After boarding your ship in New York City, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from the metropolitan area to the Hudson River region.
Signature New York City Tour
Enjoy a wonderful, narrated tour of the Big Apple led by a native New Yorker who will give you a personal and in-depth account of life in NYC. This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. While on tour, stop at the World Trade Center Memorial to explore the Reflective Pools honoring the lives lost and the sacrifices made by the citizens of New York City.
*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
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.
Historic Troy Walking Tour
In the mid-19th century, Troy was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States thanks to a booming textile industry. Enjoy a walking tour with a local historian as you view the Victorian architecture of the area and learn how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. Step back in time to the Age of Innocence, while discovering the history of the town.
Troy Lock & Dam Cruise
Enjoy a day learning about the lock and dam system used on the Erie Canal which was originally built to help create a water route from New York City to the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes to help increase trade and populate the region. Ground was broken on July 4, 1817 to begin construction of this canal, making 2017 the bicentennial of this historic event. While on tour, you will learn about locks, trade season, ecology, steamboats and much more.
Albany City Experience
Visit Albany and discover what has enticed visitors for over 400 years. Albany is one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original thirteen colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. Enjoy a narrated tour of the city, including a stop at the New York State Capitol Building and the New York State Museum, which houses an impressive collection of over 12 million specimens and artifacts.
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," replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen as a summer retreat.
Narrated Kingston Exploration
Kingston was settled in 1652, and is the third oldest settlement in the Dutch Colony, after Manhattan and Albany, and was once the capital of New York. Enjoy a stop at the Old Dutch Church, founded in 1659. During the Revolutionary War, the church and its congregation were aligned with the patriot cause. As a result, in November of 1782, General George Washington visited the church. View a hand-written letter from Washington regarding his reception at the church, which is proudly on display in the Narthex.
Hudson River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion
Founded in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum focuses on preserving, researching, and collecting artifacts directly related to the Hudson River. Exhibits include historic vessels, art, and materials from the transportation industry. Explore this museum on your own and learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region.
Frances Loeb Art Center
Located on the campus of Vassar College, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a teaching museum, major art repository, and exhibition space. Enjoy a guided tour of this amazing center which displays everything from ancient Chinese and Egyptian art to contemporary pieces.
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 and is the site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his home, Springwood estate, which is designated as a 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 guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Enjoy breathtaking views while taking this narrated walk over the Hudson River, beginning at the dock and continuing to the covered bridge overlooking the river. Standing at 212 feet tall and approximately 1.5 miles long, this bridge was once the railroad path for trains and has since been transformed into the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr. As the first minister of foreign affairs, he 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 State Historic Site
Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederic 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.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
A visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site provides entry into the world of the man who became the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Tour the 1815 Federal yellow-brick Main House and visit the historic rooms where the Cole family lived, including the West Parlor where Thomas Cole was married and the upstairs rooms where his children were born and where Cole died in 1848.
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.
Guided West Point Tour
Take a tour of America’s most notable military academy, considered by George Washington to be the most important military position in America. Its establishment as the United States Military Academy occurred in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to that effect. This guided tour of the historic grounds of West Point includes Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking vistas and magnificent views 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.
Gothic Lyndhurst Mansion Tour
Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY is 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 and enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty.
Washington Irving's Sunnyside
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanting adventure in a romantic landscape. This much-loved riverside home has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington 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.
Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. Once you have docked in Manhattan, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. Enjoy a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, view exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, or simply explore New York City, freestyle.