Magnificence Revealed: New York & The Lower Hudson Valley
Tuesday 28 March - Wednesday 5 April 2017 (9 Days)
Lecturer James Hill
The Wyndham Sisters, John Singer Sargeant
- Remarkable introduction to the principal Art Museum & 'House' collections of New York
- Enjoy Old Masters, Period Interiors & American Art at 'The Met'
- Private visit to MOMA
- Excellently located Midtown hotel off 5th Avenue
- Opportunity to attend the Metropolitan Opera
- Discover Houses & Gardens along the Lower Hudson River Valley
Day by Day
Day 1: Tuesday 28 March – We fly from Heathrow with BA to New York JFK, arriving mid afternoon. We then travel via bus transfer into the city and our hotel, the 4* Warwick. After check in there will be an early group dinner at Brasserie Ruhlmann at the nearby Rockefeller Centre, followed by an early night.
Day 2: Wednesday 29 March – Our first morning begins with an introductory coach trip around Manhattan to admire its principal architectural monuments. These will include early steel-framed skyscrapers such as the Flatiron Building, Art Deco icons the Chrysler and Empire State buildings and the virtuoso Beaux-Arts style as seen at the Helmsley Building. Early modern and post-modern architectural styles will not be overlooked. After coffee we make our way to the home of the most influential financier in US history, JP Morgan. Morgan collected on an astonishing scale, fed by a voracious interest in history and The Pierpont Morgan Museum and Library reflects these interests via an enviable collection of drawings, paintings, rare books and manuscripts. After a formal visit of the museum we shall have a group lunch in the original Morgan dining room. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free.
Day 3: Thursday 30 March – Today we enjoy the first of two formal visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Founded in 1870 to rival those of Europe, an aim richly achieved, indeed surpassed, it is now regarded as the most comprehensive museum in the world. Our time will be divided into a number of formal visits spread over two days, guided by the Museum’s own staff. We spend the morning enjoying the fabled Old Master Collection of Paintings. After a group lunch in the Met’s Members Dining Room, we walk to The Frick Collection, a truly marvellous town house with a unique collection. This will take up the remainder of the afternoon and the evening will be free.
Day 4: Friday 31 March - The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is our only formal visit of the day, where we spend the morning. We shall be given an early morning private introductory tour of the Museum’s highlights and after coffee, the morning will conclude with an informal period allowing participants to return to those exhibits which might need further consideration. The rest of the day and evening will be free.
Day 5: Saturday 1 April - We return to The Metropolitan and the morning will explore American paintings and sculpture from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries in the newly redesigned American Wing. After lunch (not included) we continue with Interiors and Decorative Arts where a sequence of rooms offer an unparalleled display of magnificent interiors. In the evening we shall dine nearby at the historic 21 Club.
Day 6: Sunday 2 April – The morning will be free for private explorations. After lunch (not included) we leave by coach from Manhattan and drive one hour to Tarrytown and a private visit to Lyndhurst House, a fine Gothic Revival mansion designed as a 'folly' overlooking the Hudson River. We arrive at our hotel, the 4* Tarrytown House Estate by late afternoon. Later in the evening we have our final group dinner in Tarrytown.
Day 7: Monday 3 April – Today we drive north, following the Hudson River, to visit Boscobel House and Gardens. One of the finest Federal mansions in the state, its lavish interiors contain an enviable collection of decorative arts. After a snack lunch on site (not included) we return to Tarrytown to visit the Union Church in Potanico Hills, where stained glass windows designed by Matisse and Chagall light this Rockefeller memorial church. We end our afternoon with a private visit to Sunnyside, once the home of Washington Irving. America’s first internationally renowned author created a bucolic home with landscape gardens. It is part Dutch Colonial, part Tudor Revival: a romantic hybrid. Later in the evening there will be a group dinner in our hotel.
Days 8 & 9: Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 April – We depart on our last morning and drive north to the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park. Designed by McKim, Mead and White, the house and its interiors offer a window on magnificent rural bliss as lived in the “Gilded Age”. After a group lunch in nearby Rhinebeck we make our return journey back to New York and JFK for the flight home, arriving at Heathrow early on Wednesday morning.
OPERA IN NEW YORK
The Metropolitan Opera House will present three operas during our stay: La Traviata on the 29th, the season premiere of Eugene Onegin on the 30th and finally, Aida on the 31st. You can either book tickets directly or the CICERONI office will be delighted to do this on your behalf, subject to availability.