NYCVP Historical Walking Tour guide Tony Di Sante

NYCVP Historical Walking Tour guide Tony Di Sante enthralls tour participants with facts, history and humor as he leads them from 17th Century to modern day
Lower Manhattan.

(Photo courtesy of The London Times)


$29 for adults,
$19 for children (2-12)

Book This Tour

Book a hotel

Tour Details Tour Schedule Tour Itinerary Tour Testimonials View All NYCVP Tours
Tour Details
With a licensed NYC tour guide, visit the single most historic area in the United States.
Pay tribute to this great nation as you learn the rich and exciting history of NYC and America. View Ground Zero, the 16-acre site of unparalleled heroism. This moving and educational 3-hour tour guides you through Lower Manhattan where you will also see such icons as Wall Street, the Woolworth Building, and a virtual skyscraper museum. Entry into the National 911 Memorial is also included.

This acclaimed NYC walking tour has been featured on CNN, Fox News, and TV Tokyo, and has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, London Times, World Affairs Weekly, USA Today and the New York Post.

Ground Zero Wall Street Lower Manhattan Walking Tour

Did you know that downtown Manhattan was the site of the nation's first capital?
Learn more amazing facts on this renowned tour! Advance purchase recommended.

Book This TourAdvance Purchase: $29 for adults, $19 for children (2-12)


Sponsored by

back to top

Tour Schedule
January and February: every Friday and Saturday at 9am.
March and April: every Monday, Friday and Saturday at 9am
May: every Monday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June-August: daily
September through December: every Monday, Friday and Saturday at 9am

All tours last approximately 3 hours (9am until 12 noon) and depart from 51st and Broadway in front of Cosi's Restaurant. All tours end in Lower Manhattan. Tours operate rain or shiBook This Tourne.

back to top

Tour Itinerary

A licensed New York City tour guide will meet you at a convenient midtown Manhattan location (Paramount Plaza, 51st and Broadway in front of Cosi's Restaurant), distribute your roundtrip MetroCard and escort you to lower Manhattan on the subway. There you will begin a guided 3-hour walking tour and visit some of the newest, oldest and most memorable sites in New York City. Some highlights include:


  • Admission to the newly-opened National 9/11 Memorial

  • Ground Zero, where you will witness the progress of the World Trade Center rebuilding efforts: Number One World Trade Center "The Freedom Tower."

  • The Winter Garden, with its unparalleled view of the "Footprints" of the former Twin Towers

  • The Bronze FDNY 9-11 Memorial Wall, a 56-foot long bronze sculpture that shows firefighters battling the smoldering towers, located on the side of New York City's famed fire station "10 House," the former Reily Hose No. 10 firehouse

  • The NYC Police Memorial at the World Financial Center, a moving tribute to all NYC police officers who have been lost in the line of duty

  • Other touching memorials, both temporary and permanent, to the victims of September 11.

  • Moving tributes to September 11th heroes at St. Paul’s Chapel, New York’s only surviving pre-Revolutionary church

  • Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton are buried

  • The Neo-Gothic Woolworth Building, the world's tallest building from 1913-1929

  • A walk down narrow Wall Street, past the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall National Memorial, where you can see the scars of the 1920 terrorist attack on the JP Morgan Building

NYCVP’s President Barry Tenenbaum calls the tour "a must for everyone. A visit to Ground Zero honors the truest spirit of New Yorkers and all the brave and courageous acts of heroism that took place there. I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to aid in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan by participating in the Tour, supporting local shops, having lunch at restaurants and visiting the area's museums."

After your tour, plan on visiting the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Your tour guide can give you directions.

