New York holiday highlights

It is standard practice for resorts/hotels within the USA to charge a mandatory resort fee which is payable locally. This fee can be anywhere between 5USD to 40 USD per room per night and is not included in the cost of your Kuoni holiday.

One of the best ways to start a New York holiday is by seeing the city’s incredible sights. Head to the Empire State Building, the tallest building in New York, and its 86th-floor observation deck for outstanding views across the city. Times Square is hailed as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and is a key symbol of brilliantly hectic New York.

For a slower pace of life, explore Central Park, its gardens, lakes and zoo or enjoy a carriage ride along its paths. Be sure to do the High Line walk, a mile-and-a-half-long park trail on the west side of Manhattan with lovely urban views over the city's high-rise buildings. We'd also recommend seizing the DUMBO photo opportunity - the trendy DUMBO (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood has a spot where you can snap the Empire State Building in the distance, framed between red brick buildings and the Manhattan Bridge in the middle of the shot. Hop on the Circle Line ferry and visit the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of hope that has welcomed countless immigrants into the USA and one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks. The Museum of the City of New York is a great way to explore this amazing city in even more detail.

If you’re looking to go shopping in New York, you won’t be disappointed. Fifth Avenue specialises in high-end brands and is home to the iconic subterranean Apple Store. Head to Madison Avenue and you’ll find designer store names including Christian Laboutin, DKNY and Jimmy Choo. Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, two of New York’s best known department stores, are also nearby.

We recommend going to see a show on Broadway during your stay. The theatre district’s bright lights and endless energy are infectious, and you can enjoy anything from musicals and Disney films to comedies or dramas. Combine a show with the city’s superb dining options and you’ll have a memorable night – Little Italy and Chinatown are experts in their field, and you can enjoy a classic hot dog from one of the numerous street vendors or as a mid-game snack at the Yankee Stadium.

There are lots of iconic yellow taxis to hop into in New York, but traffic can be unpredictable and slow at the best of times, so the best way to get around is the subway. You can also take a water taxi along the Hudson River or go on the Staten Island Ferry.

New York key facts

Currency

US Dollar ($)

Flying time to destination

7¾ hours

Language

English is the official language, although many other languages are widely spoken in certain cities and communities. America has its own written US English spellings.

Passport & visas

•  Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
•  You will also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling.

Voltage & electricity

The domestic electrical supply is 110V, 60 cycles AC. Sockets are for plugs with two flat pins.

New York good to know

Tipping

Tipping is an established and accepted custom in America. For good service, waiters and taxi drivers expect 15-20%, and counter and bar staff 10-15%. Porters can expect from $3-$5 per case, while tour guides can be given the equivalent of £2-£3 per day.