What services does OpenCity offer?
Open City is a NYC based tourist service agency. We offer Personalized Service and Custom Solutions. We can take care of you from the moment you arrive in NYC to the moment you take off for your next destination: airport transfers, personalized city tours, escort services and transport options for you to travel in and around NYC, time management, show and excursion bookings and whatever other special needs you have. Whether you are coming for a vacation or a study group, a conference or on business, call us, we will make your trip a great one.
ABOUT OUR TOURS
How are our tours different?
OpenCity Tours offers the opportunity to create your own tour! Your personal guide to New York City’s art and architecture, history and culture, food and fun! All tours are personalized according to your interests and needs. See NYC with a different perspective!
Why walking tours?
Walking tours are our thing, because if you really want to see NY, do it on foot! NYC is one of the easiest cities to navigate on foot, and there's certainly no shortage of interesting sights around every corner—from awesome street art and graffiti in NYC to the top haunted places in NYC and the most beautiful NYC buildings. Whether you're a New York native or a first-time tourist, see a part of the city you've never seen before with the best walking tours NYC has to offer. At OpenCity we offer walking tours that cover most of New York City and we are adding more tours all the time. We have many different styles of walking tours, from city tours to history, architectural and food tours for whatever curbs your interest. We often make use of public transportation to move around, whether it is the subway, bus or boats. Your guide is always standing right next to you and interacting with the group. He/she not only gives you great information but is available to answer all your questions, whether about the history or where to get the best cocktails. This is a unique intimate personal experience. It’s like having a friend show you around!
Do you offer only walking tours?
Based on your ideas, we can design a Special Tour for you, your friends and family, or your group. City Tours using taxi, boat and public transportation can be tailored to your needs to any part of the city. But if you are looking for a more relaxed cruise across the city we can arrange service with a SUV or minivan (depending on the size of your group).
What happens if it's bad weather?
We are happy to guide a tour in any weather. One of the benefits of a private tour is that you can request that we pause in a coffee shop to warm up or cool off. However if weather conditions are dangerous, we will recommend rescheduling.
What does it mean that tours are "customizable"?
You can express a preference for the theme or route of your tour. If you let us know in advance that there are particular places you want to make sure you see or if you’d like the tour to have a certain emphasis, we can alter the itinerary accordingly. In general, without special requests, we mix different elements together, focusing on many diverse time periods and subjects.
What's the best tour for younger children?
Any tour can be made very child friendly, but consider Central Park or our Food Tour.
What tour is best for field trips or student group?
All History tours: the New Amsterdam Tour, 9/11 Memorial, the Underground Tour and the Liberty Tour with a visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum are all suited for schools and youth groups excursions. We are happy to adapt any tour to your age level and curricular needs. Check our website for new tours.
What's the best tour for someone in the city for the first time?
The City Tour is designed for you. But, if you want a shorter tour, consider Lower Manhattan, which traces the history of the city from its origins to the present, while seeing Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, and other famous sites.
What's the best tour for someone who already knows a lot about the city?
We have history tours and architecture tours, art, music tours and food tours, you’ll learn new things on every tour, even when visiting your own neighborhood.
Should I tell other how I liked the tour?
Yes, let us know how we did! We thrive on word of mouth. Share your tour experience in your favorite social media channel, or even better, gives us a rave review on TripAdvisor. We hope it was an enjoyable experience and to see you again soon!
LOGISTICS: WHERE, WHEN, HOW, WHAT!
Where do the tours meet?
We can pick you up in any place you wish, (but that’s all time taken from the tour!) or we can meet at a specified meeting point. Each tour has a different departure/meeting place. We specify the exact meeting place when we confirm a tour booking. Meeting sites and subway directions for tours can also be found with the tour descriptions. All tours begin at or near subway stations. Most tours do not conclude where they began. We will provide directions to subways, local sites, or back to the meeting point at the end of the tour.
How will I recognize the guide?
Finding your OpenCity guide is easy, we carry notebooks with maps and photographs with OpenCity’s logo on it. We will be at the designated meeting location as specified in each tours description.
What times do tours start?
Ususally tours start at 9:00 in the morning or 2:00 in the afternoon, but as they are private tours they can start as earlier in the morning, or later in the evening, based on your preference. Almost all tours work best in the daylight. From May through September, feel free to consider as late as a 4:00 or 5:00 PM start for any 2/3 hour tour; it will definitely still be light for the duration.
Where will the tour end?
Most tours do not end at the place where they start. Be sure to let us know either in advance or at the beginning of the tour if you would like the tour to end where it started, at a certain restaurant, etc. Of course, we are always happy to direct you to the subway or a taxi at the end of a tour.
Time and distance?
Most tours last from approximately two to three hours and walk between one and three miles. We maintain a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour. Most tours will be conducted outdoors (except for museum visits and subway tours) so please dress appropriately. No matter the length of the tours walking will be at a leisurely pace with frequent stops. The guide will meet you at a specified address; directions and travel advice are provided when you reserve your tour.
