- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
See New York City's most famous lady, the Statue of Liberty, like a VIP on a guided tour that includes special access to the statue pedestal. You'll take an early ferry to Liberty Island without waiting in lines that can stretch for hours, and arrive before the crowds. Then take another ferry to Ellis Island, following in the footsteps of millions of immigrants, and make the most of this experience with a tour of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, where you can walk the Stairs of Separation, visit the Kissing Post, and hear personal tales at the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.
- All entrance fees included
- Likely to Sell Out
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Local English- speaking guide
- Priority ferry boarding from Battery Park to Statue of Liberty
- Entry/Admission - Statue of Liberty
- Entry/Admission - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- Early Access to Statue of Liberty (only applicable if 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Departure selected)
- Statue of Liberty crown access
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Locker storage for large bags
Pier A Harbor House
Ellis Island, United States
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (depending on season)
Your tour starts at Battery Park, where you'll get a little context for your upcoming visits by exploring the memorials around the park, which rarely get the attention they deserve by visitors rushing to catch the ferry. Spend some time at the Castle Clinton National Monument, Pier A Harbor House, the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial, the Sphere, and New York Korean War Veteran’s Memorial.
Then it’s off to Liberty Island with priority boarding to get the best seats on the ferry; because you're leaving early (often on the first ferry, depending on the time of year), you’ll arrive at the Statue of Liberty before the crowds. Once there, enjoy stunning views of the city and take a guided tour that leads you right up to the pedestal, getting you closer to Lady Liberty than the standard visit.
Here, your guide tells you a little about the city’s greatest icon. Gifted to the US by France and designed by their finest architects, including Gustav Eiffel (whose Parisian tower you may be familiar with), Lady Liberty wasn’t as warmly received as you might think. Hear all about the struggle that got her on her feet and eventually became dear to the people of New York.
Then return to the ferry for the cruise over to Ellis Island, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of 12 million immigrants. From your guide, learn about the lengthy immigration process they went through, walking the Stairs of Separation to understand the island’s two very different names, ‘The Island of Hope’ and ‘The Island of Tears.' Explore the museum’s impressive collection of interactive displays, and ask your guide any questions you have before your tour ends here; you can stay a little longer if you’d like, or head back to the ferry with your guide to return to Manhattan.
With small groups of 20 people or fewer and early morning ferries to the islands, your tour is typically quiet and relaxed, removing the hassles of the average visit. And with an expert guide on hand, you’re certain to learn a thing or two, getting more from your experience than you would by visiting these sites on your own.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please note, 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, due to security measures in place by the National Park Service, which manages the Statue of Liberty
- Tour participants must be able to climb and descend 215 stairs from the Statue of Liberty lobby to the top of the pedestal
- All guests will need to pass through airport-style security to enter the Statue of Liberty. 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 for a fee of $2 in bills only (no coins accepted). Please be sure to have dollar bills for the lockers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Wow! What an unbelievable tour about such important components of American history.I visited Lady Liberty 30 years ago and I am so happy I did this tour with my own family now.Our tour guide Alice is so incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about American history. Alice is extremely diplomatic and tactful. I enjoyed seeing how much she inspired all the young girls (including my daughter) who were on the tour. I would not exclude any detail that Alice gave us. I really felt we got a very accurate sense of what it was like to come from another country to America, filled with hope.I felt pride in my country and gratefulness that we have tour guides like Alice who emulate that same pride. We definitely recommend this tour. Hopefully you will be on the A Team with Alice.
We had Alvardo as our guide. He was full of energy, knowledge, compassion and fun! He made us think and feel and was very interesting. Great job Alvardo *****! (5 stars)
What was particularly valuable in taking the small-group early-access tour was the ability to breeze through the security lines without much delay (because we were there first thing in the morning before it became really crowded), and having the benefit of someone who could not only tell you the facts about the statue and Ellis Island, but could really evoke a SENSE of what people experienced and felt when they arrived in America. From the moment we were greeted by our tour guide, Alvaro, I felt we were in good hands and I was not disappointed! Alvaro was very knowledgeable and gave us hints about how to maximize our experience during each step of the tour. He gave us just enough information through his engaging story-telling style while giving us plenty of opportunity to experience things in our own way. I highly recommend this as a great experience!