Note: Please be advised, the NYC subway system is not wheelchair accessible for this tour. The tour operates rain or shine. The order and exact itinerary is dependant upon weather conditions, subway schedule and other factors and may change. No refunds are issued for no-shows. Return to midtown is on your own. Tour guide gratuity is not included. New York City Vacation Packages is not responsible for delays, non-operation of tour or accessibility to sites mentioned in the itinerary. Itinerary may be altered if required due to weather, traffic, subway schedule changes, and/or any other condition beyond the control of NYCVP, the tour guides and/or vendors. Tours may be cancelled in advance due to insufficient participation. NYCVP is not responsible for anyone unable to keep up with a normal and reasonable walking tour pace, or anyone getting lost. Liability is expressly limited to thBook This Toure amount paid by patrons for the Tour.

back to top

Here's What Some of Our Past Tour Participants Have to Say ...

The reason for this email is to sing the praises of our wonderful tour guide Marty Apter.  It was such a delight to listen to his knowledge and sense of humor while on the tour.  He was go gracious and we left feeling as though we had made a friend in NYC.  I would highly recommend the tour to anyone and would only hope that they would be fortunate enough to be placed with Marty. Thank You, JD, Salem, OR

I'd just like to say what an AMAZING tour guide you have in Jonathon. I did your Lower Manhattan Walking Tour with him last Sunday....he was GREAT! So informative and friendly.....a fine ambassador for your company! Thanks for a great time  LO'C, Australia

I wanted to give you some feedback on one of your tour guides - Jared.  My family took the tour of the World Trade Center site on April 14.  Jared did a wonderful job.  He had a lot of knowledge of what had happened, what was currently happening and what was planned to happen at and around the site.  The tour was very comprehensive.  We traveled at a good pace and got to see a lot of the southern portion of Manhattan.  He also gave us some great tips about other things to do and see in New York.  We really enjoyed our time with Jared.  I would definitely recommend him to others who are touring the city. Thank you. KM

I am so sorry is has taken so long to send this e-mail.  I am sending this to you about Jared our tour guide that we had on April 14th!  He gave the 6 of us one of the best tours I have ever experienced.  Jared was so full of information and answered every question that we asked.  We even had 2 children in our group and he was very patient with them.  He is a definite keeper.  Jared went above and beyond for our tour!! We still talk about going over the bridge on the subway.  Jared thank you so much and I hope your books are coming along!!! Thank you so much. LM, Oldsmar FL

BONJOUR NEW-YORK Despite the weather, I was happy to receive so much by Monsieur Martin Apter-it was funny and very interesting. BRAVO! Muriel from Toulouse, South of France

If you would like to book a really well-done walking tour of Lower Manhattan, which includes the Ground Zero site, we highly recommend's Ground Zero Tour. Gary Marlon Suson, Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association (FDNY)

I wanted to write to you to tell you how much I enjoyed your walking tour of Lower Manhattan.  I went on your walking tour on 3-31-07 my tour guides name was Tony.  He was very informative and easy to understand.  I hope that you get many good comments on him. It was a very enjoyable day.  Thank you again for one of the best experiences I had while on my trip to New York. Sincerely, JG Minneapolis, Minnesota

I just wanted to tell you that we truly enjoyed having Tony as our guide. He kept the tour entertaining, informative and upbeat. He was very knowledgeable and the members and parents enjoyed him as well. Thank you for selecting Tony to be our guide and if we do this tour or any other we would like to have Tony as our guide. Darryl

Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our tour of lower Manhattan with Marty Apter on Sun., Sept. 3, 2006. His knowledge, sense of humor and obvious passion for the city of New York made this a most enjoyable and informative tour for CA folks visiting the Big Apple for the first time! Magdaleno and Deborah, Riverside CA


Hi folks,

Just a quick note to say thanks for having such a great tour guide like Marty Apter on your team. He is a true New Yorker full of life and hope.  

I took the tour this morning, Sept 1st, and had a wonderful informative tour of the lower part of Manhattan. Marty was full of wonderful information from our beginning days to the current. It was a very moving and spiritual tour more than a fun and laughing one, but that was expected given our past sad history.   

I enjoyed every moment. Keep up the good work, and I'll check with you when I plan on another visit to the Big Apple. 

