Summary of the stay

  • 7 days
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • All audiences
  • Culture / Heritage
  • Discovery
  • Medium

A very large town planning, cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, cultural diversity, New York is a wonderful bubble that one could discover during a lifetime. In this stay, you with seven days, which should allow you to make an idea of this ever changing city.

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Itinerary of the stay
  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
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Detail of the stay : New York, a condensed of America - 7 days

Day 1: First Steps in New York

To immerse yourself in New York as soon as possible, start your day with a visit to Ground Zero, the site where the Twin Towers stood. There are always many people. With a visit to St Paul's Chapel adjacent to Broadway, where photos and testimonies give eternal homage to the victims. Go to the City Hall and at the foot of the Woolworth Building. Then, get down along Broadway to Battery Park. You will cross on the road, for a glance or a visit, Wall Street with the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Hall, the Museum of the American Indian on Bowling Green or the Museum of Jewish Heritage of Battery Park. From there, embark on the ferry for the {7}Statue of Liberty{/7} and Ellis Island, a small island through which the ancestors of a quarter of the American population from all over the world have been transferred. On the way back, take a walk through the South Street Seaport, along and around Fulton Street and Fish market, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in New York City and Mafia's major place. Dinner in Chinatown and exit in chic Soho or the most bohemian Greenwich Village.

Day 2: Outsized urban planning

After a passage to the Flatiron Building, climb the Empire State Building summit for one of the world's most incredible views. Climb 5th Avenue to the New York Public Library, recognizable by its two stone lions in front of the entrance. Turn right towards Grand Central, the masterpiece of Fine arts style. Continue east, along 42nd Street. Admire the Chrysler Building, the Art Deco jewel, and walk to the United Nations headquarters, impressive city in the city and state in the state (and the only place where you can buy the famous stamp of the United Nations). Stroll through Tudor City (a few blocks opposite the UN, where you can admire the beautiful buildings and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere). Return to 5th Avenue by 46th Street, and head to the majestic St Patrick Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. To discover: its Channel Gardens, its statue of Prometheus and its Lower Plaza, where in winter there is a giant Christmas tree and a huge rink. From there, a detour is necessary for a visit of the freshly renovated MoMA. Go down to Times Square at night. You're in the midst of a great and huge debauchery of billboards. Lights sparkle everywhere. Welcome to New York!

Day 3: Culture and nature

What better, to start your day, than a long walk in Central park, the lung of New York? You can even rent a bicycle to go around it (this would not take you a whole day to do it on foot). Then, head to the Museum Mile (in the Upper East Side), where about fifteen superb museums follow one another along the park, on 1,5km. The most famous of them, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the equivalent of the Louvre) is must-visit. You can spend a few hours exploring its sumptuous galleries. Between the Frick Collection, Neue Galerie or the Guggenheim (to name but the most famous ones), the choice will not be easy, but why not visit all of them, even if it means return the next day? To finish the day, the American Museum of Natural History, on the other side of the park, will make you enjoy in a fun way its ipriceless collection. You can spread a more extensive visit to the Museum Mile over two days. You will not regret it.

Day 4: Ethnic neighbourhoods and shopping

After the splendour of the museums and the large tourist areas, hiking in the East Village and the Lower East Side makes you have a little break and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of these neighbourhoods. Start by having a meal in one of the Deli typical of the corner, and then explore this multi-ethnic neighbourhood (Eastern European Jewish) south of the Lower East Side, Polish and Ukrainian to 2nd Avenue, Indian on Curry Row). Many second-handed, young designers, decoration and antique shops await you. Return to the west and stroll through Chinatown (abounding in activity) and Little Italy (suspended and elegant shops). It's an ideal way to nicely finish the world tour in a day.

Day 5: Middle Ages, Harlem and Upper West Side

Start your day north of Manhattan (in the Washington Heights area), where the Cloisters museum (190th Street) is located, entirely dedicated to the Middle Ages. A jewel whose setting is made of charming gardens. Go down to Harlem and its old brick houses, stroll in this district undergoing renovation around 125th Street, and treat yourself with Soul Food. Visit the campus of Columbia University, one of the most prestigious faculties in the United States. Finish your day with a stroll around the Upper West Side.

Day 6: Brooklyn

The diversity of this suburb of Manhattan deserves the day. The atmosphere is different, quieter and more relaxing. Cross the emblematic Brooklyn Bridge early in the morning. You will see two Bohemian neighbourhoods populated by artists: Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and Williamsburg. Lunch break. Visit of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, of which the esplanade, recently renovated and resolutely modern, contrasts with the rest of the building. Not to be missed: the collection on ancient Egypt, one of the most beautiful in the world. Continue your day by visiting the adjacent and beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden (to be admired: a rose garden of breathtaking beauty, especially in June), before taking a last stroll in the old Brooklyn Heights area (near Brooklyn Bridge), where the buildings are among the most beautiful in the city. Walk along the promenade that faces Downtown's buildings, and admire a spectacular sunset.

Day 7: Greenwich Village and Chelsea

Last day. Relaxation, informal walks in the very endearing and intimate area of Greenwich Village. Visit the Meatpacking District, a district that stands out between the old meat stores and expensive trendy shops, and discovery of Chelsea to finish. Back to the hotel and head to the airport.

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