A Connecticut Cultural Excursion

November 1-4, 2018 

Trip Highlights

Enjoy a late fall excursion to Connecticut. Explore the state’s rich cultural heritage as you travel from the expansive coastline, along the Connecticut River and through the verdant valleys of one of our country’s most beautiful landscapes. For over 20 years, Carew Travel has partnered with Theatre Development Fund and tdf endorses this trip.

Full payment due with registration at this time.

Detailed Descriptions

Day 1.  Thursday, November 1

Your tour departs from midtown Manhattan (30th Street @ 7th Avenue) at 8:30am where your experienced tour director joins you aboard a comfortable motor coach. Travel to coastal Connecticut for a visit to the Florence Griswold Museum, a truly special place that is privileged to serve as the home of American Impressionism. Situated along the picturesque Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Florence Griswold embodies the artistic spirit of its legacy as the home of the Lyme Art Colony. Enjoy the impressive Georgian architecture of the homeof namesake Florence Griswold, the light-filled and modern spaces of the Krieble Galleryand the rolling landscapeof the 13-acre site. Group lunch in Old Lyme.

You continue to Hartford and check into the Hartford Hilton, located in the heart of the city. 

After a welcome dinner, you have tickets to the Hartford Stageperformance of Shakespeare’s   

Henry V.  Shortly after gaining the throne, Henry must decide whether or not to embark on a war that could solidify his reign—or bring his country to its knees. In France, he grows up fast under the pressure to use all means necessary to win a war against tremendous odds. But even if he finds victory, how easy will it be to settle the peace?  (L/D)

Day2.  Friday, November 2

This morning we tour the Mark Twain Houseto explore where Twain and his family enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life (1874-1891). The custom-designed High Victorian, nineteen-room mansion features an interior designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (one of only two such Tiffany interiors remaining in the United States). It was here that Twain wrote Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee andThe Prince and The Pauper

Directly across the street is the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Museum. In 1873 Harriet Beecher Stowe purchased the painted brick “cottage” on Forest Street. Modest by the standards of the Nook Farm neighborhood, the house contains 17 rooms and halls. Stowe lived in the house until her death in 1896. Best known for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe was the most widely read American author in Europe and Asia. Afterwards we enjoy lunch as a group.

Our next tour is at the Wadsworth Atheneum, America’s oldest public art museum, which continues to collect and share the world’s greatest art. The permanent collection of more than 45,000 works of art includes masterpieces from the Hudson River School. 

This Evening the Hartford Symphony’sfabulous horn section takes the spotlight with Schumann’s lively and compelling Concertstück for Four Horns. Written in 1849, it is an exceptional masterpiece for the instrument. Of Brahms’Symphony No.3, the music critic Eduard Hanslick said, “… the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.”   (B/L/D) 

Day 3  Saturday, November 3

Explore New Haven today. Tour the Yale University Art Gallery, one of New England’s finest art museums. The collections span history from ancient Egypt to the present, and feature over 100,000 objects. The rich collection includes works of classic, well-known artists, including van Gogh, Manet, Monet and Picasso.

We also tour the Yale Center for British Art, a public art museum and research institute that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. One of the Center’s greatest treasures is the building itself. Opened to the public in 1977, the Yale Center for British Art is the last building designed by the internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn.

There is free time for lunch on your own and to stroll the Yale Campus and surrounding shops.

After a group dinner, we arrive at the Yale Repertory Theatrefor a performance of The Prisoner.    Two-time Tony Award winner Peter Brook—widely hailed as the most influential director of the 20th Century—and his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne examine the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?  (B/D) 

Day 4.  Sunday, November 4

After breakfast and check out we travel to Farmington for a tour of Hill-stead. Designed as a country home bypioneering female architect, Theodate Pope Riddle, the 33,000-square foot, 1901 Colonial Revival mansion is considered “perhaps the finest Colonial Revival house and museum in the United States” and houses some of the most important Impressionist paintings in the world. With its in-situ furnishings and collection, the museum offers a unique glimpse into the lifestyle of a well-to-do family at the turn of the 20th century.

After lunch, we head to the Long Wharf Theatrefor our last performance, The Roommate.

Sharon, is in her mid-fifties, recently divorced and in need of a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide. Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, encouraging her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A comedy about what it takes to re-route your life—and what happens when the wheels come off.  Following the performance, the coach returns to New York. Estimated arrival 7:30pm. (B/L)

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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

Round-trip private motor-coach from New York City

Carew Travel Tour Director

3 nights’ accommodations at the Hartford Hilton Hotel

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

4 performances: Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Symphony and Long Wharf Theatre

Tours of: Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Wadsworth Atheneum,
Florence Griswold Museum, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Hill-Stead


Per person (double occupancy): $1599

Single Supplement: $300

FULL PAYMENT DUE Immediately, with registration form.


 This Tour is non-refundable at this time.


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