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A World-Class Art Voyage, Boston to the Nation’s Capital

Program Number: 21364RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/17/2014 - 10/28/2014;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Washington DC/Maryland/Pennsylvania/New Jersey/New York/Connecticut/Rhode Island/Massachusetts
Price starting at: $5,785.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 32; 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Join fellow art lovers on an exceptional voyage to the East Coast’s major cultural centers. Start in Boston as you explore the world-class Museum of Fine Arts and its acclaimed new wing. In New York, discover one of the world’s great artistic capitals on expert-led visits to the Met, the Guggenheim and more. View works by Matisse and Picasso in the Barnes Foundation’s new museum in Philadelphia and the only da Vinci painting in the Western hemisphere in Washington, D.C. With experts illuminating your scope, enjoy time to explore smaller artist colonies in New England and national sites in the U.S. capital.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, some on uneven terrain. 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. There is no elevator on the ship and stairs are unavoidable.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Boston, Mass., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 9 nights; disembark Alexandria, Va.



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

After visits to the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, enjoy the charm of Salem, and the explore the impressive Peabody Essex Museum. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Day 3: Newport, R.I.:

At the Newport Art Museum, take in more than 2,300 works of American art from the late-19th century to the present.



Days 4: Old Saybrook, Conn.:

Experience the living maritime museum of Mystic Seaport or the Florence Griswald Museum, named for the woman who turned her family’s boarding house into an artists’ retreat.



Days 5-6: New York, N.Y.:

Enjoy a choice of expert-led excursions through two of Manhattan’s world-class museums: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); the 20th-century collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Frank Loyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s impressive collections.



Day 7: Cape May, N.J.:

Wander the trails of Cape May Point State Park to glimpse wildlife from observation decks, and learn about the historic Cape May Lighthouse.



Day 8: Philadelphia, Pa.:

Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its world-renowned collection — Cezanne, Monet, Renoir — and enjoy the Barnes Foundation with its legendary collection.



Day 9: Annapolis, Md.:

In quaint Annapolis, explore the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use, and marvel at the historic U.S. Naval Academy.



Days 10-11: Alexandria, Va. / Washington, D.C. / disembark / departure:

With an expert, explore the Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, both part of the Smithsonian. View Washington sites during a field trip. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



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 10 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 It is possible to book one additional pre-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 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. THERE IS NO ELEVATOR ON THE YORKTOWN. Stairs are unavoidable as there is no elevator on the Yorktown. The Lounge and the Dining Room are on separate decks so participants must be able to navigate stairs multiple times per day.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Boston, Massachusetts. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM with the Group Leader at the hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt Boston Harbor that night.
  End of Program:
Alexandria, Virginia. 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:  Alexandria, VA
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 direct line to hotel are located in 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 the Alexandria Dock to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

The dock in Alexandria is approximately 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Traveling by taxi will take approximately 15 minutes and will cost approximately $22.

 

From the Alexandria Dock to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

The dock in Alexandria is approximately 33 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Traveling by taxi will take approximately 40 minutes and will cost approximately $75.

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: Arrivals / Welcome Orientation
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Boston. Meet your Road Scholar group and Group Leader at 5:00 PM in the hotel lobby for orientation and introductions.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Boston Harbor
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boston, MA / Salem / Embark
(Saturday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Spend the morning exploring the Museum of Fine Arts and the recently renovated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Salem. 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: Salem, MA
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Explore the Peabody Essex Museum with an expert. This museum dates back to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, whose charter established a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities.” The members were sea captains who would bring artifacts to Salem from the far reaches of the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Salem on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Newport, RI
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Sail into the yacht-filled harbor of Newport. See The Breakers, the 70-room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II; also explore the National Museum of American Illustration. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the historic center of Newport with its fine architecture, and the Redwood Library, Athenaeum, and Newport Art Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Take in a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Old Saybrook, CT / Mystic Seaport
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This morning visit Old Saybrook including an excursion on the historic Essex Steam Train.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: After lunch choose to visit Mystic Seaport, a living maritime museum, or drive to Old Lyme to visit the Florence Griswald Museum. Florence Griswald turned her family’s boarding house into an artists’ retreat which gave birth to the Lyme Art Colony. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: New York City, NY
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: While in New York City today, you will have a choice of half day excursions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or a walking excursion through Lower Manhattan.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time at leisure to explore on your own. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: New York City, NY
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today you will have a choice of half day excursions to the Museum of Modern Art or the Whitney Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum of Art.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time at leisure to explore on your own. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cape May, NJ
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Wander the trails of Cape May Point State Park and glimpse wildlife from observation decks throughout the park. Continue to the historic Cape May Lighthouse.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Philadelphia, PA
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today you can choose to visit the majestic Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its world-renowned collection from artists including Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, and Thomas Eakins, considered one of the United States’ most important artists. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the history of Philadelphia, discovering Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or choose to explore the Barnes Foundation with its legendary collection.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Annapolis, MD
(Sunday, October 26)

