Meet the Guru

Hello! My name is Matthew. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about GothamGuru. I grew up in a small town in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. I fell in love with NYC the first time I visited with my family when I was 12. During that trip, I became certain that NYC was where I was meant to be, and I promised myself I would return. And so, immediately after graduating from college I moved here.

the GothamGuru

As soon as my bags were unpacked, I planned the first trips for family and friends to visit at Thanksgiving. Over the next 20+ years, my knowledge of and love for New York City have grown and deepened. I have created countless trips for guests from all over with a wide variety of interests.

The initial spark for GothamGuru arose from the joy I receive in sharing New York City, my second home, with others. No matter what you’re interested in, the Big Apple has the best of everything–from art museums, Broadway, and Carnegie Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Madison Square Garden. I draw from this vast array of experiences, align them with your wants, needs, and budget; and deploy my local knowledge and expertise to build an itinerary that provides the most enjoyment for your time in NYC.

I am not only an NYC destination expert. As a fully accredited, independent travel consultant, I am licensed to plan and book your trips to any global destination. Flights, Cruises, Tours, All-inclusive Resorts, Hotels, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Groups, Dining and Sightseeing, Travel Insurance. I have the knowledge, network, and imagination to elevate your travel from good to Great to WOW.

GothamGuru was founded by a New Yorker who grew up in a small Southern town

BIG CITY WOW served with

Dreaming of The Big Apple? We’d love to share our unique perspective with you. Whether it’s your first trip to NYC or hundredth, our bespoke adventures combine iconic sites with insider access to local favorites.


We deliver value, convenience, and peace-of-mind. Our job is wish fulfillment. Our top priorities are your wants, needs, preferences, and dreams. It’s time to Wander Well!

A Quick Glance at GothamGuru's Services

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Travel Planning

Handcrafted trips to NYC or any global destination aligned with your travel preferences

Travel Planning

Travel with peace-of-mind when you let GothamGuru handle all the details. Enjoy the best prices and perks through GothamGuru’s partnerships with worldwide travel partners. Each trip is crafted to meet your budget, interests, and needs. From Cruises to Disney trips, from NYC to Nairobi!  Click to learn more!

Gotham Getaways

Small Group Guru-led Themed Trips to NYC incorporating Bucket-List Experiences


New York City boasts a wealth of iconic bucket-list experiences: New Years Eve in Times Square, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway Theatre, Yankees baseball, and more. GothamGetaways are small group trips led in-person by the GothamGuru and themed around these only-in-NYC must-see experiences. Click to learn more!

GoGotham! Tours

Walking Tours created and guided by GothamGuru let you explore NYC as a local

GoGotham! Tours

Join one of GothamGuru’s well researched and entertaining tours that combine NYC culture and history, famous sites and attractions, local lore and legends, seasonal and holiday celebrations. Or, GothamGuru will create a custom tour just for you and your travel partners based on the neighborhoods, topics, and sites of your choice. Click to learn more!

Travel Portfolios

Exclusive Year-Round VIP Travel Management

Travel Portfolios

Let’s create your bucket-list fantasy trips, annual family vacations, weekend getaways for the next 12 months and beyond. GothamGuru prepares and shares advice on every trip in your portfolio so that you have sufficient time to plan and budget to visit each destination during its peak season. Limited availability for individuals and families. Click to learn more!

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Yes, I think to myself, It's a Wonderful World

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