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

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 December 18, 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 to Albany, you’ll tour museums featuring superior collections of fine art, plus historic homes of artists, writers, and political figures. 

Highlights Include

  • New York City: View the extensive American art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including spectacular paintings by Hudson River School artists—the ideal introduction to this cruise. You’ll also enjoy a city tour of Manhattan with a stop at the reflective pools at the World Trade Center Memorial.
  • Lower Hudson: Cruise up the Hudson to Tarrytown and Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. Take an in-depth tour of the house, featuring superb art and antiques, lush gardens and grounds, and panoramic view of the Palisades. Another highlight features a stop at the nearby Union Church of Pocantico Hills, with its exquisite windows designed by Matisse and Chagall.
  • Mid-Hudson: Tour the United States Military Academy at West Point, founded in 1802. At Storm King Art Center, an impressive outdoor sculpture park, view nearly 100 artworks by prominent modern artists. Across the Hudson is historic Hyde Park and the home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Walk through rooms filled with history, including the room where he gave his famous fireside chats, and visit the Presidential Library and visitors center. Then enjoy an afternoon of cruising the Hudson amid the brilliant fall foliage.
  • Upper Hudson: Arriving in Albany, tour the history and 19th-century art collections at the Albany Institute of History and Art, as well as the more modern art at the Empire State Plaza. Then step into the private world of Frederic Church, a founder of the Hudson River School. Tour his Moorish-style home, Olana, which offers special insight into this important painter, plus magnificent views across the river of the Catskills.  
  • Small Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard an upscale small ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. See more ship information on the Tour Details page. This voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. 

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.

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)