Arrive in Alexandria and board the Yorktown. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s massive estate and gardens. Tour this historic location's sweeping grounds, mansion, museum, slave quarters, and gardens.
Williamsburg is the nation’s premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. After a guided tour, enjoy time at leisure to explore the museums and side streets. Alternatively, visit Willoughby-Baylor House & Garden, which was built in 1794.
Arrive in St. Michaels, a quaint waterfront village set on a picturesque peninsula. Visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and its interactive exhibits, which explain the geologic, economic and social history of the Bay. Explore the manicured town which features manicured colonial, federal, and Victorian homes as well as art galleries and interesting maritime history.
Enjoy a morning tour of the Maryland State House, the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use, the William Paca House and Garden, the estate of a former governor of Maryland, and the historic U.S. Naval Academy. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll through Annapolis' historic neighborhoods before returning to the Yorktown. Sail through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal en route to Philadelphia.
Visit historic Philadelphia to view Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Alternatively, visit the newly-opened Philadelphia branch of the Barnes Foundation, housing an extensive collection of paintings from European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art. In the afternoon take a relaxing excursion to Longwood Gardens, which feature exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture on 1,077 acres of land.
Choose from a number of excursions. Spend a full day at Winterthur, the premier museum of American decorative arts, complete with a 60-acre naturalistic garden and a 175-room house furnished with antiques. Or explore lovely New Castle, which includes the early 19th-century Read House & Gardens, New Castle Court House Museum, and Mt. Cuba Center. The latter is recognized as having the region's finest woodland wildflower gardens.
Arrive in Cape May, one of the oldest resort towns in the United States. Wander the trails of Cape May Point State Park and glimpse wildlife from the observation decks throughout the park. Continue to the historic Cape May Lighthouse, which was built in 1859. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll the town's charming streets lined with Victoria houses and horse-drawn carriages.
Arrive in Yonkers and drive to Sleepy Hollow to visit Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers. Later, visit the Union Church, which is adorned with art by Matisse and Chagall.
Arrive in Kingston, New York's first state capital. From here, drive to Olana, an eclectic villa which houses over 40 works of art and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Alternatively, take an excursion to Montgomery Place and Blithewood Gardens. Montgomery Place is a unique example of Hudson Valley estate life and nearby Blithewood Gardens features a formal Italian garden set within a breathtaking backdrop of natural beauty.
From port in Poughkeepsie, choose to visit Hyde Park for an excursion to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Visit Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val- Kill, a National Historic Site, where Eleanor lived until her death. Alternatively, visit the Dia Art Foundation in the town of Beacon, whose works include art from the 1960s to the present.
Visit West Point, the United States Military Academy. Overlooking the Hudson River, West Point is a National Historic Landmark. In the afternoon, cross the river to the Boscobel House and Gardens, or visit the incredible and unique 500-acre sculpture and landscape garden at Storm King Art Center.
Enjoy a full day in New York City, considered to be the cultural capital of the world. In the morning, drive to Wave Hill, a spectacular garden oasis which overlooks the Hudson River. Explore Wave Hill’s many gardens, including the Flower Garden, the Conservatory, the Paisley Bed, and the Wild, Herb, and Aquatic gardens. In the afternoon, tour historic lower Manhattan which highlights New York's colonial heritage, diverse history, and contemporary landmarks.
After breakfast, disembark the Yorktown and transfer to the airport for your connecting flight home.