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Private Greenwich Village Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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Departure Point

385 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Return Details

110 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
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.
Stop At:  
Washington Square Park
Park in Greenwich Village
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Greenwich Village
One of New York's most historic areas
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Friends Building
Private Greenwich Village Tour
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Market Library
Library that was once a courthouse
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Washington Square Park
Historic Structure in Washington Square Park
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cafe Wha?
Historic performance venue
Pass By:  
New York University
One if the most expensive colleges in America
Pass By:  
Comedy Cellar
Famous Comedy venue
Stop At:  
The Stonewall Inn
Site of Stonewall Riots
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 travelers 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
  • OPERATED BY Top Dog Tours Inc.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Greenwich Village Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Greenwich Village Tour?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Greenwich Village Tour?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Greenwich Village Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Top notch ghost & local history tour!
, Jul 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
, Jul 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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