New York Summer Break

New York
Summer Break

City Break - 6 days - inclusive flight, hotel and 4 activities

Summer in New York, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant energy and lively culture.

Relax under the heartwarming rays of the sun in Central Park or lounge on a chic rooftop terrace, sipping a Metropolitan cocktail. During the summer months, The Big Apple colours even more beautifully, and if you're ready to explore this sun-kissed city, join us!

With direct flights and a 5-night stay at one of Connections' top hotels, your New York adventure is just one step away. Choose from the charming Park South in Midtown, the trendy 50 Bowery in Downtown, or the family-friendly Hampton Inn in Downtown Brooklyn.

For summer 2024, we present you with two irresistible Big Apple Summer Breaks, each with its own set of exciting bonuses.

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If you are in New York for the first time, our Big Apple Summer Discovery is the perfect choice. Choose a BE NY walking tour, such as the Midtown Manhattan or the NoHo, SoHo, Little Italy & Chinatown tour, and get your bearings with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. The iconic Empire State Building is also in your package.

For those looking for a hip and trendy New York experience, the Big Apple Summer Vibes is tailor-made. Join a BE NY tour from Downtown to Brooklyn or the Meatpacking District, Chelsea & Hudson Yards to discover the latest hotspots. Enjoy breathtaking 360° views from Edge's open-air platform and relax on a relaxing 2-hour evening cruise.

For both breaks, you get a rental bike for 2 hours and the new book 'The New York Bucketlist' by Patrick van Rosendaal for free!

Experience the city's summer vibes at an unbeatable price!

Choose your hotel

Hampton Inn Downtown Brooklyn **** | from € 1539
Breakfast included

Your base is Hampton Inn Downtown Brooklyn ***, at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. The metro (a mere 600 m away) takes you to Downtown Manhattan in just a few stops.

The spacious and cosy lobby of the hotel invites you to relax with a drink and a snack after a busy day in the city. You can enjoy complimentary coffee or tea throughout the day as well as a daily hot breakfast served in the lobby including even freshly baked waffles. You reside in a standard room (21 m²) with 1 king or 2 double beds.

TRAVEL WITH 4 ADULTS FROM € 1189 PER PERSON

Belvedere ***+ | from € 1549

Belvedere is a beautiful hotel with a great location on the W48th - in the heart of the Theater District two steps away from Times Square! The ideal choice for first-time visitors to New York. For three decades, Connections customers have called this hotel home. No wonder they are many to return.

Built in the '20s, it represents the Art Deco style in all its splendour. The spacious and elegant in neutral tones offer impeccable comfort. Each room is equipped with a kitchenette with fridge and microwave. You will stay in a Deluxe room with individual airconditioning and deluxe skincare products. In the evening, head to the authentic Brazilian steakhouse Churrascaria Plataforma. In brief: there is a warm hospitality and atmosphere. It is certain your stay will not lack flavour!

Travel with 2 adults and 2 children from € 1219

Kixby **** | from € 1549

This luxury boutique hotel opened its doors in 2019 in the building that previously housed Hotel Metro. The hotel underwent a total makeover, but retained the perfect service that countless Connections guests have already enjoyed. You'll find this hotel in Herald Square, near Macy's, The Empire State Building and Times Square. You'll stay in The Garment District, ideal for fashion lovers.

The updated Lux rooms are modern in soft colors with wood floors and spacious walk-in showers with rain shower heads. Kick off (or end) your evening with a drink at the Lot 15 Bar & Cocktail Lounge or feast on genuine NY-style burgers or wings at Black Tap. Revel in the comfort of this esteemed hotel, which got even better.

Civilian **** | from € 1559

The dynamic Hell's Kitchen neighborhood welcomes CIVILIAN, close to Times Square. Colors, curtains and fun details that references the theater. You'll stay in a Cozy Queen room, perfect for couples or if your young adults prefer to sleep in their own room. On certain dates also rooms with 2 beds are available: Cozy Twin (max. 2 pers.) or Spacious Double (max. 4 pers.). Be quick! Your entire stay, your room is your cocoon in New York.

For this break, full-service housekeeping is included: every night you'll find your room refreshed with a made-up bed and shiny bathroom. In addition, you can enjoy high-speed WiFi for video streaming and a pass to wellness center TMPL.

50 Bowery **** | from € 1569

50 Bowery **** is a boutique hotel in Chinatown, yes! This hotel at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge is located at the crossroads of the oldest and now fashionable districts of Soho, Lower East Side, Tribeca and Brooklyn. The subway takes you to all corners of Manhattan or Brooklyn in a jiffy.

Old Chinatown serves as inspiration for the decor while modern touches reflect the evolution to modern Chinatown. The rooms bathe in light and have oak floors, XL-windows and original artwork reflecting the dynamic New York art scene. The literal crown on this jewel? The Crown, the hotel’s rooftop terrace lounge on the 21st floor which provides magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline.

