New England Fall Foliage

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the East Coast on this brand new 8-day itinerary. From Boston to New York City, delight in the reds, oranges, and golden colors that illuminate the shores of this magnificent coast during peak foliage season. Visit the charming Gingerbread Cottages of Martha’s Vineyard, before touring the grandiose mansions of Newport, RI. Enjoy guided shore excursions that take you to prime foliage viewing locations including Hyde Park and Catskill, NY, known for picturesque landscapes which inspired many artists. Explore the riverside town of Sleepy Hollow made famous by the great American writer Washington Irving. On your final stop, New York City, admire the stunning skyline and discover everything this vibrant city has to offer.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Ports of Call
1
Boston, MA
2
Martha's Vineyard, MA
3
Newport, RI
4
Greenport, NY
5
Kingston, NY / Hyde Park, NY
6
Catskill, NY
7
Sleepy Hollow, NY
8
New York, NY

New England Fall Foliage

Enjoy the most historic New England ports and vibrant views of fall foliage along the Hudson River during the most colorful peak season.

Ports of Call

  • Pre-Cruise Package Available
  • Boston, MA
  • Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Newport, RI
  • Greenport, NY
  • Kingston, NY / Hyde Park, NY
  • Catskill, NY
  • Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • New York, NY

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Pre-Cruise
Pre-Cruise Package Available

Our custom Boston Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium 4-star hotel stay in downtown Boston, where you can enjoy the city at your leisure. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

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Day  1
Boston, MA

Begin your journey in one of America's most storied cities, Boston. Rich in culture and maritime history, Boston provides guests with the perfect port from which to launch a New England Fall Foliage cruise.

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Day  2
Martha's Vineyard, MA

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Martha's Vineyard was a hub for merchant ships carrying exotic cargo from far corners of the world. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns. Historic Edgartown is the most genteel town on the island, featuring freshly painted, white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens.

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Lighthouses & Gingerbread Cottages Tour

As we dock in Vineyard Haven, you will be immediately surprised by the charm of the quaint seaside village. Our local island guide will greet us at the harbor and take us on a personalized tour of Martha’s Vineyard. Visit the many historic towns, including, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury. Enjoy ample free time to explore the village and local shops of Edgartown. Once back at the ship, meet up with our onboard lecturer who will take the group to Oak Bluffs for a narrated tour of the gingerbread cottages. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Bill Ewen’s gingerbread home for freshly made lemonade and cookies. In the evening, musical great, Mark Alan Lovewell will entertain everyone onboard with popular sea chantey sing-a-long songs.

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Newport, RI

Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport, the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront, you'll find Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions."

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Avenue of the Mansions Tour

Travel back in time to the epicenter of 19th century opulence as a knowledgeable guide takes you down one of the most architecturally impressive avenues in the world. Learn about the owners of the homes and their monetary successes as you travel along the spectacular Ocean View Drive and Bellevue Avenue, before concluding at the “grande dame” of them all, The Breakers Mansion. A portrayal of the social and financial prominence of the Vanderbilt family at the turn of the century, the architecture of this seventy-room Italian renaissance-style palazzo is remarkable. Take a leisurely audio tour of the home and learn about the Vanderbilt family and their inspiration behind building this impressive summer “cottage.” At the conclusion of the tour, you will have time to explore the bustling Newport waterfront at your own pace.

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Guided Tour of Fort Adams - Complimentary Excursion

Newport, RI boasts one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The night before your arrival, engage in an enlightening lecture of how Newport’s earliest settlers protected the harbor from intruders and also used it to achieve monetary successes. The intimate size of our ship allows us to dock right at Fort Adams, the well-known fort used to protect the harbor, and puts us just a short ride away from Newport’s bustling riverfront. Our onboard lecturer will walk you over to the fort and answer any questions you may have before leading you to a knowledgeable park ranger who will delve deeper into the history of the fort and the military and naval strategies implemented there.

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Greenport, NY

Greenport is known for its quaint seaport village, beautiful beaches, vineyards and local art galleries. The jewel of village is Mitchell Park, a 4-acre park located on the waterfront and home to an antique carousel, a marina, and a scenic harbor walk.

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Kingston, NY / Hyde Park, NY

When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row". Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Springwood estate is now the site of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

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Narrated Kingston Exploration​

Take a narrated bus tour of Kingston and learn about the history of this charming town. You will enjoy stops at Old Dutch Church and the Senate House, where New York's first Senate met in 1777 amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion. Now a museum, the home showcases 18th and 19th century artwork by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston.

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Hudson River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion

Founded in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum focuses on preserving, researching and collecting artifacts directly related to the Hudson River. Exhibits include historic vessels, art, and materials from the transportation industry. Explore this museum on your own and learn about the maritime heritage of the region.

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FDR Home & Museum Tour

Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family, the neo-Georgian house, Springwood, was where the president was born in 1882. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum.

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Catskill, NY

In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr., the first minister of foreign affairs who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. You will also have the chance to visit Olana, home of artist Frederick Church.

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Olana State Historic Site

Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederick Church. Church designed his home and the surrounding landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Today, you can tour the house and take a stroll of the grounds, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates.

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Sleepy Hollow, NY

The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.

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Sunnyside and Lyndhurst Tour

Washington Irving's Sunnyside is a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. Your guide, elegantly dressed in period clothing, will explain how Washington Irving designed Sunnyside and the grounds himself, collaborating with his neighbor, artist George Harvey. You will also visit Lyndhurst, one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions. Join us on a guided tour of this remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates.

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New York, NY

Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. Once you have docked in Manhattan, enjoy all of the offerings that New York City embodies. Take in cultural events at the Metropolitan Opera House, exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art or simply go sightseeing throughout this metropolitan wonderland.

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Signature New York City Tour

This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. Experience New York City and learn about the history of major landmarks from your tour guide. This tour will make a special stop at Ground Zero as well.

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