Note: Participants will be required to show a government issued photo ID in order to enter the Navel Academy and the Maryland State House.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Annapolis, a city of narrow brick streets, colonial mansions, and an atmosphere of an old shipping village. Our excursion will include the Maryland State House (the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use where the Treaty of Paris was ratified), the William Paca House and Garden (the expansive estate of a former governor of Maryland), and the historic U.S. Naval Academy.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Annapolis. After returning to the ship, attend two shipboard guest lectures. One of these lectures will be by your Group Leader.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Alexandria, VA / Washington DC
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided excursion of the Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, both part of the Smithsonian. Also visit the Freer Gallery, which contains James McNeill Whistler's controversial Peacock Room. As an alternative, study George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon. Spend the day walking the sweeping grounds including the mansion, museum, slaves' quarters, and gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Disembark / Independent Departures
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark. Independent departures. Your Group Leader and Cruise Director can help arrange a taxi for you.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Blue Guide New York


Author: Carol Von Pressentin Wright


Description: An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, including walking tours and a focus on art and architecture.



Eyewitness Guide Boston


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: An exceptionally informative, visually entrancing guide to Boston.



Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City


Author: Leslie Day


Description: A lovely handbook to the birds, mammals, insects, plants, fungi and geological features found in the parks and upon the pavement of the five boroughs. With over 200 detailed paintings, photographs and maps.



Fodor's New York City's 25 Best


Author: Fodor's


Description: A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights.



Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


Author: Joseph J. Ellis


Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.



Here is New York


Author: E.B. White


Description: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England


Author: Brian Cassie, Peter Alden


Description: A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.



Portrait, The Life of Thomas Eakins


Author: William S. McFeely


Description: Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer McFeely tackles the challenging private life of Eakins, discussing his bouts of depression, conflicted homosexuality and sense of failure as well as the influence these factors had on his art.



Shanties from the Seven Seas


Author: Stan Hugill


Description: An eclectic collection of traditional songs published by the Mystic Seaport Museum. The Caribbean, in particular, has a long history of pirates, buccaneers and whaling that is reflected in these sailors' songs.



The Art of Bird Finding


Author: Pete Dunne


Description: Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, famous as a hawk watcher and equally fascinated by shorebirds and songbirds, Peter Dunne is an outstanding guide to how to have more luck in your search for birds.



The Gardner Heist


Author: Ulrich Boser


Description: Boser travels deep into the art underworld in this riveting account, gathering evidence against the two men responsible for depriving the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of a dozen prize paintings, including a Vermeer, three Rembrandts and five Degas, in 1990.



The Last Fish Tale


Author: Mark Kurlansky


Description: Kurlansky colorfully subtitles his wide-ranging and engrossing tale "The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town."



Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Author: Malcolm Rogers (Introduction), Gilian Wohlauer


Description: Highlights of the collection at the MFA.



Twentieth-Century American Art


Author: Erika Lee Doss


Description: This survey highlights the key movements that defined art in the "American Century," including early American Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Neo-Expressionism.



United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map


Author: Hallwag


Description: A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000.



Ways of Seeing


Author: John Berger


Description: Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic.





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