Newport, Hyde Park & West Point
September 14 - 20, 2022 (7 Days)

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Providence / New York to ABQ (not including airline baggage or in-flight charges)

  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach

  • 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels

  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)

  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Admission to all listed attractions

  • Your Professional SUN TOURS Tour Director

  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)

 

$2,795 double occupancy, per person

$3,395 single occupancy

 

DEPOSIT: $200 per person NOW holds your place

 

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 9, 2022

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

None - Through June 9, 2022

$200 - June 10 - July 20, 2022

$1,600 - July 21 - September 8, 2022

100% after September 8, 2022

 

TRAVEL PROTECTION IS ENCOURAGED

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This tour cuts a swath through southern New England and upstate New York to explore some of American’s greatest treasures and history. Newport offers colonial buildings and the opulent Breakers Mansion. Hartford was home to two of the most American of writers. On the Hudson we visit FDR’s home and tour West Point.

 

Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D

 

DAY 1

We fly to Providence, RI, and head south to Newport. Colonial buildings, wharfs, and mansions await us. Set on Aquidneck Island, its yacht-filled harbor hosted America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta, for many years. Two nights’ lodging in Newport.

 

DAY 2              B, D

We start our day with a driving tour with a local guide. The tour features the Bellevue Ave. mansions and ocean drive. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.  Then we will walk in the colonial city, passing many 18th century buildings. At the nearly 300-year old Trinity Church, a congregant will tell us its history. Afterwards, we visit the Marble House, a Gilded Age mansion. We tour this opulent summer home of Mr. & Mrs. William Vanderbilt. Welcome dinner tonight!

 

DAY 3              B, L

Cornelius Vanderbilt, known informally as "Commodore Vanderbilt", was an American business magnate and philanthropist who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. We tour The Breakers, his opulent 70-room summer cottage (and we will meet up with the Commodore later in our tour) built in an architectural style based on the Italian Renaissance. Hartford, CT is home to the homes and museums of two iconic American authors. Lunch will be included as part of our tour at the Mark Twain House and Museum. At the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, we learn about this fascinating author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  We arrive at our hotel in Poughkeepsie for 3 nights. 

 

DAY 4              B, L

We drive to Hyde Park in the morning for a guided tour of the famed Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college. Our tour will be followed by lunch at the CIA’s American Bounty Restaurant, where we can test out their cooking and pastry arts! This afternoon we take a Hudson River Cruise. From the decks of the venerable Rip Van Winkle cruise boat, we enjoy a clear view of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable locations. 

 

DAY 5              B

Today we explore the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "all that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." We will tour his home, as well as Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s chosen retreat, her office, her home, and her "laboratory" for social change. We meet up with “Commodore Vanderbilt” again as we tour the Vanderbilt Mansion. Designed and built between 1896 and 1899, the house is an example of the Beaux-Arts architecture style. The interior of the mansion is an archetype of the American Renaissance, incorporating European antiques and intricate period reproductions. 

 

DAY 6              B, D

We take a guided bus and walking tour of the United States Military Academy (USMA), also known as West Point. Originally established as a fort that sits on strategic high ground, it overlooks the Hudson River. The Academy traces its roots back to 1801. Shortly after his inauguration, President Thomas Jefferson directed that plans be set in motion to establish the United States Military Academy at West Point. The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. Most of the campus's Norman-style buildings are constructed from gray and black granite.  We top the day off with a lovely farewell group dinner.

 

Day 7               B

After breakfast, we check out and head to our New York airport. Time allowing, we visit a popular, surprise attraction before our flight to Albuquerque.

 

Itinerary subject to change