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: $7,840 * 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 $7,840

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


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 7 - 15, 2022 Departure
Janice Simon

Janice Simon

Janice Simon is 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.with distinction 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 the recent exhibition catalog for the National Gallery of Art, American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists; as guest curator for the Mattatuck Museum, Images of Contentment: John Frederick Kensett and the Connecticut Shore; and as essay contributor for the Georgia Museum of Art's Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge 1883-1950; Crossroads in American Impressionism at the Turn of the Century; Classical Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter; and One Hundred American Paintings.

Oct 14 - 22, 2022 Departure
Vivien Green Fryd

Vivien Green Fryd

Vivien Green Fryd, Professor Emerita in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., is the author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol, 1815-1860 (1992); Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper (2003); and Against Our Will: Sexual Trauma in American Art Since 1970 (2019). She was the Terra Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität, Berlin, fall 2012, where she began research for another book about her uncle who left Germany because of the Holocaust and became a photojournalist: Henry Ries’ Photographs of Iconic Berlin Monuments and Sites 1946-2000. She has published articles about colonial paintings, nineteenth-century American sculpture, and on a number of artists, including Benjamin West, Thomas Hart Benton, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker, She taught courses in American Art History from the colonial period to the present, Gender and Women’s Studies, and American Studies.