Aerial view of a bend in the Hudson River with a suspension bridge over it, seen on a Hudson River fall foliage cruise.
Historic castle missing half of its walls sits on a lush green riverbank at sunset, seen on a Hudson River fall foliage cruise.
Travelers rest under a large tree atop a grassy knoll with colorful forest in the distance on a Hudson River fall foliage cruise.
4 Roman stone pillars stand among fall foliage at sunset with mountains in the distance, seen on overnight cruises on the Hudson River.
Lone tree stands above a large marsh wetland covered in autumn colors at sunrise, seen on overnight cruises on the Hudson River.
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Exploring The Hudson River: Fall Foliage Cruise

On these overnight cruises on the Hudson River, spend 8 days celebrating serene natural beauty, inspiring conservation and Fall palettes. The Hudson is legendary for music and art, dotted with riverside towns full of history and steeped in maritime legend, often guarded by stoic lighthouses. Along this Hudson River fall foliage cruise, learn about the river, valley, critical conservation work, the Hudson’s maritime history, and the essential roles music and art have played in the region. 

Enjoy a carefully thought-out itinerary that explores the Hudson Valley Natural Heritage Area and part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve with remarkable depth. Come to know this river of constant change through specially curated experiences. Experience the magic of autumn’s transitional beauty. Watch for bald eagles, wood ducks and muskrats while kayaking Constitution Marsh and Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area. Visit Storm King Mountain Art Center. Photograph the many iconic lighthouses and bridges along the way. Possibly sail upon the traditional sloop Clearwater. Enjoy a musical performance against the backdrop of the ethereal island ruins of an American castle. And visit Sleepy Hollow to hear Washington Irving’s ageless tale re-told.

Take in “America’s First River” aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. The expedition staff’s knowledge and passion for the Hudson River in autumn is the key to this magical, active and educational cruise.

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Itinerary

Exploring The Hudson River: Fall Colors, Conservation & Creativity Itinerary

These overnight cruises on the Hudson River operate round-trip from New York City, sailing north 2 days to Hudson, New York, before turning back south and making more visits en route back to New York City.

Route map of Exploring The Hudson River: Fall Foliage Cruise operating round-trip from New York, New York with visits to Sleepy Hollow., Fort Montgomery State Park, Constitution Marsh, Storm King, Bannerman Castle, Esopus Island, Kingston, Catskill, Rogers Island & Hudson.
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Day 1
Embark New York, New York

This evening, embark the ship and sail out of New York Harbor north into the Hudson River.

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National Geographic Sea Lion

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Day 2
Cruising The Hudson River, Constitution Marsh & Bannerman Castle

With the dawn, awake to the beauty of the Hudson River Valley. The place to be is on deck during the early hours of the day cruising the river. Sail slowly by West Point Military Academy before arriving at Constitution Marsh. Launch kayaks to explore the protected riverside wetland. Watch for birds: belted kingfishers sitting quietly or darting up a slough sounding their rattling call, or hawks like northern harriers quartering over the marshland. Or, simply stop for a moment and relish the stillness of the wetland. The island protecting the marsh was presented to the nation on behalf of early American authors, Anna and Susan Warner, to be forever preserved as a historic and natural landmark. Next, make the short trip north for a cruise around Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island. This abandoned military storage facility with a storied history dates back to the early 1900’s. On shore, take in a special musical performance as the first evening on the Hudson fades to night.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Catskill, Rogers Island & Hudson

This morning, call at the village of Catskill. Visit the home of renowned landscape painter Thomas Cole, now a National Historic Landmark Site. Passionate about American wilderness, Cole is recognized as the founder of the Hudson River art movement. Later, as the ship is anchored near the picturesque Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, opt to join a kayak excursion through the waterways of Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area or choose to visit the quiet town of Hudson.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Kingston

This morning explore Kingston, where the Rondout Lighthouse marks the entrance to the creek with the town a short distance from the river. At Kingston, learn the story of the sloop Clearwater and the organization, founded in part by legendary American folk musician Pete Seeger and dedicated not only to the care of the vessel but also to many conservation and environmental projects in the area. Conditions permitting, embark the sloop and sail out of the harbor for a unique experience on the Hudson. Later, stop by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, featuring exhibits on a variety of subjects especially focused on the conservation of this great waterway.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Esopus Island, Esopus Meadows Lighthouse & Cruising The Hudson

Today explore the Hudson in the Esopus area. By kayak and Zodiac, cruise Esopus Island, now a quiet and less-visited mid-river islet. Over the years, this skinny little island—not even a mile long and mere yards wide—has seen its share of intriguing visitors from Native Americans’ gatherings to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s parties. Even the legendary and notorious Aleister Crowley camped for 40 days and nights in solitude on Esopus Island in the summer of 1918 during the waning days of the First World War. Today’s exploration includes Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, considered one of the most scenic on the Hudson. Later, meandering slowly along the great riverway, be surrounded by the splendor of the river.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Storm King Mountain

Today’s mountain, called Butter Hill in earlier days, later became known as Storm King, encouraged in part by writer Nathaniel Parker Willis who wrote, “The tallest mountain is…looked upon as the most sure foreteller of a storm. When the white cloud-beard descends upon his breast in the morning…there is sure to be a rain-storm before night.” Storm King was a regular subject of Hudson River School painters, as they depicted the natural splendor of the mountain while wrestling with the approaching industrialization and commercialization of the Hudson, a contentious duality to this day. Art is alive on the western flanks of the mountain. The 500-acre Storm King Art Center seeks to bring art, nature and people together in the open air of the sculpture park. Later, ascend to the higher reaches of the mountain itself to take in the magnificent views back down towards the river and beyond.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Bear Mountain Bridge, Popolopen Creek at Fort Montgomery & Sleepy Hollow

Awake in sight of Bear Mountain Bridge, the morning’s golden hour offering the opportunity to photograph the bridge against the backdrop of the Hudson fall. If conditions look good, set out for a morning kayak exploration where Popolopen Creek meets the Hudson at Fort Montgomery. On the way south, pass Iona Island, part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Soon, arrive at Sleepy Hollow. “A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere,” wrote Washington Irving about the town. Disembark and hear a re-telling of Irving’s tale before a walk along the 13 Bridges Trail. In the late afternoon, stop at the Sleepy Hollow cemetery as the sun sets on this Hudson River adventure.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark New York, New York

This morning, disembark in New York Harbor to begin the onward or homeward journey.

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breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; all meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of equipment; expedition fees; all port charges, service taxes and airport transfers to and from ship.

Exclusions

Immigration fees (if applicable); air transportation; extensions; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind. Gratuities and alcoholic beverages excluded, except for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Hudson River fall foliage cruise begins and ends in New York, New York (JFK). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Consult your Adventure Specialist for arrival and departure flight recommendations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include visits to a museum, historic sites, an art gallery and a sculpture park; a musical performance; a possible sailing aboard a historic sloop; town walking tours; hiking; kayaking; inflatable boat/skiff excursions; photography and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2022
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National Geographic Sea Lion is a tried and true educational-based 62-guest expedition ship. Onboard experts from National Geographic make this ship, and its twin the National Geographic Sea Bird, unique.

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