New York, New York… and a bit of NOLA

FABULOUS NEW YORK CITY

This tour has been designed around Margarets past experience taking a group of people to her home-town. graduate from the LaGuardia High School of the Arts, and with a passion for her city, Margaret and I have designed a trip aimed at hosting a small group of people who have been here before. With some free time to do a few ‘Tourist Must Do’s’, we have planned a relaxed and social week visiting Broadway. WE HAVE a keen idea on showing you New York from a New Yorkers point of view. We will ride the Subway to Sylvias Restaurant the “Queen of Soulfood,”  – A Harlem legend serving succulent soul food.

We have designed three New York theatre and arts nights out, with time to see even more (Margaret and I will probably go and see more shows on ‘our nights off’ and of course all our guests are welcome to join in on those nights too), or, take time to go tick off something on ‘your’ list, maybe a romantic dinner, some shopping or whatever takes your fancy.

After New York, we will travel to New Orleans, for a different experience of the USA entertainment culture, and it is a week of relaxation and nothing much more than really soaking in Bourbon street and the jazz music scene.

^ Price NZD 9799 flying economy class from Auckland with Air New Zealand, based on Twin Share accommodation

Air New Zealand from Auckland (NZD)
Business Class (Mixed) from $16999
Premium Economy (Mixed) from $13799
Economy from $9799
ask about flying the airline alliance of your preference

Departs MEL/AKL 16 APR 2016
flying    and 
Final Book By: 07DEC15
Deposit:   from $4800
Final Balance:   15FEB16
Prices correct as at 24NOV15

Booking Terms and Conditions

 

call Melbourne 03 9015 9378 or Auckland 09 889 9151

or email or enquire online


Travellers from Melbourne will have the option to fly with me via AKL on Air New Zealand, or meet in New York on arrival. Travellers from New Zealand will meet in Auckland.

#Airfare in Itinerary is Mixed Business on Long Haul and Economy for USA domestic sectors

Your Tour Escorts

About your Tour Escorts ~ Ed & Margaret

Edward Law is a passionate traveller, with family in Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Diego. Ed visits the states regularly,  almost every year for the past 2 decades. Listening to customers, I know that while the standard tours are easy to book, sometimes its the little additions that blow out a budget. I love finding the right way to connect an itinerary up to make the most of great deal PLUS extras at a sensible price. Welcome to the Go West Travel way of doing things.

Margaret O’Hanlon: Born and raised in New York City, where she studied at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Arts. Before moving to New Zealand Margaret cut her teeth in New York’s Greenwich Village Cabaret scene writing and performing one-woman shows. In New Zealand Margaret has performed consistently with bands and as a solo performer at many top events. She is a full-time singing coach and the Director/Producer of the annual original artists event, “Songstars”. From 1998-2007 Margaret produced the nationally acclaimed “Starry Eyed”. In recent years Margaret has devoted her time to writing, directing and producing original Rock-N-Roll theatre shows.

Escorted Package Includes
  • Round trip flights Melbourne or Auckland-New York,New Orleans-Melbourne or Auckland
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 6 nights New York
    • 6 night New Orelans
  • Hotel taxes, fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Taxi Fares to scheduled activities
  • NYC Metcard for Subway travel to scheduled activities
  • USA ESTA Authority fee^^

Special Features
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Tickets to Broadway Show – ‘Something Rotten’
  • Tickets to Off Broadway Show – ‘Stomp’
  • Comedy Lounge – Open Mic Night
  • Campbell Rooms Cocktail Evening
  • Farewell Dinner

What is not included

  • Taxi Fares outside of organised activities
  • Travel Insurance

^^ Application Fee, Go West Travel is not able to guarantee authorisation. You must understand USA immigration requirements. Once authorised an ESTA authority is valid for two years under normal circumstances.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 SAT 16-Apr FLY TO NEW YORK

Meet Margaret at Auckland International Airport and fly with the Award Winning Air New Zealand to Texas, and on to New York with United Airlines.

 

This evening we arrive and transfer to our fabulous hotel. Located within a walk to 42nd street, though we might just take cabs. The hotel is New York Class with location location location

Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room

Hotel Information

 

Located within 2 minutes’ walk of Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal, this boutique Midtown hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a library and an evening reception with wine and cheese.

Decorated with the theme of a traditional American library, the rooms at Library Hotel include amenities like a flat-screen cable TV and an iPod docking station. A bathrobe and slippers are also provided.
A complimentary continental breakfast with pastries, cereal, and yogurt is served daily in the Reading Room. Fresh fruit, coffee, and tea are available throughout the day. Guests of Library Hotel have access to an off-site fitness centre.

The on-site restaurant, Madison & Vine, serves daily lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The rooftop bar and Poetry Garden offer literary inspired cocktails and city views.

Times Square and the Empire State Building are within 15 minutes’ walk of the hotel. The New York Public Library is 2 minutes’ walk away.

