New York City Heritage

  • 7 days
  • 12 meals
  • Heritage
  • Cultural
  • United States
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Program Overview

Discover New York City Heritage firsthand, learning from the history of America’s first citizens. Immigration through Ellis Island accounts for nearly half of the current U.S. population, as the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration chronicles in the stories of 12 million immigrants. Learn about Irish immigrants, who were supported by the efforts of Tammany Hall in the 1800s to receive basic social services. Experience the 200-year-old heart of New York City at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which was the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York until the current St. Patrick’s Cathedral opened in 1879. Jewish heritage is prevalent in the Lower East Side, which served as the historic gateway to New York City for its Jewish immigrants. Explore the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1887. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to a Jewish matzah bakery and taste traditional Jewish baked goods. New York City has a heritage that connects back to nearly everyone in one way or another. Service learning activities with Immigration NGO and City Meals gives students a chance to interact with the everyday challenges faced by both immigrant and native-born residents. Additionally, students get to engage directly with average people in the city today. Overlooking the city from the Empire State Building, everything looks so connected, yet so far away. Take an essential moment for reflection at the National 9/11 Memorial. The Statue of Liberty is a bright and shining role model of how the U.S. is connected to the rest of the world. For a view above it all, students go all the way to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere to explore the One World Observatory. Step away from the excitement of the city in Central Park to experience a green oasis and play team games before heading home.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

New York City

Travel

Travel to New York City and dine at a local restaurant this evening. Afterwards, go to the top of the world-famous Empire State Building for cityscape views this evening and check in to local accommodations.

Activities
  • Travel to New York City
  • Overlook from the top of the Empire State Building
  • Check in to local accommodations
  • Dinner

Day 2

New York City

Immigration Lecture

Explore the Big Apple today on a guided sightseeing tour of all the major landmarks. Learn about immigration in NYC in an afternoon lecture. After a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, have dinner in Midtown.

Activities
  • Guided sightseeing tour of the Big Apple
  • Lecture: New York City Immigration Story
  • Attend Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

New York City

Where It All Began

Cruise over to Liberty Island and Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty and Museum as well as the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Go on a Lower East Side walking tour and visit the Tenement Museum. Discover the architectural history of the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue. End the day’s tours with dinner at Katz’s Deli.

Activities
  • Take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
  • Lower East Side walking tour, including the Tenement Museum
  • Architectural history lesson at the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

New York City

Walking Tours

On a walking tour of Lower Manhattan, visit Federal Hall and Trinity Church. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to a Jewish matzah bakery for a treat.

Activities
  • Walking tour of Lower Manhattan with visits to Federal Hall and Trinity Church
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Stop in a Jewish matzah bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

New York City

Observation

Start the day in reflection at the National 9/11 Memorial. Explore a new perspective at the One World Observatory, located on the top floors of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Visit the first Catholic parish in New York, St. Peter’s Church. Learn about Tammany Hall’s role in politics. See the historic Catholic landmark, the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Try the local Italian cuisine at Eataly over dinner.

Activities
  • Pause to reflect at the National 9/11 Memorial
  • Explore the One World Observatory
  • Visit St. Peter’s Church and Tammany Hall
  • Stop by the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
  • Dinner at Eataly
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

New York City

Service Learning

Learn more about everyday challenges in New York City and ways to help out, through a service learning day with City Meals and Immigration NGO. In Little Italy, experience the tastes of Italy again for dinner.

Activities
  • Service learning with City Meals
  • Service learning with Immigration NGO
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

New York City

Lasting Views

Ascend to the Top of the Rock and take in panoramic views of the Big Apple from its iconic observation deck. Engage in fun team challenges in Central Park, before setting off on the journey home.

Activities
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Team games in Central Park
  • Depart New York City for the journey home
  • Breakfast

Learning Outcomes

In this New York City Heritage program, trace U.S. history back to the immigrants that found new hope on America’s shores. Catholic and Jewish heritage is highlighted through thoughtfully-curated activities and site visits, each adding a critical piece to the narrative. On Liberty Island and Ellis Island, experience the spaces that stand as testament to the great waves of immigration that forged New York City as a multicultural metropolis. During a day of service learning, gain a deeper understanding of the local community through civic engagement. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Overnight Security

A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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