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Fall Foliage Voyage on the Hudson River and New England Islands

Program Number: 20423RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/10/2014 - 10/19/2014;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Rhode Island/Massachusetts/New York/Maine
Price starting at: $4,245.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 26; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 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.


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
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York City, New York 1 night
  Yorktown - At Sea 7 nights
   Hyatt Boston Harbor
  Boston, Massachusetts 1 night
 New York Marriott Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Ideally located in the heart of New York City's Financial District, the New York Marriott Downtown hotel offers easy access to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, and SoHo.
  Contact info: 85 West Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 212-385-4900
  Room amenities: Each room features a TV, clock radio, telephone, in-room safe, Internet access (for a fee), refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel features a 24 hour fitness center, an ATM, Internet access (for a fee), coffee shop, restaurant, dry cleaning and laundry services, room service, and newsstand.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A It is possible to book one additional post-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

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
  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

 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
  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 after: n/a It is possible to book one additional post-program night through Road Scholar. To book an additional night, please contact the Road Scholar Amherst office at 413-253-9736.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
New York City, New York. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM in the hotel. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Boston, Massachusetts. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hyatt Boston Harbor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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:
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City, New York
  From End of Program
  Location:  Boston, Massachusetts
Travel Details

From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to the New York Marriott Downtown


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $53
Prices are subject to change.




22 miles


From LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to the New York Marriott Downtown


From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $40
Prices are subject to change.




13.5 miles


From the Hyatt Boston Harbor to the airport


To Airport




Hotel Shuttle


There is a complimentary, 24 hour airport shuttle available.

Driving Directions
  To the New York Marriott Downtown Hotel Take FDR Drive south towards Battery Park. The road name will change to South Street and then West Street / West Side Highway. The New York Marriott Downtown Hotel will be on the right side. If you reach Albany Street, you’ve gone too far.
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 10)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals in New York City. Welcome Orientation at 5:00 PM at the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner.
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: New York City / Embark Yorktown
(Saturday, October 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided excursion of New York.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Transfer to Chelsea Piers and embark the Yorktown at 4:00 PM. Late afternoon embarkation briefing, introduction of ship staff, and safety drill. Enjoy a Road Scholar reception.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Poughkeepsie / Hyde Park, New York
(Sunday, October 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: A morning excursion visits the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Also explore Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill, a National Historic Site. Wander the grounds and visit the cottage where Eleanor lived until her death.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon explore the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, a remarkable example of a gilded-age country estate. Alternatively, visit the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, whose works include art from the 1960s to the present. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yonkers / Pocantico Hills, New York
(Monday, October 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Arrive in Yonkers and drive to Sleepy Hollow to Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. Explore the impressive sculpture garden and the six-story stone mansion, which houses many works of art, including tapestries by Picasso. Also, visit the Union Church, adorned with art by Matisse and Chagall.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Sail down the Hudson River and the East River with the skyline of Manhattan in view. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Newport, Rhode Island
(Tuesday, October 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Sail into the yacht-filled harbor of Newport, one-time summer playground of New York’s wealthiest families. See The Breakers, the 70-room mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Explore the historic center of Newport with its fine architecture and enjoy free time. Before dinner, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Nantucket, Massachusetts
(Wednesday, October 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: This pretty island has retained much of its 17th-century architecture and nearly 40 percent of it is protected conservation land. Visit the impressive Whaling Museum, Hadwen House, and the Greater Light House.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore on your own before attending a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bath, Maine
(Thursday, October 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Call at the Maine Maritime Museum on the banks of the Kennebec River. See the displays on shipbuilding and lobstering, and visit the schooner Sherman Zwicker.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park
(Friday, October 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Surrounded by Acadia National Park, quaint Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island was a resort town in the 1800s for influential families. Explore Acadia National Park and the Wild Gardens of Acadia, with over 300 native plant species. Visit the Abbe Museum, chronicling Maine’s Native American culture and history.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Bar Harbor. Later, attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner and reception onboard.
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Disembarkation / Salem / Boston, Massachusetts
(Saturday, October 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark the Yorktown in Salem. 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: Transfer to Boston for a guided bus excursion of Boston. Attend a lecture at the Hyatt Boston Harbor before check-in.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hyatt Boston Harbor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Independent Departures
(Sunday, October 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 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.

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