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: $7,390 * 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 $7,390

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

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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.


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Oct 1 - 9, 2021 Departure
Janice Simon

Janice Simon

Janice Simon is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia, Lamar School of Art, where her teaching focus is on the art of the United States from colonial times through World War II. She received her M.A and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan. Professor Simon has taught a wide variety of subjects related to American art on both the undergraduate and graduate levels including American landscape painting. She has been honored with numerous teaching awards including the University of Georgia’s most prestigious distinction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship. She has contributed to many art publications and periodicals including, Crossroads in American Impressionism at the Turn of the Century, and Classical Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter. She is currently working on a book on the image of the forest interior in American art.

Oct 8 - 16, 2021 Departure
Jason LaFountain

Jason LaFountain

Jason LaFountain is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where his studies focused on American art from the 16th century to the present and early modern European art. He has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Wyeth Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Jason recently completed work on A Companion to American Art, a co-edited volume of thirty-five new essays about the study of American art in the early 21st century, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015. His writings and reviews have appeared in American Art,, Common-Place, and The New England Quarterly, and he has contributed to Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors' A New Literary History of America (2009), Andrea Feeser, Maureen Goggin, and Beth Tobin's The Materiality of Color (2012), and William Barcham and Ronit Milano's Happiness or Its Absence in Art (2013).