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The Village Sampler – High Line to Washington Square

Village Sampler NYC Walking Tour

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Tour type: Public Tour

Tour Summary:

On this unique 3.5hr walking tour, we will discover what was once the largest biscuit factory in the world (now Chelsea Market), walk on the High Line (an abandoned rail line converted to the first elevated park in America), explore the now-chic Meatpacking District, and wind our way through the quaint 19th century streets of Greenwich Village en route to Washington Square. Along the way, we’ll stop for a tasty slice of pizza and another local treat to keep you sated.

Tour Highlights:

• Taste two local snacks, including a slice of NY-style pizza, and discover many great bars, cafes, and restaurants along the way
• Explore Chelsea Market, an old biscuit factory turned popular indoor shopping and food destination
• Take a walk on the High Line, America’s only elevated park, and learn about its fascinating history and transformation
• Learn about the evolution of the industrial-turned-chic Meatpacking District while exploring its cobblestone streets and trendy boutiques
• Get lost in historic Greenwich Village and discover the unique charm of this 19th century “suburb”
• Enjoy a break in Washington Square and learn about its sordid past

Basic Tour Info:

Length and Distance: About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
• Schedule: Thursday and Sunday at 10am
Cost: $45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Size: Maximum group size is 12 adults
Break: There will be 1 bathroom break
Language: Our tours are currently offered only in English
Private Option: This tour is also offered privately
Location: Starts in Chelsea near the High Line (you will receive detailed info after booking), ends in Washington Square (you will be given directions), near great places for lunch, coffee, or a drink

The CityRover Promise:

• An interactive, informative, and fun tour, with memorable stories, great photo opportunities, and tasty snacks
• No more than 12 adults, no flags, no microphones, no memorized scripts, no canned jokes, no notes
• An engaging, knowledgeable and licensed CityRover guide

More About the Tour:

On this off the beaten path, fun and informative walking tour, we’ll start off in the factory where the OREO cookie was born, then head up to the High Line — America’s only elevated park — to admire the views and learn about the transformation of Manhattan’s industrial west side.  We will also pass through the trendy Meatpacking District, with its century-old meatpacking plants and new shopping boutiques.

Then, after a tasty local snack, we will wind our way through the West Village, with its narrow streets, beautiful brownstones, sidewalk cafes, and lots of interesting history.  After our second stop, for a delicious slice of pizza, we’ll head towards Washington Square, where we will end the tour with some sordid tales involving bullets and bones and maybe catch a glimpse of “Pigeon Man”.

Walking tour of the High Line by the Standard HotelGreenwich Village brownstones on guided walking tour
Parts of the following areas will be explored:

  • West Chelsea
  • The High Line
  • Meatpacking District
  • West Village
  • Greenwich Village

Recent Reviews For This Tour:

The Best. Period.” Reviewed January 11, 2013 on TripAdvisor

After doing a fantastic Central Park tour with Max in 2012, I booked another tour with CityRover Walks for my family and I the weekend before Christmas.  This time it was to do the High Line, Chelsea Market and Meatpacking District. Max was unavailable on the day of our tour and instead we were with Danielle. I was unsure at first if anyone could possibly compete with Max, as I felt that my Central Park tour was perhaps one of the best I’ve ever taken, but was so pleased that Danielle was every bit as good and informative as Max.

There’s a reason that this is one of the top TripAdvisor activities in NYC with as many excellent reviews as there are: They are simply GREAT.

From start to finish Max was fantastic about communication with me prior to the tour in helping me set it up, the times (which they adjusted to meet our schedule), and even put it together fairly hastily as I was very last-minute in my planning.

Then the tour itself with Danielle was so informative, insightful and all four of us (including our two teenaged daughters) were really engaged and felt as though we’d really learned a lot about what we were seeing, the history and fun facts that we’d have never known.

Don’t even think about hesitating to book a tour with CityRover Walks. You won’t find one better. PERIOD. Thanks Max and Danielle! We loved it and will be back to do another as soon as we return to NYC.”

Fast 3.5hr walking tour!!” Reviewed December 10, 2013 on TripAdvisor

“We did the Village Sampler Tour with Max and discovered many parts of the city I had never seen before. It was so easy to set up the tour and he is easy to reach by phone or email. We especially liked the Chelsea Market and the Highline Park. He is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the city and has plenty of recommendations for restaurants and music if you want to come back to the area (which we did). Some of my friends had recommended him and they were right. It was a fantastic tour!! We will try others the next time we are in town.”

A definite thumbs up in NYC” Reviewed December 1, 2013 on TripAdvisor

My 2 teenage boys and I loved Danielle’s Village Sampler tour. We were lucky with a mild December day. The insights on the High Line park, Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking district and the village were informative to the ideal level of detail. She kept our attention with interesting stories at a good pace and we left feeling like we understand the city much better. We will come back to CityRover for future tours without hesitation.”

Danielle showing off the High Line during Village Sampler walking tour

Our very own Danielle showing off the High Line

Additional Tour Info:

What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to drugs, prostitution, riots, and epidemics.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.  Please note that the tour ends near Washington Square Park (not at the start point), so we recommend using public transportation to get to the meeting point (vs. driving).

Stops: We normally make a couple of pit stops on this walk for optional snacks and refreshments, which may include the following great local establishments, but may be substituted for other local gems at CityRover’s discretion:

  • Myers of Keswick – NY’s only authentic, family-run English meat pie shop, established 1985 (vegetarian options available).
  • Bleecker Street Pizza – Great, NY-style pizza – voted #1 by the Food Network a few years in a row.

Are snacks/refreshments included in tour price? Although this is not a food tour, the cost of the food-related snack stops we make is included in our tour price (coffee/tea excluded).  In addition, each participant will be offered a complimentary bottle of water at the start of each walk.  Notes about the snacks:  Our snack stops are usually not suitable for vegans, folks with gluten allergies, or individuals who are strictly kosher.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.

Is this walk strenuous? This walk is not strenuous, assuming you are comfortable with being on your feet for 3+ hours and covering about 3 miles in that time frame.

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Tour type: Public Tour

Walking on the High Line during guided nyc tourSampling Oreos after a tour through Chelsea Market - the old Nabisco factory

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