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Niagara Falls, New York State

New York's Lakes, Wines & Waterfalls

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,305 pp incl. flights


Short description

A fly-drive adventure through spectacular New York State


  • Compare New York State's natural world with its Big Apple icon
  • Discover the unspoilt beauty of Finger Lakes
  • Explore the grand mansions of Hudson Valley
  • Taste wines in some of the eastern USA's finest vineyards
  • Experience the sheer power of Niagara Falls

In Brief

  • 3 Nights New York City
  • 1 Night Finger Lakes
  • 2 Nights Buffalo
  • 1 Night Corning


Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

This curated itinerary is the prefect way to experience the best of New York State. The trip starts in New York City, arguably America's most iconic metropolis and home to some of the world's most recognisable sights including the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Empire State Building and Central Park, as well as some of the best dining anywhere in the US. After experiencing all New York has to offer, jump in a hire car and head north to the quiet towns, beautiful countryside, superb family-owned wineries and artisan farmers' markets around Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, a complete contrast to the Big Apple. The climax of this memorable holiday will be at the magnificent Niagara Falls, a natural wonder to rival any other on the planet.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
UK/New York City

Spend three days in the Big Apple. As one of the world's great cities, New York needs little introduction. Perhaps contrast Times Square's neon bustle with the relaxed greenery of Central Park or spend some time in cutting-edge SoHo and trendy Brooklyn. Be sure to head to the top of the Rockefeller Center for the best views.

Stay: Sheraton New York

Day 4
Finger Lakes

Drive towards the Finger Lakes for a stay on the crystal-clear lake shores of Skaneateles, home to a historic downtown dating back to 1796. En route, perhaps stop off at the lovely Hudson Valley. A world apart from the city you’ve left behind, its green pastures and farmland have inspired a whole school of art along with plenty of stately manors. One such is Kykuit, the palatial home to generations of the Rockefeller dynasty, which features sculptures by Henry Moore in the gardens. On arrival in the Finger Lakes, spend time exploring the region's wineries and vineyards on one of four wine trails surrounding the picturesque lakes of Canadaigua, Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca. If you time it right then the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen in July is a great way to experience the region's produce with over 90 wineries, live musicians and artists in attendance. 

Stay: La Tourelle Hotel & Spa, Ithaca

Days 5-6
Buffalo/Niagara Falls

Take the scenic route to Buffalo, your gateway to Niagara Falls, driving the Great Lakes Seaway Trail – a designated Scenic Byway. On your way, perhaps make a stop at Rochester. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario it features a range of excellent museums along with serving as an excellent launchpad for the pretty gorges along the Genesee River and the region's famous wineries. On arrival in Buffalo, perhaps take the chance to explore the city's famed food scene – the wings are an obvious highlight. Then, the following day, drive out to the falls themselves, perhaps taking a jet boat tour or the more sedate Maid of the Mist, for a closer view. 

Stay: Hotel at The Lafayette, Buffalo

Day 7

Heading back to New York, stop off for the night at Corning, a small city known for its glass making industry. Visit the fascinating Corning Museum of Glass, which contains some wonderful interactive exhibits and more than 4,000 objects, tracing the history of glassmaking over the last 3,500 years.

Stay: Radisson Corning

Days 8-9
New York City/UK

Return to the city that never sleeps for your return flight home, arriving back in the UK on day 9.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

9-day tailor-made self-drive
from £2,305 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £2,305 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,790 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between London and New York City
  • 8 nights accommodation in 4*/4+* (Superior) hotels on a room only basis
  • 5 days Compact hire car
  • Self-drive information pack

High season: June-September

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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