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"Wine Water Wonders of New York State"

"Wine, Water & Wonders" of New York State South to Northwest
 

Experience the many wonders of New York State with our "Winer, Water & Wonders" of New York State South to Northwest Program. Explore the Hudson Valley, which is known for its stunning landscape, rich history, beautiful parks and gardens, award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries, farm to table restaurants, arts and crafts, culture and more. From Rockland County, Orange County, Ulster County and Westchester County there are so many fantastic places to visit. Then continue to the Corning Museum of Glass, which is the world largest glass museum and browse 3500 years of glassmaking history.  Wind your way through the beautiful Finger Lakes, home to many award- winning wineries. Visit Ithaca, known for Cornell University and Ithaca College, its many waterfalls, gorges, wineries, an incredible culinary scene and fantastic views overlooking Cayuga Lake. Explore Watkins Glen, located on the southern shore of Seneca Lake and discover the natural beauty, local shops and experience the monumental waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park. Visit Rochester, home to Kodak, the Strong National Museum of Play and a 96 feet waterfall right in the heart of downtown. In Niagara Falls USA, experience the thrill of the majestic Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds! Enjoy our unique “Wine, Water & Wonders” of New York State Program.

Sample Itinerary

 

Hudson Valley- 2 nights

Corning Museum of Glass

Ithaca- 2 nights

Watkins Glen

Rochester- 2 nights

Niagara Falls USA- 2 nights

Day 1 New York City to Hudson Valley

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  • From New York City (please contact us for a NYC pre-program) you will start your trip to the Hudson Valley, known for its beautiful landscape, rich history, fantastic cultural experiences and many great attractions. The Hudson Valley is known for its delightful and unique restaurants, beautiful parks and gardens, historic sites, art and culture, award winning golf courses, hiking and biking trails, museums, crafts fairs, wineries, farmers markets and shopping. Explore a variety of distilleries, tasty craft beverage locations and restaurants offering delicious farm to table meals. From Rockland County, Orange County, Ulster County and Westchester County there are so many things to explore.

  • Tour the main rooms of Kykuit, the landmark six-story stone house that was home to four generations of Rockefellers. Expansive, terraced gardens contain a famed collection of 20th-century sculpture.

  • From here continue to Nyack, a charming, eclectic village with local shops, arts and crafts. Have lunch in one of the local restaurants/breweries.

  • Then continue to West Point, which is the oldest continuously occupied military Academy in the United States founded in 1802 and overlooking the Hudson River as it winds through the Hudson Highland. Enjoy a tour of the story of West Point with breathtaking views overlooking the Hudson River and learn of its role in the Revolution, its famous history, along with stories of graduates who helped shape the nation.

  • Dine in the Hotel Thayer- Amazing buffets for lunch or dinner in this historic hotel with pictures of Generals in each guest room. See the cadets that graduate each year.

  • From here continue to Brotherhood Winery. Visit, tour and taste a nice selection of wines in America’s Oldest Winery, which was established in 1839.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Overnight near Woodbury/Stewart Airport

Day 2 Hudson Valley

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  • Today experience the Walkway over the Hudson, which used to be a 19th century railroad bridge and was transformed into the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world- 212 feet above the Hudson River and 1.28 miles long.

  • Then visit the Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Springwood estate in Hyde Park. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the library and learn about the documents and artifacts of the former President and this important time in American history.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant

  • Visit and tour the Culinary Institute of America and learn about the school and tomorrow’s greatest chefs.

  • In the afternoon, return to the Woodbury area for shopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlet. Woodbury Commons is a premium outlet destination, which features over 250 stores with discounted luxury and designer brands such as Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, Burberry, Saint Laurent and many more as well as various dining outlets.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Overnight near Woodbury/Stewart Airport

Day 3 Hudson Valley to the Corning Museum of Glass and Ithaca

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  • From the Hudson Valley, continue to the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. The Finger Lakes Region are comprised of 11 glacially formed lakes and outdoor beauty with gorges and waterfalls, fantastic award- winning wineries, vineyards, breweries, distilleries, farm to table restaurants and more.

  • Located on the Southern part of the Finger Lakes Region, a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass is a must. It is the world largest glass museum, where thousands of objects of glass are displayed. Browse 3500 years of glass-making history in the collection galleries, then watch glass come to life during the live Hot Glass Demo and you will even have the opportunity to create your own glass object with the sandblasting method and you will have your own wine glass for continued tastings.

  • The hit Netflix glassblowing competition Blown Away series is also filmed here and you will see artworks from the season’s challenges on display at the Museum, alongside never-before-seen artists' insights about their finished work.

