New York’s Botanical Gardens

Explore the Horticultural Excellence of New York City

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Sep 7 - Sep 11, 2023
5 days | 4 nights • 9 meals
Starting at $2,697

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

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

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. Afterwards, our afternoon tour will be at Cloisters, also known as The Met Cloisters. This museum in Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park specializes in beautiful gardens along with European medieval art and architecture with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. B

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, we 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 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

After breakfast, we 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. Our travels will then take us to the New York Botanical Gardens, where we settle in for lunch at the Pine Tree Cafe, before exploring its 250 acres that hosts over a million plants. Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner in the city. B, L, D

Wake up this morning and enjoy an optional neighborhood walk of the Upper West Side before we cross the East River for a spectacular stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Here 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 to experience how the green spaces are built to promote sustainable living and local ecology through food, education, and events. Afterward, we’ll head to the airport and depart home with treasured memories of NYC. B

Quality Accommodations
Nights 1-4: Hotel Beacon, New York City, NY

Sep 7-11, 2023

Price Per Person:
Double $2,697
Single $3,045

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

Arrival Time
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.

Departure Time
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.

Walking Distance
Moderate to extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Average Temps
High of 75°, low of 60°

Time Zone

Hotel Amenities
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).

Additional Information
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.

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