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    Hudson River Cruise: Fall Colours, Conservation & Creativity of New York State
    7 nights
    from $6,990* per person twin share
    2022 prices for 2023 departures, discounted kids' rates & 5% off groups^
    In the seasonal transformation with summer’s longer days only a memory, we are in the Hudson, New York, legendary for music and art, dotted with riverside towns full of history and steeped in maritime legend, often guarded by stoic lighthouses. Rising serenely from the river, the land occasionally borders the great waterway by startlingly steep cliffs, as autumn bursts forth in a many-hued transformation. Along our journey, we focus on and learn about the river, valley, critical conservation work, the Hudson River’s maritime history, and the essential roles music and art have played in the region. The Hudson, “America’s First River,” has emerged as a place of rebirth, transformation, nature, and of adventure. Our meticulously designed itinerary explores the region, designated as the Hudson Valley Natural Heritage Area and part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve, with remarkable depth, coming to know this river of constant change through specially curated experiences.
    Your package includes: Bonus & highlights

    Your package includes:

    Bonus & highlights

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    Aboard Ship

    • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
    • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
    • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
    • Fitness center or exercise equipment
    • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
    • The guidance and company of our expedition staff & undersea specialist for a full 360 immersive experience into the destination.
    • B&H photo locker
    • Open bridge policy
    • Global Explorers Program

    Ashore

    • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
    • Sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
    • Transfers to and from group flights
    • The expertise of our expedition staff

    Activities

    • All excursions
    • Zodiac & kayak explorations
    • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
    Bonus & highlights

    Bonus & highlights

    Bonus

    • Book by 31 January 2022 to guarantee 2022 prices for 2023 departures
    • Take AUD$625 off for each child under the age of 18
    • Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people^
    • Exclusive to TravelManagers: Complimentary video chronicle per cabin valued at USD$50. The video chroniclers shoot vivid HD footage on every expedition and—with no recycled footage ever—they provide guests with a professionally edited and completely authentic memento of their expedition. Guests often compare it to receiving a nature documentary of their expedition—something totally unique to share with friends and family.#<.sup>

    Highlights

    • Experience the magic of autumn’s transitional beauty
    • Encounter fall wildlife while kayaking Constitution Marsh and Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area
    • Visit Storm King Mountain Art Center
    • Photograph the many iconic lighthouses and bridges along our journey
    • Visit Sleepy Hollow and hear Washington Irving’s ageless tale re-told
    • Sail through the rolling hills of upstate New York at the height of fall, taking in a magnificent palette of autumn colors
    • Kayak in Constitution Marsh, an important nature reserve and wildlife refuge
    • Visit the home of artist Thomas Cole, considered the founder of the Hudson River School art movement
    • Learn about the Clearwater, a traditional sloop commissioned to engage young people in environmental stewardship, and enjoy a chance to cruise under its sails
    Valid for travel
    Valid for departures in October & November of 2022 & 2023. Ask you personal travel manager for a quote for the dates you'd like to travel. Seasonal surcharges apply. Subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    31 Jan 2022 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive New York City / Embark

    This evening, we embark National Geographic Sea Lion and sail out of New York Harbor north into the Hudson River. (D)

    Day 2

    Cruising the Hudson River / Constitution Marsh / Bannerman Castle

    With the dawn, we awake to the beauty of the Hudson River Valley. The place to be is on deck as we spend the early hours of the day cruising with the river unfolding before us.

    We cruise slowly by West Point Military Academy before arriving at Constitution Marsh, where we launch kayaks to explore the protected riverside wetland. Watch for birds: belted kingfishers sitting quietly or darting up a slough sounding their rattling call, or hawks like northern harriers quartering over the marshland. Or, simply stop for a moment and relish the stillness of the wetland. The island protecting the marsh was presented to the nation on behalf of early American authors, Anna and Susan Warner, to be forever preserved as a historic and natural landmark.