Grateful to be an American, thanks, Larry O

My husband and I went on the Ground Zero tour with Tony on Saturday, July 29. We found him to be courteous, professional, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed the way he managed the group and helped us to learn how to look more like New Yorkers! We learned so much about the history and events around 9-11. We knew it was a terrible tragedy and now understand it even better. His information about related landmarks was interesting, too, like St. Paul's chapel, the Stock Exchange and the financial district. Super job, Tony. Thank you! SK Lutz FL

On Friday, July 28, my daughter, who lives in the city, and I, who live in the Midwest, took the three-hour walking tour with Tony.  When I booked the tour, I hoped that a significant portion of the tour would center on Ground Zero.  It definitely did!  The tour was exceptionally interesting and in many cases quite touching.  Tony is extremely knowledgeable and obviously has a wonderful passion for NYC.  The tour was well-paced, with a planned restroom and snack break.  I highly recommend this tour and will tell four friends who will be coming to New York next summer that this is a "must-do" on their itinerary.  Thank you to Tony and New York City Vacation Packages for an outstanding tour. SH, Bloomington IL

The tour was surely one of the most memorable parts of our trip to New York.  Daryl was the most courteous and delightful tour guide we could have hoped for. He was very respectful of our time and of our ages. (Several of us didn’t realize just how “old” we really were!)  He was so patient and considerate of our large group.  He always answered all of our many questions and he made certain that we had ample time to view each of the sites.  He supplied us with so much information that helped us to have so much more appreciation of the sites we were visiting.
As we have had time to reflect on our wonderful trip to New York, we all admit that Daryl and the Walking Tour of Ground Zero was surely one of the best highlights.  Please let Daryl know that our group of 21 women will never forget the fabulous walking tour and our fabulous guide.  We all voted that he should get a BIG raise!!!  Thank you again!  JS and ALL of Grandmary’s Girls

My family and I went on a walking tour of Ground Zero on Thursday May 25, 2006 starting at 9:00am with your tour guide "Tony" and it was an excellent tour.
Tony has a broad knowledge of NYC and Ground Zero in particular. We were very happy with the tour and count it as one of the best things we did while in NYC.


Tour taken on April 7th, 2006: The tour was fantastic and really visual to what happen on 9-11-01.  Tony was very informative and explained everything in specific detail.  Also, very knowledgeable on the city’s progress and future plans.  I found Tony to be an excellent tour guide.  I recommend that if you take this tour, ask for Tony; you won’t be sorry.  Be prepared to walk on this tour.   

Thanks Tony for showing us a very important event that occurred in our country’s history. 

Jose and Marbeliz, Maimi FL


I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the walking tour. To finally see The World Trade Center site was unbelievable.  Also, it was nice to see Wall Street and the various churches. Tony did a great job of not only showing us the various sites but explaining them with some history and humor. Before leaving New York, make sure you take this tour. You'll be glad you did.
A.A. Kenosha, WI
I went on the 9/11 tour with Martin as the tour guide this past Sunday morning (11/6) and found him to be very eloquent and knowledgeable.  If I return to New York and wish to take another tour I will request Martin, again. TM

We visited NY two weeks ago and took the lower island walking tour with Martin.
He was great—a very nice guy and quite a character to boot. We couldn't have asked for better. PB, Denver
We recently visited New York and we did lots of fun things but I would say that among the best was the walking tour that we took.
It took in most of the things that we really wanted to see including the subway system, which we were not sure we would feel safe doing alone, after the trip we felt that the subway was just as safe as our own London underground and traveled it many times after that.
We could not have had a better guide than Tony his knowledge was unlimited, he was able to answer any questions we had and he made it so much fun I will be recommending this tour to all our friends here in the UK

