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New York

New York City – the home of Wall Street, the Empire State Building, Times Square and busy streets packed with bright yellow cabs. This larger than life metropolisis one of the most iconic and adored cities in the world. Whether you’re only there for a New York minute or planning to stay for a while, we have got you covered on what to do and see when you’re out in the Big Apple.

When to Go and Weather :New York is a true four season city, with loads ofthings to do, no matter what the weather. If you plan to be there during the fall and winter be prepared for some chillier temperatures, rain and even snow,so be sure to pack a warm jacket. Even if the sun isn’t shining, there’s a ton of cool indoor activities like the Empire State Building or a Broadway show that will keep you out of the elements. Embrace the winter months with ice-skating at Rockefellar Centre or bundle up and take a stroll in snowy Central Park. In the spring and summer you can expect much hotter weather especially if your trip falls in July or August. Beat the heat with a drink at one of the city’s uuber trendy rooftop bars or cruise out to see the Statue of Liberty.

Transport: As traffic especially in Manhattan can be hectic most New Yorkers do a lot of walking. However, hailing one of the city’s famous yellow cabs is an experience you won’t want to miss. If you’re in a hurry, cabbing it may not be the best option. During rush hour, the subway is a great and affordable way to get around and can take you almost anywhere. Even mega stars like New York’s own Hilary Swank and city mayor Michael Bloomberg are regularly spotted taking the subway.

Food: No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for you can get it here. Famed for exceptional street vendors, you can grab a bite on the fly or check out one of the cities many restaurants. If you need to relax over a nice meal stop in for some cool tapas and wine at the Gastro Bar on 35th. Dine with New York’s finest at Pastis in the perpetually chic meatpacking district. If it’s a family affair, be sure to check out Virgils Barbeque. If you find yourself just too busy enjoying the amazingness of New York to sit down for a meal, keep an eye out for The Cinnamon Snail or Uncle Gussy’s Traditional Greek food trucks. These award winning food trucks cook up some amazing dishes and can be spotted roaming the city.

Flights

  • Cape Town to New York - Economy Return

    New York

    from R11,540*

    Cape Town to New York - Economy Return
    Economy Class Seats
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  • Johannesburg to New York - Economy Return

    New York *Under 26

    from R11,750*

    Johannesburg to New York - Economy Return
    Economy Class Seats
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Holidays

  • New York 3 Nights PLUS Transfers

    New York - Hotel Pennsylvania : 3 Star

    from R4,510*

    New York 3 Nights PLUS Transfers
    This hotel lies at the heart of New York opposite Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, the Empire State Building and Macy's department store. This hotel is surrounded by various shopping facilities, bars and restaurants and is thus the ideal base from which to explore the Big Apple.
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  • New York 3 Nights PLUS Transfers

    New York - ROW NYC : 3 Star

    from R5,880*

    New York 3 Nights PLUS Transfers
    ROW New York: With a stay at Row NYC, you'll be centrally located in New York, steps from The Majestic Theatre and minutes from Broadway. Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness centre, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and concierge services. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).
    Book and pay by - 31 January 2017

Tours

  • New York Day Tour

    New York - 60 Minute Liberty Cruise

    from R460*

    New York Day Tour
    Hop on board for a quick and inspirational Harbour Cruise. See and hear about the majestic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the historic immigration centre and the World Financial Centre. Stare up at the awesome skyscrapers that make the fabulous skyline come alive.

    DURATION: 60 minutes
    DEPARTS: VALID 20FEB15-26APR15: Daily at 10:00am / VALID 27APR15-25OCT15: Daily at 10:00am, 2:30pm / VALID 26OCT15-31MAR16: Daily at 10:00am / (Special schedule on Thanksgiving, Closed on Christmas Day)
    MEETING POINT: Pier 83 at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • New York Day Tour

    New York - Top Of The Rock Observation Deck

    from R490*

    New York Day Tour
    Soar 70 floors high and experience 3 viewing decks and the exhilarating joy of unobstructed 360 degree city views from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Centre. Top of the Rock offers breath-taking 360 degree panoramic views of NYC from the newly renovated 3 tiered observation deck located on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller The glass-topped Sky Shuttle elevators are part of the Top of the Rock experience, not merely a means to get to the Observation Deck. In 50 seconds you will be whisked to the top in style. On the Observation Deck itself you will find the best skyline views Manhattan has to offer. By day you can see Central Park to the North and the Statue of Liberty to the South. At night, be mesmerized by the lights of the city that never sleeps.

    DURATION: Varies depending on how long you wish to stay thers
    DEPARTS: Daily - Observatory Hours: Open daily 365 days a year 8:00am until midnight - last elevator goes up at 11:00pm
    MEETING POINT: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, entrance located on 50th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
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  • New York Day Tour

    New York - Best of New York City

    from R680*

    New York Day Tour
    Get the BIG picture! Discover the secrets of the city on the classic 3-hour tour. You'll circumnavigate Manhattan Island and see it all - 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, 5 boroughs and, of course, a magnificent close-up of The Statue of Liberty.

