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Luxury voluntourism New York

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Make a difference serving meals and maintaining the dignity of guests in the Bronx, and:

- Enjoying the sumptuous luxury of the Waldorf Astoria

- Spectacular helicopter flight over the city

- Private guided sightseeing

- Dining at some of New York's finest restaurants

- Ice skating in Central Park (winter only)

- Backstage tour of RadioCity Music Hall

- Your choice of lavish Broadway Shows or concerts


Your New York Itinerary:





Day 1

Upon arrival at JFK/EWR Airport you will go to baggage claim to claim your luggage.


After collecting your luggage proceed towards the exit sign. You will be met just outside the customs/security area by your driver whom will be holding a sign bearing your name waiting to assist you with luggage and your journey into the Big Apple.


Upon arrival at the Waldorf Astoria - the original House of Astor with great historical acclaim - you will be met by your tour guide who will greet you warmly and facilitate a smooth check-in process.


Your accommodations are in the Waldorf Towers section and offer an exclusive lounge that is available to you each morning for breakfast and afternoon Tea – it is available to you each day until 4 PM


Your guide will give you a brief period to receive your luggage and get comfortable before reconvening for a two hour orientation tour where you will review the week ahead, secure required documents, tickets, metro cards etc.


Your guide will explain the New York transit system and how to use your metro card for transportation by bus or subway any time during the week when needed.  Driver contact details will be provided at this time as well.


A walk around the neighborhood to get the lay of the land and a visit to the observation deck at Top of the Rock will begin to make you feel at home in the bustling city of New York.


If you are tired and wish to visit the Top of the Rock at another time of your choosing that is fine as well.  It is an amazing gift to New York City given by John D Rockefeller with elevators lined with Swarovski crystals and vistas over Manhattan and of the Empire State Building that none can rival!


You will also be given a dinner voucher which can be used for dinner in the famous “Bull and Bear” restaurant in the hotel any evening for a reservation commencing between 5 and 6:30 PM.


The night is young to take full advantage of the city or perhaps you want to settle in early to rest before the full week of adventure ahead.  The Waldorf has several restaurants, an amazing spa and also is just a great place for people watching as well in the vast sprawling lobby.


Day 2

9 AM - After breakfast in the Towers lounge, your guide will meet you outside the 51st Street entrance of  the hotel with your driver to whisk you downtown to the heliport.  Enroute he will point out many exciting sites to whet your appetite for the week to come. Your sensational breath-taking 15 minute  “Big Apple Helicopter Flight” will put you face to face with the Statue of Liberty, see the sparkle of the Chrysler building and the perhaps green, perhaps snowy expanse of Central Park.


In winter, following the exciting ride, your car will take you back uptown to Trump – Wollman rink actually located in Central Park where you can don your ice skates and enjoy the largest outdoor rink in New York City, in the prettiest surroundings,. Hot chocolate and hot dogs are available to warm you up if needed.  Dress for this day should be casual comfortable and warm.  Bring your hats and gloves!  Avi will tend to your needs and enrich your experience with his wealth of information about this great city and your surroundings.


We round off your afternoon with a Backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall with its grand stage and acoustics and even have an opportunity to meet a real Rockette!  (pending availability at the time of booking)


3PM - You are driven back to the hotel to rest and change for dinner.  


5:30 PM – A feast to remember!  Enjoy the delights of Two Michelin starred Atera restaurant.


7:30 - 8:00 PM – You have in hand your tickets for a  Broadway show of your choice which is only a few blocks away so you can relax and be carried away for yet another adventure in a fun packed day!


Should you care to go for a night cap at Sardi’s or the like,  there are many great places, all within a few blocks.  If you wish to take a taxi to return to the hotel there are many and the short ride will not cost more than $8-$10.  Sleep well – tomorrow is a big day!


Day 3

7:00 AM - Your driver will meet you outside the 51st street entrance of the hotel and bring you to your voluntourism project site in the Bronx.


You get to provide hot, healthful fare, served to guests’ tables in a bright, airy space that feels more like a neighborhood café than a traditional soup kitchen. Meal service takes place every day from 12:30-3:30 pm in a fun, fast-paced, interactive environment. 


Play your part in feeding an average of 450 guests per day.  You are asked to do many of the tasks that you would do at a restaurant, with the exception of any cooking. Designed to resemble a café, dining room guests are greeted at the door by a hostess, seated at small tables decorated with seasonal centerpieces and tablecloths, and their meals are served by you. Working together, staff & volunteers ensure that while they are with us, our guests are provided with a dignified environment and treated with respect.  

You would do prep work from 9am to 12pm, then serve your guests from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

At 4:00 PM - Your driver will pick you up from the site to return to the hotel


This evening is free to do as you wish.  If you did not use your dinner voucher at the Bull and Bear restaurant in the hotel on the first night this would be a good night to use it.  Please have your concierge in the hotel make a reservation for you in advance.


