Discover the magnificent scenery and captivating history of New York State's Hudson River Valley, home to the vast estates of preeminent New York families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, as well as being the inspiration for such famous tales as Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This 11-day tailor-made holiday includes a week exploring the historic sights and majestic landscapes of the Hudson River Valley, along with four nights in New York City, a cultural melting pot jam-packed with iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, world-class restaurants and theatre and some of the best shopping in the United States.
3 nights New York City • 1 night Tarrytown • 2 nights New Paltz • 1 night Albany • 1 night Saratoga Springs • 1 night Rhinebeck • 1 night New York City
Days 1-3: New York City
Arrive in New York, a city rightfully known for its cultural diversity and social integration, New York has a history of welcoming immigrants from across the world to its bustling streets, leading to a melting pot of influences reflected in the art, music, culture and cuisine of this fascinating metropolis.
Spend three action-packed days exploring the many highlights of the Big Apple including iconic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, world-class museums and galleries such as the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art and the wide-open spaces of Central Park.
Day 4: Tarrytown
Collect your hire car and leave the big city behind as you head into the beautiful countryside of the Hudson River Valley. Your first stop will be Sunnyside, the 17th century Dutch farmhouse, once owned by Washington Irving, author of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'.
Your next stop will be the sprawling estate of Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, before heading to the imposing edifice of Lyndhust, built by Jay Gould and boasting some superb views of the Hudson River.
Days 5-6: New Paltz
Continue your journey along the Hudson, past West Point and Newburgh and on to New Paltz where you'll spend the next two nights. Enjoy a tour of historic Huguenot Street, a series of stone house museums, a church and early burial ground dating as far back as 1678.
The next day, you'll head to Hyde Park, home of the powerful Roosevelt family, located directly across the river from New Paltz and surrounded by several important historical sights including Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage and Mrs Roosevelt's cottage Valkill.
Day 7: Albany
Today you'll head to Albany - New York's state capital - and a tour of the town's fascinating Heritage Area Visitors Centre on the delightfully named Quakenbush Square, where you'll learn about the region's history and heritage. You can learn more about the history of New York at the New York State Museum including the development of the Nelson Rockefeller-inspired Empire State Plaza.
Day 8: Saratoga Springs
Continue your journey along the Hudson River to Saratoga Springs, home to mineral springs first discovered by Native Americans in the 14th Century who realised the values of the water's healing properties. Spend some time at the Saratoga National Historical Park visitors centre where you'll learn about one of the great battles and turning points of the American Revolution, followed by a short drive to the battlefield itself.
Day 9: Rhinebeck
Begin your journey back along the Hudson on the opposite side of the river, taking in some beautiful panoramic views and stopping at mansions including Montgomery Place, Wilderstein and Mills Mansion, an impressive building on the Staatsburgh State Historic Site near to Hyde Park, originally purchased in 1792 by prominent military commander and politician Morgan Lewis.
Day 10: New York City
Return to New York where you'll have a final day to take in some of the sights you may have missed first time round. A Broadway musical is a fantastic way to round of your trip and be sure to visit some of the neighbourhoods away from central Manhattan such as the East Village, Soho and the Meatpacking District.
Day 11: Departure
Make your way to the airport at any time for your onward flight.