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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

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Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Sail across the waters of New York’s harbor as part of the only tour group allowed on the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island. Learn the history of Lady Liberty and explore the Statue of Liberty Museum on this well-timed tour. Then, head to Ellis Island to discover the stories of the millions of immigrants who journeyed through this historic site.
  • Be the first tour group of the day on Liberty Island (early morning tour only)
  • Discover artifacts at the Statue of Liberty Museum.
  • Visit Ellis Island with personal time to explore.
  • Listen to the award-winning audio guide at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
  • Two of New York’s top attractions in one trip.
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First Exclusive Access (8:30am departure only summer/9am departure only winter)
Local English-speaking guide
Expertly guided walking tour
Pre-reserved ticket to Statue of Liberty Island (exterior access)
Pre-reserved ticket to Ellis Island (includes Ellis Island museum)
Official audio guide on Ellis Island
Gratuities
Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
Pier A Harbor House , 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA

22 Battery Place (Pier A Harbor House). Meet at the front entrance of Pier A Harbor House. Pier A Harbor House is to the right of the Statue of Liberty ferry and Castle Clinton and your guide will be holding a blue-green Walks sign.

Ellis Island , Ellis Island, United States

Ellis Island (Guest can choose to stay on Ellis Island and return on their own or take the ferry back to Battery Park with Guide.)

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, the first early access to Statue of Liberty and arrival before the crowds is only applicable if 8:30 AM / 9:00 AM Departure is selected.
  • Tour runs in English only
  • Please note: This tour does not include a visit to the Statue of Liberty Crown and Pedestal
  • All guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty if the Pedestal Option is chosen. Certain items are not permitted and such items will be confiscated and not be returned. Please refer to the Statue of Liberty’s guidelines on specific prohibited items at nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/yoursafety
  • Please be aware that upon arrival at Liberty Island, if you are carrying a backpack or large bag, you will be required to put your bag(s) into a locker which cost only 0.25 cents, clients must have a quarter and cannot use a dime and a nickle for example.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to New York government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - USA
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.
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What is the social distancing policy during Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Access: First on the Island Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island.

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  • "Early Access - You will avoid hours of standing in queues2." See review
  • "Do respect the fact, it's up to the guide to make it good." See review

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star-2
Easy to lose your group!
Marsha_O
, Aug. 2022
Cherie was our guide; she appeared most knowledgeable; but arriving on Liberty Island, she lost us. It would have been appropriate for her to say that the next meeting point was such and such in so many minutes. Unfortunately, after her first spiel on Liberty Island, she said she'd walk fast to get ahead and wait. We had no reason to linger, so kept up; but she just disappeared. It was most disappointing. We did the museum and Ellis Island all the while looking to reconnect with our small group, but to no avail. I don't recommend Cherie, but do recommend the tour.
star-5
Tour guides were Organized, fun, and very hard working. Great time!
Phil_K
, Aug. 2022
Great staff. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and very hard working. Everything was well organized and efficient.
star-5
Memorable day!!
Aziz_R
, Aug. 2022
It was a great day with a great guide! Highly recommend! It was very informative and our guide made it fun and interesting
star-5
Tour Guide Cherie is a must for Statue of Liberty tour.
Joe_S
, Aug. 2022
The history of the island is not to be missed if you visit New York City. Booking the early departure is the key. No crowds on either island. You and stroll and take your time. Our guide Cherie gave one of the lost memorable tours we have had. Her insight into the island is amazing. She incorporates photos with her story and involves everyone in the group. From the beginning in Battery Park until the end on Ellis Island her tour was the best. Many thanks to her and everyone at Viator Tiurs.
star-5
Cherie is an excellent...
Sharon_S
, Aug. 2022
Cherie is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. She kept both of my kids’ attention the entire time.
star-5
LIBERTY ISLAND
shalolme_a
, Aug. 2022
I had not been to New York for 30 years! The guide we had was AWESOME!!! He was funny, and told the history with enthusiasm even kept the kids engaged most of the time!
star-5
Great Tour of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island
Louise_C
, Aug. 2022
Cheree (sp?) was our guide and she was terrific! We had a variety of families and couples in our group, and she made everyone feel welcome and included. She provided explanations and instructions every step of the way, so that everyone knew what to expect. She told us what side of the boat to be on for getting the best photos, and lots of background information on the Statue and on Ellis Island. We especially appreciate that she offered to take photos for everyone, and found a way to set us up so that we did not have lots of strangers in the pictures!
star-5
Excellent tour
Christine_D
, Aug. 2022
We had an Excellent tour guide ! He took a great photo with the Statue of Liberty! Ferry ride was on tome and pleasant too.
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star-5
Great Tour
Sapriya_C
, Aug. 2022
Great Tour guide - Rob Cardazone. He was very educational and engaging. The added bonus was sharing his immigrant story about his family through Ellis Island. Also provided good tips and tricks to navigate the crowds.
star-5
Great tour
Vincelee_S
, Jul. 2022
Great tour guid and tour … thank you Marla! The information was informative and relevant….enjoyed the visuals too.
star-5
Marla is the best
Brian_M
, Jul. 2022
Marla was our tour guide and was an excellent host. She was very patient and knowledgeable with lots of interesting stories. Glad we my son and I were able to go.
star-5
Lady Liberty and Ellis Island-A must do!
Tracey_B
, Jul. 2022
Awesome day with a great guide! Highly recommend! It was very informative and our guide made it fun and interesting.
star-5
I would recommend this trip. It will require walking ability.
Karine_M
, Jul. 2022
We arrived to a friendly greeting from Curtis at the Battery Park . Russell the tour guide joined a few minutes later. I found Russel’s instructions very clear, his knowledge of history mixed with his own stories was fascinating. I think the company should provide the guides with a microphone so they need to scream to be heard but he made sure everyone can hear his voice. Very good
star-5
Ferry To Ellis Island
TraceyB_J
, Jul. 2022
Thank you Marla for giving history information and leading us to the Ferry. I must have misunderstood the directions because I didn’t get off the Ferry until Ellis Island and lost the group. Wonderful Day! Very interesting experience of feeling like an immigrant in my own Country. Looking for continued safe passage to my future. Blessed for today. Thank you again. 🇺🇸 🙏🏼🕊😇
star-5
Great experience for families!!
Sayon_M
, Jul. 2022
Christian was an amazing Tour guide. Very knowledgeable, outgoing and friendly. Good luck on your future endeavors (The Atlanta Group). There was so much history we learned about the Statue of Liberty that I never knew. My Boys were in awe of how immigrants had to be processed into this country and Christian left no questions unanswered. This is a great tour definitely worth the time and money.
star-5
Great time ...
luda_l
, Jul. 2022
Great time Wonderful Very knowledgeable tour guide, interesting facts, great connection with history :-)
star-5
An excellent day !
Carlwilliam_E
, Jul. 2022
We had the “Marvelous Marla” as our guide for the day. She was informative, witty and prompt. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit !
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Fannie_R
, Jul. 2022
Had a really wonderful time a really good experience with my husband. Definitely would recommend 100%
star-5
Vacation
Jocetta_A
, Jul. 2022
Great experience. This was our first time visiting NYC. We weren't should about the tour at first. Our tour guide Cherie was punctual, very knowledgeable, and kind. She made the tour exciting. She really seem to love her job and dealing with people.
star-5
Cherie 🙌🏻
Hannah_S
, Jul. 2022
Excellent trip; couldn’t ask for a better guide than Cherie. She was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate and kept ours and our teens attention for the whole tour. She also added some much needed levity to the subject matter. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this tour. Thank you, Cherie!

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