Our tour took us to Times Square where we had about an hour walking around on own. Then to 9-11, the Freedom Tower and Wall street, 30 minutes walking with the guide and then 30 or so on our own. Back across to the New Jersey side to catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. About 1/2 hour for the ferry ride, an hour on our own at the monument and 1/2 hour back. The rest of the time was on the bus (traffic!) looking out the windows. The guide narrated anything remotely interesting on the way and answered lots of 'what's that' questions. The tours vary with the conditions, for example they usually drive up to the UN on the way to Times but the president was speaking that day and security was impossible so they swung by central park and passed the Dakota Hotel (John Lennon) instead.
My personal aspiration was to see the Statue of Liberty and we had plenty of time to walk all the way around it and grab a burger. Another couple used the tour to scope out where stuff was and what they wanted to go back to, like the MOMA - the tour guide told them all about the trains to take and tips to avoid the crazy times.
So while I didn't feel rushed, its not a real in depth experience, but it's good for getting your feet wet. We got back to camp about 6 pm, plenty tired after the full day.
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