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Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour

New York, United States
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Discover the vibrant history and musical legacy of Harlem on this exclusive insider’s gospel tour. Stroll past beautiful brownstones while learning about Harlem’s famous former residents and take part in an uplifting Wednesday morning service featuring the talented ARC gospel choir, which supports drug addiction recovery programs within the community. Upgrade to include lunch at Sylvia’s, a local eatery renowned for serving up some of the best soul food in New York.
  • Uncover the history and musical culture of Harlem with a guide
  • Stop at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Enjoy a service with the ARC gospel choir
  • Additional soul food lunch upgrade available
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Gospel service
Stop at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Walking tour of residential sections of Harlem
Food and drinks (unless lunch option is selected)
690 8th Ave , 690 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

Near Times Square on Eighth Avenue

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Spend a morning immersed in the rich and eclectic culture of Harlem. Meet your guide near Times Square in the morning and board a comfortable coach for the drive north to Harlem. Admire the stately homes and historic buildings of Strivers Row and Sylvan Terrace, and cruise by musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater, which has hosted some of the hottest names in jazz and R&B throughout the decades.

Continue on to a local church to take part in an inspiring morning service featuring the soul-stirring vocals of the ARC gospel choir. This community choir helps support the drug treatment services of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center, New York State’s oldest drug-free recovery program.

If you select the lunch upgrade, enjoy a delicious meal after the gospel service at Sylvia’s restaurant. Founded by the ‘queen of soul food,’ this Harlem institution dishes up beloved southern-inspired specialties like fried chicken, spicy ribs, collard greens, and cornbread. 

