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New York State In 9 Days - Self-Drive

From €1508pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
03 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
9 Days
Destination
New York State
Price
From €1508pp including flights
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Fly from Dublin to New York Stewart International Airport with Norwegian Airlines and explore the best that New York State has to offer with this nine-day tour itinerary.

Highlights Include: 

  • Hudson River views, great estates, farms & farm markets, events and festivals, cultural & culinary attractions, boutique & antique shopping.
  • The Culinary Institute of America - The premier culinary school offers student-guided tours and dining at four awardwinning restaurants
  • Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome One of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, antique autos, motorcycles, engines & memorabilia spanning 1900-1939. 
  • Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic SitesFranklin D. Roosevelt Home on the Hudson is FDR’s birthplace and final resting place offering guided tours.
  • Innisfree Garden - One of the top ten gardens in the world. The Asian “cup” gardens are a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky.
  • Syracuse, Destiny USA - More than 200 retail stores, dining opportunities and entertainment facilities; the largest facility of its kind in New York State and the 6th largest in the United States.
  • Ska-nonh Great Law of Peace Center - Offers insight into the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Native Americans that have lived in this area for a thousand years. 
  • Village of SkaneatelesThis quintessential Finger Lakes village offers fine boutique shopping, art galleries, placid scenery, great dining and scenic boat tours.
  • Erie Canal MuseumHoused in the only remaining weigh lock building in the United States, this 1850 structure features a full size replica of a canal boat with many hands-on exhibits.
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Home to businessmen, bikers and blues, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que offers critically- acclaimed American barbeque at the original “Dino”.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House - Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s greatest architect, designed a unique residential complex for wealthy Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin and his family between 1903-1905. The house is considered by leading architecture scholars as one of Wright’s finest achievements of the Prairie period and, indeed, of his entire career. Visit one or all five Wright designed structures in Buffalo.
  • Niagara Falls - Visit Niagara Falls State Park and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Then enjoy a Cave of the Winds Walk and a trolley ride through the park.

Day 1: NEW YORK - HUDSON VALLEY

This morning, pick-up your rental car and begin your exploration of New York State with a 90 minute drive to the Hudson Valley. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, a burgeoning food and farmer's market scene and great shopping. Treat yourself with a visit to the world's premier culinary college - The Culinary Institute of America. While here, join a student guided tour, do a little shopping and be sure to enjoy the campus' award-winning restaurants and cafes.

Day 2: HUDSON VALLEY

Begin your day with a casual stroll along the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Standing 212 feet above water and 1.28 miles in length, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park offers hikers, bikers and strollers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. Today is also the perfect day to visit the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Here you can tour Vanderbilt Mansion - a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum, and his wife Eleanor's private cottage. Save time to visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This "living" museum presents one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. June-October consider taking to the skies with a biplane ride any day of the week and enjoy weekend airshows.

Day 3: HUDSON VALLEY

This morning visit Madava Farms, the largest sugarhouse producing quite possibly the purest maple syrup on Earth - Crown Maple. Go behind the scenes with a tour and enjoy gourmet culinary experiences along with breathtaking views. Following your morning at the farm, visit Innisfree Garden. Recognized as one of the "world's ten best gardens," Innisfree is a distinctly American stroll garden - a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky achieved with remarkable grace. This evening, dine in historic Rhinebeck and sample some wine along the Dutchess County Wine Trail.

Day 4: HUDSON VALLEY - SYRACUSE

Today, make your way east from the Hudson Valley to the middle of the state and eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes region - Syracuse. This afternoon and evening explore downtown's Armory Square. This old neighborhood with a new attitude boasts specialty restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues.

Day 5: SYRACUSE

Today is your shopping day! Visit Destiny USA for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. This is the 6th largest shopping center in the United States and you'll find well-known branded stores, unique shopping and everything in between from Go Karts at Pole Position to bowling and high ropes courses. Believe me you will find enough to do here for a full day of fun! Following your shopping time spend the late afternoon and evening in the close by village of Skaneateles. This quintessential Finger Lakes village offers fine boutique shopping, art galleries, placid scenery, wineries and a scenic boat tour on Mid-Lakes Navigation. Spend time perusing shops and wandering this picture perfect area and enjoying dinner before heading back to your hotel to finish out the evening.

Day 6: SYRACUSE

This morning visit the Ska-nonh - Great Law of Peace Center, a Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. Here, history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation who remain among the last sovereign Indigenous peoples in the US. Spend the afternoon at the Erie Canal Museum. Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the US, this 1850 structure features a full size replica of a canal boat and many hands on exhibits. This evening, plan for a feast at the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Home to bikers and businessmen alike, this Syracuse legend offers critically acclaimed barbeque and weekly lineups of blues musicians.

Day 7: SYRACUSE - BUFFALO

Today, hit the road once more and shuffle off to Buffalo, the second largest city in New York State. Upon arrival discover the jewel in Buffalo's crown - Canalside. This beautiful new destination located on the shore of Lake Erie boasts free scheduled events nearly every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day and plenty of everyday activities. Dine along the water, walk along the boardwalk, take a historical boat tour, rent kayaks or water bikes, or visit the Naval & Military Park museum, home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels. You won't want to miss the sunset - it's spectacular! And once dusk hits, see one of Buffalo's historic grain elevators transform into a spectacular light sculpture. This evolving light show can be enjoyed from the boardwalk and Outer Harbor. Should you wish to explore a little further, make your way to nearby Riverworks Restaurant & Brewery for another beautiful view of the lake before returning to your hotel.

Day 8: BUFFALO

For those interested in architecture, this can be an all Wright day as Buffalo is home to five of Frank Lloyd Wright's residential, recreational and monumental designs. Start with a visit and tour of the famous Martin House. This multi-structure estate designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture and is widely considered one of Wright's finest Prairie Houses - a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Later, embark on Buffalo Bites Food Tours three-hour guided walking and dining tour of Elmwood Village. It's the perfect combo - eat delicious samples from local eateries, explore the neighborhood and enjoy entertaining history. Continue to enjoy the outdoors this evening by visiting one or more of Buffalo's craft breweries. In fact, pick up Buffalo's Brewcation Passport to guide you through the city's brewery landscape. Alternatively, visit The Buffalo Zoo or famous Albright Knox Art Gallery rounding out your day in and around the Elmwood Village area.

Day 9: BUFFALO

This morning, lose yourself without getting lost during a self-guided walking tour. Enjoy beautiful buildings and splashes of public art within the city's neighborhoods while building up an appetite for Buffalo Style Wings at Anchor Bar - home of the original chicken wing. Mild, medium, hot or suicidal (if you dare) - all are served with Bleu cheese and celery. After lunch, be captivated by the sheer beauty and power of Niagara Falls. See this legendary force of nature from every angle at Niagara Falls State Park. Witness the intensity of the falls from inches away at the Cave of the Winds, or meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Legends of Adventure Theater. Cruise the churning waters near the base during a Maid of the Mist boat ride, or photograph both the American and Horseshoe Falls from the 230-foot Observation Tower. Every evening beginning at dusk watch the falls transform into a multicolored water and light masterpiece, and enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening May-October. Return to Buffalo in the late evening.

Day 10: BUFFALO DEPARTURE

Return your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your departure.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • Car hire- compact size (Nissan Versa or similar)
  • 3 nights accomodation in the Hilton Garden Inn Poughkeepsie/Fishkill
  • 3 nights accomodation in the Jefferson Clinton Hotel,Syracuse
  • 3 nights accomodation in the Buffalo Grand Hotel & Event Center

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