For a sight of the Big Apple that few can find, embark on the most unforgettable activities and excursions the city has to offer. From celebrity workouts to a private audience with Old Masters, get more out of your trip to America’s cultural capital than you could have ever imagined. Words: Annabel Harrison.
If you’re visiting a city as rich in cultural, culinary, sporting and historical experiences as New York, it’s worth planning ahead to pack as much into your stay as possible. Carrier has collaborated with American Excursionist to prepare bespoke itineraries and exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences designed to surprise, delight and challenge you.
Start as you mean to go on with a yoga class like no other. What could be more energising than a sun salutation on the top floor of the Empire State Building, soaking up the views as the sky lights up in the morning? Having let go of the baggage of everyday urban life, you’ll be physically and mentally on top of the world, and ready to strike a pose in front of the panoramic windows for an Instagram-worthy photo.
Diverse, buzzing Brooklyn is synonymous with trendy New York and the best (not to mention healthiest) way to experience and devour its hidden gems is with a truly knowledgeable local. Pedal off on a personalised tour of the borough’s epicurean and cultural highlights – even more enjoyable thanks to flat terrain – and coast along the waterfront for the best views of Manhattan’s famous skyline, refuelling with a must-try cronut or sizeable slice of pizza.
Like the sound of 5,400 seconds to admire works like Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses in meditative silence? If you’re an art lover, nothing can beat this private 90-minute tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meet your expert museum curator host at 8.30am before the doors open to the public and, with no crowds in sight, trace more than 5,000 years of human history as you admire the famous collection.
No trip to Broadway is complete without seeing a spectacular production, such as Hamilton or Harry Potter, in the world-renowned theatre district at the teeming heart of Midtown West. And at Carrier, it’s all about who you know, as we get you behind-the-scenes access to join the world-class cast of your favourite show for an exclusive dinner before you watch their performance, followed by a private meet and greet.
If you think the likes of Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow look in remarkable shape, their personal trainer can put you through your paces in an exclusive gym – there’s no need to let your regime slip while you’re away from home. Nothing beats a one-on-one, custom-built workout in terms of pushing yourself to go further and exceeding personal goals. For that extra health kick, treat yourself to a super green smoothie afterwards.