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Presidents, inventors, industrialists, & artists

A Hudson River itinerary you'll love!

There’s just something about the northeastern U.S. that’s completely captivating! Today I’m highlighting a cruise along the Hudson River Valley. You’ll see the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshire Hills, stopping at the incredible Vanderbilt Mansion and also  the Franklin D. Roosevelt home, where he hosted Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth. Tour the West Point Military Academy and the town of Sleepy Hollow, which was made famous by the Legend of Sleepy Hollow story, written by Washington Irving. And of course, you wouldn’t want to miss New York City!

This fabulous itinerary includes is on a river cruise, where your meals are all included, and you’ll be staying in super comfortable accommodations. Each day you’ll disembark in a new town or city and get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and sightseeing.


Day 1: New York City - The City That Never Sleeps

Start your adventure in the electrifying New York City! Before setting sail, breathe in the vibrant atmosphere of Broadway, lose yourself in the maze of stunning museums, and maybe even snag a selfie at Radio City Music Hall. As the skyline fades into the distance, toast to the journey ahead with a Welcome Aboard Reception, complete with cocktails and enchanting entertainment.

Day 2: Catskill, New York - An Artist's Reverie

Welcome to the Catskills, where nature's tranquility has inspired countless artists. Your day is filled with wonders:

·       Stroll the Hudson River School Art Trail, stepping into scenes that feel plucked from a canvas.

·       Visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site to peek into the mind of a master.

·       Let the majesty of Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock sweep you off your feet, just as they did for 19th-century landscape painters.

·       Visit the FASNY, the impressive Museum of Firefighting, currently showcasing the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, along with firefighting equipment, gear, and artwork.

Day 3: Albany, New York - A Glimpse into America's Past

In Albany, history breathes through the streets. This day offers:

·       A wander through the New York State Museum, where the story of New York comes to life.

·       A gaze upon the grandeur of the State Capitol building, a marvel of 19th-century architecture.

·       Vistas of the Hudson River Valley that stretch beyond imagination, a backdrop to a city rich in heritage.

Day 4: Kingston/Hyde Park, New York - Echoes of Elegance

Kingston and Hyde Park present a tapestry of historical and natural splendor:

·       Discover Kingston's nautical past at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

·       Marvel at the palatial estates along "Millionaires Row," echoes of a bygone era of luxury.

·       In Hyde Park, step into the story of FDR at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, and explore Springwood Estate, a testament to a presidential life.

·       Explore the Vanderbilt Mansion, one of the region’s Hudson River estates.

Day 5: West Point, New York - A Salute to American Heroes

The United States Military Academy at West Point offers you the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals.

·      The West Point Museum and the Cadet Chapel offer a peek into military excellence.

·      View magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley, a reminder of the academy's enduring legacy.

Day 6: Sleepy Hollow, New York - Of Legends and Lore

Step into the world of Washington Irving, where tales come to life:

·       Visit Sunnyside, Irving's charming estate, a National Historic Landmark, and hear stories of the famous author.

·       Immerse yourself in the stories of Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman.

Day 7 & 8: New York City - The Grand Finale

As your cruise comes full circle, New York City's skyline welcomes you back with open arms. Savor the city's endless offerings with tailored excursions or independent explorations. You can extend your stay to capture more of the Big Apple's magic.

Isn’t this an amazing itinerary? The best part is, you can do it as a classic summer sailing, beginning at the end of May and sailing through mid-September. Or, you can do it as a fall foliage cruise, which begins at the end of September and sails through the first of November. Can you see all the possibilities here? Cruising on the Hudson River, you can’t help but feel the extraordinary legacy of the people, including presidents, inventors, industrialists, and artists, who helped shape the history of the Valley and our country.


Let me know if you’d like more information about this itinerary, or another one of your choosing!


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