    DURATION: 2.5 hours
    DEPARTS: 20FEB15-13MAR15: Daily at 2:30pm / 14MAR15-26APR15: Daily at 10:00am; 2:00pm / 27APR15-07SEP15: Daily at 10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm / 08SEP15-25OCT15: Daily at 10:00am; 12:00pm / 26OCT15-31MAR16: Daily at 12:00pm / (Closed Christmas)
    MEETING POINT: Pier 83 at 42nd Street and 12th Avenue
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  • New York Day Tour

    New York - All Loops Double-Decker Tour

    from R1,170*

    New York Day Tour
    UPTOWN LOOP: Stops include Central Park, Lincoln Centre, Theatre district, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City, Fifth Avenue, American Museum of Natural History, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Apollo Theatre and Harlem neighbourhoods, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and other famous cultural attractions on Museum Mile and more.

    DOWNTOWN LOOP: Stops include Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Centre site, Financial District, Battery Park (departure point for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry and a harbour cruise), South Street Seaport, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City, United Nations, Fifth Avenue and more.

    BROOKLYN LOOP: Stops include Cadman Plaza/Brooklyn Heights, view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, Old Fulton Landing, Atlantic Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Botanic Garden, Fulton Mall.

    NIGHT TOUR (Not a hop-on hop-off tour): View many sites from Times Square, Empire State Building to Greenwich Village and SoHo. See all the glittering lights of 'the City that never sleeps'. Includes a stop in Brooklyn for magnificent views of Manhattan's skyline.

    HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR: During holiday season the Night Tour becomes a 'Holiday Lights' Tour, featuring animated window displays and holiday decorations at New York's famous department stores, giant tree at Rockefeller Centre and Manhattan's other unique sights during holidays.

    DURATION: 48 hours from when ticket is issued
    DEPARTS: Daily except Christmas Day and New Year's Day (Night Tour and Holiday Lights Tour also do not operate 26NOV15; 24DEC15-25DEC15; 31DEC15-01JAN16 Last tour departs at 12:00pm December 24 and December 31
    MEETING POINT: Hop-on/hop-off tours can be picked up anywhere along the route once you have exchanged your voucher for a ticket
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  • New York Day Tour

    New York - Night on the Town Tour

    from R1,970*

    New York Day Tour
    Fully guided night tour in English in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. This tour package includes a guided walking tour of the new Highline in the Meatpacking district, a romantic dinner at one of Little Italy's oldest restaurants, a Harbour cruise with a champagne toast, a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty, and a ticket for a jaw dropping view of the city skyline from the Top of the Rock Observatory.

    DURATION: Approximately 5 Hours
    DEPARTS: Departs daily at 06:00pm
    MEETING POINT: Check-in at 05:30pm at Grayline Visitor Center, 777 8th Avenue,(between 47th and 48th Streets)
    Book and pay by - 28 February 2017
  • Celebrate a New York New Years in Time Square, what many consider the 'Centre of the Universe'. Don't worry, you'll still take in everything New York has to offer, as we'll go sightseeing the day before the New Year's event. See the Statute of Liberty, take a walk in Central Park, shop till you drop along Fifth Avenue, and experience New York's crazy nightlife!

    Contiki : New Year in New York - 4 Days

    from R17,940*

    Celebrate a New York New Years in Time Square, what many consider the 'Centre of the Universe' ...
    Day 1 : Hello Big Apple!
    Day 2 : New Year's Eve in New York
    Day 3 : New York City
    Day 4 : Depart New York City
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Top 10 in New York

  1. Times Square
  2. Statue of Liberty
  3. Museum of Modern Art
  4. Central Park
  5. Empire State Building
  6. Grand Central Terminal
  7. Rockerfeller Centre
  8. Staten Island Ferry
  9. Yankee Stadium
  10. 9/11 Memorial

Highlights:

There is a dizzying amount of stuff to do and see in New York. If you have never been before, here is a list of indispensable Big Apple sights you have to check out. Get swept up in the busy and bright lights of Times Square, go to the top of the Empire State Building, take a stroll in Central Park, wave ‘hello’ to the Statue of Liberty, catch a Broadway or off Broadway show, eat from a street vendor and hail a taxi. By the time you have to head home, you’ll be feeling like a real New Yorker.

Fun Facts:

  • New York City has 722 miles of subway track and runs 24 hours a day
  • USA’s first pizzeria was opened in NYC in 1895
  • More than 250 feature films are shot on location in NYC each year
  • NYC has more than 4000 street food vendors