Are children allowed on your tours?
Children of all ages are welcome to join our tours. Please note that some streets and sidewalks are narrow and may be difficult to navigate with a stroller. Some tours, however, may not be suited for small children. Refer to the tours page for a detailed description.
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs! Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome on our outdoor walking tours. Dogs are not allowed inside any food establishments on the Food/Beer Tours.
Is smoking allowed?
Since tours are private we leave it up to you, however remember that smoking is now illegal in New York City Parks and on city owned property.
We can stop for bathroom breaks during our tours whenever the need arises. Most of our tours begin near public bathrooms or restaurants in which there are bathrooms. Consider NYC is not the best city around when it comes to public bathrooms!
How far in advance do I need to book?
You can book as far in advance as you like. You are welcome to contact us as late as the “day-of”, sometimes we will have same day or next day availability and sometimes we won’t, but it never hurts to ask. We will try to accommodate any last minute requests, however availability is not guaranteed.
When will I back from you about my tour inquiry?
Most emails are responded to within half a day, if 48 hours have gone by and you haven’t heard from us, feel free to email again, in case your email has gotten lost in cyberspace. If it’s urgent, give us a call.
Is there a penalty for canceling or rescheduling a tour?
Our tours are usually refundable if canceling with 7 days notice. See details at the CANCELLATION POLICY.
How do I know that my tour is confirmed?
After making a reservation and payment we send a confirmation mail with all the details regarding your tour. If you know when and where you are meeting your guide, then your tour is confirmed.
Can you match me up with another group?
Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to do this. We offer each tour only as a personal tour for the client making the booking, and whomever he or she wishes to bring.
How large a group can you accomodate?
We have set a limit of 8 persons per group, This group size means you have more exclusive experiences and do more sightseeing. Your guide is always standing right next to you and interacting with the group. He/she not only gives you great information but is available to answer all your questions, whether about the history or where to get the best cocktails. This is a unique intimate personal experience. It’s like having a friend show you around! But if you have a larger group or a school class, we will be glad to accomadate you. Call us for rates.
What are the costs of a tour?
All prices, with the exception of food/beer tours which are per person, are per tour for a group of 8 people maximum. For larger groups contact us for rates and availability. Discounts are available for student groups and parties larger than 12 people (please see individual tour descriptions).
How do I pay?
You can pay through paypal or with a money transfer when you book the tour. We are happy to invoice in advance, and/or to provide a receipt upon payment—just let us know what you require.
Is it okay to tip your tour guide?
Tipping is always optional. But if you have a great time and want to thank your tour guide, gratuities are very much appreciated.
What is not included in the tour?
Museum tours do not include entrance fees. Transportation fees during the tours are not included. Refer to the tours page for a detailed description.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All purchases made through this website, or over the phone through customer service, are subject to the following Terms & Conditions. In any and all bookings, the person making the booking shall be deemed to have accepted these conditions on behalf of the guest(s) named in the booking. No variation to these Terms & Conditions shall be of any effect unless made in writing by and with the authority of the company.
OpenCity is able to accept the following payment methods: Money transfers, check and PayPal payments. The company requires full payment in advance of tour/service in order to secure your reservation. Upon release of payment and guarantee of booking, all guests submit 100% compliance to the following Terms & Conditions Policy. Should any doubt or dispute with said Terms & Conditions arise before booking, guests are requested to contact the company before confirming a booking.
Tours listed on this site are displayed and priced in local currency, unless otherwise noted on the page. All bookings are processed in $ (US Dollars), unless otherwise requested by a guest on page.
DELAYS ON PRIVATE TOURS / PRIVATE TRANSFER SERVICES
Upon booking of a service you will receive a confirmation email that details meeting location and specific meeting time. Guests are asked to arrive to the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Give yourself ample time to reach meeting points. If you or your travel companions are running late or need assistance in finding the meeting point, please call us at the number provided in your confirmation email, and we will do our best to assist you, however it is your ultimate responsibility to reach a meeting point on time.
Cancelling a booking with OpenCity can result in cancellation fees being applied. Any cancellation must be communicated via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will the refund the entire fee already paid with the exception of a fixed penalty fee, as follows:
• Cancellations received greater than 7 days prior to tour commencement are fully refundable.
• Cancellations received between one week and 48 hours before departure are 50% refundable
• Cancellations are not refundable if canceled within 48 hours of departure of the tour.
A booking is considered successfully canceled or amended only after company sends successful notification via email and cancellation fees are assessed.
