SPRINGTIME IN AMERICA
3-nights accommodations, 3 breakfast, 3 dinners, 1 lunch and afternoon tea, all admissions and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
Package Price per Person: Single $1,270.00 | Double $1,100.00
Wade Terminal – Schenectady, NY – 6:30 AM
Latham Farms Sams Club – Latham, NY – 7:00 AM
THURSDAY, MAY 16th
QVC – the shopping channel! At this state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, guests will see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers. There are views into QVC’s more than 58,000 square feet of studio space where guests may be able to watch QVC programs in progress and may even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest! And yes, there will be some time for shopping…
Travel to Chadds Ford, to the Chaddsford Winery where you will meet your local guide. Housed in a 17th century barn, this winery produces some amazing wine. You will enjoy a tasting and lunch here!
Check into The Doubletree Hotel for 3-nights in downtown Wilmington, a perfect location for exploration of American Chateau Country.
Dinner this evening is at Jessup’s Tavern– A warm welcome awaits you at Jessop’s – A casual pub in a circa-1724 building with Colonial fare features servers in period costumes. (L,D)
FRIDAY, MAY 17th
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your local guide for your visit to the Nemours Estate (Alfred I. DuPont) comprises an exquisite, 77-room mansion, the largest formal French gardens in North America, a Chauffeur’s Garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles used on the Estate, and nearly 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows and lawns.
Then it is on to Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library, founded by Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best. (Included is the garden tram tour, the house tour and the exhibits. Lunch is on your own)
Dinner this evening is at “House of William and Merry” – A remodeled century-old farmhouse with open kitchen serving creative, upscale New American food prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients procured from local farms. (B,D)
SATURDAY, MAY 18th
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your local guide and continue to the Hagley Museum and Library where the DuPont legacy began, and the perfect introduction to the Brandywine Valley. The Hagley Museum is the former industrial site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company. Take a journey through the black powder yards and the garden and grounds of the first du Pont family home in America.
New Castle is a charming historic town whose roots date back to the 1600’s. Briefly the capital of Delaware, New Castle was the original Penn’s Landing, although the town had also been claimed at one point in history by the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden. That diversity of heritage has left its beautiful mark on the town as you will see while strolling along The Green, and down to the Delaware River. Enjoy lunch on your own here!
The Hotel duPont is at once an architectural icon, an internationally renowned hotel, and the pride of Delaware. The twelve-story Italian Renaissance building was commissioned by Pierre S. du Pont. It debuted in 1913 after a two-and-a-half-year labor of love by French and Italian craftsmen who carved, gilded and painted this exceptional landmark to life. From the lavish splendor of the lobby to the shimmering majesty of the Gold Ballroom, every detail speaks to an eye for flawless style.
Afternoon High Tea at the Hotel DuPont – Experience the elegance and style of traditional English tea service with classic tea sandwiches. After tea you are on your way to Longwood Gardens where garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts interplay to inspire and enlighten. The gardens are a living expression of all that founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn. Dinner at the Terrace Café located in Longwood Gardens– You will experience culinary artistry as fine as their horticultural displays. (B,D, English Tea)
SUNDAY, MAY 19th
After breakfast, check out of your hotel- travel to the Brandywine River Museum – American Art in a spectacular setting. Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the Museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The Museum’s outstanding Heritage Collection is a cross section of American art, with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine valley. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscape paintings testify to the beauty which drew well-known artists to the area.
Depart for home with fond memories of American Chateau’s in Brandywine Valley! (B)
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RESERVATIONS: To be FAIR and IMPARTIAL seat assignments will be taken at the time of booking your reservation. Deposit of $100 per person. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations within 60 days from departure will be subject to a $100 fee per person, plus cost for tickets, meals, hotels and other non-recoverable expenses.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is available and recommended due to unforeseen circumstances that can arise and if they do, we want you to be protected BEFORE and DURING your tour. Travel Insurance
BAGGAGE: One large suitcase, and one carry-on bag per person.
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