New York Holidays 2013/2014
New York holidays are an education in diversity. There’s the posh glamour of the Upper East Side and the bohemian chic of the West Village; Chinatown, Little Italy and Spanish Harlem; Uptown, Midtown and Downtown; SoHo, NoHo, TriBeCa, NoLIta and DUMBO; and so much more. Everywhere you turn there are different sights, sounds and smells that are unique to each neighbourhood.
Eats & drinks on your New York City Break
One of the best parts of a holiday to New York is exploring the city’s many culinary offerings. If you love food, you’ll love New York. There are thousands of restaurants, street vendors, cafes, bakeries, diners and dive joints representing every type of cooking and ethnic cuisine you can think of. Need a little direction? 21 Club is a New York institution, as is Diner, a converted dining car with a strong local following. Chat ‘n’ Chew, located just off Union Square, is a down-home eatery featuring delicious macaroni and cheese and the gigantic Holy Cow burger. Try Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street for some of the best cupcakes you’ll ever taste, or head out to one of the city’s ethnic neighbourhoods for authentic Italian, Chinese, Indian, Caribbean, French and more. In addition, don’t forget to sample some of New York’s traditional favourites like bagels, hot dogs and pizza - leave room for cheesecake, too!
Fun & Games
If you’ve ever wondered what “spoilt for choice” really means, spend a few days in New York and you’ll understand. When it comes to things to do, the city is jam packed with something for everyone. From museums and galleries to theatre and live music, great restaurants and clubs to world-class street food, stately historic landmarks to stunning modern architecture...there’s no doubt that a New York city break will keep you busy!
Check out the most famous sites, like the Empire State Building, Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, just to name a few. Obviously, you’ll want to leave plenty of time for some serious shopping at one (or more!) of New York’s famed retail landmarks: Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Canal Street, Bleecker Street, Herald Square, the Historic Orchard Street Shopping District, Union Square and the Diamond District. Catch a Broadway show or spend an afternoon browsing the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Make plans if you must, but be prepared to let the City take you where it will.
The fastest and most convenient way to get around whilst on holiday in New York is by subway. You’ll find a station around - under? - every corner, and the city’s grid layout makes navigating the subway system quite straightforward. You can also take a taxi for short trips if you know exactly where you want to go, but to get a real feel for the city, nothing beats walking!
There are 4 Virgin Atlantic flights per day to JFK, and 2 flights a day to Newark.
We offer convenient, reliable return airport transfers for just £32 per person.
Postcards from... Top ideas from our travel experts
Our Top 5 hotels
Designer Philippe Starck's surreally inspired creation, with its neon-lit escalator leading to a 40ft-high ivy-covered lobby, is one of the liveliest and coolest places in town - and the location is great.
The Westin New York at Times Square is an exhilarating achievement of art and architecture. Connected to the hotel is a 200,000sq ft multiplex, housing 13 cinema screens. As you would expect from the Big Apple's latest gem, all rooms are beautifully furnished with an excellent range of amenities. Not forgetting the luxurious Westin Heavenly bed® and heavenly it certainly is!...
This hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan with the Empire State Building close by. If shopping is more your cup of tea, Macy's is just a short walk away. Lunch might see you at Anesis Café, which offers great snacks and head-spinningly strong Manhattan-style coffees. Rooms are well equipped and the Comfort Inn's award-winning service is welcoming after a day in the Big Apple.
This huge 1924 Madison Avenue landmark is handy for all the Midtown attractions. Fuel yourself for taking them on with the excellent breakfast buffet in Teddy's Table. The friendly doormen are particularly helpful, full of local tips!
The Crowne Plaza Times Square is one of the places to stay in New York with cutting-edge design very much the order of the day! Every guest room is spacious and well-equipped with breathtaking views of Times Square, the Manhattan skyline or the Hudson River, making you eager to return to it after a busy day sightseeing.
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
Contact your resort reps before you travel!
Contact our resort reps before you even leave the UK, allowing you to ask questions, check out facts and purchase a complete range of tour and attraction tickets from the experts. For your convenience our hours of service are 6.00pm-9.00pm GMT Mon-Sat. We've planned this to coincide with the time you'll probably be getting home from work, so why not give us a call? Tel: 0844 557 3890 (UK national call rate only, we take care of the international charges). Alternatively, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Limo Transfers
Feel like a film star and guarantee that your hotel is the first and only drop-off with this fantastic private limo airport-to-hotel transfer! You'll have checked in and be exploring the avenues of Manhattan before anyone else arrives!
Prices are from £130 one way
Please Note: Limos will only fit 5 medium bags in the boot, so if the New York stores get the better of you, please consult your local rep to upgrade your limo.
Sights, Secrets and Savings!
Want to make the most of your stay in the big apple? Then come along to your Virgin Holidays' welcome briefing to get all the inside information. Want to make your dollars go that bit further? What about that all-important shopping, I hear you cry? Well, don't forget to pick up your discount cards for Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Planet Hollywood. Get your holiday off on the right foot and join us on the 3rd floor, Planet Hollywood, Times Square at 9.00am, Mon-Sun. Please Note: Many of our pre-bookable excursions require you to attend our briefings to exchange your voucher or for our staff to book your exact excursion time.
Concierge Service - exclusive to Virgin Holidays customers
This exclusive service puts you in touch with our resort reps before you even leave the UK, allowing you to ask questions, check out facts and purchase a complete range of excursion tickets from our experts on the ground.
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