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.

Starting at: $7,640 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Autumn colors of New York's Central Park, with the Hudson River in the distance  Main hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credit: Neal Fitzsimmons  <i>View on the Catskill</i> by Thomas Cole. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art  <i>View from Mount Holyoke</i> by Thomas Cole. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art  Music room at Kykuit. Credit: Mick Hales  Tapestries by Picasso on view at Kykuit. Credit: Mick Hales  The rose garden at Kykuit. Credit: Bryan Haeffele  Kykuit Mansion. Credit: Mick Hales  Union Church of Pocantico Hills. Credit: Jaime Martorano  The Franklin Delano Roosevelt historic home at Hyde Park  Franklin Roosevelt's private library at Hyde Park  The Hudson River in autumn  The central hall of Olana, Frederic Church's historic home. Credit: Andy Wainwright  Olana amid the Hudson River landscape. Credit: Steve Cohn Photography/Olana

Art Along the Hudson

A Fall Foliage River Cruise Round-trip from New York City

9 days from $7,640

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was beyond my wildest dreams. Perfect in every way. 

- Elizabeth T.

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. 

- Leslie W.

I loved the tour so much that 3 days after we returned home I signed up my husband and myself for another trip. 

- Ann B.

One of the most interesting and beautiful trips I have ever taken. 

- David G.

The trip included history, natural beauty, art, and architecture! Plus we got meet some amazing fellow travelers. For all these reasons, we truly loved the experience.

- Ann K.

Art Along the Hudson is a core trip in the Smithsonian Journeys repertory. Jason LaFountain brings not only a detailed survey of the Hudson River School painters but elegantly weaves contemporary thought and artists into his lectures and commentary. The trip was a mini-masterclass in art history and criticism. If you thought you knew the Hudson River valley, think again. This trip will reset your sights on the treasures just outside New York.

- Claire D.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza

New York City, United States

The Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza, is located along 44th Street in Midtown East, within a short walk to the United Nations Plaza and the shops and restaurants of Second Avenue and further on Midtown. The hotel commands dramatic views overlooking the United Nations Plaza and the East River. Enjoy overnight accommodations in your spacious guest room that features fine appointments and modern amenities. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. There is a  fitness center and a cafe featuring light snacks or relax with drinks and dinner in the full service Ambassador Grill located on the lobby level.  

Number of nights: 1

Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: River cruise that pulls into a pier for disembarkation via gangway. Morning and afternoon excursions off ship via motor coach or guided walks from pier. Moderate pace. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks and extensive walking at museums and historic homes.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
River Cruising

Guidance on water levels and itinerary modifications

Your ship is designed with state-of-the-art flexibility in navigating rivers. On rare occasions, river cruising is subject to challenges due to unannounced river lock maintenance and/or weather-related increases or decreases in river depth. Extreme conditions may render a portion of a river itinerary unnavigable.

Should your river cruise be affected: 

  • You will receive a revised schedule outlining any changes prior to your departure either by regular mail or email. 
  • Any additional transportation, hotel accommodations, meals or special events, as a result, changes to the published itinerary will not increase the price of your trip. 
  • All ports of call and trip highlights contained in your original itinerary will be included in your revised schedule.  Under these extreme circumstances, additional motor coach travel, ship changes and/or hotel nights may be required to ensure participants experience the trip safely and as advertised.
Ship

American Constitution

The state-of-the-art American Constitution, launched in 2018, has a capacity for just 175 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the coastal waterways of the American East Coast. In the casual and relaxed atmosphere on board, guests will find spacious staterooms with ensuite baths featuring custom toiletries and most with private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes. There are two lounges, as well as observation decks, a sun deck with loungers and a putting green. There is a comfortable dining room serving all meals and a festive cocktail hour each evening.

American Constitution

The state-of-the-art American Constitution, launched in 2018, has a capacity for just 175 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the coastal waterways of the American East Coast. In the casual and relaxed atmosphere on board, guests will find spacious staterooms with ensuite baths featuring custom toiletries and most with private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes. There are two lounges, as well as observation decks, a sun deck with loungers and a putting green. There is a comfortable dining room serving all meals and a festive cocktail hour each evening.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was beyond my wildest dreams. Perfect in every way. 

- Elizabeth T.

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. 

- Leslie W.

I loved the tour so much that 3 days after we returned home I signed up my husband and myself for another trip. 

