This four hour, guided, narrated bus tour takes you through New Jersey's Sopranoland, leaving from the Garment District in Manhattan.
You'll learn Sopranos trivia, origins of the show, and production information along the way... not to 'fuhgid aboud' mafia speak and a stop at the restaurant in the final episode!
The tour features over 40 real-life locations from the show, including:
- Take a peek inside Bada Bing's
- See Father Phil's Parish
- Sit on the steps of the diner where Chris was shot
- Visit the spot where Big Pussy spoke with the FBI
- Go on location to the high school where A.J. dumped pizza boxes into the pool
- See Pizzaland, the Muffler Man, and other sites from the opening credits
- Sit at the booth where Tony sat and eat complimentary onion rings in the restaurant where the final scene of the series was filmed
What Is Not Included?
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|michael0710||Sat, Jul 25 10:00 AM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Aesome experience. Would be better if the cast member lets you know that the souvenirs cost money rather than making you assume they are included
|marcelosilva||Sat, Jul 18 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Good tour guide, confortable bus and locations
Great day, great tour guide and great locations
|Therush33||Sat, Jul 11 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
We arrived at the bus location at 9:30 to be greeted by Vito with his soparanos memorabilia, we paid extra for the VIP seats which I highly recommend as we had a great view of the city from the front seats. Our tour guide Marc was very enthusiastic and highly knowledgable of all things sopranos related. He even did some trivia questions that kept the group entertained. The locations were just as we expected and Marc was very descriptive in his explanation of the scene. Followed up an actual clip of the scene from the show. We had more than enough time at each location to take photos and ask questions. We really enjoyed the onion rings and Holstens and the beer at the Bada Bing! Great tour and it more than lived up to our expectations.
Historic Trip Down Sopranos Memory Lane
|keatingc25||Sat, Jul 4 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
I thought the tour was excellent. It revealed what the experience of working on a large project was really like. The tour brought back a heap of old memories and made me want to re watch the entire series once again. Some of the locations shown were of real value to the trip including the pig store, the cafe where Chris was shot and heaps more.
The tour also pointed out some flaws in the series which I failed to notice the original time, so that was interesting.
My overall experience was a great one and I would recommend the tour to all Sopranos fans.
Can't praise this tour enough!
|jack_wardjw||Sat, Jun 27 10:00 AM||Male||20-29||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
I've just returned home to Ireland after spending 7 nights in New York. The highlight of my trip (of which there were many) was The Sopranos tour.
I thought the tour was absolutely fantastic. I wasn't expecting to see so many locations and filming sites from the show. Highlights included a visit to the diner outside which Chrissy gets shot by Matt Bevilacua and Sean Gismante; Richie April's social club; the Bada Bing (now called Satin Dolls); the diner in which the show's finale was filmed (with free onion rings to boot!); AJ's school; Big Pussy's body shop; the area under the bridge where Chrissy pays off the 2 black guys after the hit on Carmine is cancelled, only to have them subsequently murdered; the dock where Paulie attacks Dick Barone's son and where Chrissy suffers a mock execution. The trip from NYC to NJ, via the Lincoln Tunnel, emulating Tony's drive throughout the opening credits, is also fantastic!
Despite the multitude of locations and sites visited, the undisputed star of the show for me was the tour guide, Marc Baron. Marc actually featured in several episodes of the show and is exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about The Sopranos. Not only does he transmit this knowledge and passion, he also goes to great lengths to make the tour constantly interactive, dynamic and stimulating. Throughout the duration of the trip, Marc continually tosses out trivia questions, including questions for prizes! He also provides endless trivia nuggets of his own, the actors' back stories, 'inside stories' from his time on the show, and other witty and informative anecdotes. I also loved his laconic, off-beat delivery and laid-back, unassuming style.
Another huge bonus of taking this tour is that you get to meet Joe Gannascoli, who plays slain capo Vito Spatafore on the show. Joe is very friendly and is happy to pose for pictures. He also sells some merchandise from his car. I didn't purchase anything from Joe, but I did shell out for two pint glasses and a shot glass at the Bing towards the end of the tour!
