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Wednesdays in Harlem gospel tour

Raise your hands and lift your voices for this inspirational Harlem gospel tour. As the centre of the African-American experience in New York, soulful Harlem has a fascinating story to tell at every turn. HIGHLIGHTS:

* Get to know the fascinating history of Harlem

* Lose yourself in the mesmerising a capella voices of the ARC Gospel Choir

* See Harlem’s most famous landmarks, such as Apollo Theater

Rising from the ashes of crime and poverty with its powerful faith and strong community spirit, there’s something about Harlem that melts even the hardest hearts. This tour will take you past some of Harlem's most famous landmarks, such as the Apollo Theater, where Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald began their ascent to superstardom. As one of the earliest venues to welcome black patrons, the Apollo’s old show billings read like a roll call of the greatest in African-American talent. We’ll call by the world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the world’s leading information resource for people of African descent. Then stroll by the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, a long-standing community space for political, cultural and religious activities in the area. Explore the affluent side of Harlem at Striver's Row and Sugar Hill. Many strived for the ‘sweet life’ to be had in these spacious homes, which housed some of the most prominent black Harlemites. Next, lose yourself in the mesmerising a capella voices of the ARC Gospel Choir. ARC stands for Addicts Rehabilitation Center, the oldest drug-free treatment program centre in New York State and a beacon of hope for the community. The choir will sing songs of praise and share their experiences in a passionate and moving expression of hope. If you wish, you can then round off your experience and join us for an authentic soul food lunch. Raise your hands and lift your voices for this inspirational Harlem gospel tour. As the centre of the African-American experience in New York, soulful Harlem has a fascinating story to tell at every turn. Rising from the ashes of crime and poverty with its powerful faith and strong community spirit, there’s something about Harlem that melts even the hardest hearts. This tour will take Meeting/pick-up point: 690 Eighth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets. Duration: Tour with lunch takes 5 and a half hours, tour with no lunch takes 4 hours. Start/opening time: Wednesdays only, 9am. Languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Others: * Please note modest dress is required for the church service. No shorts or tank tops will be accepted. * Lunch is African American cuisine with dishes such as spicy ribs, fried fish and chicken, freshly baked corn bread, collard greens, black eye peas, okra, and macaroni and cheese. * Wheelchair accessible with assistance. With advance notice, wheelchair users can be seated in the front row of the tour bus with their wheelchairs folded away in the luggage compartment. Customers with special needs must be accompanied. A maximum of one person using a wheelchair can be accommodated per bus. For wheelchair accessbility, please contact supplier at least 2 weeks in advance. *Free for under-5s not occupying a seat. *Please exchange your vouchers for tickets at least 24 hours prior to tour. If you arrive in NYC the night before, you will be able to exchange their vouchers on the day of the tour 30 minutes prior to the tour departure.