After boarding your ship in New York City, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from the metropolitan area to the Hudson River region.
The city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today, the capital city of New York welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800s.
Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour where you will view the fabulous architecture of the area and hear how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. See where the Age of Innocence was filmed, while learning about the history of the town. After the tour, feel free to stop into the Visitor’s Center and view the award winning slideshow, about the history of the RiverSpark area or visit their gift shop.
Albany City & Capital Tour
Join us on a historic tour of Albany. Enjoy a narrated tour of the city including stops at the New York State Capital Building and the New York State Museum, learning about various areas of this state's long, intriguing story.
When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row" - which is replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen who bought the property for summer retreats.
Kingston City Tour
Take a narrated bus tour of Kingston and learn about the history of this charming town. You will enjoy stops at Old Dutch Church and the Senate House, where New York's first Senate met in 1777 amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion. Now a museum, the home showcases 18th and 19th century artwork by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston.
Other Kingston Attractions
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Browse through the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Members of the Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historians founded the museum in 1980.
Trolley Museum of New York
The Trolley Museum of New York is a non-profit educational museum founded in 1955. Through exhibits and educational programs, this museum seeks to share the rich history of rail transportation and the role it played in the Hudson Valley region.
Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Springwood estate is now the site of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.
FDR Home & Museum Tour
Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family, the neo-Georgian house, Springwood, was where the president was born in 1882. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum.
Other Hyde Park Attractions
This site’s main feature is the Vanderbilt Mansion, which features 54 rooms built in the American Renaissance style. A number of tours and experiences are available at this 211-acre site, including self-guided audio tours available through your cell phone and MP3 player.
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Francis Loeb Art Center
Visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. Vassar was the first college or university in the country to include an art museum as part of its original plan. The current 36,000 square foot facility was designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor, Frances Lehman Loeb, a member of the Class of 1928.
In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr., the first minister of foreign affairs who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. You will also have the chance to visit Olana, home of artist Frederick Church.
Olana Guided Tour
Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederick Church. Church designed his home and the surrounding landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Today, you can tour the house and take a stroll of the grounds, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates.
Other Catskill Attractions
Guided Tour of Clermont Estate
The oldest Hudson River estate, Clermont was the homestead of the Livingston family from 1730-1962. Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase, was the most distinguished resident. The estate sets amidst historic gardens and commands a fine view of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.Website
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Art, arrived in the Catskill Mountains wilderness in 1825 and found inspiration, renewal and refuge from a changing world.Website
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The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.
West Point Guided Tour
Take a tour of America’s most notable military academy. You will see the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. West Point is home to one of the most breath-taking vistas in the world with magnificent sights of the Hudson Valley. Due to security regulations, all passengers must present a Photo ID when boarding the bus at West Point.
The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.
Sunnyside and Lyndhurst Tour
Washington Irving's Sunnyside is a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. Your guide, elegantly dressed in period clothing, will explain how Washington Irving designed Sunnyside and the grounds himself, collaborating with his neighbor, artist George Harvey. You will also visit Lyndhurst, one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions. Join us on a guided tour of this remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates.
Other Sleepy Hollow Attractions
The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
Visit this 17th century extant church, located just north of Sleepy Hollow’s downtown area. The most famous element of this excursion is its graveyard, which is prominently featured in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The author of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving, is buried here. Website
The Historical Society Museum of Tarrytown
Join in a celebration of Tarrytown at this museum run by the not-for-profit Historical Society, Inc. A number of collections, exhibits, educational programs and artifacts showcase Tarrytown’s contribution to early American history. Take a tour of the museum and learn more about this area.
Kykuit & Union Church Tour
Take tours of Kykuit, the home of four generations of Rockefellers, and Union Church, which stands on the same property as a memorial to John and Abby Rockefeller. Kykuit’s structure will astound you, as will the stories relayed through your tour guide. Furthermore, your visit to the Union Church is a treat for fans of stained glass art and also features the last work of Henri Matisse.
Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. Once you have docked in Manhattan, enjoy all of the offerings that New York City embodies. Take in cultural events at the Metropolitan Opera House, exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art or simply go sightseeing throughout this metropolitan wonderland.
Narrated City Tour
This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. Experience New York City and learn about the history of major landmarks from your tour guide. This tour will make a special stop at Ground Zero as well.
Other New York Attractions
Empire State Building
Get to know more about this famous building, which rises an impressive quarter-mile into the New York skyline. Trips to the 86th floor Observatory will bring you more than 1000 feet above ground. For those seeking an even more impressive view of the city, travel 200 feet higher to the 102nd floor Observatory. Website
Arguably the most famous park in the world, Central Park is a must-see for visitors seeking a refuge from the bustling streets of Manhattan. Take a walk through this sprawling oasis, which takes up more than 840 acres in the middle of the city. Website
Radio City Music Hall
Home to the world-famous Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall has been host to legendary performers since it opened in 1932. Take in a show or see what happens behind-the-scenes on an all-access tour. Website
Situated in Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Studios is the center of many popular television programs and news outlets, including The Today Show. On a fantastic studio tour, get backstage access on the sets of several programs and learn about the history of this iconic building. Website