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American Portrait: Chesapeake Bay to the Hudson River — A Spring Voyage

Program Number: 21399RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/13/2014 - 5/27/2014;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Washington DC/New Jersey/New York/Delaware/Pennsylvania/Virginia/Maryland
Price starting at: $6,345.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 41; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Amid late-spring beauty in the Mid-Atlantic states, sail on a nimble small ship from Chesapeake Bay to Philadelphia, past Manhattan’s magnificent skyline and up the lower Hudson River to experience an authentic American portrait — Colonial era to present day — richly textured in history, architecture and culture. Learn about quaint village life, the splendor of the Rockefeller estate, the noble Liberty Bell, Army and Navy service academies, FDR & Eleanor — more than 300 years of history unfolds in this uncommon adventure.




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

Alexandria (Va.), 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 13 nights; New York City (N.Y.), 1 night.



Days 1-2: Arrival Arlington, Va. / Washington, D.C. / embark Yorktown:

On an excursion in the nation’s capital, an expert illuminates iconic sites.



Day 3: Mount Vernon, Va.:

Explore George Washington’s massive Mount Vernon estate.



Day 4: Yorktown / Colonial Williamsburg:

Experience the nation’s premier living museum in Colonial Williamsburg.



Day 5: St. Michael’s, Md.:

Explore this quaint waterfront village and its manicured Colonial, Federal and Victorian homes.



Day 6: Annapolis:

Stop at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Maryland State House, the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use.



Day 7: Philadelphia, Pa.:

Learn about the history of America at Independence Hall and explore the Barnes Foundation's collection of art.



Day 8: New Castle, Del.:

Explore the incredible houses and gardens of this historical river town.



Day 9: Cape May, N.J.:

Wander the trails of Cape May Point State Park and see the Cape May Lighthouse.



Day 10: Yonkers, N.Y. / Pocantico Hills:

Sail past the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan to the Hudson River before exploring the Rockefeller estate.



Day 11: Kingston:

Experience Olana, an eclectic villa housing more than 40 paintings, many by Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.



Day 12: Poughkeepsie / Hyde Park:

Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill.



Day 13: West Point, N.Y.:

Explore the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Federalist-style Boscobel House and Gardens.



Days 14-15: New York City / departure:

Explore historic lower Manhattan and iconic sites.



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 Arlington
  Alexandria, VA 1 night
   Yorktown
  Yorktown - At Sea 13 nights
 Hyatt Arlington
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Just minutes from Washington, DC businesses and attractions and only steps to the Rosslyn Metro, the Hyatt Arlington offers Southern comforts with metropolitan polish. Set within the heart of the Rosslyn business community, this hotel offers a variety of flexible function space, outstanding accommodations, and inventive cuisine.
  Contact info: 1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
phone: 703-525-1234
web: www.arlington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels
  Room amenities: Each room features a television with premium television channels, air conditioning, a telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, wake-up calls, bathrobes, hair dryer, clock radio, iron and ironing board, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and an in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features Internet access (for a fee), complimentary newspapers in lobby, fitness facilities, restaurant, room service, bar/lounge, safe-deposit box at front desk, dry cleaning/laundry services (for a fee), gift shop, and parking (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:
Arlington, Virginia. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM with the Group Leader at the hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt Arlington 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:  Alexandria, VA
  From End of Program
  Location:  Yorktown - At Sea
Travel Details
 

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to the Hyatt Arlington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $18
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

4.2 miles

 

From the Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to the Hyatt Arlington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 26 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

24 miles

 

From Chelsea Piers to JFK Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

19 miles

 

From Chelsea Piers to LaGuardia Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

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: Independent Arrivals / Welcome Orientation
(Tuesday, May 13)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in Arlington, VA. Meet your Road Scholar group and Group Leader at 5:00 PM in the hotel for orientation and introductions.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner.
   
