Day 1: London – New York
Your holiday East Coast adventure starts as you fly into New York today. Make the most of your day and head out to explore the city, discovering all the sights that will find in the films. Take a stroll around Central Park or spend the night in Times Square, the choice is yours. Stay 2 nights at the Wellington Hotel (or similar).
Day 2: New York
Take in the sights that only New York can deliver from the green oasis of Central Park, to the designer shopping along Fifth Avenue, and not forgetting the great dame that is the Statue of Liberty and the spectacular aerial views from the top of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. More than the attractions, New York’s buzzing nightlife and world-class dining has to be experienced, from the Broadway shows to the famous Michelin star restaurants.
Day 3: New York – Poughkeepsie
Collect your hire car and head north to Poughkeepsie to ride the glass elevator to the world’s longest pedestrian bridge with unrivalled views over the Hudson River Valley. For lunch take a tour of the Culinary Institute of America followed by an afternoon cruise to enjoy the unique scenic beauty of the Hudson River. On your return, treat yourself to dinner at one of the many select riverside restaurants. Stay 2 nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie (or similar)
Day 4: Poughkeepsie
Today travel deep into the heartland of Dutchess County for a sensory feast starting with the sweet taste of artisanal maple syrup at Madava Farms, set in 800 acres of natural beauty. Next stop is for a relaxing stroll by the Asia-inspired streams and terraces of Innisfree Garden, noted as one of the world’s top ten gardens, and then on to Millbrook Vineyards and Winery to taste the award-winning wines. In the afternoon, meet the local coffee roasters at Irving Farm Coffee House and take home some samples.
Day 5: Poughkeepsie – Rhinebeck
History is the theme today as you head north through Dutchess County to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a masterpiece of American Beau-Arts design, followed by a visit to the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of the USA’s most revered presidents, and where the nearby Presidential Library takes visitors on an interactive tour back to the era of his administration. As you head towards historic Rhinebeck, visit the modest cottage of Val-Kill, the private home of the president’s wife and first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Stay 2 nights at the Beekman Arms Hotel, Rhinebeck (or similar)
Day 6: Rhinebeck
The charming village of Rhinebeck established in 1688 is home to over 347 historic buildings, and its visitors always enjoy discovering its art galleries, restaurants and boutique shops. For another side of history in Dutchess County be sure to see the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome where you’ll be able to see planes from the Golden Age of aviation during WW1, see a weekend air show, and experiance a passenger ride in a Biplane. (Aerodrome opens between May 1st - October 31st)
Day 7: Rhinebeck – London
Drive south today back towards New York, but be sure to stop off at the Dia:Beacon, a fascinating art museum housed in a refurbished Nabisco box factory set on the banks of the Hudson in Beacon, New York. In the afternoon continue to the airport to catch your overnight flight back to London.