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.

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SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person when you book by June 18, 2021!

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

  • Mid-Hudson: Visit 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. 
  • 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 from the Hudson River Skywalk. 
  • Lower Hudson: Visit the U.S. Military Academy at West point and cruise 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 stained-glass windows designed by Matisse and Chagall. 
  • New York City: View the extensive American art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including spectacular paintings by Hudson River School artists. 
  • 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.

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 Millennium Hilton 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)

*Please note: We have changed our New York City hotel accommodations from The Grand Hyatt New York to the Millennium Hilton New York

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)

2022 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 upscale Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza. 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 breakfast will be served at the hotel. The morning will be free of planned activities so you can explore on your own. Later, transfer to the American Constitution where lunch will be served. In early afternoon, the ship will depart New York City. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 — Hyde Park

This morning, depart the ship and visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Led by a local guide, explore the grounds and exterior of the neo-Georgian house which was the birthplace of the president in 1882. Along the way, visit the Presidential Library and Museum which preserve the history of one of America’s greatest families through audio-visual exhibits and rarely seen artifacts. This afternoon customize your experience with a choice of one of the following excursions. 

Choice #1 – Storm King Art Center: Join an exclusive customized excursion that 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. 

Choice #2 – Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill: Visit the notable Val-Kill, the only place Eleanor Roosevelt called home. It was here that she pursued her political and social interests, wrote her My Day column and worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this guided tour, you will discover how this home became her inspiration. 

Return to the ship for drinks and dinner. (B,L,D) 

Day 4 — Hyde Park / Catskill

Exploration today begins with a visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederic Church. Church designed his home Olana and the surrounding picturesque landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains and the river that inspired a generation of artists. You’ll tour the house and stroll the grounds of what many have hailed as the Queen of the Hudson Valley estates. This afternoon, marvel at the views on a walk on a section of the Hudson River Skywalk. Stand in awe at Kaaterskill Falls, one of America’s most renowned natural attractions. After returning to the ship, join shipmates in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for drinks followed by dinner. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 — Albany

Visit the Albany Institute of History and Art, dedicated to the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley including its impressive Hudson River School collection. Next, visit the Empire State Plaza Art Collection featuring works from 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field paintings and sculpture, which are on display in public areas throughout the plaza. This evening, enjoy drinks and dinner aboard ship. (B,L,D) 

Day 6 — West Point

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. After returning to the ship, join new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for pre-dinner drinks and conversation. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — Yonkers / Sleepy Hollow

Today, depart the ship for an exclusively arranged visit to Kykuit, the palatial estate that was home to three generations of the Rockefeller family. At this 40-room Colonial Revival mansion, enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River. Here you can explore the family’s superb collection of art, antiques, and lovely sculpture-filled gardens. Continue to the Union Church of Pocantico Hills to view the famous stained-glass windows by artists Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. After lunch, you’ll have a choice of one of the following tours ashore: 

Choice #1 – Lyndhurst Estate: Motor to Tarrytown, NY and Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic revival mansions. Here, you’ll tour this remarkable estate with an expert guide and marvel at the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River. 

Choice #2 – Visit Sunnyside the much-loved home of Washington Irving, famous American author best remembered for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. 

Afterwards, return to the ship for a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 — New York City

After arrival in New York, begin exploring with a specially arranged guided visit to the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The newly redesigned galleries include 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and special emphasis will be given to the Hudson School Painters. See works including Thomas Cole’s masterpiece, The Ox Bow, and Sanford Robinson Gifford’s A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove). Transportation will be provided back to the ship where lunch served. This afternoon, follow your own path and explore Manhattan independently. Dinner will be served on board. (B,L,D) 

Day 9 — New York City

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

Itinerary Note: Due to operational and/or navigational considerations, changes in the progression of the itinerary may be necessitated. 

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