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Travel to beautiful upstate New York for a three day getaway to experience the magnificent countryside, the majestic Saint Lawrence River and two castles Boldt and Singer Castle!
07/28/2024-07/30/2024 Sun-Tue Trip# 2024082
Travel to beautiful upstate New York for a three-day getaway to experience the magnificent countryside, the majestic Saint Lawrence River and two castles Boldt and Singer Castle! You will be staying at the Beautiful Harbor View Hotel a five Diamond Resort with a great location on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Your hotel provides the ideal vantage point from which to explore the area during your free time. Amenities such as Indoor Pool, Fitness center, Hot Tub, upscale dining and cocktails at their Seaway Grille and 1000 Islands Bar! During your visit, you will travel through Time when you board Uncle Sams paddleboat enjoying the beautiful scenery as the story of the Gilded Age unfolds. Learn about the mysterious history and possible haunting of Singer Castle on this unique cruise to Dark Island. President of the Singer Sewing Company, Commodore Bourne built Singer Castle at the turn of the century to serve as a hunting lodge. It remained in his family for half a century until Reverend Martin bought the castle in the 60s and established as a religious retreat. You will enjoy a box lunch on your visit to Heart Island for a self-guided tour of the Romantic Boldt Castle and their beautiful grounds, a 129 room replica of a Rhineland castle, with beautiful grounds to learn about the love story of this famous man. Visit the Antique Boat museum and the fascinating, amusing, and sometimes tragic stories of the boats and their Captains that navigated the St. Lawrence River. A Guided tour of the 106' houseboat La Duchesse brings the gracious River lifestyle of one hundred years ago to life! Includes two breakfasts, one dinner and one box lunch, hotel accommodations, baggage handling, transportation and the convenience to walk around the town from your accommodations! Touring the Castles does involve many steps especially Singer Castle!
***Pricing & Itinerary subject to change ***
Afternoon arrival at your Beautiful 5 star 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Free time to have lunch in town and maybe enjoy some tastings at Coyote Moon Vineyard Lounge and distilled spirits and St Lawrence Distillery where St Lawrence River water is used to produce the delicious beverages. Check into your hotel to relax or explore the town some more before dinner on your own this evening. After dinner relax out on the deck or take a walk along the river path.
After breakfast we will head to Uncle Sams where we will start our cruise to visit the most infamous historic home in the 1000 islands Singer Castle! Its hidden passageways and unique architecture will leave you in awe. The tour starts with a narrated 1 hour boat ride to mysterious Dark Island, at which point you will disembark for a guided tour of Singer Castle. ( Singer Castle is not handicapped assesable) When your visit is complete you will return to your vessel for the second hour of the tour with lunch where your guides will tell you even more about the islands while you make your way back to Boldt Castle! Disembark at Heart Island for a self-guided tour of the Romantic Boldt Castle and the beautiful grounds. At the Castle experience what life was like in the Gilded Age when George Boldt built this Summer Home for his wife and feel the devastation upon her death. When you are done touring reboard Uncle Sams paddlewheel boat to head back to the dock. Look for sea birds (including Osprey) as we cruise the St Lawrence Shipping Channel. Dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants located in the Village. You can venture out or just enjoy dinner at your hotel, relax on the deck watching the boats sail by and possibly get a glimpse of a beautiful sunset! Popular with area residents and hotel guests alike, their Seaway Grille and 1000 Islands Bar are the hottest places to hangout in Clayton. After a busy day exploring, there's nothing better than to kick back and relax at their restaurant and bar. Take a seat and enjoy authentic American cuisine, an outstanding selection of area wines and craft beers, and a laidback vibe. In season, savor panoramic water views, al fresco dining and cocktails at The Riverside Patio.
After Breakfast at the Hotel board the Coach head to the Antique Boat Museum Arrive at the Antique Boat Museum where you will again, step back in time, while a Docent shares the history of freshwater boats and the role they played in the Gilded Age Marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship as you see your own reflection in the hand polished wooden boats. Enjoy the fascinating, amusing, and sometimes tragic stories of the boats and their Captains that navigated the St. Lawrence River. A Guided tour of the 106' houseboat La Duchesse brings the gracious River lifestyle of one hundred years ago to life. Built in 1903 for Millionaire hotelier George Boldt, manager of New York City's famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the houseboat has been in continuous use as an elegant summer residence ever since. Generously donated by the McNally family, of Wellesley Island, NY, and Chicago, IL, she opened for visitors at the Museum in July of 2005 We will then depart for home with fond memories of our 1000 Island vacationB
Learn about the mysterious history and possible haunting of Singer Castle on this unique cruise to Dark Island.
Singer Castle was built at the turn of the century by Commodore Bourne, president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, as a hunting lodge. It remained in his family for half a century until it was bought by Reverend Martin in the 60s and established as a religious retreat.
In 2005, the castle was purchased by a group of German investors and was opened to the public, allowing visitors from all over the world to view a castle that had always been shrouded in mystery and, as rumor would have it, haunted.
This trip covers an 11-mile section of the St. Lawrence River not offered in any of our other tours. Our experienced tour guides provide a lively narrative during the downriver trip to the castle and the return trip back to Alexandria Bay, directing your attention to points of interest and sharing historic, environmental, and seaway facts. At the castle, trained guides greet you and provide a one-hour walking tour.
St. Lawrence Seaway
Sisters Island Light
Inglenuk, once owned by the famous artist Frederic Remington
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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