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Fall Foliage Voyage on the Hudson River and New England Islands

Program Number: 20423RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/11/2013 - 10/19/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Rhode Island/Massachusetts/New York/Maine
Price starting at: $4,590.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Voyage among quintessentially New England seaports and up the Hudson River to experience the beautiful foliage of Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and New York. During this autumn adventure, witness the region’s most picturesque countryside and learn about the history and culture that are the foundation of the American experience.




Activity Particulars

Standing for up to two hours at a time, up to four hours a day. Mobility is essential, as small boats and tenders are sometimes used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.



The Oct 10 departure of this program runs from New York City to Boston; all ports remain the same.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Boston, Mass., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 7 nights.



Days 1-2: Arrival Boston, Mass. / transfer to Salem / embark Yorktown:

Explore the history of Boston before enjoying a guided excursion through the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Embark the Yorktown. Lodging: Comfortable hotel with great views of the Boston skyline.



Day 3: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park:

Discover the lush surroundings of Bar Harbor, one of the loveliest towns on Maine’s coast. Take your time wandering through the Wild Gardens of Acadia at the Acadia National Park.



Day 4: Bath, Maine:

Explore the lobstering and shipbuilding history of the quaint town of Bath during a field trip to the Marine Maritime Museum.



Day 5: Nantucket, Mass.:

With seaside cottages and old-fashioned lamps still lighting the streets, Nantucket’s maritime history is palpable. Visit the island’s impressive whaling museum and the Hadwen House, a grand 19th-century Greek Revival home.



Day 6: Newport, R.I.:

Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Newport’s Gilded-Age mansions and historic landmarks.



Day 7: Yonkers / Pocantico Hills, N.Y.:

Journey up the Hudson River and dock in Yonkers. Enjoy a field trip to Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers whose mansion and surrounding grounds is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site.



Days 8-9: Poughkeepsie / Hyde Park / New York City / Disembark / Departure:

Join an expert at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the life of the 32nd president. Then explore Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, a National Historic site. The next day, dock in New York City for departure.



Yorktown

Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Boston Harbor
  Boston, Massachusetts 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 7 nights
 Hyatt Boston Harbor
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Boston Harbor is an award-winning Boston airport hotel. Among these awards are MeetingNews Planners’ Choice Award and Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award. With a true commitment to the environment, it is also the winner of Boston’s Green Business Award. Guests here delight in celebrated architectural details such as an inlaid marble floor map, ornate dome ceiling and exterior lighthouse and beacon accents. The hotel offers airplane soundproof guestrooms, captivating, dramatic harbor and city views and outstanding dining options.
  Contact info: 101 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128 USA
phone: 617-568-1234
web: www.harborside.hyatt.com
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, newspaper, video on demand, coffee maker, WIFI Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, lounge, fully equipped 24-hour self-service business center, gym, sauna, whirlpool, swimming pool and WIFI Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a To book additional nights, please call the Road Scholar Amherst office (413) 253-9736.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Yorktown
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. With a draft of only 9 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions. Accommodating only 130 guests in 65 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.
  Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American
  Contact info: Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com
  Room amenities: Most cabins have large picture windows, and each is furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, ample storage, a clock/radio/CD player, and has a private bathroom. Your cabin is the perfect place for peace and quiet and for private rest and reflection.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Boston, Massachusetts. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the Olympia Room, on the second floor, of the Hyatt Boston Harbor. You will be staying at Hyatt Boston Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
New York City, New York. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Yorktown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. TDI Traveler Information Form is required. All participants are required to have a driver's license or a passport in order to embark the Yorktown.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Boston, Massachusetts
  From End of Program
  Location:  New York City, New York
Travel Details
 

From Boston Logan Airport to the Hyatt Boston Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle

   

The Hyatt Boston Harbor is at the Boston Logan Airport. In order to take a shuttle from the airport to the hotel, you must call the hotel when you arrive. Courtesy phones with a direct line to hotel are located in the Baggage Claim area. After calling hotel, proceed to outside curb area for shuttle pick-up. Please remember to specify which airline you flew in on when speaking to hotel.

 

From Chelsea Piers (NYC dock).

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Taking a taxi from Chelsea Piers to JFK airport will cost approximately $54 to travel 18 miles in approximately 30 minutes. Taking a taxi from Chelsea Piers to La Guardia airport will cost approximately $37 to travel 10 miles in approximately 25 minutes.

 

From Chelsea Piers (NYC dock)

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Taking a taxi from Chelsea Piers to Grand Central Station will cost approximately $14 to travel 3 miles in approximately 10 minutes. Taking a taxi from Chelsea Piers to Pennsylvania Station will costs approximately $12 to travel 2 miles in 8 minutes.