  • The on-site restaurant can be your choice for lunch

  • Then continue to Ithaca, which is located at the Southern part of Cayuga Lake and home to beautiful waterfalls, nature, farm to table restaurants and Cornell University. Explore the many waterfalls that make Ithaca unique! Stroll through the eclectic downtown for shopping and dining in The Commons, an outdoor pedestrian mall lined with shops and cafes. 

  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Ithaca

  • Overnight in Ithaca- Offering nice hotel choices

Day 4 Cayuga Lake and Ithaca

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  • Today enjoy a tour through Ithaca, including multiple waterfall stops and a visit to Cornell University. Learn about the natural history of the Finger Lakes, the history and stories of Ithaca and Cornell University. Many people go to universities there, fall in love with the area and never leave.  

  • Then visit Taughannock Falls Overlook and see Taughannock Falls plunging 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge, taller than Niagara Falls.

  • Then continue along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, which is America’s first wine trail and has been in existence for more than 40 years. Enjoy a visit to the fantastic award-wining wineries, beautiful vineyards and sample unique wines in the area.

  • The culinary farm to table and wine pairing is on full display at their local culinary institute and is available at Coltivare.

  • In the afternoon return to Ithaca Stroll through the eclectic downtown for shopping and dining in The Commons, an outdoor pedestrian mall lined with shops and cafes. 

  • Dinner in Ithaca

  • Overnight in Ithaca

Day 5 Ithaca- Watkins Glen to Rochester

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  • This morning explore Watkins Glen State Park. The glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs within2 miles, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The stunning gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade.

  • After, continue to the town of Watkins Glen, located on the southern shore of Seneca Lake.  Enjoy local shops offering antiques, apparel, art and more. Then continue on a scenic drive along Seneca Lake.

  • Stop at Glenora Winery (or similar) and enjoy award-winning wines

  • Then continue to Rochester and along the way, stop at Casa Larga Vineyards for another wine tasting. Casa Larga has been family run since 1974 and offers award-winning wines set in beautiful surroundings. The Vineyards occupy 35 acres of land and are located on top of one of the highest points in the Finger Lakes region.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Rochester

  • Overnight in Rochester- Hotels vary from walkable Downtown 3* to a beautiful Spa Hotel up the hill with an award-winning chef and gorgeous environment on Woodcliff lake

Day 6 Rochester

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  • Today visit the George Eastman House (founder of KODAK), which holds unparalleled collections, encompassing several million objects-in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology. 


  • Then explore the Strong National Museum of Play, which is a highly interactive, collection-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play and offers the world’s largest collection of toys and games. 


  • In the afternoon, explore Rochester’s vibrant downtown area that features a nearly 30-meter-high water fall.

  • Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant

  • Overnight in Rochester

Day 7 Rochester to Niagara Falls USA

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  • Today depart Rochester and continue to Niagara Falls.

  • Along the way stop at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal for a 2-hour cruise on the historic Erie Canal. The canal is a 363-mile waterway between the Hudson River, Niagara River and the Great Lakes and an important part of American history. Your fun and informative cruise will take you past five of the original 1800's locks, under multiple bridges while learning about the history of the Canal.  

  • After the cruise continue to the Freedom Run Winery for a wine tasting experience.

  • Then continue to Niagara Falls USA

  • Dinner at a local restaurant

  • Overnight in Niagara Falls USA

Day 8 Niagara Falls USA

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  • Today visit Niagara Falls State Park and take in the sights and sounds of the majestic Niagara Falls USA. Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States and features a brand new state-of-the-art visitor center.

  • Enjoy a ride on the Maid of the Mist, which features two environmental friendly, zero- emission vessels, that will take you as close as possible to the amazing Niagara Falls.

  • Experience the Cave of the Winds and let the rushing waters loom above you.

  • Enjoy a ride on the Maid of the Mist, which features two environmental friendly, zero- emission vessels, that will take you as close as possible to the amazing Niagara Falls.

  • In the afternoon you can enjoy additional outdoor adventures, such as a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour or a helicopter ride over the Falls or go shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, explore lively downtown Niagara Falls as well as the history, art and culture.

  • Dinner at a local restaurant- experience the casino and restaurant collection inside

  • Overnight in Niagara Falls USA

Day 9 Departure Day

  • Departure from Niagara Falls USA via car, train or air from Buffalo Niagara International Airport

*Program can be customized according to your preferred length of stay and budget

Delta Airlines

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  • The official airline of Wine, Water, and Wonders of New York State, Delta Air Lines offers nearly 5,000 daily flights connecting people across more than 265 destinations on six continents, with award-winning operational excellence, customer service, safety, and innovation. The leading global airline, Delta’s mission is to create opportunities, foster understanding, and expand horizons by connecting people and communities to each other and their potential.

RMP Travel Inc. is the preferred partner for “Wine, Water & Wonders”.

 

Contact us now at suzi.steiger@rmptvl.com to create your customized program!

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