Your Dream New York Itinerary For An Amazing VIP Experience

You know when you get to revisit somewhere and you fall in love all over again?

Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to take part in an amazing VIP trip to  New York City, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

We have been to NYC a few times in the past.  Usually day-trips or a quick 2-day stay, but this time we were presented with a dream 4-day New York itinerary.

It was so amazing, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The best part is that this trip is actually available to everyone, and at prices that rival the cost of staying home!  More on tapping into those secrets later …

Keep It Simple

When looking for a great New York itinerary, be sure not to over-commit yourself.

You know those trips you get home from and feel like you need a vacation from your vacation?  We’ve all done it!  Trying to pack as much as possible into each day.  Afraid we’ll “miss out” on something.

As tempting as it is, try not to schedule more than 2 or 3 key events into any single day.  Not only will this leave you feeling more relaxed, but it leaves you open to take advantage of opportunities that come you way … many that you’d otherwise need to say no to.

We went into this NYC trip knowing that we had 2 big events that were ticketed, but we have a lot of flexibility built around those events to add our own plans.

Itinerary At A Glance

Here’s what was planned in advance for our amazing VIP experience of NYC:

Friday

  • Picked up from the airport and transferred to Le Parker Meridien
  • Evening VIP welcome receiption

Saturday

  • Lunch cruise around the Statue of Liberty

Sunday

  • Broadway tickets to Les Misérables evening show

Monday

  • Transferred to the airport for our flight home

As you can see, we had plenty of time to add in some of our own activities.  Though it was very tempting to fill in those spare hours, we actually decided not to plan anything.  Instead we made a quick list of a few things we would like to add in, but wanted to play the trip completely based on what came up.

What a fantastic decision that turned out to be!

New York Itinerary: Day 1

We arrived in New York City along with the rain and wind, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits.

After checking in we took a quick tour of our home for the next 3 nights: the gorgeous Le Parker Meridien Hotel.

This place is stunning!  If you get the chance, I’d highly recommend you stay here (especially when the entire trip ends up costing about the same a 1 regular night at this place!).

Located 2 blocks from the south entrance to Central Park, it’s also walking distance to many NYC main attractions.

Once the weather cleared and we headed out to explore the surrounding neighbourhood, ending up at the picturesque Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

After a quick bite to eat at the amazing Num Pang Sandwich Shop, we headed back to the hotel for our VIP champagne reception from the breathtaking hotel rooftop.

We wrapped up the evening by exploring Times Square.  It’s always fun to visit this ever-changing landmark, and this was no exception.  As we were taking pictures and enjoying ourselves, we met a new friend who happened to work at Germany Haus of the United Nations.  Hitting it off, we made plans to meet up Sunday afternoon for a quick lunch tour!

This was the first of our impromptu adventures made possible by keeping our schedules flexible.

New York Itinerary: Day 2

Following a leisurely morning we arrived in our hotel lobby to board the tour buses and make our way to Chelsea Pier.  Driving down the west side of Manhattan we found some great views of the city … but this was only a teaser for what was in store for us.

After 2 hour of amazing NYC views, gourmet food, and even a dance-party, we found ourselves back at Chelsea Pier faced with a decision to make.  We could either board the buses back to our hotel, or spend the day touring a part of New York we hadn’t visited before.

Opting for the later (of course!), we strolled through Chelsea where we found the High Line (an elevated railway converted into a pedestrian park), the Meatpacking District (every shutterbug’s dream), and some amazing desserts (vegan and non-vegan delights).

As normally happens with us, we arrived back at our hotel well after most people have eaten dinner and many places have closed.  Maybe we like the challenge!

This evening we couldn’t have found a better place … in fact, it was so good we returned the following evening!  Next time you’re in NYC be sure to stop in at Tanner Smith’s.  We haven’t stopped raving about the amazing food, drinks, and live music!

New York Itinerary: Day 3

Our third day in NYC found us immersing ourselves in city-life as we wondered through the streets as we made our way to Germany House at the UN.  After a quick overview of the building we had a great visit with our new friends while looking out over awesome views of the East River and Lower Manhattan.

After a quick bite to eat we were transported to Broadway to see Les Misérables.  For me this was always one of those “one day” performances.  It had played in Toronto and I had missed it.  I had always heard great things, but just hadn’t gotten around to going to see it.

Boy did we pick the right production to see!  The talent on that stage was incredible.  I just happened that some of the performers were ones who were on the official recordings for the show.  I could go on, but suffice it to say we were absolutely blown away.

New York Itinerary: Day 4

For our last day in New York City we decided to take advantage of the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool.  We were a pair of just a handful of people in the pool area, taking in the breathtaking views through the surrounding glass walls.  Central Park to the north, city views to the west, east and south.  We were enjoying this decision before even jumping in the pool!

We decided to spend our final afternoon in NYC having a picnic in Central Park.  We picked up some amazing sandwiches at fresh&co and made our way into the park.

It immediately amazed us how we felt a world away from the hustle and bustle of of the city by taking a few steps into the park.  We found a great bench overlooking one of the ponds and enjoyed relaxing in the afternoon sun.  It was so amazing that we actually lost track of time and had to rush to make the airport in time for our flight home … but it was totally worth it!

Did you catch earlier in this post when I mentioned that the cost of this entire trip rivaled what it costs us to stay home for a weekend?  Is your interest peaked??

In total, this New York Itinerary ended up costing slightly more than most people pay for a 1-night stay at Le Parker Meridien.

Seriously!

Isn’t it time you stopped comparing retailer to retailer to come up with the “best price” and just started paying wholesale for your travel?

I’ve gone ahead and reserved YOUR FREEDOM LIFESTYLE.  All you need to do now is check-in!

Have you visited New York City lately?

Were there any hidden gems you’d recommend?  Maybe an attraction that was even better than anticipated?

I’d love to hear what you were able to discover in the comments below!

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