    Next, we make the short trip north for a cruise around Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island. This abandoned military storage facility with a storied history dates back to the early 1900’s. On shore, take in a special musical performance as our first evening on the Hudson fades to night. (B,L,D)

    Day 3

    Catskill / Rogers Island / Hudson

    This morning, we call at the village of Catskill. Visit the home of renowned landscape painter Thomas Cole, now a National Historic Landmark Site. Passionate about American wilderness, Cole is recognized as the founder of the Hudson River art movement.

    Later, as our ship is anchored near the picturesque Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, opt to join a kayak excursion through the waterways of Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area or choose to visit the quiet town of Hudson. (B,L,D)

    Day 4

    Kingston

    This morning, we are at Kingston, where the Rondout Lighthouse marks the entrance to the creek with the town a short distance from the river. At Kingston, we learn the story of the sloop Clearwater and the organization, founded in part by legendary American folk musician Pete Seeger and dedicated not only to the care of the vessel, but to many conservation and environmental projects in the area. Conditions permitting, we embark the sloop and sail out of the harbor for a unique experience on the Hudson. Later, we stop by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, featuring exhibits on a variety of subjects, especially focused on the conservation of this great waterway. (B,L,D)

    Day 5

    Esopus Island / Esopus Meadows Lighthouse / Cruising the Hudson

    Today, we are off exploring the Hudson in the Esopus area. By kayak and Zodiac, we cruise Esopus Island, now a quiet less-visited mid-river islet. Over the years, this skinny little island—not even a mile long and mere yards wide—has seen its share of intriguing visitors from Native Americans’ gatherings to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s parties. Even the legendary and notorious Aleister Crowley camped for 40 days and nights in solitude on Esopus Island in the summer of 1918 during the waning days of the First World War.

    Our day of exploration takes us to Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, considered one of the most scenic on the Hudson. Later, meandering slowly along the great riverway, the splendor of the river surrounds us. (B,L,D)

    Day 6

    Storm King Mountain

    The mountain, called “Butter Hill” in earlier days, later became known as Storm King, encouraged in part by writer Nathaniel Parker Willis, who wrote, “The tallest mountain is … looked upon as the most sure foreteller of a storm. When the white cloud-beard descends upon his breast in the morning … there is sure to be a rain-storm before night.” Storm King was a regular subject of Hudson River School painters, as they depicted the natural splendor of the mountain while wrestling with the approaching industrialization and commercialization of the Hudson, a contentious duality to this day. Art is alive on the western flanks of the mountain. The 500-acre Storm King Art Center seeks to bring art, nature and people together in the open air of the sculpture park. Later, we ascend to the higher reaches of the mountain itself to take in the magnificent views back down towards the river and beyond. (B,L,D)

    Day 7

    Bear Mountain Bridge / Popolopen Creek at Fort Montgomery / Sleepy Hollow

    We awake in sight of Bear Mountain Bridge, the morning’s golden hour offering the opportunity to photograph the bridge against the backdrop of the Hudson fall. If conditions look good, we set out for a morning kayak exploration where Popolopen Creek meets the Hudson at Fort Montgomery. On our way south, we pass Iona Island, part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    Soon, we arrive at Sleepy Hollow. “A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere,” wrote Washington Irving about the town. We disembark and hear a re-telling of Irving’s tale before a walk along the 13 Bridges Trail. In the late afternoon we stop at the Sleepy Hollow cemetery as the sun sets on our Hudson River adventure. (B,L,D)

    Day 8

    New York / Disembark

    This morning we disembark in New York Harbor to begin our homeward journeys. (B)

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person twin share based on 2 adults travelling, land only (unless stated otherwise), correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and may change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. ^This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare; minimum group size of 8 guests to apply for the group discount. #Video chronicle is per cabin (or per family for family groups). Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies. Cruise cancellation policy: number of days prior to expedition start / per person – 120 or more days = $350 (refunded in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate); 119–90 days = advance payment cost; 89–60 days = 25% of trip cost; 59-45 days = 50% of trip cost; 44-0 days = no refund. Offers are not combinable with any other offers. Offer is valid on new bookings only. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions before departure. Other conditions may apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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