This area is also great for shopping, with popular brands nearby: Apple, Tiffany & Co, H&M, Prada, Nike
Rooms;

Hotel Pics

Day 2 SUN 17-Apr NEW YORK – BROADWAY SHOW
Today we explore our surrounds, located steps from the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue Shopping, Bryant Park, Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller centre and much more. Margaret and I will be based at the Hotel to assist with acclimatisation to the time zone. We have a welcome dinner early evening, before seeing the Fabulous Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room

Day 3 MON 18-Apr NEW YORK – COMEDY NIGHT

Today relax into the day or get an early start as you desire. We have an early evening get together, visiting the Campbell Apartments for a cocktail or wine, before heading to an open mic night.

The Campbell Apartmnt
Considered the most glamorous place in Grand Central Terminal, The Campbell Apartment is truly a spectacular one-of-a-kind space. Formerly the luxurious office and salon of ‘20’s mogul John W. Campbell, this fully refurbished venue revives the lifestyle of that storied era.

Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room


Day 4 TUE 19-Apr NEW YORK – Off Broadway

Today we explore New York on our own, though in the spirit of the small group Tour Ed will will visiting a few NYC hotspots, (Including fabulous mid morning coffee). This evening we will meet at the hotel prior to taxi rides to the ORPHEUM THEATRE to see STOMP
Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room

Day 5 WED 20-Apr NEW YORK – Free Day or Lunch at Sylvias 

Today you have a day free, or join Ed and Margaret as we visit Sylvias Restaurant in Harlem for an authentic look at the more edgy side of the city. We will be taking the Subway and there will be some light walking, however the meal is wholesome and the neighbourhood has a good vibe. Later Ed will aim to walk off lunch along part of the High Line park and visits a little Irish Pub tucked under the metro lines in Queens. This evening is free, and we will arrange tickets to another show if you like.

Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room

Day 6 THU 21-Apr NEW YORK – ELLIS ISLAND AND STATUE OF LIBERTY
Today Margaret will join us on a day trip to Ellis Island, which was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990.

We will have access up to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty, Priority entry into the Boarding Queue which saves you wait time at the departure point, Access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
Overnight – The Library – Deluxe Room

Day 7 FRI 22-Apr FLY TO NEW ORLEANS

After a leisurely breakfast we will transfer to Newark Airport around 9:30 for our midday flight.
On arrival we will journey to our beautiful hotel in the French Quarter, chosen by Ed on discussion with a local friend I met on another tour. The itinerary for New Orleans is purposely set to be a relaxed week to explore the Music and sights.

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Hotel Information

Bourbon Orleans Hotel features a restaurant and outdoor saltwater pool. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary cocktail at the craft cocktail bar, Bourbon “O.” Located in the French Quarter, this European-style property is just 2 minutes’ walk from Louisiana State Museum.

The bright, uniquely decorated rooms offer cable TV with pay-per-view movies and free WiFi. They also include complimentary bottled water and an in-room coffee machine.

The on-site Roux on Orleans Creole restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Room service is available.

Day 8 SAT 23-Apr NEW ORLEANS
Today we will be organising a local contact to introduce us to a local perspective of this vibrant city, With an afternoon  walking tour through the French Quarter and Jackson Square. See the old Quarter come to life as you explore its secrets and begin to understand all it has to offer including the architecture, courtyards, gardens, food, music, and art. We will ends at the Cabildo, built under Spanish rule in 1795-1799, and the site of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 9 SUN 24-Apr NEW ORLEANS
We have 4 more days in this vibrant part of town, Perhaps sample some of the local Creole cuisine which has drawn influences from Portuguese, Spanish, African and French cultures. In the afternoon we will visit one of the many jazz clubs offering everything from Dixieland Jazz to Funk

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 10 MON 25-Apr NEW ORLEANS – Optional Plantation Mansion Tour

Based on group interest, we will consider a tour of the Plantation Mansions, near New Orleans. The best collection of large Antebellum Mansions in the United States lies in Plantation Alley along the Mississippi River just outside of New Orleans.  You’ll get an amazing history lesson on Southern Plantation life from the tiny slave quarters to the grand mansions themselves. While the slavery side of a visit can be an emotional one, it is balanced with the grandeur a Gone With the Wind old world experience.

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 11 TUE 26-Apr NEW ORLEANS – Optional Lunch at Hope Haven

While most of New Orleans has a heavy French influence, the beautiful buildings at the Hope Haven Centre are distinctively Spanish.

First opened in the 1930s as an orphanage and later run by the Archdiocese as a treatment center for troubled youth. Early programs – now long-since discontinued – stressed self-support, so enterprises like an on-campus dairy and carpentry shop produced income for the centre and taught its young residents potential job skills.  Here young adults ages 17-23 who are serious about learning on-the-job skills in the kitchen and on the floor of a fully operating restaurant: Café Hope.

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 12 WED 27-Apr NEW ORLEANS – Free Day

By now we will be relaxed and know our way around the areas, we have a full day to just relax and enjoy our favourite spots.

Overnight – Orleans Bourbon Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 13 THU 28-Apr DEPART FOR HOME

Today we have a very easy day to prepare for our journey homeward. We will leave luggage with the hotel and enjoy a farewell lunch together. In the later afternoon we will prepare for our transport to the Airport together.