Springtime in New York City

April 30 – May 7, 2007

Tour Highlights

  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Planting Fields Arboretum
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
  • Wave Hill
  • The Cloisters
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Old Westbury Gardens
  • Kykuit Estates
  • Gardens at Duke Farms
  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Gardens at Duke Farms
  • Museums of New York
  • United Nations Building
  • Broadway Theater

Day 1

  • Fly to Newark, New Jersey

Day 2

  • Stroll through a world-famous inner-city oasis, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It offers the finest Japanese Garden in the Eastern U.S. and one of America’s top bonsai collections under a threedomed conservatory. Stroll around their children’s garden, fragrance garden and delight in the tropical plants of the conservatory. These lovely gardens are immaculately designed and carefully tended.
  • Go international without leaving the country. Tour the United Nations Building where world policy is negotiated
  • If it is a clear day, you will see New York City and five states from the top of the world on our tour of the Empire State Building.

Day 3

  • Enjoy a daylong taste of Manhattan’s pleasures. It s home to fascinating places – top flight museums, the harbor, Broadway Theater and famous city landmarks.
  • No trip to New York would be complete without a Broadway Play. Today you will have time to enjoy one of the best.
  • New York is THE shopper’s paradise. Browse 24 underground acres of shops at Rockefeller Center. Or discover nearby sites like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Museum of Television and Radio or the Museum of Modern Art.

Day 4

  • Contemplate beautiful medieval art and history, and enjoy beautiful gardens and a sweeping vista of the Hudson River from The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum, mimicking architecture of French monasteries, houses tapestries, stained glass, statues and a Romanesque chapel.
  • Complete the experience in one of the great museums of the world, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Browse art collections of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, 20th century Europe and the Orient. Examine the European arms and armor, and musical instruments, and glass and art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has it all. Don’t miss the roof garden overlooking Central Park.

Day 5

  • Roam through Planting Fields Arboretum’s greenhouses, gardens, stately trees and natural habitat designed by the Olmsted brothers. Ramble through bright rhododendron, azalea, camellia, orchid, fern and bromeliad collections.
  • Admire Coe House, a stately 65-room Tudor Revival mansion, one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in America, with imported European carpets, tapestries, paintings and carved oak paneling.
  • Don’t miss Old Westbury Gardens’ spring splendor. Delight in rhododendrons, tulips, poppies, peonies, fuchsias, irises and other spring delights on the Grand Allée, cottage garden, Perennial garden, Boxwood garden and Japanese Gardens.

Day 6

  • See delightful formal plantings and natural woodland in their prime spring season at Wave Hill, the only Hudson River estate within the NY city limits.
  • One of the best gardens in the country is the fabulous New York Botanical Garden. Relax on a tram to the world of the plants in the Rockefeller rose garden, rock garden, native plant garden, Enid Haupt conservatory and perennial gardens. This garden is a diamond in the crown of the superb gardens of the world.

Day 7

  • Absorb the ambience of the Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit, which overlooks a sweep of the Hudson River. Fountains and sculptures accent beautiful formal gardens.
  • See where the Army trains its top soldiers at the US Military Academy and Museum at West Point overlooking the scenic Hudson River. At the Cadet Chapel, delight in the large stained glass windows and organ — among the largest in the world — with 18000 pipes ranging from smaller than a pencil to 32 feet long. The old chapel bears marble shields for generals of the American Revolution — including one for Benedict Arnold.
  • Day 8
  • The motto is "Perfection Under Glass" at The Garden at Duke Farms. See compelling representations of different cultures and eras in 11 distinct gardens in the conservatory. Visitors refer to these gardens as paradise.