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New York's Historic Hudson Valley

Featuring FDR’s Hyde Park, Culinary Institute and Mohonk Mountain House

7 DAYS • 15 MEALS See the homes of presidents and millionaires, plus see the world's future leaders in training, and taste the work of tomorrow's best chefs.
This tour departs from the Chicagoland/Wisconsin Area

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The Mayflower Tours Way
  • Free home or local pickup and return
  • 15 Meals (6 dinners, 3 lunches and 6 breakfasts)
  • Spend 1 night at the beautiful Turning Stone Casino Resort
  • Included waterfront lunch at Mariner’s Harbor Restaurant
  • Narrated cruise on the historic Hudson River aboard the Rip Van Winkle
  • Tour of Hyde Park including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home and Library
  • Take a student-led narrated tour of the Culinary Institute of America and enjoy a delicious lunch
  • Tour the Frederick Vanderbilt Mansion, a fine example of Beaux Arts architecture
  • A private chocolate and wine presentation hosted by renowned chocolatier, Oliver Kita
  • Dinner at the impressive Rhinecliff Hotel, a historic railway hotel
  • Visit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  • $35 in Mayflower Money
Days One and Two — Travel to New York’s Turning Stone Casino Resort We begin with a welcome dinner and overnight in Ohio before coming to the Empire State. We make our way across upstate New York to the beautiful Turning Stone Casino Resort, our home for the night. 2 Dinners and breakfast Day Three — Hudson River Cruise We arrive in the Hudson Valley in time for lunch at Mariner’s Harbor Restaurant for waterfront dining overlooking the historic Hudson River. After lunch, we climb aboard the Rip Van Winkle, a modern 300 passenger vessel, for an unforgettable cruise past picturesque lighthouses, millionaire’s sumptuous estates lining the beautiful Hudson River. Later, we check into our hotel where a delicious dinner awaits. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Four — The Best of the Hudson Valley This morning a local guide joins us for a tour of Hyde Park. The highlight is a visit to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home and Library, the birthplace and home to our 32nd President, preserved as he knew it during the closing years of his life. We then visit the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) where a narrated tour given by a current CIA student shows us the institute. Lunch here, a culinary experience, is also included. We’ll also visit the Frederick Vanderbilt Mansion, a fine example of Beaux Arts architecture. Built in 1896-98, the mansion affords magnificent views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. At the impressive Rhinecliff Hotel, a historic railway hotel built in 1854, we are given a chocolate and wine presentation hosted by renowned chocolatier, Oliver Kita, before our included dinner at the Rhinecliff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Day Five — U.S. Military Academy and Mohonk Mountain House At the U. S. Military Academy a local guide takes on a narrated tour of the campus of West Point. The Academy’s mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets to serve the nation as an officer in the US Army. While on the campus, we also visit the West Point Museum. Then, we enjoy a lovely buffet luncheon at the Historic Hotel Thayer, a national historic treasure, located on the grounds of West Point. Poised along the banks of Lake Mohonk sits the Victorian castle resort of Mohonk Mountain House. We spend some free time at this majestic resort where you see awarding winning gardens and enjoy the magnificent hotel which is truly a structure reminiscent of a bygone era. Tonight, dinner is included at the Mohonk Mountain House resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Days Six and Seven — National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and Home We visit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor followed by a farewell dinner and overnight in Pennsylvania. We return home from our Hudson Valley adventure which we hope you’ve enjoyed. 2 Breakfasts and dinner
Day One Hampton Inn, Ashtabula, Ohio Day Two Turning Stone Casino Resort, Verona, New York Days Three through Five Best Western Plus, Kingston, New York Day Six Hampton Inn, Du Bois, Pennsylvania

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LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.