. Learn how Wall Street got its name, the Buttonwood Tree and Tammany Hall. See the oldest Jewish Cemetery in North America
• Dine at Joe’s Shanghai/tour of Chinatown and a stop for “Bubble Tea” (the Chinese answer to the American Malted! This last part of the tour is totally optional. Tour guide may or may not join in the fun.) If you choose to do this, your tour guide will help with walking and public transportation directions as well as provide site maps
Option 2: “Saturday Spaniard”
• Meet for Saturday morning services and a Kiddush at the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue (circa 1654 and built for the first group of 124 Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition). Renowned for its architecture and its choir (the choir is on vacation during the hot summer months…back in the fall, winter and spring).
• Lunch at an upper West Side Café (optional)
• View permanent collection and visiting exhibits at the Jewish Museum (recent exhibits included Calder and Matisse)
• Sammy’s Rumanian Restaurant (optional)
Option 3: “Lox Around The Clock”
• Morning tour of the Tenement Museum
• Russ & Daughters
• Katz’s Deli for lunch
• Lower east side stroll. The Greek Synagogue, Henry Street Settlement, Essex Street Market, and a stop at the world famous Economy Candy; for those goodies of olden days.
• Afternoon tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue (circa 1887)
• Sammy’s Rumanian restaurant (optional)
Bring pictures of your immigrant relatives; it will be fun to share at the welcome reception. Our tour guides share theirs as well...We’re Lansman!
Websites you might want to visit prior to your trip:
www.ellisisland.org and www.archives.gov/facilities/ ny/new_york_city.html
"I moved away from Long Island right after college, so I never really spent any time in New York City. The only time I went to the Lower East Side was to shop with my mother. I always wanted to learn more about my family from Russia and this was my opportunity. The tours were so interesting, especially since they were totally escorted. Plus we got to see a Broadway play.”
Jill, Boca Raton, Florida