Day 4

Your day time schedule is the same as that for Day 3.


8:00 PM (for 8:30 PM reservation) -  Your driver will pick you up outside the 51st street entrance to the hotel to take you to the renowned Petrossian, originally of Paris fame.  At the corner of 142 West 58th Street and 7th Avenue is one of the most special elegant restaurants in New York City.  Your special menu for this special occasion will delight.  (Please note a separate check for cocktails or wine will be presented)  Your driver will return you to the hotel by 11 PM


Day 5 

Your day time schedule remains the same as that for Day 3.


6:00 PM - You are driven to a Broadway show or concert of your choice.


A special dinner menu at Blue Hill has been organized for you to enjoy prior to your chosen show.


The balance of the evening is yours to enjoy on your own but you may find yourself somewhat tired and tomorrow New York city awaits!


Day 6 

9:00 AM – You are met you outside the 51st Street entrance of the hotel to take the bus to 12th Avenue and 44th Street to embark on a water taxi which will be a great opportunity to see and learn about  the city from the water as you ride down to Battery Park, and enjoy the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  You then walk along West Street to visit the 911 Memorial which is an amazing tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on that memorable day.  


Your guide will impart amazing facts and history to enrich the experience.  A light casual lunch will be enjoyed at Essex Café where all of the first responders were fed.


Your car will pick you up from this point to tour more and visit amazing new architectural and culinary additions to our great city – like Chinatown, Eataly – the creation of the Batali / Batianich family empires that is one full block of  Italian restaurants, a cooking school, delicacy and wine shops., the Hi- Line, Chelsea Market, and more returning to the hotel by 4 PM. 


Take a few hours to rest and refresh for another special evening.


6 PM - Your driver will again meet you at the 51st Street entrance to take you for yet another voyage on the Hudson – this one more elegant on World Yacht, where you will dine on an elegant menu and dance if so moved by the talented DJ, take up close pictures of the Statue of Liberty from the open deck, and see the skyline lit up in all its glory.  Boarding is from 6-7 and it sails from 7-10pm.  Your driver will return you to the Waldorf at the end.


Day 7 

This is your day of rest and leisure.


12:00 Noon -  You are booked for brunch at Brasserie 8 ½ - of Sex and the City fame (9 West 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues).  As you may want to shop before and or after your transportation to and from is on your own.  Enjoy the wonderful elegant tempting buffet!  Your beverage check is on your own other than coffee or tea and juice but you may want to try one of the famous Cosmo’s the fabulous four indulged upon!


The balance of the day is on your own to enjoy and explore this great city!


Day 8 

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel.


Checkout time is at Noon


Your car will be arranged to take you to the airport 4 hours prior to flight time with a few mementos to remind you of the amazing experiences of the week before


This will be a life changing experience.  Your contribution to this amazing city is greatly appreciated and a wonderfully kind gesture!





Feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries about this trip.   contact us

Pre-trip Buenos Aires
Tour Code:
8 Days
Activity Level:
Comfort Level:
Repairs and Renovations
Police Check:
None Needed
Guest Numbers:
2 - 12

Price from

NZ$ 10,500
GB£ 5,350
AU$ 8,650
CA$ 9,200
EUR€ 6,850
Extra charge for solo travelers:
US$ 3,780

The price is per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. We can tailor-make a trip to meet your exact requirements.
With one person booking, please contact us for the price of your trip.
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You can choose your own trip start dates. Please contact us if you would like to proceed or require any further information.
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Suggested Itinerary

We would be delighted to tailor-make this to your requirements.

Day 1 Arrive NYC, meet your driver at airport, transfer to Waldorf Astoria, orientation and Top of the Rock excursion, dinner at Bull and Bear restaurant (D)


Day 2 Helicopter flight over New York, ice skating in Central Park, backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall, dinner at Atera; Broadway show (B,D)


Day 3 Helping prepare and serve meals for struggling guests in the Bronx (B)


Day 4 Helping prepare and serve meals for struggling guests in the Bronx; dinner at Petrossian(B,D)


Day 5 Helping prepare and serve meals for struggling guests in the Bronx; dinner at Blue Hill and show (B,D)


Day 6 Water taxi ride to Battery Park, visit 9/11 memorial, culinary tour, dinner on the World Yacht on the Hudson River (B,D)


Day 7 Brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2, rest of day at leisure (B)


Day 8 Morning at leisure until your private transfer to the airport for your flight home (B)


NB: pricing is based on two people participating. If we reach four people, the price falls to $7,900 per person. If we reach six or more people, the price falls further to $7,500 per person. 


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