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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
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Get up close and personal with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on a tour that covers two NYC landmarks. Listen to the live narration from your guide. Enjoy priority access to the ferry and get the best views of Manhattan as you cross New York Harbor by boat.
  • Tick off Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in just a few hours
  • Beat the lines and enjoy the priority boarding on the ferry
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Live Guide
Round Trip Ferry Service
Reserve Round Trip Ferry Ticket
Admission: Statue of Liberty Museum
Admission: Ellis Island Museum
Pedestal or Crown Access
One Battery Park Plaza , One Battery Park Plaza, 1 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA

Departure Point: In front of Starbucks on the corner of State Street and Pearl Street.

9:00 AM
This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Liberty Island , Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

    For the 3 Hours Statue Only w/Pedestal the guided portion of the tour ends at the Statue of Liberty. You may take a self guided tour of Ellis Island (included with your purchase) or return to Manhattan immediately after the guided tour.

  • Ellis Island , Ellis Island, United States

    For the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour your guided tour ends on Ellis Island. You are free to remain on the island to further explore the museum or take in a short film about the island at no additional charge.

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • All guests must pass through airport-style security screening. Guests are advised to plan accordingly. No alcohol or weapons of any kind, legal or illegal are allowed. This includes pocket knives, scissors, pepper spray, mace, brass knuckles, etc. There is no opportunity to check prohibited items before the security screening. All prohibited items will be confiscated with no opportunity to retrieve them. POSESSION OF SOME ITMES MAY RESULT IN SUMMONS OR AREST BYT THE U.S. PARK POLICE
    • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DEPARTURE TIME: The trip requires a ferry to reach the Statue of Liberty. The tour must depart as scheduled to stay on time and keep with the ferry schedule, therefore we unfortunately cannot wait for late arrivals. A small delay of even 5 or 10 minutes could set the tour back 20 to 30 minutes. Please plan to arrive at the meeting point AT LEAST 15 to 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure to compensate for any travel delays on the day of your tour. Once the guide departs we cannot guarantee that guests who haven't checked in will be able to join the tour.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • When you arrive in the area of Battery Park please do not take directions from people on the street. There are many tour operators and ticket sellers operating in the area who are not representatives of our company. We cannot be responsible for instructions given by people who are not representatives of our company.
    • If you require assistance please call the number listed on this voucher as early as possible so that we can assist you in reaching the meeting point. While we appreciate calls letting us know you are running late we cannot hold the tour as explained above.
    • NO REFUNDS are issued for missing the tour due to late arrival.
    • Based on availability guests may be able to re-book to another tour on another date. The ferry tickets that we purchase for your visit are non-refundable and space is limited therefore a rebooking fee will be applied.
    • Tour operates in all weather conditions so please check the weather and plan accordingly. In the unlikely event that a tour must be cancelled due to weather we will notify you as soon as possible and guests will have the option to re-book for another day or receive a full refund. Re-booking is done on a first come, first served basis and is based on availability.
    • There is a good amount of walking on this tour. There are opportunities to sit but guests should be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
    • OPERATED BY City Tales Sightseeing and Private Tours
    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.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
    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 Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.
    What is the policy on sanitisation during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
    A:The policy on sanitisation is:

    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
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    What is the social distancing policy during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour.

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    Traveller Tips

    • "To make the most of it you really need to go first thing in the morning as the queues to get onto the boat were long other than that it all went very well." See review
    • "Worth the money though, particularly if you feel you need help navigating how to get out to the island." See review
    • "Tell your guide if you have a walking disability, so they came make adjustments with the timing of the tour." See review

