Optional Tours

BOTANICAL GARDEN LUNCH

This magnificent spot in the heart of the Bronx is one of the world's premier botanical gardens. The centerpiece is the Italian Renaissance Conservatory. In this "crystal palace," as well as in the 16 other specialty gardens, there are some 12,000 different species of trees, shrubs and flowers, culled from all over the world.  Your experience here includes touring the grounds via a tram.  Included on the tram tour is an orangerie with ancient food plants, a hanging garden, a topiary zoo, a medieval herb garden, a fern forest, plants from the American desert and a palm grove. Glorious to visit in any season

Following your tour of the beautiful Botanical Gardens unwind at lunch in the Stone Mill or Garden Terrace Rooms.  Built in 1840, the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is a National Historic Landmark Building brilliantly situated on the banks of the Bronx River at the end of the 50-acre Forest. This serves as a great location for a lunch after your tour of the gardens!  The Garden Terrace Room is located in the shadow of the Haupt Conservatory, a features a modern design that is perfect for both small and large groups. Its close proximity to other New York Botanical Garden attractions makes it a convenient location for you to dine.

·      Price per person: $150.00

·      Includes transportation, guide, admission, deluxe lunch            buffet, beer and wine and gratuities

·      Subject to a minimum number of registrants to operate

Thursday, 5 May    0900 : 1400


New York Orientation Tour

"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town. The Bronx is up, but the Battery is"… always running! See all the sights that make the "Big Apple" so special - Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Macy's, Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Little Italy - and much, much more. You will see all this on a tour designed to introduce you to the history, the sights, the cultural attractions and the ethnic diversity and contributions of the many minorities who call New York their home. Your knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide will give you a savory taste of the "Big Apple" while you learn fascinating insights and discover the real New York (there'll be several photo opportunity stops).

 

·      Price per person: $65.00

·      Includes transportation, licensed guide, and gratuities

·      Subject to a minimum number of registrants to operate

 

Thursday, 5 May    1200 : 1600

Friday, 6 May        1200 : 1600

 


Inside Broadway

Go behind the scenes of the "Great White Way" with a leading Theater Historian and Licensed New York City Tour Guide who will give you an extensive look at the workings of Broadway and Times Square.  Want to know what the day-to-day life of a performer is like? How do they build and design the scenery and costumes? Or, what happens when the show doesn’t go the way that it’s planned?  Those and other insider questions will be answered when you visit the world of Broadway.  Stops include historic theaters, landmark locations and an exclusive visit to the world famous Sardi’s Restaurant, the birthplace of the Tony Awards.  You might even see a star or two! This walking tour will present the rich history, lore and architecture that make Broadway the pinnacle of the arts in the United States. So get on your (comfortable) dancing shoes and dance your way to Broadway!                                                  

·      Price per person: $65.00

·      Includes transportation, licensed guide, and gratuities

·      Subject to a minimum number of registrants to operate

Thursday, 5 May    1300 : 1600

Friday, 6 May        1300 : 1600

 

                                                  


September 11 Memorial and Museum  

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There has been very few recent historical events that have shaped the world more than the day of September 11, 2001.  In this experience, you will be taken down to the southern part of Manhattan to the location of the museum and memorial that honor that day and the lives we all lost.  While you will have a guide to accompany you the entire trip, this experience is meant to be personal, through your own exploration.  At both the museum and memorial, you will be given your own space and not be on a guided tour.

Museum

The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.

The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.

Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial is located on the site of the former World Trade Center complex where the Twin Towers once stood.  The Memorial Park surrounds two square waterfalls - the largest man-made waterfalls in North America - which will cascade into reflecting pools finally disappearing into the footprints of the former Twin Towers. The names of victims who were lost in the 1993 bombing and 2001 attacks are etched in bronze around the edges of the pools. 

·      Price per person: $90.00

·      Includes transportation, guide, admission, and gratuities

·      Subject to a minimum number of registrants to operate

Thursday, 5 May    1200 : 1600

Friday, 6 May        1200 : 1600

 


Garment District Tour

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Shopping in New York is truly an art form!  It can be a bit overwhelming, so let our fashion expert guide the way!  Our fashion consultant has entrance to Garment Center showrooms where store buyers view the new collections each season.  Showrooms are not usually open to the public, but our fashion expert has made exclusive arrangements for these “to the trade” establishments. The showrooms will welcome your guests to these coveted locations to view and buy varied apparel selections and accessories at wholesale or below. As the Garment District is also the area where desirable Sample Sales for designer goods take place (a NYC phenomenon!), guests will shop at one especially selected for your unique group.  Also, along the route, our fashion consultant will target the major fashion news and style trends advising you on how to create several looks with accessory changes. They will point out buildings where the greats such as Halston and Ralph Lauren operate. Go where the normal shopper can never go!

