Art Along the Hudson
Cruise from New York City to Albany to visit museums and historic homes of literary, artistic, and political figures and experience the blazing fall colors of the Hudson River Valley.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
This trip was beyond my wildest dreams. Perfect in every way.”
Should you wish to capture the indescribable beauty of the Hudson River Valley and view the lyrical interpretation of it by some of America's most revered artists while learning from excellent scholars, on a relaxing river cruise, this is the tour for you.”
I loved the tour so much that 3 days after we returned home I signed up my husband and myself for another trip.”
One of the most interesting and beautiful trips I have ever taken.”
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Experience the blazing fall colors of the Hudson River Valley, the subject of paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jasper Cropsey, during this popular and unique cruise accompanied by art historian Jason LaFountain. From New York City to Albany, you’ll visit fine Hudson Valley museums and historic homes of literary, artistic, and political figures. Highlights feature the homes and studios of artists Cole, Church, and Cropsey; the important American art collections at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Albany Institute of History & Art; and Kykuit, the palatial home and art collection of the Rockefeller family. You’ll also enjoy tours of the Gothic Revival mansion, Lyndhurst; Fredric Church’s Moorish-style home, Olana; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Your visit to Hyde Park includes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s home, the Presidential Library and Museum, plus you’ll visit to the Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center on the picturesque campus of Vassar College, featuring a fine collection of Hudson River School paintings and more!
Day 1 — New York City
Individuals arrive at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception at the hotel followed by dinner on your own. (R)
Day 2 — New York City
The ideal introduction to your cruise is a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the newly reopened American Wing, featuring the spectacular Hudson River School galleries. There will be time to peruse other galleries featuring one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of American paintings and sculptures in the world. This afternoon, embark your ship and enjoy lunch and an afternoon of cruising the Hudson with the splendid fall colors in the background. (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Yonkers
Our day begins with a private visit to Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. On 67 acres overlooking the Hudson River, Lyndhurst has an extensive collection of Victorian decorative arts. Next, stop at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills to view the famous stained-glass windows by Chagall and Matisse. Following lunch, visit Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. At this 40-room Colonial Revival mansion, you will see the family’s superb collection of art, antiques, and lovely sculpture-filled gardens. Return to the ship for dinner as we cruise to West Point. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — West Point & Hyde Park
At West Point, visit the United States Military Academy, founded in 1802. Included is a visit to the imposing Cadet Chapel, a superb example of Military Gothic architecture with its beautiful stained-glass windows and the world’s largest church organ. Learn about James McNeill Whistler’s time spent here as a cadet. End the tour with a walk through Trophy Point. Following lunch aboard ship, travel to Hyde Park to tour the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Walk through the historic home, including the room from which he gave his famous fireside chats. Afterwards, explore the Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the new Henry Wallace Visitors Center, which contains exhibits on Roosevelt’s childhood, the war, and his presidency. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Poughkeepsie
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center on the campus of Vassar College. Tour the galleries of the Hudson River School painters. In the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular palisades of the Hudson River Valley sparkling with fall colors as we cruise to Troy. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Troy & Albany
Visit the Albany Institute of History & Art, dedicated to the history, art, and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley, including its remarkable Dutch colonial and Hudson River School collections. Next visit the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, featuring an amazing group of mid-20th-century abstract paintings and sculptures, on display in public areas throughout the Empire State Plaza. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Catskill & Kingston
Today, tour Frederic Church’s Moorish-style castle, Olana, often called the most beautiful artist’s home in America. Built high on a hill, Olana offers magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River, and the Taconic Hills. Depart Catskill and enjoy magnificent views of foliage along the river. In the afternoon, stop at Wilderstein, a stunning Victorian mansion and the former home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, a cousin and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt. Miss Suckley traveled extensively with FDR during his presidency. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — New York City
A morning cruise along the Hudson River will bring you back to New York City. After lunch onboard, enjoy a narrated tour of the city. This evening, return to the ship for a festive farewell dinner onboard the American Star. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — New York City
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)