New York: Behind the Scenes of the Big Apple

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This luxury getaway to the Big Apple provides even the most seasoned traveller who has visited the city many times an exclusive and rare entrée behind the scenes of cuisine, theater, art and local culture in arguably the greatest metropolis on earth. Start with the ultra-hip Refinery Hotel as your home base – both tucked away and seconds from the center of everything.


Day 1
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Welcome to the City that is said to never sleep! Upon your arrival, you will be transferred by private sedan to the Refinery Hotel, your home base for the evening. The Refinery is a new boutique 5 star hotel, tucked away on a side Street but adjacent to both Bryant Park and Times Square. You will have some time to change before you have a welcome dinner at the flagship restaurant of a Bravo TV’s Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle, including an exclusive tour of the kitchen by the Chef himself. Following dinner, you will return to Refinery to get a good night’s sleep for your day ahead.

Accommodation: Refinery Hotel

Day 2
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Upon waking, you will make your way to Brooklyn for a half-day culinary and cultural immersion into the burgeoning Brooklyn borough of New York, by way of bicycle! Your ride will be punctuated by tasting stations beginning with Brooklyn’s finest wholesale and retail baked goods to be enjoyed on the expanses of a waterfront park with sweeping views of Manhattan. Stop in for a pie (pizza, that is), which will be cooked in front of your very eyes by the shop owner, especially for you. Your tour will then transition from the urbanite Brooklyn into the more traditional Brooklyn, the Hasidic neighborhood of South Williamsburg. The transitional periods and cultural intermingling of avant-garde meets old school will be a recurring theme throughout your experience. Continue on your way to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, where you will encounter yet another fundamental element of the development of Brooklyn, as a Naval Base. The arresting views of Manhattan will be enhanced by your experience at one of the most recent explosions in urban living, a rooftop soil garden (the world’s largest!) where you will learn about the techniques, challenges, and community benefits of urban gardening.  The next stop is a large-scale coffee roasting facility to discover what gives New Yorkers so much energy. Witness and learn the entire process from bean to cup, with various samples along the way. Refreshed from a cup of New York’s finest, you will travel under the Manhattan Bridge into the DUMBO neighborhood where you will embark on a ferry back to Williamsburg. Conclude your tour decadently, with a rewarding visit to a local Chocolate maker to view and delight in cocoa beans being roasted and processed. Your evening is free.

Accommodation: Refinery Hotel

Day 3
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The day’s focus is on New York’s inside art world beginning with an exclusive tour where you will be given access and audience with the personalities and talent that comprise the Chelsea Arts Scene. Your introduction to the up and coming artists, gallerists, and curators who create spectacles, works of art, and experiences will give you unparalleled access into this oft off limits world. The highlight is meeting a top, established New York artist in their studio. 

The afternoon is yours to explore or rest before your evening of Broadway behind-the-scenes. Attending a long running Broadway hit is a delight in itself, however your experience will take you a step beyond with a private discussion and drink with a Broadway cast member at Sardi’s, the famed Broadway hangout. Before the curtain calls, there will be time to enjoy a cocktail or light bite and as best seats in the house can be arranged (tickets not included). Concluding the show or encore, you will again be escorted to the stage door and receive an all-access backstage tour. Before the show, after, the show, and during the show, you will have access and a unique understanding of the intricacies of the staging, nuances of the acting, and appreciation for the final production.

Accommodation: Refinery Hotel

Day 4
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Today is at your leisure to relax, explore the rest of the city on your own or perhaps to enjoy a little shopping.

Accommodation: Refinery Hotel

Day 5
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Depending on your departure flight time, a local neighborhood immersion experience can be arranged, whether a soulful tour of Harlem, a glimpse into chaotic, but charming Chinatown, or a bohemian day in Greenwich Village. Each area of New York has its’ own fabric that are woven into this vital and rich city that make it one of the most unique destinations in the world. Upon departure, you may feel exhausted and exhilarated simultaneously, which means you have experienced the New York Minute!

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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