- Ann B.

One of the most interesting and beautiful trips I have ever taken. 

- David G.

The trip included history, natural beauty, art, and architecture! Plus we got meet some amazing fellow travelers. For all these reasons, we truly loved the experience.

- Ann K.

Art Along the Hudson is a core trip in the Smithsonian Journeys repertory. Jason LaFountain brings not only a detailed survey of the Hudson River School painters but elegantly weaves contemporary thought and artists into his lectures and commentary. The trip was a mini-masterclass in art history and criticism. If you thought you knew the Hudson River valley, think again. This trip will reset your sights on the treasures just outside New York.

- Claire D.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Hudson River Panorama: A Passage Through Time (Albany Institute of History and Art)
By: Tammis K. Groft, W. Douglas McCombs, Ruth Greene-McNally
The majestic power and rich history of the Hudson River are on unparalleled display in this beautifully illustrated volume. Hudson River Panorama: A Passage through Time commemorates Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river that bears his name, and tells the remarkable story of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped this magnificent region. Featuring an essay by renowned historian John R. Stilgoe and hundreds of artworks, artifacts, interactive displays, and rare archival documents from the Albany Institute's renowned collections, Hudson River Panorama explore the influential force that the Hudson has had on our region, including settlement, agricultural cultivation, industrial growth, tourism, and the cultural prominence of the region's talented and creative artists, writers, architects, and landscape gardeners. Five major themes connect the many agricultural, industrial, and cultural influences of this historic waterway: ° Community and Settlement °Natural History and Environment °Transportation °Trade, Commerce, and Industry °Culture and Symbol Hudson River Panorama promises a stimulating and enjoyable look at one of America's great rivers and the people and history it helped to shape.
Moon Hudson Valley & the Catskills (Travel Guide)
By: Goth Itoi, Nikki
The Hudson: A History
By: Tom Lewis
Flowing through a valley of sublime scenery, the Hudson River uniquely connects America’s past with its present and future. This book traces the course of the river through four centuries, recounting the stories of explorers and traders, artists and writers, entrepreneurs and industrialists, ecologists and preservationists—those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who have helped shape it. Their compelling narratives attest to the Hudson River’s distinctive place in American history and the American imagination.Among those who have figured in the history of the Hudson are Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Astors and the Vanderbilts, and Thomas Cole of the Hudson River school. Their stories appear here, alongside those of such less famous individuals as the surveyor who found the source of the Hudson and the engineer who tried to build a hydroelectric plant at Storm King Mountain. Inviting us to view the river from a wider perspective than ever before, this entertaining and enlightening book is worthy of its grand subject. 
The Hudson: America's River
By: Frances Dunwell

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Fodor's New York 25 Best 2021 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Landscape Gardens on the Hudson, A History
By: Robert M. Toole
Landscape Gardens on the Hudson is a new look at the 19th-century American golden age of grand designs and great estates, and features the designed historic landscapes of New York's Hudson River Valley including Hyde Park (Vanderbilt), Sunnyside, Olana, Clermont, Lyndhurst, Montgomery Place, Locust Grove, Wilderstein, Springside, Idlewild, Blithewood, Millbrook, Kenwood, The Point, Philipse Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, and The Pastures (Schuyler Mansion). The Hudson Valley's role in the mid-1800s as the birthplace of American landscape architecture is explored through the romantically designed grounds of the valley's historic estates and the works of the father of American landscape design, Hudson Valley native Andrew Jackson Downing. Downing was a Hudson Valley native and America's leading landscape gardener in the antebellum years. His protégé, Calvert Vaux, coined the term landscape architect and later teamed with Frederick Olmsted on the design of Central Park (1858), a triumph of romantic landscape design and the inspiration for nearly every American public park created in the subsequent 150 years. Landscape gardening is a hidden but unequaled historic resource along the Hudson River, exhibiting some of the most significant designed 19th-century landscapes in America. Landscape Gardens on the Hudson is the first comprehensive study of the development of these landscapes and the important role they played in the cultural underpinnings of the young United States a legacy that continues today with the design of America's urban parks and nearly every rural or suburban home. The text is illustrated with over 140 period and contemporary images, including plans, photographs, bird's-eye views, paintings and engravings, many in color.
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
By: Russell Shorto
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By: Stephen E. Ambrose
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The Rockefeller Family Home: Kykuit
By: Ann Rockefeller Roberts
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