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    Tour guide was excellent, enjoyed the experience
    , Aug. 2022
    Crossing right in front of the statue for a great photo op. Visiting Ellis island seeing where my family came here was moving
    Highly Recommend
    , Aug. 2022
    Matt was an excellent tour guide! He made it so interesting! I loved his enthusiasm for history! I highly recommend the small group tour!
    Bucket List- ✅ ask for Matt!
    , Aug. 2022
    Matt, our tour guide was awesome and made the trip even better. Clearly he had mastered the great history or Liberty and Ellis island and shared it with great passion and enthusiasm. Highly recommend this. “Must Do” tour and request Matt if possible to maximize your enjoyment.
    , Aug. 2022
    Brian Our tour guide was funny and give a very memorable history of the Statue off Liberty. He was the best and as he was knowledgeable.
    Liberty for the win
    , Aug. 2022
    Our guide Matt was fabulous. Humorous, lively, very informed about our trip a great experience front to back.
    Worth the price & time!
    , Aug. 2022
    Our guide was soooo knowledgeable and personable. He was a major part of what made our experience on the tour so fun and memorable. The tour was the perfect amount of time for how much you got to see, perfect if you have small kids in tow. Highly recommend this tour for people of all ages!
    Everything was very good,...
    , Aug. 2022
    Everything was very good, or guide was amazing she told us the full history of the Liberty Lady and Ellis Island. We really did enjoy this beautiful place.
    Awesome and meaningful!
    , Aug. 2022
    Daniel was awesome! We were given adequate time to see all aspects of the tour and his insight and storytelling is worth experiencing. A must do in NYC!
    Great Tour!!!
    , Jul. 2022
    Our guide, Matt was great!! He is clearly a history scholar and really brought it to life. My daughter and I learned so much on the tour, and it made me want to learn more. You should allow 4 hours in your schedule in order to have time to explore the Ellis Island Museum.
    Great tour!
    , Jul. 2022
    We had a great tour. Our tour guide was amazing! Very fun and great information! The statue is beautiful!
    Fantastic Tour
    , Jul. 2022
    Jeff, our guide was amazing, we all.had a great cruise trip to Liberty and Ellis, NyCity Skyline was spectacular. We had a nice.time
    Very upsetting
    , Jul. 2022
    This was a horrible experience. Our Uber left us by the passing the bus station. My husband and daughters walked the fastest as I could off to get on at the gate by 9:00am. We got ther at 9:03am making line to get to the check up point. The gentleman asked me to show him my tickets I show him what Viator had provided me. The gentleman at the gate said those weren’t the tickets. He asked us to go to the booth and asked them for our printout. We have us walking to the booth. The booth person said I need to contact our tourists person so she or he can provide us with our tickets. On the ad no where they provide you their phone number. So I was able to send them messages through Viator. Unfortunately the person didn’t respond back until one hour later by the time we had left due to the person not answering our messages. I requested a refund unfortunately this people declined my refund and keep my 220.00. I recommend you to purchase your tickets in person and not Through this company that they cannot even provide me at least with half of my refund. I’m pretty sure the Liberty status trip Would’ve been an awesome trip! Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience that!!!
    2 islands
    , Jul. 2022
    Sarah was an outstanding tour guide, her stories helped to understand the history of the 2 islands! Great way to start our day!
    On our own
    , Jul. 2022
    We missed the tour guide by 9 minutes. We were sent a QR code. The contact was nice, but we just made our way alone.
    Five stars
    , Jul. 2022
    Excellent tour. Seeing StaTue of Liberty up close felt weird but good. Ellis Island was interesting because I didn’t know much about it. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and full of energy.
    Best tour
    , Jul. 2022
    The tour went smoothly and our tour guide Nicoli was extremely knowledgeable and lively. The best tour we’ve had so far. Thank you!
    Statue of Liberty
    , Jul. 2022
    Great day, wonderful tour. very informative tour guide. I have never been to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty and I loved every minute of this tour
    Does not include admission to the statue of liberty, eventough the information say so
    , Jul. 2022
    I wanted to see the statue of liberty and Ellis Island and bourght the whole package with admissions and museums. I was therefore very dissapointed to find out, that the trip did not include admission to the statue. I have sent a complaint but can’t get through to Viator, whos only response is, that it is to late to cancel the trip:-(
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hi and thanks for your feedback. I am the owner of the local tour company who runs this tour, Viator is a 3rd party reseller of our tours. We do not advertise that you will receive admission inside the pedestal or the crown of the Statue of Liberty. The tour description that I personally wrote says "No Pedestal, No Crown Access" but your ticket includes, round trip ferry service and admission to the Statue of Liberty National Park, admission to the Statue of Liberty Museum plus admission to Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum there. I'm sorry for any confusion that there may be and I'd be glad to look into this for you. My contact information - email address and local phone number - can be found on your confirmation voucher. Please email me a copy of that voucher so that I can see what is written there if the details are not correct and you were promised something you didn't receive I will stand by that. Thank you and I apologize again for any confusion or inconvenience.
    Statue of Liberty Tour - Well worth it
    , Jul. 2022
    Our guide was amazing. He was knowledgeable, friendly and truly made the experience great. It was a great tour on many aspects.
    Great trip
    , Jul. 2022
    We had a great time on our tour with Jeff. He is very knowledgeable and kept us engaged and involved for the entire tour.

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