We go behind-the-scenes of New York City’s bustling metropolis to experience the beauty and history of the Big Apple’s prizewinning gardens. At the Central Park Conservatory, Untermyer Gardens, High Line, and New York Botanic Gardens, we’ll see the diverse ecology and established park system of Manhattan. We also include a Broadway show, an iconic photo stop at the Brooklyn Bridge, lunch at Chelsea Market, and so much more! Come join like-minded travelers for an in-depth look at The Big Apple’s most significant gardens.
- Stay at the luxurious Hotel Beacon on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
- Explore Central Park Conservatory, New York Botanic Garden, Untermyer Gardens, and more
- See New York’s iconic sites, including the Brooklyn Bridge and Chelsea Market
- Enjoy “A Beautiful Noise”, the Neil Diamond Musical
DAY 1—WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY!
After your flight to New York, unpack for the next 4 nights at the well-appointed Hotel Beacon. Past travelers say they “feel like a New Yorker” when staying here as it's situated perfectly amid the tree-lined streets and landmark buildings of the historic Upper West Side. With wonderful views of the Hudson River, Midtown Manhattan, and Central Park, the Beacon features oversized rooms (with kitchenettes) and a sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere throughout. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your fellow travelers at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant. D
DAY 2—HIGH LINE/CHELSEA MARKET/BROOKLYN
Our first stop will be to the nearby High Line. We’ll walk a portion of this elevated linear park, greenway, and trail created on a former New York Central Railroad. Then we head to Little Island, a vibrant park created on top of a historic Hudson River pier with innovative architecture and dramatic river views. Next we call on the Chelsea Market, located in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District. Explore the diverse, global perspectives reflected in the marketplace’s shops and restaurants before enjoying lunch on your own. We cross the East River for a spectacular stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you’ll have an opportunity to take photos at the iconic site. Then we rise above the city with an exclusive visit to the world’s largest rooftop soil farm at Brooklyn Grange. B
DAY 3—UNTERMYER GARDENS/WAVE HILL/BROADWAY SHOW
This morning we’re in for a special treat – a tour of Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers. This historic Conservancy showcases exuberant horticulture in the magnificent landscape designed by Welles Bosworth in 1916. Set on 43-acres, the layout is a remnant of Samuel Untermyer’s 150-acre estate “Greystone”. After lunch, visit Wave Hill, a 28-acre estate in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River. Together we’ll explore the 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants in this New York oasis. After a refresh at our hotel, enjoy dinner at a local eatery before soaking in “A Beautiful Noise”, the new Neil Diamond Musical on Broadway. B, L, D
DAY 4—CENTRAL PARK CONSERVATORY/BOTANIC GARDEN
After breakfast, travel to the nearby Central Park Conservatory – the most significant public garden in New York. Known for its horticultural excellence, the park is comprised of three spaces: a French-style North Garden, an Italianate Center Garden, and an English-style South Garden. After a “walk in the park”, settle in for lunch at the New York Botanic Garden before exploring its 250 acres that hosts over a million plants. Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner in the city. B, D
DAY 5—NEIGHBORHOOD WALK/THE CLOISTERS/TRAVEL HOME
Wake up this morning and enjoy an optional neighborhood walk of the Upper West Side before our tour of The Cloisters, also known as The Met Cloisters. This museum in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park specializes in European medieval art and architecture with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. After exploring this branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we’ll head to the airport and depart home with treasured memories of NYC. B, L
Nights 1-4: Hotel Beacon, New York City, NY
Sep 7-11, 2023
Price Per Person:
Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
New York, NY
Professional Tour Director
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at 6:30 pm near our hotel, the Hotel Beacon. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 pm.
Schedule your flight home to depart the LaGuardia Airport any time after 5:00 pm on Day 5.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Complimentary shuttle service is offered for travelers into New York from LaGuardia Airport.
Moderate to extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
High of 75°, low of 60°
All rooms feature a fully-equipped kitchenette, marble bathroom with hair dryer, an iron and board, electronic safe, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary high-speed Internet, and The New York Times newspaper. The hotel also features a bar, business center (24/7), and fitness center (24/7).
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.