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Enrichment & Reward Trips to New York - WST

Enrichment & Reward Trips to New York - WST

I am very impressed with the level of service provided by WST. Having a designated contact who answers all questions and deals with any issues personally and in a prompt and efficient manner is invaluable. WST have a strong understanding of the challenges teachers face in organising educational visits and they work hard to pre-empt problems and therefore significantly reduce stress.
South Bromsgrove High School 


What better way to reward your students than with a trip to New York? Home to iconic landmarks, world-class galleries, museums and tours, not to mention the entertainment and shopping opportunities, a New York educational trip can’t fail to impress and inspire.

Tour Day 1

Daytime Fly to New York and take transfer to your accommodation.
Evening Visit to the Empire State Building.

Tour Day 2

Daytime A walking tour of Manhattan that includes Times Square and Broadway.
Evening Broadway Show.

Tour Day 3

Morning Circle Line Cruise to take you past Liberty and Ellis Island.
Afternoon Visit the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial and Museum followed by free time in Downtown Manhattan.

Tour Day 4

Morning Free time for shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Afternoon Depart New York for overnight flight.

Tour Day 5

Morning Arrive in the UK.

5 day experience from only 

Based on min 30, Comfort Inn Times Square (bedshare), Nov 2018 (excluding half term)

£899

Hostelling International

This is a traditional youth hostel with good facilities for students who will all be accommodated in bunk beds. It is located in the Upper West Side area of Manhattan. 

Comfort Inn

We work with a range of Comfort Inn’s all located in Midtown Manhattan. Comfort Inn is a well known hotel chain with modern furnishings and a good standard of accommodation.  

The Row

Just a few minutes from Times Square and oldest hotel in New York City – the hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and modernisation. 

Quality Inn Midtown West

This is a great 2* hotel just 10 minutes walk from Times Square and the Broadway theatre district.  A small hotel with modern furnishings and comfortable rooms.   

Holiday Inn Express Midtown West

This popular hotel is located in Hell’s Kitchen, just a 15 minute walk from Times Square and Broadway. The furnishings are modern and all to a high standard. This is one of our most popular hotels in New York. 

MEET AND GREET QUIZZES

We always arrange a meet and greet for your group on arrival in New York, so a represtentative will meet you at the airport, take you to your coach and transfer to your accommodation to ensure your arrival in New York is a smooth one. If you want to make it fun and really get them ready for the next few days ahead, then we can arrange for your guide to do a fun quiz all about New York city on board your coach and each student will get an I Love NY T-Shirt as a reminder of their trip. Ask us for more details and prices.

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

As always the best way to get around and see a city is on foot, especially when looking at it from a historical perspective. We offer a wide choice of walking tours that can be tailored to study needs and interests. The most popular walking tours are :

Midtown Manhattan Walking Tour – including Fifth Avenue, 42nd street, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building

Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour – Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, Little Italy, Soho

Top Tip: These walking tours last for 4 hours so be sure to take comfortable walking shoes!

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the top of New York’s most iconic skyscraper.  Be aware that there will be queues here.

Top Tip: This is an ideal visit for your first evening. It will help to shake off the jet-lag from your days travelling and the views of New York by night are spectacular.

ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM & STATUE OF LIBERTY CRUISE

Two fantastic visits in one! Your island cruise allows you to hop off at the Statue of Liberty Monument - the first sight for millions of immigrants, and then Ellis Island itself.  The fascinating museum holds the history of the 12 million immigrants who passed though the old immigration centre. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people. A  45-minute Audio Tour, invites visitors to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival."

9/11 MEMORIAL

Located on the World Trade Center site this memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honour to the people killed in the terrorist attacks of 9 September 2001. The main feature of the memorial is the twin reflecting pools which sit within the footprints of where the twin towers once were. The names of every person who died are inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools.

Top Tip: All groups must pre-book in advance so please be sure to ask us to make your reservation.  

9/11 TRIBUTE MUSEUM

Located next to FDNY firehouse and across from the World Trade Center site, the 911 Tribute Museum offers a ‘person to person history’ to help visitors to New York understand the historic events and the people who experienced them. Your students can have the unique opportunity of taking a guided tour around the 9/11 Memorial with a Tribute Museum Walking Tour Guide; survivors, workers who assisted in the recovery efforts, lower Manhattan residents, or family members that lost loved ones. Each tour will offer a unique personal experience of the events, the aftermath and how life goes on.

HARBOUR CRUISES

Get a close up view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you can choose from two options:

Liberty Cruise - A 1 hour cruise of the harbour.

Island Cruise - You can disembark at both Liberty Island and Ellis Island on this hop on hop off cruise

Top Tip: If you are on a tight budget, you could ride the Staten Island ferry. It’s free and goes past the Statue of Liberty so you can pick up some great photos.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ALL ACCESS TOUR

An insider’s look at this state of the art arena. You will explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms and relive historic moments with the new Garden 366 experience and Defining Moments exhibit.

METROPOLITAN OPERA

‘The Met’ opera company is located at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and is the largest classical music organisation in North America. The season runs from September to May and the schedule of performances offers some student rates on key performances throughout this time. Contact us for more details.

