Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
New York

Study Literature & Film in New York City


Based on the 1958 Truman Capote novella of the same name, the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has charmed audiences since its debut. Between exploring iconic sites from the book and movie, you can make an impact by helping out at local food pantries, soup kitchens, and food rescue organizations.

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You’ll begin your exploration of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by arriving in NYC. After getting checked in and settled at your hotel, you’ll have some free time to explore the city and check out a few iconic landmarks, including Rockefeller Center and Times Square. After dinner, get a good night’s sleep, because your “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” adventure starts early in the morning.

Today you’ll wake up bright and early to start your day by serving breakfast at a homeless shelter. You’ll help out by serving food, washing dishes, and helping with cleanup duty after the breakfast has ended.

When your shift ends, it’s off to pick up your breakfast of a pastry and coffee and walk to 5th Avenue, and the famous Tiffany & Co. jewelry store at 5th Avenue and 57th Street. Just like Holly Golightly, you can window shop and gaze at the sparkling baubles – or even step inside to see more. From Tiffany’s, head south on 5th Avenue toward the New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwartzman Building) at 5th Ave and 42nd St. Fans of the film will recognize the Beaux Arts-style building as the place where Holly urges Paul Verjak (aka Fred) to sign a copy of his book. You’ll have a guided tour of the library and learn more about the architecture and exhibits of this landmark building.

In the afternoon, hop on a coach bus for a three-hour guided tour of famous NYC movie sites, including several from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Central Park is a true urban oasis, and a can’t miss for any visitor to the city. Today you’ll spend most of the day exploring this world-famous park and spots from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” You’ll begin at the south end of Central Park, and head north along the Mall and Literary Walk. Stop along the way to read some of the plaques honoring famous writers, and to explore the wares from vendors. Stop at the Central Park Zoo to check out some exotic animals, and watch the sea lions perform tricks near feeding time.

From the Zoo, continue north to Bethesda Terrace, another recognizable landmark from movies and TV, and Conservatory Water. Conservatory Water was one of the filming locations for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; try your hand at one of the remote-controlled sailboats that appeared in the film. After your sailing adventure, grab a bite to eat at the nearby café and then make your way north to the Naumburg Bandshell, another “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” filming location. It was here that Paul encountered Doc Barnes, Holly’s estranged husband. You’ll then finish your day with a concert at the bandshell, or just relaxing in the park.

Today you’ll spend the morning helping out at New York City food pantry, a day that might include helping to sort and stock food and getting packages ready to distribute. After your shift ends, it’s off to the Upper East Side and back into the world of Holly Golightly. The first stop will be at 169 East 71st Street. This building was used for the exterior shots of Holly’s apartment in the movie, but remains a private residence today. From there, you’ll head back to 5th Avenue and “Museum Mile.” This stretch of 5th Avenue is home to more than a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spend the afternoon exploring priceless works of art from around the world.

No trip to New York City would be complete without shopping, and today’s adventures will bring you to some of the best shopping spots in the city. Your guides will take you to some of the city’s best vintage and thrift shops so you can pull together your best Holly Golightly-esque looks, in many cases while helping out worthwhile charities.

Once you’ve shopped until you drop, you’ll have time for dinner and some rest before heading out to help collect unused food from restaurants to deliver to homeless shelters. Instead of letting food go to waste, many eateries have agreed to participate in these nightly collections, which help provide meals for the homeless.

You might be most familiar with the big screen version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but the novella included more New York landmarks that didn’t make it into the film. Today is devoted to Truman Capote’s New York, then, and begins with a brunch at the Plaza, where Capote hosted is famous Black & White Ball in the 1960s. After brunch, you’ll meet a guide for a horseback ride through Central Park; in the book, Holly owned a horse, and a pivotal scene involves riding horses in the park. After your trail ride, it’s time to head to Brooklyn, where you will see the home at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights where Capote finished writing the novella.

We’ve saved the best for last on your “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” New York adventure: actually eating breakfast at Tiffany’s. Before departing for home, you’ll enjoy breakfast at the Blue Box Café located inside the Tiffany & Co. store. After breakfast, you’ll head back to the airport and home, with a taste for all aspects of NYC.

Relive the glamour and whimsy of a classic film with this responsible travel itinerary in New York City, which includes some of the most iconic filming locations as well as spots that inspired both the novella and film. From an actual breakfast at Tiffany’s to visits to some of New York’s most famous landmarks, you’ll get a taste of the best of New York while also working to help end food insecurity among some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

This trip to New York is the ideal combination of sightseeing and giving back, and is ideal for anyone who loves “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Explore this exciting city with us and enjoy some of the best it has to offer.


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