In summary, I would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who is a fan of The Sopranos. It surpassed even my most enthusiastic expectations.
I'm really grateful to Marc for how he brought the tour to life; he did an absolutely wonderful job.
|neilchalmers||Sat, Jun 20 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Can't praise this tour enough. From photo opportunities with Vito at the start all the way to the Bada Bing, Marc Baron made this a tour of a lifetime. Insightful knowledge and trivia delivered all the way made the sopranos come alive
|cgizzi||Sat, Jun 13 10:00 AM||Female||Unspecified||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
It was a blast. Loved all the insight of what went on behind the scenes.
|tamw500||Sat, Jun 13 10:00 AM||Male||20-29||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Top class tour guide mark was fantastic top of the line real gentleman
Excellent tour for all sopranos fans
|GFlannery||Sat, Jun 13 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Local||Family With Children|
Marc Baron did an incredible job. The level of detail and information was unbelievable. The insiders insight he provided was very interesting. He makes it a great experience for any Soprano's fan.
Great tour and met one of the cast from the show!!
|likealobster||Sun, Jun 7 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
when we arrived at the coach meeting point we were greeted by our guide and introduced to Vito from the show!!
After this great start we visited a variety of major sites (holstens, bada bing etc) as well as smaller sites such as the location where Christopher was shot coming out of the diner and AJ's high school near Newark.
What made the tour for me was the knowledge of our guide (who had actually appeared as an extra on the show). His behind the scenes info and detailed knowledge of the cast and crew were what set this apart from simply driving to these locations your self.
In summary I'd wholeheartedly recommend this tour. It was the highlight of our trip!
- If the tour is sold out, is there a waiting list?
- No, On Location Tours does not keep a waiting list for our tours. Tours usually sell out, and often well in advance, so please make sure to purchase your tickets far in advance, especially if you have limited time availability.
- Is there an age limit on this tour?
- Children under 12 years old, including babies, are unfortunately not allowed on the tour, as the content of the tour and several of its stops are not suitable for young children. Additionally, tour participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. Please also keep in mind that a couple of the stops on the tour - such as the Bada Bing - do have their own age minimums, and it is up to the discretion of these establishments whom to allow in.
- Where does the tour end?
- At the end of the tour, the bus heads back to Manhattan to drop off at 40th Street and 7th Avenue, just one block north from the location where the tour began.
- Are we on the bus the whole tour?
- No. We get off the bus at a few locations along the way, giving you the opportunity to experience the locations and take pictures. Whenever you leave the bus, it is with the tour guide. The tour includes a mix of on-the-bus viewings of locations and stops to get off the bus to explore, all woven into the Sopranos story.
- What exact locations do we visit?
- The exact itinerary and route of the tour varies somewhat from tour to tour, so we can't say ahead of time exactly which locations will be visited on a specific tour. There are usually 3-4 scheduled stops on each tour, but due to weather, traffic conditions, etc, tour routes may differ from tour to tour. The Bada Bing is a location that is almost always stops on the tour. Please note that Tony's house on the TV show is not an included stop on the tour because: * The house is located an hour away from the tour route. * The house is located in a private residential neighborhood that does not allow buses.
- Is there ever a circumstance when a location is omitted from the tour?
- While it is extremely rare, we do sometimes need to skip or modify certain locations that usually are part of the tour. Since the tour is visiting real-life locations around New Jersey, the tour's itinerary can sometimes be impacted by traffic conditions, store hours, etc. On Location Tours assumes no liability or responsibility for: traffic conditions, access to sites, or other conditions beyond its control.
- Are food and drink included on the tour? Can I bring my own?
- No food or drinks are served on the tour besides maybe a light snack, but you can feel free to bring something of your own if it is neat and you're sure to remove all garbage from the bus at the end of the tour. Alcohol is completely prohibited on the bus.
- Can I bring beer, wine, etc on the bus?