NBC STUDIO TOUR

Go behind the scenes of some of the most well-known TV shows. You will visit the NBC Sharp Globe Theatre, Broadcast Operations, the Make Up room, and even produce your very own news and weather programme.

Top Tip: The NBC tour is the Rockefeller Plaza which means it’s a perfect visit to do before or after a Top of the Rock tour.

RADIO CITY STAGE DOOR TOUR

Explore the theatre, lounges and corridors of the most iconic theatre in New York. You can explore the art deco interiors, learn the secrets of the Great Stage one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world, view the celebrity signed guest book and meet a world famous Radio City Rockette.

Top Tip:  Radio City is also in the Rockefeller Plaza so you can combine a visit to the NBC Studios and Top of the Rock.

SPORTING EVENTS

Subject to availability your group can attend a sporting event in and around the city. If you ask us early enough we can look at what is available with all the different New York teams for something to suit your budget.

TV & MOVIE SITES TOURS

Choose from a range of coach or walking tours around the city, taking in locations of well-known shows and movies, venues where the stars hang out and even see where your favourite celebrities live. Shows and movies include Friends, Seinfeld, Glee, The Devil Wears Prada, Spider-Man, Elf, Hitch and many more. Themed tours include Sex and the City Hotspots, Central Park Movie Sites, Gossip Girl Sites and Sopranos Sites.

On Location Tours is receiving very positive feedback from happy students - See for yourself what it’s all about…

 

TOP OF THE ROCK

The observation desk at the top of the Rockefeller Center provides a unique 360 degree view of New York, including the Empire State Building.

Top Tip: Top of the Rock has interactive History and Geography exhibits and downloadable worksheets.

ONE WORLD OBVSERVATORY

An observatory located at the 9/11 memorial site offering spectacular panoramic views of New York. The visit also includes numerous videos and multimedia experiences. There are 5 lifts including a sky pod elevator that ascends to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. You can choose from various cafés and restaurants.  The visit lasts approx. 45 to 60 minutes. 

FRIENDS OF THE HIGHLINE

This unique visit allows the public to explore what was once a major train line known as New York Central Railroad. In 1999, Friends of the Highline decided there was still life in the old railroad yet and embarked upon a journey of re-development. The train line is now a beautiful public park and architectural masterpiece.  School groups can opt for a structured visit or they can simply guide themselves around. There are also free educational materials to support your visit available on their website.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

The permanent collection covers art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. Groups can visit self-guided or pre-book a guided tour. Closed on Mondays.

Top Tip: The Costume Institute is located in the Met. There is no permanent collection but twice a year it hosts temporary collections. If you have a mix of Art & Design and Fashion & Textiles students, they can all go to the Met but split up to visit Their areas of interest.

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA)

Often seen as one the most influential museums of modern art, the MoMA offers a collection of both modern and contemporary art. It is centrally located between 5th and 6th Avenues. The MoMA is closed on Tuesdays.

THE GUGGENHEIM

The Guggenheim is visited not just for its exhibitions of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art, but also its iconic building which is known as one the 20th Century’s important architectural landmarks. The museum is located on the exclusive Upper East Side. The Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays.

MACY’S DEPARTMENT STORE

This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes of the flagship store. A guided tour will begin with a brief history of the store and will follow with a discussion on unique marketing concepts and special events. You will then visit selling floors to discuss product placement and marketing concepts. Tours are available Tuesday to Saturday.

Top Tip: Ideal for students looking towards a career in marketing or fashion merchandising.

BROADWAY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Give your students an experience to remember by arranging a trip to a Broadway show. They’ll really go home with the ‘WOW’ factor. Here is a range of the most popular shows currently available on Broadway.

Our top Broadway performances include:

  • The Lion King
  • Chicago
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Annie
  • Aladdin
  • Jersey Boys
  • Mama Mia
  • Wicked
  • Matilda

Top Tip: Price vary with each show so recommend you budget approx. £45 per paying person to cover the cost of most shows. If you are there on Friday or Saturday then prices will be higher.

SHOPPING

A trip to New York is not complete without a trip to world famous shops and department stores. Shops are open 7 days a week in New York, usually from 10.00 until 7.00pm on Monday to Saturday and 11 until 6.00 pm on Sunday. Department stores tend to stay open a little later.

Fifth Avenue

Some of New York’s best known shops can be found here including FAO Schwarz, Apple Store, Abercrombie & Fitch and Saks.

Bloomingdales

Located close to Fifth Avenue, a little brown bag from Bloomingdales is an iconic souvenir from a trip to New York.

Macy’s

The largest department store in New York, located on West 34th Street

Century 21

A bargain hunters paradise, located close to Ground Zero.

South Street Seaport

Lower Manhattan’s eastside shopping destination that offers a distinct mix of shops, restaurants and cafés. 

RESTAURANTS 

We can arrange evening meals in restaurants in the city with options to suit all tastes. Our most popular choices are:

Planet Hollywood

Hard Rock Café

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Buca Di Beppo

Dave & Busters

B Smiths

Bowlmor – bowling and dining

Italian Restaurants

Chinese Restaurants