·      Price per person: $190.00

·      Includes transportation, fashion expert, licensed guide,            approximately 6 visits (combination of special access              wholesale showrooms & sample sales), historical overview        of the Garment Center, and gratuities

·      Please Note: The Garment District is NOT suggested for          men’s shopping

·      Subject to Availability & Minimum/Maximums

 

Thursday, 5 May    1200 : 1600

Friday, 6 May        1200 : 1600


Nosh Tour

Nosh is Yiddish for snack or to eat lightly. So join us for some noshing while we explore the Lower East Side. Often wondered where all the teeming masses landed after passing through Ellis Island? The Lower East Side is the melting pot of today’s and yesterday’s New York immigrants. Filled with sights and sounds and most importantly the smells of ethnic cooking, this tour features the cultures as well as cuisine of our ancestors. Savor some taste samples of knish or kosher dill on Orchard Street, dim sum in Chinatown, and cannoli in Little Italy.

 

 

·      Price per person: $110.00

·      Includes transportation, guide, noshing, and gratuities

·      Subject to a minimum number of registrants to operate

Thursday, 5 May    1200 : 1600

Friday, 6 May        1200 : 1600



OPTIONAL DAY TRIP: america's cup qualifier harbor cruise

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wingsailed catamarans - an updated version of the AC45 raced in the last series.  The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 2017 America’s Cup and began in the summer of 2015.  Featuring all of the America’s Cup teams racing in foiling, one-design AC45 catamarans, the circuit is an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forward into the next stage of the competition.

Your adventure begins mid-morning with a wonderful cruise down the majestic Hudson River on board The Affinity, a 120-foot yacht.  Once in New York Harbor, you will be able to watch the world class sailing teams go through their pre-race warm up maneuvers - always a crowd favorite.  A wonderful lunch with sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, a variety of chef stations and an open bar will be served on board.

Your day continues with a deck view of the race itself, under the spring sun and around the Statue of Liberty.  The action is fast-paced and intense.  At the conclusion of race, the Affinity will cruise back up the Hudson, allowing all guests to take in the amazing architectural wonder that is Manhattan Island.  Back on land by mid-afternoon, its a short trip through Midtown back to the hotel.


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·      Five-hour duration

·      Offered Saturday (AM)


OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO KYKUIT & DINNER CRUISE

Your journey begins with your motor coach taking you from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan's streets and sounds to the rolling, green hills of Westchester, New York. As you make your way along the Hudson River, you can take in a myriad of spectacular views and sites.  Just under an hour north of Manhattan, tucked between small hamlets such as Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, lies your destination: Kykuit.

Kykuit, the country home to four generations of Rockefellers, offers an intimate, in-depth view of a major American family, from its original builder, John D. Rockefeller, to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his art-loving wife Abby Aldrich, to Nelson Rockefeller, who made Kykuit the repository of a massive and memorable modern art collection. Situated on a hilltop, the large stone house commands stunning views of the Hudson River and the Beaux-Arts landscape is dotted with 20th century sculpture from Nelson Rockefeller's collection.

Perfect for first-time visitors, this tour includes the main floor of the house complete with its fine furnishings and art; the subterranean art galleries; the Inner Garden and West Terrace, with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the outdoor sculpture collection; and finally, the mammoth Coach Barn with its collection of antique carriages and classic automobiles. 

After you have basked in the spring air at this magnificent get away, you will be whisked off to the Hudson River.  This time, you will not travel along it, but on it.  The affinity, a 120 foot yacht, will be your home for the return trip as you meander back down the Hudson River.  Wonderful amenities, sumptuous dining and a gracious staff will make this wondrous New York experience all the more special.

As the journey draws to a near, the sun has set and the bright lights of New York City at night have once again come into view.  It is the perfect end to a perfect week.


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·      Seven-hour duration

·      Offered Saturday (PM)

 

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