New York City

Private Greenwich Village Tour

New York, United States
Private Greenwich Village Tour

From USD 85.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Uncover the stories and secrets of New York City’s famous bohemian heart on this private, 2-hour walking tour of Greenwich Village. See the cafes that launched the careers of groundbreaking artists and musicians, and trace 20th-century history at the site of events that sparked civil and workers’ rights movements. Get tips on where to find the best pizza and cappuccino in the city, and spot recognizable pop culture landmarks like the ‘Friends’ apartment.
  • Private, 2-hour walking tour of Greenwich Village
  • Explore the tumultuous history of New York City's artsy, bohemian neighborhood
  • Stroll by cafes that helped launch the careers of famous musicians and comedians
  • Visit landmarks that sparked protests over labor and civil rights
  • See the former homes of Edgar Allan Poe and the fictional 'Friends' characters
  • Get tips on where to find some of NYC's best pizza and coffee
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Private Tour
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Waverly Diner
    385 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

    The tour meets on the in front of the Waverly Restaurant at 385 6th Avenue (corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place). Our guide will be there to greet you at the confirmed time of your tour. They will be holding a white and blue checked flag with our logo on it. If you are running late, please call our office at (718) 806-1706.

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

End point

  • Hess Triangle
    110 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA

    Corner of 7th Avenue and Christopher Street

What To Expect

Choose your preferred start time (subject to availability), and meet your private guide at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place in the center of Greenwich Village. Begin with an overview the neighborhood's origins as a bucolic farming community, and stroll by historic landmarks including the house where Edgar Allan Poe once lived and the Brown Building, site of the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that led to major changes in American labor rights.

Make your way to Washington Square Park, a green oasis in the city that evolved from a quiet potter’s field into a bohemian gathering place for artists, students, and protesters. Walk up lively McDougal Street, where countless artists and entertainers have left their mark. Pass by Cafe Wha, where musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Bruch Springsteen have graced the stage, and The Comedy Cellar, a popular performing spot for top laugh-makers like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer. Test your pop culture savviness on Jones Street, which inspired the cover art for Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ album. You’ll also get tips on the local foodie scene as you pass Cafe Reggio, known for its cappuccino, and what some consider the best pizza joint in New York.

After turning down Christopher Street, see another protest landmark at the Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 riots that helped spark the American gay rights movement. Cross over into the neighboring West Village, passing the famous Friends apartment and other unique homes, including Manhattan’s one-time tiniest piece of private property. Throughout the 2-hour tour, take advantage of your guide’s expertise and personalized attention to get to know the heart and soul of Greenwich Village.

Washington Square Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Greenwich Village

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Friends Building

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Jefferson Market Library

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Washington Square Park

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cafe Wha? (Pass By)

New York University (Pass By)

Comedy Cellar (Pass By)

The Stonewall Inn

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • If canceled because of dangerous weather, you will be given the option of an alternative tour date or full refund
  • There is a decent amount of walking, please wear appropriate shoes
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Please note: the operator reserves the right to deviate from the route of the tour in the event of marches, parades, and circumstances beyond their control
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.


13 reviews
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Percy and Viator know Greenwich Village!
Cheryl_C, May 2023
We had an excellent tour with Percy who was so incredibly knowledgeable about Greenwich Village. One member of our party lives in Manhattan but claims she learned a ton about the area. Percy knew the answers to everything we asked and was able to tell us a ton about the literary figures of the area as well. We highly recommend.
Wonderful tour
Craig_B, May 2022
What a great tour! History, architecture, and more. Christine was a skilled guide and was such a pleasure to be with. She easily accommodated our physical limitations. Much appreciated!
Great Tour of Greenwich Village
Arthur_R, Mar 2022
I have lived in Greenwich Village since 1997 and still learned so many interesting things about the area. The tour guide was well spoken, friendly and engaging.
Top notch ghost & local history tour!
Sloop29, July 2019
This private tour for me and my 14 y.o. daughter was a highlight of our 4 day trip to NYC. Excellent communication and confirmation of booking details etc. put my mind at ease. We have a tradition of taking ghost/haunted tours in each city we visit, this one did not disappoint and we’re very grateful to our guide Joel. All the must-haves are here- solid local historical knowledge, interesting sites in themselves beyond the ghostly narratives, and spooky yet inspiring tales of long departed (plus a few more recent) souls. Joel’s true gifts for storytelling and his passion for the neighborhood made this quite special for us, and in the end we have some poignant stories to treasure. Very nicely done. Treat yourself to a tour with Joel, I’m glad we were able to.
Private Greenwich Village Tour
Judy_T, July 2018
Our guide was up and coming actor Jordan Bellow. He was enthusiastic, charming, knowledgeable and kindly. The tour is jam-packed with interesting stops.

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