Esther our guide was full of great information but didn't overload us with too much at once. It was well paced and we felt very special.
Our guide Sharee was very good. She kept us aware of our surroundings and was very knowledgeable
about both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We are native New Yorkers but Sharee taught us a lot more about these monuments. She is also is a good photographer and gave good photography tips.
The tour was interesting and fun! It was my first tour in the states, and i loved it! I learnd so much from it
Jacob did a wonderful job guiding our tour, with all sorts of historical facts and tidbits. He really brought the history to life, making it more interesting for our teens I particular. We highly recommend this! (We also did the 9 a.m. tour so it wouldn’t be so busy, which was a good call.)
Our guide Colin was very informative, he told us loads of history facts. When the tour ended, we asked about the hard hat trip Colin went out of his way to show us were we could and also a bit of info on it. Enjoyed immensely from beginning to end ❤
Our guide was Alvaro, a gentle, caring and professional guide, one of best guides I recall. I recommend this tour for the historical and emotional value. Excellent for the organization.
Aside from some confusion over where to meet, the tour was flawless. Our guide, Jacob was informative and funny. Gave the right amount of information without overndoing it. And his picture taking abilities were great. Who else would lay down on the concrete in the freezing cold to take individual pictures of each group to also capture Lady Liberty??? There were several folks in our group who had some mobility challenges and he always looked out for them to make sure their experience was good. Booking tip...early access is the only way to go. The crowds were insane later in the day. The pedestal tour is great. There is an elevator that takes you 99% of the way leaving only 26 stairs to climb.
Our tour guide Gerry was fantastic his knowledge and enthusiasm made this tour extremely interesting plus he has a good sense of humour, the weather was the only spoiler very misty and unable to see the Manhattan sky line. Also thanks to Gerry we followed his advice and took that walk and was well worth it. Good value for money
Everything was perfect! The explanations were very nice and clear! Wonderful organization! The guide took enough time to show us all the interesting spots! Thank you!
I highly recommend this tour. I had been to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before without a specific tour and I learned so much more this time.Collin was an excellent guide and the best guide I’ve ever had and i travel a lot. By taking this tour you miss the long lines to get on the ferry and get a thorough tour. When the tour ends at Ellis Island, you are free to spend as much time there as you like.
This is an excellent small group tour. Ryan, our guide, gave us a thorough history of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. He was very knowledgeable and included stories and pictures of actual events throughout the day. The early-access was definitely a plus for beating the crowds. Plenty of time to explore on our own at both locations.
Amy was great, full of good info, interested in the subject. The early arrival was the BEST! It was a good lesson for when to schedule plus only 15 on the tour made it easy to control.
Our tour guide Alvarro was awesome, accommodating, knowledgeable, interesting and easy to follow. We learned so much. We were able to walk in the footsteps of ancestors who arrived at Ellis Island. The ferry was fine to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We took the Early-Access Small Group tour.
The tour was wonderful! The Statue of Liberty was beautiful and it was very impressive, as was Ellis Island. Our guide, Alvaro, was the best. We travel a lot and have had many guides, but he ranks right up there with the best of them. I know you can do this on your own, but we learned so much from him. I highly recommend the tour.
Our tour guide Alvaro was fabulous. He was very knowledgeable with a hint of humor! The tour started right on time and when we were there in early September it was not so busy. We had plenty of time to explore and take pictures. It was great to see how Lady Liberty came to be. I would highly recommend this tour.
This tour surpassed my expectation our tour guide uncle Jeffery was knowledgeable and made the tour fun and exciting.This early tour is worth getting out of bed the crowds were crazy .I was pleasantly surprised by all the history I learned at Ellis Island.I will do this tour again