New England Arts Tour: Newport, Boston and Connecticut

September 19-22, 2019

Join this 4-day tour to historic Newport, Boston and Connecticut. Tickets are included for performances at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Huntington Stage or American Repertory Theatre and Goodspeed Musical Theatre. TDF has endorsed this trip.

Day 01, September 19 Newport
Meet our expert guide, Karen Goodman, at a central midtown Manhattan location and depart promptly at 830am, traveling aboard a comfortable private motor coach. We drive directly to the Rhode Island coast for lunch and arrive at our first destination, the storied Breaker’s Mansion. In 1893 Cornelius Vanderbilt II, commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.

We tour the Newport Art Museum for a unique blend of historic architecture and the history of Newport, along with 19th century and contemporary art on view in multiple galleries. The Museum’s home is Griswold House a National Historic Landmark, also designed by Hunt. Completed in 1864 it is a premier example of American Stick Style architecture. Concentrated on American art and contemporary art, the Museum’s collection includes works of art from the 18th century to present.

Next, you check in at our hotel, the Courtyard Newport Middletown to refresh. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (L/D)

Day 02, September 20 Newport/Boston
This morning, a local guide takes you on a Historic Tour of Newport spanning the Colonial Era to the Gilded Age.

Our second Mansion visit is to Rosecliff. Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous parties here, one featured the famed magician Harry Houdini.

On view at Rosecliff is a special exhibit: John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed which colorfully explores the naturalist’s relentless pursuit of the birds of America. Highlights include over 20 beautifully framed hand colored double elephant folio-sized aquatints from Birds of America, exquisite ladies hats and fans illustrating the early-20th-century craze for feathers that lead to initial conservation efforts.

Afterwards you enjoy free time in the charming waterfront district for lunch and then board the coach for Boston.

Following check in at the Marriott Boston Newton we head to a group dinner and our first performance at either the American Repertory Theatre or the Huntington Stage (based on availability). Both are premiere regional theatres. (B/L/D)

Day 03, September 21 Boston
Today we explore the fine arts of Boston. First we tour The MFA’s world-class class collection which encompasses paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts created throughout North, Central, and South America over 3,000 years. The Art of the Americas Wing integrates these works across four floors and forty-nine galleries, inviting audiences to consider them in global contexts. After your tour, you have a group lunch in the Café and time to explore independently.

The afternoon is dedicated to a tour exploring the collection highlights at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection of world importance and inventively built the museum to evoke a 15th-century Venetian palace. She designed an immersive environment that includes not just art but also flowers and plants, textiles, furniture and architecture.

Tonight, we dine as a group and then head to our performance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra where Andris Nelsons conducts Poulenc, Beethoven, and Nathan. B/L/D

Day 04, September 22 Connecticut
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and travel to the charming town of East Haddam, CT. We have lunch at the historic Gelsten House which has a stunning location on the Connecticut River.

We see a matinee at the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House which offers a Broadway-caliber performance with the charm and ease of a rural destination. Today’s production is Billy Elliott. Young Billy Elliot is pulled between his family’s coal-mining roots and his newly discovered passion to dance. Is his future boxing gloves or ballet shoes? In the hardscrabble world of a changing England, reaching high becomes a leap of faith. Following your dream—and overcoming obstacles—has never been more electric than in the 10-time Tony winning Broadway phenomenon with songs by the legendary Elton John.

After the matinee, your coach returns to the 30th St. location in New York at approximately 8pm. (B/L)

Tour Cost Per Person:
$1615 double occupancy*
$325 Single room supplement
*cost based on minimum of 25 persons

Tour Inclusions:
• One Night at The Courtyard Newport Middletown
• Two nights at the Marriott Boston Newton
• Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
• Coach throughout the trip
• Carew Travel Tour Escort throughout
• 2 Newport Mansion admissions (Audio guide)
• Historic Newport driving tour
• Newport Art Museum Docent Tour
• Museum of Fine Art Boston Docent Tour
• Gardener Museum Docent Tour
• 3 Performances: BSO, Huntington or ART, and Goodspeed

$300, non-refundable due immediately

Due prior to July 18

Cancellation Penalties
• $300 deposit non-refundable.
• Final payment due July 18 and non-refundable after this date. • Insurance recommended. Information sent with confirmation of registration.

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