Urban Planning College Trips & Tours to New York

New York, the city that never sleeps plays host to an exciting and ever developing world of educational opportunities for your Urban Planning student tour. Famous for its skyline, New York is home to some of the first ever skyscrapers, offering those on student trips in New York access to some of the world’s most stunning architecture.

The fast-paced, vibrant city has a great choice of educational attractions including Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Broadway and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, offering students an experience they'll never forget. 

Prices start from£760pp

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accommodation Empire State Building
2 Guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan including Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Times Square & Broadway Tenement Museum Tour Broadway Show
3 Skyscraper Museum & Architecture Foundation Tour World Trade Center Design and Urban Planning Tour Explore Times Square at night
4 Last minute shopping on 5th Avenue including Macy's & Bloomingdale's Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to the UK
5 Arrive in the UK
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Morning Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accommodation
Afternoon
Evening Empire State Building
Morning Guided walking tour of Midtown Manhattan including Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Times Square & Broadway
Afternoon Tenement Museum Tour
Evening Broadway Show
Morning Skyscraper Museum & Architecture Foundation Tour
Afternoon World Trade Center Design and Urban Planning Tour
Evening Explore Times Square at night
Morning Last minute shopping on 5th Avenue including Macy's & Bloomingdale's
Afternoon Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to the UK
Evening
Morning Arrive in the UK
Afternoon
Evening

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ room only accommodation
  • Return flights & overseas airport transfers
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home
  • Services of a StudyLink Representative to provide 24-hour emergency assistance

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets
  • Services of a Local Guide

Top visits for college groups in New York

Empire State Building

Venture over a quarter of a mile skyward and observe as your group takes in the scale of the immense urban landscape which opens up before them. This is a great way for your students to gain artistic inspiration away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. A particularly popular evening visit.

Broadway Shows

See a spectacular Broadway performance - entertainment at its greatest! Choose from shows such as Wicked, Chicago and The Lion King.

Top of the Rock™

Experience the best and most complete daytime view of New York City! Bring your sketchbook with you and you’ll be spoilt for choice over what to sketch. The unparalleled views of New York’s landmarks include Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty – simply the most spectacular view in the city!

Landmark Cruise

Take in a spectacular view of Manhattan from the water, and pick out the many famous landmarks which dominate its skyline.

Walking Tour of Midtown Manhattan

Experienced in dealing with groups, our local guides will bring the history and culture of New York to life. Students will be amazed as they walk down world-famous streets such as Fifth Avenue, 42nd Street and Broadway and through Central Park and Times Square.

Walking Tour of Downtown Manhattan

Our expert guides can lead students through the neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo and along Wall Street and Battery Park to give your group an insight into Manhattan life and the history of the city.

The Statue of Liberty Cruise & Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Alongside the ultimate landmark of New York and one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy, the Ellis Island Museum is dedicated to the history of immigration and the important role this island claimed during the mass migration of humanity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A 45-minute audio tour invites students to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the new arrivals and includes artifacts, photos, interactive displays and videos including the award winning ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears’.

You will visit the island as part of a short boat cruise passing the Statue of Liberty, which was the first sight for the millions of immigrants.

9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011 in a ceremony for victims’ families. The memorial honours the 2,983 who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The memorial allows visitors to come together again in the spirit of unity and courage that emerged in the wake of 9/11. The memorial consists of two pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of more than 400 trees. The names of the victims are inscribed in bronze around the pools.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York’s premier cultural attraction is one of the world’s greatest repositories of art. Offers paintings, sculpture, furniture and all manner of precious objects from across the continents and ancient civilisations. An excellent foundation of inspiration for those interested in the work of other cultures.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

Moving onward and upward, New York’s premier showcase for what’s new in the visual arts. Showcases Cubism, Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism. Modern influences to inspire any pupil, and a 3D course with wide examples of machine art, ranging from sewing machines to ball-bearings!

Yankee Stadium Tour

This classic tour of the famous Yankee Stadium includes visits to New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, Monument Park, MasterCard, Batters Eye Café and Press Box. Why not extend your visit by staying for lunch or, during the season, catching a game too!

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Get an insider’s look at the world’s most famous arena with the ‘All Access Tour!’ Explore exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. 

Exclusive, behind-the-scenes access: 

  • Visit the spectacular new Chase Bridges, suspended high above the arena floor 
  • Step inside the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms 
  • Relive historic moments with the new ‘Garden 366’ retrospective and ‘Defining Moments’ exhibit 
  • Get VIP treatment with access to luxury suites, including the Delta Sky360 Club 
  • Plus much more for THE ultimate insider’s look!

One World Observatory

The 104 storey building stands on the World Trade Center site in Manhattan - giving amazing views of the city as well as interactive exhibitions on the building and the city. Groups will ascend to the 102nd observation floor in under 60 seconds in one of five sky pod elevators!

Macy’s Tour

Macy’s is one of the world’s largest department stores and one of the last turn-of-the-century department stores in existence. Take a tour around the shop floor and focus on merchandising, product advertising and the company’s history.

Skyscraper Museum & Architecture Foundation Tour

Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the city's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

Tenement Museum

Highlighting the experiences of poor 19th century and early 20th century immigrants from different cultures, the museum tells the stories of one tenement apartment that was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants.

Tours also available including Irish Outsiders, Meet the Residents, and Hard Times.

World Trade Center Design and Urban Planning Tour

Take a guided tour and hear about the original Lower Manhattan Plan and Zoning for the first World Trade Center area, and well as the current and future plans.


Evening activites

  • Broadway Show
  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square
  • Macys Shopping
  • Cinema
  • Ice Skating
  • Sports Fixture

Study themes

  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities and Social Change