The 1000 Islands and Finger Lakes of New York

August 8 – 16, 2017


Special Features

  • Lucille Ball Museum of Comedy
  • Corning museum of Glass
  • Hands on workshop in glass art
  • Rockwell museum of American Art
  • Oneida Community Mansion House
  • Historic Herkimer House
  • Chocolate making demonstration
  • Cruise on the Erie Canal
  • 1000 Island Cruise with visit to Boldt Castle
  • Sackets Harbor Battlefield
  • Vinyard tour and wine tasting
  • Farewell Lunch

The State of New York has so much to offer and this tour will showcase some of the beauty and history that we have not offered before.  Rolling hills, waterways, islands, and artistry. Let’s not forget good food, wine and friends!



Double: $1,695/pp
Single: $2,225
Triple: $1,595/pp
Trip Protection:   $178/pp – Double & Triple, $225/pp – Single
Early Booking

$100/pp if booked by April 28, 2017


Deposit:  $50/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 1, Tuesday, August 8

We start our adventure early this morning and make our way across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and into Middletown, Ohio. An informal meal awaits us in the hotel this evening. (D)

Day 2, Wednesday, August 9

We continue our Northeasterly trek as we head to Jamestown, NY. The most famous Jamestown native has to have been Lucille Ball! Here we get to visit the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum and Desilu Studios. See original awards, photographs, costumes and other memorabilia from the Estate of Lucy and Desi. Also, enjoy dinner in the “Tropicana Room”, a recreation of the set of Desi’s famed nightclub from their wonderful TV show.  Bring along your bongos and sing “Baba Loo!” (B D)

Day 3, Thursday, August 10

This morning we arrive in Corning, NY home of Corning Glass Works. Here the story of glass is brought to life through displays about the art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design of glass, as well as glass blowing demonstrations. We even have the amazing opportunity to create our own work of art in a “hands on” glass fusing workshop! (B)

Day 4, Friday, August 11

Before we depart Corning we will visit the renowned Rockwell Museum of American Art. Housed in the historic City Hall building, this unique museum celebrates the American spirit, character and values through the eyes of American artists. After lunch, we then visit the Oneida Community. While most of us have certainly heard of Oneida flatware, the history behind the company and the people responsible for making it is quite unusual. The mansion house is an architectural wonder, built in phases over a 30 year period. (B)

Day 5, Saturday, August 12

This morning we visit the home of Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer. Here we will learn of the man who fought valiantly for American freedom and tragically died from wounds sustained in battle. We end our visit to the Herkimer home on a “sweet” note with an authentic 18th century chocolate making demonstration and discussion. After an included lunch, we will board a river vessel and take a ride along the Erie Canal. This year the canal celebrates its 200th birthday, and this section features one of the most historically accurate locks remaining. The Erie canal played a significant role in America’s westward expansion by connecting the port of New York to the Great Lakes.  There will be time to explore the visitor center and some shopping in Gems Along the Mohawk, which features many different vendors featuring New York State products. (B, L)

Day 6, Sunday, August 13

This morning we go north and dip our toes into Canada! No passport is needed, however, as we take a gorgeous scenic ride up the American channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway. We will view the magnificent Million Dollar Summer Homes on both the US and Canadian Shorelines. This is the stunning 1000 Island region, and we disembark at Heart Island to tour gorgeous Boldt Castle. We will enjoy a light lunch onboard before returning to the dock in Clayton Island. We then head south to the village of Sackets Harbor overlooking Lake Ontario. This lovely village was the center of American naval and military activity for the Upper St Lawrence Valley during the War of 1812, our “2nd Revolutionary War”. After a visit to the Battlefield we retire to Watertown, NY for the night. (B,L)

Day 7, Monday, August 14

New York is one of the top producing wine regions in the world, and no trip to the Finger Lakes would be complete without a stop at one of the many Wineries in the area. We have chosen one of the more unique wineries, Bully Hill Winery in Hammondsport, NY. Started by the Taylor family (of Taylor Wine Company) Bully Hill Winery took glee in poking fun at themselves and other big winemakers and using only fresh New York state grapes. Here we will enjoy a lovely lunch, a tour of the winery, and the opportunity to taste some of their popular products.  Don’t forget to look for the goat.  (B, L)

Day 8, Tuesday, August 15

It is onward toward home today, back across Ohio, and into Terre Haute, IN for our nights’ stay. (B)

Day 9, Wednesday, August 16

We finish our tour through Illinois and Missouri today. We will stop for a nice lunch as our way of saying Thank You for coming along with us on this great tour of Upstate New York!  (B, L)

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