OpenCity acts only as agent for the various suppliers that provide transportation, sightseeing, guiding, accompaniment, escort, activities, or other services connected with any booked tours. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. OpenCity and its respective employees neither own nor operate any person or entity which is to, or does, provide goods or services for these trips, tours and forms of transportation, and, as a result, do not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, and assume no liability for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage, or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of (1) sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes (2) any wrongful, negligent, willful, or unauthorized acts, defect, omissions or default on the part of any of the tour suppliers, or other employees or agents in performing these services, (3) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, instrument owned, operated or otherwise by any of these suppliers, or (4) any wrongful, willful, or negligent act or omissions on any part of any other party not under the direct supervision, control or ownership of OpenCity. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. OpenCity is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours or trips arranged by OpenCity. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
If a site, attraction, or visit on your schedule tour service/itinerary is closed due to force majeure, including strikes or other unforeseen closures, OpenCity will do its best to contact guests soon as possible, and offer a suitable substitution, reschedule a different service, or provide a refund, pending availability and at full company discretion.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
We collect information from you when you place an order or fill out a form.
WHAT DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION FOR?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
• To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
• To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
• To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
• To send you information and updates pertaining to your order.
Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
DO WE DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION TO OUTSIDE PARTIES?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.
CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT COMPLIANCE
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
In consideration of the risk of injury while participating in tour guide (the "Activity"), and as consideration for the right to participate in the Activity, I hereby, for myself; my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or personal representatives, knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in the Activity, and do hereby release and forever discharge OpenCity, located at 203 Hamilton Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10301, their affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, staff volunteers, heirs, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological injury, including but not limited to illness, paralysis, death, damages, economical or emotional loss, that I may suffer as a direct result of my participation in the aforementioned Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.
I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ACTIVITY AND I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY ENTIRELY AT MY OWN RISK I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVELING TO AND FROM AS WELL AS PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISABILITY (INCLUDING PARALYSIS), ECONOMIC OR EMOTIONAL LOSS, AND DEATH. I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE INJURIES OR OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM MY OWN OR OTHERS' NEGLIGENCE, CONDITIONS RELATED TO TRAVEL, OR THE CONDITION OF THE ACTIVITY LOCATION(S). NONETHELESS, I ASSUME ALL RELATED RISKS, BOTH KNOWN OR UNKNOWN TO ME, OF MY PARTICIPATION DI THIS ACTIVITY, INCLUDING TRAVEL TO, FROM AND DURING THIS ACTIVITY.
I acknowledge that OpenCity and their directors, officers, volunteers, representatives and agents are not responsible for errors, omissions, acts or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity on behalf of OpenCity.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS ACTIVITY MAY INVOLVE A TEST OF A PERSON'S PHYSICAL AND MENTAL LIMITS AND MAY CARRY WITH IT THE POTENTIAL FOR DEATH, SERIOUS INJURY, AND PROPERTY LOSS. The risks may include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, lack of hydration, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic and actions of others, including but not limited to, participants, volunteers, spectators, coaches, event officials and event monitors, and/or producers of the event.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS "WAIVER AND RELEASE" AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY. I EXPRESSLY AGREE TO RELEASE AND DISCHARGE OpenCity AND ALL OF ITS AFFILIATES, MANAGERS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, ATTORNEYS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, HEIRS, REPRESENTATIVES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION AND I AGREE TO VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP OR WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING A LEGAL ACTION AGAINST OpenCity FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
In the event that I should require medical care or treatment, I agree to be financially responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such treatment. I am aware and understand that I should carry my own health insurance.
In the event that any damage to equipment or facilities occurs as a result of my or my family's willful actions, neglect or recklessness, I acknowledge and agree to be held liable for any and all costs associated with any actions of neglect or recklessness.
This Agreement was entered into at arm's-length, without duress or coercion, and is to be interpreted as an agreement between two parties of equal bargaining strength. Both the Participant and OpenCity agree that this Agreement is clear and unambiguous as to its terms, and that no other evidence will be used or admitted to alter or explain the terms of this Agreement, but that it will be interpreted based on the language in accordance with the purposes for which it is entered into.
In the event that any provision contained within this Release of Liability shall be deemed to be severable or invalid, or if any term, condition, phrase or portion of this agreement shall be determined to be unlawful or otherwise unenforceable, the remainder of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect, so long as the clause severed does not affect the intent of the parties. If a court should find that any provision of this agreement to be invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting said provision it would become valid and enforceable, then said provision shall be deemed to be written, construed and enforced as so limited.
I, THE PARTICIPANT, AFFIRM THAT I AM OF THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OR OLDER, AND THAT I AM FREELY APPROVING THIS AGREEMENT. I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, THAT I FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT AND THAT THIS RELEASE CANNOT BE MODIFIED ORALLY. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT AND THAT I AM SIGNING IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.
PARENT / GUARDIAN WAIVER FOR MINORS
In the event that the participant is under the age of consent (18 years of age), then this release must be approved by a parent or guardian, as follows:
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I AM THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF THE MINOR PARTICIPATING TO THIS TOUR, AND DO HEREBY GIVE MY CONSENT WITHOUT RESERVATION TO THE FOREGOING ON BEHALF OF THIS INDIVIDUAL.