SPLENDORS OF NEW YORK STATE
New York is more than a city, it is also a state! New York State is filled with many splendid natural sites such as: Niagara Falls; Adirondack and Catskill Mountain Ranges; Lake George; Lake Champlain; and Lake Placid. No matter what direction you travel, you will experience the raw natural beauty of that is part of America.
Day 01 (Thursday): Newburgh - New Windsor (NY)
Upon your early evening arrival at Stewart International Airport, your guide will provide a warm greeting and transfer with you to a local hotel across the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge offering your first glimpse of splendid views on the magnificent Hudson Valley. No matter what time of year, the scenery is always stupendous out your window.
Day 02 (Friday): Fishkill – Poughkeepsie - Albany (NY)
You will experience a hearty breakfast at your hotel, then depart on a day of exploring the upper regions of the Hudson Valley. Your first stop will include a walk on the world longest elevated pedestrian bridge, ‘Walkway Over The Hudson’ in Poughkeepsie. The walk offers views like no other in the State, no matter the season, the views are specular.
Back on board your motor coach, your morning will continue north with a stop in Hyde Park, and the Culinary Institute of America. You will have the opportunity to experience lunch at one of the restaurants at the Culinary Institute or experience an American diner. After lunch, step back in time to another era with a visit of estate of President Franklyn D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States of America.
Next you will depart north towards Rhinebeck, with a stop, visiting either Staatsburg or Wilderstein. Both are magnificent mansions on the Hudson Rover, a time immortalized in Mark Twain’s Novel: The Gilded Age.
Arrive in Albany, the Capital of the State of New York, the changing seasons bring wonderful and diverse events for groups of all interests, as well as breath-taking scenery. Albany is also known as The Culinary Capital, a vibrant city with talented chefs and classic restaurants, offering a fusion of local agriculture and culinary creativity!
A short tour will reveal the fascinating takes of the region. The State Capitol, State Museum, Historic homes, and other attractions.
Day 03 (Saturday): Albany – Lake George (NY)
After breakfast at your hotel, slip on your walking shoes and depart for Saratoga Springs. Upon arrival in Saratoga Springs you will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour sampling 20 unique springs across the city. Along the way you will visit Congress Park; Saratoga Race Course, known for world-class harness horse racing; and you can explore the many shops, boutiques, galleries, and markets on in downtown Saratoga Springs a charming destination.
You will board your motor coach and sit back and enjoy the scenic drive north to Lake George, and visit Fort Ticonderoga. Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrow section near the south end of Lake Champlain is a great place to step off your motor coach and enjoy the serenity, scenery and history that is Upstate New York.
Tonight, you will have the special opportunity of being a guest at The Sagamore Resort. The Sagamore is a unique luxury resort where the rich and famous have been coming to play, sleep, and dine for over 100 years. The evening is yours: dining in sumptuous glamour; grab a quick bite and explore the many walking paths surrounding the resort; or skip dinner and be pampered in the spa.
Day 04 (Sunday): Lake George – Adirondacks (NY)
Your morning starts with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, then board your motor coach and continue the exploration north. Along the way you will discover the Adirondacks, it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.
Continuing your day of scenic exploration, you will travel to Tupper Lake towards Lake Placid, while passing hundreds of Lakes, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and some of the most beautiful mountains offered in North America.
Along the way you will stop at The Wild Center and The Wild Walk. They offer opportunities to view the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains from different vantage points including a gorgeous eagle nest. You will experience history at the Miracle On Ice; ride the Cloud Splitter Gondola, soaring high above the trees while viewing bald eagles and blue heron in their natural habitats. You will have the opportunity to take a short hike where you may see deer and foxes and other forest critters.
The area’s proximity to great food, Olympic history, and luxurious spas make it possible to have thrilling outdoor adventures and pamper oneself all in the same day. This wonderful area of New York is where vibrant downtowns are surrounded by large mountains and skies filled with color.
After checking into your hotel, walk the beautiful downtown for shopping, dine at a great restaurant, and enjoy the wonder that is Lake Placid.
Day 05 (Monday): Adirondacks – Alexandria Bay - Syracuse (NY)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Syracuse via Alexandria Bay. You will be cruising with Uncle Sam Boat Tours with a unique ‘Two Nation Tour’ a 2 1/4-hour cruise departing from their home port of Alexandria Bay. This features a narrated international tour offering enjoyment of historic and scenic wonders in both American and Canadian waters. At the end of each trip there is an optional stop at Boldt Castle on Heart Island for a self-guided tour.
After lunch, you will depart on a beautiful scenic drive to Syracuse and check into your hotel. Tonight, the group will experience dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a local hot spot enjoying great BBQ, fantastic libations, and laughter with new friends from your group.
Day 06 (Tuesday): Syracuse - Buffalo (NY)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a morning of shopping at Destiny USA in Syracuse, offering more than 200 retail stores, dining opportunities and entertainment facilities; it is the largest facility of its kind in New York State and the 6th largest in the Unites States. After lunch and your purchases safely stowed away you will depart for Buffalo.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Buffalo was a major American city in the forefront of technological progress. It was a busy inland port and a railroad hub with heavy industry and state-of-the-art electricity – all of which brought great wealth to the city. These economic and technological developments culminated in 1901 when Buffalo hosted a spectacular world’s fair: The Pan American Exposition. Your afternoon in Buffalo will include a guided tour and after checking into your hotel, the opportunity to explore downtown Buffalo on your own.
Day 07 (Wednesday): Buffalo – Niagara Falls - Corning(NY)
A hearty breakfast at your hotel, then departure for Niagara Falls New York, where you will feel the mist on your face and hear the deafening roar of water from your vantage point at the base of the falls, on a boat. It is a thrilling way to start the seventh day of your vacation.
After a fantastic and memorable morning at the Niagara Falls you will depart for the Finger Lakes Region with a meandering drive though its wineries and quaint little villages. Your next stop will be at the Corning Glass Museum, the world’s preeminent museum of glass. The museum has a breathtaking display of Egyptian artifacts to modern glass sculptures. You will see glass blowers creating new masterpieces and may even participate in creating your own glass blown treasure.
Tonight, you will be overnighting in Corning, with its quaint downtown and charming insight into middle America.
Day 08 (Thursday): Corning – Woodbury Commons – Stewart International Airport (NY)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will sit back and enjoy a morning drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. With over 220 stores Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is an opportunity to buy all kinds of American goodies to take home.
On your way, back to Stewart International Airport, you will stop for a pre-departure dinner at a typical American Diner, your last chance to enjoy cuisine a la Americana before your evening flight home.