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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Go back in the past to explore the tasteful but opulent grandeur of the Hudson River mansions that belonged to America’s wealthiest families of the Gilded Age. With historians and local experts, explore the grounds, houses and gardens of six mansions, including prominent wealthy names such as Rockefeller, Livingston, Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, Gould and Mills. Journey up and down the beautiful Hudson River Valley, and learn the story of these families and relive the culture of the Gilded Age with artful instruction by local experts.


• Discover the magnificence of the estates and gardens of Kykuit, Locust Grove, Lyndhurst, Springwood, Mills, Wilderstein, and Vanderbilt Mansions.
• Delve into the life of a 19th-century “robber baron” and learn their relations with the government and the working man and their creation of opportunities and hardship.
• Expert instruction on the music of the Gilded Age and the favorite music of the moneyed.

Program Notes

This is a program that travels by comfortable, lavatory-equipped coach to six historic houses and mansions located in the southern and central sections of New York’s Hudson Valley. The program is based in Warwick, which is located towards the valley’s southern end. Distances traveled each day range from 45 to 80 miles, one-way. We make every effort to allow time to explore each mansion throughout the program; however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; stairs unavoidable.

Coordinated by The Warwick Center.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances


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