- No, it is against New York State law and New Jersey State law to consume alcohol on a bus.
- Can I buy Sopranos merchandise on the tour?
- Yes. You have the opportunity to purchase Sopranos merchandise at one of the scheduled stops on the tour.
- I heard I get to meet one of the actors from the show on the tour. Is this true?
- While the actor who plays Vito often makes appearances on the tour, this is subject to his availability. Due to his hectic and often unpredictable filming schedule, we never know until the day of the tour whether he will be able to make it. Cross your fingers!
- Are the tours conducted in English only?
- Yes, the Sopranos Tour is only conducted in English at this time. Since so much of the tour is visual, however, visitors from countries such as Japan, Germany, France, Spain and many others have enjoyed the tour just the same!
- What type of bus is used?
- The tour is conducted on a closed coach bus. It is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.
- Is there assigned seating on the bus?
- Priority seating offers guaranteed assigned seating. Otherwise, seating is first come, first serve. If you have a number of people in your party that want to sit together, you should make sure to arrive 15-20 minutes early. Guests that arrive late or right at the starting time are much more likely to have to split up their group.
- Is there a bathroom on the bus?
- Almost all of the buses used on the Sopranos Tour have bathrooms.
- Are the buses handicapped accessible?
- Yes, but you need to contact On Location Tours directly before booking your tickets to arrange a wheelchair accessible bus, if needed. To do this, please click “Contact OnLocation” to the left of the page. With a minimum of 48 hours in writing, we are able to provide a handicap accessible bus. We make our best efforts to accommodate requests with less than 48 hours notice. The wheelchair lifts can accommodate up to approximately 600 pounds total; manual wheelchairs are recommended for this reason. Most buses are equipped with on-board restrooms. Buses are not equipped with lap or shoulder belts or harnesses. However, If you will be using a fold-up wheelchair and will be traveling with someone who can provide assistance on and off the bus, you do not need to inform us ahead of time as all of our buses have room in the luggage compartment to store it.
- Are cameras allowed on the tour?
- Yes. While photography and filming are not allowed on the bus portion of the tour, there are some great spots for taking photos and video at our numerous stops along the way.
- Can I take luggage on the tour?
- The Sopranos Tour is conducted on a coach bus, so limited storage space is available. Please keep in mind that there will be several stops of up to 15-20 minutes each where we will be leaving the bus. If you are not comfortable leaving your belongings on the bus during this time, you might want to reconsider bringing them.
- Do we meet anyone famous at the tour?
- At times, but very rarely, “Vito” (played by Joe Gannascoli) will make an appearance at the tour. He is normally not present at the tour because he is either doing acting work or autograph shows.
- Are gift certificates available for the tour?
- Yes, gift certificates are available for all On Location tours and make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this activity, please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- How is my gift certificate delivered? Can I print it out now and give it to the recipient myself?
- Yes, you can! When you purchase your gift certificate online, you will be presented immediately with your gift certificate so that you can print it out and deliver it. If you buy it over the phone, a link to your gift certificate will be emailed to you as soon as your purchase is completed.
- What if I want the gift certificate emailed to the recipient instead?
- That's no problem, either! When you purchase your gift certificate, just select the option to have the certificate emailed directly to the recipient and provide their email address. You'll even be able to decide whether you want the email sent immediately or if you'd prefer to schedule it to be emailed on a future date. (For instance, if you want to buy it today so you don't forget, but you don't want it emailed to the recipient until their special day!)
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, private tours are available. Most groups, however, decide to attend the public tour for two reasons. First, it is usually significantly less expensive. Second, part of the fun of the tour is interacting with all the other Sopranos buffs that take the public tour. If you are interested in booking a private tour, contact On Location Tours by clicking “Contact OnLocation” to the left of the page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Children under 12 are not allowed on the Sopranos tour.
- Children under 12 years old are not allowed on the tour, as the content of the tour and several of its stops are not suitable for young children. Tour participants under the age of 17 must accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age.
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