Straddle fiction and reality as you visit famous sites from both the big and small screen.
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Gossip Girl Tour
Hop on the Gossip Girl Sites Tour to explore great locations from one of America’s most popular television dramas, Gossip Girl, based on the book series written by Cecily Von Ziegesar.
Check out the New York City spots where hot young actors like Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf), Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass), and Chace Crawford (Nate Archibald) take on the roles of young socialites living in Manhattan. Venture into Gossip Girl’s elite society on this fun guided bus tour!
Explore sites from the show in the Upper East Side and Midtown Manhattan. Walk in the footsteps of Serena, Blair, and the whole cast of Gossip Girl, all from the comfort of a coach bus with AC in the summer and heat in the winter.
What Will You See On This Tour?
- Hold court at the Met Steps while you stop for a photo op.
- Get spotted at Constance Billard & St. Jude’s schools.
- Pass the Vera Wang boutique where Blair tried on her wedding gown.
- Stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar where Dan helped Vanessa shop for Nate.
- Visit The Empire Hotel, site of Chuck Bass’ newest home and business.
- Go on location at Henri Bendel where Blair and Serena shop.
- Visit Grand Central Terminal where Serena returned to NYC in the first episode.
- 51st St. and Madison Ave. (exact location given upon purchase)
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
TOUR STOPS & DETAILS
The Gossip Girl Sites Tour explores one of New York City’s most exclusive neighborhoods, The Upper East Side. You’ll feel as if Gossip Girl is talking to you personally when she says “Hello, Upper East Siders!” as you become an expert on the lifestyles of Manhattan’s elite and experience a day in the life of a young socialite. On this unique NYC sightseeing tour, you’ll visit sites from the show and have exclusive access to special discounts throughout the city.
First, you’ll see the courtyard of the luxurious New York Palace Hotel, fictitiously owned by Bass Industries, where Chuck Bass and his “adopted” family, the van der Woodsens, would wake up every morning to a fully catered breakfast from the Palace’s unparalleled service professionals.
The Palace is also the location of many a Gossip Girl intrigue. Gilt, the fine dining restaurant on the ground floor of The Palace, where the Bass brunch took place and the site of the first reunion of Serena and Blair after Serena’s mysterious disappearance, and where Chuck tried to win Serena’s affection with a special-ordered grilled cheese sandwich with truffle oil.
Your journey through New York City takes you up Madison Avenue towards the Constance Billard School for Girls and the St. Jude School for Boys, where your favorite characters attended school. You’ll recognize The Synod of Bishops Russian Church and the Museum of the City of New York as the exteriors of your favorite private schools.
Pass St. James’ Church, the site of Prince Louis and Blair’s wedding and the super swanky shops on Madison Avenue, like Missoni, where Jenny found the perfect dress for her sweet sixteen and Vera Wang where Blair was given her custom-made wedding gown.
The tour then continues down Fifth Avenue towards Blair Waldorf’s apartment building and some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Nearby is the inspiration behind the fictitious Constance Billard School for Girls, The Nightingale-Bamford School — an elite Upper East Side school for girls, where Cecily von Ziegesar, the author of the Gossip Girl books, attended.
You’ll see Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, located in the former Andrew Carnegie Mansion, the site of the Bass/van der Woodsen wedding in the dramatic Season 1 finale. Further down “Museum Mile” you’ll stop for a photo-op at the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the steps of which many a Queen B lunch crew sat. In real life, these steps are often frequented by the girls from the Marymount School, another elite Upper East Side school for girls.
After exploring Fifth Avenue, the Gossip Girl tour will take you past Hunter College on Park Avenue where the crew took the SATs and Dan found out Serena had somebody else take her test for her.
Next, you’ll pass Dylan’s Candy Bar, which features over 5,000 different types of sweets and gifts. Dylan’s is where Dan helped Vanessa pick out candy for her anniversary with Nate.
Ride past a variety of locations including The Pierre Hotel where Serena and Blair took dance lessons, The Sherry Netherland Hotel where Georgina stayed when she came back into town, Grand Army Plaza where Serena and Colin shared a cab home from Columbia and The Oak Room where Blair tells Chuck she has to break up with the prince.
A Gossip Girl tour wouldn’t be complete without a view of Central Park, so we continue west in Midtown past Central Park South. Central Park provides scenery for many Gossip Girl moments including where Blair and Chuck get married in the final episode.
Your guide will then lead the bus past Lincoln Center where the Gossip Girl gang attended the opening of the New York City Ballet’s Winter Season. Then you’ll hop off the bus at The Empire Hotel, the site of Chuck’s home and business venture and many dramatic show moments.
Dress the part of your favorite Gossip Girl at Henri Bendel where Serena and Blair frequent. Take in the glitz and glamour of other nearby stores including Bergdorf Goodman where Raina met Nate in Season 4, Harry Winston where Chuck bought Blair’s engagement ring in Season 3, Cartier where Serena catches Blair spying on Chuck purchasing a watch for Eva and Saks Fifth Avenue where Lily takes Jenny shopping for shoes.
Continue down Fifth Avenue, past the Empire State Building, where Chuck attempts to “Affair to Remember” Blair (which Blair coined as a verb) in the Season 3 finale. Blair gets caught up in the excitement of Dorota’s new baby and is too late in meeting Chuck.
End your tour where it all began; Grand Central Station. Take a peek inside this beautiful New York City landmark, where the very first scene in the first episode of Gossip Girl takes place when Serena returns to New York City after her mysterious disappearance from “Boarding School” and where Lonely Boy sees the love his life Serena before she has any clue who he is.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes. The tour travels through much of Manhattan while highlighting the specific Gossip Girl locations that are the tour’s main focus. As a result, families and friends often find this tour an ideal way to tour the city. While the tour does not visit such Manhattan landmarks as the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building, you will be visiting neighborhoods such as Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Fifth Avenue.
Children under 9 years old, including babies, are unfortunately not allowed on the tour, as the content of the tour is not suitable for young children. Additionally, any person under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a person at least 15 years of age or older at all times.
Yes, the Gossip Girl Sites 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!