How to avoid the crush at famous tourist sites.

If you associate a ‘tour’ with getting caught up in the crowds, think again. With the right tour company you can actually avoid the crush when visiting the top sights and museums, as they can arrange exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

Take New York, for example. Some may head to Fifth Avenue for a little retail therapy, others to the attractions of Central Park. But anyone vaguely interested in art, will at some point want to visit the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMa, the city’s stunning modern art collection. This is where Ciceroni (01869 811167, www.ciceroni.co.uk) step in, reports the Daily Mail.

They are organizing a late March/early April tour next year which will include an out-of-hours early morning visit to MoMA, as well as visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The price of the trip per person, based on two adults sharing a double room is £1,995. It may seem steep but it includes return flights, five nights' accommodation with breakfast, some meals, and admission to the museums and services of guides.

So why go it alone if you’re planning a pre-Easter cultural trip to the Big Apple? Let someone else organize your stay and concentrate on enjoying, what is possibly the world’s most exciting city.

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