Accommodations: Hyatt Arlington
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Arlington, VA / Washington DC / Embark
(Wednesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided excursion of Washington DC.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Embark the Yorktown at 4:00 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Alexandria, VA / Mount Vernon
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s massive estate and gardens. Explore the sweeping grounds including the mansion, museum, slaves’ quarters, and the gardens. Also visit the recently opened distillery, a reconstruction of Washington’s original whiskey distillery.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yorktown, VA / Colonial Williamsburg
(Friday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Colonial Williamsburg is the nation’s premier living museum. A guided excursion leads along the Duke of Gloucester Street, past the Capitol, the courthouse, the Governor’s Palace and the historic Bruton Parish Church. Alternatively, visit the Willoughby-Baylor House and Garden. Built in 1794, these gardens represent colonial landscape practices.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore the museums and side streets of Colonial Williamsburg, which are filled with taverns, bakeries and the restored houses of wheelwrights, coopers, apothecaries and other tradesmen. Back on board, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: St. Michaels, MD
(Saturday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in St. Michaels, a quaint waterfront village and discover the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Its interactive exhibits explain the geologic, economic, and social history of the Bay. Explore St. Michaels with its manicured Colonial, Federal, and Victorian homes, art galleries, and interesting maritime history.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Annapolis, MD
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: A city of narrow brick streets, colonial mansions, and with an atmosphere of an old shipping village. Visit 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; and the historic U.S. Naval Academy.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to stroll through the historic neighborhoods. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: This evening traverse the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Philadelphia, PA
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Independence Hall, a fine example of Georgian architecture. Alternatively, explore the newly-opened branch of the Barnes Foundation, housing an extensive collection of paintings, artworks, textiles, and more.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, drive to Longwood Gardens, boasting exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture on 1,077 acres of land.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: New Castle, DE
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Choose to spend a full day at Winterthur, the premier museum of American decorative arts with a 60 acre naturalistic garden and a 175 room house furnished with an outstanding collection of antiques. Alternatively, explore lovely New Castle, including the Read House and Gardens, the Court House Museum, and Mt. Cuba Center, boasting the region's finest woodland wildflower gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cape May, NJ
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Cape May, one of the oldest resort towns in the United States. 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, built in 1859.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Yonkers, NY / Pocantico Hills
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Yorktown will sail down the East River, by the Statue of Liberty, and with the skyline of Manhattan in full view, and continue up the Hudson River. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: From Yonkers, drive to Sleepy Hollow to visit Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers, whose mansion and surrounding grounds are a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. Explore the impressive sculpture garden, with works by David Smith and Henry Moore, and the six-story stone mansion which houses many works of art, including beautiful tapestries by Picasso. Later, visit the Union Church, adorned with art by Matisse and Chagall.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Kingston, NY
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From New York’s first State Capital, drive to Olana. Built in 1845 by Frederic Edwin Church, a major figure in the Hudson River School of landscape painting, this eclectic villa houses over 40 works of art, many from Church himself, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Alternatively, take an excursion to the 380 acre Montgomery Place, a unique example of Hudson Valley estate life, and Blithewood Gardens, boasting a formal Italian Garden.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Poughkeepsie, NY / Hyde Park
(Saturday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: From Poughkeepsie enjoy an excursion to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, conceived by FDR to house memorabilia from throughout his life. Visit Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill, a National Historic Site. Wander the grounds and visit the cottage where Eleanor lived until her death.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, continue to Olana, home of the painter Frederick Church, of the Hudson River School. Alternatively, visit the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, whose works include art from the 1960s to the present.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: West Point, NY
(Sunday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today visit the United States Military Academy at West Point, whose campus, which consists of many historic sites and monuments, is a designated National Historic Landmark. Sitting upon a hill that overlooks the Hudson River, the expansive grounds at West Point are among the most scenic in the area. Explore many of the Academy’s landmark sites, as well as the West Point Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, cross the river for a visit to the Boscobel House and Gardens, among the most exceptional examples of Federalist architecture in the United States. Alternatively, visit the incredible and unique 500-acre sculpture and landscape garden at Storm King Art Center.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: New York City, NY
(Monday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Enjoy a full day in exciting and dynamic New York City. In the morning, drive to Wave Hill, a spectacular garden oasis overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, enjoy an expert-led trek through historic lower Manhattan, highlighting New York's colonial heritage and contemporary landmarks.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and reception onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Independent Departures
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: 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.

Suggested Reading List


1776


Author: David McCullough


Description: This lively best-seller tells the early history of the Revolutionary War, bringing to life an extraordinary period and a vast array of characters on both sides of the conflict.



Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point


Author: Stephen Ambrose, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Introduction), Andrew J. Goodpaster (Afterword)


Description: Starting with its formation during the Revolutionary War, renowned historian Ambrose follows the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point. First published in 1966, this updated edition brings the story of the academy into the present.



FDR


Author: Jean Edward Smith


Description: Smith presents a multi-faceted study of the complex American president, detailing his diverse roles as commander-in-chief, leader of a social revolution, and statesman, and exploring his personal life and the physical disabilities that he hid from the general public.



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.



Founding Gardeners


Author: Andrea Wulf


Description: Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the role of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship to nature during the eighteenth century.



Glories of the Hudson, Frederic Edwin Church's Views from Olana


Author: Evelyn D. Trebilcock


Description: The companion book to an exhibition a Church's Peesian-inspired estate on the Hudson, features 83 sketches and paintings.



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.



John Adams


Author: David McCullough


Description: A Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals him as a magnificent figure who helped shaped the nation.



The Age of Innocence


Author: Louis Auchincloss (Introduction), Edith Wharton


Description: A dazzling tale of social mores, infidelity and thwarted love in old New York.



The Americans, the Colonial Experience


Author: Daniel Boorstin


Description: Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions.



The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787


Author: Gordon S. Wood


Description: This sweeping political history examines America's transformation from colony to republic during the Revolutionary War.



The House the Rockefellers Built, A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America


Author: Robert F., Jr. Dalzell


Description: A cultural history of Kykuit, the dynastic seat built high above the Hudson River, home to three generations of the Rockefeller family.



The Hudson, A History


Author: Tom Lewis


Description: This scholarly, illustrated history of the Hudson River traces its course through four centuries, recounting the stories of those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who have helped shape it.



The Island at the Center of the World


Author: Russell Shorto


Description: Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America.



Washington, A Life


Author: Ron Chernow


Description: Washington emerges in this Pulitzer Prize-winner as a passionate leader of many moods rather than the solemn figure of common legend.





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