Absolutely terrific. A great mixture of humor, history, and trivia. It's clear from Tony's presentation that September 11 is not over yet. The effects on the people and businesses are still happening every day. Tony kept a great pace, answered questions with humor, and provided other suggestions on "must see" things in New York (as well as what to avoid!). Thanks for a great three hours. A great buy for the cost." ... Jerry R, Pottstown PA

Just a quick note to say how much my fiancée and I appreciated the knowledge and humor that Martin provided on our walking tour earlier this month. It was truly an enjoyable experience! Carrie and Ruben

Just a note to let you know how much we learned from Martin during our Historical Walking Tour in New York City. Martin was our guide on Thursday September 8th [2005]. Not only was he informative but his personality made the 3 hours go by fast. Thank you for having someone do this, that loves doing it and loves New York City! Bravo! BLR Springfield Tennessee

James Berhnhardt, Chief Concierge at the Surrey Hotel, recommends the Lower Manhattan Walking Tour. "Visiting the site is emotional," he says. "It's good to experience it with other people."

Reported in December 2003 issue of Providence Monthly:
Up early on Sunday morning, we met up with New York City guide Tony DiSante at the Edison Hotel. Tony led us on an informative three-hour walking tour of lower Manhattan that began near Battery Park and ended at City Hall Park. We walked along Wall Street and saw the famous New York Stock Exchange Building. We marveled at the Gothic Revival architecture of the century-and-a-half old Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton is buried.
On the tour I learned that terrorists once struck lower Manhattan in 1920. The feeble scars of their attack still pockmark the JP Morgan Building. But the walking tour, of course, is known much more for its stop at Ground Zero. The seven-story cavity in the earth is so immense that trucks at the bottom look like toys. A series of panels on the chain link perimeter fence depict the history of the World Trade Center towers and list every victim's name. Alex Speredelozzi, Author

We really appreciated Tony’s knowledge of the sites, his sense of history and his passion for the city.  Our two children, ages 14 and 11 enjoyed the tour just as much as their parents.  We would recommend this tour to anyone we know that plans to go to the New York area.
Steve, Audrey, Brooke, Troy  Beaverton, Oregon

Thank you Tony DiSante for an informed and fun tour of Lower Manhattan on. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will certainly consider NYCVP when we are in New York again. BB and KFP, Baltimore MD

Just wanted to pay a compliment for a job well done by Tony DiSante,. Not only did he have a great sense of humor, but he was a virtual talking library about NYC history and trivia.  The walking tour he guided us on was probably the highlight of my 2 days in New York. I will recommend your walking tour to anyone visiting NYC for the first time.
Thanks! PA, Richmond VA 12/04

I took your Lower Manhattan walking tour. I would like to say it was one of the highlights of my trip and I enjoyed it immensely.  In particular, I am hard of hearing, and I could hear you quite well, in spite of NY being noisy!! You are very knowledgeable and I also enjoyed your wit. I do plan on returning to NYC whenever I can and will surely plan further tours through your company. JC, Regina Saskatchewan

Thank you so much for the very informative tour of Lower Manhattan. Our group really enjoyed themselves. Your personality fit right into the mood of the group and we missed you on our tour of Liberty and Ellis Island. Those audio tours weren't nearly as fun as you.
I really just wanted you to know how much we appreciated your expertise and time.
KAR, Rochester MN
“…feel more American than ever. – New York Post, March 3, 2002

The Lower Manhattan Walking Tour was one of the highlights of this trip. The guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and had the best voice for a guide. Everyone could hear him. - Mary Jane, tour participant June 2002 

People around the world are coming to the WTC site every day to make a connection between their visual memories and reality. Ai Awaji, World Affairs Weekly.

My kids have talked about visiting Ground Zero countless times. It really made an impression on them. Thanks again. -- FS, Columbia MD August 2003

Hi there!  This is a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our downtown walking tour with Tony.  This was a great way to see all kinds of little spots we would have otherwise missed out on.  The subway ride was a new experience for our family. Thanks Tony for a super tour! -- DB, August 2003

back to top