 
Driving Directions
  From the North to the Hyatt Boston Harbor I-93 South into Boston to Exit 24 (Callahan Tunnel/Logan Airport). Follow signs to Logan Airport via the Callahan Tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel, stay to the right, continuing to follow airport signs. Bear right onto Harborside Drive exit. At the first set of lights take a left onto Harborside drive. Go through two (2) sets of lights and the hotel will be about ¼ mile up on your right.
  From the South to the Hyatt Boston Harbor I-93 North into Boston to Exit 20 (Mass Pike/Route 90 East). Follow signs to Logan Airport via the Ted Williams Tunnel. When you start to see terminal signs, stay in the right hand lane. Get off at the exit that reads Hotel Drive/Harborside Drive/Car Rental Agencies. Take a right at lights onto Hotel Drive. Go through blinking light. At traffic light take a left onto Harborside Drive. The hotel will be about a ¼ mile up on your right.
  From the West to the Hyatt Boston Harbor Mass Pike (Route 90 East) to the Airport/Ted Williams Tunnel. Follow signs to Logan Airport via the Ted Williams Tunnel. When you start to see terminal signs, stay in the right hand lane. Get off at the exit that reads Hotel Drive/Harborside Drive/Car Rental Agencies. Take a right at lights onto Hotel Drive. Go through blinking light. At traffic light take a left onto Harborside Drive. The hotel will be about a ¼ mile up on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome Orientation
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Boston, Massachusetts. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the Olympia Room, on the second floor of the Hyatt Boston Harbor.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner in the Olympia Room of the Hyatt Boston Harbor.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Boston Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boston, Massachusetts / Embark Yorktown
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Olympia Room.
 Morning: Attend a lecture and learn about the history of Boston, followed by a guided bus excursion of Boston. Transfer to Gloucester.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional New England clambake in Gloucester.
 Afternoon: Explore the Rocky Neck art colony with a local guide. Rocky Neck artist colony, where many of America's foremost late 19th and 20th century artists spent their summers, is currently undergoing a revival. Explore twelve sites that are associated with famous artists, from Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper and Marsden Hartley. Transfer to Gloucester harbor and embark the Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Late afternoon embarkation briefing, introduction of ship staff, and safety drill.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Bar Harbor for an excursion to Acadia National Park. Disembark by tender and board the trolleys for a drive along the scenic Loop Road, stopping at Sieur de Mont, Thunder Hole and, weather permitting, a stop at Cadillac Mountain. Explore the Abbe Museum which features Native American art and culture; current exhibits include the legacy of the Wabanaki Guides and current archaeological excavations at an ancient Passamaquoddy site near the Dennys River.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bath, Maine
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning we dock at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Depart after breakfast for a guided excursion through this celebrated museum. Explore the history and culture of Maine’s maritime communities.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Nantucket, Massachusetts
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Arrive at the historic Island of Nantucket, an important center of the American whaling industry in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy a walking excursion featuring historic homes including the Macy-Christian House built in 1745. Explore the Nantucket Whaling Museum; housed in a restored candle factory, the museum features a complete skeleton of a 46’ sperm whale, a 19th century Fresnel lens, and artifacts illustrating life and culture on the island and of the men and women of a seafaring community.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Newport, Rhode Island
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Founded in 1639 by pilgrims seeking freedom from the religious strictures of Boston and Plymouth, Newport became a diverse community and one of the first secular democracies in the Americas. Transfer by bus to the magnificent Breakers Mansion, summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II; grandson of the great robber baron Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Explore this grand 70-room home and its exotic and innovative features that make it the personification of the American Gilded Age. After exploring the National Museum of American Illustration spend time exploring historic Newport.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Newport. In the late afternoon, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Yonkers / Pocantico Hills, New York
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture. Plan to spend time on deck this morning as we sail past the iconic New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty and into the historic Hudson River.
 Lunch: Early lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: After disembarking in Yonkers, the Yorktown with continue to Poughkeepsie where we will re-board in the early evening. Transfer by bus to Sleepy Hollow for an excursion to Kykuit Manor, built by John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. Discover the house and grounds then continue to Pocantico Hills for a visit to Union Church to view the spectacular stained glass windows designed by Matisse and Chagall. Travel north along the Taconic State Parkway, designed by landscape architect Gilmore Clark to take advantage of the scenic vistas of the surrounding Hudson Valley. The entire route is included on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005. Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge. Completed in 1924, it was the first bridge built to span the Hudson River providing access to Albany from New York City. Arrive at the Newburgh Brewery for a taste of local ales, then continue to Poughkeepsie and board the M/V Yorktown.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Poughkeepsie / Hyde Park, New York
(Friday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today, choose between two optional excursions. Option 1: Established in 1945 at Franklin Roosevelt’s beloved Hyde Park is the FDR National Historic Site. View historic photos and mementos from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s public and private life at the FDR Library then explore Springwood, the president’s childhood home and Eleanor’s home at Val-Kill. Boxed lunches will be enjoyed at the picnic area in the park. Option 2: Excursion to Olana, home of artist and collector Frederick Church. Explore the house, studio and gallery, then enjoy free time to explore the charming town of Hudson.
 Lunch: Those participants who choose to go to Hyde Park will receive a box lunch. Those participants who choose to go to Olana will be able to explore local fare independently in Hudson.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursions. In the late afternoon, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: New York City / Disembark / Departure
(Saturday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark Yorktown in New York City. Independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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