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The Northeast - Fall Foliage on the Hudson River - Round trip from New York CityCruise 80a Fall Foliage on the Hudson River Round trip from New York City


DAY 1 NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK Arrive in New York City to board the Spirit of Nantucket. Set sail in the evening, cruising past the spectacular night-lit skyline as you leave the harbor. D

DAY 2 CRUISING THE HUDSON RIVER / KINGSTON Relax onboard, enjoying the scenery and magnificent estates along the shoreline as you cruise toward Kingston. Watch for waterfowl and wildlife, colonial settlements, legendary mansions and quaint villages and piers. BLD

DAY 3 KINGSTON, NEW YORK One of the undiscovered treasures of the Hudson River, Kingston served as a vital port during the 19th century, with barges, steamboats, and ferries crowding its riverbanks. View the city's handsome examples of 17th and 18th century Dutch stone houses, museum-quality antiques shops, and a church described by Calvert Vaux- co-designer of Central Park - as "ideally perfect. "In Hyde Park, visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. One of the most famous homes in America, the Georgian-Federal Revival house looks much as it did when the Roosevelt's' lived here, and the library brings the former inhabitants alive with its gifts, mementos and personal items. A remarkable day become seven more memorable at a special lunch at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. BLD

DAY 4 CATSKILL, NEW YORK Art lovers will be delighted by a full-day excursion to the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, the residence and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting. The tour includes a visit to Olana, home of Frederic Church, a major figure in the Hudson River School of Painting. Church found his inspiration in the sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains, Hudson River and the Taconic Hills, and Olana, called by Church, "the center of the world," that celebrates those landscapes perfectly. Also see the site of the Catskill Mountain House, a majestic resort that inspired many artists and was the center of the region's social life, before it was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. BLD

DAY 5 CRUISING THE HUDSON RIVER, NEWBURGH, NEW YORK Sail through the romantic environs of the Hudson Valley, viewing rocky gorges cutting through the Appalachian Mountains and magnificent scenery as you cruise back to the Lower Hudson Valley. In the afternoon, visit Boscobel, a beautifully preserved, early 19th century mansion furnished with outstanding examples of New York Federal furniture. The Gate House, grounds, greenhouse and garden, all create a vision of a beautiful privileged world. BLD

DAY 6 WEST POINT, NEW YORK Nearing West Point, sail through a narrow, serpentine channel called "World's End," where, during the Revolutionary War, colonists placed a heavy chain across the Hudson to prevent the British fleet from penetrating farther into the Hudson Highlands. Our nation's most famous fortress, now a National Monument, West Point was first occupied as a post in 1778. It is the alma mater of such military heroes as Grant, Mac Arthur, and Eisenhower. Tour the grounds, historic buildings and Cadet Chapels. BLD

DAY 7 TARRYTOWN/ NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK The Historic Hudson Valley contains a confluence of unmatched cultural treasures. Begin your excursion at Phillipsburg Manor, a farming, milling, trading center of the 1750s all in perfect working order. At Kykuit, hilltop home to the Rockefeller family, admire splendid architecture, gardens, art and scenery. Discover Sunnyside, the enchanting riverside home of storyteller, Washington Irving. Celebrate Hudson Valley beauty and magnificent design and savor the beautiful stained glass windows of Matisse and Chagall at Union Church. BLD

DAY 8 NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK Disembark the Spirit of Nantucket after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B

Request: Cruise 80a Booking/Availability.

September 29, 2007 $2899 3149 3649 4249
October 6, 13, 20 $2899 3149 3649 4249
The cost of your cruise includes service charges for land-based personnel and $329 per person which covers taxes/port charges/fees and onboard services. Onboard gratuities are neither required nor expected. Prices are per person. double-occupancy, U.S. dollars. Single/Triple rates available upon request where applicable. Airfare extra.

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