Water, water everywhere! Cruise the waterways of New York featuring the beautiful Finger Lakes region and Erie Canal.
Day 1: Erie Canal (L, D)
Embark the waterways of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor on a cruise through the historic Erie Canal and Lock 18. On equipment dating back 100 years, experience 19th century transportation and learn how canal locks changed the world. Lunch will overlook the the Mohawk River and Erie Canal at the Waterfront Grill. This afternoon, check into the Hampton Inn Geneva, your home for the next two nights, where you’ll be welcomed with a reception on arrival.
Your first day finishes with a special dinner at Belhurst Castle. A century-old Gothic and Tudor style castle, Belhurst captures turn of the century ambience. Your three course dinner will be served in the old world dining room, overlooking Seneca Lake.
Day 2: Finger Lakes (B, D)
Today, you’re off to explore the lakes region, including a guided tour of the historic and picturesque towns Geneva and Seneca Lake. Travel the winding back roads of the lake’s west shore to a tasting at Wagner Vineyards. Wander picturesque Watkins Glen with plenty of time for shopping and lunch on your own. Hit the water for a narrated, sightseeing cruise on the calm waters of Seneca Lake. Next, whet your whistle at the Glenora Wine Cellars, the lake’s oldest winery.
Tonight, spend the evening at the New York State Wine and Culinary Center, a state-of-the-art facility showcasing wine and food delicacies of the region. In a private dining room reserved exclusively for guests of The Upper Class, savor a three course dinner with a chef’s cooking demonstration. The chef will share the Center’s recipe for their signature house vinaigrette, while teaching you how to make it in your own kitchen! Enjoy the dressing with your first course. During dinner, watch as the chef prepares dessert right in the dining room! Tasting the confection will be the perfect finish to your day.
Day 3: Corning Museum of Glass (B, L)
To finish your trip, we'll continue south for a guided tour of the fascinating Corning Museum of Glass. Explore 35 centuries of glassmaking through a live glass blowing demonstration andmore than 45,000 objects - from a tiny glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh ot examples of the finest Renaissance Venetian glass to larger-than-life contemporary sculptures. You'll enjoy lunch at the museum before heading home.