North East American Gardens Tour and Cruise - NAG17

Number of Days: 15
Destination: USA
Available Dates

    Trip Highlights

    • Explore New York Botanical Gardens and the Highline
    • Sail past the Statue of Liberty
    • See Franklin Roosevelt’s former home
    • Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion
    • Explore The Mount, Edith Wharton’s garden
    • Travel through the Erie Canal to the Thousand Islands
    • Explore Mt Vernon, home of America’s first ‘gardening president’
    • Visit Singer Castle in Chippewa Bay
    • See the sights of Québec
    • Sail the Saguenay River one of the best places in the world to see whales
    • Travel to Montréal City and enjoy a guided tour
    • See influential North American landscape architecture at Naumkeag in the Berkshires
    • Visit JD Rockefeller’s Kykuit Mansion and art collection



  • Commences New York Monday 26 September 2016

    Day 1. Arrive New York

    Transfer to your river ship the MV Grande Mariner. Enjoy a welcome dinner (included) this evening. Accommodation 14 nights: aboard the comfortable MV Grande Mariner. D

    Day 2. New York City and Kykuit

    Visit the famed New York Botanical Gardens, boasting one of the world’s greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain. It houses the nation’s largest Victorian-era glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Next stop is Kykuit, a Hudson Valley landmark and home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. See the Rockefeller private art collection and magnificent expansive garden terraces, garden ornaments and many fountains, as well as spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. Your day culminates with a cocktail party atop the deck of your ship as you bid farewell to New York City. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the harbour, the illuminated Statue of Liberty and the iconic city skyline. B,L,D

    Day 3. Roosevelt Estate and Gardens, Poughkeepsie

    A short cruise takes you from Bear Mountain to West Point, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. This morning choose to visit either the West Point Military Academy campus, including its gothic revival style chapel. Alternatively visit Boscobel with its colonial architecture or Stonecrop with its magnificent garden. Heading north on the Hudson River you will stop in Poughkeepsie. Here choose to visit either historic Hyde Park, including a visit to Springwood, the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s only four-term president. Alternatively visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic site. You are sure to enjoy its 211 acres of parkland that boast centuries old tree plantings and stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views. B,L,D

    Day 4. The Mount, Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens

    Arrive in Troy, known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows as seen in such films as Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence. Here, witness the unique feat of lowering the ship’s pilot house as we prepare to travel under the low bridges of the Erie Canal. A visit to The Mount is sure to be a fascinating one of historical significance; especially for those interested in women’s history. It is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton designed and built herself. She was an established author of fiction, architecture and gardens. Later visit Naumkeag Mansion and gardens and experience a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. Marvel at this rare Berkshire cottage, its magnificent gardens and the incredible panoramic view. B,L,D

    Day 5. Troy, Erie Canal Lock 11 and Amsterdam

    Today your river ship will pass through Lock 11 of the Erie Canal to Amsterdam. B,L,D

    Day 6. Amsterdam and Sylvan Beach

    Today you will enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal taking in the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside. During the day, you may choose to visit Cooperstown and meet the ship later in the day at Sylvan Beach. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is best known as the ‘Birthplace of Baseball’ and is home to the renowned Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Choose to visit Fenimore Art Museum or Farmers Museum. Tonight in Sylvan Beach, on the shores of shimmering Oneida Lake, a local performer will entertain and pay tribute to the history and music of the Erie Canal. B,L,D

    Day 7. Sylvan Beach and Oswego Canal

    Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. You may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights. B,L,D

    Day 8. Boldt Castle and Gardens, Thousand Island and Alexander Bay

    Cruise to Clayton. Visit the Antique Boat Museum and the majestic Boldt Castle and gardens where you will learn of the touching story behind its creation. Enjoy scenic cruising through the beautiful Thousand Islands, a favourite holiday destination. B,L,D

    Day 9. Alexander Bay, Dark Island and Ogdensburg

    Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour Singer Castle. Afterwards, journey on to Ogdensburg where you might like to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum. B,L,D

    Day 10. St. Lawrence Seaway

    Crossing into Canada, you will cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats.

    Day 11. Quebec City

    Today you will take a tour of the private garden of La Seigneurie de I’ile d’Orleans. Afterwards, a sightseeing tour will introduce you to the highlights of the beautiful city of Québec. B,L,D

    Day 12. Rimouski and Les Jardins de Metis

    Cruise north along the St. Lawrence River passing the beautiful Saguenay River en route to Rimouski. Be sure to look out for whales as this is one of the world’s best locales for whale watching. A private visit and guided tour of Les Jardins de Metis also known as Reford Gardens is sure to be a fascinating one. The unique garden is bold and innovative, yet traditional. Few gardens have been built in such difficult and harsh conditions as the Québec climate; it is a story of triumph. B,L,D

    Day 13. Saguenay River and St. Lawrence River

    Cruise to the breath-taking Saguenay River, boarded by dramatic cliffs which create some of Canada’s most stunning natural scenery. You then cruise south on the St. Lawrence River to your next destination, Montréal. B,L,D

    Day 14. Montreal

    Arrive in Montréal this afternoon and embark on a city highlights tour. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Jardin Botanique de Montréal located in the Olympic Park. Here, marvel at over 20,000 species of plants as you explore the 31 gardens which have been planted over 75 hectares. B,L,D

    Day 15. Depart Montreal

    Disembark in Montreal and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Pre-tour optional extension: 

    Day 1. Arrive Washington

    Be met at the airport and join your fellow travellers for dinner at 6.30pm.

    2 nights: Washington DC, Fairmont Hotel or similar. D

    Day 2. Washington and Mt. Vernon

    See the sights of Washington including the White House. Visit Mt Vernon, the former home of America’s first ‘gardening President’, George Washington, and Hillwood Estate. B,D 

    Day 3. Virginia and Wilmington

    Travel through southern Pennsylvania and explore an Amish farm house. Visit Chanticleer, one of the great gardens of the region.2 nights: Wilmington, Du Pont Hotel or similar. B,D 

    Day 4. Brandywine Valley

    Spend the morning at Longwood Gardens. With 20 outdoor display gardens, as well as lakes, meadows and forest walks, there is plenty to explore. This afternoon visit Winterthur Garden, home of Henry Du Pont. B,D 

    Day 5. New York City

    Depart Wilmington for New York City where you will board your ship. B,D

    Meals: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Welcome, farewell and other dinners as per final itinerary


    • Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
    • 41 Meals - 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
    • Airport Transfers on first and last day, tipping and port taxes
    • House beer, wine and soft drink with lunch and dinner on board the ship


  • Available Dates

    • From $13950

    Ref: NAG16

    26-Sep-2017 10-Oct-2017

    Prices are based on twin share from

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