Hudson River Valley & New York City
8 days – Departs June 15, 2017
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Highlights:
11 Meals
Hudson River Cruise
Vanderbilt & FDR Library
Mohonk Mountain House
West Point
Sleepy Hollow
Kykuit Mansion
Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty
9/11 Memorial Museum
Broadway Show

Price Per Person:
$2592 Share Basis, Land only
$2999 Share Basis from LAX*
$999 Single Supplement 
$300 deposit per person with final balance due April 11, 2017.
*Includes airfare and air taxes.

Day 1: To Tarrytown, NY
Departing Los Angeles you will traverse the continent for an evening arrival in New York where you will spend the next four nights in Tarrytown at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown.

Day 2: Vanderbilt / FDR Presidential Library
Driving north on the east side of the Hudson River will bring you to the village of Hyde Park, where you will visit the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. The 54-room beaux arts palace was built in 1898 by Frederick Vanderbilt, grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Once called "the finest place on the Hudson between New York and Albany," the estate is nothing short of a monument to the wealth that made the Vanderbilts America's richest family in the 19th century. Less grand but perhaps more historic is another Hyde Park estate, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. FDR grew up in this Georgian colonial house, part of the family estate known as Springwood. On display: Roosevelt memorabilia and the presidential library. Nearby sits the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, known as Val-Kill, where FDR's wife lived in her later years. Dinner this evening will be at The Artist Palate and Canvas Restaurant, owned and operated by the Chef who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, one of the nation's premier cooking schools. After dinner you’ll have a view of the 1 ¼-mile “Walkway Across the Hudson River” at Poughkeepsie. (B, D)

Day 3: Hudson River Cruise
Have a relaxing breakfast and explore the historic downtown area and have lunch on your own. Then, drive north to Newburgh where you will board The River Rose for a narrated cruise with scenic views of the Hudson Highlands all the way to West Point area and return. Then, return to your hotel for Dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Sleepy Hollow / Kykuit
This morning you’ll visit Sleepy Hollow, and Philipsburg Manor, an 18th-century working farm. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place of writer Washington Irving and other notables. Next door, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow was said to be the haunt of a headless Hessian ghost—giving birth to Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After lunch on your own, you’ll visit Kykuit, the country home of several generations of Rockefellers and the crown jewel of Hudson Valley mansions. Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark for architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. (B)
Day 5: Monhonk Mountain / West Point
This morning you will visit Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian “castle” set on forested cliffs above Lake Mohonk – a resort frequented by presidents, celebrities and turn-of-the-century industrialist. Visit the beautiful gardens and have lunch before continuing to West Point to the Visitor’s Center and Museum. You’ll have a 90 minute tour of West Point including the million-dollar view and the Cadet Chapel. Continue to Secaucus, New Jersey, where you will spend the next three nights at the Embassy Suites Hotel. (B, L)

Day 6: Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty
After your “cooked to order” breakfast, motor the short distance to the New Jersey Ellis Island access Ferry that takes you to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The museum is located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex and tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people. Next, you will ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty. Your ferry ticket includes access to the outside grounds of Liberty Island that allows you to participate in guided ranger tours, audio tours, or self-guided tours. (B)

Day 7: New York City - 9/11 Memorial & Museum / Broadway Show
Today will be a “Day of Remembrance” as you visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, located at the World Trade Center Site in lower Manhattan. You’ll join a staff member on a 60-minute guided tour of the Museum, examining authentic artifacts to understand what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and the history and rebuilding of the World Trade Center, A 21st-Century Renaissance of New York. The new WTC will include: Five new skyscrapers (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 WTC), The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, 550,000 square feet of retail space and A Performing Arts Center. This afternoon take in a Matinee Performance of the Broadway Show, “Miss Saigon.” Have an early Farewell Dinner at Heartland Chophouse Time Square before returning to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Top of the Rock / Home
This morning you will tour the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Have lunch on your own before flying home late this afternoon. (B)