Newport, Hyde Park & West Point
September 14 - 20, 2022 (7 Days)
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, 3 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
None - Through June 9, 2022
$200 - June 10 - July 20, 2022
$1,600 - July 21 - September 8, 2022
100% after September 8, 2022
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
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
Our local guided 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. 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.
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. We lodge in nearby Poughkeepsie for two nights.
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. Our next stop is at the Storm King Art Center, widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. Its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers provide the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures, created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Tonight, we lodge at the historic West Point Thayer Hotel. Seated on a hilltop with commanding views of the Hudson River and the United States Military Academy, the Thayer has been a national treasure since opening in 1926. Visited by past U.S. Presidents, international leaders, and celebrities alike, this hotel is like no other in the world. We top the day off with a lovely farewell group dinner.
Day 7 B, L
After breakfast at The Thayer, 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