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The best luxury tours in New York

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The Big Apple is synonymous with luxury, so it makes sense that you’d want to find only the most elite way to explore it. Rather than join the masses, escape the hustle and bustle of the city by booking one of New York’s private tours. 

There are multiple ways to take in the sights of the Big Apple, whether that’s from the river, the skies or private vehicle. Get ready to discover the best luxury New York tours for your city break, with everything from visiting iconic landmarks to TV and movie sets and private museum tours on the cards... 

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Explore the city via private yacht

There are multiple boat tour options available in New York, all you need to do is hop on your luxury yacht to explore the Big City from the calming waves of the Hudson River. So, whether you want to sip champagne from the upper deck or snuggle up with a blanket in the cabin, it truly is one of the best ways to see the city.

There are many tour options to explore, such as a complete cruise of the Manhattan Island, a Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour, or perhaps a sunset cruise? Those looking to liven up their experience could even opt for a party yacht with a fully stocked bar and DJ. 

Explore the city via private yacht

Explore the city via private yacht

Hit the road in style with a limousine or classic car tour

Some of the best New York tours are from the road. But you should do it in style. For a spacious and luxurious experience, hop in the back of a Cadillac limousine where you can pop out the top and take pictures or admire the view from your back seat in style.

If a classic car is more your vibe, you can view the city from the likes of a convertible 1971 Buick Skylark. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, step back in time and explore the Marvelous Mrs Maisel filming sites from one of the set's classic cars, a 1957 Studebaker. 

Hit the road in style with a limousine or classic car tour

Hit the road in style with a limousine or classic car tour
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Catch an aerial view of New York with a helicopter tour

There are many helicopter options that will take you and your party up to the skies to see the magnificent Manhattan skyline. It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking to take in everything New York has to offer in a 15-30 minute tour.

If you want to ramp up the luxury, you can opt for an SUV pick up from your hotel. But it’s not just the New York skyline available to tour from the skies, you can travel further too, such as Niagra Falls, The Hamptons, and Woodbury Common for shopping. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, why not arrange a helicopter ride and riverside picnic or vineyard experience? Perfect for anyone looking to pop the question. 

Helicopter flying over New York City skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge, USA

Helicopter flying over New York City skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge, USA

Lights, camera, action! Book a TV or movie tour

New York has provided the backdrop for many of our most loved films and TV shows. Of course, there are the classic tours such as Sex and the City, where you can pretend to be Carrie and sit on the famous steps and utter those infamous words… ‘I couldn’t help but wonder.’

Put on your best headband and pearls and walk in the footsteps of Blair and Serena on a Gossip Girl tour. Marvel and DC fans can explore the famous filming sites of New York or perhaps the well-loved TV show The Sopranos. At Christmas, it’s worth booking a Christmas movie sites tour where you can hop the crosswalk like Elf or recreate the ice rink scene in Home Alone 2. 

Recreate the ice rink scene in Home Alone 2

Recreate the ice rink scene in Home Alone 2

VIP horse and carriage tour of Central Park

Is there anything more spectacular than exploring the city from the back of a cosy carriage whilst a gallant horse trots through Central Park and your knowledgeable tour explains the sights? If you want to make your horse and carriage trip more memorable, you can book a Champagne and flowers add on. And you don’t need to stay in Central Park, you can extend your tour to some of the city sights like Rockefeller and Times Square. During the Christmas months, you can see the impressive Christmas lights around the city, too.

VIP horse and carriage tour of Central Park

VIP horse and carriage tour of Central Park

Christmas lights tour

New York absolutely sparkles during the festive period, so why not explore the bright lights in style, whether that’s from a massive plush limo or a classic car? You can admire the iconic decorations and lights in the shop windows of Fifth Avenue, marvel over the famous Rockefeller tree and ice rink, as well as head to the famous Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, where you’ll see the most extravagant display of lights and decorations adorning the homes of the people that live there.

Stunning Christmas Lights in NYC

Stunning Christmas Lights in NYC

Skip the line tours

There’s nothing luxury about queuing, so when exploring the attractions in New York, make sure you book a skip the line tour. Many of the top attractions will have priority access lines, like the World Observatory and Empire State Building. If you want even further privacy, you can book visits before and after closing times. For example, The Met and The Statue of Liberty.

Iconic skyscrapers in NYC

Iconic skyscrapers in NYC

Book a backstage theatre tour

Of course, you must see a show whilst visiting the Big Apple, but how do you make it luxe? You can book the best seats available, but what about meeting the cast backstage? There are many experiences that you can book, where you can meet a member of the cast as well as explore the set up close, too

Bustling Broadway, NYC

Bustling Broadway, NYC

New York City FAQs

What’s the most luxurious hotel in New York?

If you’re looking for modern and high-end luxury, The Mark is the one for you during your stay in New York. If it’s old school glamour you’re after, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is the perfect place. If you want to be immersed in opulence, The Baccarat Hotel provides the most sumptuous stay. 

What is the best luxury hotel for exploring the city? 

For luxury in the heart of the city, you should check-in to the Intercontinental New York Times Square, Crosby Street Hotel or the classic Four Seasons Hotel New York. 
 

Which hotels book luxury tours for you?

All luxury hotels will arrange your tours for you, you just need to work out which one is best for you. The Penninsula New York is great for booking exclusive tours of museums and galleries, while The Mark gets you on those exclusive guest lists. 


New York is a city oozes luxury, so the best way to explore the city is in the same style. Whether that’s by helicopter, classic car or horse and carriage, there are so many things to see and do in this exciting hub. When it comes to luxury New York City holidays, Winged Boots has you covered. We’ll help you book your luxury hotel and tailor your visit so that you can explore the city in a five-star manner.  

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