Private Harlem Tour in New York with Local Expert Guide

Brooklyn, United States
Private Harlem Tour in New York

From $179.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Harlem's top attractions during a walking tour. Known as a hub for African-American arts since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the iconic neighborhood is home to the legendary Apollo Theater, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Sylvia's Soul Food restaurant, and architectural masterpieces such as Striver's Row, Shepard Hall at the City College of New York, and the Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
  • Private walking tour of Harlem in New York City
  • Visit the Apollo Theater where many musical legends have performed
  • See African-American artworks exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem
  • Visit the Hamilton Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
  • Learn about Harlem's history and cultural importance
  • Enjoy a personalized experience and tailored recommendations from your private guide

What's Included

  • All taxes
  • Friendly local guide
  • Private tour
  • Multiple start times available
  • Expert advice where to go and what to do after the tour
  • Iconic places for photo shoot
  • Flexible customizable itinerary
  • Must-see attractions and off the beaten path
  • Meeting in the hotel lobby
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees (if any)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel. Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rental You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

What To Expect

Your guide meets you at your hotel to begin your walking tour of Harlem.

Head into the heart of Harlem to visit the Apollo Theatre, the world-famous live music venue that has hosted legends such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder. Take a stroll along Striver's Row, aka the St. Nicholas Historic District, to see elegant 19th-century homes that are considered architectural gems.

Stop at the Harlem YMCA, which was one of the first YMCA's for African-Americans when it was founded in 1932. Continue to the City College of New York campus to view the Gothic-style Shepard Hall, a landmark building constructed in the early 1900s. Next, stop by the Studio Museum in Harlem, a contemporary art museum that focuses on African-American artists.

Stop for a bite at one of Harlem's most famous restaurants: Sylvia’s Soul Food, where VIPs including Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have dined. Then visit the landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church, an important part of the community's spiritual, political, and cultural life. You'll also visit the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the home built by Alexander Hamilton in 1802.

Apollo Theater

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Strivers' Row

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Harlem YMCA Health Club

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Studio Museum in Harlem

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Abyssinian Baptist Church

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.

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Get into the Harlem groove
Andrea_H, Oct 2022
Just walking around and finding out information about some key historical events in the US. My guide was extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. I learnt a lot also about the subway system and New York. I would have liked more historical focus on Black American history but when I asked about it my guide was able to tell me about it.
My Hotel was in a Tourist...
Dj_S, Oct 2022
My Hotel was in a Tourist hub. It was wonderful to actually get away from the hub to see how beautiful NYC is. My first ride on the Train. My favorite spots were Julliard and Histories of Harlem's development versus East Harlem.
Not enough African American Knowledge
Alvina_B, Jun 2022
Guide did not know intimate daily life of African American history in Harlem. He focused on architecture and churches.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Alvina, We are sorry it made you feel the guide did not have enough African American knowledge. The guide did his best to give you detailed overview, provide you with related facts and stories, plan logistics of the tour, answer all your questions and cover all places from the route. In 9 out of 10 cases clients are satisfied with this particular guide, and we're sorry you did not. We will certainly forward your review to the guide so he analyzes it and make some corrections to his tour based on your feedback. Thank you!
Vibrant, rich Harlem!
Jennifer_N, May 2022
I really enjoyed learning more about Harlem from and its' incredible history, on all scores (historical, cultural, architectural), and John was a great tour host.
Harlem at it's best
TaTanisha_E, Dec 2021
Monia was our tour guide, and she was great!! Very informative and we got to see a lot of great sights.
Amazing tour of Harlem
Marla_G, Sep 2021
Monia Bonaldo was a fantastic tour guide! She had an encyclopedic knowledge of Harlem, the history, and the culture. She was delightful and personable and entertaining.
Haarlem Tour
Brian82346, Jan 2020
Not much depth to the tour. Visited many sights, but not able to go inside many notable spots. Could not go past the lobby of the Apollo theater , for example. Overall enjoyed the time spent and the guide Chris.
Great trip through history
Mike_M, Jul 2019
Enjoyed our walk with Chris. The tour was much more than we had hoped for. The weather was incredible...not sure if Chris had any say in that.
Harlem is a fascinating community...
Rosanne F, Jan 2018
Harlem is a fascinating community with a rich history. This tour highlighted the architecture, culture, and historical significance. Amazing to see where George Washington and Alexander Hamilton lived and see the famed Apollo Theater, a cultural icon. Our guide Monia was fantastic and to see Harlem through her eyes she was born and raised in Italy was truly special. Stop at the Sugar Hill Cafe and walk through The City College of New York founded in 1847. You will not be disappointed.
This was fabulous, our guide was...
Karen F, Jun 2017
This was fabulous, our guide was knowledgable and we really enjoyed his company. I highly recommend this tour
AJ, our young and enthusiastic...
William J, May 2017
AJ, our young and enthusiastic guide, met us at our hotel so he could guide us through the subway system up to Harlem. He covered a good deal of history and culture in this unique neighborhood. So fiver stars for him. Be prepared for LOTS of walking. Our only issue with the tour was that the description did not match what we actually received. We were supposed to see the Studio Museum and have lunch at Sylvias, but the tour schedule did not accommodate either of these, so only two stars for that.

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