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: $6,890 * 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 $6,890

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.

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SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person when you book by August 14, 2020!

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 

Overview

Experience the blazing fall colors of the Hudson River Valley, often the subject of paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jasper Cropsey, during this popular and unique cruise. From New York City, you’ll tour museums featuring superior collections of fine art, plus historic homes of artists, writers, and political figures. See the vast American art collections at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Albany Institute of History and Art, and Kykuit, the palatial home and art collection of the Rockefeller family. You’ll also enjoy private tours of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s home, the Presidential Library and Museum, Val-Kil, Eleanor’s stone cottage, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Highlights Include

  • New York City: View the extensive American art collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Lower Hudson: Enjoy private tours of the Union Church of Pocantico Hills; and Kykuit, the palatial estate of the Rockefeller family, featuring a superb art collection and garden.
  • Mid-Hudson: Walkthrough historic Hyde Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home, as well as the Presidential Library and visitors center. Visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • Upper Hudson: See the Hudson River School collection at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Step inside Olana, Frederic Church’s Moorish-style home, which offers special insight into this important painter.

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.

2020 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart Gateway Cities for New York City

Depart from your gateway city for one of New York’s metro area airports. Upon arrival, transfer to the deluxe Grand Hyatt New York. Take time to relax or start exploring The Big Apple. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and briefing at the hotel. (R)

Day 2 - New York / Embark Ship

A full buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel. Begin exploring with a visit to the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See works including Thomas Cole’s masterpiece, The Ox Bow, and Sanford Robinson Gifford’s A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove). Following your visit to the Met, embark the ship and enjoy the delicious lunch served onboard. This afternoon, an expert guide, and native New Yorker, will introduce the Big Apple during a panoramic motor coach tour of its major attractions. Learn about the city’s history and current-day concerns during this revealing excursion. In early evening, the ship sails for West Point with splendid fall colors in the background. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - West Point / Catskills

At West Point, visit the United States Military Academy, founded in 1802. Highlights include 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 there as a cadet. The tour concludes with a stroll through Trophy Point, a famous scenic overlook. In the early afternoon, the ship will sail for Catskill. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Catskill / Albany

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 distant Taconic Hills. Depart Catskill and enjoy magnificent views of the fall colors along the river. Join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner for drinks and conversation. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Albany

The Albany Institute of History and Art, is dedicated to showcasing the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. During your visit, marvel at its impressive Hudson River School collection. Next, visit the Empire State Plaza Art Collection featuring works from 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist, Color Field paintings and sculpture, which are on display in public areas throughout the Plaza. The balance of the day is free for independent activities.

Day 6 - Albany / Kingston

Travel to Hyde Park to tour the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Walkthrough rooms filled with history, including the room from which he gave his famous fireside radio chats. Continue to explore his Presidential Library, Museum, and the new Henry A. Wallace Visitors Center that exhibits memorabilia of Roosevelt’s childhood and later life. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kingston / Poughkeepsie

Today’s excursion takes you to the Storm King Art Center, the world’s leading open-air sculpture museum. Ride a tram through the park and stop at designated points, where you’ll marvel at the sculpture showcased throughout the grounds. In the afternoon, marvel at the spectacular palisades of the Hudson River Valley ablaze with fall foliage. Prior to dinner, join fellow shipmates in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner for drinks and camaraderie. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Poughkeepsie / Sleepy Hollow / New York

Your day begins with a private visit to the Union Church of Pocantico Hills to view the famous stained-glass windows created by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Visit Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. At this 40-room Colonial Revival Mansion, you can view the family’s superb collection of art, antiques, and lovely sculpture-filled gardens. Return to the ship for dinner as you cruise to New York. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner onboard the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - New York City

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2021 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart Gateway Cities for New York City

Depart from your gateway city for one of New York’s metro area airports. Upon arrival, transfer to the deluxe Grand Hyatt New York. Take time to relax or start exploring The Big Apple. This evening, enjoy an exclusive Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and briefing at the hotel. (R)

Day 2 - New York / Embark Ship

A full buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel. Begin with a visit to the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See works including Thomas Cole’s masterpiece, The Ox-Bow, and Sanford Robinson Gifford’s A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove). Following your visit to the Met, embark the ship and enjoy lunch served onboard. This afternoon, an expert guide will introduce you to the Big Apple during a panoramic motor coach tour of major attractions. Learn about the city’s history and current-day concerns during this revealing excursion. In the early evening, the ship sails for West Point. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - West Point / Catskills

At West Point, visit the United States Military Academy, founded in 1802. Highlights include 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 there as a cadet. The tour concludes with a stroll through Trophy Point, a famous scenic overlook. In the early afternoon, the ship will sail for Catskill. Gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Traveler Corner for drinks and lively conversation.  (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Catskill / Albany

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 distant Taconic Hills. Depart Catskill and enjoy magnificent views of the fall colors along the river. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Albany

The Albany Institute of History and Art, is dedicated to showcasing the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. During your visit, marvel at its impressive Hudson River School collection. Next, visit the Empire State Plaza Art Collection featuring works from 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist, Color Field paintings and sculptures, which are on display in public areas throughout the Plaza. Join fellow travelers and Smithsonian Expert this evening for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Albany / Kingston

This morning, enjoy cruising on the Hudson sparkling with fall colors. Your afternoon excursion takes you to the Storm King Art Center, the world’s leading open-air sculpture museum. Ride a tram through the park and stop at designated points, where you’ll marvel at the sculpture showcased throughout the grounds. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Kingston / Poughkeepsie

Today, travel to Hyde Park to visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great homes of America. Filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family, the neo-Georgian house, Springwood, was where the president was born in 1882. Enjoy a guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum. Prior to dinner, join Smithsonian Journeys shipmates in the Travelers Corner for drinks and camaraderie. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Poughkeepsie / Sleepy Hollow / New York

Your day begins with a visit to Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. At this 40-room Colonial Revival Mansion, you can view the family’s superb collection of art, antiques, and lovely sculpture-filled gardens. Afterward, continue to the Union Church of Pocantico Hills to see the famous stained-glass windows created by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Return to the ship for dinner as you cruise to New York. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner onboard the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - New York City

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)