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Mansions in the Hudson - October 7 - 9, 2014
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Offered By: Butler Motor Transit
The Hudson Valley area of New York has always been a draw to some of the wealthiest people in the world including politicians, statesmen aristocrats, businessmen and women, and self-made millionaires.

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 3 Days/2 Nights
Departs From: Butler, PA * Kittanning, PA * Natrona Heights, PA * Monroeville, PA


Price:
Double Room - $499.00
Single Room - $585.00
Triple Room - $499.00

The Hudson Valley area of New York has always been a draw to some of the wealthiest people in the world including politicians, statesmen aristocrats, businessmen and women, and self-made millionaires. It is an area abundantly rich in history and the legacy built there includes some of the finest examples of architecture and landscaping wrapped around the men and women who settled along the Hudson River. From personal retreats to palaces, the families include Roosevelt, Livingston, Vanderbilt, Mills, Rockefeller, and many more. This tour will highlight several of the most popular estates and they are amazing to witness. Butler Motor Tours has had requests to do a tour such as this which highlights the Mansions of the Hudson and we hope you will join us !

October 7 – Today we head across Pennsylvania and into New York state at one of the prettiest times of the year – fall. Enjoy your scenic and leisure ride today as we arrive late afternoon in the Hudson Valley area to check in at our hotel which will host us for 2 nights. We have included dinner tonight – welcome to the Hudson Valley. (D)

October 8 – Breakfast included at your hotel. We will meet our local professional guide who will take us on an upscale tour of the area. We start out at the Visitor Center at the Philipsburg Manor where we board mini buses for an escorted tour of Rockefeller’s Estate at Kykuit, a true Hudson Valley landmark with remarkable architecture and gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery – it will be an amazing experience. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years. You will be in awe of your ornate surroundings of this magnificent estate as it feels like you took a step back in time to the palaces of kings and queens. A treat is included with a special lunch set up for us at Philipsburg Manor, a 17th century historic site that tells the story of slavery in the colonial north. Dine as you are surrounded by amazing history if a lifetime. This afternoon we continue our tour with a visit at "Sunnyside" historic house on 10 acres of grounds alongside the Hudson River in Tarrytown. If was formerly the home of American author, Washington Irving, best known for his short stories such as "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". This home contains a large collection of Irving’s original furnishings and accessories. While in this area, we will witness the Union Church…what appears from the outside to be a simple stone country church contains the finest examples of modern stained-glass art commissioned as memorials by direct members of the Rockefeller Family. Henri Matisse’s rose window, in shades of vivid colors, was this artist’s last work and he finished its design just two days before his death in 1954 and is dedicated to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. And that is only "one" story about this church’s amazing stained glass history. This beautiful structure still houses an active congregation today and is a Hudson Valley icon. You will enjoy all your "lavish" touring today with the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson Valley fall scenery. After a full day, we will return to our hotel area and enjoy an included dinner. (B, L, D)

October 9 – Breakfast included at your hotel. This morning we visit another historic and beautiful landmark at Boscobel overlooking the Hudson River and was built in the early 19th century. Considered an outstanding example of the Federal style of American architecture, it has an extensive collection of period decorations and furniture and today is a historic house and museum….if these walls and this furniture could only talk ! During our visit we will include a tour and special high tea before departing the area and heading for home. (B)

Departure Details:

Departure City
Departure Time
Location Address
Pittsburgh, PA 6:00 AM Wyndham Grand Hotel (formerly Hilton Hotel), Downtown
Liberty Ave. Side
Natrona Heights, PA 6:45 AM Walmart Parking Lot
4015 Freeport Road, Upper Front Lot near road where the white lines are
Kittanning, PA 7:30 AM Hilltop Plaza
Old Route 422, Across from King’s Restaurant
Butler, PA 8:00 AM Butler Motor Tours
210 South Monroe Street, Rear Lot

Cost includes: Motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations in the Hudson Valley for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, all touring and admissions as described.

For more information call Butler Motor Tours at 724.282.1000 or 1.800.222.8750!


Terms and Conditions:

REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY:

Prior to 30 days from your departure date a full refund will be made (with the exception of special event and/or show tours, air tours and cruises which will be different - be sure to ask about these details when your booking is made). There is no refund for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. But you are welcome to send someone in your place and let us know the name change (this does not apply to air and cruise tours which have various restrictions, strict cancellation policies and name change charges).

REFUND PROTECTION PLAN:
Butler Motor Tours offers a refund protection plan on all overnight tours with varying restrictions due to the nature of the tour. We highly encourage you to take advantage of it, although it is certainly your own individual decision. This plan is available at an additional cost and will protect your monies due to sickness or death, but it does not cover you if you simply "change your mind". An official written letter from the doctor is required for proof of illness or a statement as to the death in your family. This plan expires 30 days after cancellation, if the documentation is not received within 30 days of cancellation, the refund is forfeited. There is only a small window period of time in which you are allowed to purchase the plan so be sure to ask upon booking.

SMOKING & ALCOHOL:
To ensure passenger comfort, we have a "NO SMOKING" policy on all of our tours, which also includes e-cigarettes. Ample comfort stops are made for smoking and restroom convenience. Feel free to request a smoking or non-smoking hotel room when making your reservations. No alcohol is allowed on any tour at any time. We reserve the right to refuse boarding under such circumstances that these policies are not followed.

CANCELLED TOURS:
Butler Motor Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We also reserve the right to change tour prices and itineraries if so dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We always avoid canceling a tour if at all possible, as we understand the inconvenience to you - our valued customer. Feel free to ask about any departure, especially if you are taking vacation days at your place of work.

LUGGAGE:
The cost of your tour includes one piece of luggage per person to be checked under the coach and one small carry-on piece. Any additional suitcase is allowed at a cost of $5.00 per day and this must be paid with the final tour payment. You will be responsible for the handling of your own carry-on luggage at all times.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Butler Motor Tours acts as an agent in arranging hotel and other accommodations and cannot be held responsible for non-performance.

ADA NOTICE:
Any person or group which requires an ADA accessible bus is requested to inform us at the time of reservation, and must notify us in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the charter's departure.