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Wine, Water & Wonders Of New York State

Begins and ends in New York City

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • All year round

Embark on a journey through varied landscapes and cultural experiences that extend far beyond the bustling streets of the Big Apple. This remarkable 14-night adventure enables you to delve into the wines of Finger Lakes, the waters of Niagara Falls, the wonders of Hudson Valley, and so much more.

  • Round-trip scheduled flights to New York
  • Intermediate 4-door car hire including insurances
  • Accommodation as stated

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Day 1

Arrive New York City

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New York’s Newark or JFK airport. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Tarrytown, in the heart of Hudson Valley, which provides your base for the next two nights. 

Sheraton Tarrytown
Day 2

Tarrytown (Hudson Valley)

Today offers you the chance to ddiscover the delights of Tarrytown at your own pace. With its postcard-perfect charm, this scenic village boasts a wealth of historical treasures waiting to be uncovered. Wander through time as you visit iconic landmarks like Lyndhurst and the beloved former residence of Washington Irving, fondly known as “Sunnyside”. You’ll find an abundance of lush parks scattered across the town and along the tranquil banks of the Hudson River, providing ample opportunity for leisurely exploration and moments of serenity. 

Sheraton Tarrytown
Day 3, 4

Albany (Hudson Valley)

133mi / 214km

This morning you will make the short journey north to Albany, the capital city of New York State, where you’ll enjoy a two-night stay. En route, we recommend you make a stop in Rhinebeck, a pretty historic town offering majestic views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. 

At the heart of Albany lies its historic downtown area, characterised by stunning architecture dating back to the colonial era. The city’s skyline is punctuated by landmarks such as the New York State Capitol Building, a magnificent example of 19th-century Romanesque architecture, and the Empire State Plaza, a modernised complex housing museums, and cultural institutions.  With numerous parks, trails, and outdoor recreational areas, Albany offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and more. Washington Park, a historic urban oasis, features scenic gardens, tree-lined pathways, and outdoor concerts and events throughout the year.

Sightseeing in Albany

Hilton Albany
Day 5, 6

Lake George (Adirondacks)

60mi / 97km

After bidding farewell to the bustling capital city, today you’ll embark on a brief journey to the shores of Lake George, where you’ll be based for the next two nights.

The Lake George area is an enchanting natural haven, awaiting your exploration. Whether taken by land or water, there are so many adventures at your fingertips to choose from. Revolution Rail Co. offers a unique railbike experience, allowing you to pedal your way through the picturesque Adirondack mountains. Meanwhile, historic ships and steamboats grace the tranquil waters of Lake George, offering a glimpse into the region’s maritime heritage.

For history enthusiasts, a leisurely stroll through the battlements of a French and Indian War-era fort is highly recommended. Experience the thunderous firing of cannons and captivating reenactments of the Battles of Lake George at the Fort William Henry Museum.

Families visiting the area will find a plethora of family-friendly activities to enjoy. From the timeless charm of Six Flags Great Escape, an amusement park with a 70-year legacy, to exhilarating treetop adventures at the Adirondack Adventure Centre and Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. Additionally, young explorers can embark on a journey through time at Lake George Expedition Park’s dinosaur trail, igniting their curiosity and imagination.

Courtyard by Marriott, Lake George
Day 7, 8

Rochester (Finger Lakes)

248mi / 399km

Today marks the longest journey of this remarkable adventure, but it is well worth it. Your destination is Rochester, where you’ll spend the next two nights. To break the journey, we suggest making a stop in Syracuse as it would be a shame to miss it. Often dubbed the “Salt City” due to its historical significance in the salt production industry, Syracuse has transformed into a thriving urban hub renowned for its dynamic arts scene and fabulous array of shops.

Once you’ve arrived in Rochester, you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of experiences including arts, theatre, music, photography, history, nature and recreation options a-plenty! From standing in the very parlour where Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting, to immersing yourself in the soulful melodies of jazz echoing through the streets, Rochester promises a wealth of museums, attractions, cultural events, and culinary delights. Don’t miss the chance to sample a “white hot,” a local variation of the classic hot dog.

For those craving outdoor adventures, Rochester’s picturesque trails and waterways offer boundless opportunities for exploration. Whether it’s boating on the serene lakes and rivers or hiking and biking through over 12,000 acres of parkland, the city caters to outdoor enthusiasts of all types.

Sightseeing in the Finger Lakes region

The Strathallan Hotel & Spa, Rochester
Day 9, 10

Niagara Falls area

87mi / 140km

You’ll be sad to leave Rochester, however you’ll be making the journey to the Greater Niagara region, where the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls awaits your arrival. What’s more, you’ll have two nights to immerse yourself in the splendour of this remarkable area.

From exhilarating Maid of the Mist boat tours to panoramic vistas in Niagara Falls State Park, there are countless ways to marvel at the sheer power and breathtaking beauty of the falls. But the wonders of the Greater Niagara region extend far beyond the iconic falls. Outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves spoiled for choice with a plethora of recreational opportunities. Explore the rugged landscapes of the Niagara Escarpment, hike along scenic trails in Letchworth State Park (often hailed as the “Grand Canyon of the East”), or partake in water-based activities on the pristine waters of Lake Ontario and the meandering Niagara River.

NOTE: please ensure that if you are planning on crossing into Canada, you have the correct documentation prior to departing the UK.

Sightseeing in the Greater Niagara region

Sheraton Niagara Falls NY
Day 11, 12, 13

Ithaca (Finger Lakes)

165mi / 266km

Today, you’ll journey to a different region of the enchanting Finger Lakes region, spending three nights immersing yourself in the beauty of Ithaca. Before reaching Ithaca, we highly recommend a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, showcasing the world’s finest collection of art and historical glass. Atttracting visitors from across the globe, we’ve no doubt you will be tempted to take a souvenir with you.

Nestled amidst lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and the shimmering waters of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca boasts the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of hiking trails and kayaking options available, departing from this picturesque town.

Ithaca’s lively downtown area pulses with activity, featuring an array of eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. The iconic Ithaca Commons, a pedestrian mall lined with shops and eateries, serves as a vibrant hub for community gatherings, festivals, and live performances year-round.

Ithaca serves as an ideal base for exploring neighbouring towns such as Watkins Glen and Geneva. Watkins Glen is celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich racing history, while Geneva offers a charming atmosphere and an array of outdoor activities, including challenging golf courses, spectacular hiking trails, and thrilling mountain biking adventures.

Sightseeing in the Finger Lakes region

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Day 14

Poughkeepsie (Hudson Valley)

183mi / 295km

The concluding stretch of this splendid journey leads you back into magnificent Hudson Valley for one last evening, staying in Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is renowned for its wealth of exquisitely preserved 19th-century edifices, among them the illustrious Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the stately Cunneen-Hackett Arts Centre. These architectural marvels serve as vibrant hubs for an array of cultural events, ranging from stirring concerts to captivating theatrical performances.

As you savour your final night, we suggest indulging in the delights of farm-to-table cuisine at local eateries. Furthermore, explore the diverse array of craft beverages offered at nearby breweries and wineries, allowing your taste buds to revel in the flavours of the region.

DoubleTree by Hilton Poughkeepsie
Day 15

Journey Home

91mi / 146km

You may have time for some last-minute shopping this morning before you head back to Newark or JFK Airport, return your rental car, and check in for your flight back to the UK.


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