At the end of your tour, you are dropped off back at the original departure point in the afternoon.
Stop At:  
Neighborhood covering the north section of Manhattan Island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
National research library dedicated to documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Theater
The symbol of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the Apollo is still the place to perform in Harlem.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Church services may be held in the Bronx, however the tour will still cover the Harlem itinerary
  • Shorts and tank tops are not allowed to be worn on this tour. Harlem Spirituals Inc. reserves the right to refuse clients improperly dressed and will not refund the service
  • What is "Soul Food"
  • Soul Food is traditional African American cuisine that originated in the South in the United States. Today it has become a highly sought after cuisine. It consists of spicy ribs, collard greens, fried fish and chicken, freshly cooked corn bread, and a few side dishes like black eye peas, okra, or macaroni and cheese to mention a few.
  • Do the tours include walking?
  • Guests are invited to take walks through the neighborhoods visited. The average walk is about 15 minutes.
  • Are the tours wheelchair friendly?
  • With advance notice, wheelchair bound customers with some mobility can be accommodated in the front rows of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. It is mandatory that someone accompany customers with special needs to assist them onto the coach.
  • For passengers with no mobility or a non foldable wheelchairs we recommend giving at least 3 weeks notice so that we can secure a coach with a wheelchair lift.
  • Wheelchair lifts are 49" X 28" and can carry a maximum weight limit of 700lbs. We kindly ask that you submit the dimensions and model of the chair as our lift may not be able to accommodate scooters and other large sized electric chairs. A maximum of one person in a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus.
  • Private tours are available with accessible ramp transportation.
  • Many of the churches that we visit have steps. In order to accommodate their wheelchair bound congregation members churches use portable mobility ramps.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 Harlem Wednesday-Morning Gospel Tour?
A: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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Great experience
, Aug 2022
The most memorable part for me was listening to the gospel ensemble. I enjoyed the choir so much and I was happy to meet one of the choir members that was from my home state.
Beautiful People, Beautiful Voices
, Jul 2022
I really enjoyed the visit to Harlem - the tour was very well organised, our guide and driver excellent and the choir amazing. The meeting point is 690 8th Ave; there was a tour representative outside the door asking the visitors wait on the sidewalk for the coach to arrive - which it did at 9am. We visited the Apollo theatre, took a stroll around Harlem in the vicinity of 145th St and were then back on the coach to the church for the Gospel choir who sang for around an hour. Great singing, lots of hand clapping by the audience and a great experience.
Guide handling 2 languages is not working
, Jul 2022
Great experience, but having one guide handling two language (French and English) is not working. Use audio guides og keep it to one language.
, Jul 2022
Outstanding guide! Wonderful experience, I would do it again in a heart beat. My favourite part of our trip to NYC
, Jun 2022
The best excursion I’ve ever been on. Magical! The music and hospitality were second to none and gave you a real flavour of Harlem
Great gospel singing and fervent worship
, May 2022
Overall experience was good thanks to the great gospel singing by the choir. As a minority in the group, we felt left out by the tour guide who seemed to have eyes for the French group only.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun to know more about...
, Apr 2022
Fun to know more about Harlem history but I thought it was included a walking tour. You just sit in the bus all day. Great gospel but a very old church and almost only tourist so I don’t believe you get that real gospel feeling.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time give us feedback on the tour. We're glad that learning about Harlem history was fun for you. This is a 3 hour bus tour with some walking stops. The gospel concert is for visitors to experience gospel music. The church in question has been a pillar of the Harlem community for 75 years. I am not sure what "real gospel feeling" you are referring to but the singers are passionate and dedicated to singing songs of praise and worship.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Praising God for whom all blessings flow 🙏
, Apr 2022
I’ve been to New York several times, this was by far the most enjoyable enlightening trip. My adult children and my young grands will be returning to visit Harlem in the near future .
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We really appreciate you writing in about your experience on our Harlem Gospel tour. We're glad that you enjoyed the content. We look forward to welcoming your family on our tour in the future.
Lucinda B
, Sep 2019
Our guide-Peggy Taylor was amazing. She had outstanding knowledge and history of the area. That combined with her personal involvement with Harlem made this a memorable tour. Our bus driver-Michael-was excellent also.
History, culture and spirituality all rolled in to one fabulous strory, by a wonderful narrator
Patrick B
, Sep 2019
I would recommend this tour to anybody wanting an informed view of Harlem and its history. Great experience!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Patrick B, What a wonderful Review! Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience on our Harlem Gospel tour. Your recommendation means so much to us. Sincerely, Erika Elisabeth Vice president Harlem Spirituals / New York Visions
Exaiting and Intriesting
, Aug 2019
The guide was very passionate,his information worth of hearing and to be rememberd. Visit in the church comunity and gospel service exaiting. Great experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Flyer73, Thank you for such a wonderful note. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know that you had a great experience on our Harlem Gospel tour! Sincerest regards, Erika Elisabeth Vice president
Guide was great, church service not as good as expected.
, Jul 2019
The guide was great, he taught us all about Harlem. The church service, it is more like for sight seeing visitors service, that was not as good as I expected. I wouldn't recommend this to my friends.
harlem gospel tour
, May 2019
Enjoyable, loved the choir. food was very good. As is the problem with most tours you had to find your own way.
Tour guide was great. But we were...
, Feb 2018
Tour guide was great. But we were there on the Wednesday after new year and I don’t think they had the whole singing group there. They didn’t do what the guide said they were going to do at the end. It al ended rather suddenly. A bit disappointing.
Interesting tour. Enjoyable but...
Barbara G
, Jan 2018
Interesting tour. Enjoyable but being translated so many times was annoying. Otherwise the tour guide was very helpful.
Fabulous, fabulous, didn't like the...
, Dec 2017
Fabulous, fabulous, didn't like the food at Silvia's though, blood in the chicken , could not eat it,
A good experience but I felt it was...
Robyn B
, Nov 2017
A good experience but I felt it was a bit orchestrated and therefore didn't feel real to me. The choir was very good. I also went to the lunch but as I was the only English speaker in the group at my lunch table because several coach loads had been combined for the lunch I felt quite unwelcome which was uncomfortable.
Only giving 4 stars for gospel tour...
Susan H
, May 2017
Only giving 4 stars for gospel tour as I found actual tour uninteresting could have been unenthusiastic guide ,as the Gospel singing was brilliant and worth the trip
What a fun and learning tour. Tour...
Diane S
, May 2017
What a fun and learning tour. Tour Harlem and seeing the change in that part of Manhatten. The Gospel singers are amazing, you learn music, cultural differences and how people overcome adversity. I took the optional Sylvia's restaurant and glad I did. The food was was like eating at my Southern Grandmother's home! Great down home cooking. Highly recommend this tour.
Great tour! The church service was...
Nerida C
, May 2017
Great tour! The church service was so lovely and the singing excellent. Everyone in the church was feeling the vibe and dancing in their seats. Highly recommend this tour.

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