TRAVEL WITH 4 ADULTS FROM € 1259 PER PERSON

Mint House **** | from € 1679

The comfort of home and the luxury of a hotel: you'll find that ideal combination in the spacious studios at Mint House at the foot of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. They are stylishly decorated with artful photographs and even a vinyl record player, you can borrow LPs at the front desk.

You'll enjoy the comfort of your kitchenette (Studio King) or of your full kitchen and dining space (Studio Plus and Deluxe). At City Acres, the deli at the same address, stock up on all the ingredients or ready-made meals to fill your fridge or prepare a bite to eat. There's also a coffee bar, healthy bowls at Blue Park Kitchen, rooftop dining at SAGA or the Michelin-starred restaurant Crown Shy.

 What else is there to experience? A real gym for fitness and workout, pilates, bowling, snooker, table tennis, golf simulators.... All available free of charge on a first come first serve basis.

Included activities

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Walk with a Belgian

Together with Patrick van Rosendaal and the BENY team, Connections organizes city walking tours in New York every day. Patrick is a Belgian New Yorker, trend watcher and enthusiastic guide who’ll be happy to share his passion for New York with you. We’ll treat you to an unforgettable stroll through Manhattan or Brooklyn! Choose your favourite BE NY stroll.

BE NY Tours
The Midtown Manhattan tour takes you to the main hotspots in the heart of Manhattan, ideal for a first visit (Monday + Friday). NoHo, SoHo, Little Italy and China Town uncovers hidden gems for you in Lower Manhattan (Thursday). Downtown to Brooklyn takes you from the financial heartbeat of Wall Street to Williamsburg, the trendiest district in Brooklyn (Tuesday + Saturday). The Meatpacking District, Chelsea & Hudson Yards tour takes you from the old warehouses via the High Line to the brand-new penthouses (Wednesday). Can’t decide? Book an extra tour! €65, children (aged 2-16) €33.

Empire State Building*

An iconic structure that captures the imagination, the Empire State Building has left a lasting impression, not least because of the romantic encounter between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the film "Sleepless in Seattle". But it's not just the film's story that gives this building its appeal; it also offers breathtaking views of the New York City skyline.

From the 86th floor observatory, you stand at an impressive height of 320 meters and can enjoy a 360° panorama of the city that never sleeps. The sensation of height and the incomparable views add an extra dimension to the experience, making the Empire State Building an attraction not to be missed!

* Included in the Big Apple Summer Discovery

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Evening cruise on the Hudson River*

Experience the magic of an evening cruise on the Hudson River, where you'll be enveloped by a gentle sea breeze and admire the magnificent spectacle of the illuminated skylines of Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn. This unique experience takes on its full meaning in the golden hour, when the evening sun bathes the surroundings in a warm glow.

The magic continues as you sail under the impressive BMW bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg), each with its own architectural splendor that is even more impressive at night. The return to port, in the lively Midtown district, adds an extra touch of relaxation and satisfaction to this two-hour cruise, departing daily at 7 p.m.

* Included in Big Apple Summer Vibes

Big Bus*

Big Bus double-decker buses are not only practical, but also incredibly attractive for taking your first steps in the vibrant metropolis of New York. These iconic buses will serve as your mobile orientation guide, allowing you to discover and explore the main sights effortlessly. They're the perfect introduction to the city that never sleeps, while offering the convenience of a hop-on-hop-off system.

During the journey, an expert guide tells you the funniest facts and finest anecdotes about the sights along the route, allowing you not only to see the city, but also to hear its stories. The Big Bus ticket, valid for one day on the Uptown and Downtown loops, opens the door to a day of discovery and adventure in the heart of New York.

*Included in the Big Apple Summer Discovery

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The Edge*

A visit to Edge in New York is an overwhelming experience. This observation platform is located on the 100th floor of one of the imposing skyscrapers at the new Hudson Yards district in West Manhattan. At a height of no less than 340 metres, you get breathtaking views of the iconic skyline along the Hudson River all the way to the Statue of Liberty, a 360° outdoor panorama!

The inviting glass platform adds an extra dose of excitement, literally floating you above the city. The feeling of weightlessness and the incomparable views make this trip not just a visit to an observation deck, but rather an extraordinary journey to the top of Manhattan and, in the process, to the top of your New York adventure.

*Included in Big Apple Summer Vibes

Big Apple Summer Discovery

What's included

- Direct flight from Brussels to New York with Brussels Airlines
- 23 kg luggage
- 5 nights in the chosen hotel
- Guided walk with BE NY
- Big Bus hop on hop off 1 day Uptown & Downtown
- Entrance for the Empire State Building
- Bike rental (2 hours)
- Book ‘The New York Bucketlist’ from Patrick van Rosendaal (1 per room)

Big Apple Summer Vibes

What's included

- Direct flight from Brussels to New York with Brussels Airlines
- 23 kg luggage
- 5 nights in the chosen hotel
- Guided walk with BE NY
- Night Cruise on the Hudson River (2 hours)
- Entrance ticket to the Edge
- Bike rental (2 hours)
- Book ‘The New York Bucketlist’ from Patrick van Rosendaal (1 per room)

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