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West Point, from Phillipstown painted and engraved by W.J. Bennett

Art Along the HudsonA fall foliage cruise of New York's Hudson River

Oct 17 - 25, 2014
Enjoy a cruise of the historic and cultural treasures of the Hudson River Valley
Starting at $4,170
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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, accompanied by art scholar Tammis Groft.

From New York City to Albany, you’ll visit fine Hudson Valley museums and historic homes of literary, artistic, and political figures. Highlights feature the homes and studios of artists Church, Cole, and Cropsey; 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 the Gothic Revival mansion, Lyndhurst; Samuel F.B. Morse’s home, Locust Grove; Boscobel House, with its stunning gardens and memorable views; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Your visit to Hyde Park includes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s home; the Presidential Library and Museum; and Val-Kil, Eleanor’s stone cottage.

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Itinerary
Day 1 — New York City

Individuals arrive at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception at the hotel followed by dinner on your own. (R)

Day 2 — New York City
The ideal introduction to your cruise is a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the newly reopened American Wing, featuring the spectacular Hudson School galleries. There will be time to peruse other galleries featuring the finest and most comprehensive collections of American Master paintings and sculptures in the world. This afternoon, embark your ship and enjoy lunch and an afternoon of cruising the Hudson with the splendid fall colors in the background. Tammis Groft will give the first in a series of lectures. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Yonkers
Our day begins with a private visit to Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. On 67 acres overlooking the Hudson River, Lyndhurst has an extensive collection of Victorian decorative arts. Next, visit the Union Church of Pocantico Hills to view the famous stained-glass windows by Chagall and Matisse. Following lunch, 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 we cruise to West Point. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — West Point
At West Point, visit the United States Military Academy, founded in 1802. Included is 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 here as a cadet. End the tour with a walk through Trophy Point. Following lunch aboard ship, enjoy a guided tour of Boscobel House and Gardens, located across the river. The surrounding grounds and gardens are situated on 45 acres and offer visitors memorable views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Troy & Albany
In the morning, tour 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. You'll also visit the Empire State Plaza Art Collection featuring works of 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field paintings and sculpture, which are on display in public areas throughout the Empire State Plaza. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Catskill & Kingston
Enjoy visits to two homes that once belonged to important Hudson River School artisits. A tour of Cedar Grove showcases the home and studio of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of painting. The galleries and studio contain his artwork as well as works of other Hudson River School artists. In the afternoon, 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 Taconic Hills. Depart Catskill and enjoy magnificent views of foliage along the river’s palisades. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Kingston & Poughkeepsie
Begin the day with a tour of Wilderstein Villa. Experience Wilderstein’s Victorian architecture and landscape, view the original interiors of the Suckley home and learn about the life of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley and her remarkable friendship with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. After lunch, travel to Hyde Park to tour the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Walk through rooms filled with history, including the room from which he gave his famous fireside chats. Afterwards, explore the Presidential Library, museum, and the new Henry Wallace Visitors Center, which contains exhibits about Roosevelt’s childhood, the war, and his presidency. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Poughkeepsie & New York
Spend the morning on a tour of Locust Grove, the 150-acre estate of Samuel F.B. Morse. This historic site includes an Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis containing extensive collections of American and European decorative arts. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Hudson River to New York City, an ideal time to discuss and reminisce over the many spectacular art works and historic homes that you've seen during the week. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — New York City
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)